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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

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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Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Liliya Souslova at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
December 26, 2014

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Liliya Souslova was the stand out comic from the hit show, Stand Up Gals, and performs all over the Southwest.  She does everything from comedy clubs, parties, corporate gigs, and festivals. Souslova’s act is extremely versatile, from jokes to singing and dancing and she loves working with the crowd – she’s either talking to it or pulling members on stage. Either way everyone is involved. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Tickets can be purchased here.

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MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS

ASU Gammage by Tim Trumble
December 26, 2014

Location: ASU Gammage

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition and this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the group’s annual tour. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller music. Join in the 30th Anniversary celebration of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. Don’t miss this ultimate holiday tradition from the #1 Christmas music artist in history!

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Aaron Ricker on Dec. 26

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December 26, 2014 - December 27, 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. Aaron Ricker performs live at Rula Bula on December 26, 2014.

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Tempe Improv: Alex Reymundo

Tempe Improv
December 26, 2014 - December 28, 2014

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Tempe Improv presents Alex Reymundo on December 26, 2014. With two 1hour specials that aired on Showtime, Comedy Central & Netflix, Reymundo appeals to all demographics. Alex has spent years touring with Blue Collar’s Bad Boy Ron White & was seen by 6 million viewers on CMT with Ron White’s Salute to the Troops. Show Times: December 26, 2014 7:20 & 10:00 p.m. December 27, 2014 7:00 & 10:00 p.m. December 28, 2014 7:00 p.m.    

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Bully Mammoth at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
December 27, 2014

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Bully Mammoth is one of the funniest, high quality live sketch comedy for miles. Unhappy with the local comedy scene, the members of Bully Mammoth decided to mix things up with their brand of 95% scripted comedy. They concentrate on scene work and are influenced by everything from Elvis and professional wrestling to Asian cuisine and filmmaker David Lynch.  You can purchase tickets for this show at the Tempe Center for the Arts here.

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Sea Merchants on Dec. 27

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December 27, 2014 - December 28, 2014

Location: Rula Bula

The Sea Merchants add their original style and energy to traditional Irish songs like Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphy’s, The Pogues, Real McKenzies, Mumford and Sons, and more. The Sea Merchants will be performing live at Rula Bula on December 27, 2014.

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Tempe Improv: Kevin Smith

Tempe Improv
December 29, 2014

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

A writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director, Kevin Smith has written and directed numerous films, including Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, and many more. An Evening with Kevin Smith is a chance to get up close and personal with the man who brought the world these films. Kevin Smith will be performing at the Tempe Improv on December 29, 2014.

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Jay & Silent Bob Get Old

Tempe Improv
December 29, 2014

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

The hilarious duo of Jay & Silent Bob are finally back together. Film icons Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes made history and accumulated fans all over the world with the characters Jay & Silent Bob from the movies Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent BobStrike Back and Clerks 2. See them live in your hometown at the Tempe Improv on December 29, 2014.

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Ongoing Events

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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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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Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!

Junie B Jones in Jingle Bells
November 23, 2014 - December 28, 2014

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

See Childsplay’s Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! From November 23-December 28 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. The Childsplay holiday favorite is back! The kids in Room One are gearing up for a celebration. But when Junie B. draws tattletale May’s name for the Secret Santa giveaway she hatches a plan to leave her nemesis with a stinky old lump of coal. Based on Barbara Park’s bestselling books, the hilarious Junie B. and her holiday hijinks will leave kids laughing for days. Weekends, Nov. 23 – Dec. 28, 2014: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm) Price: $12 – $25

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ZooLights

ZooLights
November 24, 2014 - January 11, 2015

Location: The Phoenix Zoo

Celebrate the holiday season at ZooLights, powered by SRP EarthWise Energy. The Phoenix Zoo will be beautifully illuminated by 3.8 million lights, and 700 displays. New features this year include Tortuga the Talking Galapagos Tortoise, two new Music in Motion shows and a 4-D theater where you’ll experience the Polar Express with amazing multi-sensory effects including snow, fog and gusts of wind.  ZooLights will be open November 24–January 11 from 5:30 – 10:30 p.m. nightly. Visit the Phoenix Zoo website for ticket information and more details about this annual event.

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Las Noches de las Luminarias

Las Noches de las Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden
November 28, 2014 - December 30, 2014

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Las Noches de las Luminaras at Desert Botanical Garden, presented by the Arizona Republic, is one of the most treasured holiday events in the Phoenix area. For 16 evenings in November and December, the Garden is even more beautiful with 8,000 hand-lit luminarias and ten musical groups performing throughout the event. This event will take place on the following evenings: November 28-29, December 5,6, 12, 13, 19-23 and 26-30. Tickets are on sale for members on Sept. 15 and the general public on Sept. 28. Guests have the choice of two admission times: 5:30 or 7:30 p.m. See the website for ticket prices and more information.

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Finally Fridays in December at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
December 1, 2014 - December 31, 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. December Finally Friday Schedule December 5th - Justin Olson December 12th  – Gary Marsh December 19th – Bob McCarroll December 26th - Robby Roberson

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December Tempe Comedy Concert Series

Tempe Center for the Arts
December 1, 2014 - December 31, 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. December 5th: Tony Vicich Veteran comic Tony Vicich has been making people laugh or demand their money back since 1985. As a national touring stand-up comic, Vicich has made crowds laugh in clubs and theaters in every state in the country and in two cities in Canada. his television credits include A&E, Showtime, MTV, Comedy Central, Fox and TNN (and a bunch of other stuff that isn’t on the air anymore). Vicich has written for and guided the careers of many comics who have not gone anywhere and a few who have. December 12th: Ernie Green and Funny Friends Ernie Green is an emerging, opinionated and hilarious comic originally from Buffalo, N.Y., who is a regular at the Tempe Center for the Arts. He has gathered eight of his funny friends – the ones who will admit to knowing him at least – together for what will be one hilarious night of comedy. Each comic on this show has or soon will be a headliner, so come out and see a great show for a great price. December 19th: 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 […]

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