Culture and commerce converge in downtown Phoenix, where sports fans, theater goers, college students and convention delegates all share sun-drenched sidewalks.
The NBA's Phoenix Suns and MLB'S Arizona Diamondbacks call downtown home, as do elegant performance venues like Herberger Theater and Orpheum Theatre. Near the downtown campus of Arizona State University you'll find groovy eateries like Sens and Matt's Big Breakfast, plus gathering places like Downtown Phoenix Public Market and the new Phoenix Civic Space.
A major new addition to downtown is the Phoenix Convention Center , which houses an airy food court and tons of public art. It's located a block away from the largest hotel in Arizona.
A few blocks north of Downtown Phoenix's urban bustle is Roosevelt Row . This historic neighborhood is full of funky art studios and serves as the hub for First Friday Art Walks . Try on local fashions at Bunky Boutique, sip a cold ale at Roosevelt Tavern or gobble a gourmet cupcake at Tammie Coe Cakes.
Getting to and from downtown Phoenix's hot spots is easy, too, because METRO Light Rail runs right through the city center.
Herberger Theater Center
The Herberger Theater Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and foster the growth of performing arts in Phoenix as the premier performance venue, arts incubator and advocate.
The Herberger Theater Center was conceived as a pivotal piece in the redevelopment and revitalization of downtown Phoenix. Built in 1989 to support and foster the growth of performing arts in Phoenix as a performance venue and arts incubator, the Herberger Theater Center has contributed to the cultural and educational development of the Valley. Each year, approximately 175,000 patrons, including 30,000 school-aged children share the unique experience of live performing arts.
More than a Theater....
Youth Outreach Programs:
The Herberger Theater Center has made a strong commitment to develop and expand programs and initiatives for youth, providing them with an opportunity to experience the beauty and magic of the theater. Each year, thousands of children experience live performances for the first time at the Herberger Theater Center. For more on our Youth Outreach Programs, click here.
Steele Pavilion Art Gallery:
The beautiful Upper Steele Pavilion is home to our Art Gallery, showcasing Arizona artists who touch the heart and imagination of everyone who enters the theater. For more information, click here.
Phoenix Convention Center:
The Phoenix Convention Center is fresh off a $600 million expansion that has transformed it into one of the largest facilities of its kind in the U.S. All told, the convention center boasts nearly 900,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space. But size is only part of its story. Thoughtful touches include air-conditioned loading bays, exhibit halls with pre-scored floors, and outdoor meeting areas that capitalize on Phoenix's greatest natural resource — the sun.
The North Building
The four-level structure occupies a city block and boasts 635,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space. It features a street-level ballroom, 11 exhibit halls, 56 meeting rooms and 20 climate-controlled loading docks.
Inside, thoughtful touches include exhibit halls with pre-scored floors for easy booth setup, an airy food court with five themed eateries, and outdoor meeting and pre-function areas that capitalize on Phoenix's greatest natural resource—the sun.
The North Building is linked to the neighboring West Building by both a glass-encased sky bridge and a substreet exhibition hall. It also showcases eight public-art installations and environmentally sensible features.
The West Building
The West Building houses 157,000 square feet of conference-style meeting and exhibit space. Its environs include a lecture hall, a grand ballroom and an adjoining performance center—all accentuated by a striking collection of public art.
A 90-foot-high glass atrium encases the West Building's lobby, which is ideal for large receptions. The lobby's huge glass door can be raised to create a dramatic, open-air environment.
Adjoining the lobby is the grand entrance to Symphony Hall, an elegant auditorium that seats 2,300. (Another spectacular performance space, Herberger Theater Center, is located directly across the street.)
The South Building
The South Building of the Phoenix Convention Center recently underwent an $18.5 million makeover in which no corner of the facility went untouched. Its exhibition halls, ballroom and meeting rooms have been adorned with new colors, carpet and lighting; every restroom has been remodeled; and WiFi coverage now extends to all public and rentable areas.
Over 33,000 square feet of space dedicated to this building, including 23 versatile meeting rooms and 28,000 square feet of ballroom space. The South Building also contributes to the total 143,000 square feet of exhibition space in the entire Convention Center.
Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the surrounding areas are known for their shopping because of all the different options and because of the locations.
Discover new designers at local boutiques . Hunt for vintage treasures - for your home or for your closet - in the Melrose District, or cruise Central. Phoenix for gems like The Willows or The French Bee . Downtown Phoenix inspires your wardrobe with Bunky Boutique and Spoken.
If you're ready to hit the high-fashion scene, Scottsdale Fashion Square has recognizable shops and high-end stores like Barney's New York, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Jimmy Choo.
If you want to mix some sunshine with your splurging, stroll the garden-park grounds of Biltmore Fashion Park or the Main Street setting of Kierland Commons , or the European style of The Borgata . If you want to pause for an occasional laser-light show or dancing-fountain display, check out Westgate City Center.
Phoenix Art Museum's 18,000 works span Rembrandt to Rockwell to Leibowitz, while Heard Museum tells the story of the Southwest's native peoples through artifacts and art.
Several cultural attractions — Desert Botanical Garden , Taliesin West , Pueblo Grande — have outdoor settings that make the most of our sunny weather. Others, such as the Children's Museum of Phoenix and Arizona Science Center , focus on hands-on fun.
Getting around the Phoenix Metro area has never been easier. For starters, our airport is within 20-30 miles of nearly everywhere you want to go, and with our smartly designed freeway system, the longest drive is generally around 15 minutes long.
Once you're here, we want you to get around town conveniently, safely, and comfortably. Take the light rail which runs from Mesa in the east, through Tempe and the ASU area, into downtown Phoenix and north to central Phoenix. It's easy to buy tickets at any light rail stop, and you can see a map here.
Renting a car from our rental car structure at the airport is fast and easy, but if calling a taxi or car is your fancy, our drivers are on-time, knowledgeable and friendly, which is something you'll find a lot in Phoenix.
Double down at the blackjack table or double over at the comedy club. Dance to pulsing beats or pump your fist to falling pins. There's plenty of unadulterated fun to be had in Greater Phoenix, which is a hotbed for casinos , nightclubs and live music .
Old Town Scottsdale is known for its bars, clubs, lounges and restaurants in a well-rounded repertoire of nightlife. There are bars like Maloney's and Drift for the casual crowd, while dance clubs such as Devil's Martini , Axis/Radius and Suede turn up the beat – and the glam. Kazimierz Wine Bar has a hidden entrance, but once inside, it's a relaxing spot for a glass of wine, while Martini Ranch is the go-to for live music. But these are only some of the best places in Old Town. Just strolling the streets gives plenty of people-watching and excitement.
Central Phoenix has some hot spots that the locals know as their favorite places around. The Vig is an indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar that blends casual with sophisticated. With a bocce ball court, live bands, and fireplaces, there's always something new to do. Postino Wine Café is also known for their outdoors-inside space, and Merc Bar is a dark lounge that takes swanky to a whole new level.
Tempe is home to the main ASU campus, but also Mill Avenue, a brick street with bars built for a crowd young at heart. The Tempe Improv hosts some of the biggest names in comedy – and local shows – while The Big Bang piano bar turns a dark basement into one of the most lively and talented crowds in the state.
Axis Radius Dance Club
In the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Axis-Radius is filled with high-energy music, excellent drinks and a first-class cigar bar. Two distinct night clubs in the same venue joined together by a glass catwalk. Our venue attracts celebrities, athletes and international jet-setters.
If you have a reason to celebrate, Axis/Radius is the perfect place for you. With a well-trained staff we can coordinate small affairs of 50 guests to large festivities of 1600. Catering is available for your pre-booked private party or event.
44 N. 32nd St. , Phoenix, AZ | Phoenix | Entertainment, Nightclubs
7011 E. Indian School Road , Scottsdale, AZ | Scottsdale | Entertainment, Nightclubs
4209 N. Craftsman Court , Scottsdale, AZ | Scottsdale | Entertainment, Nightclubs
Gorgeous, upscale, ultra-sexy lounge. A haute couture hangout for city sophisticates. Located at the Wyndham Phoenix.
410 S. Mill Avenue , Tempe, AZ | East Valley | Entertainment, Nightclubs
4310 N. Brown Avenue , Scottsdale, AZ | Scottsdale | Entertainment, Nightclubs
Myst and The Ballroom
Myst Night Club is an 18,000-sq.-ft. bi-level venue that holds events from 50-1,200 guests. Our knowledgeable, well-trained staff believes in excellence when it comes to service. Contact us for more information regarding corporate events, private parties or group packages.
1860 S. Stapley Drive , Mesa, AZ | East Valley | Entertainment, Nightclubs
501 S. Mill Ave. Ste. B-101
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: 480 557-5595
Fax : 480 557-5655
The Big Bang is Arizona's hottest dueling piano bar... request your favorite songs and experience live entertainment with attitude!
The Big Bang offers weekday drink specials and every Friday and Saturday from 5-8pm is Happy Hour! Enjoy discounted drinks, free cover, and live entertainment. We have custom-tailored parties for your special occasions. From company parties to birthday or bachelorette parties, we can accommodate them all at The Big Bang, where the audience is the show!
Come to The Big Bang, the premiere nightclub experience in The Valley of the Sun!! On the southeast corner of 5th St. and Mill Ave. in Tempe.
Desert Ridge Marketplace
Enjoy great music under the stars with free concerts on the District Stage and AMC Fountain every Fri. and Sat. night starting at 7 p.m.! Visit our website for a complete concert listing.
Live Music Phoenix
Looking for information about the live music scene in Phoenix? Check out our online database of more than 400 live music venues in the Greater Phoenix area. Jazz clubs, Wine Bars, concert venues, country bars, acoustic music venues such as coffee houses and art galleries - it's all there.
In early 2010, the most distinct resort and entertainment destination will open its doors in Scottsdale, Arizona. Talking Stick Resort, an enterprise of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, will offer the luxuries of a resort while providing guests with exceptional service and a wide-array of options for unmatched entertainment.
While relaxing in one of the 497 deluxe rooms, guests will enjoy upscale amenities, such as a rejuvenating open-air spa; eight world-class restaurants; 10 entertainment lounges including 750-seat Showroom; a lively 240,000-sq.-ft. gaming floor; full-service pool and more than 100,000-sq.-ft. of indoor/outdoor conference space.
Fort McDowell Casino
Fort McDowell Casino offers one of the finest gaming, dining and entertainment experiences in the Southwest. We offer true Las Vegas style gaming in our 150,000 sq. - ft. facility with over 850 gaming machines including 158 video poker machines. Our Card Room, voted "Best Place to Go All In" by the Arizona Republic, is respected throughout the Southwest. We have 27 poker tables and 20 blackjack tables. Our award winning 1275 seat bingo hall offers smoking and non-smoking environments.
The Fort's 5 restaurants offer a variety of dining opportunities from quick snacks to full-course dining excellence. FREE transportation is available Valley-Wide (480)789-4303 along with Resort and Motel pick-ups (480)837-1424 with the assistance of the casino operator. Open 24 hrs-a-day, 7 days-a-week.
As the days cool off, Scottsdale hosts more and more events. While the peak of event season isn't until January through March, there are a lot of great events to enjoy. Check out these six if you are looking for something fun to do.
Location: Downtown Scottsdale
Times: Self guided
The 10 Most Celebrated Public Art Works You Can See in a 60-Minute Walk. With more than 70 public art works dotting the city's landscape, it's difficult to see all of Scottsdale's public art pieces in an hour, or even a day. This self-guided, 60-minute walking tour through downtown Scottsdale will introduce you to 10 of the most-celebrated Scottsdale public art works, including striking bronze statues, dramatic fountains and interactive installations. Print out this map to begin your journey as you explore the city's rich legacy of art. At the end of your journey, hop on the Scottsdale Downtown Trolley, which runs year-round from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily and till 9 p.m. on Thursdays. The closest stop at the end of your tour is on Main Street just west of Brown Avenue. With stops every 15 minutes, the trolley can help you get back to your starting point or continue on to another part of downtown for your next Scottsdale adventure.
"America's Original ArtWalk"
Every Thursday Night
7:00pm - 9:00pm
The 30-year tradition of Scottsdale ArtWalk takes place every Thursday evening from 7pm-9pm in along Main Street and Marshall Way in Downtown Scottsdale. The galleries open their doors to the public and show off the work of the Southwest's outstanding artists. The process is simple - proceed at your own pace, wander into galleries, stroll around a delightful areas punctuated by dramatic statues, dine in famed restaurants and enjoy live music all along the way. Horse-drawn carriage rides and trolley rides are often available.
Scottsdale Gallery Association
PO Box 2045
Scottsdale, AZ 85252
Internationally known as a mecca for art collectors, Scottsdale is home to more than 100 galleries. The Scottsdale Gallery Association was formed by professional art dealers to promote these fine art galleries and their weekly ArtWalks. Dedicated to exhibiting the finest visual art from all over the world, the galleries offer a dazzling and diverse array of work in a wide variety of media. SGA members strive to make art accessible to all, from the serious art collector to the casual art appreciator. By funding arts projects in local schools, the SGA has become an important partner in the education of our community's youth.
Location: Downtown Scottsdale
Times: 10:00am / Trails End Celebration to immediately follow
The Scottsdale Jaycees proudly present the Parada del Sol Parade. This parade has the distinction of being known as the "World's Largest Horsedrawn Parade". The Parade route runs north up Scottsdale Road from Oak to Indian School. With close to 150 parade entries anticipated this year, this is an event to be experienced. So plan on grabbing a seat, your friends and family and come hang out at the Parada del Sol.
The annual Trail's End celebration is presented by Scottsdale Downtown. The party will begin immediately following the Parada del Sol Parade. The Trail's End party will take place in Old Town Scottsdale on 1st Avenue and Main St, between Brown Rd and Scottsdale Road. This is a huge block party for all ages, including the Kid's Area with games, pony rides and much more. There will be many food and merchandise vendors located throughout the area.
- Phone: (480) 990-3179
- Admission: FREE
Location: Downtown Scottsdale
Times: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Celebrate Arizona's Indigenous cultures on March 1. Free. Hosted by SGA in conjunction with the Hopi Education Endowment Fund and the Heard Museum's famed Indian Fair.
- Admission: FREE
Location: Downtown Scottsdale
Times: 10:30am - 12:30pm
The historic Old Adobe Mission opens its doors for trolley tour participants to gather for a private docent talk and tour prior to the start of the trolley tours of downtown Scottsdale. Built in 1933 by volunteer crews of parishioners, primarily from the Hispanic community, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Old Adobe Mission served as "a symbol of community togetherness, pride and hard work". Restoration of the mission began in 2005. The 75th anniversary was celebrated on October 14th, 2008. Attendees meet at the Old Adobe Mission. Underground parking is available across the street on the northwest corner of Brown and 2nd Street. Tour participants are treated to a talk on the history of the mission by a docent before they board the trolley. From there they will board the trolley and be provided with a guided tour of the Arts District, Hotel Valley Ho, SouthBridge and the Waterfront districts. Participants will learn about Scottsdale's fascinating history, culture, arts and where to find extraordinary restaurants and shopping.
The tour will conclude at 12:30 p.m. and bring attendees back to the Old Town parking lot. Attendees will receive information on downtown Scottsdale restaurants and shopping as well as maps.
RESERVATIONS ARE MANDATORY PLEASE RSVP to 480-634-6850 for reservations, seating is limited. These tours are being offered by Ultimate Art Tours.
- Phone: (480) 634-6850
- Admission: FREE
Westworld of Scottsdale
Gates open at 11:30 am
There's a new polo event coming to Scottsdale November 5th at WestWorld. It will be an awesome experience for those who have never experienced a polo match or those anxious to get back out on the field to replace the divots. Guests will also get a sneak preview of vehicles for the 41st Annual Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auction
8:30 am – 1:00 pm
This lively market features local growers and specialty food producers, Be ready to find a wide variety of organic, and pesticide free produce. Seasonal specialties such as cider and apples, flowers, natural pork, beef and fish, free range eggs. and local cheeses; freshly baked artisan breads, Amish friendship breads, Jams, picadillies, tamales, are just some of the great local foods you'll find here. Family friendly, and well mannered pets welcome!