Chandler Announces the New Downtown Art Walk
Attendees can stroll through Downtown Chandler and purchase works from local artists in a variety of mediums from jewelry to photography. The art walk will take place every other Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates: October 8, October 22, and November 5.
“The Downtown Art Walk was a popular event in Chandler a few years ago,” says Vice Mayor Matt Orlando. “I am pleased that the city of Chandler was able to work with the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership to bring it back and give residents and visitors just one more reason to visit our unique downtown.”
Artist booths will line several streets, including Boston Street, and on the east side of the Arizona Avenue in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, along Commonwealth Avenue and San Marcos Place.
Guests can also enjoy the restaurants and shops in downtown during their visit to this free event. There is ample free parking, including five garages on the east and west of Arizona Avenue.
For more information, or to submit a vendor application, visit downtownchandler.org/events/downtown-chandler-art-walk.
Tempe’s Annual Escalante-Thew Fall Fest Returns
Dive into the spirited heart of Tempe on October 26, as the much-anticipated Escalante-Thew Fall Festival sweeps the city from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hosted at Escalante Community Park, this bewitching soiree will transform 2150 E. Orange St. into a haven of haunted delights. From groovy tunes to captivating crafts, a mystic garden, and thrilling games, there’s a treat for every trickster. Get playful with face and hair painting, frolic with furry friends at the petting zoo, or sway to the rhythms at the costume dance. Adventure seekers can whoosh down the giant slide or engage with the intriguing balloon cowboy. Entry to the spine-chilling Spooky Garden? Just bring a non-perishable food item. So, gather your kin for this free, family-friendly event – it’s an autumn evening you won’t want to miss! For more information, visit tempe.gov/government/community-services/family-fun.
Tempe City Council Approves Indigenous Peoples’ Day as City Holiday
The city of Tempe will celebrate Indigenous People’s Day on October 9 this year as a paid city of Tempe holiday. The Tempe City Council approved the holiday at its September 7 regular council meeting.
Phoenix, Minneapolis, Denver, and other cities already recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day honors the cultural heritage, history, and contributions of Native American and Indigenous communities. By adopting Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the city of Tempe is demonstrating its commitment to being a more inclusive and culturally diverse community.
“I got choked up the moment that Mayor Woods announced that this resolution passed 7-0,” says Councilmember Doreen Garlid, who serves on the Local Indigenous Leaders committee for the National League of Cities. “I am so thankful to our council and staff for creating and approving Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a city holiday. This is one more step that we have taken to show our commitment that Tempe’s Land Acknowledgement Resolution would be more than just words.”
Voodoo Doughnut Opens in Tempe
Photo courtesy of Voodoo Doughnut
The city of Tempe now boasts a sweet spot that’s left doughnut enthusiasts spellbound. Voodoo Doughnut, renowned for its quirky and delectable treats, celebrated the grand opening of its first Arizona venture at 1324 S. Rural Rd., in Tempe, last month. The enchantment was palpable as eager fans lined up around the block, craving a taste of the magic. In honor of this delightful addition, Tempe Mayor Corey Woods, joined by Councilmember Arlene Chin, were on hand for the festivities.
Craving a sugary adventure? Dive into the famed ‘Voodoo Dozen,’ offering eclectic flavors like Grape Ape, Voodoo Doll, and Marshall Mathers. For those seeking a personalized treat, the choice from 50 individual flavors awaits. For more information, visit voodoodoughnut.com.