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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.

Hotel Palomar offers chic urban weddings

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September 18, 2014 by in Eat | Experience AZ Magazine | Featured | Play | Stay

At Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix no two weddings ever feel the same thanks to the variety of unique indoor and outdoor settings, locally-inspired food and beverage options, high design and more, that come together to make every moment, every bite and every stylish detail all about a memorable “I do.” What makes a wedding at… Read More →

Arizona Theatre Company opens season with laughs

September 17, 2014 by in Experience AZ Magazine | Featured | Play

Arizona Theatre Company opens the 2014-15 season with the Arizona premiere of the hilarious comedy of ill manners, the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” from Oct. 9-26 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe in downtown Phoenix. The show is directed by Joel Sass, the… Read More →

Tickets on sale for Pumpkin Patch Train Ride

September 16, 2014 by in Experience AZ Magazine | Play

There is a pumpkin patch that you can only get to by train, where pumpkins for the picking abound. Activities at the historic Grand Canyon Railway Depot in Williams, Ariz., include a haunted railway car, a hay bale maze, and pumpkin arts and crafts in the Harvest Room. Reserved tickets are now on sale for… Read More →

Clever Koi rolls out $5 BYOB lunch

September 16, 2014 by in Eat | Experience AZ Magazine

Calling all commuters, worker bees and office drones. Spice up your workday, or any day, with Clever Koi’s first-ever lunch menu. Offered daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting on October 1, this compact yet craveable menu is centered on a selection of $5 Build Your Own Bowl dishes. To order, guests simply pair… Read More →

Foodie Faire at Kierland Commons benefits foster care

Foodie Faire
September 13, 2014 by in Eat | Experience AZ Magazine

Arizona Friends of Foster Care Children (AFFCF) is hosting their annual “AFFCF Foster Care Foodie Faire” on Sunday, November 23 from Noon – 3 p.m. at the Kierland Commons, 15205 North Kierland Boulevard, in Scottsdale. The Foodie Faire is a gourmet picnic on wheels featuring the finest in food truck cuisine along with children’s activities,… Read More →

Queen Creek Olive Mill hosts Harvest Festival

September 10, 2014 by in Eat | Experience AZ Magazine

The Queen Creek Olive Mill is partnering with Phoenix area food trucks for a fun weekend of festivities celebrating the opening weekend of their annual Harvest Festival. Harvest Festival is when the Mill hand harvests the olive trees and then presses olives into making extra virgin olive oil. The Queen Creek Olive Mill is Arizona’s… Read More →

Variety marks Arizona State Fair concert series

Arizona State Fair

Variety has always been the spice of the Arizona State Fair Concert Series, and this year is no exception. Fairgoers can rock out at shows by Barenaked Ladies, Weezer, Queens of the Stone Age, and John Fogerty or get down with such country stars as Justin Moore, Darius Rucker, and Josh Turner. Additional musical options… Read More →

Biltmore puts guests into Ferrari driver’s seat

September 9, 2014 by in Experience AZ Magazine | Stay

Guests of the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort can shift into high-gear excitement behind the wheel of three of the world’s most exclusive super cars – including a Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche – on the ultimate driving tour guided by a professional race car driver. With the Waldorf Astoria Driving Experience, Biltmore guests will… Read More →

SaltRock opens today in Sedona

SaltRock Dining Room
September 9, 2014 by in Eat | Experience AZ Magazine

A new restaurant, SaltRock, opens today as the signature dining destination at Kimpton’s Amara Resort & Spa in Sedona, Ariz. lead by Executive Chef Massimo De Francesca. SaltRock offers Southwest-inspired cuisine marrying the fresh, light and seasonal approach to California cooking with culinary traditions and ingredients of the Southwest and Verde Valley. SaltRock serves breakfast,… Read More →

Take a ‘leap of faith’ with monthly dining series

Chef Cullen Campbell, Crudo
September 8, 2014 by in Eat | Experience AZ Magazine

Crudo To Host Star-Studded, Mystery Menu Monthly Dinner Series Co-hosted with fellow Valley chefs such as Jared Porter & Bernie Kantak, Crudo’s Blank Space dinner series takes tastebuds on a tasty leap of faith, starting October 6. Who: Daring diners, local food lovers and anyone else looking for a new, ever-changing culinary adventure. What: It’s… Read More →

Vietnam Memorial comes to the Valley

September 8, 2014 by in Experience AZ Magazine | Play

Estrella by Newland Communities will host “The Moving Wall™,” a half-size traveling replica of the Washington D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial beginning at noon on October 2 through noon on October 6 and is free to all attending. The Wall will be open 24 hours a day with volunteers stationed at The Wall from 8 a.m.… Read More →

Breathtaking partnership launches in October

September 6, 2014 by in Experience AZ Magazine | Stay

Valley yogis looking to get their fix this fall may do so in the supreme comfort of the great outdoors, thanks to a new partnership between Sumits Yoga North Phoenix and the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix. Starting at 6 pm Wednesday, Oct. 1 and repeating each week through Nov. 19, Sumits Yoga… Read More →

Last Comic Standing comes to Mesa Arts Center

September 5, 2014 by in Experience AZ Magazine | Play

America’s favorite summer comedy and NBC’s top-rated television comedy competition show, Last Comic Standing, is launching a live tour, Last Coming Standing Live, on Tuesday, September 16. The tour arrives at Mesa Arts Center on September 16 for a 7:30 p.m. performance in the Ikeda Theater.  Last Coming Standing Live, will feature Season 8’s winner… Read More →

Hotel Palomar Offers LGBTQ Wedding Give-Away


In celebration of Kimpton’s long-time support of the LGBTQ community, Hotel Palomar Phoenix is awarding one lucky couple an all-inclusive Wedding Give-Away. Couples are invited to share their love story to enter to win a paid trip to California to get married, a reception at Hotel Palomar Phoenix upon your return to Arizona, and a… Read More →

Bingo player takes home more than $90,000 at Casino Arizona

Chandler resident Charlene Vance became the latest Casino Arizona jackpot winner on Aug. 25. She took home $98,000.
September 3, 2014 by in Experience AZ Magazine | Play

Casino Arizona, an enterprise of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, announced a winner in its U-Pick progressive bingo game. Chandler resident Charlene Vance became the latest jackpot winner trying her luck at the property’s O-75 in 20 numbers or less on Aug. 25. She took home $98,000. “We are no stranger to jackpots at… Read More →