Annual History Events


If you love history, please consider attending these annual fundraising events to help Tempe preserve its past. Dates for these events will be announced later in the year.

Walk Through History

One of Tempe's greatest attributes is its many authentic, historic buildings and structures. In Downtown Tempe, dozens of structures dating back as far as the 1800s are within walking distance. Enjoy tours prepared by the Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation, the Tempe Historic Preservation Office and many others and Walk Through History, with a guided tour of the Mill Avenue District, Tempe Town Lake, and historic ASU. Each tour is a slow, informative stroll that takes you through approximately a mile of walking in about two hours. Cost: $25 for the guided tour, a continental breakfast and lunch at Monti's La Casa Vieja. Details at:

Tales from Double Butte
Do you know who was Tempe’s first telephone operator, who founded and served as long-time editor of the Tempe Daily News or why Tempe was originally known as Hayden’s Ferry? Attend the narrated walking tour of Tempe Double Butte Cemetery to learn these answers and hear many more interesting stories. Proceeds benefit the Tempe History Museum and Tempe Double Butte Cemetery. For more information, call 480-350-5100. Tickets can be purchased for $15 each