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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 summer, visit our summer fun 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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Comedian Bobby Lee, July 20-22

July 20, 2017 - July 22, 2017

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Bobby Lee is an actor, writer and comedian known for his appearances on MADtv, Pineapple Express and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. See comedian Bobby Lee perform live at the Tempe Improv July 20-22, 2017.

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74th Street Band at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
July 22, 2017

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Based out of Phoenix, AZ, 74th Street is a four-piece classic and southern rock band featuring a dual-threat guitar attack like no other. With a powerful, dynamic rhythm section and four-part harmony vocals, 74th Street is considered a premier cover band in the Valley of the Sun, providing the perfect mix of music from the 60s to present day hits, guaranteed to keep you dancing and partying all night! See 74th Street Band perform at Tempe Marketplace District Stage on July 22, 2017.

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Beyond the Collection Box

Tempe Center for the Arts
July 22, 2017

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Join specialists from the ASU Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center (BioKIC) in capturing digital images of moths and butterflies with the “LepSnap” app, interact with 3D specimens at the Tempe Center for the Arts on July 22, 2017. Bring your smartphones!

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UB40 Legends at The Marquee

The Marquee
July 25, 2017

Location: Marquee Theater

UB40 Legends Ali, Astro and Mickey at the Marquee on July 25, 2017.  Special guests Matisyahu and Raging Fyah.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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Comedian Gina Brillon

July 27, 2017 - July 29, 2017

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Comedian and writer Gina Brillon has been a standup comic since she was 17 years old. She’s made appearances on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, E!’s Chelsea Lately, AXS’ Gotham Comedy Live, The View, and is the first (and only) Latina winner of NBC’s 2012 Stand up for Diversity Showcase. See comedian Gina Brillon perform at Tempe Improv July 27-29, 2017.

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Pyrotechnica at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
July 28, 2017

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Pyrotechnica, from Tucson, have opened for the national band Entheos and were selected to appear on Zia Record’s compilation album “You Heard Us Back When Vol.10,” featuring top local bands from Tucson, Phoenix and Las Vegas.

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Lane Change at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
July 29, 2017

Location: Tempe Marketplace

LANE CHANGE began in 2013 when four eclectic musicians came together for the one thing they had in common at the time, their love for music and performing. Although their musical tastes were as diverse as their backgrounds, they soon found that their differences would help them focus their sound on a sub-genre of music, rock and soul. LANE CHANGE is a throwback power trio combining tasteful guitar riffs, walking bass lines, and driving rhythms with straightforward lyrics and soulful harmonies.

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Comedian Shapel Lacey

July 30, 2017

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

On Sunday, July 30th, The Super Trash Bros present Shapel Lacey to Tempe Improv. As a heavy punk rock diehard, Shapel learned to understand the art of performance and developed an individuality for himself. Shapel is musically talented, has intense hand-eye coordination which can be seen when showing off his skateboarding tricks, and sick competitive cheerleading ability. Shapel felt that comedy was way he could still perform and share his crazy life stories.

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Off the Cuff Comedy Show, July 31

July 31, 2017

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The Off the Cuff Comedy Show visits Changing Hands Bookstore to perform an interactive, high-energy, family-friendly show created from audience suggestions in the style of Whose Line Is It Anyway?

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Ongoing Events

One World Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records

Pueblo Grande Museum
October 20, 2016 - August 31, 2017

Location: Pueblo Grande Museum

Pueblo Grande Museum presents the  premiere of One World, Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records, a comprehensive photographic, musical and historical exhibit of a unique record company.  Canyon Records  was founded in 1951 and is one of the oldest independent record labels that produces and distributes Native American music. Recent recipient of the first Governor’s Arts Awards for Small Business, Canyon Records is  one of the oldest cultural institutions in Arizona. One World, Many Voices features more than 40 images of Canyon Records artists, including R. Carlos Nakai, Tony Duncan, Radmilla Cody and others, photographed by Robert Doyle, president of the company. The exhibit showcases items from Canyon’s 65-year history, artist instruments, videos,and will premiere original music composed exclusively for this exhibit. As a special interactive experience, guests can  pose for pictures with the Canyon Records GRAMMY © Award. One World, Many Voices  is an immersive experience that provides a detailed look at Native American recording artists, the record company that supports them, and how Robert Doyle brings it all together. Admission to One World, Many Voices is included with regular Museum admission. Open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4:45 p.m. Visit canyonrecords.com to discover more about the history of the Canyon Records record label and their talented artists.  

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3D Astronomy Shows at the ASU Marston Exploration Theater

Marston Exploration Theater
January 7, 2017 - September 27, 2017

Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

The Marston Exploration Theater on the ASU Tempe Campus hosts 3D planetarium experiences including the following topics: 1. To the Edge of the Universe and Everything in Between 2. The Search: Exploring Unknown Worlds 3. Gathering Light: 25 years of discovery from the Hubble Space Telescope 4. The Secret Life of Stars 5. The Moon Revealed Shows occur: **Each Wednesday evening @ 7:30 p.m. **Each Saturday afternoon @ 2:30 p.m. Check the calendar for the specific show on each date. Tickets: $7.50 for adults, $5.50 for students. Purchase tickets online or at the door. The Marston Exploration Theater is located inside the ISTB4, Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4. Visit the website for more details, including parking information.

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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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BIOMIMICRY: design inspired by nature

BIOMIMICRY
May 19, 2017 - August 26, 2017

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Biomimicry is an exciting field that seeks to emulate nature to create sustainable solutions to human problems. Well known examples include VELCRO® brand hook-and-loop fasteners (inspired by plan burrs) and solar cells (inspired by photosynthesizing plants).  The exhibition explores design-thinking approaches and reflects bio-inspired work that utilizes arts and sciences for inquiry and innovation. Admission is free.

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Staying Power

Staying Power
May 27, 2017 - September 2, 2017

Location: ASU Art Museum

Each new acquisition to ASU Art Museum’s collection enhances our ability to share the many facets of human creativity and expression. ASU Art Museum collects in defined areas, including contemporary art, 20th century and contemporary ceramics, works by Latin American and Latinx artists, and historic and contemporary prints. Thanks to gifts and support from our community, the collection continues to evolve, supporting our mission to be a site for the exchange of new ideas, perspectives and experiences among artists, students and the public. ASU Art Museum Hours Open Tuesday–Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Thursday 11 a.m.–8 p.m. during academic semesters Closed Sunday, Monday and university holidays

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Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours 2017

Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours
May 27, 2017 - September 2, 2017

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 27-Sept. 2, 2017.  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 should bring their own flashlights and wear comfortable shoes.  Flashlight Tours are perfect for families and date nights.

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Summer Splash Thursdays

Tempe Marketplace Splash Pad
June 1, 2017 - July 27, 2017

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Head to Tempe Marketplace for free weekly summer fun! Enjoy music, games, prizes and dancing. Plus, meet your favorite film characters and get a free downloadable photo with them each week. Every week will offer a distinctive family-fun experience with different themes, unique games and new characters. Summer Splash Thursdays will be located at the Splash Pad near Barnes & Noble. June 1st – Hawaiian Luau (Moana) June 8th – Super Hero Sensation (Wonder Woman) June 15th – Princess & Pirate Party (Belle & Rapunzel) June 22nd – Frozen Fever (Anna & Elsa) June 29th – Fairy Fun Day (Tinker Bell & Peter Pan) July 6th – Under the Sea Soiree (Ariel & Moana) July 13th – Super Hero Sensation (Spider Man & Iron Man) July 20th – Royal Fiesta (Elena of Avalor) July 27th – Frozen Fiesta (Anna & Elsa)

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