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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 spring, visit our Spring 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

The Gift: Selections from the Armstrong-Prior Archive

The Gift
December 2, 2014 - June 20, 2015

Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

Opening reception: Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 — Members and Alumni Preview 5:30–6:30 p.m. | Public Reception 6:30–8:30 p.m. John Armstrong and Joan Prior, through their firm Armstrong-Prior, Inc., have a rich history of working with local and international contemporary artists, donors, collectors, community organizations and museums. Armstrong-Prior is both a fine arts printing studio – with John’s proficient execution of various print media – and an art consulting organization – with Joan’s professional advisement and placement of art in prominent collections. After many years of print projects, Armstrong-Prior has built an impressive archive of contemporary prints and the ASU Art Museum is very fortunate to have received this archive as a gift from John and Joan. The Jules Heller Print Study Room at the ASU Art Museum houses a collection of more than 5,000 prints, ranging from a 14th century printed page to work by living artists. Generous gifts like the Armstrong-Prior archive have grown the collection to be a rich resource for ASU students and community members, and for exhibitions, loans and research. This exhibition is curated by Jean Makin, print collection manager, working with Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts student Tiernan Warner. Support for the exhibition is from the Evelyn Smith Exhibition Fund and members of the ASU Art Museum with additional generous support for printed gallery brochure from Kate and Hank Timmerman and The Cavanagh Law Firm. ASU Art Museum Hours  Tuesday: During academic semesters 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Summer hours: 11 a.m. – […]

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Architecture for Place: Glenn Murcutt

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December 12, 2014 - April 4, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

Opening reception: Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 — Public Reception 5–7 p.m.  Known for projects which ‘touch the earth lightly,” architect Glenn Murcutt begins his work with a keen observation of the natural conditions of each site. His distinctive residences and public buildings combine simple materials with elegant and refined forms and detailing. Yet they are primarily concerned with bringing the qualities of the surrounding world into the daily experience of the occupants. Since 1972, his practice has been based in Sydney, Australia, where he has developed a range of projects receiving international recognition, including the 2002 Pritzker Prize and the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 2009. The exhibition of drawings, renderings, photographs and models will be installed through an innovative collaboration between the ASU Art Museum, The Design School and the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. A graduate design studio working with faculty and curators will research, design, fabricate and install the exhibition to reflect the principles of Murcutt’s work. Their working process will be open to the public. 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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Arizona Indigenous New Turned Wood by Philip and Matt Moulthrop

Arizona Indigenous at Desert Botanical Garden
February 6, 2015 - May 3, 2015

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

See new works by world-renowned artists Philip and Matt Moulthrop at Desert Botanical Garden. This exhibition features turned wood that highlights the beauty of trees and plants that can be found in Arizona. The Moulthrop family has produced beautiful contemporary turned wood pieces for three generations. Their work can be found in the permanent collections of famed institutions such as the Smithsonian Institute, the American Craft Museum of New York and the Carnegie Museum of Art. This exhibition is included in Garden admission.

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The Boy Who Loved Monsters and The Girl Who Loved Peas

The Boy Who Loved Monsters and the Girl Who Loved Peas
February 8, 2015 - March 8, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

See The Boy Who Loved Monsters and The Girl Who Loved Peas at the Tempe Center for the Arts February 8 – March 8, 2015. Evan hates peas! And to make matters worse, his baby sister Sue loves them. When forced to remain at the table until his plate is clean, Evan makes a wish for a monster to come eat his family. But be careful what you wish for! Soon Evan and Sue find themselves trying to hide a six-foot-tall green monster named Pea from their parents. In today’s modern world, it’s sometimes hard to unplug and in this hilarious adventure, Evan and his family learn the importance of putting technology down to play together! Weekends, Feb. 8 – Mar. 8, 2015: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm) Price: $12 – $25

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Stray Cat Theatre: Pluto

Arts & Culture
February 20, 2015 - March 7, 2015

Location: Tempe Performing Arts Center

See Stray Cat Theatre’s Pluto in Tempe February 20 – March 27, 2015. The new play from the writer of WOLVES and OCTOPUS. In the wake of a violent tragedy at a local community college, a single mother struggles to reconnect with her withdrawn son across the breakfast table as mysterious forces threaten to invade the kitchen. Continually interrupted by a talkative three-headed dog, a radio gone haywire, and an animated refrigerator, time is running short for mother and son to deal with the morning’s events. “And so I leave you with a warning: This is not Yockey writing in the sexually sinister, frequently delicious style of “Wolves” and “Octopus.” It is a much more potent cup o’ joe. Not everyone will want to see this play. Those who do may never be the same again.” – Atlanta Journal Constitution  Showtimes: Friday February 20th at 8:00 pm Saturday February 21st at 8:00 pm Sunday February 22nd at 2:00 pm Thursday February 26th at 7:00 pm Friday February 27th at 8:00 pm Saturday February 28th at 8:00 pm Sunday March 1st at 2:00 pm Thursday March 5th at 7:00 pm Friday March 6th at 8:00 pm Saturday March 7th at 8:00 pm  

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ASU Lyric Opera Theatre Presents “Owen Wingrave”

ASU School of Music Building
February 26, 2015 - February 28, 2015

Location: ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

ASU Lyric Opera Theatre presents “Owen Wingrave,” a spine-tingling ghost story based on the short story by Henry James about  Owen Wingrave who  denounces war to the shame of his family, a long line of soldiers. Owen’s story is eerily similar to a family legend in which a young Wingrave boy refuses to fight when challenged and is killed in a room in the Wingrave’s house, by his father, who was also found dead. The room is said to be haunted. This opera is appropriate for ages 13 and up. The opera features music by Benjamin Britten; libretto by Myfanwy Piper;  stage direction by Graham Whitehead; musical direction by William Reber. February  26-28,  7:30 p.m. March 1,  2 p.m. ASU School of Music Building Architecture ASU Herberger Institute for the Design and the Arts © 2014 Arizona Board of Regents. All rights reserved. Photography Credit: Tim Trumble

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Arizona Wind Symphony – Feb. 26, 2015

Tempe Center for the Arts
February 26, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

In keeping with the Arizona Wind Symphony’s mission of lifelong music, the band is proud to present the top three performing groups from the annual High School Small Ensemble Contest, titled Songs for the Young and Old. Young musicians from across Arizona compete for the honor to play on stage during the concert and to earn donations from the AWS to their schools’ music programs. A favorite show of many AWS regulars, this is your opportunity to enjoy the talent of the next generation. Tickets for this concert can be purchased here. 

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Bob Marley at Tempe Improv

Tempe Improv
February 26, 2015 - March 1, 2015

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Originally from Maine, Bob Marley began performing stand-up comedy in his hometown of Portland. He moved to Boston early in his career, gaining experience in a city known for spawning comedy all-stars. Making his first television appearance on Comedy Central, he is now one of the few comics to do the complete late night circuit including The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn. See Bob perform live at the Tempe Improv February 26 – March 1, 2015.   Show Times: February 26, 2015 8:00 p.m. February 27, 2015 7:00 & 10:00 p.m. February 28, 2015 7:00 & 10:00 p.m. Mach 1, 2015 7:00 p.m.

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3rd Thursday Adventure Run – Feb. 26, 2015

Tempe Marketplace
February 26, 2015

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Every 3rd Thursday, meet new running friends at Road Runner Sports at Tempe Marketplace. Run to checkpoints for raffle tickets and enter to win fun giveaways. Registration starts at 5:30pm. Bring a light and wear reflective gear to participate.

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Cold War Kids at Marquee Theater

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February 26, 2015

Location: Marquee Theatre

Catch Indie rock band Cold War Kids at the Marquee Theater on February 26, 2015. Long Beach, California’s Cold War Kids make music with roots that go deep and wide, embracing influences as diverse as Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday, Jeff Buckley and the Velvet Underground. Show starts at 8p.m.

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Ongoing Events

Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
January 7, 2014 - May 27, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Every Wednesday evening through May 27, 2015 at the Tempe Center for the Arts, join host Walt Richardson for a relaxing evening of live music from some of the Valley’s best singer/songwriters. Artists vie for a spot in the taped-for-televisionSongwriters’ Showcase concert and the In the Spotlight events. Musicians and poets welcome. Enjoy food & beverage specials. No cover charge. Sign-up 5:45 p.m. Youth 5-6 p.m., sign-up 4:45 p.m.

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FUSION: Three Views/One Collection

Fusion
November 8, 2014 - February 28, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

Ceramics faculty members from the ASU School of Art have selected 22 works from the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center’s permanent collection. Susan Beiner, Samuel Chung and Kurt Weiser each bring their own views as ceramic artists and educators to the curatorial process to create FUSION: Three Views/One Collection. Each faculty member will also have one of their own pieces on exhibit to illustrate their personal work.  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–ThursdayClosed: Sunday, Monday and holidays

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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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Recent Acquisitions to the ASU Art Museum Collection

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January 17, 2015 - April 11, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

Since the 1950s, the ASU Art Museum has been actively collecting provocative and compelling artworks to share with our students and community members. The collection now includes more than 12,000 objects, primarily acquired through generous donation. One area of focus is work created at the ASU Art Museum; the current exhibition includes many of these objects and others in a range of media acquired within the past four years. This exhibition is generously supported by the Evelyn Smith Exhibition Fund and members of the ASU Art Museum. Opening reception: Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 — Members and Alumni Preview 5:30–6:30 p.m. | Public Reception 6:30–8:30 p.m.  ASU Art Museum Hours Tuesday: During academic semesters 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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Tan Ping: Follow My Line (彳亍 Chì Chù)

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January 24, 2015 - May 16, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

Tan Ping is one of China’s most recognized artists and printmakers; his area of greatest exploration has been in abstract art rather than figurative work. In this installation of drawings and video, he invites viewers to consider human expression and culturally-specific contexts of viewing. This exhibition is generously supported by Tan Ping Studio, the Helme Prinzen Endowment and Pifo New Art Gallery. Opening reception: Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 — Members and Alumni Preview 5:30–6:30 p.m. | Public Reception 6:30–8:30 p.m.  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–ThursdayClosed: Sunday, Monday and holidays

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Alternative Lineage

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February 3, 2015 - March 21, 2015

Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

ALTERNATIVE Lineage, curated by Shelby Graham, investigates the nature of teaching experimental photography and traces how artists cultivate inquiry and alternative methods of production. Five generations of unconventional photographic practices by Henry Holmes Smith, Betty Hahn, Brian Taylor, Shelby Graham, Binh Danh and Jane Lindsay in this exhibition offer contemporary versions of alternative processes, adapting 19th and 20th century photographic techniques.  Northlight Gallery Hours Tuesday: 12:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Wednesday-Saturday: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Closed: Sunday, Monday and major holidays & summer semester

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ASU Night Gallery: Extended Family

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February 6, 2015 - February 28, 2015

Location: Tempe Marketplace

The ASU Night Gallery at Tempe Marketplace’s February exhibition is Extended Family, which celebrates community and collaboration between the School of Art and area high schools by featuring the works of high school students who visited Northlight Gallery to view an exhibition about family with their teachers during the fall 2014 semester. Family Matters, revisited explored familial relationships through the vision of photographers who share personal perspectives of their own families whether as documentation or metaphor. Through images they explore intimate family dynamics, cultural traditions, painful and joyful memories, bonds of support and love, as well as challenging issues of illness, prejudice, abuse and addiction. Organized by Northlight Gallery Curator Liz Allen the collaborative exhibition Extended Family also includes photographs by Karen Miranda and Marivi Ortiz, who were featured in the Northlight show, and portraits of family members by South Mountain Instructor Vivian Spiegelman, as well as works by ASU Professor Betsy Schneider from her series Sweet Is The Swamp. Night Gallery Hours: Hours: Tuesday–Sunday: 6–9 p.m. Closed: Mondays and holidays

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February 2015 Finally Fridays at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
February 6, 2015 - February 27, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Shake off the workweek with a relaxing evening by the lake. Enjoy live music by participants in the TCA’s Songwriters’ Showcase, beautiful scenery and free appetizers from Atlasta Catering & Event Concepts. This concert series features no cover charge. February 6th: Billy Cioffi February 13th: Cottonwood Stone February 20th: Bob McCarroll February 27th : Justin Olson

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Exhibition: Top Shelf at ASU Night Gallery

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February 6, 2015 - February 28, 2015

Location: Tempe Marketplace

On view during the month of February at the ASU Night Gallery at Tempe Marketplace, Top Shelf: DPG Annual Juried Exhibition, features a cross-section of contemporary top shelf prints and print-centric expressions. Diablo Printmakers Guild (DPG) is an ASU student-run organization for printmaking enthusiasts and practitioners in the Phoenix metro-area. Opening Reception is February 6, 6-9 p.m. ASU Night Gallery Hours:  Hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 6–9 p.m. Closed: Monday

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Unfixed: New Painting

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February 7, 2015 - June 6, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

The artists in the exhibition unfix historic notions of what a painting should be. Their works are hybrids of old and new, familiar and surprising media and processes. The results range from abstractions derived from street and popular culture to computer-generated algorithms printed on canvas.  This exhibition was made possible by generous loans and support of the Ovitz Family Collection, Los Angeles. Additional support from the Helme Prinzen Endowment. ASU Art Museum HoursTuesday: 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.Closed: Sunday, Monday and holidays

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