Quality Inn Airport
1550 S. 52nd St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 967-3000
Fax: (480) 966-9568
Meat Market Garment Factory is neither a market or factory if that's what you're thinking ! This underground punk venue is a pad for the most awesome local and touring bands. The location is very discreet so it may be hard to find.
Get your game face on with a visit to Tempe Diablo Stadium. Spend your day in the Valley of the Sun, rooting for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim who use the ground during their spring training season. The natural grass facility opened in 1968 and can hold up to 10,000. Included in the 150-acre (60-hectare) complex are two practice fields and one stadium field as well as a practice infield and ample parking. Seat yourself on the lawn area on the left or up on the concession stands and tuck into arguably the best ballpark hamburger in town. The sporting venue is undeniably one of the most beautiful baseball facilities in the country.
It would be difficult to imagine this small, unassuming warehouse on West Alameda Drive in Tempe as a concert venue. However, this intimate space has emerged as a thriving underground live music venue, playing host to a number of local and national independent bands throughout the year. Music lovers get a chance to listen to the gigs of upcoming punk bands like Ace-High Cutthroats, Rene Hell, Marshstepper and many others; some of which have already performed here in the past. The shows are cheap and often feature more than one bands. Walk in with your pals to enjoy the onslaught of contemporary music.
As the heart of Phoenix's beating art scene, Tempe Center for the Arts is one of the city's primary event venues. The center includes a number of expansive spaces such as the 3500 square-foot (325.16 square-meter) gallery, a 200 seat studio theater and proscenium theater that seats 600. A vibrant schedule of events bring in the best of local and national talent to the stage with many performances suited for the youth. Events like Ballet under the Stars, open air concerts and public art displays are some of the many initiatives taken up by the center to get the community involved in its programs. For more on the services, schedules and facilities, call ahead or check out their website.
Replacing the Harkins Theater in Downtown Tempe, Madcap Theaters have a lot to offer for those looking seeking live entertainment. The building comprises 11 theater space which are used to host concerts, movies and other performing art shows from time to time. Also, if you are looking for a venue to host corporate or private events, then you can hire one of the flexible spaces at Madcap Theaters. Call ahead to know more.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed this striking auditorium in 1959. Host to number of plays, concerts and musical performances, the venue is grand and the experience of watching the performances here, unforgettable. They also offer their venue for rehearsals and workshops. The round structure is a local landmark and it is located in the Arizona State University campus. Tickets can be purchased at the ASU Gammage box office, either in person or booked over the phone. For more information and details on their events, check out their website.
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre looks like the Wagner Theatre in Germany. It is five stories high and can seat 500 people. The theatre has been the venue for many operas and musical productions presented by the ASU Herberger College School of Music. The theatre is named after the philanthropist Evelyn Smith.
The Paul G. Galvin Playhouse is a proscenium theater with a capacity of 485 seats in a continental seating arrangement. Located in the southeast part of the Nelson Fine Arts Center in the Arizona University campus, plays, operas and musical group performances are staged here. With an intimate air about it, the theater is the abode of upcoming artists, directors and producers. So call and check the schedule or log onto their website and be a part of Arizona's theatrical movement.
Enjoy the latest blockbusters at this theater, boasting of full digital projection, stadium seating and 3D projection. There is also a full snack bar from where you can have some great snacks.
For a night of entertainment while in Tempe, head to the Sail Inn. Best known for live acts that play all week long, the venue includes two stages, one indoor and one outdoor. Enjoy a night of drinks with buddies while catching some of the best local bands in the area. The space is also available for rent, so call ahead or visit website for more details.
Chalk up your cue and rack up the balls in this spacious pool hall. Just a few blocks from Arizona State University, it is crowded nightly with students. Eleven full-sized tables offer challenging play, and rates vary by the hour depending on the night. Tuesday through Thursday, live bands play the hall while the weekend is reserved for the private DJ and his "illegal" house mix. Shows start nightly at nine. The place serves no food, but delivery from Slice's Pizza and Fat Tuesdays is available. No cover charge.
Contrary to what its name suggests, The Big Bang is a venue for easy sounds. At this 21 and above venue, you will have the privilege of listening to some of the best musicians from around the country battle it out. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are particularly popular, for these are the nights when you can enjoy free entry and great deals on drinks. This is also a great venue if looking to organize a private party.