Sponsorships & Contributions

Because community events create a sense of place, an opportunity to create family memories and engage with local businesses.

We are building a stronger community

Our programming is designed to engage our residents and visitors with the downtown.  We curate the programs and activations to ensure that there are opportunities for families, retirees, young professionals and everyone in between.  And we need your support to make this happen.  Support Our Efforts because you believe in Downtown Tempe and the urban, walkable environment.  Or support one or more of our events.  Check out all the opportunities below and know that we will customize any sponsorship, or combine activations across multiple events, to meet the goals of your company. 

Tempe Festival of the Arts

This December will be the 48th annual Fall Festival and this coming Spring Festival will be in it's 40th year.  Each festival attracts over 300 artisans from across the country that very much enjoy spending a few days in Tempe.  The event is complimented by live entertainment, community participation of local arts venues, a hyper local makers section, kids programming, great food vendors and multiple beer and wine gardens.

It is a large scale event that takes hundreds of volunteers and a great deal of sponsorships to continue.

WHY?  Because communities need long running events to create a sense of place.  This isn't about the art, per se, it's about the connectivity to people who put their passion into their lives and then graciously share it with us.  It's about honoring that in a community place together.  SPONSORSHIP DECK

Fantasy of Lights

For decades, families have come to the two unique Fantasy of Lights events. 

We kick off the holiday season with the Opening Night Parade which is an evening street parade that circles around Downtown Tempe.  

Two weeks later we do something that only we can do - a Boat Parade - in Tempe Beach Park.  The boat parade features around 40 decked out boats motoring in procession around Tempe Town Lake, followed by fireworks. SPONSORSHIP DECK

WHY?  Because tradition is important.  Generations have attended this parade with their children.  There is no better place to see hundreds of children with a look of wonderment.

Beyond the Bricks

Beyond the Bricks is our effort to reinvigorate the music scene both in the streets and back into the venues.  We want the sounds of live music streaming into the streets to entice pedestrians to come and experience the local music scene.  Right now we have two initiatives:

Tempe Music Week - a new February tradition where the local music scene is on steroids in Downtown Tempe. 

Thursday Nights Tempe - a weekly concert series in Hayden Amphitheater to showcase local musicians in one of our long standing outdoor venues. SPONSORSHIP DECK

WHY?  Because live music is local authentic at it's height and supporting our area musicians keeps a vibrant music scene from going dormant. 

State of Downtown

This is our annual meeting, it isn't your grandpa's annual meeting.  Each year we find a unique venue to use to showcase what's happening in Downtown Tempe and the strides we have made to increase the success of this urban district.  We do what we do to make each of our owners and businesses see a return.   At this event, we take an opportunity to share all of that fun data (don't worry it's never boring) and programmatic accomplishments.  Tickets will be on sale September 1st.  SPONSORSHIP DECK

WHY?  Because recognizing our accomplishments is a must and we want you to know how hard we work!


6th Street Market

Beginning in October 2016, there will be a new weekly activation in the park that surrounds City Hall.  Each Sunday, join us from 10am to 4pm for an artisan, maker, craft market.  Purchase unique items from local artists and creative entrepreneurs.  Then of course stay in downtown for lunch, brunch, a movie or shopping!  SPONSORSHIP DECK

WHY?  Because we believe that connecting to the local artists brings a richness that can't otherwise be found.  Downtown is a place of creative cultivation and we want these local artists to thrive.  And because you can't get this cool stuff at a mall.


Tempe Music Walk

Tempe has a history rich with local music.  It's time to recognize this and celebrate those artists and groups that contributed to the vibe of Downtown Tempe.  We hope that over time the local music scene will grow and musicians will flock to the venues located here. 

Currently there are two plaques in our Music Walk, which began in 2014.  We hope to install a third in 2016. 

Past honorees:  Walt Richardson & Gin Blossoms.

WHY?  Because recognizing where we have been and those that inspired us, gives us a stable platform to move forward.


Spring Training Trolley

Every Spring Training season, we provide trolleys that circulate between Downtown Tempe and the two nearest stadiums, Sloan Park (Cubs) and Tempe Diablo Stadium (Angels).  Park in Downtown Tempe and get free parking when you take the trolley.  Then enjoy dinner or lunch after the game!  Sponsor the SPRING TRAINING TROLLEY.

WHY?  Because the downtown business community is comprised of 70% locally owned entrepreneurial ventures. We want to give them a greater opportunity to attract clients and reduce the barriers caused by heat, distance, and game traffic.  And because baseball season in Arizona is really just too much fun to miss!

Downtown Tempe Brunch Crawl

In an attempt to get people out during the heat of the summer and showcase the growing number of breakfast and brunch spots in Downtown Tempe, we produce an annual Brunch Crawl.  Guests are given small plate menus at multiple brunch spots and transported around downtown in a complimentary Trolley.  

WHY?  Because young professionals love this and we want to support our local businesses.  SPONSOR


Tempe Young Professionals

Last year we began convening young professionals for three reasons, 1) we just thought they should know each other 2) we want them to love Downtown Tempe and never want to work anywhere else and 3) we believe that they want to give back to their community if given the opportunity. 

Today the group meets up every other month to socialize and unwind and they are working on projects that will improve our downtown.  The gathering spots rotate and we are always looking for a host that wants to show off their location.

WHY?  Because young people are less connected now than they have ever been.  Their jobs are demanding, their lives are fast paced, and they are plugged in all the time.  Giving them opportunities to find camaraderie and fellowship, is priceless.  Connecting that to our downtown creates loyalty. 


New Year's Eve - Re-envisioned

Downtown Tempe is the place to celebrate this annual holiday, but our role in the festivities has changed over the years.  This year we are engaging local artists and inviting the community to spend the day watching art being produced.  What better way to commence a new year and honor a passing year then by creatively expressing the journey. 

After guests have painted and sculpted the afternoon away, the night will become the bustling entertainment district that one would expect in Downtown Tempe.  The local bars and restaurants know best how to create an incredible experience to ring in the new year. 

WHY?  Because New Years is a milestone and it is tradition to honor it.  Let's do so using a connection to culture!