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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 Cristela Alonzo

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June 30, 2016 - July 3, 2016

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Cristela Alonzo is the cocreator, coexecutive producer and star of the ABC sitcom, “Cristela,” an achievement which caps a whirlwind year. Cristela rose to fame in the world of standup and has since topped multiple comedy power player lists. See Cristela Alonzo perform live at Tempe Improv June 30-July 3, 2016.

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Squirrel Nut Zippers at The Marquee

The Marquee
June 30, 2016

Location: The Marquee

After a long hiatus, the Squirrel Nut Zippers are back on tour since 2009. Fans and critics alike have always had difficulty pigeonholing the bands unique sound. Some have called it a perpetually confused stew of Southern Roots and Surrealist paintings. See Squirrel Nut Zippers perform live at The Marquee on June 30, 2016.

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July 2016 Tempe Comedy Concert Series

Tempe Center for the Arts
July 1, 2016 - July 15, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe's newest comedy series brings the best Valley comics to the stage. No food or drink minimums. Recommended for ages 18 and older.

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Carmela y Más on July 1, 2016

Tempe Marketplace
July 1, 2016

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Don't miss Carmela Ramirez and her band Más perform sizzling Afro-Cuban rhythms, Salsa, Merengue, Cha-cha, to traditional and fusion stylings of Latin Jazz on July 1 at the Tempe Marketplace District Stage. They will be covering artists from Dizzy Gillespie to Celia Cruz to crossover Brazilian Funk. This is one band that is sure to get you up and dancing!

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Author Megan Merchant

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July 1, 2016

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The Pushcart Prize-nominated author of Filling Station God visits Changing Hands Bookstore with her debut full-length poetry collection, Gravel Ghosts.

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Ratio at Tempe Marketplace- July 2, 2016

Tempe Marketplace
July 2, 2016

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Ratio is one of Phoenix, Arizona’s premier bands specializing in Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Funk and Pop. Recognized as the “Best Jazz Band in Phoenix” by the Phoenix New Times Magazine and the “Best Blues Band” by the Arizona Republic, this versatile band led by founder Larry Rhymes is comprised of some of the best musicians in Phoenix. Their repertoire contains 60’s and 70’s Funk, 80’s Jams, Smooth Jazz, Classic Soul and Motown.

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July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival 2016

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July 4, 2016

Location: Tempe Town Lake

The annual July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival will be held at Tempe Beach Park. Enjoy great food such as hot dogs, BBQ, ice cream, fry bread, shaved ice and other fantastic vendors. Make sure to bring the whole family and enjoy the many activities like live entertainment by local bands, merchandise vendor booths and a FREE inflatable village for kids. Most importantly, you’re not going to want to miss Kiwanis Club’s annual Fireworks Spectacular, one of the best in the metro Phoenix. Gates Open at 5 p.m. First come, first served on lawn seating.

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4th of July Celebration at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
July 4, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Celebrate July 4th in cool comfort at the Tempe Center for the Arts. General admission tickets provide entry into the lobby and ground floor spaces. VIP tickets allow entry into TCA and the rooftop terrace for fireworks viewing. Tickets purchased in advance will include free onsite parking.

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Phoenix Zoo 4th of Zooly 2016

Tempe Events
July 4, 2016

Location: The Phoenix Zoo

Celebrate July 4th at the Phoenix Zoo! Get exclusive access to the Zoo, a BBQ dinner, exciting activities for kids and adults such as live entertainment by Studio 8, a bounce house, free carousel rides and free access to Stingray Bay.

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Author Dan Flores

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July 5, 2016

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The University of Montana Professor Emeritus presents his new book, Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History, exploring the resiliency and cultural symbolism of this native western U.S. animal

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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

THE ASU ART MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE 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 - July 2, 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

[THE ASU ART MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE] 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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Tempe Time Machine: Legendary Summer

Tempe History Museum
June 1, 2016 - June 29, 2016

Location: Tempe History Museum

Step through the portal and the Time Machine will take you back to 1963-1983 when the Legend City theme park was up and running. This fun summer program for kids and families includes hands-on crafts, fun interactive and special performances all inspired by our featured exhibit, Legend City. Wednesday June 1: Bluegrass Bands Fair Black Rose at 11 a.m. Morning Fire at 1 p.m. Wednesday June 8: Taiku drumming Ken Koshio and students Saturday June 11: Arizona Ghostriders Wednesday June 15: Square dancing Members of Pick and Holler with Caller Grace Rolland Wednesday June 29: Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ, Inc.

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