Find an Event

Find a Fun Event in Tempe

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

Comedian Alex Reymundo

Tempe Improv
July 30, 2015 - August 2, 2015

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Known as one of “The Original Latin Kings of Comedy” along side Cheech, Paul Rodriguez & George Lopez, Reymundo will draw from his Latin base but don’t be fooled by the title, Alex is far from just a Latino thing. Reymundo crosses over to all demos, Alex was a highlight from P. Diddy’s first season of the “Bad Boys of Comedy” & spent 3 years touring with Blue Collar’s Bad Boy, Ron White gaining new fans all across the country. To date, Alex has put two of his own 1 hour specials on the air, ALMA Award winning “Hick-Spanic” (Comedy Central & Showtime) & his latest “Red-Nexican” (currently on Showtime) as well as playing host and producer on two other specials that got play on Comedy Central & Showtime, “Latin Diva’s” & the “Payaso Comedy Slam”. Show Times: July 30, 2015 8:00 p.m. July 31, 2015 7:30 &10:00 p.m. August 1, 2015 7:00 & 10:00 p.m. August 2, 2015 7:00 p.m.

Learn More
Map It

Add to Itinerary

Add to Itinerary

Saliva at Marquee Theatre

Marquee Theatre
July 30, 2015

Location: Mill Avenue

Saliva is an American alternative metal band from Memphis, Tennessee. After undergoing a lead singer switch, Saliva produced their eighth studio album, Rise up. This new album manages to push the band’s sound into new areas, as well as retain the group’s trademark elements – including Saliva’s signature anthemic choruses and crushing riffs. See Saliva perform live at Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Ariozn on July 30, 2015.

Learn More
Map It

Add to Itinerary

Add to Itinerary

Author Becky Feola

Changing Hands Bookstore
July 30, 2015

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The founder of Assisted Living Advantage presents her new guide, The Eldercare Consultant, a book full of the essential information you need to make the best practical and compassionate decisions as a caregiver.

Learn More
Map It

Add to Itinerary

Add to Itinerary

Jimmy Carter: A Full Life

Changing Hands Bookstore
July 31, 2015

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The 2002 Nobel Peace Prize recipient and 39th President of the United States visits to sign his memoir, A Full Life, a reflection on ninety years of life — from rural obscurity to national power, international humanitarian respect, and familial contentment.

Learn More
Map It

Add to Itinerary

Add to Itinerary

Vintage Wednesday on August 1, 2015

Tempe Marketplace
August 1, 2015

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Vintage Wednesday is a band that calls the city of Gilbert here in Arizona their home. With a sound similar to 60s and 70s rock, Vintage Wednesday covers songs from bands like Fleetwood Mac while also coming up with their own original tunes. You can catch this band on District Stage at Tempe Marketplace on Saturday, August 1st from 7 to 10 p.m.

Learn More
Map It

Add to Itinerary

Add to Itinerary

The Jesse James Duo on August 1, 2015

Tempe-Marketplace.244x163
August 1, 2015

Location: Tempe Marketplace

The Jesse James Duo will perform at the Barnes & Noble fountain located at the Tempe Marketplace from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 1st. The guitarist, Jesse James, will perform with an accompanying musician to create harmonious Jazz music that will delight any music or instrument enthusiast.

Learn More
Map It

Add to Itinerary

Add to Itinerary

First Saturday for Families at the ASU Art Museum

First Saturday for Families
August 1, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

This free program takes place on the first Saturday of August 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.

Learn More
Map It

Add to Itinerary

Add to Itinerary

WamT Magazine presents: Le Premiere Duo at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 1, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Le Premiere Duo is a red carpet fashion & entertainment award event with world premiere fashion films, select short films by local filmmakers, and a world premiere music video featuring artist Tee Y. After party to follow at 10 p.m. with music, drinks, and dancing. This Tempe Center for the Arts event honors artists in the local fashion & entertainment industry. Tickets can be purchased here.

Learn More
Map It

Add to Itinerary

Add to Itinerary

The Cosmonauts Sketch Comedy Show

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 7, 2015 - August 8, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Join the Cosmonauts Sketch Comedy Troupe as they perform hilariously twisted, all-new, 100%-scripted original sketches. The Cosmonauts will keep you laughing! Special guest Names From A Hat Improv will open, and musical guest Scott Gesser will play songs from his new comedy album. (The Cosmonauts Sketch Comedy Show contains mature content and is strictly for audiences 18 and over.) Tickets for this show can be purchased here.

Learn More
Map It

Add to Itinerary

Add to Itinerary

Matt Kahler on August 7, 2015

Tempe Marketplace
August 7, 2015

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Matt Kahler, a local guitarist, lyricist, and singer, will perform at the Barnes and Noble fountain located at the Tempe Marketplace from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, August 7th. Be prepared for some great original music with a combination of blues, rock, and jazz sounds.

Learn More
Map It

Add to Itinerary

Add to Itinerary

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

Learn More   Map It
Add to Itinerary

Add to Itinerary

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

Learn More   Map It
Add to Itinerary

Add to Itinerary

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

Learn More   Map It
Add to Itinerary

Add to Itinerary

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

Learn More   Map It
Add to Itinerary

Add to Itinerary

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

Learn More   Map It
Add to Itinerary

Add to Itinerary

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

Learn More   Map It
Add to Itinerary

Add to Itinerary

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.

Learn More   Map It
Add to Itinerary

Add to Itinerary

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

Learn More   Map It
Add to Itinerary

Add to Itinerary

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    

Learn More   Map It
Add to Itinerary

Add to Itinerary

July 2015 Finally Friday at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
July 3, 2015 - July 31, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Shake off the workweek with a relaxing evening by the lake. Enjoy live music at Finally Friday by participants in the TCA’s Songwriters’ Showcase, beautiful scenery and appetizers from Atlasta Catering & Event Concepts.  No Cover Charge. Appetizers begin at 5 p.m.; Entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. July 3 –  Billy Cioffi July 10 – Cottonwood Stone July 17 –  Bob McCarroll July 24 – Justin Olson July 31 – Gary Marsh

Learn More   Map It
Add to Itinerary

Add to Itinerary

Free Visitor's Guide

Plan your next vacation with the Tempe Visitor's Guide.

Free Visitor's Guide
Request Guide

Stay Connected with Us

Tempe Tourism e-Newsletter

Sign up for our monthly e-Newsletter to learn what’s new in Tempe.