What’s New in Tempe, Arizona – July 2016

Contact: Toni Smith, Director of Communications
Tempe Tourism Office
[email protected]
800-283-6734 or 480-894-8158

What’s happening in Tempe, Arizona this summer? Check out the new LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona, new lifestyle hotel brands — AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe/Downtown and Moxy Tempe — and much more.

Summer of ’16 Deals in Tempe
Tempe Tourism Office’s “Summer of ‘16 Staycation” program is designed to promote all of the staycation deals in Tempe from June through September. Individuals who book a stay at any one of the participating Tempe hotels will receive coupons for local dining spots (including NCounter and Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill) and family-friendly activities (including LEGOLAND Discovery Center, SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium and Dave & Buster’s).

For more information, visit summerof16.com.

Family Travel Updates

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona is now open
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona, the first attraction of its kind to open in the state, boasts two LEGO® rides, a 4D Cinema and endless opportunities for creative play. It is located at Arizona Mills in Tempe and opened in April 2016. In addition to massive, large-scale models, LEGO® building areas and festive party rooms for birthday celebrations, the 40,000 square-foot facility will feature a Master Model Builder responsible for maintaining and updating LEGO® MINILAND models.

Check the website for hours of operation and allow at least 2-3 hours per visit. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona joins Merlin’s popular SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium at Arizona Mills.

Childsplay Announces 2016-2017 Season
Childsplay announces its 40th year of producing theatre for young audiences with its 2016-2017 season at Tempe Center for the Arts. Featuring a mix of old favorites and brand new world-premieres, this season will be the first under new Artistic Director Dwayne Hartford.

By Allison Gregory, Adapted from the book series by Barbara Park
Weekends, September 11 – October 16, 2016

Book and Lyrics by Dwayne Hartford, Music by Sarah Roberts
Weekends, October 22 – November 13, 2016

Book and lyrics by Jenny Millinger, Music by Todd Hulet, Adapted from the book “A Very Hairy Christmas” by Susan Lowell
Weekends, November 19 – December 31, 2016

By Katie Mitchell, Adapted from the book by Dr. Seuss
Weekends, January 14 – February 19, 2017

By David Saar
Weekends, February 26 – March 12, 2017

By Colleen Neuman
Weekends, March 25 – April 2, 2017

By Finegan Kruckemeyer
Weekends, April 8 – April 16, 2017

WONDERLAND: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure
Book and lyrics by Rachel Rockwell, Music and lyrics by Michael Mahler
Weekends, April 23 – May 21, 2017

All performances take place at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. For ticket information and show descriptions, please visit www.childsplayaz.org.

Tilt Studio Opening in August
Tilt Studio is slated to open August 15 in Tempe’s Arizona Mills next to Harkins IMAX Theater, and it’s guaranteed to be fun at full blast from that day on! Tilt Studio is part of the fast growing Dallas-based company Nickels and Dimes Incorporated, founded in 1972. The company’s high-energy facilities, currently located in 40 states, host a variety of games and attractions that appeal to people of all ages. Our two-story 40,000 square foot family entertainment center in Tempe, Arizona will feature a unique combination of “food, fun and ‘freshments” (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and so much more, in a safe, clean and welcoming environment.

Guests will enjoy Tilt Studio’s dynamic roster of more than 150 classic and modern interactive video and redemption prize games for all skill levels. An entire retro gaming area on the second level will be home to your favorite pinball and arcade games such as Space Invaders, Pac Man and Asteroids. Tilt Studio also offers exciting interactive games such as Monster Drop Extreme, Sponge Bob and Ghost Busters.

Tilt Studio will have a mouthwatering array of American and regional cuisine at BYO Craft Kitchen & Bar, located on the second level. Taproom at Tilt Studio Bar, also located on the second level, will feature a wide array of popular beers, bottled or on tap, wine by the glass or bottle, specialty alcoholic cocktails, non-alcoholic mocktails, and delicious frozen drinks. The Taproom will also be the perfect spot to watch your favorite sporting event on dozens of big screen TVs.

Hotel Developments

Marriott International opens first U.S. Moxy Hotel in Tempe
Moxy Hotels, Marriott International’s provocative new lifestyle brand, opened its first U.S. location in Tempe, Ariz. The chic and modern Moxy Tempe offers the style and spirit of a boutique hotel, at a shockingly affordable price.

Moxy Tempe welcomes guests with its locally inspired contemporary design, affordable style and buzzing social scene. Moxy Tempe’s 186 bedrooms are comfortable, industrial-chic and tech savvy.

From the swanky bar offering a signature Moxy cocktail and local beers, pick-up bites in the lobby and game tables in The NOW public space, to an interactive digital wall streaming the #atthemoxy Instagram feed, Moxy Tempe is all about being inclusive, connected and progressive.

AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe/Downtown Opens on Tempe Town Lake
AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe/Downtown, which opened in June 2016, is the first hotel to be located on iconic Tempe Town Lake, a popular destination for recreational activities and annual special events. Its close proximity to Downtown Tempe, Arizona State University, Mill Avenue and the growing number of corporate parks on the shore of Tempe Town Lake makes it a convenient location for those visiting Tempe for work or for play.

This new property features muted colors and a sleek, timeless design. The 159 guest rooms have hardwood floors, modern furnishings and crisp white linens. Guests can enjoy local craft beers, specialty wines on tap, signature cocktails and tapas-style small bites in the AC Lounge. The AC Kitchen offers a European-inspired continental breakfast.

The six-story hotel features a rooftop pool with views of Tempe and Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium, along with a fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the iconic “A” Mountain. The AC Library, which serves as a central work area for guests to be both connected and inspired, offers complimentary computers, wireless printing and two private media salons.

Check out the Tempe Mission Palms Pool this Summer

For the first time, Tempe Mission Palms, A Destination Hotel, is opening its swimming pool all summer long at no charge to the general public. The hotel’s picturesque rooftop pool is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Pool loungers will not only have stunning views of Downtown Tempe’s “A Mountain,” but they’ll also have full use of the poolside facilities, including the chance to enjoy the sound system pumping out cool beats, plush lounge furniture, pool games, cabanas and the shaded terrace area. Pool attendants will be available for refreshing beverages and delectable dishes from the full Cabana Grill menu. (All non-hotel guests must register with a pool attendant to obtain a day-pass wristband. Guests must be 18 years of age or older, unless accompanied by a parent. Free pool access will not be offered on July 4, and is subject to close for private events or if the pool reaches capacity.)

Now through September 10, Tempe Mission Palms is offering a “Summer Scorcher” staycation deal for just $149 a night, which includes a daily $100 food and beverage credit, a late check out at 2 p.m., and a waived hospitality fee.

Guests can book the deal with the promo code: SUMFUN using this direct link: missionpalms.com/packages/summer-scorcher-package-in-arizona

Arts & Culture

ASU Gammage Announces the 2016/2017 Broadway Series
ASU Gammage recently announced its 2016-2017 Desert Schools Broadway Across America – Arizona season which includes a mix of favorites including CABARET and THE SOUND OF MUSIC. The next season also features amazing new Tony Award®-winning musicals and plays with MATILDA, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME and is headlined by BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL that tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom.

In addition to the 2016-2017 Broadway season, ASU Gammage presents three special engagements including the farewell tour of MAMMA MIA!, Broadway’s magic hit THE ILLUSIONISTS and back by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON.

CABARET: September 13-18, 2016

THE SOUND OF MUSIC: October 18-23, 2016


MAMMA MIA!: December 6-11, 2016


MATILDA THE MUSICAL: February 7-12, 2017

FINDING NEVERLAND: March 14-19, 2017

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS: April 18-23, 2017

THE BOOK OF MORMON: May 18-28, 2017


For more information, visit www.asugammage.com.

Microbrewery News

Downtown Tempe’s Pedal Haus Brewery to expand its brewing capacity and re-launch Sept. 2016
Pedal Haus Brewery, a certified hit from the first moment it brewed up last Sept., in Downtown Tempe, will unveil a fresh look in the fall. The locally owned brewpub and beer garden concept on Mill Avenue is closed for an expansive remodel from June 27 to Sept. 26 with a re-grand opening scheduled for early Oct. The expanded restaurant, founded by acclaimed restaurateur Julian Wright of Fork and Dagger Inc. will include an increased brewing capacity, private dining room, enhanced patio area and beer garden, and expanded beer selection.

The new brewery, with the help of its brewmaster, Derek “Doc” Osborne, winner of many beer awards including four 2016 North American Beer Awards, will produce about 1,667 gallons of beer on a weekly basis. Among the core brews are the Belgian-style Witbier, Pilsner, IPA, and English ESB.

The restaurant’s interior will be redesigned for a darker, pub-like environment to attract the late-night, social scene in Tempe and the revamped kitchen will offer a refreshed menu by day and a selective bar menu by night. There are also plans to build a brick pizza oven to offer creative flatbreads with homemade bread using the brewery’s spent grain.  With the creative direction of interior designer Kimberly Harris of Studio K, the creative visionary behind restaurants like RnR, The Vig, and Zinc Bistro, Pedal Haus Brewery will resemble a contemporary German beer garden with a rustic- twist. The general dining room will be downsized to have more private, rentable dining areas available that hold 20 to 40 people, additional brewery tanks, and a spacious lounge. The brewery will re-locate large fermentation tanks to a centralized area in the dining room for guests to have a window into the brewing process along with accessibility of newly offered brewery tours.

The 6,000 square-foot patio at Pedal Haus Brewery will be updated to provide a lush, inviting beer garden oasis. Retractable large metal garage doors will open up to the outdoor seating area, offering an open-air feel, full-functioning bar, yard games such as ping pong, cornhole, and ladderball, and the addition of new communal bungalows with fire pits surrounded by real bamboo that will be available to rent out for parties of 10 to 20 people. The restaurant will include 38 televisions ideal for sports viewing and happy hours.


Tempe takes the gold with new bicycle friendly designation
In November 2015, the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) designated Tempe as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community through 2019, upping the city’s previous designation from Silver. Tempe has been designated a Bicycle Friendly Community since 1997, with LAB adding the Silver level designation in 2002. Tempe is one of 25 cities in the country that have Gold status and the city boasts 175 miles of bikeways.

Tempe was recognized for providing safe bike facilities, including new streetscape projects on University and Hardy drives, the El Paso Gasline Multi-use Path and McClintock Drive bicycle lanes.  Tempe uses the best methods for integrating bicycling and bicycle infrastructure into all levels of city planning.

Bike Share coming to Tempe
Tempe is working to bring the regional bicycle sharing program GR:D to the community in February 2017. GR:D bikes are currently available in Phoenix and Mesa. Tempe plans to launch the for-rent public bike program in late fall/early winter with 300 bikes and 31 stations.

Station locations are targeted to reach the highest bike ridership parts of the community, major destinations (Tempe Town Lake, Mill Avenue, Tempe Public Library, etc.), bikeways and ASU campus, as well as link to the regional light rail system and the streetcar route.

Bike share programs support greater access to more sustainable transportation and reduce dependency on automobiles. Rental use is by the hour, month or year.

Upcoming Events:

Arizona Dragon Boat Festival
October 1-2, 2016
Tempe Town Lake

Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake
October 7-9, 2016
Tempe Beach Park

Tempe Festival of the Arts
December 2-4, 2016
March 31-April 2, 2017
Downtown Tempe

Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon and ½ Marathon
January 14-15, 2017
Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe



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