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Tempe events: Innings Festival at Tempe Beach Park

March 20, 2018

Tempe events include the Innings Festival at Tempe Beach Park, March 23-25, 2018. In its premier season, the Innings Festival promises to be a home run with a mix of big name bands and musicians like Gin Blossoms, Chris Stapleton, The Avett Brothers, Counting Crows, Queens of the Stone Age and Cold War Kids. This spring training celebration also features other inning-winning events such as Chef Demos with top Arizona chefs, baseball activities, photo booths and other events taking place throughout Tempe Beach Park. Food vendors offering a wide variety of good eats from savory to sweet guarantee that you won’t go hungry. And those who prefer a vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free fare will find plenty of options as well. Innings Festival is produced by C3 Presents, the team behind Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits Music Festival, as well as The Music City Food + Wine Festival and The Austin Food + Wine Festival. For more information and to purchase tickets to the Innings Festival, visit https://www.inningsfestival.com/ 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. Cactus League Spring Training is in full swing this week. Angels home games are listed below. For a complete Cactus League schedule, spring activities and details about transportation to and from games at Sloan Park, please visit the Tempe Tourism Office spring training page. March 20-25: THE KING AND I ASU Gammage March 21: Spring Training Cinema: […]

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Where should I eat before an ASU Gammage show?

Postino Annex
March 15, 2018

Yay! You got tickets to the Broadway show you’ve been dying to see! The next step? Picking a fun, delicious, and conveniently located Tempe restaurant near ASU Gammage – preferably so that you only have to park once for the evening. Being that ASU Gammage is located in Downtown Tempe, there are lots and lots of great choices for a meal before your show. Here are a few of my favorite restaurants near ASU Gammage, but please let me know if there’s one I need to add! Rehab Burger Therapy The theory behind Rehab Burger is that you check in to check out! Take a break from life and relax with an awesome burger and a cold beer in a relaxing atmosphere. Themed after a beach vacation, this restaurant boats an atmosphere where you can let your hair down. Try the maple bacon donut burger for taste bud happy dance, and pair it with the sweet potato tots. Orchid House at the Brickyard, 21 E 6th St #146, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 773-7307 Pedal Haus Brewery Built to be a haven for lovers of bikes, good times and great beer, Pedal Haus Brewery has everything you need for a memorable night out. This 14,000 sq. ft. bike-friendly restaurant features hand-crafted European-style beers, a Belgian-American gastropub food menu, a huge patio space and three indoor and outdoor bar options with 24 taps each. With one of the biggest patios in all of Downtown Tempe, Pedal Haus Brewery brings together European-style crafted beers, […]

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Tempe’s Top 6 Hot Dogs are quite frank-ly very good

Top 6 Tempe Hot Dogs
March 13, 2018

There are few things in life that are better than sitting back with a good hot dog. We loved them as kids and you bet we love them as adults too. Hot dogs are a symbol of Americana, right? We have them at summer BBQ’s, the Fourth of July and at the ballpark. When it’s not a game day at Tempe Diablo Stadium or Sloan Park, here are the top six places to get a hot dog in Tempe. Ted’s Hot Dogs 1755 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282 If you’re going to have a list of places to get good hot dog in Tempe, Ted’s Hot Dogs better be at the top. Ted’s Hot Dogs have been around for over 90 years – with its Tempe location having been around for over 30 years. All the hot dogs are cooked over charcoal and they feature a variety of the classics, like regular, foot long, all beef, veggie and corndogs. Add some excitement to your life and order from their list of Awesome Dogs, which include bacon and cheese hot dogs, bacon and mac, or our favorite, chili and cheese. Portillo’s Hot Dogs 65 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 If you’re from Chicago, then you probably grew up going to Portillo’s. This Chicago staple offers a variety of dogs to choose from but when in Rome, eat like they do. Their Chicago style hot dog includes mustard, relish, celery salt, onions, tomatoes, pickles and peppers. It’s the perfect taste […]

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Tempe events: TCA & Stray Cat Theatre: Gidion’s Knot

Gidion's Knot - Photo credit: John Groseclose
March 13, 2018

Tempe events include Gidion’s Knot, presented by TCA Theatre and Stray Cat Theatre., March 15-24. The story takes place over the course of a parent/teacher conference between a distraught mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher. The two have a fraught conversation about the mother’s son, Gidion. As his story is slowly revealed, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion’s violent act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability. For more information and to purchase tickets to Gideon’s Knot, visit http://straycattheatre.org or call (480) 350-2822. You can also join in the conversation at two free events connected to the play: March 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m . – Directors’ Chat with Ralph Remington, TCA Producing Artistic Director, Ron May, Artistic Director of Stray Cat Theatre and Tracy Liz Miller, Director of Gidion’s Knot. They will share why they chose to present the play and will give a behind-the-scenes look into how it was created. March 23, 6:30-7:30 pm – The Right to Express, a discussion with an arts activist, a therapist, a teacher and mothers who will explore censorship, the line between reality and expression, mental health and parent-teacher relationships. 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. Cactus League Spring Training is in full swing .Angels home games are listed below. For a complete Cactus League schedule, spring activities and details about transportation to and from games […]

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Tempe events: Arizona Aloha Festival at Tempe Beach Park

Arizona Aloha Festival
March 6, 2018

Tempe events include the Arizona Aloha Festival at Tempe Beach Park, March 10-11, 2018 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Yes, it’s time to don your favorite Hawaiian shirt or other tropical garb and head to Tempe Beach Park to experience island culture here in the Sonoran Desert. It’s a free family event that celebrates Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan and other South Pacific cultures through dance and musical performances, free ukulele lessons, food, kid’s crafts and lots more. Dust off your ukulele and join in the ukulele jam sessions, or just come and listen, at Aunty Aloha’s Ukulele Corner. You’ll find lots of great shopping at two marketplace areas and delicious and tempting island foods at two food courts. Purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win a trip to Maui which includes five day trip to Maui which includes air fare. The Arizona Aloha Festival is two days packed with fun activities and events. It’s the next best thing to taking an island vacation. And it’s free! 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. Cactus League Spring Training is in full swing this week. Angels home games are listed below. For a complete Cactus League schedule, spring activities and details about transportation to and from games at Sloan Park and Tempe Diablo Stadium, please visit the Tempe Tourism Office spring training page. March 7: Spring Training Cinema: Field of Dreams […]

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Tempe events: Rhythmic Circus-Feet Don’t Fail Me Now

Feet Don't Fail Me Now!
February 27, 2018

Tempe events include the off-Broadway hit Rhythmic Circus-Feet Don’t Fail Me Now! at the Tempe Center for the Arts on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. Rhythmic Circus bursts onto the TCA stage with an effervescent troupe of artists, musicians, and outrageously talented dancers. “Heatbox,” the human beatbox, joins the seven-piece funk band to accompany each tap, shuffle, and stomp as this dancing circus blows audiences away with their rapid fire moves and high energy fun. Feet Don’t Fail Me Now showcases brilliant staging, colorful costumes, rapid-fire tap, funky styling, a seven-piece band with a big, brass sound, in a genre-hopping hour-and-a-half of rock, blues and soul. The Minneapolis-based troupe, Rhythmic Circus is comprised of internationally renowned artists. Since their early start 10 years ago at a small theatre in northeast Minneapolis, they have grown into an international sensation touring to over 300 cities worldwide including a six-week tour throughout China, an eighteen-city tour in the Netherlands and multiple trips to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest art festival. To purchase tickets to Feet Don’t Fail Me Now, visit tca.ticketforce.com/tcapresents, or call at (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. Cactus League Spring Training is in full swing this week. Angels home games are listed below. For a complete Cactus League schedule, spring activities and details about transportation to and from games at Sloan Park and Tempe Diablo […]

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Try TRES Tempe, Tempe’s newest restaurant gem

Tres Tempe Tres Leches Cheesecake
February 23, 2018

Every once in a while you come across a new restaurant that you think will be good, but it is actually so great that it just blows you away. I’m happy to say that I had this experience at TRES Tempe, a brand new restaurant in south Tempe. To call TRES Tempe a hidden gem is apropos. It’s somewhat hidden, located at 7192 S. Price Rd., next to the newly opened Home2 Suites Phoenix Tempe and Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Tempe ASU Research Park, in the Discovery Business Campus. But it’s also conveniently located at the 101 Freeway and Elliott Road. A friend and I decided to try it out after hearing that it had just opened.  After checking out the menu offerings described as “a clean and modern interpretation of the Mediterranean and the Southwest, prepared with locally sourced ingredients in a wood-fired oven,” we wasted no time in heading over for lunch. The space is open, airy and modern, but also warm and inviting due to the large windows that allow lots of sunlight in. There are lots of cool decorative elements, like a black and white graphic tile behind the open kitchen and a beautiful bar in the center of the space. We were seated and our server came to our table immediately and described the menu with lots of good detail. He had tried everything on the menu and made a few suggestions of his favorite items. The menu is true to the promise of blending […]

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Tempe events: Night of the Open Door @ ASU

ASU Night of the Open Door
February 20, 2018

Tempe events include ASU Night of the Open Door @ Tempe, February 24, 2018, from 1-6 p.m.  Experience the best kind of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) with a side of humanities and athletics at this fun, mind-expanding event for both the tech savvy and not so tech savvy of all ages. With more than 300 interactive activities, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look into the spaces that house the most innovative projects at ASU. Spaces to explore include the Biodesign Institute, ASU Super Computer, Mars Space Flight Facility, ASU Marston Exploratory Theater and more. ASU students and faculty will introduce you to poisonous insects, space exploration, volcanoes, drones and robots, medical breakthroughs and Mayan discoveries. Interactive hands-on activities offer a wide spectrum of sciences, engineering, humanities and the arts. ASU Night of the Open Door @ Tempe is “THE” night to come experience the creative energy that powers a world-class university. Learn more about Night of the Open Door activities and events. 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. February 20: Black Veil Brides The Marquee February 20-25: Hamilton ASU Gammage February 21-March 18: Cavalia Odysseo 1475 N. McClintock Dr., Scottsdale, AZ February 22: Steve Krause Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre February 23: Don’t Tell Mom Tempe Marketplace February 23: Vince Neil The Marquee February 23-25: ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre presents The Flick Nelson Fine Arts Center Plaza February 23-March […]

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Spotlight on Jack Minetti – Conference Concierge at Tempe Mission Palms

February 20, 2018

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 Palms Hotel in the heart of Downtown Tempe. He is the only Conference Concierge in Tempe. It is evident when you meet Jack that he has a real love for people, which shows in his work. Jack is originally from Pittsburgh and set his sights on the sunny state of Arizona in the 1980s. He quickly found a job in the hospitality industry. Jack’s work experience in Arizona includes working for InFlight Food Prep, the famed Estelle’s Jazz Club and the Hyatt Regency as Lead Food Captain. Winning multiple awards for industry excellence, Jack continued to grow and expand his horizons. In 1999, Jack found his way to the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel as Lead Food Captain. While working several key events, Jack began to recognize that guests had many questions and needs. Jack brought his observations to Cheryl Martin, his supervisor, and said “I want to help these people have a meaningful experience during their stay here.” Recognizing Jack’s knack for impromptu action and ideas, the department of Conference Concierge was created. Jack’s mission is to assure that your conference or meeting goes as smoothly as possible. Jack and the staff at the Tempe […]

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Tempe events: The Flick at ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center

ASU Nelson Fine Art Center in Downtown Tempe, AZ.
February 13, 2018

Tempe events include The Flick, presented by the ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre at the Nelson Fine Art Center,  February 16-25, 2018. Written by Annie Baker and winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, The Flick is set in a rundown movie palace in Worcester, Massachusetts.  The story follows three underpaid movie ushers, Avery, Sam and Rose (who also runs the film projector) who struggle with friendship, heartbreak and betrayal. The Flick is a hilarious and moving parable for our times. For more information about The Flick, and to purchase tickets, visit https://filmdancetheatre.asu.edu/events or call 480-965-6447. 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. February 13: Patrisse Khan-Cullors: When They Call You a Terrorist Changing Hands Bookstore February 13: Bruce Cockburn The Marquee February 13-25: Hamilton ASU Gammage February 15-18: ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre presents Six Stories Tall ASU Paul V. Galvin Playhouse February 16: 3Nations Tempe Marketplace February 16-17: Dave Attell Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre February 16-25: ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre presents The Flick Nelson Fine Arts Center February 17: Undecided Youth Tempe Marketplace February 17: Phoenix Arts Ensemble Spring Festival Gala Tempe Center for the Arts February 17: LOUD VII: Analog Outlaws, Carol Pacey & the Honeyshakers, Fayuca Tempe History Museum February 17-March 11: Childsplay presents The Snowy Day Tempe Center for the Arts February 19: Tempe Symphony Orchestra Spring […]

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