Month: August 2010

Scottsdale, Arizona

A- Overview:
Scottsdale was famous as a vacation spot long before it became a city. Not many years ago, it was a crossroads where cowboys rode in on Saturday nights along the unpaved trails to celebrate the end of the week. Now it is considered the shopping and art center of the Valley of the Sun.

Geographically, Scottsdale covers about 185 square miles. It has some of the country’s most exclusive and expensive resorts within its boundaries, but there are also middle class neighborhoods. At the Little Red Schoolhouse visitors begin a self-guided walking tour to fourteen destinations. The site of the first general store; Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, which is home to the Scottsdale Symphony; and a vintage blacksmith who still keeps local horses shod in the present day, are points of interest. Olive trees planted by town founder General Winfield Scott; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; the tastefully rendered Fashion Square mega mall; and The Borgata are among other places featured on the tour.

Many Scottsdale events center upon its three cultures: Native American, Spanish, and western pioneer. More than 90 art galleries offer paintings, sculpture, and crafts.

Scottsdale has a thriving downtown, outstanding art galleries, and many restaurants that offer

the finest cuisine from the cultural traditions represented.

Indian Bend Wash has been developed into the city’s most popular park and accompanying lake. The park runs the length of Scottsdale along Hayden Boulevard. Roller skating, fishing, soccer, volleyball, baseball and jogging are among the activities provided there year round.

There are also equestrian activities of all types – everything from English and Western performances to roping, jumping, and halter events, as well as those that feature the Arabian, the Quarter Horse, and the world’s longest horse-drawn parade. If your interests run to golf, tennis, fine cuisine, classic cars, art, music, or hot air ballooning, Scottsdale has these too, and more.

North Scottsdale is the home of Rawhide, an authentic 1880’s western town. It has shops, a museum, an ice cream parlor, a stagecoach ride and a Canestoga wagon. More than twenty shops sell handmade jewelry and crafts.

For many years, Scottsdale has been known as “The West’s Most Western Town.” Scottsdale was voted the Most Livable City by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 1993, and is consistently named among the top cities in the country in which to raise children, to retire, and is rated the number one resort community in America.

B- City Information:
Population: 202,705

Elevation: 1255 feet above sea level

Land Area: 184.2 square miles

Location: Located just outside of Phoenix, Arizona on the Pima Freeway. Convenient to Interstates 10 & 17

Time Zone: Scottsdale is located in the Mountain Time Zone (when it’s noon in Scottsdale, it’s 2pm in New York City and 11am in Los Angeles.) Scottsdale does not observe Daylight Savings Time.

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
53.7
57.4
61.9
68.9
77.3
86.3
91.0
90.0
84.7
73.7
61.0
53.6

High temperature (°F)
66.3
70.8
75.6
83.9
92.3
102.0
104.3
103.1
98.4
87.9
74.9
66.3

Low temperature (°F)
41.0
43.9
48.0
53.9
62.3
70.6
77.7
76.9
70.8
59.6
47.1
40.9

Precipitation (in)
1.1
1.1
1.3
0.3
0.2
0.1
1.0
1.1
0.9
0.9
0.8
1.1

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
4
4
4
2
1
1
4
5
3
3
2
4

Wind speed (mph)
5.3
5.8
6.6
6.9
7.0
6.7
7.1
6.6
6.3
5.8
5.3
5.1

Morning humidity (%)
64
59
56
42
34
30
43
50
48
49
56
65

Afternoon humidity (%)
32
27
24
17
14
12
20
23
23
22
27
33

Sunshine (%)
78
80
84
89
93
94
85
85
89
88
83
77

Days clear of clouds
14
13
14
17
21
23
17
18
22
20
18
15

Partly cloudy days
7
7
8
7
7
5
10
10
5
6
6
6

Cloudy days
10
9
8
6
3
2
4
4
3
4
6
9

Snowfall (in)
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Local Seasons:

The peak season in Scottsdale is in the winter when people throughout the country escape the cold and come to enjoy the warm temperatures and low humidity of this desert city. Whether it’s golf, sitting at the pool, strolling through town, dining at the many fine restaurants, or just enjoying the scenery, this is an ideal time for a visit. Temperatures during the day can reach the 70’s F and at night drop to the 40’s F; offering the opportunity for outdoor activities during the day, and sitting by a warm fire at night. Spring is quite pleasant as temperatures rise and humidity drops to less than 20%. Fall is very similar in temperature and just slightly more humid. Summers are brutally hot with the high temperatures during the day reaching over 100 F. However, they do drop to the mid 70’s F at night, making this time of year a good time for taking part in indoor activities during the day and saving the nights for the out of doors.

How to Get There:

By Air:

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

3400 Sky Harbor Blvd.

Phoenix AZ 85034

602-273-8880

Located less than 30 minutes from Scottsdale, the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is located in the heart of the southwest United States. There are hundreds of nonstop and connecting flights from points around the globe each day. The airport is served by many of the national and international airlines as well as certain regional carriers.

Scottsdale Airport

15000 N. Airport Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
480-312-2321

An ideal choice for leisure and business travelers, located in close proximity to world class resorts, hotels, restaurants, golf courses, and corporate centers, with an average of 360 VFR days yearly.

Ground Transportation:

Most of the major car rental companies, as well as taxi and limousine service is available at the Phoenix Airport. Limited services available at the Scottsdale Airport.

By Car:

Located just outside of Phoenix, Arizona on the Pima Freeway. The city is accessible via Interstate 10 from the west (Los Angeles) and southeast (Tucson) and Interstate 17 from the north (Flagstaff)

By Train:

Amtrak does not service Scottsdale directly. Service is available from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Amtrak

3400 East Sky Harbor Blvd.
G.A.I.T. desk in each terminal
Phoenix, AZ 85034

800-USA-RAIL

This is a stop for Amtrak Thruway connecting bus service.

Greyhound

Scottsdale in not served by Greyhound. The nearest location is in Phoenix.

2115 E Buckeye Rd.
Phoenix AZ 85034

602-389-4200

How to Get Around:

The easiest and most convenient way to get around is by either personal or rental car. Other services are available.

Scottsdale Trolley

480-421-1004

Scottsdale Trolley, a free downtown shuttle for tourists and shoppers, operates every 10 minutes, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 11am to 6pm., Thursday to 9pm.

Luci’s Joyrides

4400 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-990-1913

Luci’s Joyrides provides alternative cruising options in Old Town Scottsdale, featuring Tomos Mopeds, Bajaj and Vespa Scooters, and for some real fun, the ‘OZBIKE.’ Rentals are on an hourly or daily basis, with a discounted rate from Tuesday through Thursday.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day, Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day, 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day, last Mon. in May

Independence Day, July 4

Labor Day,1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day, 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Cosanti Foundation-Paolo Soleri Windbells
6433 Doubletree Ranch Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253-1826
(602) 948-6145
Toll Free: 800-752-3187
An Arizona Historic Site. A unique complex of concrete structures designed
and constructed by Paolo Soleri. Visitors may browse the studios where the
Soleri Windbells are made and sold.

IMAX Theatre Scottsdale
4343 N. Scottsdale Road, #2501
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(602) 949-3100
Images come alive on a screen over six stories high. You feel like you’re in the movie.

Rancho Verde – Big Birds of Arizona
15419 E. Rio Verde Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(602) 471-3802
An operating western ranch specializing in the livestock of the
future – Ostrich, Emu and Rhea. Beautiful Sonoran desert setting. Handson
guided tours, cookout facilities, haywagon.

CrackerJax Family Fun & Sports Park
15455 N. Greenway Hayden Loop, C15
Scottsdale, AZ 85260-1609
(602) 998-2800
Wholesome family entertainment! Miniature golf, golf driving range and golf
school, go karts, bumper boats, volleyball, batting cages, arcade,
restaurant, meeting rooms. Parties and groups up to 1500.

Fiddlesticks Family Fun Park
8800 E. Indian Bend Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250-3422
(602) 951-6060
Laser tag, two 18-hole mini-golf courses, gokarts, bumper boats, batting
cages, video arcade. Customized corporate events. Group rates.

McCormick Railroad Park
7301 E. Indian Bend Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
(602) 994-2312/Fax: (602) 994-7001

Rawhide 1880s Western Town
23023 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85255-4101
(602) 502-5600
Arizona’s largest western theme attraction. Old West town with gunfights,
stagecoach, train and burro rides, petting ranch, museum, gold panning,
shootin’ gallery, shops, cookouts, saloon, world famous Steakhouse and
more!

Buffalo Museum of America
10261 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253-1424
(602) 951-1022
Focused on the American Buffalo, these unique collections combine fun,
history, art, collectibles, and more to interest all ages. Gift Shop.
Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm. Admission charge.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West
114th Street and Cactus Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85261-4430
(480) 860-2700
The winter home and studio of Frank Lloyd Wright: Taliesin West: “set with immense care in a scene of
almost overpowering beauty.” one to three hour tours and desert walks.

Scottsdale Historical Museum

7333 E. Scottsdale Mall
Scottsdale, AZ 85252-0143
(480) 945-4499
Scottsdale Historical Museum, in the 1910 Little Red Schoolhouse,
chronicles the city’s history with photographs, artifacts, and changing
displays. Monthly (first Sunday) programs. Group tours, speakers
available.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

7380 East 2nd Street

Scottsdale, AZ

(480) 994-2787

Tues.-Sat. 10-5; Sunday noon-5.

Features work by contemporary artists from Arizona and around the world. Displays focusing on modern architecture and design are also available.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Cosanti Foundation-Paolo Soleri Windbells
6433 Doubletree Ranch Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253-1826
(602) 948-6145
Toll Free: 800-752-3187
An Arizona Historic Site. A unique complex of concrete structures designed
and constructed by Paolo Soleri. Visitors may browse the studios where the
Soleri Windbells are made and sold.

IMAX Theatre Scottsdale
4343 N. Scottsdale Road, #2501
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(602) 949-3100
Images come alive on a screen over six stories high. You feel like you’re in the movie.

Rancho Verde – Big Birds of Arizona
15419 E. Rio Verde Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(602) 471-3802/Fax: (602) 471-3802 *51
An operating western ranch specializing in the livestock of the
future – Ostrich, Emu and Rhea. Beautiful Sonoran desert setting. Handson
guided tours, cookout facilities, haywagon.

CrackerJax Family Fun & Sports Park
15455 N. Greenway Hayden Loop, C15
Scottsdale, AZ 85260-1609
(602) 998-2800
Wholesome family entertainment! Miniature golf, golf driving range and golf
school, go karts, bumper boats, volleyball, batting cages, arcade,
restaurant, meeting rooms. Parties and groups up to 1500.

Fiddlesticks Family Fun Park
8800 E. Indian Bend Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250-3422
(602) 951-6060
Laser tag, two 18-hole mini-golf courses, gokarts, bumper boats, batting
cages, video arcade. Customized corporate events. Group rates.

McCormick Railroad Park
7301 E. Indian Bend Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
(602) 994-2312/Fax: (602) 994-7001

Rawhide 1880s Western Town
23023 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85255-4101
(602) 502-5600
Arizona’s largest western theme attraction. Old West town with gunfights,
stagecoach, train and burro rides, petting ranch, museum, gold panning,
shootin’ gallery, shops, cookouts, saloon, world famous Steakhouse and
more!

Buffalo Museum of America
10261 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253-1424
(602) 951-1022
Focused on the American Buffalo, these unique collections combine fun,
history, art, collectibles, and more to interest all ages. Gift Shop.
Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm. Admission charge.

The Desert Center at Pinnacle Peak

8711 Pinnacle Peak Road

North Scottsdale, AZ

(480) 473-0338

Located in a quaint Mexican-style village center, it specializes in bringing the essence of the Sonoran Desert to life through hands-on scientific experiences. Botany, archeology, and Native American skills are featured.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

January

Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

Held on January 1

Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe
480-350-0900
Root for your favorite team at the annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium!

Celebration of Fine Art

Held mid January – late March

Location: Scottsdale Rd. at Loop 101
480-443-7695

Admission Charged
Annual celebration and one of Scottsdale’s most anticipated events. More than 100 artists set up working studios so you can watch art develop. Art in all styles and mediums is available. Visitors return often to visit with the artists and enjoy watching the progress of their favorite painting, sculpture, basket or ceramic vessel.

Russo and Steele Auto Auction

Held in late January

Location: Corner of Scottsdale Rd and Mayo Blvd
480-517-4005

Russo and Steele offer an impressive selection of automobiles in a variety of categories, including European Sports, American Muscle, Customs and Hotrods in two evening programs.

February

The Best and the Brightest

Held early – late February

Location: Scottsdale Artists’ School
480-990-1422
Admission Free
Annual juried art show and sale.

Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

Held in early February

Location: Heard Museum
602-252-8848
Admission Charged

The chance to clinch the World Champion Hoop Dancer title draws together the very best Native hoop dancers from throughout the United States and Canada for one spectacular weekend of athleticism, speed and grace.

Desert Foothills Musicfest

Held mid February – mid March

Location: Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center
480-488-0806
Admission Charged

During MusicFest, the nights and afternoons are filled with magic. Classical Masterpieces, Jazz Standards, Opera, Broadway; ending with an the Annual Musicfest Family Concert, created in the spirit of Leonard Bernstein’s legendary “Saturday Morning” concerts from a generation ago.

Arizona Statehood Days Celebration

Held in mid February

Location: Rawhide
480-502-5600
Admission Free
Bring out the whole family for an old-fashioned, hometown celebration. This annual three-day weekend features parades, live entertainment, fireworks, clowns, face painting, kids games and contests, prize drawings, food booths, desert cookout and live country western music.

Parada del Sol Concert & Rodeo

Held in mid February

Location: Rawhide Wild West Town
602-996-8289
Enjoy a full weekend of boot-stompin’ fun in celebration of Scottsdale’s annual month-long Parada del Sol festival. Activities include PRCA-sanctioned rodeo, rodeo dances, live Country/Western music and children’s activities.

Scottsdale Fine Art & Chocolate Festival

Held in mid February

Location: Scottsdale Pavilions
480-837-5637
Admission Charged
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Thunderbird Artists takes center stage with the annual Scottsdale Fine Art & Chocolate Festival. The Scottsdale Pavilions provides the handsome backdrop to this elegant affair. Held outdoors in the Arizona Sun, patrons stroll throughout this celebration of juried fine arts and crafts in a park setting on luscious green grass. The nearby lake reflects numerous white-canopied tents, containing original works from over 150 uniquely talented artists from throughout the United States.

Arizona Baseball Charities Celebrity Game

Held around Valentine’s Day

Location: Scottsdale Stadium
480-312-2586
Admission Charged

Arizona Baseball Charities presents the Annual Celebrity Baseball Game at Scottsdale Stadium The event benefits and supports Arizona Baseball Charities.

Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

Held mid – late February

Location: WestWorld
480-515-1500
The Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is one of the largest Arabian shows in the world, a must-see Scottsdale signature event with parties, shopping, food, decorated barns. Each year this event draws over 2,000 of the world’s finest Arabian horses to compete for the coveted title of “Scottsdale Champion.”

Fountain Hills Great Fair

Held in late February

Location: Avenue of the Fountains, Downtown Fountain Hills
866-368-6445
Admission Free
Each February the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce hosts this three day event, which features nearly 500 artists and artisans from around the country lining the shaded Avenue of the Fountains. This festival also features the annual Hot Air Balloon Rally. There are great photo opportunities of balloons reflecting against the water with the fountain in the background. A unique tradition among the balloonists is to attempt to dip their baskets into Fountain Lake.

March

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Showhouse

Held the entire month of March

Location: Venue changes, call for information
602-695-2054
Come and tour the annual Arizona Foothills magazine Showhouse. Interior designers have decorated each room in this spectacular home.

Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival

Held in early March

Location: Downtown Carefree, Easy & Ho Hum Streets
480-837-5637
Admission Charged

Travel the world over and you would be hard pressed to fine a more spectacular gathering of artists than at the Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival. These nationally acclaimed, juried fine art festivals attract artists and art collectors from throughout the United States and abroad, all sharing in their love and appreciation for magnificent fine art.

Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market

Held in early March

Location: Heard Museum
602-252-8848
Admission Charged

The Heard Museum’s Indian Fair & Market brings together some of the finest Native artists against a backdrop of entertainment and food. Each spring, nearly 18,000 people experience the sights, sounds and smells of one of the world’s finest Native American art festivals – an unparalleled combination of art, architecture and entertainment.

Scottsdale Arts Festival

Held in mid March

Location: Scottsdale Civic Center Mall
480-994-ARTS
Don’t miss the annual Scottsdale Arts Festival! Stroll the beautiful grounds of the Scottsdale Center for the Arts and explore the work of more than 185 nationally acclaimed artists exhibiting at this premier arts festival. Enjoy continuous live entertainment from three festival stages, savor food and beverages from the Valley’s top culinary establishments, and experience creative fun in the Scottsdale Arts Festival Kids area.

Festival of the West

Held in mid March

Location: Rawhide Wild West Town
602-996-4387
Admission Charged

One of the country’s largest celebrations of the Old West and the American Cowboy. A visit is like a step back in time with plenty to see and do during four action packed days, including the western music jamboree, western trade show, log home show, western film festival, cowboy spirit award, special tribute to John Wayne, cowboy poetry, chuck wagon cook off, arena events, and mountain man rendezvous.

Easter Sunday Eggstravaganza

Held at Easter time

Location: Rawhide
480-502-5600
Admission Free
This annual Easter Day celebration includes children’s Easter Egg Hunt, children’s games and contests, and photos with Cowboy Cottontail, Rawhide’s very own Easter bunny. Stay for a great Easter dinner in the Rawhide Steakhouse.

April

Sonoran Festival of Art

Held in early April

Location: Carefree Town Center
480-5980-9090

Admission Free
100 national and locally acclaimed artists display their creations at Carefree Town Center. In addition to the outstanding collection of art and artists, the festival includes a variety of food and refreshments along with entertainment, art lectures, and hands-on demonstrations.

Scottsdale Culinary Festival

Held in mid April

Location: Scottsdale Center for the Arts & Various Resorts
480-945-7193
Admission Charged
From the east coast to the west coast this premiere gourmet wonderland has swept the nation for years of indulgence. Featuring over 250 wineries, celebrity chefs, live music from jazz to rock and roll, locals and tourists alike gather together for a culinary affair, savoring their way through some of the nation’s best chefs.

Tostitos Southwest Salsa Challenge

Held in late April

Location: Scottsdale Stadium
602-955-3947
Admission Charged
A culinary event with more than 50 homemade salsas by Valley Chefs, free salsa and chips all day, three live bands, a kid’s zone and a margarita competition.

October

Scottsdale International Film Festival

Held in late October

Location: Harkins Camelview Luxury Cinemas
602-410-1074
Admission Charged
The Annual Scottsdale International Film Festival returns with a student competition; a digital filmmaking presentation by the “Father of Digital Filmmaking,” Laurence Gartel; several American independent films; two cinema vault films; and several GLBT themed films.

November

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival

Held in early November

Location: Downtown Carefree
480-488-3381
Admission Charged
Over 150 top artists at one of Arizona’s largest wine-tasting events. Event also has live music.

Smithsonian Magazine’s CultureFest

Held mid November

Location: Scottsdale & Phoenix area venues
800-774-5020
Join Smithsonian experts in a celebration of the world-renowned art, culture, music and heritage of Arizona.

Fountain Festival of Arts & Crafts

Held in mid November

Location: Avenue of the Fountains, Downtown Fountain Hills
480-837-1654
Admission Free

Each November the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce hosts this three day event, which features nearly 500 artists and artisans from around the country lining the shaded Avenue of the Fountains. This festival attracts an estimated 150,000 visitors from all over the Valley and state, who come to appreciate and purchase fine art and enjoy some good food and entertainment. Several musicians entertain the crowd at various locations throughout the fair, also selling their musical recordings. Shaded seating areas are provided near the food courts, making it the perfect way to spend a cool sunny November in Fountain Hills.

ArtFest of Scottsdale

Held mid November

Location: Scottsdale Civic Center Mall
888-ART-FEST
Admission Free
ArtFest of Scottsdale is held at the Scottsdale Civic Center in Downtown Scottsdale. It features over 200 fine artists and excellent food.

Good Guys Rod & Custom Car Show

Held in mid November

Location: WestWorld
480-312-6802
Admission Charged
Over 2,000 rods, customs, classics and muscle cars, plus kids area and special awards.

December

Insight Bowl

Held in late December

Location: Bank One Ballpark
480-350-0900

Admission Charged
Termed as “College Football Like You’ve Never Seen It Before”, the Insight Bowl brings action and excitement both on and off the field. The East takes on the West as the Big East faces the Pac-10. Seats so close to the field you can feel the action, and no nets in the end zone mean you keep what you catch. This truly unique football experience is held within Bank One Ballpark. An electric atmosphere featuring bands, cheerleaders, hard-hitting action on the field and rambunctious fans in attendance to support their teams are staples of the game.

Fiesta Bowl ArtWalk

Held on December 30

Location: Downtown Scottsdale
480-990-3939
Admission Free
End the year with a leisurely stroll through the Arts District, along Main Street, Marshall Way and throughout Scottsdale Downtown. Join in the excitement brought to the Valley by the annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl game and plan for an evening full of gallery show openings, food and drink and other entertainment.

Arts & Entertainment

ASU’s Gammage Auditorium

Mill Avenue & Apache
ASU Main Campus
Tempe, AZ 85287
480-965-5062

ASU Public Events brings the best of Broadway, international dance, music and theatrical productions to ASU’s Gammage Auditorium, Kerr Cultural Center and the Sundome Center for Performing Arts.

ASU’s Kerr Cultural Center

6110 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
480-596-2660

ASU’s Kerr Cultural Center’s natural adobe studio is renowned for its intimate setting and excellent acoustics and is regarded as one of the premiere cultural venues in the Valley. Performances include a variety of local, regional, national and international performing artists presented every year, many of whom are appropriate for the entire family.

Ballet Arizona

3645 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018
888-3ballet

Ballet Arizona is one of the Southwest’s premier professional ballet companies. Ballet Arizona is dedicated to preserving and celebrating classical dance while creating and commissioning new, innovative works.

Scottsdale Center for the Arts
7380 E. Second Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-994-2787

Scottsdale Center for the Arts blends entertainment, experiences and education in a year-round performing arts season that creates opportunities for audiences to have thought-provoking experiences and interactions, as well as promoting creative expression from classical to cutting edge.

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre

4720 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-483-1664

This award-winning theatre offers children’s, main stage and small-cast professional productions – all in an ideal setting. This year-round theatre is well-known for its high-quality entertainment that appeals to a variety of ages.

Theatre 4301

4301 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-994-2787

The 326-seat theater offers an intimate setting in which to enjoy a live theatrical experience.

Cancun, Mexico

A- Overview:
Cancún has 200-plus days of sun a year and a temperature that averages 80F. With these statistics, it isn’t hard to understand why it is Mexico’s top tourist destination. Located on the tip of the Yucatan peninsula, its beaches are unparalleled, broad expanses of gleaming white sand stretched out beside the clear blue-green waters of the Caribbean.

Over 700 years ago, Cancún was home to the great Mayan civilization. Today, this exotic paradise joins the ancient past to the present as one of the world’s most modern and exciting resort areas.

A wide range of restaurants, vivacious night life, a variety of shopping opportunities, and the overall tropical atmosphere draw over two million visitors a year.

The hotel zone, which is what most tourists think of as Cancún, is a fourteen mile long, thin island shaped like a “7.” To the North is the Caribbean Sea with wide open beaches and strong waves. To the west the shore is buffeted by Isla Mujeres (Isle of Women), causing calmer waters. To the south, between the island and the mainland is the Nichupte Lagoon which is perfect for all water sports. It is this island that was created specifically for its present purpose, as the ideal vacation destination in a totally natural tropical setting accompanied by all the amenities of life in the 21st century.

Mainland Cancún has a much different ambience than the hotel zone, because it is an area of permanent residence for some 450,000 people. It offers markets instead of malls, and street vendors and outdoor cafes rather than air-conditioned restaurants. Downtown Cancún has little of the glamor of the hotel zone, but is a fast growing and interesting city to visit.

Visitors who are nostalgic for their home cities will be comforted to know that the developers of Cancún included businesses such as Outback Steakhouse, Dunkin’ Donuts, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, McDonalds, WalMart and Blockbuster.

The whole family is welcome and appreciated in Cancún. Much thought and preparation has gone into developing attractions that will be of interest to family members of all ages. AquaWorld is one such facility. It offers wave runners, water skiing, windsurfing, catamarans, paddle boats, sailboats, kayaks, floats and boogie boards. There is even a sub sea explorer craft with large glass windows built into the sides for underwater viewing of fish, coral formations, turtles, and other marine life. There is no excuse not to have fun! Children will also enjoy time spent at Xcaret, the waterside theme park.

The Cancún Convention Center is the site of a variety of performing arts events, as well as displays of paintings and sculpture. Cancún has a wide choice of nighttime entertainment. Most of the hotels on the island have discos where dancing continues through the night into the early morning hours. Ballet Folklórico de Mexico performs nightly at the Continental Villas Plaza Hotel. Latin music is performed live at several clubs and attracts people of all ages. Rock ‘n roll oldies bring crowds of dancers to Planet Hollywood and the Hard Rock Café. Comedy acts and romantic dinner cruises round out the nighttime offerings.

Holidays and fiestas provide additional reasons to celebrate the beauty and joy of time spent in Cancún. In the church plaza, intricate dances passed down from family to family since ancient times, continue for hours. Dancers dress in symbolic costumes of vivid colors. Some villages even offer a bullfight as part of the festivities. However, in the Yucatan, both the bull and the matador are required to end the contest unharmed. Live music accompanies the performance. In the end, the bull is untied and returns to his rural home.

There is never a season of the year that isn’t just the right time to step back from life’s hectic pace and visit Cancún. A world apart awaits the visitor to this majestic land of incomparable beauty.

B- City Information:
Population:
400,000

Location:
In the State of Quintana Roo, off the northeastern end of the Yucatan peninsula, directly south of New Orleans. Approximately 1.5 hours flying time from Miami.

Elevation:
16 feet

Area:
Cancún city is located on the northeastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula and is essentially a service town for the resort area of Cancún situated on L-shaped Cancún Island (13 miles [21 km] long by 0.25 mile [400 m] across). The resort area of Cancún (also called the Zona Hotelera [“Hotel Zone”]) is linked by a causeway to Cancún city.

Languages:
Spanish and Mayan, but English is spoken in most areas. The original inhabitants of this part of Mexico were Mayan and although Spanish is the official language, most of the indigenous population still speaks their native tongue. In the past few years, people from all parts of the world have settled here, giving this region a cosmopolitan atmosphere. It is fairly easy to encounter English, German, Italian and French- speaking people, especially in hotels and in larger towns.

Time Zone:
Central Standard year round. The time is one hour behind that of New York City. When it is 11:00am in New York City; it is 10:00am in Cancún.

Weather:
Cancún is warm year round, but the steady sea breeze tempers the heat. There is outdoor swimming all year. Rainfall is evenly distributed over the twelve months. The chance of hurricanes is greater in September and October. The sun reflected from the water is intense, so it is important to come prepared with sunblock. Most visitors wear shorts and T-shirts. A sweater is useful for air conditioned places and for the occasional cool winter day.

Average Temperatures (In Fahrenheit):
High Low
January – March 84F 67F
April – June 89F 73F
July – September 90F 76F
October – December 87F 69F

Tourist Assistance:
Secretariat of Tourism
91-800-90392

Consulates:
United States Of America 830272
Plaza Caracol II # 2 3rd Floor 832296
Canada 833360
Plaza Caracol II 3rd Floor #L330 833361

Currency:
New Peso, Old Peso, U.S.Dollar

Banks and Currency Exchange Facilities:
US Dollars are easily exchanged into pesos in banks, major hotels, airports and exchange houses. Mexican banks are open from 9 am to 2:30 pm weekdays only. Most credit cards are accepted in shops, hotels and travel agencies. Major purchases are best made with a credit card. You automatically receive the bank rate of exchange, which is higher than the rates given in town or at the hotels.

US Dollars and Mexican Pesos: In Cancún,. The US dollar is widely accepted, however, most prices are quoted in Mexican pesos. Usually, any price that has a decimal sign is in pesos. Pesos can also be indicated by a price like “N$35”. The N stands for “new pesos”. If you see a bill with a high value, in the thousands or millions, that is “old pesos” and you have to drop three zeros from the number to get the true value.

Exchange Rates:
If no exchange rate is posted, the usual rate is 8 pesos to the US dollar. Any posted rate will be lower than this.

Credit and Bank Cards:
Before you go, check with your credit card company to get their exchange rate for Mexican pesos. You may find that plastic is more economical than cash for some purchases. However, small stores might charge an extra 10% for credit card sales, so you will need some cash. Cash advances and ATM withdrawals typically come in pesos. Major ATM cards work at ATMs at the big banks such as Banamex .Banks advertise their closing hour as 5 PM during the week.

Documentation:
Visitors to Mexico need a valid passport or must present an original birth certificate and photo ID. Minors traveling alone; with one parent; or with a relative or friend who is not their parent need notarized consent from parent(s). In addition, visitors must carry a Mexican Tourist Permit, which is issued free of charge after proof of citizenship upon arrival. This permit must be given to officials upon departure. If you lose your Tourist Permit while in Cancún, you can obtain a copy or permission to leave the country from the Immigration office located downtown.

Departure Tax:
is approximately US $17. Be prepared with US cash for this. Change may not be available. Children under 2 years are exempt.

Customs Regulations:
After passing through immigration, you must claim your luggage and pass through Customs. You must present a Customs form, which will be given to you at check-in before you leave the US or during your flight. You will be asked to press a button at a sort of traffic light: Green means go, red means your baggage will be briefly searched. Questions can be directed to the Customs office at the Cancún Airport at (52-98) 86-00-73.

Church Services:
Roman Catholic
Cristo Ray Church,15 Margaritas Street, Downtown Cancún
Daily Messes: 7A.M. and 7 P.M. Saturday: 7P.M.
Sundays: 8A.M., 11 A.M., 5P.M., 6:30 P.M., and 8 P.M.
840513.

Hotel Zone Masses
Cancún Baptist Fellowship, Hyatt Hotel each Sunday 10:00am
Hotel Camino Real , 10 P.M.
Continental Villas Plaza, Sunday 12 P.M.
Fiesta Americana Coral Beach, Sunday 10:30 A.M.
Presidente-Intercontinental, Saturday 6:30 P.M.
Sheraton, Sunday 10: A.M.
Chapel next to Plaza Nautilus, Sunday 10 A.M.

Presbyterian
Puerto del Cielo Church, 15 Crisantemos St. Downtown Cancún.
Sunday services: 10:45 A.M., 6:30 P.M.
842362

Episcopal
Marriott Casa Magna, Hotel Zone
Sunday services: 10 A.M. in English
852000

Electricity: The standard current in the hotels in Mexico is 110 volts AC. European travelers should bring a converter or check their electric devices in advance.

Telephones & Fax:
For local directory inquiries dial 847612.

From North America to Cancún:
Dial 011 (int’l access code) + 52 (Mexico’s country code) + 98 (Cancún’s area code) + the local number.

From Cancún, calling within North America:
Dial 00+1+area code+local number. Many US long-distance phone companies have access numbers that you must dial in order to use your phone card, usually through the Mexican telephone company public phones, Ladatel. Calls may be less expensive than direct-dialed calls from your hotel room. (Check your hotel surcharges before calling.)

Using Tel/Mex public telephones:
If you are calling within Mexico, you can pay for the call in cash or call collect. International calls are collect only at some casetas. The service charges may apply whether or not you connect and there might be an extra charge for information or any other service involving the international operator. Only use official TelMex phone booths for long distance calls, as all others charge very high fees, so high that the government is now removing the phones. The non TelMex phones usually have a little ad on them urging you to call collect, decorated with an American flag. Don’t be misled by the ad.. use Telmex.

Ladatel
The least expensive way of paying for an international call is to buy a Ladatel card at one of the locations that sell them, such as the newsstand in front of the post office. These come in amounts from 30 pesos up. You put the card into a slot in a Ladatel public phone and direct-dial the number. The amount of credit you have left will appear on the display and be updated when you connect. The charges are automatically deducted from the card.

Credit Card Calls:
– Some credit cards will also work in Ladatel phones, including Master Charge and Visa International.

Fax:
You can send faxes from the post office or from any Caseta de Larga Distancia. The two most convenient locations are:
[1] Downtown next to Lavandería Alborada on Nader.
[2] Mercado 28, near Farmacia YZA.

Computel:
Downtown – Av. Tulum just past main bus terminal.
Hotel Zone – Coral Negro Market, Plaza Kukulcán, 2nd level. Fast, efficient fax service.
A one-page fax to the United States will cost about $3.35 in this computerized telephone and fax service.

Internet:
Public internet service is available in all major hotels at rates of about $10 an hour. There are also many Internet cafés in the Hotel Zone and Downtown. Hotel Zone malls with Internet service include Plaza Caracol, Plaza Kukulcán and Maya Fair, but there are many other locations.. Service in downtown Cancún ranges from $1.50 to $5 an hour.

National Holidays:
Jan 1 – New Year’s Day (Año Nuevo)
Feb 5 – Constitution Day
Mar 21 – Birthday of Benito Juárez, Mexican president and national hero
Holy Week – (Semana Santa) Good Friday through Easter Sunday
May 1 – Labor Day (Día del Trabajo) with workers’ parades
May 5 – Battle of Puebla commemorates the Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862
Sept 1 – The president of Mexico delivers the annual State of the Nation address
Sept 16 – Independence Day
Oct 12 – Day of the Race (Dia de la Raza) Columbus Day
Nov 1-2 – The Day of the Dead
Nov 20 – Revolution Day: Anniversary of the 1910 Mexican Revolution
Dec 12 – Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadelupe
Dec 25 – Christmas Day

Emergency:
Local Police 841913/ 842342
Fire Department 841202
Highway Police (Federal) 841542/ 841107
State Police 841171
Federal Police 887291

Business Hours:
Most stores are open from 10 am to 10 pm daily in the Hotel Zone. Stores downtown may close between 2 pm and 4 pm for the traditional “siesta” and on Sundays.

Hospitals: Mexico has a nationalized healthcare system and almost every town and city has either a national hospital or medical clinic. Most hotel have a 24-hour doctor on call. No vaccinations are need to enter Mexico from the US or Canada. Below is a list of local hospitals and clinics.

Hospital Americano
84-61333/84-6068 (24-hours)
15 Viento Street, SM4

Red Cross
84-1616 (24-hours)
Yaxchilan Avenue, SM21

Total Assist
84-1092, 84-8116 (24-hours)
5 Claveles Street, SM22

Social Security Hospital
887274 /887354

General Hospital
842967/ 842666

Public rest rooms:
Restrooms are difficult to find in most places. You are expected to supply your own toilet paper.

Children:
Many resorts, hotels, and beachfront villas have many activities especially for families with children.

How to get around:
A counter at the airport exit sells tickets for buses (called colectivos), which cost about $8. The buses are air-conditioned and sell soft drinks and beer on board. You can also take a government-subsidized cab. The driver will accept the taxi vouchers sold at stands inside or just outside the airport.
Car Rentals:
Major rental car companies operate from the airport and some hotels. You must be 25 years old, hold a driver’s license and major credit card. Road signs are in Spanish.

Public Transportation:

Tips and Taxes
In cases where the gratuity is not included or provided for, 15% is the accepted amount. Most items sold in Mexico have a “value added tax” or sales tax of 10% that is additional to the posted price. In Spanish, it is called IVA. You will see it itemized separately on your receipt. City buses and taxi vans run through the hotel zone and downtown. Localurban bus companies service the hotel zone. They stop by all hotels during the day.

Taxis
Taxi Union 886992

Local Bus Service:
The bus system in Cancún is very convenient and inexpensive. The fare is 3 pesos. It is much better to pay in pesos because, according to some travelers, if you pay with US money the fare is $1, and no change is given.

Ferries and Boats
The ferry for foot passengers runs to Isla Mujeres departs Puerto Juarez, just north of downtown Cancún, eight times a day in both directions.
The Caribbean Express and the Caribbean Miss (tel. 987/70254 or 987/70253), both air-conditioned cruisers with bar service, make several 30-minute crossings daily from Puerto Juárez, just north of Cancún, to Isla Mujeres, a small island resort offshore. Boats run from 7:30am – 7:30pm at approximately 30-minute intervals; the fare is under $4 per person.
There are three passenger ferries that leave at 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10, 10:30, and 11:30 AM, and on the half hour from 12:30 to 7:30 PM; the schedule varies depending on the season, so check the times posted at the dock. The one-way fare is only about $1.50 and the trip takes 45 minutes.

Airports:
Cancún International Airport – Phone 870088 Airport is 9 miles southwest of the heart of Cancún City, 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the southernmost point of the hotel zone.
Shuttle (tel. 98/83448), runs directly from the Playa Tortugas dock in Cancún’s hotel zone to the airport at least four times a day and costs about $15 round-trip.

Marriage while in Cancún:
Due to Cancún’s popularity as a honeymoon destination, most major hotels are happy to arrange a wedding for a visitng couple, and will likely have a wedding coordinator on-site, or be able to refer you to a local company that provides those services. The legal requirements for marriage in Cancún are as follows:
(1) Certified copies of both parties’ birth certificates or valid passport
(2) Blood tests from their doctors taken within 15 days of their wedding date; tests for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV
(3) A copy of their tourist permits or visas if required for entry
(4) Four witnesses
(5) If previously married, the parties will need to show the divorce decree or a certified copy of spouse’s death certificate, if widowed.

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
D- Family Fun Attractions:
E- Events & Entertainment:

Tempe, Arizona

A- Overview:
Home of Arizona State University and Sky Harbor Airport, Tempe is located in the southern part of the Phoenix metropolitan area and is bordered by Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and Chandler.

Tempe is the state’s seventh largest city. Access to Tempe is easy from just about any direction via the Loop 101, 202, US 60, I-10 and the Hohokam Expressway. The City of Tempe, Arizona offers more than 330 days a year of sunshine to its residents and visitors, and annual rainfall amounts to only 7.36 inches a year.

The first stop for many is legendary Arizona Mills, the vast indoor shopping mall with an emphasis on tasteful decoration, reasonable prices, and top quality merchandise. One of the main hang-out and night-life spots is nearby Mill Avenue, but there are a number of other places in the surrounding area that contribute to a memorable visit to the area.

In 1865, the U.S. Army arrived at the eastern end of the Salt River Valley and established Fort McDowell. More pioneers arrived, including Wickenburg entrepreneur Jack Swilling, who directed the renovation of the Hohokam canals, and Charles Trumbull Hayden, who built a flour mill and began a ferry service across the Salt River.

“Hayden’s Ferry,” as the city was called then, was also the name of the only vehicle across the Rio Salado. The town grew slowly and was renamed the City of “Tempe” Arizona (Tem-PEE) by an English traveler who compared the area to the beautiful Vale of Tempe in Greece.

In 1886, the Arizona Territorial Normal School welcomed its first class of 31 students in the building known today as Old Main on Arizona State University’s campus.

A growth spurt over the past twenty years has resulted in the development of industrial parks and planned communities in all directions. Arizona State University’s main campus, adjacent to downtown Tempe, educates students from all 50 states and more than 120 countries. ASU is known as leading Research institution. The presence of its enthusiastic faculty and students has contributed to the success of the numerous local theaters, galleries, and cultural centers in Tempe. The ASU campus even houses the State Arboretum that is open to the public. The Law Library (said to be second only to Harvard’s ) is designed to look like an open book. Gammage Auditorium is well known as Frank Lloyd Wright’s last public structure design.

Over the past two decades, Tempe has been a top choice for visitors seeking Arizona vacations. The downtown area has been made pedestrian friendly. Shady brick sidewalks, turn of the century buildings, historic landmarks, a wide variety of restaurants and popular night spots, ASU, “A” mountain and Tempe Town Lake all make downtown Tempe a place recognized for its for dining, shopping, sightseeing, and nightlife.

Families enjoy the Tempe Beach Park Splash Playground and the pedal boats on Tempe Town Lake. Visitors can see a Broadway show, visit a fine art museum, explore hiking and biking trails. It’s all there and so conveniently located! Just about everything in Tempe can be found in a one mile radius. The only decisions to be made are what to see and do first and how soon it will be possible to return to this lively and thoroughly enjoyable city.

B- City Information:
Population: 158,625.

Area: 40.2 square miles

Elevation: 1,159 feet

Location: Maricopa County, Arizona

Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time. Daylight saving time is not observed. In the summer, therefore, the time coincides with Pacific Time.

Average Temperatures:

Month
High
Low

January
65F
38F

February
69F
41F

March
74F
45F

April
84F
52F

May
93F
60F

June
101F
68F

July
105F
77F

August
102F
76F

September
98F
70F

October
88F
57F

November
75F
45F

December
66F
38F

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day last Mon. in May

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve Dec. 31

Local Seasons:

The peak season in Phoenix is in the winter when people throughout the country escape the cold and come to enjoy the warm temperatures and low humidity of this desert city. Whether it’s golf, sitting at the pool, strolling through town, dining at the many fine restaurants, or just enjoying the scenery, this is an ideal time for a visit. Temperatures during the day can reach the 70s F and at night drop to the 40s F, offering the opportunity for outdoor activities during the day, and cooler sleeping temperatures at night. Spring is quite pleasant as temperatures rise and humidity drops to less than 20%. Fall is very similar in temperature. Summers are very warm, with the high temperatures during the day often reaching well over 100 F. There is virtually no humidity, so the effect of the higher temperatures is not as pronounced as in more humid parts of the US. Summer temperatures drop to the mid 70’s F at night.

How to Get There:

By Air

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

3400 Sky Harbor Blvd.

Phoenix AZ 85034

602-273-8880

Located 10 minutes from downtown Phoenix and from Tempe, the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport lies at the heart of the southwestern United States. There are hundreds of nonstop and connecting flights from points around the globe each day. The airport is served by many of the national and international airlines as well as certain regional carriers.

Ground Transportation:

Most of the major car rental companies, as well as taxi and limousine service is available at the Phoenix Airport.

By Car:

The city is accessible via Interstate 10 from the west (Los Angeles) and southeast (Tucson) and Interstate 17 from the north (Flagstaff)

By Train:

Amtrak

Sky Harbor Airport

G.A.I.T. desk in each terminal

Phoenix, AZ 85034

800-USA-RAIL

This is a stop for Amtrak Thruway connecting bus service only. Amtrak trains do not stop in Phoenix.

By Bus:

Greyhound

2115 E Buckeye Rd.

Phoenix AZ 85034

602-389-4200

How to Get Around:

The easiest and most convenient way to get around is by either personal or rental car. Other services are available:

Valley Metro – bus system

602-253-5000

Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH)

Bus service within the downtown Phoenix area.

Free Local Area Shuttle Service (FLASH)

Provides service around a loop for Arizona State University in Tempe.

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Arizona Mills Mall
5000 Arizona Mills Circle,

Tempe, Arizona 85282

480-491-7300

10a.m.-9:30p.m. Mon.-Sat.,11a.m.-7p.m. Sun.

The vast expanse of attractively appointed Arizona Mills provides a most gratifying shopping experience featuring the best names in manufacturers’ and retail outlets, including Last Call from Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet, and Kenneth Cole, New York. Numerous boutiques and specialty shops are nestled among the larger department stores. Entertainment venues include Harkins Luxury 24 Cinemas, an IMAX Theatre, and various themed restaurants.

Arizona Historical Society Museum
Papago Park 1300 N. College Ave

Tempe, Arizona 85281

480-929-0292

Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m.

Admission charged, free for children under 12

This museum, at the headquarters of the Arizona Historical Society, focuses its well-designed exhibits on the history of central Arizona from the time of prehistoric Hohokam to today. An interesting permanent exhibit features life-size statues of everyday people from Arizona’s past (a Mexican miner, a Chinese laborer, etc). Quotes relate their individual stories, while props reveal what items they might have traveled with during their days in the desert.

Big Surf

1500 N Mcclintock Dr
Tempe, AZ 85281

480-947-7873

Hours Vary by season

The surf’s way up in Tempe when you dive into the two-million-gallon wave pool at Big Surf. The facility offers multiple activities that appeal to all ages. Multiple water slides including eight at the Kool Kids Zone keep the action going without overcrowding. For a day of fun in the sun and waves, be prepared with enthusiasm and lots of sunscreen. It’s hard to leave!

ASU Karsten Golf Course

1125 East Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281

480-921-8070

Dawn to dusk, hours vary according to season

Greens fees, including cart, vary according to season.

This par 72 Pete Dye-designed public course is fashioned in a Scottish links style. Tees range from 4,760 yards on the forward tees to 7,058 on the professional. Throughout the course railroad ties, bunkers and hidden greens create a challenge. The #7 hole is reported to be the most likely place to get a birdie. Collared shirts with sleeves and hemmed Bermuda-length shorts are required. Amenities include the Trophy Room Restaurant serving breakfast and lunch, a practice range, putting green and short game area.

Arizona State University Art Museum

1001 South Mill Ave
Tempe, AZ 85297

480-965-2787

10am-9pm Tue; 10am-5pm Wed-Sat; 1pm-5pm Sun; closed Mon

Fine collections are housed in this museum, which is located in the Nelson Fine Arts Center on ASU’s campus. Spend the afternoon in an art-appreciation spree and gaze at works by American and Latin artists. You will view fine prints and contemporary art forms. Artists on display include Georgia O’Keeffe, Deborah Butterfield, Philip C. Moulthrop and James McNeill Whistler. Permanent and rotating exhibits are on display six days a week for self-touring. An on-site museum store offers interesting souvenirs. Admission to the museum is free, however donations are appreciated.

Tempe Historical Museum

809 East Southern Ave

Tempe, AZ 85282

480-350-5100

10am-5pm Mon-Thu; 10am-5pm Sat; 1pm-5pm Sun; closed Fri & holidays

The site for this museum was completed in 1991, in what was once the 36,000 square-foot Tempe Public Library. An 8,000-square foot exhibit gallery focuses on the preservation and interpretation of Tempe’s history. Also operated by the museum is the Petersen House Museum, a Queen Anne Victorian house which showcases Tempe’s daily life at the turn of the century. Permanent and changing exhibits and educational programs address Tempe’s history from a state and national perspective. Admission is free.

Arboretum at ASU

Tempe, AZ 85201-5112

Phone: (480)965-8137

Admission is free. Open everyday

ASU’s Arboretum is Arizona’s largest public urban arboretum. Inside the Tempe campus, visitors can view collections of palms, deciduous trees, fruit-bearing trees, conifers, evergreen trees, desert trees, cacti, succulents and specialty garden displays. Arboretum walking guides are available at the ASU Visitors Center, Apache Boulevard and Rural Road.

Casino Arizona at Salt River

101 & McKellips

Scottsdale, AZ

Casino Arizona at Talking Stick

101 & Indian Bend

Scottsdale, AZ 85271

Phone: (877)724-4687

Just a few minutes drive from Tempe, each casino offers slots, blackjack, poker, keno and OTB/racebook. The larger, Casino Arizona at Salt River, is Arizona’s newest and largest gaming, dining and entertainment destination. Within its spacious interior, guests will find a cabaret-style showroom, a piano lounge, a lively sports bar and seven restaurants with everything from casual snacks to intimate fine dining. The casino also houses an outstanding cultural exhibit of Native American arts and crafts.

Four Peaks Brewing Company

1340 E. 8th Street

Tempe, AZ 85281

Phone: (480)303-9967

Arizona largest brewery is located in a turn of the century brick warehouse with award winning food and hand-crafted ales.

Gameworks
5000 Arizona Mills Circle

Tempe, AZ 85282

480-839-4263

11am-midnight Mon-Thu; 11am-1am Fri; 10am-1am Sat; 10am-midnight Sun

This huge multilevel game complex inside the Arizona Mills Mall offers state-of-the-art games. Try interactive, virtual reality games that allow what the player does in reality to happen simultaneously on the big screen with animated characters.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
ASU Mars Space Flight Facility

Department of Geological Sciences

Tempe, AZ 85287-6305

Phone: (480)965-1790

Open 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday.

The facility supports the Thermal Emission Spectrometer experiment that was sent aboard the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft when it launched in November 1996. The Mars facility has a visitor area with displays about Mars and a television tuned to NASA TV.

ASU Planetarium

Arizona State University

Bateman Physical Sciences Center

Tempe, AZ 85287-1504

Phone: (480)965-6891

Open Tues. and Thurs., 6:30 p.m.

Sept.-Nov. and Feb.-April. Shows last approximately 30 to 50 minutes. Weather permitting; viewing though ASU telescopes follows each show. Reservations are required for all evening shows.

Center for Meteorite Studies at ASU

Bateman Physical Sciences Center C-139

Tempe, AZ 85287-2504

Phone: (480)965-6511

Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30am – 4pm.

The center has one of the world’s largest university-based meteorite collections, with specimens representing over 1,500 separate falls. The collection is actively used for space-oriented research by scientists at ASU and throughout the world.

Fiddlesticks Tempe

1155 W. Elliott Rd.

Tempe, AZ 85284

Phone: (480)961-0800

Located one mile east of the I-10 and Elliot. Speedy go-karts; wet n’ wild bumper boats; award-winning, lighted driving range; batting cages; video arcade and mini-golf provide great family fun.

Splash Playground

Tempe Beach Park

Tempe, AZ 85281

Phone: (480)350-8625

Open mid-April through September, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This one-acre park teaches how a drop of rain ends up either in the ocean or becomes part of the city water supply.

Tempe Town Lake

Mill Ave. & Rio Salado Pkwy.

Tempe, AZ 85281

Phone: (480)350-8625

Tempe Town Lake, located adjacent to Downtown Tempe, provides a 2-mile recreational haven for kayaking, sailing, rowing, jogging, skating or picnicking.

E- Events & Entertainment:
New Year’s Eve

Tempe Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Block Party

Mill Avenue District

Tempe, Arizona

Named one of the top ten places in the nation to ring in the New Year by USA Today, the Tempe Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Block Party is packed with excitement and fun for the entire family!

Early January

Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

Sun Devil Stadium

120 South Ash Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85281
480-350-0900

Tempe will host the Big 12 Championship vs. PAC-10 Championship.

Mid January

Rock N Roll AZ Marathon and 1/2 Marathon

Tempe, Arizona

The annual P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon and 1/2 Marathon covers running two really fast courses and hosts 60 live bands.

March

Spring Training Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Tempe Diablo Stadium

2200 West Alameda Drive

Tempe, Arizona

480-350-5205

End of March-Beginning of April

Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts

Mill Avenue District

Tempe, Arizona

480-921-2300

Ranked among the Top 20 art festivals in the nation,it has received the Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association. The event attracts nearly 250,000 visitors to downtown Tempe over the course of a 3-day period.

Early April

Tempe Music Festival

Tempe Beach Park

Tempe, Arizona

The Annual Circle K Tempe Music Festival is held at Tempe Beach Park and features more than 30 regional and national acts on 3 stages, interactive displays, extreme sports demonstrations and much more!

Early May

AVP Tempe Open

Tempe Beach Park

Tempe, Arizona

AVP comes to Tempe Beach Park! Featuring Volleyball’s hottest venue and athletes. Watch as teams battle it out in Arizona’s unique beach.

Mid November

New Times 10K Race

Mill Avenue

Tempe, Arizona

When this event was inaugurated in 1976 by Dr. Art Mollen, the goal was to provide a community event that celebrates fitness and physical well-being. Now it is the 13th largest 10K race in the United States!

Late November-Early December

APS Fantasy of Lights

Mill Avenue District

Tempe, Arizona

Celebrate the holiday season with Tempe as the Mill Avenue District is transformed into a winter wonderland!

End of November/Early December

Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts

Mill Avenue District

Tempe Arizona

480-921-2300

Arts and Entertainment

Edna Vihel Center For the Arts

(480) 350-5287

3340 S Rural Rd

Tempe, AZ 85282

The Tempe Symphony Orchestra is sponsored jointly by the city of Tempe and

the Arizona State University School of Music. Performances are held at the Edna Vihel Center for the Arts.

ASU’s Gammage Auditorium

Arizona State University

Box 870105

Tempe, AZ 85287-0105

Phone: (480)965-5062

A Frank Lloyd Wright designed masterpiece that is acoustically perfect , the Gammage presents everything from theater to music to dance. Offerings include nationally touring Broadway hits, celebrity acts and multicultural programs, both contemporary and classical.

Childsplay

132 E. 6th Street

Tempe, AZ 85281

Phone: (480)350-8101

Arizona’s award-winning professional theatre company for young audiences and families, performing in venues around the state, including the Tempe Performing Arts Center.

Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

ASU School of Music

Box 870405

Tempe, AZ 85287-0405

Phone: (480)965-8863

This 500-seat theatre is home to Lyric Opera Theatre’s musicals and operas.

Sports

Sun Devil Stadium

located on the campus of Arizona State University

in downtown Tempe between First and Fifth streets and Rural and Mill avenues

602-379-0102

The Cardinals, founded in 1898 and a charter member of the National Football League, hold the distinction of being the oldest continuously run professional football franchise in the nation. A new stadium is under construction, and the Cardinals plan to relocate to nearby Glendale sometime in 2006.

Phoenix Rock (Climbing) Gym

1353 E. University Dr.

Tempe, AZ 85281

Phone: (480)921-8322

Rolling Hills Golf Course

1415 N. Mill Ave.

Tempe, AZ 85281

Phone: (480)350-5275

Tempe Diablo Stadium

2200 W. Alameda Dr.

Tempe, AZ 85282

Phone: (480)350-5265

Tempe Sports Complex

8401 S. Hardy Dr.

Tempe, AZ 85284

Phone: (480)350-5200

Wells Fargo Arena

ASU Campus

Tempe, AZ 85287-4505