Summer Fun in Tempe

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Relax by the pool during the day and explore the wonders of the desert after dark this summer in Tempe, Arizona. Exploding with summer deals, live music and Broadway shows, zoo adventures and more, Tempe has never been so cool! Make the Tempe Tourism Office your first stop when looking for deals, attractions and entertainment this summer.


When the desert heats up this summer, the deals get even hotter. View a full list of special offers for hotels, restaurants and attractions.


Visit our calendar of events to find a complete listing of summer events in Tempe.


Tempe Shopping | Outdoor Activities | Indoor Activities | Nighttime Events


Arizona Mills
Arizona Mills offers the ultimate indoor shopping experience with more than 175 popular name-brand stores, all offering discount prices, and entertainment venues such as GameWorks, SEA LIFE Arizona and Harkins IMAX Theatre.

Mill Avenue District
The pedestrian-friendly Mill Avenue District is home to an eclectic array of more than 70 shops, restaurants, taverns and nightclubs and is also within easy walking distance of hotels, ASU and outdoor recreation at Tempe Town Lake.

IKEA Tempe sells everything for the home all under one roof including living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, lighting, rugs, mattresses, flooring, media storage, etc. And to better help customers with inspiration, our unique shopping experience includes individual room settings and complete home displays as well as specialty shops full of home accessories.

REI Tempe provides outdoor enthusiasts in the Tempe, Arizona area with top-brand gear and clothing for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, paddling and more.

Tempe Marketplace
Experience an interactive shopping, entertainment and dining experience in a vibrant, high energy outdoor setting. Shady walkways and a Splash Pad for the kids will cool you off during the day. Outdoor fireplaces, unique water features, live music on Friday and Saturday nights and light and laser elements set the mood after dark.


ASU Karsten Golf Course
Rated “4½ STARS” by Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play”, this par 70, Pete Dye Scottish links design boasts exceptional playing conditions year round. The Sun Angel Clubhouse is home to award-winning Trophy Room restaurant.

The Bicycle Cellar
The Bicycle Cellar is located at the Tempe Transportation Center adjacent to the College/Veteran’s Way light rail station. It is a bicycle commuter support facility offering secure parking, showers, lockers, towel service, bike rental, accessories and repair and sales of new and used bikes. A variety of bicycles, perfect for the pathways in Tempe, are available to rent for 4, 8 or 24 hours, for a weekend or a week.

Big Surf Waterpark
Cool off from the summer heat at Big Surf Waterpark. Enjoy Waikiki Beach, America’s original wavepool with 2.5 million gallons of water, exciting rides like the Black Hole and the Hurricane Slides or relax with your family in the Bora Bora Bay Kool Kids Zone

Desert Botanical Garden
This living museum features 50,000 desert plants from around the world. Enjoy tours, concerts, seasonal exhibits, special events and family activities throughout the year.

Families can play video games or laser tag in King Ben’s Castle, play miniature golf and ride bumper boats. And at Sunsplash, water-filled fun includes racing down the Bonzi Speed Slides, rafting down Thunder Falls or relaxing along the Endless River.

Splash Playground at Tempe Beach Park
Visitors to Tempe Beach Park can experience a small storm, even when the weather is sunny and warm. Kids can take a break from the summer heat and enjoy the water-filled playground featuring waterfalls, splash pads, fountains and more.

Splash Pad at Tempe Marketplace
The kids can run and play in the Kidsplash Fountain located next to Barnes & Noble in The District.

Rent a Boat on Tempe Town Lake
Come with your friends and family for a relaxing cruise on Tempe Town Lake! Choose between a variety of different boat types at Tempe Boat Rentals including kayaks, paddleboards and electric skiffs.

The Phoenix Zoo
The Phoenix Zoo in Papago Park has been voted one of the nation’s top 5 zoos for kids. The whole family will enjoy getting up close and personal to the animals at unfenced exhibits such as Monkey Village and Wallaby Walkabout and the petting zoo and playground at Harmony Farm. Designed specifically for kids, the Yakulla Caverns feature a mysterious cave perfect for exploration, and just outside the cave, a pint-sized “water grotto” thrills younger visitors.

Segway Tours in Tempe
Segway of Tempe brings you the Tempe Town Lake Discovery Tour aboard the world’s only self-balancing personal transporter, the Segway. Learn the history, see the sights and master the Segway on this 90-minute tour through Tempe.

Tempe Public Pools

  • Kiwanis Park is the ultimate community park with a wave pool, lake, walking paths, picnic ramadas, a playground and fields for sports.
  • Escalante Pool features a six-lane lap pool, zero depth entry play pool with play equipment plus two slides. The Escalante Pool is open during the summer season only.
  • Tempe Beach Park Splash Playground – Open during the summer season only


AMC Centerpoint 11
Located in the heart of downtown Tempe, this is the perfect theatre to enjoy the Mill Avenue District and catch a film at the same time.

Arizona Historical Society Museum
Contemporary history introduces visitors to the dramatic development of the Valley. The museum features interactive exhibits, guided tours and a research library.

ASU Art Museum
Cited in “Art in America” as “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona,” the ASU Art Museum explores art and its impact on individuals and society. This free contemporary art museum hosts a First Saturday for Families on the first Saturday of every month. Children from 4-12 are encouraged to create artwork that’s inspired by a current exhibition.

Changing Hands Bookstore
Changing Hands Bookstore is one of the best independent bookstores around. It has a wonderful selection of children’s toys and books. Check their event calendar for story times and author events.

Dave & Busters
There’s always something new and exciting waiting for you at Dave & Buster’s. Eat & Play Combo, drink specials, and more. You never know how much fun you will get into on any given day!

Located inside Arizona Mills, GameWorks offers the best games and attractions in the world. Guests challenge their game playing skills, compete with their friends and family and win great prizes!

Hall of Flame Fire Museum
If your child dreams of being a firefighter, the Hall of Flame Fire Museum is the perfect stop. See fire trucks and equipment dating back to the 18th century. Kids can climb on a truck and try on firefighter gear.

Harkins IMAX
Located inside Arizona Mills, IMAX’s revolutionary projection technology delivers crystal-clear images and the most immersive 3D movie experience ever created.

Harkins Theatre – Tempe Marketplace 16
Visit Arizona’s most popular movie theatre, located at Tempe Marketplace.

Main Event Entertainment
Main Event is home to 26 high quality recreational bowling lanes, laser tag, a gravity high ropes course, billiards and shuffleboard tables, more than 125 interactive games and a tempting array of food and beverage.

Narande Spa at The Buttes
Honoring the tradition of water as a key to relaxation, Narande is the natural choice to enjoy a refreshing escape!

Phoenix Rock Gym
Experience the vertical world of climbing as never before – indoors at the Phoenix Rock Gym. Explore the thirty foot high walls with over 15,000 sq. ft. of climbing surface.Even if you’ve never touched a rope in your life they will teach you the skills needed to climb safely.

SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium
Get to know the amazing ocean world! Encounter a vast array of creatures including seahorses, sharks, rays, tropical fish and more. There are more than 30 display tanks in 12 different habitat zones, making homes for more than 5,000 sea creatures.

Stratum Laser Tag
Stratum Laser Tag is the World’s Largest Laser Tag Arena featuring a giant labyrinth with 90 towers, bridges and ramps, 15 different levels and heights up to 20 feet with an intense sound system, light show and interactive targets.

Tempe Center for the Arts
The Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA), located on the south bank of Tempe Town Lake, features a 600-seat theater, a 200-seat studio theater and a beautiful gallery space. The TCA is home to the Tempe Symphony Orchestra, Childsplay and Desert Dance Theatre, and plays host to open mic nights, the LakeShore Jazz Series and the Tempe Comedy Concert Series. The TCA also houses a gallery with rotating, themed exhibitions. Visit the TCA website for a current list of events.

Tempe History Museum
The unique history of Tempe is dramatically staged through a variety of media and an interactive children’s gallery.

Tempe Paintball
Enjoy some adrenaline rushing and action-packed paintball in Arizona’s best paintball facility that features over 12,000 sq. ft. of air conditioned fun.

Tempe Public Library
The Tempe Public Library features a variety of events, book discussions, art exhibitions, writing clubs and storytelling sessions at the Youth Library.


Prowl & Play at The Phoenix Zoo
Prowl & Play at The Phoenix Zoo lets you experience the wonders of the Zoo after dark with activities to engage the entire family. Guests can discover the wet and wild fun at Leapin’ Lagoon and Yakulla Caverns, participate in squirt gun water wars and the summer “Zoo”cademy and enjoy music, games and more. Prowl & Play takes place from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. on August 8 & 9.

Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours
The Desert Botanical Garden is offering Garden Flashlight Tours from May through September. Guests can observe how the desert comes to life when the sun goes down. Guests might see nighthawks, snakes and rare night blooming flowers during this nighttime adventure. Flashlight Tours are held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday evenings from May 24 – August 30.

Live Music at Tempe Marketplace
Looking for more ways to dance your way through the evening? Tempe Marketplace, featuring shopping, dining and entertainment, hosts live music Friday and Saturday nights from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the District Stage. Listen to a variety of music genres such as rock, alternative, folk and country. For something more mellow, head to the Barnes & Noble fountain for acoustic musicians Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Broadway Shows at ASU Gammage
Take in a show this summer at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed ASU Gammage. Sing and dance along to Broadway favorite JERSEY BOYS on stage July 22 – August 3.

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