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RISMEDIA, April 29, 2011—Relax by the pool during the day and explore the wonders of the desert after dark this summer in Tempe, Arizona. Exploding with summer deals, live music and Broadway shows, zoo adventures and more, the nighttime has never been so vibrant. Make the Tempe Tourism Office your first stop when looking for deals, attractions and entertainment this summer.

When the desert heats up this summer, the deals get even hotter. Specials offers for hotels, restaurants and attractions can be found at Find deals and low rates with the Fiesta Resort Conference Center Fun Card, which provides special offers and discounts at the Absolute Vitality Spa and on food and beverage.

Explore the desert at night. Prowl & Play at The Phoenix Zoo lets you experience the wonders of the Zoo after dark with activities to engage the entire family. Guests can discover the wet and wild fun at Leapin’ Lagoon and Yakulla Caverns, participate in squirt gun water wars and the summer “Zoo”cademy and enjoy music, games and more.

The Desert Botanical Garden is offering Garden Flashlight Tours from May through September. Visitors can observe how the desert comes to life when the sun goes down. Guests might see nighthawks, snakes and rare night blooming flowers during this nighttime adventure. Flashlight Tours are held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday evenings in May and September and on Thursday and Saturday evenings from June through August.

On Friday nights in May and June, the Desert Botanical Garden is the perfect setting for music under the stars. Jazz in the Garden features entertaining musicians and delightful food and wine. Upcoming performances include Big Nick and the Gila Monsters on May 6, Cosmos on May 13 and Bad Cactus Brass Band on May 20.

Looking for more ways to dance your way through the evening? Tempe Marketplace, featuring shopping, dining and entertainment, hosts live music Friday and Saturday nights at the District Stage. Listen to a variety of music genres such as rock, alternative, folk and country. For something more mellow, head to the Barnes & Noble fountain for acoustic musicians Friday and Saturday evenings.

What do hot dogs, family fun and fireworks all have in common? It’s The July 4 Tempe Town Lake Festival, featuring activities for kids, live entertainment, food booths and one of the best fireworks shows around. The Fantastic Family Fest will keep kids of all ages happy with a free inflatable village, rock climbing walls, face painters, relay races and more. The fireworks are shot from the Mill Avenue bridge and beautifully reflected in Tempe Town Lake.

Take in a show this summer at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed ASU Gammage. Sing and dance along to Broadway favorite MAMMA MIA! on stage May 18 – May 22. From June 7 – 12 see the brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, LES MISÉRABLES, with glorious new staging and spectacular scenery.

For more information about planning your Tempe vacation, visit