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Looking for a spectacular sporting event or festival? Plan your visit to coincide with one of the many annual events in Phoenix area, many of which are found in Tempe. Hosting numerous annual festivals and events, Tempe is the place to be. Browse the Tempe calendar of events to find year-round fun! And if you’re visiting this fall, visit our Fun Fall Festivities 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

Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque

Marquee Theater 244 x 163
November 25, 2014

Location: Marquee Theatre

Blackheart Burlesque show features performances and music, complete with tongue- in-cheek humor and raw erotic sexuality. The show features stunning choreography from renowned choreographer, Manwe Sauls-Addison, who has worked with world famous performers such as Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga. See Suicide Girls perform live at the Marquee Theater on November 25, 2014.

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Tempe Marketplace presents Tiger Heist

Tempe Marketplace
November 28, 2014

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Tiger Heist is an indie/pop/reggae singer songwriter from Phoenix Arizona. His style is similar to artist such as Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, and Passenger. His passionate vocals set him apart and give him a unique style all is own. He will be performing at the Tempe Marketplace Barnes and Noble Fountain.  

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Think Horses at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
November 28, 2014

Location: Tempe Marketplace

In ancient Greece, young medical students were exhorted to think horses, not zebras, when they heard the sound of hoofbeats outside; they were encouraged to resist the temptation to second-guess the obvious. A literal endorsement of simplicity. Summer flowers. The sound of a far-off train. One, two, three, just like that, simplicity in music is elusive. Sublime. They will be performing at the Tempe Marketplace District Stage.  

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Aaron Ricker and Coal Mine Canary

Rula Bula Irish Pub exterior 244 x 163
November 28, 2014 - November 29, 2014

Location: Rula Bula

Aaron Ricker is a passionate, poetic, and soulful singer-songwriter and drummer based in Phoenix, Arizona. Over the past dozen years, Ricker has honed his craft and contributed to musical projects with Laughing Stalk, The Carey Slade Band and The Hub, performing throughout the West and the Midwest.

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Tempe Music Revival Nov. 28

Tempe event
November 28, 2014

Location: Mill Avenue

Get over to Mill Avenue every Friday in November for a series of free outdoor concerts. Each Friday features two great bands. Shows start at 5 p.m. and last until 10 p.m. Friday, November 28th features Japhy’s Descent and Elvis Before Noon. Japhy’s Descent seems to epitomize Tempe Rock with their wailing guitars, songs ranging from rockers to ballads, and a true blue hippy sensibility. Japhy’s Descent is a communal experience meant for crowds full of energy. Joining Japhy’s Descent is rock band Elvis Before Noon. Elvis Before Noon claims that if it were a cocktail, it would be two ounces of classic rock, an ounce of power-pop liqueur, a dash of old school country twang and a garnish of humorous nods to contemporary pop culture.    

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Mustache Dache 5k Phoenix

Tempe event
November 29, 2014

Location: Kiwanis Park

The Mustache Dache 5k is the nation’s premier mustache-themed running series! Men, women and children are all invited to embrace their inner Mario or Luigi and participate in this slightly irreverent, timed 5-K. Taking place during the month of November, the national series helps Movember, the global men’s health charity, combat prostate and testicular cancer. All participants receive a t-shirt and mustache finisher’s medal, plus access to the Mustache Bash post-race party, with photo booth, costume contest, food trucks, and plenty more.  

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Fantasy of Lights Parade

Fantasy of Lights Opening Night
November 29, 2014

Location: Mill Avenue

Enjoy the beauty of the holiday season amid the glittering lights of Downtown Tempe as the 21st annual parade rolls down the street. The parade includes as many as 40 units, including floats, balloons, clowns, novelty units, marching bands, and the arrival of Santa Claus. The parade proceeds down Mill Avenue from 3rd Street and turns on 7th Street to proceed through Centerpoint Plaza, where Tempe’s festively decorated holiday tree awaits ceremonial lighting at the conclusion of the parade.

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The Big Fellahs on November 29

Rula Bula Irish Pub exterior 244 x 163
November 29, 2014 - November 30, 2014

Location: Rula Bula

A mix of musician’s from various Phoenix Irish bands joined forces to create a Celtic rock, Americana, soul band called The Big Fellahs. They will be performing at Rula Bula on November 29, 2014.

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Meet & Greet: Joanne Gartner

Changing Hands Bookstore
November 29, 2014

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The local hypnotherapist Joanne Gartner shares her self-help book to Changing Hands Bookstore about how readers can look into their subconscious to solve bad habits and difficult situations or conflicts. For people expanding their awareness and interested in self-discovery, Looking Under Things To Get Over Them shows the kinds of information our subconscious holds that can answer questions we have about ourselves and our lives. Whether it’s a habit, another person we find challenging to deal with, or a situation we cannot see any purpose for, our subconscious can bring information to bear on it.

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Shop Small Business Saturday in Tempe

Mill Ave Tempe Arizona
November 29, 2014

Location: Mill Avenue

Small Business Saturday® is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on the busiest shopping weekend of the year. On November 29, 2014, pledge to shop small at your favorite Downtown Tempe stores & restaurants and help fuel our local economy. Several downtown businesses will be celebrating Small Business Saturday by participating with Downtown Tempe Shop Small Saturday Passports – offering special in-store events, savings & incentives! Use a Passport & Map to shop with local participating merchants. You’ll receive a sticker for purchases made at participating businesses. When finished shopping, turn in your Passport to a participating merchant for a chance to win drawings for $25 Downtown Tempe gift cards. For more information, including participating merchants, visit http://downtowntempe.com/do/small-business-saturday    

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Ongoing Events

First Saturdays for Families at the ASU Art Museum

ASU Art Museum
August 2, 2014 - December 6, 2014

Location: ASU Art Museum

Looking for something to do with your family? The ASU Art Museum presents a variety of programs each month in conjunction with current exhibitions. Families and children of all ages are invited to join us for free, art-related activities at the museum. This free program takes place on the first Saturday of every 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. 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

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Walk-in Wednesdays at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 3, 2014 - November 26, 2014

Location: 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 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. These artists will vie for a spot in the taped-for-television “Songwriters’ Showcase” concert and the In the Spotlight events. Guests can also enjoy food & beverage specials. No cover charge.

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Shifting Sands: Recent Videos from the Middle East

Isabel Rocamora, "Horizon of Exile," 2007.
September 9, 2014 - November 29, 2014

Location: ASU Art Museum

Featuring international artists who use film and video explore the Middle Eastern desert as a site charged with meaning, this exhibition explores zones of conflict, including the Israel-Palestine border and Afghanistan, and the shifting personal, political and geographical landscapes of the Middle East. Artists include: Lida Abdul (Afghanistan), Yael Bartana (Germany/Israel), Emily Jacir (Palestine/Italy) and Isabel Rocamora (Spain/U.K.). This exhibition was co-curated by Kate Bonansinga and Kerry Doyle, and originally presented at the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, University of Texas at El Paso, in conjunction with Desert One, a regional, collaborative project involving a network of institutions initiated by the Desert Initiative at the ASU Art Museum. The ASU Art Museum presentation is supported by the Helme Prinzen Endowment. The public opening reception for this event is Thursday, October 2nd from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Museum Hours Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed on Sunday, Monday and holidays

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TCA Juried Biennial: Copper at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 26, 2014 - January 31, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

This exhibition coincides with the seven-year anniversary of the opening of the TCA (Sept. 9, 2007). The exhibition features works on copper, art made of copper and artists inspired by copper, a tradition for seventh anniversaries. A panel of nationally recognized artists, curators and community members selected 22 Arizona artists from a wide array of visual art traditions, including bronze casting, painting, ceramics, etching, quilt making and jewelry. The overall exhibition is a celebration of copper as a medium as well as a prominent symbol of Arizona history. Free admission.  

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Richard T. Walker: the predicament of always (as we are)

Richard T. Walker, "the predicament of always (as we are)," 2014.
September 27, 2014 - January 3, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

Richard T. Walker’s videos, photographs, installations and performances take seclusion, human nature and dialogue as their subjects. Focusing on the experience of our surrounding environments, his works highlight clashes between innate desire, cultural interpretation and reality, becoming almost behavioral studies of the act of experiencing. This exhibition is generously supported by Carroll/Fletcher Gallery, London, and the Helme Prinzen Endowment. The public opening reception is on Thursday, October 2nd from 6:30 p.m. – 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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Finally Fridays in November at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
November 1, 2014 - November 29, 2014

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Shake off the workweek with a relaxing evening by the lake. Enjoy live music by participants in the Tempe Center for the Art’s Songwriters’ Showcase, beautiful scenery and free appetizers. There is no cover charge for this event. November Finally Friday Schedule November 7th - Gary Marsh November 14th  - Tom & Priscilla Bertling November 21st - Cottonwood Stone November 28th - Cali Rodi

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November Tempe Comedy Concert Series

Tempe Center for the Arts
November 1, 2014 - November 30, 2014

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe’s newest comedy series brings the best Valley comics to the stage at the Tempe Center for the Arts. No food or drink minimums. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Tickets for Tempe Comedy Concert Series shows can be purchased here. November 1st: The Clean Kings of Comedy Phoenix is fast becoming the one of the most influential comedy cities in the country. Come see why as Ken Kaz, Jon Jesmer, Bob Kubota, Jonathan Gregory and their special guests prove that comics do not have to be filthy to be funny. This PG show is perfect for anyone who truly wants to laugh with friends and family. Presented by Today’s Comedy Radio 1260AM and Comedyschools.com. November 7th: Hypnotist Pattie Freeman Pattie Freeman is one of the top-rated female stage hypnotists in the United States. Her shows are high energy, fast paced and full of laughter. The shows are age-oriented and filled with audience participation with updated music and skits. Freeman has performed at NBA halftime shows and was an Expert Guest on Fox Sports’ The Best Damn Sports Show Period. Freeman has appeared on numerous television and radio talk shows. Recommended for ages 18 and older. November 14: Class  Clowns Tony Vicich brings his long-running stand-up comedy show, Class Clowns, to TCA. This is the show where it all starts. Comics have gone from Class Clowns shows all the way to Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel Live and more.  See the show that has taken comics from their first stage experience to national prominence. Recommended for […]

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Convergence / PHX – BG at the ASU Art Museum

Convergence
November 7, 2014 - December 22, 2014

Location: ASU Art Museum

Opening reception: First Friday Opening Reception: Nov. 7, 6-9 p.m.  Convergence / PHX – BG is an exhibition of photographic works by artists from Phoenix and Belgrade. During her five-week stay at the ASU Art Museum International Artist Residency Program, Maida Gruden had the opportunity to meet a number of local artists and ASU students to view and learn about their work and processes. This short but eventful time has brought the opportunity for Gruden to develop an exhibition at the Combine Studios gallery based on her interaction with photographers from Phoenix and recent collaborations with photographers from Belgrade. The exhibition represents a generational cross-section of artists from their twenties to their forties. It indicates a first step in connecting the artists, audiences, photographic processes and people from two distant towns. The title Convergence / PHX – BG is intended for the viewer to consider similarities but also to raise interests for differences that enrich and intrigue our local perspectives. The same exhibition will be presented at the Students’ City Cultural Center Gallery in Belgrade at the beginning of 2015. The effects of this convergence will be to create a space for personal encounter and dialog of artists from Phoenix and Belgrade, to help develop collaborative and exchangeable projects in the future. The artists from Belgrade whose works are presented within the exhibition were participants in a summer 2014 photo colony titledDislocations, in Orlovat, Serbia, that was initiated by the curatorial duo maramaida of Gruden and her collaborator, Mara Prohaska Marković. ASU Art Museum Hours:Tuesday: During academic semesters 11 […]

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FUSION: Three Views/One Collection

Fusion
November 8, 2014 - February 28, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

Ceramics faculty members from the ASU School of Art have selected 22 works from the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center’s permanent collection. Susan Beiner, Samuel Chung and Kurt Weiser each bring their own views as ceramic artists and educators to the curatorial process to create FUSION: Three Views/One Collection. Each faculty member will also have one of their own pieces on exhibit to illustrate their personal work.  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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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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