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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

Comedian Mitch Fatel

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July 21, 2016 - July 24, 2016

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Mitch Fatel has been showcasing his comedic talent for 15 years and is the number one requested comedian on Sirus Satellite Radio. Fatel is known for his unique style of engaging his audiences with his innocent demeanor, then catching them off guard with his mixture of mischievous dialogue and off color comments. See comedian Mitch Fatel performs at Tempe Improv July 21-24, 2016.

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The Amplified Jazz Experience at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
July 23, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Flat 9 Entertainment presents The Amplified Jazz Experience at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Enjoy an evening of smooth jazz, soul and funk music, featuring nationally acclaimed recording artists Soul Jazz flutist Althea Rene, SoulJazz Trumpeter Lin Rountree and Smooth Jazz Saxophonist Lebron.

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Soul Asylum at The Marquee

The Marquee
July 23, 2016

Location: The Marquee

Alternative rack band, Soul Asylum, performs at The Marquee on July 23, 2016. Known for their Grammy Award-winning single "Runaway Train", Soul Asylum is a show that can't be missed! Experience their newest album, Change of Fortune, as they are performing it for the first time since its release date on March 18, 2016. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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Society Falls at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
July 23, 2016

Location: Tempe Marketplace


The Inland Empire Weekly featured this edgy punk-influenced threesome as their “Band of the Week”. With the 2010 release of their first EP, “Never Compare”, fans were drawn in by hit singles “Fall to Pieces” and “Come Back”, leading to a music video.

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Author Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr.

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July 27, 2016

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The Toltec Master of Transformation combines the wisdom of his family's traditions with his personal insights to help others realize their path to personal freedom in his new book, The Mastery of Self: A Toltec Guide to Personal Freedom.

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Fitz & The Tantrums at The Marquee

The Marquee
July 27, 2016

Location: The Marquee

Fitz and The Tantrums can be described as "soul-influenced indie pop" band with influences by the classic songs of the Motown and Stax record labels. The Washington Post called Fitz and The Tantrums live show “captivatingly crazy” and Rolling Stone praised the band for its “irrepressible energy: hopped-up rhythms, shout-it-out choruses, and hooted background vocals”. Fitz and The Tantrums will celebrate their newest album’s release with a North American headline tour that kicks off on June 11.

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Comedian Roberto Rodriguez

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July 28, 2016

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Roberto Rodriguez uses his explosive energy to make every live performance memorable. He’s a regular at the Hollywood Improv and he’s appeared on numerous Spanish television shows including Stand Up And Deliver, Laughs on Fox, and was in the BEST OF FEST SLO 2015. Roberto’s comedy is a mix of his life experiences, family and general observations. See him perform live at Tempe Improv on July 28, 2016.

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Comedian Wayne Brady, July 29-30

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July 29, 2016 - July 30, 2016

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

For over a decade, Wayne Brady has been entertaining audiences with his acting, improv, singing and dancing on television, film and the stage. In 1998, his career took off with Whose Line Is It Anyway? for which he won a 2003 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety, Musical or Comedy Series. See comedian Wayne Brady perform live at the Tempe Improv July 29-30, 2016.

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Joan Waters Dog Days Open Studio

Dog Days Open Studio
July 29, 2016 - July 30, 2016

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Discover new mixed media work in steel, painting and clay, plus new trellises and birds for garden spaces, candle sculptures and support the United Food Bank's Summer Food Drive at the Joan Waters Dog Days of Summer Open Studio in Tempe, Arizona, July 29-30, 2016. Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible. Dogs welcome (on leash). support the Summer Food Drive. Food banks are often in high demand and low supply in the summer.

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Ron Funches at The Marquee

The Marquee
July 29, 2016

Location: The Marquee

American comedian, actor and writer, Ron Funches, performs at The Marquee on July 29, 2016. Known for his unique delivery and lovable demeanor, Ron Funches performance is one that can not be missed. Ron can be seen on NBC's Updateable, Comedy Central’s @Midnight, Kroll Show, Drunk History and many more. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

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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.  

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BLOW UP

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

Location: ASU Art Museum

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 - August 20, 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

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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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.

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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. Click here to see complete workshop schedule.

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The Brandywine Workshop Collection

Brandywine Collection at ASU Art Museum
July 5, 2016 - December 17, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum

The 59 chosen artworks are culturally diverse, social, political, spiritual and abstract with vibrant colors, energy and narrative. “The Brandywine Workshop Collection” is an exhibition of 18 of those works and includes prints by Sam Gilliam, Willie Birch, Betye Saar, Tomie Arai and Carm Little-Turtle.

Supported by the Evelyn Smith Exhibition Fund.

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