Hayden's Ferry Days, March 4 - 25, 2020


Hayden’s Ferry Days is an annual series of events celebrating the rich history, arts and culture Tempe through a variety of events. Join Tempe History Museum and  Tempe History Society for Hayden’s Ferry Days with tours, teas and festivities!

‘Dinner with a Legend’ at Tempe Center for the Arts
Friday, March 6
6 p.m. Happy Hour and Raffle / Silent Auction
7 p.m. Dinner

Have dinner with a Tempe Legend while dining on delicious food provided by Heidi’s Catering. Start the evening at Edge Happy Hour to enjoy live music and a signature drink. Buy raffle tickets and bid on silent auction items before adjourning to the Lakeside Room for a delicious dinner and conversation with a Tempe “Legend” at your table. Tickets are SOLD OUT!.


Free all-ages community festival at the Tempe History Museum with food, music, activities and demonstrations exploring the heritage crafts, arts, technology and industry of Tempe. Featuring Tempe Historical Society’s 50th Anniversary Ice Cream Social (free, while supplies last!). The event is from 12 noon – 4 p.m. Location: 809 E Southern Avenue, Tempe.


JAZZ NOTES NIGHT: Celebrating Eisdendrath House’s 90th Year! 
Friday, March 13
6-8 p.m.

Join the Rio Salado Foundation in celebrating the 90th birthday of Eisendrath House! This gala reception will feature jazz, drinks and hors d’oeuvres as you stroll around this magnificent historic home. Tickets are $30 and available online at Eventbrite, and at Tempe History Museum, in person or by phone, 480-350-5100. 

Peek inside some of Tempe’s most interesting historic houses. Free! (Donations accepted). Click HERE for a map of participating houses (note: more may be added). Docents will be on hand at each site to share interesting information and answer questions; tours are a drop-in, come-and-go style.

Per the City of Tempe’s communication regarding cancellations due to concerns about the coronavirus, these events will not take place. Ticket purchasers will be provided full refunds. Thank you to those who have generously donated the ticket proceeds. We appreciate your generosity and understanding. 

  • Afternoon Tea & Tour at Hackett House on March 15th, 1 p.m. Presented by Tempe Sister Cities. SOLD OUT!
  • Garden Tea & Tours at Petersen House, March 22, 1 p.m. 
    Presented by Tempe History Museum. 

HIKE UP TEMPE BUTTE – Friday, March 20
Per the City of Tempe’s communication regarding cancellations due to concerns about the coronavirus, this event will not take place as planned and may be rescheduled.
Start the weekend out right by taking a hike up Tempe Butte after work. Learn some of the history and cultural significance of this familiar landmark. Docents will be on hand to provide information as you make your way up. This is a free, family-friendly, drop in program. 

CATCH-A-WAVE CAR SHOW – Saturday, March 21
Per the City of Tempe’s communication regarding cancellations due to concerns about the coronavirus, this event will not take place as planned and may be rescheduled. 
Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Tempe Nuevo, the 16th Annual Catch-A-Wave car show will take over the grass at Kiwanis Park in Tempe. Come out to enjoy music, a silent auction, exhibits, food, raffles and door prizes. Judging starts at 10 a.m., with an award ceremony at 1 p.m. Free!

This celebration of Tempe’s history is made possible by community partners and sponsors.

Event Sponsors & Donors

  • Jerry W. Brock Foundation
  • Ryan Companies & University Realty and Sunbelt Holdings 
  • ASU Office of Government and Community Engagement
  • Michael Monti & Family
  • Hugh Hallman Law Firm
  • Gammage & Burnham Law Firm
  • Friends of Tempe Public Library
  • Tempe Tourism
  • Tempe Firefighters Union-Local 393
  • Heidi’s Events & Catering

Steering Committee Members / Community Partners

  • Tempe History Museum
  • Tempe Sister Cities Association
  • Rio Salado Foundation
  • Friends of Tempe Public Library
  • Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation

Supporting Organizations & Volunteers

  • Guess Birchett Questers – Hosts for Elias-Rodriguez House
  • Hayden’s Ferry Questers – Supporters of the Petersen House Museum