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Looking for fun things to do in Tempe and the Phoenix area? Plan your visit to coincide with one of Tempe’s exciting events including festivals, concerts, sporting events and more. Browse the Tempe calendar of events to find year-round fun! If you’re looking for things to do in Tempe tonight, use the calendar below to search by date and type of event. And if you’re visiting this fall, visit our fall events page!

Tempe events offer a variety of experiences throughout the year:

From contemporary art exhibits to live music to Broadways shows, art festivals or sporting events, Tempe fits the bill.

Upcoming Events

Space Mission at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona

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March 10, 2017 - December 31, 2017

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Space Mission, a highly anticipated addition to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona at Arizona Mills will be open from March 10 through the end of 2017. When you experience Space Mission, you can imagine that you're exploring far-off planets, encountering signs of life in new worlds, taking over mission-control operations and even lend a hand in constructing a state-of-the-art space shuttle.

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Childsplay presents The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth
September 17, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

See Childsplay's The Phantom Tollbooth at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Even surrounded by dozens of toys, Milo is bored. Nothing interests him at all. The Phantom Tollbooth comes to the rescue! Transported to the Land of Wisdom, Milo is thrust into adventure when told Princesses Rhyme and Reason need rescuing to bring peace between two kings.

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Reverend Horton Heat at The Marquee

Marquee Theatre
September 20, 2017

Location: The Marquee

Reverend Horton Heat will perform with Strung Out, Fishbone, Los Kung Fu Monkeys at 7:30 p.m. on September 20, 2017 at The Marquee. Known for a combination of punk, country, rockabilly, swing and many other stylistic influences, Reverend Horton Heat will be sure to put on a show with a fun atmosphere and a psychobilly sound. Doors open at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome.

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Class Clowns at Tempe Improv, Sep. 20

September 20, 2017

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Arizona is known to be one of the most creative breeding grounds for stand up talent in the nation. For the last sixteen years, The Class Clowns Comedy Showcase is where so many of them have gotten their start. On this special Wednesday come out and see some of the best veteran, up and coming, and first time comics our comedy community has to offer!

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SZA at The Marquee

The Marquee
September 21, 2017

Location: The Marquee

SZA performs at The Marquee on September 21, 2017. Joining them on stage is Ravyn Lenae. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome.

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Ben Folds at The Marquee

The Marquee
September 22, 2017

Location: The Marquee

American singer-songwriter and record producer Ben Folds performs at The Marquee for the Paper Airplane Request Tour on September 22, 2017. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome.

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Comedian James Davis

September 22, 2017 - September 24, 2017

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

James Davis is a rising force in comedy. He can be seen in the new Comedy Centreal series Hood Adjacent, where Davis explores contemporary urban topics and share his perspective on the world he grew up in through a unique, hybrid style of comedy that bridges the gap between urban and mainstream comedy. Prior to this, Davis was writing for The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS, and was a recurring character on Kevin Hart’s hit show, Real Husbands of Hollywood.

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Exhibition at Desert Botanical Garden: Larry Kornegay

September 22, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Phoenix based designer and sculptor, Larry Kornegay, creates sculpture, graphic artistry, sign painting and fine art painting. Kornegay will have more than 20 pieces on display at Desert Botanical Garden, September 22, 2017 - January 7, 2018. Larry Kornegay/New Work highlights both two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork inspired by the natural world.

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Fall Redux at ASU Art Museum

ASU Art Museum at ASU off Mill Ave. in Tempe, AZ
September 22, 2017

Location: ASU Art Museum

Arizona State University Art Museum is coming back to life this September with exhibitions that investigate how we experience the world and the art in it. Come celebrate with ASU Art Museum at their season opening, featuring artist performances and vibes by DJ Musa Mind.

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Jam Austin Murray, Vermilion and The Shadow Chameleon

Tempe Marketplace
September 22, 2017

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Enjoy music from Jam Austin Murray, Vermilion and The Shadow Chameleon at Tempe Marketplace District Stage on September 22, 2017. Experience Jam Austin Murray's unique energy, beautiful songs and outstanding vocals at this unforgettable performance. Vermilion then joins the stage with a 90s and punk rock vibe. Concluding the performance is The Shadow Chameleon with their melody, their intensity, and their influences from Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode and Muse.

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Ongoing Events

Gallery Exhibit: Trains of Tempe

Tempe History Museum
February 1, 2017 - October 8, 2017

Location: Tempe History Museum

Enjoy the new gallery exhibit at the Tempe History Museum now through October 8, 2017.  Explore the various railroad stations and bridges that existed in Tempe over the years with the Trains of Tempe GIS Story Map at the interactive computer station in the exhibit or in the comfort of your home. On view will be panels with photographs and an overview of the train history of Tempe, special topics focused on bridges, special trains, stations and train companies that operated in Tempe. A number of artifacts related to trains are on display, some from the museum collection, others from the Arizona Railway Museum in Chandler and from private collectors.

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EDGE happy hour at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
February 2, 2017 - December 31, 2017

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

The Tempe Center for the Arts is Tempe’s newest gathering spot offering live entertainment, art, food trucks, tapas style appetizers, and $25 “Bottle & Board” wine specials. EDGE showcases the best of the Valley’s talent in a laid-back space overlooking Tempe Town Lake. EDGE runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the TCA Lounge from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Bar opens at 5 pm with food served from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  

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Grand Canyon Railway – 2017 Steam Train Dates

Grand Canyon Railway
March 1, 2017 - October 7, 2017

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The Grand Canyon Railway celebrates the history of vintage rail travel with several steam-powered excursions to the Grand Canyon.

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Creative Saturdays at the ASU Art Museum

April 1, 2017 - December 30, 2017

Location: ASU Art Museum

Stop by the museum any Saturday afternoon and make art.  Museum Ambassadors will guide families and children in a creative art-making activity. All activities are free. No registration required. Kids take home their art.

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Pipe Brothers: Tom and James Franco

Pipe Brothers
June 17, 2017 - September 23, 2017

Location: ASU Art Museum Brickyard Gallery

For the past year, Bay Area artist Tom Franco has been collaborating with his brother, actor James Franco, on a series of enormous ceramic sculptures at Mission Clay Products, a Phoenix-based factory that produces vitrified clay pipes used mainly for sewage. Through their Arts and Industry program, Mission Clay has provided materials and working space in their factory to artists for almost four decades. Pipe Brothers showcases the Franco brothers’ wide-ranging creative output while celebrating Mission Clay’s role as a catalyst within the arts community. Participating sponsor Elysium-Bandini Studios is devoted to ensuring the arts be available to local and diverse communities. Pieces by Don Reitz, John Toki, David Kuraoka and Patrick Siler are also included in the exhibition. Supported by Mission Clay Art and Industry and the members of the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center. Closing reception: September 8, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Free admission Hours: Thursday–Saturday 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Closed on university holidays

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ASU Art Exhibition: Porøs

ASU Art Museum at ASU off Mill Ave. in Tempe, AZ
August 12, 2017 - January 20, 2018

Location: ASU Art Museum

Nova Scotia-based artist Neil Forrest investigates ceramics, architectonics and the relationship between micro and macro structures in “Porøs” (Norwegian for “porous”). Made up of a series of ceramic cisterns and vessels, this grotto-like installation contains proliferating crystals, percolating rock and moving liquids.

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The Migrant Quilt Project at Tempe History Museum

Tempe History Museum
August 24, 2017 - September 22, 2017

Location: Tempe History Museum

The Migrant Quilt Project is a collaboration between artists and quilt makers to express compassion for migrants from Mexico and Central America who died in the Southern Arizona desert on their way to create better lives for themselves and their families. Materials used in the quilts were collected at migrant layup sites used for rest and shelter on established trails in the Sonoran Desert. The discarded blue jeans, bandanas, work shirts and embroidered cloths are used to make quilts to communicate the reality of migrants’ deaths. This project shares the quilts in the hope that viewing them will inspire people to consider the conditions under which our fellow human beings take the ultimate risk to find more secure lives for themselves and their families, and that people will be inspired to support humane changes in border policies. *Opening lecture starts on August 24, 2017 at 6 p.m.  

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Tempe Xhibition: Celebrating ten years at the TCA Gallery

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 9, 2017 - January 6, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe has earned the reputation for being a smart, diverse and overall a very cool place. It is just big enough to entice new businesses and tourists and just small enough to give residents a home-town atmosphere. At one time or another, many of the Valley’s movers and shakers in the arts have lived, studied, worked and/or played here. Some studied at Arizona State University and chose to stay while others may have moved on, but continue to think of Tempe as “theirs.” This exhibition celebrates the creative, funky and innovative spirit of Tempe and some of the people who make it cool. Free Public Reception: Sept. 9 | 6-9 pm | Gallery

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2017 Performances at the Museum

Tempe History Museum
September 9, 2017 - December 15, 2017

Location: Tempe History Museum

Join the Tempe History Museum for outstanding performances with everything from mariachi and rhythm & blues to rock and roll. All shows feature women in local music as a link to their upcoming exhibit: Jan Young: Photographing Tempe in the 1970s. Enjoy a casual evening with local musicians in an up close and personal setting. These events are free and are open to the entire family. 2017 Performances September 9 – Las Chollas Peligrosas September 22 – Mariachi Pasion October 6 – Tetra String Quartet Dr. Caligari October 28 – The Darts* November 4 – Aletheia String Quartet November 18 – Pangean Orchestra December 1 – Tessa Karrys and AJ Odneal December 15 – The Sunpunchers *Performances will be held outdoors in Museum Plaza

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Stray Cat Theatre: Kiss

September 15, 2017 - September 30, 2017

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Kiss, by Guillermo Calderon, will be at Tempe Center for the Arts from September 15-30, 2017. Don’t miss this top rated performance directed by Ron May. A standing double-date quickly becomes a hilarious farce as four friends unburden their hearts and reveal their secret passions. But is anything really what it seems to be? Politically charged and emotionally urgent, KISS dares us to question whether we can truly understand other cultures. This Southwest premiere by “Chile’s most acclaimed playwright-director of the last two decades” (LA Times) is a disquieting exploration of the limitations of art in grappling with the suffocating effects of an oppressive regime. 2017-2018 Stray Cat Theatre Sweet 16 Season Kiss September 15-30, 2017 – Tempe Center for the Arts Mercury November 24-December 9, 2017 – Tempe Center for the Arts Hand to God February 2-25, 2018 – Phoenix Theatre’s Hormel Theatre Gidion’s Knot March 9-24, 2018 – Tempe Center for the Arts Silence! The Musical May 4-19, 2018 – Tempe Center for the Arts

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