Local music favorites to help celebrate Tempe’s 150th birthday

Oct 20, 2021, 4:05 AM
meat puppets...
The Meat Puppets are playing at the Tempe 150 Sesquicentennial Celebration at Tempe Beach Park on Nov. 7, 2021. (Facebook Photo/Meat Puppets)
(Facebook Photo/Meat Puppets)

PHOENIX – Tempe turns 150 this year, and there’s going to be quite a party.

The Tempe 150 Sesquicentennial Celebration is set for noon-6 p.m. on Nov. 7 with free festivities on the south side of Tempe Town Lake at Tempe Beach Park and Tempe Art Park.

Technically, Tempe wasn’t incorporated until 1894, according to the East Valley suburb’s website. But 1871, when Charles Hayden built the first building on his homestead, is commonly accepted as the year the city was established.

The celebration includes concerts at each park, featuring big names from the city’s rich musical history, along with plenty of hands-on activities for all ages.

Punk legends the Meat Puppets top the bill in the 5 p.m. slot on the Tempe Favorites Stage at Tempe Beach Park. They’ll be preceded by Hans Olson (noon), Sandra Bassett Band (with a Stevie Wonder tribute set, 1 p.m.), Walt Richardson (2 p.m.), The Sugar Thieves (3 p.m.) and Banana Gun (4 p.m.).

Music on the Americana Stage at Tempe Arts Park will range from bluegrass to mariachi to jazz.

Both parks will have food and drink vendors.

Visit the event’s website for more details.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(AP File Photo)...
Kevin Stone

Arizona man sentenced to 15 years for selling fentanyl that caused fatal OD

An Arizona man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in federal prison for supplying the fentanyl that killed a woman 2½ years ago.
1 day ago
(Facebook File Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...

Pedestrian crossing street killed in Laveen following hit-and-run

Phoenix police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run collision after a pedestrian died Tuesday evening in Laveen Village.
1 day ago
(Coronado National Forest Photo)...
Kevin Stone

Forest officials warn visitors about shipping container wall at Arizona border

Officials are warning Coronado National Forest visitors about potential safety hazards related to shipping container border wall construction in southern Arizona.
1 day ago
Shaqueila Hudson (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)...

Woman accused of fatally stabbing father during argument in Phoenix

A woman was arrested for allegedly stabbing her father to death during an argument Tuesday in Phoenix, authorities said.
1 day ago
(Photos via Buckeye Police Department)...

Buckeye Police boost reward to $12,000 for tips in fatal hit-and-run of 16-year-old girl

Authorities have upped the reward for tips in the fatal hit-and-run of a 16-year-old girl more than two years ago in Buckeye.
1 day ago
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)...

Mesa police fatally shoot man who allegedly drove into patrol vehicle

Police shot and killed a man who allegedly drove into a patrol vehicle outside a Mesa convenience store early Wednesday.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Quantum Fiber

Stream 4K and more with powerful, high-speed fiber internet

Picking which streaming services to subscribe to are difficult choices, and there is no room for internet that cannot handle increased demands.

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Ways to prevent clogged drains and what to do if you’re too late

While there are a variety of ways to prevent clogged drains, it's equally as important to know what to do when you're already too late.
Local music favorites to help celebrate Tempe’s 150th birthday