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Why we’re stoked about summer in Tempe

Summer Fun Big Surf
June 27, 2018

You might have trepidations about Arizona’s toasty temperatures during the summer. But you can rest assured that Tempe is open for business with lots of cool fun in the sun and money-saving deals all season long. Dare we say that you will perspire? Yeah, you definitely will. But, keep in mind that 100 degrees feels much more comfortable in our dry climate than in places with high humidity. We’re looking at you, Atlanta. Also, in Arizona, you’re never far away from one of mankind’s best inventions, air conditioning. Here are a few of the things we love about summer in Tempe: Lower Hotel Rates Our hotels offer terrific summer rates, which means you’ll save a bunch of dough on accommodations. Included in your rate is unlimited free access to the hotel pool, where you can spend a lot of time just chill-axing. Find hot summer hotel deals in Tempe. Magical Misters Misters are magical inventions that provide a cool refreshing mist anywhere people like to congregate outside. It’s like air conditioning for the outdoors. They work wonders in dry heat. Misters cool down your walk between stores at Tempe Marketplace. They make dining on restaurant patios pleasant, especially in the evening. You can chill on a mister-cooled patio, enjoying friends, food, a cool cocktail and, in many instances, fun games like corn hole and ping pong. Visit our blog to learn more about Tempe’s restaurants with patios. Get Outside – Big Surf is Open Even when temperatures are in the triple digits, you […]

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Tempe events: Umbrella POP at Tempe Marketplace

Umbrella POP installation at Tempe Marketplace 300x200
June 26, 2018

Tempe events feature Umbrella POP at Tempe Marketplace from June 28-July 31, 2018. This lovely art installation is as practical as it is beautiful, providing shady relief from the summer sun as you walk through The District. The colorful canopy of umbrellas is hoisted high above the walkways is an art display and engineering feat of creativity and craftsmanship. Tempe Marketplace is always a fun and an inviting place to gather with friends for shopping, dining and on Saturday evenings, enjoying live music.  Umbrella POP is one more good reason to spend some time at Tempe Marketplace. 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. June 29: Henry Thompson and SWELL Tempe Marketplace June 30: Shari Rowe Band Tempe Marketplace June 28: Farruko and Lary Over The Marquee June 29-July 31: Umbrella POP Tempe Marketplace June 29-July 1: Jermaine Fowler Tempe Improv Comedy Club June 30: WBFF Arizona Fitness & Fashion Spectacular Tempe Center for the Arts June 30: Family Art Workshop: Word Art with Chris Jagmin Tempe Center for the Arts June 29-30: Local Band Showcase The Marquee Through September 1: Flashlight Tours Tempe Center for the Arts  

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Tempe events: SCHOOL OF ROCK at ASU Gammage

School of Rock at ASU Gammage
June 19, 2018

Tempe events include SCHOOL OF ROCK at ASU Gammage, from June 19-24, 2018. ASU Gammage closes out its 2017-18 season with this hilarious new musical based on the hit film. SCHOOL OF ROCK follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star turned substitute teacher who transforms a class of straight-A students into grade-A rockers. Show highlights include 14 new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theatre’s first-ever live kid’s rock band! That’s right-this fun,  family friendly musical features a cast full of kids, who play their own instruments in the rock band. To purchase tickets to this SCHOOL OF ROCK, call (480) 965-3434 or visit https://www.asugammage.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. June 19-24: SCHOOL OF ROCK ASU Gammage June 20: Nipsey Hussle The Marquee June 21-23: Dov Davidoff Tempe Improv Comedy Club June 22: Music in the Garden: AZ Dueling Pianos Desert Botanical Garden June 22: 3Nations Tempe Marketplace June 22: Thoughts Like Rockets, Sleepwar and UNTIL THE SUN Tempe Marketplace June 22: Puddle of Mud The Marquee June 22-24: Chris Gethard Tempe Improv Comedy Club June 23: Free Draw-A-Thon Gallery at TCA June 23: Downtown Tempe Brunch Crawl Downtown Tempe June 23: Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience: Danny Kusz with Tracy Cruz Tempe Center for the Arts June 23: Katchafire The Marquee June 24: SMG4 The Marquee Through June 30: Summertime Storytelling & Craft Saturdays Pueblo […]

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Tempe events: Juneteenth at Tempe History Museum

Tempe History Museum
June 12, 2018

Tempe events include the Fourth Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Tempe History Museum, June 15-16, 2018. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, an important day in history when the last enslaved African Americans in the U.S. were freed. Although Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, it took two and a half years for word to reach as far as Galveston, Texas. Juneteenth marks the day when freedom from slavery became a reality for all African Americans. The Juneteenth Celebration is an opportunity to learn more about this historical day while honoring African American heritage through discussions, performances, displays and informational booths. On June 15, Dr. Matthew Whitaker will examine the barriers and the obstacles that African-Americans currently face. Dr. Whitaker is an award-winning educator, author and community engagement specialist. His work examines African American history and life, race relations, social movements, cultural competency, equity and inclusion and community partnerships. The Fourth Annual Juneteenth Celebration will take place on, June 16 from 1–4 p.m. This free family event will be an afternoon filled with music, dance, spoken word, information tables, raffle prizes and food vendors. All events take place inside the Tempe History Museum and admission is 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. June 14: Desert Night Cinema: Grease Desert Botanical Garden June 14-16: Corey Holcomb Tempe Improv Comedy Club June 15: Insomniacs Tempe Marketplace June 15: Music in […]

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Tempe events: Jay Allen Band at Desert Botanical Garden

Music in the Garden at Desert Botanical Garden
June 5, 2018

Tempe events include the Jay Allen Band at Desert Botanical Garden on June 8, 2018 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Phoenix, AZ based singer/songwriter Jay Allan plays funky-folk, blues rock. He combines heartfelt and memorable lyrics with genre-bending styles and melodies in his list of ever-evolving original songs that range from that of joy, love, loss, gratitude and searching. While remaining true to his own roots, Jay often pays homage to such influences as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, The Black Crowes and others. Jay’s band, The Uncommon Good, is a constantly rotating band of incredible musicians. Asked to describe his band, Jay Allan responds, “What is The Uncommon Good? It’s YOU! It’s ME! It’s US!!” Enjoy another beautiful evening of music  under the stars with the Jay Allan Bandat Desert Botanical Garden.  To purchase tickets, call 480-481-8188 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily or visit the admissions box office from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily. 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. June 6: Minus the Bear The Marquee June 7-10: Christopher Titus Tempe Improv Comedy Club June 8: Music in the Garden: Jay Allan and the Uncommon Good Desert Botanical Garden June 8: Tempe Comedy Concert Series presents Comedy Kids in America Tempe Center for the Arts June 8: Lane Change Tempe Marketplace June 8-10: Class Action: A Comparison of Past and Present Tempe Center for […]

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Spend Father’s Day in Tempe

The Keg Steakhouse
May 31, 2018

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 17, 2018!  Which means there are a few days left to get a great plan together to treat your Dad! And what better way to show your love than to spoil him on Father’s Day! Tempe has lots of great options, so pick your favorite! Rustler’s Rooste 8383 S. 48th St., Phoenix, AZ 85044 | 602-431-6474 Take Dad to the wild west this year for Father’s Day at Rustler’s Rooste. The view is unbeatable and the food is mouth watering good. And don’t forget the live music! Call for priority seating and large party reservations. A special menu will be offered on Father’s Day including a 2 lb Tomahawk Steak seared in cowboy butter, fresh roasted veggies and an old classic duchess potatoes. This meal is so derned BIG we can’t even fit it on a plate. Limited Availability! Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill Tempe Marketplace | 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1041, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-2920 Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill will offer half-off all beer flights for dads on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17. Pair flights with Thirsty Lion favorites like the Roasted Pork Cubano ($11.95), I.P.A. Beer Battered Fish & Chips ($14.95) or Pepper Bacon Cheeseburger ($12.95). Or select from a seasonal menu Pork Carnitas Tacos ($15.95), Coffee Crusted Grilled Skirt Steak Salad ($16.95) or the famed Impossible Burger, ($14.95) a soy and plate-based protein burger that grills like the real thing. Graduate Tempe 225 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) […]

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Tempe Restaurants Worth Swiping Right For

Postino Annex date night
May 30, 2018

At some point, chances are you or someone you know has “swiped right” on someone. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Dating apps like Tinder, Bumble and Hinge are all the rage. Most of us probably have at least one friend – or maybe you’re using one or more of these right now – whose gone on a date with someone they’ve met using one of these apps. When it comes to where to go or what to do, the cliché seems to be to grab a drink. That’s great, but let’s think outside the box a little and make a good first impression when you move past the messages and texts and meet up for the first time. Postino Annex 615 S. College. Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 927-1111 Arugably one of most popular restaurants in Tempe, Postino Annex is a great go-to for that first date. They’re open fairly late, and they have a great weekend brunch. Plus you can get a bottle of wine + bruschetta board for only $20 (Monday & Tuesday after 8 p.m.) Cartel Coffee Lab 225 W. University Dr. #101, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 225-3899 If you’re interested in grabbing a cup of coffee, you can’t go wrong with one of the most popular coffee shops in all of Metro Phoenix. Cartel has a great selection of coffees and teas to choose from. Order a drink, sit on the couch and let those sparks fly. The relaxed environment is perfect to calm you […]

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Weekly events: THE HUMANS is onstage at ASU Gammage

The Humans at ASU Gammage
May 29, 2018

Tempe events include THE HUMANS, onstage at ASU Gammage from May 29-June 3, 2018.  THE HUMANS is an uproarious, hopeful and heart-breaking one act play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Erik Blake has broken with tradition and brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed, with humor and compassion, in this new American classic by playwright Stephen Karam that won the 2016 Tony Award® for Best Play. To purchase tickets to THE HUMANS, call 480- 965-3434, or visit https://www.asugammage.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. May 29: Changing Hands Bookstore Presents Temple Grandin Mountain View High School, Mesa, AZ May 29-June 3: THE HUMANS ASU Gammage May 31-June 3: Dan Cummins Tempe Improv Comedy Club June 1: Sunday at Noon Tempe Marketplace June 1: Music in the Garden: Canyon Records Artists Desert Botanical Garden June 2: Safety Day Hero Fun Fest Arizona Mills Mall June 2: Ratio Tempe Marketplace May 3: Texas Hippie Coalition The Marquee June 3: Desert Overture: I Am What I Am Tempe Center for the Arts June 3: Southwest Youth Ballet Theatre Tempe Center for […]

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Tempe Summer Staycation Itinerary

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center pool
May 25, 2018

The best summers, in my opinion, include at least one vacation or two. You can also take a break from your daily schedule and vacation closer to home. Try being a visitor in your own city. If you live in or near Tempe, Arizona, summer is a great time to check out a new restaurant, visit an attraction that you haven’t been to (or you don’t go to often enough) and stay one of the city’s comfortable, and even chic, hotels and relax by the pool.  Here’s are a few ideas on how to create the perfect staycation weekend in Tempe this summer.   Day One  Morning  Is there a better way to start your day than with a plate piled high with fluffy pancakes or an omelet filled to the brim with cheese, veggies and whatever your heart desires? I think not my friends. Your most difficult decision may be deciding where to go. Breakfast is Tempe’s jam. Check out Daily Jam, Snooze or Morning Squeeze in Downtown Tempe. Or head to south Tempe and check out U.S. Egg on Mill and Baseline, the trendy Crepe Bar or community hang out, Tempe Public Market Café.    After breakfast, indulge in a little culture at ASU Art Museum. Admission is free. Here, you’ll find contemporary art exhibits that will make you think and even crack a smile. If you have kids in tow, check out the Family Day at the museum on July 8. Kids can make crafts that are related to museum exhibits and participate […]

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Tempe events: Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience at TCA

Willie Bradley at TCA
May 22, 2018

Tempe events include the Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience featuring smooth jazz, soul and funk music at Tempe Center for the Arts on May 25th and 26th, 2018. Nationally acclaimed recording artist and urban/contemporary jazz trumpeter Willie Bradley will perform on May 25th at 8 p.m. His music brings together many varied styles, but takes smooth jazz to a whole new level. Willie is the favored musician for many of soul music’s greats and has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Max Roach, Betty Carter, Gerald Albright, Walter Beasley, Alex Bugnon, Ronnie Laws, and Marion Meadows. He is also known for performing in the brass section with RJ & The Original James Brown Band touring worldwide in France, Osaka and Tokyo Japan’s Billboard Live and Summer Sonic Music Festival. On May 25th, plan on arriving early to attend the draw exhibition opening reception at 6 p.m. The draw exhibition highlights a variety of “mark-making” drawing styles and media from traditional pencil, ink, paint and charcoal to computer drawings and robotic designs. It will be on display in the Gallery at TCA through September 1st, 2018. The Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience continues on May 26th with saxophone player, vocalist and songwriter Paula Atherton. Paula  has shared the stage with such contemporary jazz notables as The Rippingtons, Nick Colionne, Chuck Loeb, Cindy Bradley, Gail Jhonson and Karen Briggs. Her performances in the traditional jazz field include a week long engagement at the Blue Note NYC with pianist and jazz legend, Hank Jones. Paula also […]

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