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We are hopeful the Angels will return to Tempe Diablo Stadium this spring amid the contract negotiations, but if they don't, we've lined up some terrific Spring Training day trips on a budget - no baseball required! There are PLENTY of ways to have a good time in Downtown Tempe - all free or no-cost to boot!
Downtown Tempe has a plethora of free things to do and amazing local businesses that include restaurants, retail and much more.
If you’re hungry, we got you.
If you want a great place to come hang out, we got you.
If you want to soak up some art and culture, we got you.
Downtown Tempe is ready for all you spring time fans to invade the downtown area and enjoy all we have to offer!
DAY TRIP OPTION 1
Mill Around at the 2nd Sundays on Mill event
It's a Spring Thing on Mill Avenue on the 2nd Sunday in March and April from 10 am - 3 pm (March 13, 2022 and April 10, 2022). Meet on Mill Avenue for a local market, featuring artisans, art, handmade crafts, baked goods, unique gifts, and more. Mill Avenue will be closed to cars and open for people! Plus - it's free! Enjoy pop-up street performances, live music from local musicians, community programming, fitness classes, and outdoor games.
This event is family-friendly, surrounded by delicious eats and treats from local restaurants- and a great way to mill around on a Sunday afternoon.
Grab brunch at Daily Jam, Snooze, Morning Squeeze or Sunbar - all have great patios for people watching!
DAY TRIP OPTION 2
Tempe Festival of the Arts
This spring, the Tempe Festival of the Arts comes back for its 45th spring season! Art from all backgrounds, talents and materials will take over Mill Ave. and Downtown Tempe to showcase their work and sell you one-of-a-kind pieces of art.
“We are so excited to be celebrating the spring festival’s 45th year in Downtown Tempe,” Kate Borders, Executive Direct & President of the Downtown Tempe Authority, said. “We love bringing artists from all backgrounds and talents to Downtown Tempe for the community to love and explore.”
In addition to the unique local art, the festival will also have its signature Arizona Wine & Spirits Tasting along Maple Ave. and of course, there will be brews from some of your local favorites – Pedal Haus and Four Peaks.
Make sure to bring the kiddos and check out the Young Artist Exhibition, which showcases art from youth all over the state, and Kids Block, where your little ones can build an upcycles city, start their own art collection, or just make some art of their own!
The Tempe Festival of the Arts takes over Downtown Tempe from March 25-27, 2022 from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily!
DAY TRIP OPTION 3:
Arizona Aloha Festival
Who’s ready for some tropical fun in the spring?
The annual Arizona Aloha Festival is back at Tempe Beach Park from March 12 - 13. Come check yourself into paradise while learning more about the South Pacific Islands and Hawaii.
Not only do you get to wear a beautiful Lei while perusing the festival, you can also learn how to pay the ‘ukulele, make some Keiki crafts, play some fun games and explore the ‘Ohana Village!
The festival will also house three different food courts that will satisfy any craving you bring with you to the festival. Once you’ve got your fill of yummy food, you can make your way over to the Island Marketplace where there will be a ton of island merchandise, to help you bring home that tropical essence.
DAY TRIP OPTION 4:
Tempe Tales Scavenger Hunt
Tempe Tales is a free public art project turned scavenger hunt that will get you movin' all through the downtown district in search of 12 life-sized jackrabbits. Tucson artist Mark Rossi was commissioned to bring the original 14 jackrabbits to life and they've been placed around downtown waiting for you to find them. Use the online clues to find the rabbits, or stop by the offices of Downtown Tempe Authority (Hayden House at 1 W Rio Salado Parkway) at the corner of Rio Salado & Mill Avenue and pick up a clue booklet (9 am - 4 pm Monday - Friday).
Along the way, pick up a cool treat at Sparky's Old Town Creamery, The Paleta Bar or Slickables Ice Cream Sandwiches.
Downtown Tempe is Arizona's Spring Destination for Good Times & Sunshine.
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