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History, Tradition and Beer: The Four Peaks Brewery Oktoberfest

Four Peaks Brewery flags
October 5, 2017

In the rafters of the 100-year-old creamery that still houses the original Four Peaks Brewery, above the steel tanks in which new beers are constantly bubbling, hang flags. More than a dozen of them are up there in total, from countries (and certain sports teams) across the globe. And the prime position, just to the right of the American flag? That’s where you’ll find the array of blue and white parallelograms representing the German state of Bavaria. The placement of the Bavarian flag, so close to the Stars & Stripes, isn’t an accident. The Bavarians are one of the world’s great brewing cultures; it was in their region that lagers—the cold-fermented family of beers to which most of the most popular beers in the world belong—was perfected. Today, almost every lager style brewed across the globe has Bavarian roots. Their flag is so close to ours because they’ve had an enormous impact on the beers we make. This cultural connection is a big part of why Four Peaks Brewery became the title sponsor of the annual Oktoberfest at Tempe Beach Park five years ago. Not only does the event raise funds for a program that sends high school seniors on 10-week international summer trips to all of Tempe’s sister cities, but it also honors and introduces people to the specific sister city of Regensburg, Germany, located in Bavaria. From oompah music and lederhosen to actual visiting German ambassadors, the Four Peaks Oktoberfest is one of the best introductions to Deutschland […]

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Tempe events: Tempe Tardeada celebrates Hispanic culture

Tempe Tardeada
October 3, 2017

Tempe events include the Tempe Tardeada on Sunday, October 8 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Tempe Cultural Complex. The first settlers to move to the Tempe area were Hispanic families from southern Arizona. In 1872, some of the Mexican settlers founded a town called San Pablo east of Tempe Butte community.  Each year, Tempe celebrates the historical significance of Hispanics within our community with the Tempe Tardeada. A tardeada is a social dance that is traditionally held on Sunday afternoons. The Tempe Tardeada  is the culmination of Hispanic Heritage Month. Highlights include live music, dancing, Ballet Folkloric lessons, a tortilla-making demonstration, arts and crafts, face painting and inflatables, The Game Truck and the Tempe History Museum’s Family Albums exhibit. In addition, vendors sell delicious foods at family-friendly prices. So gather the family and enjoy this fun Tempe tradition. It’s a great way to spend an October Sunday afternoon. Admission is free. For more information on the Tempe Tardeada, visit the City of Tempe website. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. October 4: Phoenix Rising vs. Tulsa Roughnecks Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex October 5: Roars & Pours Phoenix Zoo October 6: Music in the Garden: Mother Road Trio Desert Botanical Garden October 6: Rushified Tempe Marketplace October 6-8: Craig Gass Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre October 6-29: Arizona State Fair Arizona State Fairgrounds October 7: Tempe Tour de Fat […]

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The Journey before Ironman: Brent Scholar

October 2, 2017

For the special and accomplished few who cross the finish line at an Ironman race, there are no sweeter words than those from Ironman announcer Mike Riley: “You are an Ironman!” Brent Scholar hopes to hear those words for the first time on November 19, 2017 at IRONMAN Arizona in Tempe. Brent will be competing in his first full Ironman after a journey filled with many challenges that have molded him into who he is today. After November 19th he hopes to add Ironman to his list of accomplishments. Brent began his journey after a bout with vertigo in 2011. He weighed 193 pounds and decided to make a change in his life. He started doing P90X workouts at home and began noticing a difference. He quickly wanted a new challenge, something that allowed him to set a goal. He chose running, and metaphorically he hasn’t stopped since. On his 40th birthday, Brent ran four miles. He began running more and more every day and in 2013, he completed his first half-marathon. He has completed seven full marathons across the country since then. Each time he finished faster than the time before. Looking for a new challenge, Brent decided to purchase a bike and began training for a triathlon in 2014. The Santa Cruz 70.3 was his first triathlon event. Upon completing the 70.3, he circled IRONMAN Arizona as the first full triathlon he wanted to complete. He registered and began his training. Brent ran, swam, and rode his bike […]

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Weekly events: Ballet Under the Stars at TCA

Ballet Under the Stars
September 26, 2017

Tempe events feature Ballet Under the Stars at Tempe Center for the Arts Amphitheater on September 28. What could be more pleasant than sitting outside on a gorgeous September evening watching a beautiful dance performance by Ballet Arizona with Tempe Town Lake as the background? This is an annual tradition that I always look forward to and I’m eagerly anticipating this year’s event. Ballet Under the Stars is the perfect way to enjoy a performance by a professional dance company in a casual setting that’s complete with a stage, lighting, costumes and our beautiful Arizona weather. This year’s performance features encores of George Balanchine’s Square Dance and Western Symphony. So pack up the family along with some blankets or lawn chairs and some snacks and head to the Tempe Center for the Arts Amphitheater for a relaxing evening of dance on a starry night, September 28 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information on Ballet Under the Stars, or call 480-350-2822. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. September 27-30: Stray Cat Theatre: Kiss Tempe Center for the Arts September 28: Make America Rock Again Tour The Marquee September 28: Ballet Under the Stars Tempe Center for the Arts Amphitheater September 28: Susanne Wilson: Soul Smart Changing Hands Bookstore September 28-October 1: John Heffron Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre September 29: Motionless in White The Marquee September 29: Miss […]

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How to Entertain Your Parents When They Visit ASU

September 22, 2017

As a third-year college student at ASU, most of my time is devoted to hitting the books or spending time with my friends. However, when my parents come to visit, binge-watching Netflix or studying in Hayden Library isn’t exactly what they are looking to do. Luckily for me, I have become a pro tour guide when it comes to showing them around Tempe. Here are a few of my family’s favorite things to do and some ideas to help you next time your parents come to Tempe. My parents usually try to plan their trips to Tempe when there is a home football game, and game-day festivities are truly where we have had the most fun. During ASU’s Family Weekend in October, Downtown Tempe has a block party that’s filled with live music and tasty food. We like to start off game day on Mill Avenue and make our way over to either ASU’s Signature Barbeque near the stadium or tailgates that are hosted by my friends, but my favorite part of game-days are when we finally make it to the stadium. There is truly nothing like a college football game, especially here at Sun Devil Stadium. For me, bringing my parents to the football games and tailgates is the perfect way to immerse them in ASU culture and show them why I love it here so much. Since my diet during the semester consists primarily of coffee, I very much look forward to sitting down for a (free) meal […]

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Tempe events: Childsplay presents The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth
September 19, 2017

Tempe events feature Childsplay’s first magical show of another fantastic season, The Phantom Tollbooth, on stage at the Tempe Center for the Arts. The Phantom Tollbooth is based on the childhood classic about a boy named Milo who is always bored. Absolutely nothing interests him. This changes when a mysterious tollbooth appears in his room and he suddenly finds himself wrapped up in a fantastical adventure in the Land of Wisdom. With the help of a ticking watchdog named Tock and an infuriating—but definitely not boring—Humbug, Milo must bring Princesses Rhyme and Reason back to rescue the kingdom. This beloved childhood classic comes to life on stage proving that the next adventure is always just around the corner! Performances of The Phantom Tollbooth take place on Saturday and Sunday through October 15, 2017. To purchase tickets, visit Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. September 19: Pepper & Tribal Seeds The Marquee September 20: Reverend Horton Heat The Marquee September 21: SZA The Marquee September 21-30: Stray Cat Theatre: Kiss Tempe Center for the Arts September 22: Jam Austin Murray, Vermilion and The Shadow Chameleon Tempe Marketplace September 22: Fall Redux ASU Art Museum September 22-24: James Davis Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre September 23: Lakeshore Music Series presents Benny Green Trio Tempe Center for the Arts September 23: ASU Football: ASU vs. Oregon Sun Devil Stadium September 23-October 15: […]

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 Spotlight On: Garth Johnson, ASU Ceramics Research Center

ASU Ceramics Research Center in Tempe, AZ
September 13, 2017

Take our video tour of the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center (CRC) with its curator, Garth Johnson. Garth’s enthusiasm for the art of ceramics and the Ceramics Research Center is contagious and will make you eager to visit the CRC in person to browse the rows of incredible works from the permanent collection. The CRC has the most extensive collection of contemporary ceramics in the U.S.  In addition to the permanent works on display, you most likely will see one of the seasonal rotating exhibitions that focus on important movements and artists who have made major contributions in the ceramics field. Spend some time at the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center and you’ll be amazed at the diverse and beautiful works of art that have been created from simple lumps of clay. You might even be inspired to get your own lump of clay to pound, kneed, coil, turn or mold into your own work of art. The ASU Art Museum Ceramic Research Center is located in Downtown Tempe at 699 S. Mill Ave. #108, Tempe, AZ 85281. Hours are: Thursday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more information, visit

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Tempe events: Stray Cat Theatre presents Kiss

September 12, 2017

Tempe events include Stray Cat Theatre’s sweet sixteen season opener, Kiss, on September 15 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. In this Southwest premier written by Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderán and directed by Ron May, a standing double-date quickly becomes a hilarious farce as four friends unburden their hearts and reveal their secret passions. But is anything really what it seems to be? Politically charged and emotionally urgent, Kiss challenges us to question whether we can truly understand other cultures. Kiss is a disquieting exploration of the limitations of art in grappling with the suffocating effects of an oppressive regime. Kiss will be on stage at the Tempe Center for the Arts from September 15-30. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit, or call 480-227-1766. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. September 12: 14th Annual Tempe Healing Field Tempe Beach Park September 12: Manchester Orchestra The Marquee September 14: Juan González: Reclaiming Gotham Changing Hands Bookstore September 14: The Magpie Salute The Marquee September 14-17: Flip Orley Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre September 15: ASU School of Dance presents Fall Forward! ASU Galvin Playhouse September 15: Toad the Wet Sprocket The Marquee September 15: Smiley Draco Tempe Marketplace District Stage September 15-30: Stray Cat Theatre presents Kiss Tempe Center for the Arts September 16: Carmela y Más Tempe Marketplace District Stage September 16: ASU Symphony Orchestra: Phenomenon, […]

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Tempe events: Tempe Center for the Arts 10th Anniversary

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 5, 2017

  Tempe events feature Tempe Center for the Arts 10th Anniversary on September 8-9. Known for its iconic architecture and stunning aesthetic detail, Tempe Center for the Arts has hosted hundreds of performances, events and exhibitions enjoyed by audiences and visitors from around the world. On September 8, 2017, the TCA 10th Anniversary Celebration presented by Northern Trust, will feature a performance by “American Idol” winner and Arizona native, Jordin Sparks. VIP ticket options include premium seating, a pre-concert reception and a post-show meet and greet. Guests will also be treated to a preview of the Gallery at TCA’s new exhibition, Tempe Xhibition. Festivities will continue on September 9 with Too Marvelous for Words: The Story of Nat “King” Cole starring Keith David and the public opening reception of Tempe Xhibition (September 8-January 6), a showcase of artists and creatives who have given Tempe its smart, creative, funky and innovative vibe. For more information and to purchase tickets to the TCA 10 Year Anniversary Celebration,  visit the Tempe Center for the Arts website. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information.   September 5-10: FUN HOME ASU Gammage September 6-8: Chris D’Elia Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre September 6-September 16: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater September 7 & 9: EDGE happy hour Tempe Center for the Arts September 8-9: TCA 10 Year Anniversary Celebration Tempe Center for the Arts […]

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Arizona’s most iconic lakes are right in Tempe’s backyard!

Boating at Tempe Town Lake
August 30, 2017

There is nothing that captivates me more than a majestic sunset reflecting off the water of one of the many lakes Arizona has to offer. It just so happens that Tempe has some of the most iconic lakes right in its backyard! Check out these lakes that are in close proximity to Tempe. Located between Rio Salado and Loop 202 Highway lies Tempe’s very own “desert oasis”, Tempe Town Lake. Known for hosting everything from 5K community walks to large-scale triathlons, concerts and festivals, Tempe Town Lake is a hub for activities all year round. You can also go boating, rowing, or fishing on the 2-mile wide lake or hit the pavement and take a walk or a jog along the 5-mile path surrounding the lake. Check out our blog for more fun things to do at Tempe Town Lake. Kiwanis Lake is nestled in the middle of Kiwanis Park on Mill Avenue just south of Baseline Road. Boat Rentals of America has a location here where you can rent single or double kayaks, pedal boats or bikes at the north end of the lake on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. If you would rather stay dry on land, while still taking in the surroundings, you can use one of the many lakeside ramadas that make for an ideal setting for small gatherings. Saguaro Lake sits at the heart of the Tonto National Forest, roughly 45 minutes from Tempe, making it the closest lake outside of the Tempe area. As you […]

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