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Festival Coordinator

Monte Knudson

Location of Services

Temple Emanuel
5801 S. Rural Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85283

First Service

6:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16


The City of Tempe tax rate and surrounding areas is generally 7.8% to 8.1%.

We are pleased that the Phoenix area will again be a Feast site for 2016. The location of the site is about 10 short minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. The facility is a very comfortable hall suited for services. It will accommodate up to 220 people (there is not a fragrance-free room). Many different opportunities should be available for fellowship, as the facility has the ability to accommodate many activities. A seniors banquet and a family day activity are part of the planned activities.

There are many places of interest in the Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, and Phoenix area. There are plenty of golf courses, multiple zoos/aquariums, boat rental at Tempe Town Lake, and you can even ride a camel at the nearby Phoenix Zoo. Visit the world class Musical Instrument Museum, the Science Museum, Desert Botanical Gardens, or numerous art galleries. There are many fine dining options and wine tasting venues nearby.

This area is filled with unique desert mountain vistas and many hiking trails.

Come early and stay over, as some housing prices will be held for five days before and after the Feast, and visit the Grand Canyon (four hours away) or Karchner Caverns State Park. Very affordable housing at two locations (with full breakfasts and transportation to and from services daily, or anywhere within five miles) is available.

Location of Services: Temple Emanuel; 5801 S. Rural Rd. Tempe, AZ 85283

First Service: 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16. The following day, Oct. 17, services will be at 1:30 p.m. See the Activities tab for the daily schedule of services.

For any additional information contact Monte Knudson at (602) 790-6000 or

Monte Knudson

As information about the Feast Site is updated it will be posted here.

You can also sign up for Festival email updates!

Download a copy of the Phoenix Activity Schedule as well as a PDF of the full Festival Brochure. We have moved the time of our opening night service up half an hour from 7:00pm and it will now start at 6:30pm on Sunday, October 16th. Also, if you are interested in participating in the Post-Feast Grand Canyon tour, please email Monte Knudson ( to preregister.

There are always opportunities to serve at the Feast. If you are looking for ways to serve, you can do so in one of three ways: 

  1. Register for the Phoenix Feast site and then select the areas in which you are interested in serving.
  2. If you have already registered for the Pheonix Feast site but not selected an area of service, you can log into your account and edit your desired areas of service.
  3. You can visit our information table once at the Feast and inquire about the different areas of service.

Thank you for considering ways of serving your fellow brethren and making this a great Feast for all!


The Sonoran Desert offers many opportunities for fun and adventure!

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is truly a spectacular sight to see, no matter how many times you may have seen it before! This natural wonder is located in Northern Arizona and the south rim is a beautiful 3.5 hour drive from Tempe. The canyon is 277 miles long, 1 mile deep, and varies in width from 600 feet to 18 miles. Their Web site offers information on planning a trip to the south and north rims, and east and west sides of the canyon. Lodging information is also available if an overnight trip is planned. Plan your visit!

Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden is one of the best-maintained gardens in the world. It holds one of the world's foremost collections of desert plants with detailed records on all plants in the collection, information that is of both horticultural and botanical value. The purpose of the Desert Botanical Garden is to exhibit, conserve, study and disseminate knowledge of arid-land plants of the world, with a particular emphasis on succulents and the native flora of the Southwestern United States. The Garden provides audio tours. Click here for more information.

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

The MIM is an extraordinary encounter where more than 6,000 instruments collected from around 200 of the world’s countries and territories are displayed. Most displays are enhanced by state-of-the-art audio and video technologies that allow guests to see the instruments, hear their sounds, and observe them being played in their original contexts—performances that are often as spectacular as the instruments themselves. What’s more, all guests are invited to play instruments from around the world in the Experience Gallery. General information.

Kartchner Caverns

This impressive "live" limestone cave was discovered in 1974 and boasts the world’s longest stalactite formation. It contains many remarkable minerals and formations. Kartchner Caverns is approximately 2.5 hours south of Tempe. The tour is 1.5 hours and reservations are highly recommended. Prepare to be amazed!

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

This arboretum is a lush desert garden featuring arid-region plants and trees from around the world among scenic walks through the garden's 35-acre grounds. Here you will find countless examples of native vegetation from the Sonoran Desert, in addition to vegetation from arid and semi-arid regions of North America, South America, the Near East, Africa, Central Asia, and Australia. Find out more about the arboretum.

Butterfly Wonderland

Butterfly Wonderland is one of the newest attractions in the Phoenix area with a highly innovative, indoor rainforest environment featuring the largest butterfly pavilion in America. You will be welcomed into a magnificent rainforest environment where thousands of butterflies from around the world fly freely, alighting on fragrant flowering plants and, quite possibly, on you! Flutter in for more information.

Sea Life Aquarium

A wonder for all ages, the Sea Life Arizona aquarium is home to more than 5,000 sea creatures. This aquarium offers a 360 degree underwater tunnel, a close-up look at 5,000 fresh water and ocean sea creatures, and interactive touch pools with live creatures. Take an underwater journey from freshwater streams and lakes, through sea caves, and out to the shorelines of the Pacific Ocean. Continue on to interactive touch pools, a shipwreck and ocean exhibit, and the spectacular ocean tunnel, all while marveling at colorful marine life. Find out more about the aquarium.

Heard Museum

The mission of the Heard Museum is to educate visitors and promote greater public understanding of the arts, heritage, and life ways of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, with an emphasis on American Indian tribes and other cultures of the Southwest. Dedicated to the accurate portrayal of Native arts and cultures, the Heard Museum is an institution that combines the stories of American Indian people from a personal perspective with the beauty of art. Through ground-breaking programs, world-class exhibitions, and unrivaled festivals, the Heard Museum sets the standard nationally for collaborating with Native people to present first-person voices. Partnerships with American Indian artists and tribal communities provide visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art and cultures of Native people, especially those from the Southwest. Click here for more information.

Horseback Riding

View the beautiful Sonoran desert by horseback!! Your guide will take you to see a great variety of plants native to the region, from the pincushion and hedgehog cactus, prickly pear, barrel cactus, ocatillo, mesquite, palo verde, to the giant saguaro cactus. Come see us!


If you are the outdoorsy-type or just enjoy a quiet stroll, there are more than 33,000 acres of Sonoran Desert preserves, 7,300 acres of desert parks, and 40 trails totaling approximately 200 miles. Parking lots for most preserve areas are open daily from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Trail Maps

Papago Park

Camelback Mountain

South Mountain

Sonoran Preserve

Download a PDF copy of the Activity Schedule from this link.

Download a PDF copy of the Festival Brochure from this link.

Towneplace Suites by Marriott

(480) 345-7889
5223 So. Priest Drive
Tempe, AZ 85283

$86        king studio suite, sleeper sofa, 1-3 people

$129        2br suite, sleeper sofa, 4-6 people

Features: ac, cb, e, fw, h, hr, k, kq, l, op, p, s, sf, uf, cb, all suites are non smoking, have full kitchen, ground transportation to site, 2.5 miles from site, large lobby with buffet breakfast, ask for United Church of God rate


Springhill Suites by Marriott

(480) 752-7979
5211 So. Priest Drive
Tempe, AZ 85283

$99        king studio suite, 1-2 people

$99        double queen 2 bed suite, 1-4 people

Features: ac, cb, e, fw, h, hr, k, kq, l, op, p, s, sf, uf, cb, mini frige, mw, kitchen, large lobby with buffet breakfast, fitness, central shuttle service, 2.5 miles from site, ask for the United Church of God rate.