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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.

Octane Raceway will add virtual reality attraction

Octane Raceway, a premium destination for kart racing and experiential entertainment, is bringing world-class virtual reality gaming to the Phoenix area. The Velocity VR attraction, powered by Zero Latency, will launch Memorial Day weekend. This is t he first free-roam multiplayer virtual reality arena to open in the Western United States. This new permanent attraction… Read More →

School of Ballet Arizona will admit International Students

The School of Ballet Arizona has spent 37 years teaching generations of future ballet professionals in the United States. Now students from overseas will have the opportunity to study under the guidance of Ballet Arizona’s heralded school and artistic staff. The School of Ballet Arizona has received Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) status, which… Read More →

Bride Studio will open 1st Valley boutique at Westgate

Wedding bells are ringing at Westgate Entertainment District with its newest tenant, Bride Studio, now open as of April 14. This is the first retail location for the Valley-based wedding gown boutique that will occupy 1,072 square feet at the District. Brides-to-be will revel in the luxurious and memorable wedding gown shopping experience as they… Read More →

9 tips for parents during Water Safety Month

Few things are as much fun as splashing around at the beach or in a backyard pool, but not every child is confident about taking the plunge. “For some children, the idea of getting in the water and trying to swim can be a bit frightening,” says K.J. Hales, author of It’s Hard to Swim,… Read More →

Subaru Superstore celebrates opening of 2nd Valley location

Subaru Superstore of Surprise has opened within the Prasada 303 Auto Park, just off the Loop 303 Freeway between Cactus and Waddell Roads, in Surprise, AZ. The two-story, 60,000 square foot, seven-acre complex represents a state-of-the-art Sales, Service and Parts operation featuring a nine-vehicle indoor showroom and vehicle delivery area, fully air conditioned 26 bay… Read More →

‘El Con Kids Club’ debuts at Hilton Tucson El Conquistador

The iconic Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort will debut its new “El Con Kids Club” on May 5, in preparation for a summer of fun activities. Nestled at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Hilton Tucson El Conquistador is emerging from its largest renovation in the resort’s history focused on bringing… Read More →

The Phoenician brings back Culinary Countdown Dining Series

The Phoenician resort is nestled in the Sonoran Desert, with the breathtaking Camelback Mountain its backdrop. Photo: The Phoenician

The Phoenician, Arizona’s premier AAA Five Diamond resort destination, is cooking up a savory summer with the Third Annual $40-$30-$20 Culinary Countdown Dining Series, May 5-September 14, 2017.  Participating restaurants include J&G Steakhouse, featuring a three-course menu for $40; Afternoon Tea, with a three-course offering for $30 (Tuesdays-Fridays); and Relish Burger Bistro, presenting a two-course… Read More →

Beach Whiskey and Outback Steakhouse will sponsor PIR event


Phoenix Raceway will host the Beach Whiskey Outback Steakhouse Qualifying Day on Friday, April 28 to kick off the Verizon IndyCar Series race weekend and set the field for the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix under the lights on Saturday, April 29. “Last year at qualifying day, Phoenix ‘Speed King’ Helio Castroneves shattered… Read More →

Shula’s Steak House earns OpenTable’s 2017 Diner’s Choice Award

OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of The Priceline Group, has recently named Shula’s Steak House at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, the 2017 Diner’s Choice OpenTable Award recipient. The Diner’s Choice Award recognizes outstanding restaurants based on feedback from thousands of local diners. Shula’s Steak House currently has a… Read More →

$8M renovation plans unveiled for Hilton Tucson East

Hilton Tucson East

As the Hilton Tucson East celebrates 30 years, the hotel unveiled an $8 million renovation plan, which will renew the hotel’s rooms, lobby area, pool and more. All 232 guest rooms at the hotel will be revitalized with warm interior colors, luxurious finishes and modern amenities. The hotel’s HVAC and water system will be modernized for energy… Read More →

Inaugural Lost Lake Festival lineup announced

Music festival announcement

Phoenix’s newest music festival, Lost Lake Festival, has finally unveiled its lineup and it is amazing. The creators of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, Superfly, are bringing an all-star lineup to Phoenix from October 20 to October 22. The lineup includes The Killers, Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer and Odesza as the top billings for the… Read More →

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa offers Staycay 5K fun run/walk

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa kicks off Staycation season with their first annual Staycay 5K Fun Run/Walk, Saturday, May 13th, 2017, at 7:00 a.m. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Children’s Miracle Network and will stay local to fund critical treatments, healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care.  The Staycay 5K… Read More →

Teen musicians will rock the Horny Toad

On Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., The Horny Toad, Cave Creek’s oldest originally owned restaurant, will host an entertainment-filled, family-friendly day known as Rock the Toad. The fun kicks off with music by the teen Rock the District program. The gifted young performers who will entertain residents and visitors with… Read More →

Learn to live life to the fullest at the Life 360 Summit


Whether you’re in the best shape of your life or looking to get your health back on track, there’s something for every body at the inaugural Life 360 Summit, taking place Saturday, May 6 at The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM).  For the first time in one location, Phoenix’s foremost doctors and natural health experts will… Read More →

Gino’s East of Chicago opens in Phoenix April 24

Gino’s East of Chicago announces its first Arizona location will open in Phoenix on Monday, April 24 at 4 p.m. The Chicago-based restaurant is located at 3626 E. Indian School Road in Arcadia.  Ten percent of all proceeds earned during grand opening day will be donated to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. In addition, Gino’s East is… Read More →