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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 […]

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 […]

It’s a great day for a Tempe bike ride

Tempe is known for many things: Mill Avenue, Arizona State University, ASU Gammage and more than a few really fun annual festivals and events. But did you know that Tempe is known for being a bike-friendly city too? In 2011, the League of American Bicyclists re-designated Tempe a Silver-Level Bicycle-Friendly Community Award winner. Tempe was recognized […]

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arrives in Tempe

The wait for LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona in Tempe is over. This cool new indoor family attraction opened in April 2016 at Arizona Mills. I went with my family and we were super excited to see it. I had heard lots about it and we’ve been to LEGOLAND in California, but I wasn’t sure what […]

Matt’s Big Breakfast Opens in Tempe

We’ve heard rumors about the legendary Matt’s Big Breakfast making its way to Tempe. And, now the wait is over. I went to the brand new Matt’s Big Breakfast at 400 E. Rio Salado Parkway this weekend and you must check it out. You can’t see this location from the street, so be the coolest […]

Phoenix Rising FC Rises in the Desert

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 […]

Planning the perfect Tempe meeting or event

If you’re planning a meeting in Tempe, Arizona, you may already know that our city offers a variety of hotels and unique meeting venues. And you surely also know that finding the perfect venue is only the first step in your meeting planning process.  So you have selected a great meeting space in Tempe and signed […]

Site inspections with the Tempe Tourism Office

by Matt Connelly, Group Sales Manager At the Tempe Tourism Office, the group sales team strives to connect meeting planners to the ideal property for their conference attendees. In addition, we can curate an ideal selection of venues and activities that will allow the attendees to truly experience the vibrant community that is Tempe. What’s […]

Six Questions for Brian McCartin, President & CEO

Brian McCartin is the new President & CEO of the Tempe Tourism Office. If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet him yet, we wanted to give you a chance to get to know him and find out what he likes most about Tempe and what he sees for Tempe’s future as a tourism destination. […]