Updated: Aug 17, 2021
Tempe Town Lake and all the festivals expected to return
Tempe and the surrounding area are full of outdoor adventures, that are minutes from any hotel. Hike to the top of “A” Mountain in the middle of Downtown Tempe. Take out a kayak, paddleboard or electric boat at Tempe Town Lake, just steps from the center of the city. Returning this fall is the iconic, Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake, which is celebrating its 49th anniversary this year. It will be held October 8-10, 2021. Oktoberfest event is an annual fundraiser for Tempe Sister Cities. Proceeds are used to help send Tempe high school students to cities around the world, including Regensburg, our sister city in Germany. The event has free admission and activities include live music, including polka bands, a soccer tournament, carnival rides, Kinderfest kids’ activities, Dachshund races and the AZTV7 Das 29th Oktoberfest Runnin’ for the Bräts 10K, 5K run/walk and 1 mile run/walk. More events and festivals are expected to return this fall, winter and spring as travel is on the rise.
This Antoine Predock-designed building has distinctive modern architecture and a beautiful plaza behind it with public art. ASU Art Museum exhibits national and international contemporary artists, with a focus on Latin American art, including the largest collection of Cuban art in the U.S. and an award-winning print collection. The art museum reopens September 10 for the grand opening of their new exhibition!
Home to Kilt Lifter and Hop Knot IPA, Four Peaks Brewing Company is Arizona's most awarded craft brewery. It's located in a turn of the century brick warehouse with an expansive menu and a climate-controlled patio. Join an experienced Four Peaks guide as they offer insight into the operations, showcases their history and gives an in-depth overview of the brewing process. Tours also include a souvenir pint glass as well as a full pour of one of their year-round beers.
Check off Hot Air Balloon Ride off your bucket list
Enjoy Arizona's breathtaking sunsets during a balloon flight in the winter months or a lovely sunrise flight year-round. The Sonoran Desert views are a dream come true and after your flight with Rainbow Ryders, Inc. ® Hot Air Balloon Ride Company, you're greeted with champagne toast and light nosh. You'll receive unforgettable memories and a certificate to commemorate this unique adventure.
Photo Credit: @allieandsam via Tempe Tourism Office