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Looking for a spectacular sporting event or festival? Plan your visit to coincide with one of the many annual events in Phoenix area, many of which are found in Tempe. Hosting numerous annual festivals and events, Tempe is the place to be. Browse the Tempe calendar of events to find year-round fun!

And if you’re visiting this summer, visit our Summer Fun in Tempe vacation planning page!

Tempe events offer a variety of experiences throughout the year:

  • Hit a vacation home run each spring at a Cactus League Spring Training game. Watch the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim play at their spring training home in Tempe at the Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Whether it’s a Tempe music festival or a Tempe block party, this part of town is bustling all year long. From contemporary art to live music to up and coming bands, art festivals or sporting events, Tempe fits the bill.

Upcoming Events

Summer Juried Graduate Exhibition at the Harry Wood Gallery

Arts & Culture
April 28, 2014 - August 29, 2014

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The Master of Fine Arts Summer Juried Exhibition features 17 works by 12 graduate students. All current MFA candidates were eligible to apply, and the prints, photographs, ceramics, woods, fiber art and videos selected for exhibit were chosen by Robrt Pela of R. Pela Gallery. Entry to this exhibition is free. Gallery Hours 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday Closed: Weekends and major holidays.

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Rula Bula – The Big Fellahs on July 12

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July 12, 2014 - July 13, 2014

Location: Rula Bula

A mix of musician’s from various Phoenix Irish bands joined forces to create a Celtic rock, Americana, soul band called The Big Fellahs.

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Marquee Theater – Chevelle

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July 13, 2014

Location: Marquee Theatre

Chevelle is an American alternative metal band that is set to perform at the Marquee Theater on July 13, 2014. Chevelle has been frequently compared to bands such as Helmet, Tool and The Cure.

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Marquee Theater – Summerland Tour 2014

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July 15, 2014

Location: Marquee Theatre

The 2014 Summerland Tour hits the Marquee Theater on July 15, 2014. The Summerland Tour includes Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6, and Spacehog.

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Changing Hands Bookstore – Talk: Greg Peterson

Changing Hands Bookstore
July 15, 2014

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

Join the founder of the Urban Farm and the author of The Urban Farm’s Simple Sustainability Series, Greg Peterson, for a discussion and question and answer session on water harvesting at the Changing Hands Bookstore.

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Tempe Improv – Michael McDonald

Tempe Improv
July 18, 2014 - July 20, 2014

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

McDonald has recurring roles on the hit Showtime series “House Of Lies” and “Web Therapy.” He can also be seen co-starring opposite Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in the 20th Century Fox comedy “The Heat.” In addition, McDonald continues to tour as a stand-up comedian, performing to sold-out audiences across the country. Show Times July 18, 2014 7:30 & 10:00 p.m. July 19, 2014 7:00 & 10:00 p.m. July 20, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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Kirsten Alberts Dirty Hippies and Young Punks at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
July 18, 2014

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

The Tempe Comedy Concert Series features the  funniest, edgiest under 30 comics in the Valley, as they come together for one night. Marijuana may be legal now, but some of their jokes are not.  Tickets for this event can be purchased here.

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Rula Bula – Rock Steady

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July 18, 2014 - July 19, 2014

Location: Rula Bula

Rock Steady is on their way to becoming one of the most versatile bands in the Valley. They play everything from rock, pop, country, Motown, to even Disco. Rock Steady will be performing at Rula Bula on July 18, 2014.

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Real, Wild & Woody Beer Festival at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
July 19, 2014

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

This new Tempe craft beer festival will focus on specialty cask and barrel-aged beers, as well as some wild brews for the more adventurous. Basically, expect to see things you’ve never seen in Arizona before. Breweries already on board for the inaugural event include Four Peaks, Arizona Wilderness, Fate, Huss, Mother Road, Wanderlust, Cartel, OHSO, SunUp, and more. Visit the link above to purchase tickets.

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Marquee Theater – Jurassic 5

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July 19, 2014

Location: Marquee Theatre

Jurassic 5 is a an American alternative hip hop group formed in the 90′s. After great success, the six piece crew went on a brief hiatus, but now they are back and better than ever! Catch them live at Marquee Theater on July 19,2014.

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Ongoing Events

ASU Art Museum – Rhythm and History

Rhythm and History
March 1, 2014 - August 9, 2014

Location: ASU Art Museum

The ASU Art Museum’s seminal 1998 exhibit Contemporary Art from Cuba: Irony and Survival on the Utopian Island established one of the most extensive collections of contemporary Cuban art outside of the island. Rhythm and History — the first reconsideration of the museum’s Cuban holdings in a decade — will feature new acquisitions in dialogue with highlights from the original show, while exploring themes of history and dreams. Admission is free. ASU Art Museum Hours: Tuesday: During academic semesters 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Summer hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Additional educator hours by appointment: Mondays and before 11 a.m. Tuesday–Thursday Closed: Sunday, Monday and holidays

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ASU Art Museum – This Is Not America, Part III

ASU Art Museum
April 5, 2014 - July 19, 2014

Location: ASU Art Museum

This Is Not America is a three-part series of exhibitions looking at the intersection of art and social change through the lens of the ASU Art Museum’s collection in conversation with emerging and established artists. Part III is co-curated by Julio Cesar Morales with ASU MFA students and focuses on the central themes of dominance and illusion. Admission to the museum is free. ASU Art Museum Hours: Tuesday: During academic semesters 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Summer hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Additional educator hours by appointment: Mondays and before 11 a.m. Tuesday–Thursday Closed: Sunday, Monday and holidays

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VISIONS: Exposure – Here and Now

Arts Culture Tempe
April 11, 2014 - August 13, 2014

Location: Mill Avenue District

See an art exhibition in the windows of the US Post Office on Mill Avenue and Fifth Street — VISIONS: Exposure – Here and Now. VISIONS is a studio-based, art-focused program. Teens from six school districts in metro Phoenix participated, including Tempe’s New School for the Arts and Academics (NSAA.) The exhibition runs through Aug. 13.

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Garden Flashlight Tours

Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours
May 24, 2014 - August 30, 2014

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Don’t miss one of the best summer events, the Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours.  Flashlight Tours take place on Thursday and Saturday nights, May 24-Aug. 30, 2014.  This event begins at 7:00 p.m.  Flashlight Tours are included with Garden membership or with paid Garden admission.  The tours are at your own pace. Along the trails, guests can find several discovery stations with plants, animals and other elements of the desert at night. Guests are encouraged to bring their own flashlights and wear comfortable shoes.  Flashlight Tours are perfect for families and date nights.

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Andy Warhol exhibit at the ASU Art Museum

Andy Warhol exhibit at the ASU Art Museum
May 27, 2014 - September 13, 2014

Location: ASU Art Museum

The ASU Art Museum is the recipient of six new works by artist Andy Warhol, a gift from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. These original Warhol screenprints will be on view in the lobby of the ASU Art Museum until September 13, 2014. ASU Art Museum Hours Tuesday: During academic semesters 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Summer hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Additional educator hours by appointment: Mondays and before 11 a.m. Tuesday–Thursday Closed: Sunday, Monday and holidays   The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts was established after Warhol’s death in 1987. In accordance with Warhol’s will, the […]

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ASU Art Museum – Funny Papers

Funny Papers
May 27, 2014 - August 9, 2014

Location: ASU Art Museum

Hearkening back to Sundays of childhoods past, when there was a mad dash for the funny papers, this exhibition explores the history of comic strips and their continued prevalence throughout art. The whole family is sure to enjoy the collection of both vintage comic strips and contemporary art infused with comic icons. Admission is free. ASU Art Museum Hours: Tuesday: During academic semesters 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Summer hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Additional educator hours by appointment: Mondays and before 11 a.m. Tuesday–Thursday Closed: Sunday, Monday and holidays

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Summer of Love: Family, Friendship and Devotion

Summer of Love at the TCA
June 20, 2014 - September 20, 2014

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

The Tempe Center for the Arts’s (TCA) summer family exhibition features colorful and endearing artworks about love created by local and national artists. Featured artworks include ceramic sculptures, botanical prints and drawings, original children’s book illustrations and contemporary paintings and installations. The exhibition will also feature historical and contemporary displays about symbols of love by the Desert Botanical Garden Archives, Tempe History Museum and Bobbie’s Flowers of Tempe. Featured artists will include Gene Almendinger, Marco Albarran, Denise Currier, Esmeralda Delaney, Wendy Hodgson, Molly Idle, Sandra Luerhsen, Frank Ybarra, as well as art students from local Tempe high schools. On June 20th, there will be a free public reception in the […]

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Walk-In Family Art Workshops at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
June 21, 2014 - September 20, 2014

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

The Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA), as part of their Summer of Love: Family, Friendship and Devotion exhibition, are featuring family walk-in art workshops every Saturday. Featured exhibiting artists and TCA instructors will be onsite to for assistance and to answer any questions. The workshops are free and no RSVP is required to attend. The Walk-In Family Art Workshops will be from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., on Saturdays, from June 21st -Sept. 20th.

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ASU Art Museum – The Garden in the Machine

Garden Machine
June 21, 2014 - September 13, 2014

Location: ASU Art Museum

The U.S. premiere of new video art from Asia in collaboration with Creative Vitamin Space in Guangzhou, China. Artists and projects include Cao Fei’s new zombie video, Haze and Fog, which premiered at the Tate Modern, Xu Tan’s latest research video installation,Socio-Botanic, and Koki Tanaka’s a pottery produced by 5 potters at once (shown at the 2013 Venice Biennale), among other works. Admission is free. ASU Art Museum Hours: Tuesday: During academic semesters 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Summer hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Additional educator hours by appointment: Mondays and before 11 a.m. Tuesday–Thursday Closed: Sunday, Monday and holidays

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Finally Friday in July at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
July 11, 2014 - July 25, 2014

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Shake off the workweek with a relaxing evening by the lake. Enjoy live music by participants in the TCA’s Songwriters’ Showcase, beautiful scenery and free appetizers from Atlasta Catering & Event Concepts. No Cover Charge. July 11th: AJ Odneal July 18th: Bob McCarroll July 25th: Cottonwood Stone

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