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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 spring, visit our spring festivals and events 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

Ko-ichiro Yamamoto, Trombone with Gail Novak, Piano

ASU Music Building
January 24, 2017

Location: ASU Katzin Concert Hall

The ASU School of Music presents Ko-Ichiro Yamamoto, Seattle Symphony's Principal Trombonist accompanied by pianist Gail Novak at Katzin Concert Hall on the ASU Tempe campus, January 24, 2017 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

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Full Throttle Comedy Tour, Jan. 25

Tempe Improv 300x200
January 25, 2017

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Are you Ready to go from zero to funny? Full Throttle Comedy is a pedal to the medal ride of laughs delivered by the industries top comedians! Originally a staple of the New York comedy scene, Full Throttle Comedy has become one of the highest reviewed stand up showcases in the country.

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Author Kay Taylor Oliver

Changing Hands Tempe 300x200
January 26, 2017

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The local educator and author shares her self-published novel, Winter's Love, an emotional journey of two people who fall in love after experiencing the death of their spouses. The author describes why she wrote the book and reads passages describing the challenges of dating, children, finances, and intimate relations.

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Comedian John Caparulo, Jan. 26-29

Tempe Improv 300x200
January 26, 2017 - January 29, 2017

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Comedian John Caparulo is perhaps best known as the under-dressed everyman on the E! hit show, Chelsea Lately.  Cap, as he's known by his friends and fans, has also made multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Next Generation of Blue Collar, and as a standout performer in Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show. See Cap perform live at the Tempe Improv January 26-29, 2017.

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Animal Mother Moves the Four Winds of Rush Hour

Pueblo Grande Museum
January 27, 2017

Location: Pueblo Grande Museum

Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix, Arizona presents Animal Mother Moves the Four Winds of Rush Hour by local indigenous artist collective Radio Healer at Pueblo Grande Museum on Friday, January 27, 2017 at 7 p.m. This immersive performance on the back patio of Pueblo Grande Museum uses indigenous tools and regalia combined with video, dance, sound and technology to perform artworks that make the everyday familiar seem strange.

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Peppermint James at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
January 27, 2017

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Don't miss Peppermint James live on the District Stage at Tempe Marketplace.. With strong influence from The Beatles, The Wailers, traditional jazz and blues artists and many outstanding world musicians, the sound of Peppermint James continually evolves with a no limits attitude towards songwriting and arranging. Peppermint James continues their busy schedule of live performances, released their sophomore album and is looking forward to sharing their music on a continuously larger scale.

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CONDER/dance presents Breaking Ground 2017

BREAKING GROUND 2016 Contemporary Dance and Film Festival
January 27, 2017 - January 28, 2017

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

CONDER/dance presents a dramatic combination of technical artistry, physical power and unbridled creativity at the BREAKING GROUND Festival at the Tempe Center for the Arts. The 2016 Contemporary Dance and Film Festival brings 25 choreographers, digital artists, and the community together for a weekend of high art and energy, with some of the most vital voices in contemporary dance.

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Ace Frehley at The Marquee

The Marquee
January 27, 2017

Location: The Marquee

Ace Frehley is a musician , singer and songwriter best known as the former lead guitarist and founding member of the rock band KISS. After KISS, Frehley embarked on a solo career, which was put on hold when he rejoined KISS in 1996 for a highly successful reunion tour. Outside of KISS, Frehley has continued to be commercially successful, with his first solo album going platinum. .

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Dogs’ Day in the Garden

Dogs' Day in the Garden
January 28, 2017

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Dogs rule at Desert Botanical Garden on January 28, 2017. This is your chance to bring the whole family, including the dog, to the Garden from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stroll along the Garden trails, pause for photo opportunities, and participate in all-ages craft activities. Dorrance Hall will be home to lots of vendors and non-profit organizations with info and practical items for you and your pets. There will also be 20 minute "doga" classes (yoga for dogs and their owners).

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Lane Change at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
January 28, 2017

Location: Tempe Marketplace

LANE CHANGE began in 2013 when four eclectic musicians came together for the one thing they had in common at the time, their love for music and performing. Although their musical tastes were as diverse as their backgrounds, they soon found that their differences would help them focus their sound on a sub-genre of music, rock and soul. LANE CHANGE is a throwback power trio combining tasteful guitar riffs, walking bass lines, and driving rhythms with straightforward lyrics and soulful harmonies.

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Ongoing Events

6th Street Market

6th Street Market in Downtown Tempe
October 2, 2016 - May 28, 2017

Location: Downtown Tempe

6th Street Market blends art, live music and the community weekly in the heart of Downtown Tempe. Located in the popular 6th Street Park, this new market has just about everything — local shopping, works of art, live music, fantastic brunch offers nearby and interactive art projects — all blended with community yoga, food vendors and more. Parking at on-street meters and in City Hall Garage is FREE on Sundays!

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Space in Between – Arizona at Desert Botanical Garden

Space in Between – Arizona by Margarita Cabrera
October 7, 2016 - February 12, 2017

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden and ASU Art Museum are partnering together to present Space in Between – Arizona, an exhibition of community-based sculptures conceptualized by internationally renowned artist Margarita Cabrera. Through her work, Cabrera explores the economic, labor and cultural connections between the United States and Mexico. Cabrera aims to tell the stories of the Latino migrant community through art and images. The art in this exhibition will be produced during community workshops. These soft sculptures with story-telling  embroidery look like indigenous desert plants in the Southwest. They will be created from border patrol uniforms, “planted” in Mexican terra cotta pots, and put on display in the Garden’s Ottosen Gallery.

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Cranbrook Ceramics +/- 25 Years

Cranbrook Ceramics +/- 25 Years
October 15, 2016 - January 28, 2017

Location: ASU Art Museum Brickyard Gallery

“Cranbrook Ceramics +/- 25 Years” examines the trajectory and contributions of artists who studied under the guidance of Tony Hepburn and Anders Ruhwald, who have guided the program for the past quarter century.  Supported by the Helme Prinzen Endowment. Closing reception, January 27, 6:30-8 p.m. ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center and Brickyard Gallery Hours: Open Wednesday–Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Thursday 11 a.m.–8 p.m. during academic semesters Closed Sunday, Monday and university holidays

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One World Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records

Pueblo Grande Museum
October 20, 2016 - May 31, 2017

Location: Pueblo Grande Museum

Pueblo Grande Museum presents the  premiere of One World, Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records, a comprehensive photographic, musical and historical exhibit of a unique record company.  Canyon Records  was founded in 1951 and is one of the oldest independent record labels that produces and distributes Native American music. Recent recipient of the first Governor’s Arts Awards for Small Business, Canyon Records is  one of the oldest cultural institutions in Arizona. One World, Many Voices features more than 40 images of Canyon Records artists, including R. Carlos Nakai, Tony Duncan, Radmilla Cody and others, photographed by Robert Doyle, president of the company. The exhibit showcases items from Canyon’s 65-year history, artist instruments, videos,and will premiere original music composed exclusively for this exhibit. As a special interactive experience, guests can  pose for pictures with the Canyon Records GRAMMY © Award. One World, Many Voices  is an immersive experience that provides a detailed look at Native American recording artists, the record company that supports them, and how Robert Doyle brings it all together. Admission to One World, Many Voices is included with regular Museum admission. In conjunction with the exhibit, Canyon Records will host a series of six presentations of Native American music and dance at Pueblo Grande Museum during the duration of the exhibit from October 2016 to May 2017. Tickets for these special Sunday performances can be purchased in advance through pueblogrande.com (except November 13 and April 23) at a discounted rate of $10, or $12 at the Museum the day of […]

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Map(ing) at the ASU Art Museum

Map(ing) at the ASU Art Museum
December 17, 2016 - May 20, 2017

Location: ASU Art Museum

This exhibition project at the ASU Art Museum includes 28 prints created by Native American and Indigenous artists who work collaboratively with graduate students from Arizona State University’s School of Art printmaking program. Together, they both create limited edition prints that portrays culture, place, language and identity. All of the works are in ASU Art Museum’s collection. Map(ing) was founded by Mary Hood, project director and associate professor in the School of Art. Hood is an internationally known printmaker, and a selection of her etchings are included in this exhibition. Map(ing) is part of ASU Art Museum’s Spotlight series, bringing attention to innovative projects in the arts and design by ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts faculty and students. Supported by an NEA ArtWorks grant, ASU School of Art, ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the Evelyn Smith Exhibition Fund at ASU Art Museum. ASU Art Museum Hours Open Tuesday–Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Thursday 11 a.m.–8 p.m. during academic semesters Closed Sunday, Monday and university holidays

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Beyond the Bricks: Thursday Night Live

Hayden Square Amphitheater
December 22, 2016 - March 16, 2017

Location: Downtown Tempe

Head to Hayden Square Amphitheater every Thursday for Live Music, Beer + Wine, and Food from Downtown Tempe eateries. Bring a blanket and get ready to listen to some tunes or round up your work squad for the best happy hour ever. Best of all, Beyond the Bricks, Thursday Night Live is completely free to attend. Wine and beer are available for purchase starting at 5:30 p.m. for those over the age of 21. Live music starts at 6 p.m.

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FIT4MOM Weekly Fitness Classes at The District Stage

Tempe Marketplace
January 2, 2017 - January 31, 2017

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Located at the old Gap space, meet up and get ready to get your fitness on! Find more information here. Stroller Strides Monday/Wednesday/Friday – 9:30am Saturday – 9am Body Back Boost Tuesday/Thursday – 7pm Saturday – 7am

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3D Astronomy Shows at the ASU Marston Exploration Theater

Marston Exploration Theater
January 7, 2017 - March 4, 2017

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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Western POP Exhibition

Tempe Center for the Arts
January 13, 2017 - May 6, 2017

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Big blue skies, rugged canyons, loyal horses, damsels in distress, ruthless gunslingers, savage Indians and handsome but tormented men wearing cowboy hats. Yep, that just about describes the premise for many western films and televisions shows of Hollywood’s golden age. The Western POP exhibition, housed at the Tempe Center for the Arts, peels back some of the history, mythology and popular culture layers to reveal the Western genre as ongoing narrative source for scholars, artists and film makers. The artworks, memorabilia, music and historical displays celebrate the nostalgia tied to the western genre and expose the facts and fiction about morality, race relations and economics in a complicated story that is the history of the American West. Featured Artists: Dick Ayers, Thomas Hart Benton, Charles Braden, Brose Brothers Productions, Anne Coe, Rita Consing, Dwayne Hall, Luis Alfonzo Jimenez, Richard Lillis, Lon Megargee, Ed Mell, Douglas Miles, Mark Newport, William Clinton Schenk and Fritz Scholder. Free Public Reception:  Jan. 13 | 6-9 pm | Gallery Satellite Exhibition: Western POP II:  Dec. 16 – April 12 Tempe Post Office | 500 South Mill Ave.| Featuring Brose Brothers Productions, Carlos Encinas and Douglas Miles. Gallery Hours & Location – FREE admission 10 am-6 pm Tuesday – Thursday 10 am-7:30 pm Friday 11 am-6 pm Saturday *Open extended hours for some special events.  

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Childsplay: Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat

Tempe Events
January 14, 2017 - February 19, 2017

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

See Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, by Katie Mitchell and adapted from the Book by Dr. Seuss, at Tempe Center for the Arts. Ages 3 and up Weekends Jan. 14 – Feb. 19, 2017: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm) Price: $12 – $26 From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. Suddenly a rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Will their house ever be the same? Can the kids clean up before mom comes home? With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with the Cat in The Hat, the fun’s never done!

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