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Make a splash, be cool in a flash in Tempe this summer

Big Surf Waterpark
May 17, 2018

Summer fun is closely associated with water wherever you happen to be.  That’s especially true here in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, where we love our swimming pools as much as we love bragging about our dry heat. We also thoroughly enjoy driving, in the comfort of our air-conditioned autos, to other fun watery spots where we can plunge, paddle, swim, surf, slide and splash to our hearts content. Grab your hat and sunscreen and check out some of our favorite places to enjoy some refreshing, fun H2O time. Catch a wave at Big Surf Waterpark and Kiwanis Wave Pool. Big Surf Waterpark, America’s original wave pool is open again for the summer season. Big Surf has lots of activities to choose from – for little kids and those seeking more than a little adrenaline rush. There are calm play areas just for toddlers and food and beverage options on site. The waves at the “Waikiki Beach” come every three minutes and they even offer surf lessons. Visit the Big Surf website for hours of operation, special offers and more details. Tempe is home to what might be the ultimate swimming pool: the Kiwanis Wave Pool. Tickets are inexpensive, $7 for ages 13 and up and $5 for kids from 2-12. For a few extra dollars you can rent tubes and rafts for the water slides or just to use for floating in the water. No need for sunscreen – this water fun is completely indoors. Check the Kiwanis Wave Pool website for hours […]

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Tempe events: The LEGO® MEGA Mosaic Build

Mega Mosaic Build at Tempe Beach Park
May 15, 2018

Tempe events feature LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona’s first-ever MEGA Mosaic Build at Tempe Beach Park on May 19, 2018 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Everyone, from the budding builder to the brick extraordinaire, can pitch in and lend a hand. Together, countless talented townspeople of all ages will join in the fun to create three 60″ x 60″ mosaic billboards using truckloads of LEGO® bricks. Each participant will create his or her own personal mini square to add to the large-scale billboard mosaic. Watch this short video about a similar event held in Toronto, Ontario in 2013 and you’ll have an idea of what to expect at Tempe Beach Park on May 19. Once completed, the LEGOLAND ® Discovery Center billboards will depict exciting scenes from the ultimate indoor LEGO playground itself plus a special addition of local landmark Tempe Town Lake Bridge. The mosaic billboards will remain on display during the day, giving park visitors and the public an opportunity to see the beauty that can result when the entire community comes together. Don’t miss out!  Come to Tempe Beach Park this Saturday for LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona’s Mosaic Build: A Community Building Experience. Whether you participate or observe, it’s guaranteed to be a colorful, fun experience. 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 15-20: LES MISÉRABLES ASU Gammage May 17-19: Stray Cat Theatre presents Silence! The Musical Tempe Center […]

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Hipstorian Marshall Shore explores ASU’s architecture

ASU Tempe campus bridge
May 14, 2018

Stroll along with Hipstorian Marshall Shore in our video tour and learn about some of ASU’s history through a sample of architectural highlights. A walk through the ASU Tempe campus reveals an architectural survey of the many styles and periods that reflect the university’s expansion, growth and setting in the Sonoran Desert. You won’t see the traditional vine covered halls associated with the colleges and universities in other parts of the country. No way! Here you’ll find stately palm trees lining the iconic, one hundred year-old Palm Walk. ASU’s architecture is a tangible link between its start as a small teachers college in Tempe in the late 1800s up to its present stature as one of the largest the multi-disciplinary educational institutions in the U.S. today. Your tour with Marshall Shore starts at the beginning with Old Main, which was dedicated in 1898 when ASU was the Territorial Normal School, for teachers. Next he’ll take you through the decades with distinctive structures and architectural features from the 30s and 40s. Marshall ends his tour about midway through the campus with a striking example of mid-century magnificence, ASU Gammage, the beautiful performing arts theater designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1960s. So, take a few minutes to view our video tour with Marshall Shore and then put on your comfy walking shoes and head to ASU’s original Tempe campus to see these examples and more of this university’s distinctive architecture and history.    

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Tempe events: Childsplay presents Flora & Ulysses at TCA

Childsplay presents Flora and Ulysses
May 8, 2018

Tempe events include Childsplay’s production of Flora & Ulysses at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA), May 12-20, 2018. It begins, as many superhero stories do, with a harrowing accident that has an unexpected outcome. After being sucked up into a vacuum cleaner, the now hairless squirrel is rescued by Flora Bell Buckman, a 10-year-old-selfproclaimed cynic. Flora Bell names her new friend Ulysses and discovers he has been reborn with powers of strength, flight and misspelled poetry. In this delightful adaptation of Kate DiCamillo’s Newberry-Award winning story, Flora and Ulysses embark on an adventure full of quirky characters and bursting with heart. Flora & Ulysses will be on stage at the Tempe Center for the Arts on Saturdays and Sundays from May 12-20. For performance times and 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. May 10-20: Stray Cat Theatre presents Silence! The Musical Tempe Center for the Arts May 12-20: Childsplay presents Flora & Ulysses Tempe Center for the Arts May 9: The Progressive Comedy Tour with Graham & Ron Tempe Improv Comedy Club May 9: Echosmith The Marquee May 10-12: Bert Kreischer Tempe Improv Comedy Club May 10-20: Stray Cat Theatre presents Silence! The Musical Tempe Center for the Arts May 11: The Atomic Punks The Marquee May 11 – KansAZ Tempe Marketplace May 11: Lois Roma-Deeley: The Short List of Certainties Changing Hands Bookstore May 11: […]

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Tempe events: Stray Cat Theatre: Silence! The Musical

Stray Cat Theatre
May 1, 2018

Tempe events include Stray Cat Theatre’s production of Silence! The Musical at Tempe Center for the Arts, May 4-19, 2018. Silence! The Musical is an award-winning 2005 show written by Jon and Al Kaplan as a parody of the 1991 Academy Award-winning film, The Silence of the Lambs. You’ll find all the same characters who made The Silence of the Lambs such a fascinating and creepy, but enormously entertaining movie.  They are all there in full force and full voice. There’s rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling, the brilliant but insane and very scary cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter and the equally creepy serial killer Buffalo Bill, who murders overweight women so he can remove their skin to create a “woman suit” for himself. Fueled by a rabid cult following since the songs debuted online in 2002, Silence! has been expanded into a live stage show. Winner of the NYCFringe’s Best Musical Award, Silence! The Musical combines smart dialogue and shocking songs to make a raunchy musical parody of The Silence of the Lambs that’s a purrrfect Stray Cat season closer. To purchase tickets to Silence! The Musical, call 480-350-2822 or 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. May 3: Roars and Pours Phoenix Zoo May 3-5: Joey Diaz Tempe Improv Comedy Club May 4: Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular The Marquee May 4: Music in the Garden: Cinco de Moio Desert […]

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More Reasons to Visit Moxy Phoenix Tempe this Season

Moxy Phoenix Tempe bar
April 25, 2018

The days when a hotel room is just a hotel room are in the past. Today, hotels are looking at creative ways to differentiate themselves from the competition. One great example of this out-of-the-box thinking is the Moxy Phoenix Tempe. One of the first hotels to launch in the U.S. under Marriott International’s spirited Moxy brand, the Moxy Phoenix Tempe has quickly become a very cool gathering spot for out of town guests and locals alike. This spring and summer, the Moxy team has developed a weekly calendar full of fun-loving activities that will give you more than enough reasons to visit on a regular basis. The new programming line-up, starting on April 9, 2018 and continuing through the summer, includes the following fun themes: • Fried Mondays serve up your favorite bites, such as fried pickles, zucchini, mushrooms, mozzarella sticks and onion rings from 6-9 p.m. Pick one item for $7, two for $10 or three for $13. • Taco Tuesdays from 5-10 p.m. with 3 for $10 tacos, $5 Margaritas (or $15 pitchers!) and $5 chips and salsa. • Wing Wednesdays promises live performances and half dozen wings for $7 and a full dozen wings for $12. • Blacklight Bingo on Thursdays, from 8-10 p.m., is a fast-paced, fresh twist on this classic game. Clearly not your grandmother’s bingo, Thursdays will be home to neon-inspired snacks and glow-in-the-dark lemonade, which can be spiked for $5. • End your workweek with ever-popular Karaoke, as only the Moxy can do […]

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Tempe events:  Halau O Kekuh at ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage
April 24, 2018

Tempe events include Halau O Kehuh at ASU Gammage at 7 p.m.  on April 28, 2018. Led by Kumu hula Nalani Kanakaole and Huihui Kanahele-Mossman, Halau O Kekuh is celebrated for its mastery of the aihaa style of hula (dance) and oli (chant). The aihaa is a low-postured, vigorous, bombastic style of hula that is inspired by the eruptive volcano persona the Fire Goddess Pele and her sister Hiiaka, characteristic of Hawaiian creative forces. Halau O Kehuh is one of several performances in the ASU Gammage Beyond series which showcase internationally acclaimed artists from various cultures that go beyond the typical theater experience usually offered at ASU Gammage. To purchase tickets to Halau O Kehuh, call 480-965-3434 or 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. April 25: The Expo: Urban Arts and Hip-Hop Gathering ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center Plaza April 25: ASU Latin Jazz Night ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre April 26: ASU Symphony Orchestra & Choirs present Mahler Symphony No 1 ASU Gammage April 27: Valerie Bertinelli: Valerie’s Home Cooking Changing Hands Bookstore April 27: DL Hughley Tempe Improv Comedy Club April 27: Manic Monkeys Tempe Marketplace April 27-28: Movement Source Dance Company: “Alone, Together” Tempe Center for the Arts April 28: Halau O Kekuh ASU Gammage April 28: Beth Stelling Tempe Improv Comedy Club April 28:  Spar Afar Tempe Marketplace April 28: Chalk Art Festival Tempe Marketplace […]

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Summer Meeting Specials in Tempe, AZ

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center pool
April 19, 2018

Tempe, Arizona is an excellent choice for a summer meeting or conference. Located in the heart of metro Phoenix, Tempe is a fun-loving city known for great dining and nightlife options, Arizona State University, Broadway shows and other activities that event attendees can enjoy once the meeting day is through. Outside temperatures are warm in the summer, but planners will discover that many hotels and venues offer a great value with cost saving deals for meeting planners. Tempe is home to a variety of meeting venues that are perfect for groups of 10 to 500 attendees. And with more than 6,000 guestrooms, a dynamic downtown, Tempe Town Lake, Tempe Beach Park and a number of attractions, Tempe provides a variety of options for on-site and off-site meetings. Tempe is less than 10 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and the Sky Train connects visitors to Downtown Tempe and Downtown Phoenix via Valley Metro Rail. Summer Meeting Specials Contact the property sales team for more information about the following specials for meeting planners.  The AC Hotel by Marriott Phoenix Tempe/Downtown is offering an Extend Your Summer, AC Style promotion offering planners the chance to win a $250 American Express Gift Card with a Two Night Stay. Increase your chance to win by contracting more groups and experience the European-inspired design and luxury amenities provided at AC Hotel Tempe. Filled with an array of stylish artwork and a rooftop pool, the hotel reflects the soul of Tempe. Contracts must be signed by […]

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Why we love Morning Squeeze in Tempe

Morning Squeeze in Tempe
April 18, 2018

Breakfast is a major part of why I get up in the morning. It’s absolutely my favorite meal of the day. That’s why I couldn’t wait to try Morning Squeeze, the newest addition to Downtown Tempe’s breakfast scene, located at Mill Avenue and Seventh Street, just west of Zipp’s Sports Grill. What made breakfast even better is that my husband and I brought our dog, Zoey. Morning Squeeze prides themselves on their dog-friendly patio and they aren’t kidding. Zoey felt right at home on their spacious, sunny patio. If she could talk, she’d probably tell us that she’d like to move in and make it her new home.   Besides dining with my favorite canine friend, here are five things that I love about Tempe’s newest breakfast spot. The ambience – Combine bright, cheerful colors with retro modern furnishings and green plants hanging from macramé holders and you’ll have a feel for the interior of Morning Squeeze. It’s warm and inviting and just a bit quirky. The patio has lots of seating with bright orange chairs and a couple of tables for large groups. The menu options –I had a tough time deciding what to order from the Morning Squeeze menu since I could choose from omelets, lots of pancake and waffle options, French Toast, breakfast sandwiches and creative benedicts. They also have a few unexpected items – Breakfast Tacos, Cool Beans Rancheros, Protein Pancakes and the Belfer Fit Bowl with brown rice, quinoa, cilantro, scallions and egg whites. I […]

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Tempe events: THE COLOR PURPLE at ASU Gammage

The Color Purple at ASU Gammage
April 17, 2018

Tempe events include THE COLOR PURPLE at ASU Gammage, April 17-22, 2018. THE COLOR PURPLE is the 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival. With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE gives an exhilarating new spirit to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. Called “one of the greatest revivals ever” by New York Magazine, this stunning musical follows Celie, a young African-American woman and her journey to love and triumph in the American South. Over a span of 40 years she survives abuse and bigotry, finding love and companionship anywhere she can.   Celie perseveres through all of her trials, holding on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa. To purchase tickets to THE COLOR PURPLE, visit, or call 480- 965-3434. 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. April 17-22: THE COLOR PURPLE ASU Gammage April 19: Sir Sly Tempe Marketplace April 19-21: Rachel Feinstein Tempe Improv April 20: The Killer Vibes Tempe Marketplace April 20-22: Lyric Opera Theatre Presents: Legally Blonde The Musical ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre April 20-22: ASU School of Theatre, Dance and Film presents SpringDanceFest  ASU Galvin Playhouse April 21: 2008 Pat’s Run Sun Devil Stadium  April 21: Lakeshore Music presents Jeff Hamilton Trio  Tempe Center for the Arts April 21: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble The Marquee April 22: Ensemble de Saxophones du Conservatoire […]

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