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! Read our blog for more suggestions for summer time fun. 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 Tempe hotels, restaurants and attractions.
Visit our calendar of events to find a complete listing of summer events in Tempe. Below are some of the most popular summer events.
Prowl & Play at The Phoenix Zoo
Experience the zoo after dark at Prowl & Play at The Phoenix Zoo. Guests can participate in Critter Chats with the zookeepers and enjoy music, games and more. Prowl & Play takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 13 and August 8.
Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours
The Desert Botanical Garden is offering Garden Flashlight Tours where guests can observe how the desert comes to life when the sun goes down. Flashlight Tours are held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday evenings from May 23 – September 5.
Live Music at Tempe Marketplace
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. 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. Show ideas include THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, May 27-June 7, and WICKED, August 26-October 4.
Arizona Mills offers the ultimate indoor shopping experience with more than 175 popular name-brand stores and entertainment venues such as GameWorks, SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium and Harkins IMAX Theatre.
Pedestrian-friendly Downtown Tempe is home to more than 100 shops, restaurants, taverns, nightclubs and hotels.
IKEA Tempe sells everything for the home all under one roof including living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, lighting, rugs, media storage, etc.
REI Tempe sells top-brand gear and clothing for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, paddling and more.
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. 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.
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 and relaxing areas for toddlers.
Desert Botanical Garden
This living museum features 50,000 desert plants from around the world. The Desert Botanical Garden is offering Garden Flashlight Tours Thursday and Saturday nights from May 23 to September 5, 7-9 p.m.
Families can play video games or laser tag in King Ben’s Castle, play miniature golf, ride bumper boats or cool off at Sunsplash waterpark.
Splash Playground at Tempe Beach Park
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
Take 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. It features interactive exhibits such Monkey Village and at Harmony Farm and water play areas.
Tempe Public Pools
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This is the perfect place to enjoy Downtown Tempe and catch a film at the same time.
Arizona Historical Society Museum
The museum features interactive exhibits, guided tours and a research library focusing on contemporary Arizona history.
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.
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. Don’t miss their Eat & Play Combo, drink specials, and large variety of games.
Located inside Arizona Mills, GameWorks offers the best video games in the world.
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.
Located inside Arizona Mills, IMAX’s revolutionary projection technology delivers crystal-clear images and the most immersive 3D movie experience ever created.
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Visit Arizona’s most popular movie theatre, located at Tempe Marketplace.
Harkins Theatre – Valley Art
Built in 1940, the Harkins Valley Art is Arizona’s oldest and longest operating movie theatre, and showcases popular independent films.
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.
Pollack Tempe Cinemas
Go to the movies for just $3 at this discount theater, and just $2 on Tuesdays.
SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium
Encounter a vast array of creatures including seahorses, sharks, rays, tropical fish and more. There are more than 30 display tanks with 5,000 sea creatures. Don’t miss SEA LIFE’s traveling exhibit Octopus Hideout, on display through December 2015.
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 with rotating, themed exhibits.
Tempe History Museum
The unique history of Tempe is dramatically staged through a variety of media and an interactive children’s gallery.
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.
Plan your next vacation with the Tempe Visitor's Guide.