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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 […]

Cocktails to go in Tempe

We’re sure you’ve ordered a lot of takeout over the past few months to help support our local Tempe restaurants. That means you’re awesome! But, how do you make a takeout meal just a bit more interesting? Pair it with a cocktail to-go.

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.

Day Trip from Tempe: Cave Creek

I’ve lived in Arizona my whole life and there are so many places to explore in my home state. Cave Creek is one place that I remember well from childhood, but I hadn’t visited with my husband and my daughter. I’ve been married for 12 years and my daughter is eight years old. A visit […]

Day Trips from Tempe: Flagstaff and Bearizona

When someone thinks of Arizona, images of saguaro cactus and other iconic desert landscapes usually spring to mind. They probably don’t think about pine trees and mountains. But, they should. One of my favorite places to go with my family is Flagstaff, Arizona. The scenery is completely different, the temperatures are cooler than metro Phoenix […]

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 Tempe venues and plan your event

The Tempe Tourism team and MeetInTempe.com are here to save you time when considering an Arizona destination for your next event or meeting. Find Tempe venues and more with our refreshed, mobile-friendly website. Our site features even more relevant information about Tempe, Arizona and easy-to-use-navigation buttons with links to our most requested services and facts […]

Get Happy at Happy Hour in Tempe!

Need a little happy hour in your life? Check out these happy hour specials being offered at several Tempe restaurants. Cheers!

House of Tricks: an oasis in Downtown Tempe

By Angela MunizPhotos by Mark Lipczynski Given its tucked away setting, it’s easy to believe House of Tricks is named for the way it plays on the mind like an oasis—a touch of green in Downtown Tempe’s growing urban landscape. The restaurant now includes a signature bar wrapped around a tree on the deck that […]