Sort by Topic

Tempe Tourism Blog

Morning at Singh Meadows

Singh Meadows Outdoor DIning
January 8, 2019

By Lauren Saria Photos by Mark Lipczysnki On a crisp, cool Saturday morning, farmer Ken Singh chats with a family enjoying breakfast at Singh Meadows in north Tempe. In the distance, a fire pit puffs smoke into the pale, blue sky and steam rises from a clear, chemical-free pond. For 30 years, this was Rio Salado Golf Course, maintained in pristine condition through the use of pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals. It’s taken years for Singh to scrub the unwanted additives from the land and water—to create Singh Meadows, a 72-acre oasis where he hopes the community can come reconnect with nature. “There’s a richness that money can’t buy,” he says. “That’s why we’re here.” Singh can’t farm here due to the fact that the land is also a levee, but instead he’s built a spacious indoor farmers market where shoppers can buy organic produce, honey, fresh baked bread, and other local products. Most of the vegetables for sale are grown at his farm in Scottsdale, and even the honey comes from his bees. Open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday, shoppers can reserve weekly baskets in advance that include a bounty of produce ranging from Asian pears and golden beets, to sweet potatoes and Medjool dates. For visitors who want to dine at Singh Meadows, the onsite restaurant and juice bar highlights the culinary talents of chef Sasha Levine, formerly of The Ocotillo in Phoenix and new owner of the In Betweens, which holds pop-up dinners […]

Learn More

Ring in the New Year in Tempe

Downtown Tempe New Year's Eve
December 18, 2018

It’s time say farewell to 2018 and ring in 2019. Tempe has all kinds of fun events planned with live music, DJs, festive dinner menus, champagne toasts and kids’ activities. Here’s a list of top picks for where to celebrate the night away on New Year’s Eve in Tempe. And, to make sure that your night on the town is safe, Valley Metro is once again teaming up with Coors Light to offer free rides on December 31, beginning at 7 p.m., for Valley Metro rail, buses, Dial-a-Ride and Paratransit. Valley Metro will extend service until 2 a.m. and the City of Tempe will have enhanced service for several routes. New Year’s Eve events in Downtown Tempe: Join New Year’s Eve revelers in Downtown Tempe for a hearty dose of fun provided by bars and restaurants. There is no fee to enter Downtown Tempe on December 31, but many of the establishments on Mill Avenue and beyond are offering their own events. While you’re in Downtown, be sure to stop by the larger-than-life “2019” selfie station. Check out the awesome special events and celebrations happening in bars and restaurants in Downtown Tempe by visiting the Downtown Tempe Authority website for all of the New Year’s Eve happenings, including those listed below. El Hefe and Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row Champagne Ball Block Party El Hefe Mexican Restaurant – 640 S Mill Ave #110, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 257-2797 Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row – 640 S Mill Ave #120, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 794-1477 Rock the New […]

Learn More

Shopping in Tempe with a Holiday Twist

Tempe Marketplace holiday tree
December 17, 2018

With just one week to go before Christmas, it’s now or never to finish that last minute shopping and enjoy a few holiday events to get you in the spirit of the season. Arizona Mills, Tempe Marketplace and Downtown Tempe have both – great shopping and fun events – what could be better? Photos with Santa at Arizona Mills Mall 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 491-9700 Head over to Arizona Mills Mall for all your holiday shopping and grab a photo with Santa while you’re there. Located in the food court, Santa will be available for photos December 17-23, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., as well as Christmas Eve from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Holiday Bricktacular at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona Located inside Arizona Mills | 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir. #135, Tempe, AZ 85282 Bring your little LEGO lovers to explore a winter wonderland full of festive activities that will surely build up some holiday cheer. Located inside of Arizona Mills Mall, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona presents Holiday Bricktacular these select weekends in December: 22-23, & 24. Fun holiday activities include: – Gingerbread House Creative Workshop Build – Build your own Snowflake at the imagination build table – Deck Out Santa’s Sleigh – Sleigh Racing at Build & Test – Winter Wonderland Build Table – Letters to the Master Model Builder – Holidays in MINILAND – Holiday Minifigure Trading FISHMAS at SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium Located inside Arizona Mills | 5000 S. Arizona […]

Learn More

Find holiday gifts for everyone on your list in Tempe

Tracey Dempsy Originals in Tempe, AZ
November 28, 2018

The holiday shopping frenzy has begun. And, as we all know, searching for the ideal gifts for those on your list can be exhausting to say the least.  However, we have the perfect solution: shop local and turn holiday shopping into a fun and satisfying experience. For starters, you’ll likely encounter fewer crowds at the smaller businesses. Plus, parking is often easier.  Both of these qualities make shopping in Tempe less stressful and more enjoyable. But the main reason for staying in Tempe is that you’ll find some truly unique gifts for everyone on your list.  An added bonus–you’ll feel good about supporting our local businesses. To get you started, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite local merchants who make finding the perfect gift fun any time, but especially during the holidays. Our guide to Tempe merchants is bound to bring joy to your shopping experience. ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center Store at Brickyard Holiday Sale 699 S. Mill Ave., Ste. 108, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 727-8170 Share your love of art at the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center Store at Brickyard Holiday Sale, November 24-December 22, 2018. Choose from a selection of ceramics, photos, note cards, jewelry, Día de Muertos merchandise and more at 20% off (30% for Museum members). Many of the items have been created by local artists. Hours:  Thursday–Saturday 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Cactus Sports 514 S. Mill Ave., Ste 101, Tempe, Arizona 85281 | (480) 894-1278 Owned and operated by ASU […]

Learn More

Try something new in Tempe

Tribe Goga
November 21, 2018

Tempe is a city that can’t easily be defined. It’s not just a place for those who are interested in arts or athletics, food or festivals; it’s a place for all. Including those who are looking to do something out of the norm and do something a little more edgy.  Here are some creative options to break out the ordinary and do something extraordinary in Tempe! Escape Zone – 414 S. Mill Ave. #112, Tempe, AZ 85281 The time is now to test your skills at Escape Zone in Downtown Tempe. You will have the choice to stop a compromised train from crashing, breakout from a jail cell or try to uncover a hidden inheritance that your grandparents left behind. Each theme has its own story line, puzzles and a series of problems to solve. You must be quick, as you only have 60 minutes to find keys, follow the clues and crack the codes to succeed in your mission of escaping the room! If you happen to get stuck, the “Game Master” will send you hints to nudge you along the way. Escape Zone has just one question: do you have what it takes? Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing – 3105 S. Fair Ln., Tempe, AZ 85282 Ever had the urge to wield an axe? Then Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing is the place for you!  Lumberjaxes is an indoor axe-throwing facility very similar to a shooting range, except your weapon of choice is an axe! There are eight bays, with two axe […]

Learn More

My Tempe- Notes From a Native; Music

Tempe Center for the Arts
November 15, 2018

By Delaney Wood Music has always been an integral part of my life. Some of my fondest memories of my childhood include sitting next to my Grandma at the piano, while she loudly played and sang her favorite songs.  Personally, I have been playing the violin for 10 years and I currently play in the ASU Philharmonia Orchestra. I thoroughly enjoy attending concerts and performances in my free time, and we have plenty of opportunities to do so here in the valley. Below are some of the best places to visit, in and around Tempe, if you’re looking to catch a musical, attend a rock concert, or even see an orchestra perform. Arizona State University 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 There is always something musical going on at Arizona State University.  You can watch a large variety of performances, from professional Broadway musicals at ASU Gammage, to concerts put on by students at Katzin Concert Hall, just across the street from Gammage.  These performances are always high quality, and the student performances are free or a very low cost per ticket. Check out the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts calendar, and the ASU Gammage events calendar to see what musical event is currently taking place at ASU. The Marquee 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 The Marquee Theatre is located on Mill Avenue, just north of Tempe Town Lake.  It hosts endless popular artists, all at affordable prices.  Previous artists to visit this venue include […]

Learn More

My Tempe- Notes From a Native; Pic-worthy Places

Mill Ave Bridge Tempe Arizona
November 1, 2018

By Delaney Wood If you ever find yourself asking the question “What am I going to post next on Instagram?”, I have a solution for your problem- come to Tempe!  Tempe is full of beautiful venues, a bustling nightlife, and the most gorgeous sunsets. We’re home to Tempe Town Lake, Arizona State University, and the one-and-only Mill Avenue.  There are an endless amount of locations to take your next Instagram at, and your feed will never be boring again. If you’re stuck on where to go for your next Instagram post, here are just some of the most beautiful, colorful places in Tempe to snap some photos. Tempe Beach Park & Tempe Town Lake 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281   Joe’s Italian Ice 2019 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe AZ 85282     Marquee Theatre 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281     Kiwanis Park 5500 S. Mill Ave., Tempe AZ 85283     Harkins Theatres Valley Art 509 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281   Ghost Ranch 1006 E. Warner Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284     Downtown Tempe     “A” Mountain E. Rio Salado Pkwy & S. Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ, 85281  

Learn More

My Tempe- Notes From a Native; Turning 21

Varsity Tavern and Low Key Piano Bar
November 1, 2018

By Delaney Wood This summer, I celebrated my 21st birthday. I had a relaxing time at Flanny’s Bar and Grill playing trivia with all of my closest friends, and trying out my brand new 21-year-old ID.  However, in the weeks leading up to my birthday, I heard a never-ending barrage of the typical ideas: “You should totally go to Mill!” or “Let’s go to Old Town!”  While heading to Mill Ave on your birthday is always a fun idea, there are numerous other ways for you to celebrate your big milestone in Tempe. Whether you’re looking to dance all night or have a more laid-back evening, here are some ideas for your 21st birthday celebration in Tempe. Have Dinner and Try a New Restaurant Don’t want to party on Mill Ave for your birthday? Try out some of the many delicious restaurants we have here in Tempe: Ghost Ranch | 1006 E. Warner Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284 La Bocca Urban Pizzeria & Wine Bar | 699 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 House of Tricks | 114 E. 7th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 Postino Wine Cafe | 615 S. College Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 Pier 54 | 5394 S. Lakeshore Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283 Top of the Rock Restaurant| 2000 W. Westcourt Way, Tempe, AZ 85282 Play Games at the Arcade Main Event | 8545 S. Emerald Dr, Tempe, AZ 85284 If you’re looking to release your inner child for your birthday, head to Main Event and enjoy all of the activities it has to […]

Learn More

My Tempe- Notes From a Native; Restaurants

Delicious Factory
November 1, 2018

By Delaney Wood Having been born and raised in Tempe, I’ve had the unique opportunity to test out numerous restaurants, attractions and events that we have here in town.  Here in Tempe, we have a good mix of mom-and-pop establishments, as well as larger businesses and chain establishments. However, there are a select handful of places that I find myself returning to time and again.   Here are my recommendations for Tempe restaurants to try within the city I call home. Someburros 101 E. Baseline Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283 I’m putting Someburros at the top of my list because this is absolutely the restaurant I visit most often.  When I don’t feel like cooking dinner, or if I’m in need of some delicious Mexican food to help me through midterm season, I will most likely come here.  The location on Mill and Baseline is near and dear to my heart, and fun fact- it was the first Someburros location ever! Also, check out their new Tempe location near the ASU Tempe Campus: 1314 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, AZ 85281. Delicious Factory 414 S. Mill Ave., Ste. 101, Tempe, AZ 85281 The Delicious Factory is a relatively new discovery for me, but has quickly become my go-to place for smoothies.  My favorite is the “Tropical Dream” smoothie, which instantly brings back memories of enjoying mountains of Dole Whip soft serve during trips to Disneyland. They’re also known for delicious sandwiches and salads.  Pho Dalat 7707 S. Kyrene Rd. #106, Tempe, AZ […]

Learn More

My Tempe- Notes From a Native; Introduction

November 1, 2018

By Delaney Wood The Tempe Tourism Office has a new intern! It’s me- Delaney Wood. Throughout my time here, I created a blog series about life in Tempe, my experiences as a student at Arizona State University, and advice about fun things to do. I’ve lived in Tempe my entire life, so my hope is to provide an insider’s perspective on all of the best places to visit within the city. Or, at least, my favorite places to visit. I’ve spent this past summer working full-time as a Personalization Marketing Intern at Insight Enterprises, and now I’m excited to be interning at the Tempe Tourism Office. I am currently a senior at Arizona State University, studying Business, Hospitality and Tourism and Spanish. I’m also involved in the Hispanic Business Students Association, Women’s Business Leaders Association, the ASU Philharmonia Orchestra, and am the president of the Arizona State University chapter of Collegiate DECA. In the midst of my crazy schedule, I love to relax by exploring new places. In my opinion, the best days are those I spend hanging out in Tempe, discovering new shops and restaurants, or just taking a relaxing hike somewhere new. My absolute favorite thing about living in Tempe is our relatively close proximity to just about everything in Maricopa County and that, somehow, we still manage to maintain a small-town atmosphere within our community. I hope this blog series introduces you to at least a few new activities to try within the city.  I’m excited to […]

Learn More

Free Visitor's Guide

Plan your next vacation with the Tempe Visitor's Guide.

Free Visitor's Guide
Request Guide

Stay Connected with Us

Tempe Tourism e-Newsletter

Sign up for our monthly e-Newsletter to learn what’s new in Tempe.