Tempe is conveniently located east of Phoenix and south of Scottsdale. Tempe is the home of Arizona State University’s main campus. Attractions and activities in Tempe include Tampe Town Lake, Papago Park, museums, shopping, and plays at area theaters. More information about Tempe.
Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park
1300 N. College Ave., Tempe
The Arizona Historical Society is Arizona’s oldest historical agency, established in 1864. The Tempe Museum at Papago Park is an 82,000 square feet state-of-the-art cultural center. The venue is available to rent for events. The Sandstone Lobby is a two-story glass vestibule that opens indo the courtyard. The lobby will accommodate up to 200 guests for a seated dinner. The enclosed Brick Courtyard is a splendid outdoor setting that will accommodate up to 400 people for events. The Glass Pavilion will accommodate up to 60 people for seated meals. The Steele Auditorium seats 272 people for theater events. The Boardroom seats up to 50 people. The Classroom seats up to 30 people. Daytime, evening, and wedding packages are available.
Arizona State University, 51 East 10th Street, Tempe
ASU Gammage is one of the largest university-based presenters of performing arts in the world. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the building as an opera house and construction was completed in 1964. The performance hall has 3,000 seats and well-balanced acoustics throughout. ASU Gammage is available to rent for events such as concerts, plays, musicals, choral presentations, comedians, dance, graduations, lectures, meetings, training sessions, and pre and post show receptions.
ASU Karsten Golf Course
1125 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
The ASU Karsten Golf Course is home to one of the strongest college golf programs in the country. The course has facilities for all sorts of events including weddings, anniversaries, and parties. The Trophy Room at the golf course provides a premier indoor location for banquets and events with panoramic views of the golf course and a covered patio.
ASU Memorial Union
ASU Tempe Campus, Tempe
The ASU Memorial Union is the central meeting and conference center for student organizations and campus organizations. The Union is also available for use by other organizations and businesses from the larger community during various times of the year. The Union has many meeting rooms available that will accommodate from 16 to 575 people. Outdoor event spaces on campus are available as well.
ASU Old Main
Normal Lane & University Drive, Tempe
The Old Main was originally completed in 1898. The building has recently undergone restoration. The historic building has rooms and outdoor areas available to rent for events that can accommodate up to 500 people.
Big Surf Waterpark
1500 N. McClintock Dr., Tempe
Big Surf Waterpark is a fun venue for all sorts of group events. The park has packages available for corporate picnics, schools, youth groups and church groups. Birthday party packages are also offered for groups of ten or more people.
The Buttes, a Marriott Resort
2000 Westcourt Way, Tempe
The Buttes is located minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on 25 beautiful acres. The 353-guestroom resort has two swimming pools, a water slide, a Narande spa, a fitness center, tennis courts, and sand volleyball. The resort has 40,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. The dividable Kachina Ballroom is 9,000 square feet and can accommodate up to 900 people. The Hopi Room is 8,700 square feet. Additional indoor rooms are available ranging from 400 to 1,350 square feet. Outdoor spaces include the Amphitheater, the Pool Deck and La Hacienda.
Comfort Suites Airport
1625 S. 52nd St., Tempe
The Comfort Suites Airport is located close to I-10 and five minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The 92-suite hotel has a business center, fitness center, and an outdoor heated pool. The hotel has two rooms for meetings and events. The Arizona Room measures 875 square feet and can accommodate up to 92 people. The Phoenix Room measures 400 square feet and is appropriate for conferences with up to ten people.
Courtyard by Marriott Phoenix Airport/Tempe
2621 S. 47th St., Phoenix
The Courtyard by Marriott Phoenix Airport/ Tempe is located five minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, near Highways 143, 202 and 10, minutes from both downtown Tempe and Phoenix. The hotel has 145 guestrooms, a restaurant, a swimming pool and an exercise facility. The hotel has 1,250 square feet of meeting and event space in two meeting rooms. The meeting rooms measure 625 square feet and can seat up to 45 people each.
Dave and Buster’s
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Ste. 1100, Tempe
Dave and Buster’s is a fun place to hold all sorts of events. Dave and Buster’s has multiple locations across the country including in one in Tempe. The restaurant and bar offers a free room rental for events with a minimum of twenty people.
Fiesta Resort Conference Center
2100 S. Priest Drive, Tempe
The Fiesta Resort Conference Center is located ten minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The hotel has 270 guestrooms, a heated pool, an outdoor spa, an exercise room, a bar and lounge, and a restaurant. The hotel has 39,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. The Fiesta Ballroom is 7,300 square feet with 25’ ceilings. The Galleria Ballroom is 3,600 square feet with copper and stained glass accents. The Encantada Ballroom is 2,200 square feet and opens to a poolside courtyard. The Outdoor Promenade is 4,500 square feet of covered outdoor space ideal for banquets for up to 200 people. The Sunrise Patio is 2,500 square feet of covered outdoor space. The Milagros Patio is 2,100 square feet with a fireplace and Koi Pond. Several other meeting and event spaces are also available ranging from the 276 square feet Raintree Boardroom to the 10,000 square feet outdoor Pool Patio.
5000 Arizona Mills Cir. #669, Tempe
GameWorks has multiple locations across the United States including the Tempe location. GameWorks is a fun place for adults and children of all ages with interactive games, simulators, pool and darts. GameWorks offers great locations for corporate events, group events and birthday parties.
95 W. Fourth St., Tempe
The Hackett House was the first bakery in Tempe, constructed in the early 1900’s. The historic rooms and patio make great settings for weddings, corporate events, parties and other group functions. Catering is available through Special Moments Catering or Culinary Delights by Donna.
Hampton Inn and Suites Phoenix Airport/Tempe
4234 S. 48th St., Phoenix
The Hampton Inn and Suites Phoenix Airport/Tempe is located on the city line between Phoenix and Tempe within walking distance from the Tempe Diablo Stadium and the Cotton Center business park. The hotel has 107 guestrooms, a restaurant, an outdoor pool and spa, and a small indoor exercise room. The Phoenix Suite is a 550 square feet room for meetings and events. Outdoor events can take place in the 1,020 square feet Courtyard and the 500 square feet Poolside area.
34 E St., Tempe
Hafton Hall has a 1,300 square feet meeting facility that is available to rent for meetings and events. The hall can accommodate up to 53 people and has a large yard for overflow. The hall is not available to rent for for-profit businesses.
Hilton Phoenix Airport
2435 S. 47th St., Phoenix
The Hilton Phoenix Airport is located 1.5 miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, minutes from downtown Phoenix and Tempe. The hotel has 257 guestrooms, a business center and a pool. The hotel has a 4,056 square feet Grand Ballroom that can accommodate up to 500 people. The hotel has additional meeting rooms and event spaces ranging from 234 square feet to 2,976 square feet.
Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix Airport
1413 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
The Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix Airport is located two miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and 1½ miles from downtown Tempe. The hotel has 123 guestrooms, a guest kitchen, a 24-hour fitness center and a swimming pool. The hotel has three rooms for meetings and events. The largest meeting room is 1,586 square feet.
IMAX Theatre Arizona Mills
5000 Arizona Mills Cir. #667, Tempe
The IMAX Theater in Tempe is conveinently located in the Arizona Mills Mall. The theater is available for birthday parties and private events. The theater offers party packages for groups of twenty or more. The theater can accommodate up to 420 people.
Kiwanis Park Recreation Center
6111 South All-America Way, Tempe
The Kiwanis Park Recreation Center is located on the 125 acre Kiwanis Park. The center is 54,000 square feet and offers tennis, a gymnasium and an indoor pool. The center hosts birthday parties and has a variety of spaces available to rent for events such as meetings, classes, receptions, reunions, athletic events, and parties. The Gymnasium is 9,500 square feet and can be converted to accommodate non-athletic events. Two 30’x30’ Classrooms can accommodate 25 people each or be combined to accommodate 50. The Ramada area includes a 20’x40’ picnic shelter, two volleyball courts and a grass area. The Wave Pool and Tennis Courts are also available to rent for events.
Pyle Adult Recreation Center
655 E. Southern Ave., Tempe
The Pyle Adult Recreation Center can be rented for special events Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday all day. Meeting rooms are available Monday through Saturday at the Center.
Quality Inn Airport
1550 S. 52nd St., Tempe
The Quality Inn Airport is located in Tempe close to I-10, minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and the Phoenix Convention Center. The hotel has 100 guestrooms and an outdoor heated pool and spa. The 480 square feet Harvest Room is available for meetings and events with up to 53 people.
Regus Group Tempe, Hayden Ferry Lakeside
60 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
Regis Group’s Hayden Ferry Lakeside location is an elegant corporate environment along Tempe Town Lake, just two miles from the Phoenix Airport. The building has an elegant reception area, two conference rooms, and a videoconferencing studio.
Shalimar Country Club
2032 East Golf Avenue, Tempe
Shalimar Country Club is located in Tempe. The club has a nine-hole golf course, a golf shop, a driving range, a restaurant, and a clubhouse. The club makes a beautiful setting for weddings, banquets and other events. The clubhouse is available to rent as well as outdoor settings. Catering is available.
Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel Tempe
1600 South 52nd Street, Tempe
The newly renovated Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel Tempe is located three miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, close to great Tempe attractions. The hotel has a restaurant and an outdoor pool. The hotel has over 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. The Grand Ballroom is 3,460 square feet. The Arizona Ballrooms and six additional breakout rooms are also available. Outdoor events can take place poolside at the beautiful Oasis Pool.
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Phoenix/Tempe Airport
1601 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Phoenix/Tempe Airport is located minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Tempe Beach Park and Arizona State University. The hotel has 99 guestrooms, an exercise facility and a swimming pool. The hotel has a 550 square feet meeting room available for meetings and events.
Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
The Tempe Center for the Arts is located on a seventeen-acre lakeside park and includes a 600-seat proscenium theater, a 200-seat studio theater and a 3,500 square foot gallery. The Center is available to rent for weddings, banquets, receptions, team meetings, performances, business functions, celebrations and more. In addition to the two theaters, the Center has several other spaces available for events. The Lakeside room will accommodate 219 people, the lounge will accommodate 64 people, the terrace will accommodate 64 people, the gallery will accommodate 235 people, the sculpture garden will accommodate 50 people, and the lobby will accommodate 650 people.
Tempe Diablo Stadium
2200 W. Alameda Dr., Tempe
The Tempe Diablo Stadium is located blocks from I-10 and HWY 60 and ten minutes from the Sky Harbor International Airport. The stadium houses Angels Baseball games and is available to rent for group events. The stadium seats 9,000 people. The Overlook Room can accommodate up to 75 people. Three open-air facilities accomodate groups ranging from 25 to 500 people. Five small breakout rooms are also available.
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1150, Tempe
The Tempe Marketplace has over 1.3 million square feet of retail space with water features, fireplaces, shopping, dining and entertainment. The shopping center has event space available for groups of up to 4,000 people.
Tempe Town Lake
80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
The Tempe Town Lake is located next to Papago Park and Arizona State University. The park offers boating, fishing, walking and biking. The park provides ample space for all sorts of group events.
5350 S. Lakeshore Dr., Tempe
The Waterfront is a private event venue that overlooks a beautiful lake. The Waterfront is available to rent for all sorts of events including weddings, bar mitzvahs, corporate events, holiday celebrations, school functions, theme parties, anniversaries and birthdays. The Waterfront has a ballrooms, patio and kitchen facilities.
Take Home Gifts
Once you decide on a venue for your event, there are lots of other decisions that you will need to make. Here is a suggestion: instead of the usual goody bags, why not send guests home with something that will really provide them with a memory of your event? Photos from one of our photo booths and the always fun flip-books make great take-home souvenirs.
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