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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.

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

“A Place for All People”

January 23, 2019 - December 31, 2019

Location: Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park

Arizona Heritage Center presents "A Place for All People" Exhibition now through December 31, 2019.

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“I Have a Name”

Arizona Heritage Center
February 8, 2019 - October 5, 2019

Location: Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park

Arizona Heritage Center presents "I Have a Name" Exhibition now through October 5, 2019.

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“Metzilocan: Claudia Peña Salinas”

Metzilocan at ASU Art Museum
March 23, 2019 - August 3, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum

ASU Art Museum presents “Metzilocan: Claudia Peña Salinas”, March 23 through August 3, 2019.

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Umbrella POP at Tempe Marketplace

Umbrella POP installation at Tempe Marketplace 300x200
June 5, 2019 - July 31, 2019

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Take a whimsical walk through The District underneath a colorful canopy of umbrellas hoisted high above the walkways. Umbrella Pop is a temporary art installation that is a treat for the eyes, while also providing shady relief from the blazing summer sun. You're sure to capture the perfect shot to make your Instagram feed the envy of your friends.

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Dueling Pianos at Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden
July 12, 2019 - August 16, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Dueling Pianos performs at Desert Botanical Garden with two pianos and two voices that will energize Dorrance Hall with an unforgettable clap along, sing along experience. Enjoy a fun-filled evening with AZ Dueling Pianos.

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Dancing for one-n-ten

Tempe Center for the Arts
July 28, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Estrella Jalisco presents the 12th annual Dancing for one-n-ten celebrity ballroom Championship on July 28, 2019 at Tempe Center for the Arts.

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THE BOOK OF MORMON

BOOK of MORMON
August 6, 2019 - August 11, 2019

Location: ASU Gammage

See THE BOOK OF MORMON at Tempe's ASU Gammage August 6-11, 2019. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.”

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Downtown Tempe Brunch Crawl

Girls at Brunch in Downtown Tempe, photo credit: Downtown Tempe Authority
August 10, 2019

Location: Downtown Tempe

Join Downtown Tempe Authority for the Downtown Brunch Crawl on July 21, 2018.

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Ongoing Events

Exhibit: Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales

October 26, 2017 - August 31, 2019

Location: Pueblo Grande Museum

Hear the untold stories of pottery sherds and discover what these pieces of the past can reveal. Find out how archaeologists rediscover history from pieces of pottery in Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales, a new exhibit opening on October 26 through August 2018 at Pueblo Grande Museum. This exhibition will feature sherds that connect the Hohokam with their neighbors across the Southwest and northern Mexico during the time of the European Renaissance.

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Savanna Gallery Art Exhibit

February 1, 2019 - September 2, 2019

Location: The Phoenix Zoo

The Savanna Gallery Art Exhibit, “Art on the Wild Side,” features artists Tania Bolin, Lawrence Finkel and April Howland. The exhibit showcases their unique vision of wildlife and conservation via photography, paint and mixed media. Through this exhibit, visitors can engage in the Zoo’s mission to care for the natural world while being inspired by nature and animals. Art is available for purchase and Zoo admission is required to visit the Savanna Gallery. The Savanna Gallery is located in the Savanna Grill. The Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo is introducing a rotating art exhibit program to enhance our visitors’ experience and to help communicate its important national and international conservation efforts. The exhibits will embrace the mission of the Phoenix Zoo: to advance the stewardship and conservation of animals and their habitats while providing experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world.

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Clayblazers: Women Artists of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s

Clayblazers at ASU Art Museum
April 20, 2019 - August 10, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum

With more than 100 artworks, “Clayblazers” celebrates women in the ceramic field during the mid-20th century. Legendary artists like Maija Grotell, Susan Peterson and Marguerite Wildenhain were educators, mentors and masters of their craft and inspired future generations. All of the works in the exhibition are drawn from the ASU Art Museum’s ceramics collection of 3,800 objects, representing the full range of technique, aesthetic approaches and possibilities within the field. The exhibition also includes photographs and materials from the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center’s Susan Harnly Peterson and Studio Potter archives.

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Water: Life *Art* Science

WATER Exhibition at Tempe Center for the Arts
May 24, 2019 - August 31, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

The Gallery at TCA provides visitors a space for thoughtful and engaging art experiences. Free admission, tours and outreach programs are available year-round. Large-scale rotating exhibitions include a wide variety of local, regional and international artists, as well as themes of popular culture and interest. This juried exhibition at the Gallery at TCA explores the theme of water in the desert and will include Arizona-based artists working in a variety of media and sub themes including sustainability, science and technology, beauty and mythology. The exhibition will be on display May 24-Aug 31, 2019. Three artists, selected from the juried process, will participate in a 12-week artists-in-residence program which includes use of studio spaces set up inside the Gallery at TCA.

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Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours

Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden
June 1, 2019 - August 31, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

At Desert Botanical Garden, summer Saturday nights shine with Flashlight Tours, June 1-August 31. All ages will have a blast getting hands-on during this self-guided nocturnal adventure through the Garden. Check out the night blooming plants, animals that come out after-dark plus grab some food and drink and chill out. Tickets: $14.95 adult | $9.95 child | Garden members and children 3 years and younger are admitted free

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Mysteries of the Mind Magic Show

Tempe Marketplace in Tempe, AZ.
June 1, 2019 - August 31, 2019

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Dave & Buster’s presents Mysteries of the Mind Magic Show every Saturday starting at 8 p.m. Mysteries of the Mind is an unforgettable one-hour magic experience featuring Craig Anthony. Masterfully combining his knowledge of body language, persuasion, and human psychology – Craig will read the minds of various audience members, predict the outcome of impossible situations, and even risk serious injury. With lots of humor and audience interaction, Mysteries of the Mind is as entertaining as it is mind-blowing.

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Change Agent: June Wayne and the Tamarind Workshop

Change Agent at ASU Art Museum
June 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum

“Change Agent” highlights June Wayne’s legacy as an artist, printmaker, educator and activist. Wayne refused to follow a signature style, taking on a variety of themes such as personal history, modern science and social issues. In the Dorothy Series, she narrates the life of her mother, a Russian Jewish immigrant and traveling saleswoman for a garter company. In the Stellar Winds and Solar Flares Series, she mines natural phenomena as metaphors for the human condition.

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“Particle and Wave: PaperClay Illuminated”

Particle & Wave at ASU Art Museum
June 22, 2019 - September 21, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center

“Particle and Wave” is a groundbreaking exhibition of 45 works created by international artists who incorporate paper pulp and organic fibers into their clay bodies, with the result of increased strength and lighter weight. The exhibition showcases a wide range of visual forms, which would not be possible with traditional methods, as the artists utilize this technique to express contemporary social and cultural ideas. See “Particle and Wave: PaperClay Illuminated” at ASU Ceramics Research Center, June 22-September 21, 2019.

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Live Music at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
June 28, 2019 - August 31, 2019

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Whether you’re looking forward to a fun date night or family night out, you can’t go wrong with free music performances at Tempe Marketplace. Enjoy music performed by both local and nationally known bands and musicians at The District Stage located in front of Dave & Busters. June Performances June 28 | Andres Martin Leal  Latin June 29 | The Headsmen  Blues, Rock July Performances July 5 | Corridor Sixteen  Indie Alternative Rock, Pop July 6 | Ratio  Funk, Soul, R&B July 12 | Four On The Floor Classic Rock, Blues, Country July 13 | Henry Thompson and SWELL  Rock, Classic Rock, Variety July 19 | Stereo Rex  Rock, Classic Rock, Top 40 July 20 | CrossTown Players  Funk July 26 | Insomniacs  Punk Rock July 27 | Who’s Who  The Who Tribute Band August Performances August 3 | Ratio  Funk, Soul, R&B August 10 | People Who Could Fly  Indie Alternative Rock, Pop August 23 | Undecided Youth  Rock, Classic Rock August 31 | Tracing Faces  Indie Alternative Rock, Pop

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Summer Splash at Tempe Marketplace

July 2, 2019 - August 1, 2019

Location: Tempe Marketplace

The weather is heating up, but Tempe Marketplace will jeep things cool every Thursday, June 6th – August 1st (excluding July 4). Kid around and cool down with music, games and prizes at the Splash Pad, plus pose for a free downloadable photo with your favorite characters. Every week will offer a distinctive family-fun experience with different themes, unique games and new characters. Plus, spend $20 or more at the restaurant of the week and skip the photo line! See website for additional information. Summer Splash Schedule: July 11th | Super Hero Sensation – Spider-Man & Captain Marvel Show your receipt from California Pizza Kitchen and skip the photo line July 18th | Princess & Pirate Party – Cinderella & Rapunzel Show your receipt from Smashburger and skip the photo line July 25th | Heroes Dance Party – Wonder Woman & Batman Show your receipt from Genghis Grill and skip the photo line August 1st | Royal Family Ball – Belle & Sleeping Beauty Show your receipt from Auntie Anne’s and skip the photo line    

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