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Tempe Art Exhibitions

ASU Art Museum
May 25, 2017

If you enjoy the visual arts, you’ll want to browse Tempe’s art museums and galleries. From paintings, to sculpture, ceramics to photography and film, Tempe offers a range of exhibitions in beautiful spaces, both inside and outdoors. The ASU Art Museum, named “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona” by Art in America magazine, is recognized for its cutting edge exhibits and innovative programming that is interdisciplinary, educational and relevant to life today. A visit to the ASU Art Museum, at 10th Street and Mill Avenue, and the Ceramics Research Center & Brickyard Gallery, located at 7th Street and Mill Avenue, is always an energizing experience. The Gallery at the TCA is located in the beautiful Tempe Center for the Arts. Rotating exhibitions by local and nationally known artists and a variety of visual arts workshops and events have made The Gallery at the TCA a favorite of locals and visitors to Tempe. Desert Botanical Garden is known for its lovely setting and paths lined with thousands of plants from arid climates throughout the world. However, you’ll also find exciting works of art sprinkled throughout the Garden Phoenix Zoo | Arizona Center for Nature Conservation is one of the nation’s largest non-profit zoos, dedicated  to conservation and inspiring people to care for the natural world. Pueblo Grande Museum features a 1500 year old Hohokam site and three galleries focusing on the Hohokam people who populated the area from A.D. 450 to 1450 and the archaeological methods used to learn […]

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Tempe splash pads and waterpark fun this summer

Big Surf Waterpark
May 25, 2017

What makes any summer day in Tempe just a little bit better? Water. As in splash pads, water parks and pools. Even though the summer days get pretty toasty in Arizona, my family always cools off and has fun when there is water around. Luckily for us, Tempe has lots to choose from! Here are a few options in Tempe to keep you cool all summer long: Tempe Summer Hotel Deals Take a break this summer at one of Tempe’s hotels. Many Tempe hotels are offering great rates, some including food and beverage credit and other extras. And, of course, you and your family will spend lots of time at their sparkling pools. Check out our Summer in Tempe webpage for a list of all of the hotel specials this season. Kiwanis Wave Pool The Kiwanis Pool is perfect for the whole family. No need to reapply sunscreen here – the pool is indoors. It has water slides and 3’ waves – rafts are also available for rent. Admission is inexpensive at just $7 for adults and kids who are 13 years and older. For children from 2-12 years old, admission is $5. Season passes are available. Check the website for more details, including hours of operation. Splash Pad at Tempe Marketplace This splash pad is surrounded by shaded seating area for parents and it’s close to a few spots where you can get an iced beverage or dessert, such as the cafe inside Barnes & Noble, Panera Bakery and Coffee Bean and […]

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Tempe events: Ballet Arizona presents Topia

TopiaTopia at Desert Botanical Garden
May 23, 2017

This week’s events include the opening of Ballet Arizona’s original ballet, Topia, at Desert Botanical Garden. Choreographed by Ballet Arizona’s artistic director Ib Andersen, Topia is a presentation of movement, sound and multimedia that combines the beauty and technical brilliance of ballet with the magnificence of the desert landscape. Topia takes place Tuesdays through Saturdays, May 23-June 10, 2017. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the performance begins at 8 p.m. Ticket holders are welcome to enjoy the Garden prior to the ballet by showing their ticket at the admission window. A food and cash bar will be available at the Event Plaza, or guests can enjoy dinner at Gertrude’s, a fresh food experience located just inside the Garden entrance. For more information on Topia, and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.dbg.org/events/ballet-arizona-presents-topia. 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. May 23-28: THE BOOK OF MORMON ASU Gammage May 23-June 10: Ballet Arizona presents Topia Desert Botanical Garden May 24: Ali Noorani: There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration Changing Hands Bookstore May 24: Lukas Graham & The Band Perry The Marquee May 24: The M.E. Tour – Marsha Ambrosius and Eric Benét Tempe Center for the Arts  May 24-June 3: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater  May 25: Vamps The Marquee  May 25-27: EDGE happy hour Tempe Center for the Arts May […]

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Day trip from Tempe: Salt River Rafting

salt river rafting
May 19, 2017

Craving an adventure? How about rafting down the Salt River? Just a 2 1/2 hour drive from Tempe, you can have this adventure for yourself! Me two co-workers took a day trip from Tempe to the Salt River recently, and loved it. We started our day in Tempe having coffee and muffins at local coffee house Gold Bar Espresso,  3141 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282. When you walk through the doors you are welcomed into a cozy, at-home feeling. The rich colors, dark wood, and mix-and-match decor gives a relaxed feeling immediately. The first thing you’ll see is the extensive coffee menu on the wall. They have just about any coffee drink you can think of, and an abundant selection of custom mocha drinks. One of my favorites is the rolo mocha. This time I tried something new and ordered the chai mocha. It was rich with spice and just the right amount of mocha – so good. We got a few muffins to share and were on the road. We hopped in the car and headed out to the Globe area for our water adventure, about a 2 to 2 1/2 hour drive from Tempe. Just about a half hour past the small town of Globe is where our tour company, Salt River Rafting, has their home base. Salt River Rafting’s river office is on the map at Hwy 60 and the Salt River, Mile Marker 293. Just after you pass over the river, there is a sign […]

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Treat yourself to a fun night out on the town in Tempe

Blasted Barley Brewing Co interior
May 18, 2017

It’s time to call yourself an Uber and make your way down to Tempe for some of the most fun bars you have yet to experience. From local breweries to entertainment venues, we have you covered with this list of top night life destinations in Tempe! Main Event Tempe 8545 S. Emerald Ave. Tempe, AZ 85284 (480) 753-1200 Experience something other than a typical night out and head over to Tempe’s biggest indoor entertainment venue. Bowl a perfect game on state-of-the-art bowling lanes, enjoy billiards tables and an in-door laser tag course. Defy gravity on the  gravity high ropes course, which is suspended above more than 100 virtual and interactive games. When you get hungry, enjoy attractive dining options and full-service premium bars. There is no doubt you will have a great time. Dave & Buster’s 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 281-8456 Eat, Drink, and Play at Tempe’s very own big kid’s playground, Dave & Busters, which is located in Tempe Marketplace. Try one of the new drinks from their in house mixologist at their premium bar while kicking some butt at old school arcade games such as Pop-A-Shot, Pac-Man, and skeeball. Whoever said arcade games were just for kids, obviously has not experienced a night at Dave & Busters with a cocktail, or two. Culinary Dropout at The Yard Tempe 149 S. Farmer Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 240-1601 Another fantastic option, located in a revamped warehouse space on First Street and Farmer Avenue, is Culinary Dropout at […]

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Tempe events: THE BOOK OF MORMON at ASU Gammage

The Book of Mormon
May 16, 2017

Tempe events include the opening of THE BOOK OF MORMON at ASU Gammage on May 18, 2017. This outrageous musical comedy and winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical,  follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to a remote village in Africa to spread the Good Word. The New York Times calls it “the best musical of the century.” the Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jimmy Fallon of “The Tonight Show” calls it “Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal.” The BOOK OF MORMON runs through May 28, 2017. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.asugammage.com/shows. 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. May 16: Performance with a View presents CONDER/dance Tempe Center for the Arts  May 16: Kate Moore: The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women Changing Hands Bookstore May 17-June 3: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater May 18: Roars & Pours Phoenix Zoo. May 18: Sandra Marinella: The Story You Need To Tell: Writing to Heal from Trauma, Illness or Loss Changing Hands Bookstore May 18: An Evening with Henri Benard Tempe History Museum  May 18-20: EDGE Happy Hour Tempe Center for the Arts  May 18-21: Felipe Esparza Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre  May 18-28: […]

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Celebrate this Mother’s Day in Tempe

House of Tricks
May 10, 2017

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14. There’s still time to plan something special for that incredible person who does so much for everyone in the family throughout the year.  Here are some suggestions for places to take mom and grandma to show them how appreciated they are, especially for sticking it out during your adolescence. Keep in mind that Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for many restaurants, so be sure to make reservations. For more information about restaurants in Tempe, visit the Tempe Tourism Office website. Culinary Dropout ‘A Meal Fit for a Queen’ at Culinary Dropout will feature yummy Grilled Asparagus Toast with smoked ham, crispy potato, sunny side up eggs and black truffle emulsion for $13 and Crepe Cake with lemon mascarpone, blueberries and roasted pistachio brittle for $10. For reservations call 480-240-1601. 149 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, Arizona 85281 / 480-240-1601 Gertrude’s at Desert Botanical Garden Mom will love dining in the beautiful desert surroundings of Gertrude’s at Desert Botanical Garden. In addition to the regular brunch menu, the Mother’s Day offerings will include (while supplies last) Maple & Beet Cured Sturgeon Crudo with Horseradish, Caviar Sauce, Pickled Carrot, $14; Saffron Braised Monkfish with Smoked Eggplant, Coriander Gremolata and Tomato Kasundi; Anson Mills Grits with Braised Morel Mushrooms, Ramp Pesto, Burnt Orange, $24. Open from 10:30 a.m. -9 p.m. Reservations are recommended. 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, AZ 85008 / 480-719-8600 House of Tricks A true Tempe treasure, House of Tricks, isn’t […]

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Tempe events: Spring Music in the Garden: Grupo Liberdade  

Grupo Liberdade
May 9, 2017

Tempe events include: Desert Botanical Garden’s Spring Music in the Garden series featuring Grupo Liberdade on May 13, 2017. Grupo Liberdade performances are filled with an exuberance and vitality that spills over to the stage and to the audience. Directed by Brazilian native Poranguí, this percussion-driven group blends Latin and Caribbean rhythms with lively traditional and contemporary Brazilian music. Your evening can also include a delightful dinner at the Gertrude’s, located onsite. Or purchase food from the chef-attended station or the Patio Café at the venue while enjoying music. The special from the chef-attended station will be marinated chicken fajitas, tortillas, citrus papaya salsa, cabbage slaw, green chile mayo, black beans and rice. Enjoy a beautiful desert evening under the stars and an energetic, unforgettable and uplifting performance by Grupo Liberdade at Desert Botanical Garden this Saturday. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.dbg.org/music-garden. 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. May 10: Class Clowns Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre May 10-13: Stray Cat Theatre presents Hir Tempe Center for the Arts May 11: Poptone The Marquee May 11-13: EDGE happy hour Tempe Center for the Arts May 11-14: Donnell Rawlings Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre May 12: National Public Gardens Day Desert Botanical Garden May 12: Spring Music in the Garden: Grupo Liberdade Desert Botanical Garden May 12: Fuel and Marcy Playground Tempe Marketplace District Stage May 12: […]

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Tempe events: Wonderland: Alice’s Rock ‘N Roll Adventure

Wonderland: Alice’s Rock ‘N Roll Adventure
May 2, 2017

Tempe events include Childsplay’s production of  Wonderland: Alice’s Rock ‘N Roll Adventure on stage at the Tempe Center for the Arts.  In this rollicking musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classics, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, you’ll see Alice, The Queen of Hearts, The Mad Hatter and other old favorites like you’ve never seen them before. The actors telling the story are also members of the band. You’ll tumble down the rabbit hole into a rock ‘n roll adventure with an eclectic rock soundtrack that underscores a fantastically fun story about a girl learning how to march to the beat of her own drum – literally! Wonderland: Alice’s Rock ‘N Roll Adventure is perfect for ages 5 and up. Performances take place at the Tempe Center for the Arts on Saturdays and Sundays through May 21, 2017. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.childsplayaz.org/1617Season. 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. May 3-June 3: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater – May 4: Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle: Driving Miss Norma Changing Hands Bookstore May 4-6: EDGE happy hour Tempe Center for the Arts May 4-6: Comedian Ricky Velez Tempe Improv May 4-13: Stray Cat Theatre presents Hir Tempe Center for the Arts May 5: Music in the Garden: Carmela y Mas Desert Botanical Garden May 5: Movies in the Park – Happy Feet Kiwanis Park May 5: Rachel […]

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Shopping for ASU Fan Gear

Cactus Sports Mill Avenue
April 30, 2017

Students, parents, alumni, visitors to Tempe and soon-to-be-graduates of Arizona State University – what better way to show your school pride than with some very cool ASU fan gear!  If you cruise through Downtown Tempe, you’ll find several spots with ASU apparel and merchandise. You can also venture onto the ASU Tempe Campus to check out where students shop for gear along with their books and supplies for school. Here in Tempe, maroon and gold aren’t just ASU colors—they are symbols of influence, history and a way of life. Cactus Sports 514 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 480-894-1278 ASU fans can find this Sun Devil haven among the restaurants and entertainment in the heart of Downtown Tempe. Cactus Sports offers a plethora of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories as well as home goods. Pick up a pitchfork-themed onesie for a little one, or grab a key chain to forever remind you of your trip to Tempe. Sun Devil Campus Store 525 E. Orange St., Tempe, AZ 85287 480-965-3191 Would you like to explore the Arizona State University Tempe Campus? Do you want to shop where thousands of students shop from August to May? Then the Sun Devil Campus Store will be a great stop for you. Travel through the campus to purchase an ASU flash drive on a key ring, or even a traditional foam hand or school t-shirt. This location also offers dorm necessities if you happen to have a Sun Devil family member or friend living on […]

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