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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 […]

It’s a great day for a Tempe bike ride

Tempe is known for being a bike-friendly city. For a 40 square mile city, it’s amazing that there are 217 miles of Tempe bike paths, from desert trails to bike lanes on city streets.

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 […]

New Dining Options in Tempe, AZ – Fall 2020

The newest eateries in Tempe feature everything from plant-based cuisine to delicious sweet treats, so you’ll find exactly what you’re craving. It’s the perfect time to check out a new restaurant to treat yourself to take out!

Outdoor Options in Tempe during COVID-19

To help you cope with the new stresses that we are all facing, you may want to get outside and enjoy the Tempe, Arizona sunshine. You can practice social distancing and experience the outdoors at the same time.

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 […]

Picnics in the Park in Tempe

To best enjoy the sunny Arizona weather we highly suggest a leisurely picnic at one of Tempe’s parks. There are 50 parks throughout the city of Tempe, with lots of amenities from lakes to playgrounds. To make your picnic seem more like a special event, order takeout from a nearby Tempe restaurant. Here’s a handy list of Tempe parks and restaurants to check out first.

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 […]

Pumpkin Spice Love Found in Tempe

Join us in our quest to try and sample as many of Tempe’s pumpkin food and drinks as we possibly can. Here’s a list of our favorites. Enjoy!

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. […]

Spend New Year’s Eve in Tempe

Check out these Tempe restaurants where you can have a festive dinner, dine-in or to-go, and ring in the New Year in a way that’s perfect for you.

Spotlight on Jack Minetti – Conference Concierge at Tempe Mission Palms

The Tempe Tourism Office team is fortunate to work with some outstanding hospitality professionals. These professionals help shape the guest’s experience, provide information about what to see and do in Tempe, and help make a conference run smoothly. I had the opportunity to sit down with Jack Minetti, the Conference Concierge at the Tempe Mission […]

Spring Break Family Fun in Tempe

When you’re a child, you always wanted spring break to last a lot longer than a week. With so much to do in Tempe this spring, parents might wish for the same thing!