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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 Fun in Tempe 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

Ballet Arizona at Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden
May 17, 2016 - June 4, 2016

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Ballet Arizona returns to Desert Botanical Garden this summer with an outdoor performance combining the beauty and brilliance of ballet with the magnificence of nature. This world-premiere production, Round, will be performed on a 360-degree stage.

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ASAP Ferg and Tory Lanez at The Marquee

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May 31, 2016

Location: The Marquee

Hip hop recording artist, ASAP Ferg, performs music from his solo album at The Marquee on May 31, 2016. Joining him on stage is hip hop recording artist, songwriter, record producer, director, fashion designer and entrepreneur, Tory Lanez. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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Speakeasy at Tempe Improv, June 1

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June 1, 2016

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Brian Mullan's “Speakeasy Comedy Lounge” has been entertaining Valley audiences for the past 5 years and now he’s bringing the critically acclaimed show to one of the most respected venues in the country. From national touring acts to the absolute best up-and-coming comedians, these shows quickly earned a reputation for being off-the-wall and unpredictable, while at the same time being relevant and thought provoking.

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Comedian Brandon T. Jackson

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June 2, 2016 - June 5, 2016

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Brandon T. Jackson is a multifaceted young actor carving his own path in Hollywood. Earning critical praise, he started out in stand-up comedy and has evolved into a burgeoning young film and television star. See comedian Brandon T. Jackson perform live at Tempe Improv June 2-5, 2016.

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Poet Valentin Sandoval

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June 3, 2016

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The Southwest Book Award-winning poet visits Changing Hands Bookstore with his new bilingual collection, South Sun Rises, written from the perspective of a single mother trying to make the American dream real for her children.

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Los Guys featuring Mark Zubia

Tempe Marketplace
June 3, 2016

Location: Tempe Marketplace

For more than a decade, Phoenix-based Los Guys have been making their signature brand of rock ‘n’ roll, wowing audiences with vibrant live shows. Led by singer and guitarist Mark Zubia, the four-piece has become one of the most beloved roots-rock outfits in Arizona. See them rock out at the District Stage.

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Buddy Guy at The Marquee

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June 3, 2016

Location: The Marquee

At age 79, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. See Buddy Guy perform live at The Marquee on June 3, 2016.

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2016 Music in the Garden: Run Boy Run

Music in the Garden at Desert Botanical Garden
June 3, 2016

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Enjoy beautiful scenery, warm Arizona weather and talented musicians at the Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series at Desert Botanical Garden. All concerts are held at the Ullman Terrace on Friday evenings. Run Boy Run will perform bluegrass music from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on June 3, 2016.

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Kokopelli The Legend: A Native American Opera

Tempe Center for the Arts
June 3, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Created by the accomplished artist and story-teller, Jim Covarrubias, Kokopelli The Legend is an opera about the history of one of the most iconic deities in Native American culture. Combining narration, original music and dance, stunning stage settings and lighting effects, this production unveils secrets of history and honors Mother Earth in a highly entertaining opera.

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Destination: Summer featuring Pianist Nicole Pesce

Tempe Center for the Arts
June 3, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

On June 3rd, 2016, Desert Overture, Phoenix's LGBT-and-Ally Wind Symphony presents "Destination: Summer" featuring pianist Nicole Pesce at Tempe Center for the Arts. Enjoy an afternoon of cool music to escape the hot Arizona summer!

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Ongoing Events

Desertscapes: Narrative Landscape Photography

Pueblo Grande Museum
October 2, 2015 - August 31, 2016

Location: Pueblo Grande Museum

Desertscapes  features black and white landscape photographs by Wayne Norton. He describes this exhibit  as a portrait of the American desert, through which he wishes “to question Man’s treatment of the desert and our existence there…” He describes his work as formal, graphic compositions and says “My concerns for the desert are serious but my artistic vision is often symbolic, whimsical, and even ironic.” The exhibit is included with paid museum admission. Museum hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission Adults (18-54) – $6 Seniors (55+) – $5 Children (6-17) – $3, Free on Sundays Under Age 6 – Free Museum members – Free

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hello Friday at the Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Center for the Arts
January 22, 2016 - December 31, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Every Friday, enjoy specialty drinks, chef-inspired affordable bites, live music from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m, vintage games and sunsets over Tempe Town Lake at the Tempe Center for the Art’s prime time Happy Hour. Purchase of wristband ($7) allows access to the food station from 6-8 p.m. Musical Performance Schedule (tentative) May 6: Billy Cioffi May 13th: AJ Odneal May 20th: Special hello Friday Meets In the Spotlight Performance featuring: Sammi Mrtinez, Lisa Oorlog, Joey Weissgerber and Walt Richardson from 6-9 p.m. this week. Music starts at 7 p.m. May 27th: Walt Richardson

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BLOW UP

Blow Up at ASU Art Museum
February 20, 2016 - August 20, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum

THE ASU ART MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE Experience a few of the great acquisitions the museum received in 2015. Blow Up, an interactive piece by Scott Snibbe, messes with scale and incorporates breath, fans, technology and sound at the ASU Art Museum. There is the huge wild world of a painting by Stefani Gutheil, discovered in her Berlin studio and purchased for the museum by Director’s Council members Wan Kyun Rha and Andrew Kim, and further explorations into the painted imagination with stunners by Sandow Birk and Beverly McIver each given by long-term supporters of the museum. Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday–Saturday; Closed: Sunday, Monday and holidays. (Additional educator hours by appointment: Mondays and before 11 a.m. Tuesday–Thursday)    

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3D Astronomy Shows at the ASU Marston Exploration Theater

Marston Exploration Theater
March 2, 2016 - July 2, 2016

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 New Worlds 3. Gathering Light: 25 years of discovery from the Hubble Space Telescope 4. The Secret Life of Stars 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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First Saturday for Families at the ASU Art Museum

First Saturday for Families
March 5, 2016 - December 3, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum

[THE ASU ART MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE] This free program takes place on the first Saturday of each month and invites children ages 4-12 and their families to make a creative project in conjunction with exhibitions. No registration required. All materials are provided and families can take home their artwork.  

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Live music at Culinary Dropout at the Yard in Tempe

April 1, 2016 - May 31, 2016

Location: Culinary Dropout at the Yard Tempe

Every Wednesday 7 pm-10 pm: Carvin Jones Every Thursday 8 pm-11 pm: DJ Tommy Roberts Every Saturday 12 pm-3 pm & 8 pm-11 pm: Vinyl Station Every Sunday 12pm-3pm: Lee Perreira Friday, May 6th: Bill Dutcher Friday, May 13th: Steve Ayotte Friday, May 20th: Joanna Joy

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Breach: Log 16

Breach: Log 16
April 15, 2016 - August 6, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum Brickyard Gallery

“Breach: Log 16” showcases the work of Courtney Michele Leonard, an artist and filmmaker from the Shinnecock Nation of Long Island, New York. Leonard’s work explores the evolution of language, image and culture through mixed media pieces of video, audio and tangible objects. This exhibition is an exploration of historical ties to water and whale; imposed law; and a current relationship of material sustainability. Navigation lies within visual translation, acceptance and pursuit of process. Charting exists as a log of record, documenting and mapping each point where the surface breaks. “Breach: Log 16” catalogs the expedition, encounters and experiences. ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center and Brickyard Gallery 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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STEAM at the TCA Gallery

STEAM
May 27, 2016 - September 17, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

STEAM is a movement inspired by the popularity of STEM-based education. It seeks  to inspire creative thinking and collaboration between the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. This exhibition features art and interactive scientific displays which explore these connections. It also highlights the individuals who are using the various disciplines to transform and make better the lives of everyday people. Free admission Opening reception, May 27, 2016, 6-9 p.m. Gallery hours on May 27, 2016,  6-9 p.m. Gallery hours May 28-September 17, 2016 Tuesday & Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours 2016

Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours
May 28, 2016 - September 3, 2016

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 28-September 3, 2016. 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. Please bring your own flashlight. Flashlights will also be available for purchase in the Garden Shop until 9 p.m.

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Family Workshops at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
May 28, 2016 - August 6, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Visit a new Maker Space theme every two weeks at the Tempe Center for the Arts Gallery. Enjoy these free workshops on Saturdays from Noon – 2 p.m. May 28 | Recycled Cardbird Looms with Madison Creech & Molly Koehn Cardboard looms can be taken anywhere and made out of any scrap cardboard. Learn basic tapestry weaving techniques. June 4 | Birds and Blooms  with Frank Gonzales Create a delicate bird and flower drawing with a vibrant splash of you favorite vibrant color. June 11 | Insect Specimen Jars with Dr. Sangmi Lee See some live specimens from ASU’s Hasbrouck Insect Collection at the School of Life Sciences and decorate an insect jar of your own. June 18 | Frankenstein Moths with TCA staff Inspired by the artwork of Alexandra Bowers. Use your mad scientist skills to create and draw a new insect species from different parts. June 25 | Hand-Eye Coordination  with Monica Aissa Martinez Artists use their eyes, hands, brain and heart. Learn basic anatomy while drawing and making thoughtful connections. July 2 | Robotic Hand with TCA staff A robotic hand doesn’t need  metal or a computer. Make a moving cardboard hand using bendable straws, string and a lot of imagination. July 9 | T-Shirt Transfers with Chandler TechShop Bring your own t-shirt and create a DIY design that tells everyone how much you love STEAM! (LIMITED NUMBER OF SUPPLY WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE) July 16 | 3D Body Scanning & Printing with ASU PRISM Lab’s Andrew Noble See a live demonstration […]

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