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Tempe events: Innings Festival at Tempe Beach Park

March 20, 2018

Tempe events include the Innings Festival at Tempe Beach Park, March 23-25, 2018. In its premier season, the Innings Festival promises to be a home run with a mix of big name bands and musicians like Gin Blossoms, Chris Stapleton, The Avett Brothers, Counting Crows, Queens of the Stone Age and Cold War Kids. This spring training celebration also features other inning-winning events such as Chef Demos with top Arizona chefs, baseball activities, photo booths and other events taking place throughout Tempe Beach Park. Food vendors offering a wide variety of good eats from savory to sweet guarantee that you won’t go hungry. And those who prefer a vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free fare will find plenty of options as well. Innings Festival is produced by C3 Presents, the team behind Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits Music Festival, as well as The Music City Food + Wine Festival and The Austin Food + Wine Festival. For more information and to purchase tickets to the Innings Festival, visit 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. Cactus League Spring Training is in full swing this week. Angels home games are listed below. For a complete Cactus League schedule, spring activities and details about transportation to and from games at Sloan Park, please visit the Tempe Tourism Office spring training page. March 20-25: THE KING AND I ASU Gammage March 21: Spring Training Cinema: […]

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The Journey before Ironman: Brent Scholar

October 2, 2017

For the special and accomplished few who cross the finish line at an Ironman race, there are no sweeter words than those from Ironman announcer Mike Riley: “You are an Ironman!” Brent Scholar hopes to hear those words for the first time on November 19, 2017 at IRONMAN Arizona in Tempe. Brent will be competing in his first full Ironman after a journey filled with many challenges that have molded him into who he is today. After November 19th he hopes to add Ironman to his list of accomplishments. Brent began his journey after a bout with vertigo in 2011. He weighed 193 pounds and decided to make a change in his life. He started doing P90X workouts at home and began noticing a difference. He quickly wanted a new challenge, something that allowed him to set a goal. He chose running, and metaphorically he hasn’t stopped since. On his 40th birthday, Brent ran four miles. He began running more and more every day and in 2013, he completed his first half-marathon. He has completed seven full marathons across the country since then. Each time he finished faster than the time before. Looking for a new challenge, Brent decided to purchase a bike and began training for a triathlon in 2014. The Santa Cruz 70.3 was his first triathlon event. Upon completing the 70.3, he circled IRONMAN Arizona as the first full triathlon he wanted to complete. He registered and began his training. Brent ran, swam, and rode his bike […]

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Phoenix Rising FC Rises in the Desert

Phoenix Rising FC in Arizona
July 24, 2017

Much like the team name itself, the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex, rose from the desert landscape quickly and majestically in a span of just 53 days. With it, rose the hopes and aspirations of many of the valley’s long suffering soccer fans desperate for a professional club for which to support. Club Governor and owner Berke Bakay assembled an eclectic and powerful ownership group consisting of world famous DJ, Diplo, Fall Out Boy Bassist, Pete Wentz, MLB Player, Brandon McCarthy and other local Phoenix titans of industry to buy the USL (division II soccer) club Arizona United Soccer Club and completely remake the club into a viable expansion option for soccer’s highest professional league in the U.S., Major League Soccer (MLS). Bakay was tasked with the almost impossible task of finding the club a new home to play in and a buzz big enough to attract MLS attention as it strives to be one of the MLS newest 4 expansion cities in an already hotly contested expansion process which includes 11 other U.S cities. After the building rights were secured for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community land located just off Curry Rd. on the intersection of the 101 and 202 freeways, construction on the 6,200 seat Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex began. The complex is located in south Scottsdale, just north of the Tempe border. The club changed names to Phoenix Rising FC, attracted world renowned players in Omar Bravo and Shaun Wright-Phillips, and began playing in front of enthusiastic […]

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Tempe 5Ks to Put a Spring in Your Step

Pats Run Tempe
February 15, 2017

Time to put your New Year’s resolution to get fit into action! There are lots of 5K and 10k walks and runs taking place in Tempe this spring that will help you get fit while also supporting some great organizations. Here’s a list of a few of my favorites in Tempe and Papago Park. Luv2Run 5k Run/Walk – February 18, 2017 – Road Runner Sports Tempe Come join the Run Your Race 5k Run/Walk and help support Team RWB, a veteran’s support group, on Saturday, February 18! Race includes a custom finisher medal, matching lapel pin and sticker, race bib, wristband, age group awards and water and snacks. Runners will receive a Road ID bib at check in. Check in starts at 8 a.m. in the parking lot at Road Runner Sports Tempe, located at Tempe Marketplace 43 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281. The race is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. FroYo Run – February 18, 2017 – Tempe Beach Park This frozen yogurt themed run boasts frozen yogurt at the finish line, of course, and also fun little spoons as finisher medals! Plan to enjoy Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt at the finish – yum! Each runner/walker will also get a fully loaded goody bag including mirrored shades and a dri-fit running hat! Choose from the 5k or 10k at this family friendly event and get ready to swirl your way to the finish line. Proceeds will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Check in starts at 6:45 a.m. The 10k starts at 7:45 a.m. and the 5 k starts at 9 a.m. 5k For Heroes […]

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State-Of-The-Art Facilities Make Tempe a Sports Destination

Mona Plummer Aquatic Center
January 19, 2017

State-of-the-art facilities make Tempe, Arizona a sports destination for pros and weekend warriors alike. After becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time with his 28 total (23 Gold) medals, Michael Phelps did what a lot of people choose to do upon retirement, move to Arizona. While Arizona’s climate, standard of living, and world-renowned golf courses were an obvious selling point for the gifted swimmer on his next home post-Olympic career, it was his relationship with new Arizona State University’s Swim Coach Bob Bowman (Michael’s own coach) and the wonderful facilities at ASU’s Mona Plummer Aquatic Center that truly intrigued Michael Phelps enough to give coaching a try and move with his family to Arizona. With the addition of Phelps and Bowman, interest in ASU Swimming started to skyrocket. Top high school swimming talent began committing to ASU. As a result of the attention being given to ASU Swimming, the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center has become a destination facility for swimming and diving events on the amateur and professional level. Mona Plummer Aquatic Center was already highly regarded as one of the country’s finest outdoor swimming and diving facilities.  With a seating capacity of 2,000 and an Olympic size, 50 meter by 25 yard, seven foot deep competition pool with a movable bulkhead, the facility has also been targeted by triathlon and amateur swimming organizations for their competitions. ASU’s newly renovated Sun Devil Fitness Complex boasts state of the art facilities and has also emerged as an outstanding place to host […]

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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 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 MarqueeNovember 15: The Unaccompanied Sonatas with Jonathan Swartz ASU Katzin Concert HallNovember 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 17: James […]

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Tempe events: Four Peaks Oktoberfest

Four Peaks Octoberfest
October 4, 2016

Tempe events include the largest Oktoberfest in Arizona, the Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Beach Park, October 7-9. It’s Tempe’s big annual festival of libations, food and music that raises money for Tempe Sister Cities.Along with all the traditional Oktoberfest beers and cheers, this Four Peaks Oktoberfest offers great fun for the entire family. Kids will love the giant carnival and Landings Cu Kinderfest.There’s plenty of food including traditional brats along with  everything from street tacos to egg rolls to traditional fair food.   Dance off some of those beer and brat calories to music on two stages: Four Peaks Lakefront Stage and the Spaten VIP Stage featuring bands from all over the world. All artists performing on the Four Peaks Lakefront Stage are included in the price of admission to the festival. A VIP ticket will be required for the Spaten VIP Stage. Music includes plenty of polka bands, and country, rock, blues and more. For more information and to purchase ticketon the Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake visit 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.   October 4: Gojira The Marquee October 5: Speakeasy Tempe Improv October 5: Editor Holly Welker and Author Brittny Goodsell: Baring Witness: 36 Mormon Women Talk Candidly About Love, Sex and Marriage Changing Hands Bookstore October 5-30: 3D Astronomy Shows Marston Exploration Theater October 5-November 30: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night […]

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5K Walks in Tempe This Fall

5K walk
September 21, 2016

Time to grab your walking shoes! Get fit for the approaching holidays while supporting an amazing organizations in the process by participating in a 5K walk! There are several fun 5K walks taking place in Tempe this fall. Check out this great list of 5K walks in Tempe taking place through November. Running Scared – October 22, 2016 – Tempe Marketplace Have some Halloween fun early! This family fun event not only allows you to get into the Halloween spirit, but you are also helping the Veterans Support Organization in their effort to enrich veteran lives through community. Registration opens at 7:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:00 a.m. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – October 22, 2016 – Tempe Beach Park Every Making Strides event is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to stay well from breast cancer, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with breast cancer research, information and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them. Registration opens at 7:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:00 a.m. Walk Now For Autism Speaks  – October 26, 2016 – Tempe Beach Park Join the Autism Speaks and the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) by walking to change the future for all who struggle with autism. This fundraising effort not only generates vital funds for autism research but also raises awareness about the increasing […]

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Tempe events: 2016-17 ASU Football: ASU vs. Northern Arizona

ASU Football
August 30, 2016

Tempe events include the first ASU Sun Devil home football game of the season when the Devils take on the Northern Arizona University on Saturday, September 3 at 7:45 p.m. In addition to great Pac-12 grid iron action, football fans can look forward to major improvements to ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium this year. Phases I and II of a three phase renovation will be completed in time for this Saturday’s game. The new features include an open-concept stadium design that will offer better views of the surrounding Arizona landscape and increased airflow in the concourse. Fan experience will be enhanced with the addition of WiFi, more legroom, as well as increases in the number of concessions and restrooms on the north, south and west sides of the stadium. The third and final phase of construction is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2017. So don your favorite pitch fork finery, check out the changes at Sparkey’s house and cheer for your Devils this Saturday.  Visit the 2016 Sun Devil Football website for the home game schedule and ticket information. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. August 30: hello Friday Tempe Center for the Arts August 31: Arizona’s Funniest Comedian Contest Tempe Improv August 31-October 16: 3D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater  September 1: Patricia Colleen Murphy: Hemming Flames and Sarah Vap: Viability Changing Hands Bookstore September 1-3: Desert […]

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Exciting Tempe fall events

August 24, 2016

Fall is one of my favorite times of year. It’s usually around now that I become weary of the summer heat and I know that cooler temperatures are right around the corner. Soon, all things pumpkin flavored will be on restaurant menus around town, which is something I’ve been anxiously waiting for. But what else do we have to look forward to in Tempe this fall? Here are a few things to get start getting excited about right now. ASU football With the start of fall brings college football! ASU home games bring Sun Devil pride to Downtown Tempe, fans from rival colleges, tailgating parties and game specials to neighboring bars and restaurants. Lots of fun to be had all season long. ASU Homecoming Weekend Enjoy events throughout the university and across Downtown Tempe for ASU’s Homecoming Weekend, October 16-22, 2016. Highlights include a comedy show, along with the traditional lantern walk and a pre-game parade and block party. The fun concludes with the annual homecoming football game where the Sun Devils take on Washington State at Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday, October 22, 2016. New Season at ASU Gammage Each year ASU Gammage brings no shortage of incredible shows to Tempe, and this upcoming season is no different. The first show of the season is CABARET, onstage September 13-18, 2016, followed by THE SOUND OF MUSIC, October 18-23, 2016. New Belgium’s Tour de Fat Join in on the fun on October 1, 2016 at New Belgium’s Tour de Fat bicycle extravaganza. You are encouraged to dress up in […]

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