Tempe Spring Events and Festivals

Find warm weather, sunny skies and fun outdoor events this spring in Tempe.

Catch a Cactus League Spring Training game and cheer for one of the 15 Major League Baseball teams that call Arizona their home away from home. Tempe Town Lake and the adjacent Tempe Beach Park host many festivals and cultural events in the spring, including the Arizona Aloha Festival and the Tempe Festival of the Arts. Explore the outdoors on foot or bicycle at one of our many parks and along the trails located throughout our nationally recognized bike-friendly city. See exotic animals at the Phoenix Zoo or take a leisurely stroll through an exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden. And, grab a bite to eat at one of the Tempe restaurants that feature sunshine soaked outdoor patios.

Cactus League Spring Training

Nothing says springtime in Tempe like Cactus League Spring Training.  Arizona is the spring training home to 15 Major League Baseball teams, including Tempe’s home team, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Other fan favorites in the Cactus League include the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants (Scottsdale Stadium), the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies (both at Salt River Fields), the Cubs (Sloan Park) and the Seattle Mariners (Peoria Sports Complex).

Festivals

Take an island vacation without leaving Tempe at the Arizona Aloha Festival, March 2018. This free family event celebrates Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan and other South Pacific cultures through dance and musical performances, food, kid’s crafts and more fun at Tempe Beach Park.

At the annual Arizona Dragon Boat Festival on March 2018 celebrate Asian culture and cheer for teams as they race colorful dragon boats in Tempe Town Lake.

Tempe’s charming downtown will be filled with as many as 400 artists selling their original works at the Tempe Festival of the Arts, March 23-25, 2018. Non-stop live entertainment, wine and beer gardens, food vendors and activities for kids add to the festive atmosphere.

Enjoy an evening of relaxing music in a desert oasis at the Music in the Garden series at the Desert Botanical Garden. Every Friday evening from February – June, 2018, enjoy an outdoor concert at the garden’s Ullman Terrace.  Arrive a little early and grab dinner at Gertrude’s, the Desert Botanical Garden’s onsite restaurant. Tickets can be purchased on the Desert Botanical Garden website.

Outdoor Attractions

Tempe Marketplace is an outdoor shopping and entertainment center, with over a million square feet of the latest fashions, restaurants you love and outdoor concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Ditch the car and take a stroll through Downtown Tempe. Shop at some of the locally-owned boutique shops, dine outdoors or grab a drink with the locals at one of the popular watering holes.

As home to over 1,400 animals, including African Lions, Jaguars and Orangutans, the Phoenix Zoo is one of the country’s largest non-profit zoos.

The Desert Botanical Garden, one of the most acclaimed botanical gardens in the country, has over 50,000 plant displays on 140 acres and is the perfect way to see and learn about desert flora and fauna.

Outdoor Activities

Go for a hike around Papago Park. Easily recognized because of its unique sandstone butte formations, Papago Park is home to Hole in the Rock, a popular photo spot, as well as miles of hiking trails and fishing lagoons.

“A” Mountain, located in the heart of Downtown Tempe, is a quick little urban hike in the middle of the city. This 25 – 30 minute hike gives you 360 degree views of the city.

Tempe Town Lake, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Arizona, offers 5 miles of paved sidewalks for walking, jogging, biking or roller blading. Enjoy all the lake has to offer and rent a boat, kayak or paddleboard.

Tempe is one of the most bike friendly cities in the country. You’ll find over 175 miles of dedicated bikeways throughout the community. The Bicycle Cellar, located at the Tempe Transportation Center, is a perfect place to rent a bicycle to explore the city. Or rent a Grid Bike from one of the several rental locations in Tempe.

Patio Dining

If you want to experience what it’s like to dine in the middle of a beautiful outdoor garden, House of Tricks, located in Downtown Tempe is the place for you. Their contemporary American menu and wine list are exceptional.

Enjoy breakfast – including some of the best pancakes you’ll ever have – at Snooze.

Hungry for lunch? Walk next door to Postino Annex and nosh on bruschetta, salads or paninis. Both places have patios with wonderful views of the activity in Downtown Tempe and the ASU Tempe Campus.

Have a craft beer – Four Peaks Brewing Company, recently named America’s Favorite Craft Brewery by the Travel Channel, calls Tempe home. Open for lunch and dinner, you can indulge with locals with a pint of Kilt Lifter or Peach Ale. Pedal Haus Brewery is the new kid on the block, with hand-crafted beers, a delicious gastropub menu and Tempe’s largest outdoor patio. Built to be a haven for lovers of bikes, good times and great beer, diners can always expect to have a fun time here.

Sample artisan pizza with a glass of vino at La Bocca Urban Pizzeria & Wine Bar on bustling Mill Avenue.

Savory nosh, crafted cocktails and the next big names in local music have found a new home at Culinary Dropout at The Yard, a glamorous gastro-pub.  A large interior patio space houses ping pong tables and cornhole boards to keep the fun going.

As the sun goes down, stop by one of our restaurants or bars for happy hour. Whether you love sports bars, casual spots at local hotels or brew pubs, there’s a place for you in Tempe.

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