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Experience AZ

About Experience AZ

Experience AZ Magazine is the ultimate guide for both Arizona residents and tourists to see, feel, taste and experience the best that Arizona offers. We’ve chronicled and presented Arizona’s Top 5 in each category including tourist destinations, night life, dining, sports, music, theater, festivals and outdoor adventure. Enjoy and experience Arizona’s ultimate “bucket list” of things to do in Arizona.

Royal Palms is now part of Unbound Collection by Hyatt


Phoenix’s Royal Palms, located near Camelback Road and 54th Street, joined the state’s local Hyatt Properties as part of its Unbound Collection. Geoff Gray has been named general manager of The Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix. Royal Palms joins the Hyatt Regency Phoenix and Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch. Andaz Scottsdale… Read More →

Sedona’s Dahl Restaurant Group sweeps wine awards


All three of Chef Lisa Dahl’s fine dining restaurants in Sedona, including Dahl & Di LucaRistorante Italiano, Cucina Rustica and Mariposa – Latin Inspired Grill, received the 2016 “Award of Excellence” by Wine Spectator, the world’s leading authority on wine. Chef Dahl’s restaurants are among just seven restaurants in Sedona that received this year’s coveted “Award of Excellence.” Her newest restaurant, Mariposa Latin-Inspired Grill, was recognized for the first… Read More →

2nd Annual Phoenix Pizza Festival date set

Phoenix Pizza Festival

The 2nd Annual Phoenix Pizza Festival is set for Saturday, November 19, 2016. The event immediately outgrew the 2015 location of Civic Space Park and has found a new home at Margaret T. Hance Park, adjacent to Burton Barr Central Library in downtown Phoenix. With limited tickets available, the inaugural Phoenix Pizza Festival sold out before… Read More →

400 expected to celebrate Dance Day at Westgate


In honor of National Dance Day on July 30, grab your dancing shoes and head to Westgate Entertainment District for a free outdoor Zumba class. More than 400 dance-enthusiasts of all skill levels and ages are expected to join Zumba Tasha and shake things up at the easy-to-follow dance and fitness party. After an uplifting workout,… Read More →

Pima Air & Space Museum kicks off ‘Night Wings’ program

Photo courtesy of the Pima Air & Space Museum

The Pima Air & Space Museum will kick-off its summer evening “Night Wings” program this Saturday, July 23, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. At this Saturday’s “Night Wings”, The Pima Air & Space Museum will debut its new Seek, Do and Win – Activity Stations. These hands-on educational activity stations will be stationed… Read More →

Fall Arizona Restaurant Week returns Sept. 16-25

Restaurant Industry

Arizona Restaurant Association’s Fall Arizona Restaurant Week (ARW) is back for its 9th season to recognize the Valley of the Sun’s epic cuisine for ten nights from September 16-25. During Fall ARW, more than 200 participating restaurants will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu for just $33 or $44 per person, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity unless otherwise… Read More →

Modern Margarita launches new cocktail menu, Credit: haveseen

Modern Margarita, the award-winning urban taco and tequila bar located at 5410 East High Street in Northeast Phoenix, has added several new options to its “Modern Cocktails and Margarita” menu, each made only with fresh juices, pure ingredients and innovative new flavor profiles. In addition, the restaurant, which boasts more than 60 highland and lowland Blanco, Reposado,… Read More →

LUSTRE Rooftop Bar brings back the ‘80s with pool party

LUSTRE Rooftop Bar

This weekend, bust out your parachute pants, scrunchies and leg warmers and head to Downtown Phoenix for the “Bring Back the ’80s Pool Party” at LUSTRE Rooftop Bar. Bring Back the ’80s Pool Party at LUSTRE Rooftop Bar includes: Sat, July 23 from 11am-6pm. Sponsored by The Original Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum. Live music from… Read More →

Fired Pie opening 2 locations, offering free pizza

Fired Pie

The popular fast-casual pizza chain Fired Pie is opening up two new Phoenix locations in the coming weeks, and to celebrate they will be offering everyone a free pizza or salad at the new spots. On Monday, July 18, Fired Pie will open its 16th location at 1155 W. Ocotillo Rd Suite 8 in Chandler on… Read More →

Helio Basin Brewing Company coming to Arcadia

Helio Basin Brewing Company

Arizona is home to a robust craft brewing industry, and Helio Basin Brewing Company is joining the fold when it opens to the public this Saturday. The Arcadia-based brewery is opening Saturday, July 16 at 40th Street and Thomas Road where folks can enjoy some local craft beer. Helio Basin Brewing Company will be open from 11… Read More →

Blue Hound’s new head bartender serves summer line-up

Blue Hound

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails in Downtown Phoenix has a new head bartender leading the charge, Noah Momyer. “It doesn’t take a lot of ingredients to make a killer drink, just proper measurements and technique,” says Noah. This emphasis on substance over flash defines Noah’s approach to cocktailing, a vision honed over his decade-long career… Read More →

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria creates unique blend with Italian winery

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

Locally owned and operated Grimaldi’s Pizzeria will be featuring a wine currently only available at the pizzeria. The Grimaldi’s team traveled to Italy in 2015 to create a unique blend of Tuscan red wine. The end result was Mille Gradi, an easy drinking red blend that is light enough to pair with the Kale Chopped… Read More →

Sedona Arts Festival will feature 125 top artists

Sedona Arts Festival

Held against the backdrop of Sedona’s breathtaking red rock vistas, the Sedona Arts Festival will present its 26th annual fine art festival on Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. Attracting artists from New York to California, this renowned festival will showcase a diverse lineup of 125 juried artists as well as live music, food… Read More →

Carefree-based Venues Café offers summer specials

Venues Café

The Town of Carefree cafe, Venues Café, is now offering happy hour, all night long, every night, starting at 3 p.m. During the happy hour, glasses of wine are $3 off, draft beer is $2 off, bottled beer is $1 off and cocktails are $3 off. On Tuesdays, folks cane get a second bottle of wine, after their first… Read More →

Hotel Valley Ho offers in-room yoga program

Hotel Valley Ho

The iconic Hotel Valley Ho in Downtown Scottsdale now offers a special in-room yoga program, in addition to the movement studio classes at VH Spa for Vitality + Health. The new STAY.ZEN package includes a variety of yoga classes that can be followed on the in-room TV. Also included is a yoga mat you can take home with you, two water… Read More →