What’s Happening in Tempe This Week – The Fiesta Bowl Block Party, STOMP and More!

Tempe is truly the place to be as we bid farewell to the 2011 and ring in the 2012. Let’s start with the Fiesta Bowl Block Party. As Arizona’s biggest and most exciting New Year’s Eve bash, the Fiesta Bowl Block Party is a jam-packed evening of fun and entertainment for the entire family. With rockin’ bands, beer gardens and a host of entertainers, this is one fantastic celebration you won’t want to miss! This year’s featured band is Tempe’s own Gin Blossoms

Or, maybe you want to send 2011 out with a bang at ASU Gammage where you can hear and feel the rhythms of STOMP. The eight–member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments — matchboxes, wooden poles, broom, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps. No need to wait for New Year’s Eve for this one because it will be on stage all this week.

It’s always good to end the year on a funny note and you can by heading to The Tempe Improve to see Kevin Nealon, December 30-31. Some of you will remember him from Saturday Night Live; others know him as Doug Wilson in the critically acclaimed, Golden Globe nominated Showtime series Weeds.

For more things to do on New Year’s Eve and all week long,view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.

December 27-30: Las Noches de las Luminarias, Desert Botanical Garden
December 27- January 1: Santa Claws at SEA LIFE!, Sea Life Arizona
December 27- 31: STOMP, ASU Gammage
December 28: Michael Powers Group, Dave’s Electric Brew Pub
December 28-29: Class Clowns Comedy Showcase, Tempe Improv
December 29: Music on Mill, Mill Avenue District
December 30: The Love Brokers; December 31: The Jeff Hunt Band, Rula Bula Irish Pub
December 30: Soulfly; December 31: Authority Zero, Marquee Theater
December 30-31: Kevin Nealon, Tempe Improv
December 30: Peppermint James; December 31: Knee Deep Experience, Tempe Marketplace District Stage
December 30: Andrea Meila; December 31: Pete Pancrazi, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain
December 31: Meat Puppets, The Clubhouse
December 31: Fiesta Bowl Block Party, Mill Avenue District
December 31: Save the Family’s Hearts of Gold New Year’s Eve Celebration,
Tempe Center for the Arts