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Looking for fun things to do in Tempe and the Phoenix area? Plan your visit to coincide with one of the many annual festivals, concerts and sporting events found in Tempe. Hosting numerous exciting annual 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 Activities and Events 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 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 exhibits to live music to Broadways shows, art festivals or sporting events, Tempe fits the bill.

Upcoming Events

Sounds of Summer at Tempe History Museum

Tempe History Museum
June 10, 2015 - July 29, 2015

Location: Tempe History Museum

Super Summer Adventures at Tempe History Museum – Make your own kind of music this summer at Tempe History Museum with free fun for the whole family. Kids will not only beat the heat, they will beat the drums and other musical instruments while enjoying  special hands-on activities, crafts, games that follow the musical themes of the day. Kids will be exposed to bluegrass, mariachi, rock, classical strings, jazz, multicultural drums and modern classical woodwinds.  These free activities are part of our year of music featuring The Tempe Sound exhibition. Groups of more than 10 people need to make a reservation in advance. Call 480 350-5100 for a reservation. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free Performances at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Wednesday, June 10  Jam Pak Bluegrass with Anni Beach Wednesday, June 17 Mariachi Corazon and Desert Sounds Saturday, June 27 School of Rock “Sugar Skulls” Wednesday, July 8 Classical Strings featuring Arizona Pro Arte Wednesday, July 15 Jazz Rocks by Bart Salzman Saturday, July 25 African Drums with Keith Johnson Wednesday, July 29 Arizona Pro Arte: Classical Woodwinds  

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Interfate on July 3, 2015

Tempe Marketplace
July 3, 2015

Location: Tempe Marketplace

A hard hitting, three-piece band from Laveen, Arizona who plays for the sake to ensure rock lives through distorted guitars, loud drums and groovy bass. See them rock out at the Tempe Marketplace District Stage.

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Sydney Sprague on July 3, 2015

Tempe Marketplace
July 3, 2015

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Sydney has honed her talent amongst the some of the best artists out there and brings a refreshing voice and uniqueness to the music world in a seemingly effortless manner. See her play at the Tempe Marketplace Barnes and Noble fountain.

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Ratio on July 4, 2015

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July 4, 2015

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Ratio is one of Phoenix’s premier bands specializing in Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Funk and Pop. See them play at Tempe Marketplace.

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Tiger Heist on July 4, 2015

Tempe Marketplace
July 4, 2015

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Tiger Heist, an indie/pop/reggae singer songwriter from Phoenix, has a style is similar to artist such as Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, and Passenger. He’ll be performing at the Tempe Marketplace Barnes and Noble fountain.

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Phoenix Zoo 4th of Zooly 2015

Tempe event
July 4, 2015

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Celebrate July 4th at the Phoenix Zoo! Get exclusive access to the Zoo, a BBQ dinner, exciting activities for kids and adults such as face painting, free carousel rides and access to Stingray Bay. The evening will conclude with a VIP viewing of the firework show at Tempe Town Lake (seating will be provided). Beer and wine will be available for purchase and there will also be cool treats for all during the fireworks show. Admission prices: Adults (13+) – $45 Children (3- 12): $35 Children 2 and under are FREE, but reservations are still required. See the Zoo website for more details.

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July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival

July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival
July 4, 2015

Location: Tempe Beach Park

The annual July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival will be held at Tempe Beach Park. Enjoy great food such as hot dogs, BBQ, roasted corn, fry bread and other fantastic vendors. Make sure to bring the whole family and enjoy the many activities like face painters, relay races, live entertainment, the splash playground and a FREE inflatable village for all ages. Most importantly, you’re not going to want to miss Kiwanis Club’s 63rd annual Fireworks Spectacular, one of the best in the metro Phoenix. Gates Open at 5 p.m. First come, first served on lawn seating.

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Comedian Monique Marvez

Tempe Improv
July 9, 2015

Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

Monique and unique go hand-in-hand. This radio and television personality, writer and comedian is on a mission to make people laugh. Her comedy is the perfect balance of “aha!” and “ha-ha!” Monique first exploded on the Miami comedy scene and soon starting touring the country and eventually the world. She has appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, ABC, Montel Williams, PBS and numerous other television shows. She was nominated for an Alma Award for her Showtime Special “Latin Divas of Comedy” which has nearly a million hits on YouTube! She continues to headline at comedy clubs around the country and was selected as the spokesperson for Fox Sports for their VIP promotional tour. Her new book, “Not Skinny, Not Blonde” will be released later this year. See her perform live at Tempe Improv on July 9, 2015.

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Jake Shimabukuro at Marquee on July 10, 2015

Marquee Theatre
July 10, 2015

Location: Mill Avenue

Ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro (she-ma-boo-koo-row)  has redefined a heretofore under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed audiences on TV (Jimmy Kimmel, Conan), earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and  played in front of the Queen of England. With his new record Grand Ukulele, Shimabukuro’s star may burn even brighter. An ambitious follow-up to 2011’s Peace, Love, Ukulele (which debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Charts), the Hawaiian musician’s new record finds him collaborating with legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons, best known for his work on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, The Beatles’ Abbey Road and his own highly successful solo project. “It was very organic how it happened,” says Shimabukuro. “He attended a couple of my shows near where he lives in Santa Barbara and the concert promoter put us in touch. I was stunned. I mean, THE Alan Parsons? We ended up having dinner before the show and he casually mentioned the idea of possibly working together on a project. It was a priceless opportunity I didn’t want to pass up – he’s a genius.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $27  and $37

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Matt Kahler on July 10, 2015

Tempe Marketplace
July 10, 2015

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Matt been playing guitar for seven years, and began writing his own soft acoustic-rock-inspired songs in 2010, centered around guitar rhythms and catchy vocal hooks. Matt draws influences from nearly all types of music, but most prominently rock, blues, pop, and jazz. See him perform at the Barnes and Noble fountain.

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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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Recorded Matter: Ceramics in Motion

Recorded Matter
March 21, 2015 - July 11, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

This exhibition showcases the work of 11 young artists who effortlessly integrate video into their studio practice. Some artists use cameras to document their work being used (or abused). Others use video to document a process that is perhaps more important to them than finished, fired objects. All of these pieces have a life of their own on the Internet, where they can be shared in ways that physical objects cannot. ASU Art Museum Hours Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (May through August until 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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Family Matters at the ASU Art Museum

Family Matters at ASU Art Museum
May 2, 2015 - August 1, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

The contemporary view of what constitutes a family is more expansive that ever before. Whatever their composition, families still matter. Homes, pets, good times and bad are all embraced as part of family life. Family Matters puts families and the many things that matter to them in focus. Games, books and a photo booth in the exhibition invite your family to join in the fun. This exhibition is supported the Evelyn Smith Exhibition Fund, members of the ASU Art Museum and the Stulgaitis Family Scholastic Award in honor of Helen Flecha Polina. ASU Art Museum Hours  Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 8 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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State of Exception

Exception
May 2, 2015 - August 8, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

Over 300 backpacks, water bottles, border restraints and other objects left behind by undocumented migrants on their journey into the United States form the basis of this exhibition exploring the human experience of crossing the U.S./Mexico border. Video and images created on location along the Arizona border ask the viewer to consider the complexities of the found objects. This exhibition is a collaboration between photographer Richard Barnes, artist/curator Amanda Krugliak and anthropologist Jason De Leόn. It was originally presented at the Institute of the Humanities Gallery, University of Michigan Ann Arbor. The ASU Art Museum presentation is supported by the Helme Prinzen Endowment. 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 Juried Graduate Exhibition

Summer Juried Graduate Exhbition
May 4, 2015 - August 28, 2015

Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

Come see the annual summer juried graduate student exhibition. The 2015 edition will be juried by Grant Vetter of Fine Art Complex 1101. All non-graduating MFA students were eligible to submit 3 pieces for consideration. Harry Wood Gallery Hours  Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Closed: weekends and holidays

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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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3-D Astronomy Shows – Summer 2015

School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University (ASU)
June 3, 2015 - July 1, 2015

Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

See an engaging 3-D Astronomy Show at the Marston Exploration Theater, located on the ASU Tempe Campus in the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (Rural Road and Terrace). The shows are presented on Wednesday nights, June 3-July 1 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday afternoons, June 6-27 at 2:30 p.m. The Wednesday shows are To the Edge of the Universe and Everything in Between, a live, narrated journey from earth to the cosmic background radiation. Saturday shows are The Search: Exploring Unknown Worlds, a fascinating look the most current discoveries of exoplanets (the worlds outside of our Solar System). Tickets are $7.50 for adults/general admission and $5.50 for students. They can be purchased online or at the door. See the website for more information, including parking instructions.

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Big Al: Larger Than Life

Big Al: Larger Than Life
June 6, 2015 - August 22, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

Allen B. Carter defies categorization – except in one category. He was big. Standing six feet, four inches tall, Al had a big laugh, a big personality, a big imagination, a big heart and immense talent. Al presented himself as an outsider to the fine arts world, someone who was just “trying stuff,” “messing around” and “having fun.” This exhibition presents more than 40 paintings, sculptures, drawings and assemblages that reflect his expansive creative spirit. All works in this exhibition are on loan from Flora Stone and Cecilia Carter. This exhibtion is supported by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the Evelyn Smith Exhibition Fund. 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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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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