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Tempe events: Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade

Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade
December 6, 2016

Tempe events include a Tempe home town holiday favorite, the annual Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade at Tempe Town Lake on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Tempe Town Lake will be all aglow with as many as 50 aquatic floats all decked out in a dazzling array of colored lights. You’ll see everything from great big boats to little single seat kayaks, all looking so fancy and festive.  I’m always impressed at how creative people are when it comes to decorating their boats. The festivities start at 4:30 p.m. with live music, selfies with Santa, food trucks, face painters and more! After dark, a special display provided by Tempe South Rotary will feature more than a thousand luminaria that will illuminate the sidewalks and paths of Tempe Beach Park. The parade begins at 7 pm and ends with a colorful fireworks display. You won’t find anything else like the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade in our area and it’s a wonderful way to spend a beautiful balmy December evening. Admission is free for spectators. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158.   December 6-10: ASU Art Museum Stores Holiday Sale ASU Art Museum & ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center & Brickyard Gallery  December 6-11: MAMA MIA! ASU Gammage December 7-10: Stray Cat Theatre: Anything You Hear and Only Half of What You See Tempe Center for the Arts  December 7-17: 3-D Astronomy Shows […]

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Check out the newest Downtown Tempe events

6th Street Market in Downtown Tempe
December 6, 2016

There’s always something to do in Downtown Tempe. You can ease into the day with a hearty breakfast or strong coffee, take a quick hike up “A” Mountain, practice yoga, shop for a new outfit or Arizona State University fan gear and have a great lunch, dinner or cocktails with friends – all in Downtown Tempe. This fall, the Downtown Tempe Authority (DTA for short) added two new events that will give you even more reasons to come to downtown each week: the 6th Street Market and Beyond the Bricks concert series. Here are details about each one. Beyond the Bricks – Thursday Night Live If you’re looking for a way to kick start your weekend, then Beyond the Bricks is for you. Taking place every Thursday night from 5:30-7:30 p.m., this free concert is a great way to relax with coworkers, family or friends. Some of Tempe’s best local bands fill the Hayden Square Amphitheater at 4th Street and Mill Avenue with live music beginning at 6 p.m. Guests 21 and over can purchase beer and wine inside the event. And, you can grab dinner or a bite to eat at Blasted Barley Beer Company. You can also enjoy the music from the patios of Blasted Barley and Moonshine, which are adjacent to the concert stage. So far, bands have included local favorites Walt Richardson, Rock Lobster, Chuck E. Baby and Banana Gun. Check the website for the schedule of performers. 6th Street Market If you’re like me, you […]

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Day Trip From Tempe: Jerome

November 29, 2016

Jerome is one of my favorite towns to visit; with its eclectic feel, artistic shops, and all around beautiful scenery, it is without a doubt an exciting place to explore. Located atop the Cleopatra Hill (5,200 feet) between Prescott and Flagstaff, this old mining town is filled with personality and character. Tired of the same old dinner and movie gig, my boyfriend Tauren and I decided Jerome would make a fun day date. Being that it is only two hours from Tempe, it definitely made for a perfect place to explore for the day. We started our day off eating breakfast at Snooze A.M. Eatery. Located adjacent to the Arizona State University Tempe Campus, Snooze is a must eat spot around here. Putting their own flare on American breakfast classics there is something for anyone and everyone. Being that Tauren is a vegetarian and I am a meat lover; we both chose dishes that left us more than satisfied, and our bellies full. I went with the Corned Beef Hash, and Tauren went with the Tofu Scramble with a pancake on the side. We both genuinely enjoyed every bite! After breakfast it was time to head out on the open road.  I’ve always loved a good road trip and this one was no exception. The tall trees, green grass, and mountains made for an easy, enjoyable ride. Once we made it to Jerome, we noticed a huge building on the corner of the street as we entered the downtown area.  […]

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Tempe events: Tempe Festival of the Arts

Tempe Festival of the Arts
November 29, 2016

Tempe events include the Tempe Festival of the Arts in Downtown Tempe from December 2-4, 2016. This popular event brings more than 300 artisans who display and sell hand-made works of art in a multitude of media, including photography, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics and lots more. You’re sure to find a few of your favorite things and unique holiday gifts for others on your shopping list. In addition to the artists’ booths, the festival features live music, street performers, food and beverage vendors, sponsor exhibits, entertainment booths and three beer and wine gardens. New this year, kids can see works by their peers and create their own works of art in the Kids Block. The Tempe Festival of the Arts takes place in in Downtown Tempe along Mill Avenue and the adjacent streets, December 2-4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.tempefestivalofthearts.com/. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. November 30: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts  November 30-December 17: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater November 30-January 8: ZooLights Phoenix Zoo December 1: Beyond the Bricks: Thursday Night Live – Rock Lobster Hayden Square Amphitheater December 1-10: Stray Cat Theatre: Anything You Hear and Only Half of What You See Tempe Center for the Arts December 1-10: ASU Art Museum Stores Holiday Sale ASU Art Museum & ASU Art […]

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Tempe events: Celebrate the holidays in Tempe

Downtown Temp Fantasy of Lights Parade
November 22, 2016

Tempe events include a host of holiday celebrations that are bound to put you in the holiday spirit. Art lovers will find thoughtful and unique gifts at the ASU Art Museum Stores Holiday Sales. The sale takes place every week, Tuesday through Saturday from November 26-December 10, 2016 at two Museum Store locations — ASU Art Museum, at the Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 E. 10th St. and ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center & Brickyard Gallery, 699 S. Mill Ave. #108. Childsplay’s happy holiday show, A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday will deck the Tempe Center for the Arts stage with weekend performances through December 27, 2016. Check out our blog for all the details about even more seasonal festivities, including these favorites. The Phoenix Zoo November 23, 2016-January 8, 2016. Tempe Marketplace and 99.9 KEZ will launch its big season on November 23 with the annual Holiday Tree Lighting and First Snowfall. Kids five and older can enjoy free holiday skating from November 25-27, 2016. Desert Botanical Garden’s Las Noches de las Luminarias celebrates the season with Southwestern flair from November 25-December 31, 2016. The Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade kicks off a big season of holiday events in downtown Tempe on November 26, 2016.   Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. November 22-27: BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL ASU Gammage November 23: Holiday Tree […]

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Tempe Festival of the Arts: Art, music, food and fun for all

Tempe Festival of the Arts
November 17, 2016

I love Tempe during the holidays. There are so many great events and activities going on from now through the New Year. One of my favorites is the Tempe Festival of the Arts, which is December 2-4. It’s just two weeks away and I can’t wait! The Tempe Festival of the Arts is tops on my list of favorite Tempe events and I have a lot of company with more than 250,000 people attending  each year. More than 300 artists are selected to display their works from booths that line Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets. Their unique, hand-made works include art pieces, jewelry, home décor, local wines, beer and food. I know I’m going to find some special one-of-a-kind gifts for those lucky people on my shopping list, which includes me as well as my favorite peeps. A new addition to the festival is the Sixth & Mill Makers with nearly 30 local artisans who will feature buttons, cards, ceramics, children’s clothing, concrete planters, floral arrangements, hand-made jewelry, letterpress stationary, upcycled furniture, watercolors, woodworks and more. This special artisan zone will be located at 6th Street and Mill Avenue. It will also include a lounge and “make and take” booth for those crafty types who want to create something on the spot. In addition to the popular cottage edibles section offering the best packaged hand‐made gourmet foods, seasonings, cottage crafts and remedies, I’ll find all my favorite festival food and snack vendors selling kettle corn, cotton candy, fudge, roasted […]

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Day Trip From Tempe: Payson

Tonto Natural Bridge
November 15, 2016

My husband and I recently took a day trip to Payson with our two toddlers for a day of outdoor fun. And what fun we had! Pine trees, open spaces, funky restaurants and majestic mountains – just an hour and a half drive from Tempe.  Being a small town, the Payson area is really easy to navigate, and everyone you meet is so nice. Not far from town are lots and lots of hiking trails. Casual relaxing trails to strenuous hiking adventures await visitors to this area. View our road trip on Google map to get a glimpse of the route we took, and how long our drive was from destination to destination. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so we started our day out Great Harvest Bread Co. with some morning treats. All of their bread and baked good are scratch made, with no chemicals, artificial preservatives or high fructose corn syrup. My daughter and I shared a cinnamon roll that was fresh from the oven, and my husband ordered one all for himself (smart man). It was Heaven for my taste buds. My son opted for the Morning Glory muffin – a bran muffin and carrot cake all in one. He ate the whole thing, and he’s only one year old, so that’s saying something. Once our tummies were full, we hopped in the car to begin our drive. Our first destination was to the Tonto Natural Bridge, about twenty minutes beyond Payson. The road into the valley is beautiful and lush, surrounded by […]

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Skip the dishes, and eat out on Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving
November 15, 2016

Thanksgiving is just days away. That means in just a few days, we’ll be gathered around with friends and family, watching football, cooking the largest turkey we could find, baking pies and cakes, prepping the stuffing and the green bean casserole (my favorite and a Thanksgiving must if I’m invited to your home). Once the prepping, cooking/baking and in some cases, when the tears are wiped away, you can eat, laugh, yell, scream and chat around the table. Then the cleaning begins. And it never ends. If this doesn’t sound appealing to you – and that’s okay if it doesn’t – you still deserve to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. You deserve the works too. We’re talking about turkey, ham, prime rib, mountains of potatoes and all the pies you can dream of. Best of all, you can let someone else do all the cooking and cleaning up for you. Here are a few Tempe area restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving and are more than happy to take care of everything for you so your Thanksgiving can be relaxing and stress-free. Rustler’s Rooste 8383 S. 48th St., Phoenix, AZ 85044 | (602) 431-6474 Head to Rustler’s Rooste for a boot-scootin’ good time on Thanksgiving. Open Thanksgiving day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy live country music from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call to make your reservation: (602) 431-6474. RUSTLER’S ROOSTE TURKEY STUFF – Pre-order only , Excluding beverages, tax and gratuity – $159.99 16-20 lbs Oven-Roasted Tom Turkey, Mushroom Sage […]

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Tempe events: Childsplay – A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday

A Very Hairy Javalina Holiday
November 15, 2016

Tempe events include Childsplay’s production of A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday  which opens on November 19, 2016 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Those three adorable, fun-loving little javelinas are full of holiday spirit in this new musical from the team that brought you The Three Javelinas. Happy inside their cozy home, they bake gingerbread cookies, string lights and set their boots out for Santa. But when Cousin Angelina plans a holiday surprise, they get more than they bargained for, including one very tricky coyote! Will these bristly creatures get away by the hairs of their chinny-chin-chins this time? Will Josefina finally get to dance in The Nutcracker? Your family won’t want to miss this new musical that’s sure to become a holiday classic! A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday will run from November 19-December 27, 2016.  For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.childsplayaz.org or call 480-350-2822. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. November 15: Gogol Bordello The Marquee November 15: The Unaccompanied Sonatas with Jonathan Swartz ASU Katzin Concert Hall November 15: ASU Studio E411 Viola Recital Tempe Center for the Arts November 16: Mac Miller The Marquee November 16-30: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts November 16-December 17: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater November 17: Beyond the Bricks Thursday Night Live: Good Boy Daisy Hayden Square Amphitheater November […]

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Live music in Tempe

Live music at TCA
November 15, 2016

There’s nothing like chillaxin’ with your friends while listening to live music. Whether it’s an ear-splitting rock concert or an easy listening acoustic performance by one or two musicians, live music just makes you feel more alive, energized and in the moment. So where’s the best place to hear all kinds of live music? Tempe, of course! Tempe’s tradition of offering the best live music by local and nationally known bands has drawn music lovers for decades. (Read this article for a fascinating look at some of Tempe’s legendary venues that are gone, but not forgotten.)  Walk through Downtown Tempe along Mill Avenue most evenings and you’ll find music emanating from restaurants and bars. Live music isn’t limited just to Tempe’s Downtown. Regardless of your preference, be it rock, hip hop, electronic, country, jazz, blues or classical, fusion or world, you’ll find your favorite performed throughout Tempe practically every night of the week. (Read this article for a fascinating glimpse into Tempe’s musical past.) Check out these venues that are great places to chill with great live music, good eats and beverages. Visit our website for more information on music and entertainment in Tempe. Downtown Tempe Venues: Beyond the Bricks | Thursday Night Live  Hayden Square Amphitheatre 404 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 355-6060 – www.downtowntempe.com/events/beyond-the-bricks Live music every Thursday at 6-7:30 p.m. – Free admission Wine and beer available for purchase starting at 5:30 p.m. for those over the age of 21. Enjoy food from Blasted Barley Beer Company or Bacus Bros. Hot Dogs. Blasted […]

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