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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! And if you’re visiting this summer, visit our Summer Activities and Events vacation planning page! Tempe events offer a variety of experiences throughout the year:

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

Upcoming Events

Live music at Culinary Dropout at the Yard in Tempe

Culinary Dropout Tempe
August 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015

Location: Culinary Dropout at the Yard Tempe

Live Music on Friday and Saturday nights – 9 p.m.-12 a.m. & EVERY WEDNESDAY THROUGH AUGUST: Carvin Jones from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Saturday, August 1st: Fosterson Friday, August 7th: Bill Dutcher Saturday, August 8th: Walt Richardson Band Friday, August 14th: Fosterson Saturday, August 15th: Fosterson Friday, August 21st: Fosterson Saturday, August 22nd: Rob Kroehler Friday, August 28th: Obadiah Parker Saturday, August 29th: Steve Ayotte

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WICKED

ASU Gammage
August 26, 2015 - October 4, 2015

Location: ASU Gammage

Enjoy the music and drama of Broadway favorite WICKED, onstage at Tempe’s ASU Gammage August 26-October 4, 2015. Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon,” and it continues to break box office records across North America. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One — born with emerald green skin— is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete — and completely satisfying — musical in a long time” (USA Today).

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Comedian Greg Fitzsimmons

Tempe Improv
August 27, 2015 - August 30, 2015

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

  Mixing an incisive wit with scathing sarcasm, Greg Fitzsimmons has achieved success as a stand-up, Emmy Award winning writer and host on both radio and TV.  A regular with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jay Leno, Greg has made more than 50 visits to “The Howard Stern Show”.  He also hosts “The Greg Fitzsimmons Show,” on Sirius XM’s “Howard 101” and twice a week puts out the hugely popular “FitzDog Radio” Podcast. See Greg Fitzsimmons perform live at Tempe Improv August 27, 30, 2015. Show Times: August 27, 2015 8:00 p.m. August 28, 2015 7:30 & 10:00 p.m. August 29, 2015 7:00 & 10:00 p.m. August 30, 2015 7:00 p.m.

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The Retro Connection on Aug 29

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August 29, 2015 - August 30, 2015

Location: Rula Bula

High energy and respect for the musicians who wrote the songs we love, drives The Retro Connection to give the audience a show that’s hard to forget. With two guitars, a funky bass, locked-in drums, the coolest sax man you’ll meet and a vocalist who will explode into a range that will surprise you, The Retro Connection brings a diverse show for all types of venues (and show go’ers). See The Retro Connection at Rula Bula on August 29, 2015.

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Comedian Jamie Kennedy

Tempe Improv
September 4, 2015 - September 6, 2015

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Jamie Kennedy, a multitalented comedian-actor-writer-producer, is a true hyphenate. He may be seen acting in a film one minute and on stage doing stand up the next. Come see Jamie Kennedy live at the Tempe Improv from September 4- 6, 2015. Show Times: September 4, 2015 7:30 & 10:00 p.m. September 5, 2015 7:00 & 9:30 p.m. September 6, 2015 7:00 p.m.  

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Traveler on September 4, 2015

Tempe Marketplace
September 4, 2015

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Traveler will be playing at the Tempe Marketplace on September 4th, 2015 at District Stage. Traveler delivers a fusion of  Gypsy, Middle Eastern, Celtic, Greek and Turkish musical styles with Rock. Traveler’s sound is an innovative, using traditional ethnic instruments combined with all the power of a full blown rock band for a unique and intense sound.

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Blue Rose Revival on September 4, 2015

Tempe Marketplace
September 4, 2015

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Blue Rose Revival will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at Tempe Marketplace at the Barnes & Noble Fountain. Get ready for melodic songs and a husband-and-wife duo with sincere lyrics.

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Scott Jeffers on September 5, 2015

Tempe Marketplace
September 5, 2015

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Scott Jeffers will perform at the Barnes & Noble Fountain from 7 to 9 p.m. on September 5, 2015.  Most often recognized for his violin and vocal talent, Scott Jeffers will take over the stage and bring listeners in.

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Ratio on September 5, 2015

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September 5, 2015

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Ratio, one of the most popular Jazz bands in the Phoenix area, will perform at Tempe Marketplace at the District Stage from 7 to 10 p.m. on September 5, 2015. Ratio combines the sounds of Jazz, blues, pop and many other musical elements that have created local and more widespread recognition.

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Presenter Dr. Sharonah Fredrick

Changing Hands Bookstore
September 9, 2015

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The assistant director of The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS), presents “A World Ransomed or a World Destroyed: Shakespeare and Latin America” to Changing Hands Bookstore on September 9, 2015.  

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Ongoing Events

The Tempe Sound – Tempe History Museum

Tempe History Museum
November 14, 2014 - October 4, 2015

Location: Tempe History Museum

The Tempe History Museum presents its newest exhibit, The Tempe Sound. The Tempe History Museum will host 25 concerts, lectures, and gallery openings from Nov. 14 – Oct. 4, 2015. The museum will display hundreds of music paraphernalia honoring groups that have made an impact on Tempe’s music scene. Concerts, Lectures, and Events Nov. 14: The Tempe Sound: Opening Night featuring Hans Olson and Dead Hot Workshop Nov. 22: Thanks for Songwriters: Carol Pacey and the Honeyshakers and other singer/songwriters Dec. 5: Holiday concert by Pick n’ Holler Dec. 13: Japhy’s Descent March 14, 2015: LOUD IV – an outdoor celebration of brass bands March 20, 2015: Waylon Jennings Tribute with Jeremy Manley April 4, 2015: Walt Richardson

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Carnival of Illusion

Carnival of Illusion
March 15, 2015 - December 27, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Step right up and get ready to laugh, have fun and celebrate a magical night out. This top-rated show is “Revitalizing Magic” by blending their “Around the World in 80 Minutes” travel theme with all the charms of a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow. Great for date nights, anniversaries and special nights out. Shows on select Saturdays at the Tempe Center for the Arts, Mesa Arts Center, and Arizona Biltmore Resort. Carnival of Illusion is Magic, Mystery, and Oooh La La! Carnival of Illusion offers shows on select Saturdays throughout the year at several locations. Please visit their website for specific show times and locations: www.carnivalofillusion.com

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Found(ing): Prints

Found(ing): Prints
May 16, 2015 - September 12, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

Oliver B. James, a Phoenix attorney, anonymously donated paintings and prints to Arizona State University in the 1950s. His goal was to provide students, faculty, school children and the general public in Arizona with the opportunity to view and be inspired by original works of art. James thoughtfully acquired and donated close to 150 works of primarily American art, working with Paula Kloster, director of the art department and curator of the collection. James’ print collection became the nucleus for the museum’s works-on-paper holdings which now number over 5,500 etchings, lithographs, woodblocks, photographs and drawings. This collection is housed in the Jules Heller Print Study Room, exhibited in the galleries and studied by students and scholars. 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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Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours 2015

Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours
May 23, 2015 - September 5, 2015

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Experience the desert in a whole new light at the popular summer Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden, Thursday and Saturday evenings from May 23-September 5, 2015. Take a stroll along the Garden’s Desert Discovery Trail and visit educational stations along the way where you can experience the plants, animals, sights and sounds of the desert night. Bring a flashlight and wear comfortable shoes. This event is perfect for families or a date night. Flashlight tour activities are included with Garden admission or Garden membership.

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Birds of a Feather at the TCA

Birds of a Feather at the TCA
June 19, 2015 - September 19, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

This summer exhibition, Birds of a Feather, celebrates the birds that make Arizona home or a migration stop to some exotic location. Featured artists come from around Arizona and the United States and work with a variety of media ranging from nature photography to abstract sculpture. Visitors will also enjoy displays and interactive programs from exhibition collaborators including ASU’s Art Museum and School of Life Sciences. This exhibition will be located in The Gallery inside the Tempe Center for the Arts. Free Public Reception June 19th at 6-9 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts    

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Found(ing) Story: The Oliver B. James Collection

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July 11, 2015 - November 14, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

Oliver B. James, a Phoenix attorney, donated 16 paintings to ASU to provide students access to real art objects. Before 1955, James would acquire and donate close to 150 works — primarily historic American paintings by well-known artists. Travel back in time and explore the story of the ASU Art Museum’s founding. This exhibition is supported by the Evelyn Smith Exhibition Fund and members of the ASU Art Museum.  If you would like to bring your class or group to see an exhibition or collection, and/or meet with a curator, please contact Andrea Feller, Curator of Education at andrea.feller@asu.edu. 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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Statement Piece: Erik Gronborg and Ehren Tool

Statement Piece: Erik Gronborg and Ehren Tool
August 1, 2015 - November 21, 2015

Location: Mill Avenue

Statement Piece brings together two like-minded ceramic artists from different generations. Danish-born Erik Gronborg came of age in the 1960s, when he began making handmade pottery that fused Pop Art and social activism. Ehren Tool served in the Marine Corps during the first Gulf War and makes functional cups that he gives away to facilitate dialogue about the realities of war. See this wonderful exhibition at the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center & Brickyard Gallery.

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Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 2, 2015 - November 25, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Open Mic night at the Tempe Center for the Arts returns for the fall season. Host Walt Richardson hosts a relaxing evening of live music from some of the Valley’s best singer/songwriters. Artists vie for a chance to perform at In the Spotlight and in the Songwriters’ Showcase.  Guests can enjoy food & beverage specials. Exclusive session for high school age and younger from 5 to 6 p.m. Sign up begins at 4:45 pm for youth open mic, and 5:45 pm for adults. No Cover Charge.

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September 2015 hello Friday at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 4, 2015 - September 18, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Enjoy specialty drinks, chef-inspired affordable bites from Atlasta Catering, vintage games and sunsets over Tempe Town Lake at hello Friday, every Friday evening from 6p.m. – 8 p.m. at the TCA. September 4 menu includes: Carne asada street tacos / red chile sauce / green sauce / avocado sauce / radish relish Chipotle turkey pinwheels Traditional bruschetta and artichoke bruschetta with grilled flat bread Cheese display with artisan crackers and berries September 11 menu includes: Cheese Puffs Artichoke and Boursin / Romesco dipping sauce Andouille and Manchego / chipotle dijonaise Chipotle turkey pinwheels Traditional bruschetta and artichoke bruschetta with grilled flat bread Cheese display with artisan crackers and berries September 18 menu includes: Stuffed Mushrooms served with roasted corn and black bean relish Green chile Chorizo Manchego Chipotle turkey pinwheels Traditional bruschetta and artichoke bruschetta with grilled flat bread Cheese display with artisan crackers and berries

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September 2015 Tempe Comedy Concert Series

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 4, 2015 - September 25, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Grab your friends for a night of big laughs at the Tempe Comedy Concert Series at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Tickets to Tempe Comedy Concert Series performances can be purchased here. September 4th: Jay Penn Labor day is when we celebrate labor. So let’s not turn our holiday into work! Traffic jams, long lines at overpriced venues, and a miserable drive back home is not the answer. Come on over to the place by the lake and give yourself a break. September 11th: Men vs Women A comedic panel of uninformed experts take on marriage, equal pay, gender equality and who is supposed to put the toilet seat down. Three women and three men will go at one another like newlyweds having their first argument. Only one thing is more fun to watch than a couple across the room arguing: watching three of them go at it on the TCA stage. Recommended for ages 18 and older. September 18th: Valerie Roberts The Tempe Comedy Concert Series and comedyschools.com have discovered and launched almost all the great comics to come out of the hot Arizona comedy scene. Contest winners, national touring acts, and television regulars start here. Tonight we introduce a name that will soon be known in the comedy world: Valerie Roberts, in her headlining debut at Tempe Center for the Arts. September 25th: Class Clowns  Tony Vicich brings his long-running stand-up comedy show, Class Clowns, to TCA. This is the show where it all starts. Comics have gone […]

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