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24 Carrots in Tempe: good food that’s good for you

I’m drinking a smoothie called “Berry Me Alive.” I didn’t realize how funny the name was until I said it out loud when I ordered it at 24 Carrots today. I’m a sucker for cute names for beverages, but I’m also a sucker for places that take extra steps to do things the right way. […]

360-degree photo tour of Tempe

To help you plan your visit, we’d like to give you a sense for what our city is all about. Experience our favorite spots in Tempe, showcased in 360 degree video tours. Explore Tempe’s architecture, recreational havens and popular photo spots.

4th of July fun

We’ve made it easy to find something fun to do this year for the 4th. Check out our list of July 4th events in metro Phoenix where you can practice social distancing and watch fireworks light up the sky. Or, take it easy at home or at a staycation at a local hotel and enjoy the pool and takeout from a local restaurant.

Best Museums for Kids

Gone are the days of keeping quiet and not touching anything at a museum. I remember going on field trips to museums when I was a kid. They were fun, but I wouldn’t exactly say it was the best day of my life. It was hard to relate to and nothing felt like it was […]

Broadway shows at ASU Gammage in Tempe

UPDATE FOR 20/21 BROADWAY SEASON: ASU Gammage is gearing up for the 2020-2021 ASU Gammage Desert Financial Broadway Across America–Arizona season with an updated lineup. Challenges brought on by recent events have forced changes in the complex system of routing Broadway tours. That impacts the current Broadway season and the one to come. There aren’t […]

Cactus Sports celebrates 25 years in business

If you want to show your Sun Devil pride, there’s no better place to buy Arizona State University (ASU) gear than Cactus Sports in Downtown Tempe. Cactus Sports is celebrating their 25th year in business in 2017. Considering how many retailers have come and gone over the years, their success is a testament to a […]

Celebrate the season with Tempe’s holiday treats and drinks

Now that we’re in full holiday swing, we encourage you to check out our list of holiday items at Tempe’s restaurants, bakeries and bars. All around town, you’ll find eggnog (in ice cream or yogurt or a traditional cocktail), craft beers with a special holiday flair, tamales by the dozen and lots of sweet treats.

Craft Breweries in Tempe

Tempe has a vast culinary scene that extends from college town staples of pizza and burgers to upscale dining at House of Tricks and Top of the Rock. One trend that ties all of Tempe’s eateries together is the growing variety of excellent microbrews. With multiple craft breweries in Tempe, our city is producing some of the best of suds in the Southwest.

Date Ideas in Tempe

Let’s make a new resolution for this year. Whether it’s your first date or you’re celebrating your 20th anniversary, let’s plan dates again. To give you ideas for your next date, we asked three local couples to share their itineraries for a perfect romantic day in Tempe.

Day Trip from Tempe: Cave Creek

Take a day trip to discover scenic Cave Creek, a place that is within 45 minutes to an hour north of Tempe. It’s known for beautiful Sonoran Desert hiking trails, wide open spaces and spots that are reminiscent of the Wild West.

Day Trips from Tempe: Flagstaff and Bearizona

A fun family day trip from Tempe is to explore Flagstaff, Arizona and nearby Bearizona. The scenery is completely different, the temperatures are cooler than metro Phoenix and there’s lots to do in and around the city.

Family-friendly hikes in the Tempe and Phoenix area

The mild winter and spring temperatures are an excellent time to bring your kids in tow and go for a family friendly hike in Tempe or nearby Phoenix. To help you narrow down your options, we’ve written this guide of trails that we think are a great fit for toddlers to teens.

Favorite Mexican Restaurants in Tempe

NOTE: The City of Tempe is encouraging delivery and curbside pick-up whenever possible (rather than take-out) at this time. Lucky for you, we’re keeping a running list of who’s open and ready for delivery and curbside pick-up! BBQ and Kansas City, Jambalaya and New Orleans, Coffee and Seattle, Mexican food and Tempe. Some things just go […]

Find adventurous cuisine at Tempe restaurants

When I eat out at one of my beloved Tempe restaurants, I often order the same dish over and over because I love it so much. But, every once in a while I step out of my comfort zone and try something new. And, not just something new, but something unusual and even adventurous. Because […]

Find holiday gifts for everyone on your list in Tempe

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 this year!