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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 spring, visit our Spring Festivals 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

Comedian Jo Koy

Tempe Improv
February 11, 2016 - February 14, 2016

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

From filling sold–out clubs across the nation, to appearing weekly as a regular on Chelsea Lately, Jo Koy has come a long way from his modest beginnings at a Las Vegas coffee house. His infectious, explosive energy onstage, insightful jokes, and family–inspired humor crosses all boundaries. In 2007, Variety magazine named Jo Koy one of the “10 Comics to Watch!” He is a regular headlining comedian at the world famous Improv, tours the college circuit nationwide, and performs in comedy clubs both in the U.S., and internationally. See him perform live at the Tempe Improv February 11 -14, 2016. Show Times: February 11, 2016 8:00 p.m. February 12, 2016 7:30 & 10:00 p.m. February 13, 2016 7:00 & 9:30 p.m. February 14, 2016 7:00 p.m.  

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Lasso of Truth, February 12-14, 2016

Lyceum Theater
February 12, 2016 - February 14, 2016

Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

The ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre presents: Lasso of Truth. Gloria Steinem, bondage and lie detector tests all figure into this racy tale about Wonder Woman’s origins and the lasting effects of her legacy. This is a story about the nature of comic books, truth and love.  This play contains mature content. Written by Carson Kreitzer Directed by Pamela Fields Cost: $8-$16 February 12-13, 7:30 p.m. February 14, 2 p.m.  

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Double Throwdown at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
February 13, 2016

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Enjoy live blues every Saturday night in the Flying Pig Lounge from 7-11 p.m. at Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que at Tempe Marketplace.

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FroYo Run

Tempe event
February 13, 2016

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Run, walk, swirl, and twirl your way through the exquisite 5k & 10k road course at Tempe Beach Park. Refresh your body in the exhilarating FroZone custom cooling tunnel at the end of your race. Also enjoy a free finisher video, a flashy medal and a delightful cup of froyo. The 10k race starts at 7:45 a.m. and the 5k race starts at 9:00 a.m.  

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Author Marlon L. Fick

Changing Hands Bookstore
February 13, 2016

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Award presents his fifth book, The Nowhere Man, a darkly ironic look at the mysteries of human behavior and the chaos of 20th Century North American history through the eyes of a novelist caught between his allegiances to the United States, his family, his home in Cuba, and his ill-fated decision to participate in the Nicaraguan Civil War.

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2016 Valentine Tea at Hackett House

Hackett House
February 13, 2016

Location: Hackett House

Join Hackett House on February 13, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in an appreciation of tea and Valentine’s Day in one of its historic Friendship Rooms. Relax, sip your tea, and enjoy the peace of this afternoon tradition. Cost: $35 per person. Champagne, mimosas and wine available for purchase. Register online – registration is required.

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Tempe Marketplace presents Scorched

Tempe Marketplace
February 13, 2016

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Scorched is a hard-driving acoustic electric rock band hailing from Las Vegas and Phoenix. Scorched is a hard-driving acoustic electric rock band hailing from Las Vegas and Phoenix. See them play at The Tempe Marketplace District Stage.

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Tempe Marketplace presents John Calvert

Tempe Marketplace
February 13, 2016

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Calvert attributes much of his success to his perennial experience at the world famous Berklee College of Music. He performs frequently at a variety of venues throughout the Phoenix area, both solo and in groups such as Radiant Sky. See Calvert play at the Tempe Marketplace Barnes and Noble fountain.

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Hoodie Allen at The Marquee

Marquee Theatre
February 14, 2016

Location: The Marquee

Hoodie Allen performs at The Marquee on February 14 for his Happy Camper tour featuring special guests Superduperkyle and Black Bear. This show will feature Hoodie Allen’s two hit singles All American and People Keep Talking. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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Arizona Territory at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
February 14, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Celebrate Arizona’s 104th Statehood Day with Arizona Centennial Theatre Foundation’s, Arizona Territory, by Arizona playwright, Richard Warren. This performance will presented in the style of a classic radio play, and will be broadcast live from TCA on KTAR News 92.3 FM. The radio version was adapted from Augustus Thomas’ 1899 stage play Arizona.

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Ongoing Events

Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night

Tempe Center for the Arts
January 6, 2015 - May 25, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Walt Richardson hosts open mic night with some of the Valley’s best singer-songwriters every Wednesday at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Artists vie for a chance to perform at In the Spotlight and in the Songwriters’ Showcase. Exclusive session for high school age and younger from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sign up begins at 4:45 pm for youth open mic, and 5:45 pm for adults. There is no cover charge for this event.

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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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Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden

Water Towers, Photographer, Mark Pickthall
November 20, 2015 - May 8, 2016

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

See the Desert Botanical Garden in a whole new light this year. Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden will bring eight large-scale light-based installations to this popular attraction. British artist Bruce Munro uses a variety of materials, such as fluorescent tubes and LED-lit water bottles, and hundreds of miles of glowing fiber optic. Visitors can wander through and Garden and see his site-specific installations along the trails, giving them a new perspective on the Sonoran Desert landscape. This exhibition is appropriate for all ages. Tickets will go on sale in September. See the Desert Botanical Garden website for more details.

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TCA Gallery presents: “Merely Players”

Merely Players at the TCA Gallery
January 15, 2016 - May 14, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

William Shakespeare wrote “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players,” in the play “As You Like It.” The Gallery at TCA (Tempe Center for the Arts) is pleased to present the “Merely Players” exhibition. This gallery exhibition at the Tempe Center for the Arts explores the vision, process and culminating performance role costumes play in creating altered egos on and off the stage. Visitors can see firsthand the artistic talents of costume makers and local performing arts organizations. The exhibit also examines and highlights the wide range of events such as concerts, plays, festivals and Comicon events where costumes play an important role. Visit the website for gallery hours and more information.

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hello Friday at the Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Center for the Arts
January 22, 2016 - March 11, 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) January 22nd: Tom Bertling January 29th: AJ Odneal February 5th: Blaise Lantana February 12th: Justin Olson February 19th: Jenny Jarnagin February 26th: TBA March 4th: Jenny Jarnagin March 11th: AJ Odneal

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SUPERFLEX: Superfake/The Parley

Superflex at the ASU Art Museum
January 29, 2016 - April 30, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum

Taking the form of an experimental laboratory or studio, “Superfake/The Parley” features new images, video and sculptural works by the Danish artist collective SUPERFLEX. The commissioned project takes a painting in the ASU Art Museum collection attributed to Frederic Remington as a starting point to examine issues of authenticity, reproduction and value, including the emotional value of an artwork. Presented in collaboration with the ASU LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science and with the ASU Art Museum’s Conservation Studio. 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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Exhibition at Desert Botanical Garden: Return to the Desert

Dyana Hesson Return to the Desert
January 29, 2016 - May 22, 2016

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

This art exhibition at Desert Botanical Garden celebrates 25 years of paintings by botanical artist Dyana Hesson. Hesson is known for her beautifully detailed oil paintings of plants from roses to cactus flowers. Entrance to this exhibition is included with paid Garden admission or membership.

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Tony Labat: One for Tomorrow and One Just for Today

Tony Labat: One for Tomorrow at the ASU Art Museum in Downtown Tempe
January 30, 2016 - May 28, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum

A pioneer of video installations, Tony Labat makes work that often identifies with the “outsider,” whether as the artist or immigrant. Born in Cuba, Labat frequently comments on displacement and marginalization. This exhibition is supported by the Helme Prinzen Endowment. The dates of this exhibition are Jan. 30 – April 21, 2016 & April 30 – May 28, 2016. The project space is open from noon to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday and by appointment.

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Participant: Photographs by Spencer Tunick

Photographs by Spencer Tunick at the ASU Art Museum
January 30, 2016 - May 28, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum

Since the early 1990s, Spencer Tunick has traveled the globe creating staged images of multiple nude figures in urban and rural public settings. And since 2000, collector Stephane Janssen has been a participant in photographs that range from a handful of figures in an art museum to thousands of volunteers in the Dead Sea. “Participant” includes more than 20 works from the Janssen collection which are a blend of photography, installation and performance. This exhibition and the accompanying artist’s book are supported by Stéphane Janssen. Open Tuesday: 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Wednesday–Saturday: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Closed: Sunday, Monday and holidays. (Additional educator hours by appointment: Mondays and before 11 a.m. Tuesday–Thursday.)

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Watertight: Sandra Ramos

Watertight: Sandra Ramos at the ASU Art Museum in Downtown Tempe
January 30, 2016 - May 28, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum

This ASU Art Museum exhibition revolves around eight recent, short video animations that explore the complex historic and current relationship between Cuba and the U.S. Cuban artist Sandra Ramos’s witty figures and settings draw from literature, popular media and the island of Cuba, and combine in narratives that explore provocative issues of immigration and international borders, containment and power structures, illusions and lost utopias. The animations are on loan from the collection of I. Michael and Beth Kasser, who generously supported the artist’s residency. The exhibition is supported by the Evelyn Smith Exhibition Fund. The ASU Art 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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