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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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Dennis June: Fred Harvey Jewelry: 1900-1955

Pueblo Grande Museum
April 1, 2015

Location: Pueblo Grande Museum

Dennis June discusses his research and book, Fred Harvey Jewelry: 1900-1955. The book provides an insightful look into early 1900s American Indian, Santa Fe Railway and the Fred Harvey Company. Dennis specifically looks at souvenir Indian jewelry and how it effected  the culture of the Southwest and the Indian jewelry market. Studies have shown that souvenir silver Indian jewelry has crept into a majority of the vintage Indian jewelry collections and that collectors found the same value in Fred Harvey bracelets as those that were hand made. This event is free. Arizona native Dennis June is the author of Fred Harvey Jewelry 1900-1955 (a Top 1% Book Rank in its first month). All of the jewelry in the book is on display in a six-month exhibition at the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos.  Dennis’ deep interest in Indian arts led him to an ASU Education degree followed by a museum curator’s stint, gallery management, operation and ownership. He has been a licensed Indian Trader since 1965 and has owned and operated numerous Indian art galleries over a near-fifty year career. He is a broker, appraiser, consultant and owner of Dennis June Gallery in Scottsdale. The gallery features a wide array of y American Indian jewelry, Pueblo pottery and Southwest collectibles.

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Free Organ Concert – April 1, 2015

ASU Gammage
April 1, 2015

Location: ASU Gammage

Join us for a FREE Organ Concert to celebrate ASU Gammage’s 50th Anniversary. The Æolian-Skinner Organ was installed in 1965 and Dr. Alexander Schreiner, of Salt Lake City, performed the inaugural recital. The organ was a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Hugh W. Long. When ASU Gammage first opened in 1964, ASU President G. Homer Durham instituted free organ concerts at noon for the community and the students. Concert dates: February 25  at noon – James Gerber April 1 at noon – Ashley Snavley Note: While there is no free parking at ASU Gammage during the day, pay parking spots are available first-come, first served.

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Ron Funches at Tempe Improv

Tempe Improv
April 2, 2015 - April 4, 2015

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Ron Funches is a very funny stand up comedian with a unique delivery and lovable demeanor, you just want to hug and squeeze him like a big stuffed bear. His easy going, inventive style sounds the way fresh chocolate chip cookies taste. Ron performs stand up all over the United States impressing audiences everywhere. See him live at the Tempe Improv April 2-4, 2015. Show Times: April 2, 2015 8:00 p.m. April 3, 2015 7:30 & 10:15 p.m. Aoril 4, 2015 7:00 & 10:15 p.m.

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AZ/DZ – April 3, 2015

Tempe Marketplace
April 3, 2015

Location: Tempe Marketplace

AZ/DZ is Arizona’s premiere AC/DC tribute band that’s been amazing audiences throughout the West and Southwest by recreating the “HIGH VOLTAGE” Rock and Roll that is AC/DC. AZ/DZ will “ROCK YOUR HEART OUT” by guiding you through the greatest hits of both the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson era’s.  

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Sherry Finzer – April 3, 2015

Tempe Marketplace
April 3, 2015

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Phoenix based flutist Sherry Finzer has become world-renowned through her Sanctuary music series, performing ambient and relaxing music to heal the body and soul. She’s known for her unique blend of musical styles, creating a New Fusion sound consisting of New Age/Healing/Relaxation, Latin, Flamenco, Classical, Pop and Jazz. See her perform at the Barnes and Noble fountain at Tempe Marketplace.

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Music in the Garden 2015 – Quetzal Guerrero

Quetzal Guerrero
April 3, 2015

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Enjoy the beautiful scenery, ideal Arizona weather and talented musicians at the Spring Music in the Garden Series at Desert Botanical Garden. All concerts are held at the Ullman Terrace. April 3 – Brazilian soul from Quetzal Guerrero While enjoying music at Desert Botanical Garden, guests can enjoy dinner at the Gertrude’s, located onsite, or purchase food from the chef-attended station or the Patio Café at the venue. A full cash bar and boutique wines are also available. Tickets are limited and advance purchase is strongly recommended. Tickets are $20 for Garden members and $25 for non-members. General seating only and there are no refunds or exchanges on ticket(s) purchased. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. No outside food or beverage allowed. Attendees must be 21 or older.

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Come Back Buddy – April 4, 2015

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April 4, 2015

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Come Back Buddy is a 3-piece Rock-n-Roll band inspired by the legendary “Buddy Holly and the Crickets.” The trio’s repertoire includes the music of many artists from the 50’s era including Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Ricky Nelson, and of course, Buddy Holly. Mike Randall provides lead vocals and guitar with Janine Randall on bass and Don Rinehart on drums. See them perform on The District Stage at Tempe Marketplace.

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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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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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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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Page to Screen – Feb. 13 – June 6, 2015

Tempe Center for the Arts
February 13, 2015 - June 6, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

This exhibition at the Tempe Center for the Arts will highlight some of America’s favorite children’s books, comic books and fictional literature that have been adapted to film and television. Displays from local and national collections include original artworks, animation cells, original signed scripts, promotional materials and vintage toys from films and television shows such as Zorro, M*A*S*H and James Bond. This is a free TCA event. Facility HoursClosed Mondays10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday11 a.m. to 6 p.m., SaturdayOpen Sundays based on performance schedule

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Spring Butterfly Exhibit – 2015

Desert Botanical Garden Spring Butterfly Exhibit
March 7, 2015 - May 10, 2015

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Experience a magical, peaceful display of butterflies at the Desert Botanical Garden Spring Butterfly Exhibit. The Spring Butterfly Exhibit, located in the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion, is open March 7 – May 10, 2015. Hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. This tranquil environment features a wide variety of colorful butterflies and plants that attract them. Friendly Garden volunteers are on hand to answer questions and share information. And, on Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. from March 7-April 18, don’t miss the “Meet the Caterpillars” special event. You can learn more about the how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly and go on a guided tour (limit 25 per walk on a first come, first served basis, no RSVP required). Pricing to view the exhibit is $3.50 per person, with paid Garden admission. Children under 3 and Garden members may view the exhibit for free.

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Carnival of Illusion

Carnival of Illusion
March 15, 2015 - June 28, 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

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