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20 things to do in Tempe, AZ in the New Year

2021 is here, thank goodness. I’m not sure if I’m more excited that 2021 is here or if 2020 is over… I digress. Here are 20-ish things to do in Tempe, Arizona in 2021.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Owned Restaurants/Businesses in Tempe

Looking for a way to support local Asian American and Pacific Islander owned restaurants and businesses? Us too! We made this list of locally owned restaurants and in Tempe to make your search easier.

Celebrate National Pi (Pie) Day in Tempe

Whether you’re celebrating the glorified National Pi Day (3.14) or looking to satisfy a craving or just something different to consume, we’ve got the best pies in Tempe! Here are some great places to get pie in Tempe on National Pi Day or any other day that ends in ‘y.’

Celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week with Tempe, Arizona

Tempe is celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week May 2-8, 2021. To help refresh and regenerate after the year we’ve all had, you may want to get outside and enjoy the Arizona sunshine.

Donut delights in Tempe

Craving donuts? We did all the hard work testing out Tempe’s most beloved donut shops. We taste tested and categorized the donuts into four categories: the Most Instagrammable, For the Brave (and Willing), and Most Creative and Colorful. Enjoy!

Drink Me! Tea Room – a modern twist on the afternoon tea experience

In need of a whimsical afternoon tea time? Melissa Harlan, owner of Drink Me! Tea Room in Tempe, was inspired on a trip to London where she had afternoon tea five days in a row. She wondered how she could bring this piece of joy she felt in London back home to Tempe, Arizona.

Fresh out the oven cookies in Tempe, Arizona

So you’re looking for the best cookies in Tempe? Excellent, we’ve got you covered! We love our cookies hot and fresh baked (daily) and these local Tempe bakeries are sharing the wealth with residents and visitors alike!

Get Pizza by the Slice at these Tempe Restaurants

We don’t know about you, but we think pizza is always a good idea. It is typically a weekly, or let’s be honest, almost daily, part of our diet. These pizza joints in Tempe have stolen a pizza of our hearts and we think you need to discover your favorite slice, whether it be traditional or trending towards unusual.

Let’s go there – visit Tempe, Arizona

We all need something to look forward to again. And nothing is more exciting than planning that next perfect getaway. The one that can’t get here soon enough. Because the journey begins the moment we decide to go somewhere. That’s why now is a great time to plan a trip to Tempe, Arizona!

Murals in Tempe, Arizona

Love murals? Hop in your car and take a driving tour of Tempe’s public art. We showcase our favorite Tempe, Arizona murals on a custom driving tour.

Murals in Tempe, Arizona – Part II

This is Part II of our Murals in Tempe, Arizona series. We can all use a little more inspiration these days and nothing inspires us more than the healing power of art. You can see all of these works of art from the road or a parking lot.

Places to watch an ASU or Arizona football game in Tempe

While the Sun Devils are away, we’ll watch them play!   Football season is upon us. When we can’t cheer for our favorite team inside Sun Devil Stadium, the next best thing is to gather with your fellow maroon and gold wearing fans at a local sports bar. Being a college town, Tempe just happens to have […]

Plan your wedding in Tempe, AZ

There are a ton of details to take care of when planning your perfect wedding. But, if you are planning your Arizona wedding in Tempe, we can alleviate some of that stress by sharing our favorite tips for venues, hotels and group dining options for your rehearsal dinner.    From bridal showers to the rehearsal dinner to the grand occasion, Tempe is a perfect spot to share your special moments with your closest family […]

Support local Tempe merchants

Support local Tempe merchants. Tempe retailers, artists, florists and more sell everything from ASU gear to flowers to skateboards to artwork. These businesses will benefit from your patronage now more than ever, so use this list as you’re looking for gifts, or gift cards, for loved ones (or just for you).

Where to get a margarita (or two) in Tempe, Arizona

Frozen or on the rocks, we love all margaritas! The Tempe Tourism Office ventured out on the streets of Tempe to find the best margarita options for you to celebrate National Margarita Day. You’re welcome.