The Hayden Flour Mill in Tempe is about to become a much busier place. The recently renovated structure and its adjacent park will officially open to to public use and begin hosting regular events early next month.
According to Tempe spokesperson Kris Baxter-Ging, the city will hold a dedication ceremony and grand opening party for the mill and its adjacent park on Friday, October 5, that will kick-off a series of regular music, art, and performance-oriented events that will take place at the venue. And here's the kicker: They're gonna offer tours of the mill during the grand opening.
Baxter-Ging says the Downtown Tempe Community has already begun booking a variety of events that will take place at the mill's event space, which consists of a large concrete stage and a half-acre of grass that will serve as a seating area. Both were constructed earlier this year as a part of a $350,000 makeover and renovation to the iconic Mill Avenue buildings, which were first built way back in the 1870s.
"There's waiting list for people who want to get married there or perform there or have private parties there," she says. "So far, the events already include live music, movies being shown on a blow-up screens or on the side of the mill building itself."
And speaking of waiting lists, Baxter-Ging says they've had a lot of people interested in partaking in one of the many tours that will be offered during the grand opening on October 5, which (sadly) will only cover the first floor of the towering structure.
"We've had such demand that most of the spaces on the tours have already been filled," she says. "The first floor is so small that we can only allow about 10 or 15 people in there at a time with a tour. We didn't even put out a notice about the tours and they filled up quickly."
And if you aren't one of the lucky ones on the left, Baxter-Ging says, don't fret. A few extra tours times will be announced on the day of the event and those hoping to get a glimpse inside the mill should show up early to sign up.
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The tours aren't the only activity that will take place at the grand opening, as three local bands will perform throughout the evening and more than 50 local vendors (including numerous restaurants) will have booths setup.
The Hayden Flour Mill grand opening and dedication will take place from 5-10 p.m. on Friday, October 5. Admission is free.