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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 fall, visit our fall 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

Flip Orley at Tempe Improv

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September 29, 2016 - October 2, 2016

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Flip Orley’s show continues to dazzle and amaze the most skeptical audience members. Flip’s show draws anxious fans to clubs across the country where they storm the stages, hoping to be among the lucky volunteers to grab a seat and become the stars of the show. See Flip Orley perform live at Tempe Improv September 29-October 2, 2016.

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Dropkick Murphys at The Marquee

The Marquee
September 29, 2016

Location: The Marquee

Dropkick Murphys started in the basement of a barbershop in Quincy, Massachusett. Over the course of seven studio albums they’ve sold more than 4 million records, sold out venues on every continent with a stage and PA, and churned out the platinum-selling single, “I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” which was featured in the 2006 Academy Award-winning movie The Departed. The band is known for their loud, energetic live shows. See Dropkick Murphys perform live at The Marquee on September 29, 2016.

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Ballet Under the Stars at the TCA

Ballet Under the Stars
September 29, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

To kick off its 2016-17 season, Ballet Arizona is having their season opening event at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Bring a blanket, lawn chair and a picnic and enjoy a free evening of dance under the Arizona sky with the Valley's only professional ballet company.

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Author Scott Westerfeld

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September 30, 2016

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The Locus Award winner and New York Times bestseller presents the next installment in his explosive Zeros trilogy, Swarm, about a group of teens with amazing abilities.

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Phantogram at The Marquee

The Marquee
September 30, 2016

Location: The Marquee

Phantogram's universally applauded duo, Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter, have been crafting their own blend of genre bending music since 2007. Phantogram is known for their innovative music style, melding electronic, and melodic indie rock with hip hop leaning beats & samples. See Phantogram perform live at The Marquee on September 30, 2016. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

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Analog Outlaws at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
September 30, 2016

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Analog Outlaws is a band with an edgy style and sound with roots tied to grunge and classic blues rock. Bands ranging from the Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains, to Aerosmith, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin have and continue to inspire these young, innovative and experienced musicians. See them live on the District Stage at Tempe Marketplace on September 30, 2016.

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Echo Canyon Chamber Ensemble

Tempe History Museum
September 30, 2016

Location: Tempe History Museum

Join this group of young professional musicians who excite and engage audiences while reinforcing classical music as a living, relatable art form. In honor or the museum's current Legend City exhibit, the evening's program will feature a mix of bright, modern, "classical" pieces with some music you might hear at a theme park or carnival. Free, informal and fun for the whole family.

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Dueling Harpsichordists with Harpsichord Duo Zweikampf

ASU Organ Hall
October 1, 2016

Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

The ASU School of Music presents the harpsichord duo Zweikampf featuring Faythe Vollrath and Stephen Gamboa performing at Organ Hall on the ASU Tempe Campus on October 1, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The duo will showcase their competitive spirit in Scarlatti's dazzling variations on La Folia, their dramatic flair in double concertos by Krebs and Vivaldi and their harmonious unity in Handel's Passacaille from Radamisto. The program concludes with a race to the finish in Mattheson's Sonata a due cembali.

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Katastro at The Marquee

The Marquee
October 1, 2016

Location: The Marquee

Tempe, Arizona based, Katastro was formed in 2007 by vocalist, Andy Chaves drummer, Andrew Stravers and guitarist, Tanner Riccio. Later on, bassist Ryan Weddle joined the band to complete the current line up. The band gained notoriety by creatively blending elements of rock, funk, blues and hip hop. See Katastro perform live at The Marquee on October 1, 2016.

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2016 Arizona Dragon Boat Festival

Arizona Dragon Boat Festival
October 1, 2016 - October 2, 2016

Location: Tempe Town Lake

Who would have thought that dragon boat racing, with its roots in southern China as an ancient folk ritual for the past 2,000 years, would find its way to a modern, man-made lake in the middle of the Arizona desert? The 13th Annual Arizona Dragon Boat Festival, October 1-2, 2016 will celebrate Asian culture in Tempe, Arizona with two days of dragon boat races, vendors, food booths and performances by martial artists, musicians and dancers.

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Ongoing Events

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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3D Astronomy Shows at the ASU Marston Exploration Theater

Marston Exploration Theater
March 2, 2016 - October 29, 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

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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The Brandywine Workshop Collection

Brandywine Collection at ASU Art Museum
July 5, 2016 - December 17, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum

The 59 chosen artworks are culturally diverse, social, political, spiritual and abstract with vibrant colors, energy and narrative. “The Brandywine Workshop Collection” is an exhibition of 18 of those works and includes prints by Sam Gilliam, Willie Birch, Betye Saar, Tomie Arai and Carm Little-Turtle.

Supported by the Evelyn Smith Exhibition Fund.

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Encounter: Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all

Encounter at the ASU Art Museum
July 30, 2016 - November 26, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum

Encounter is an ASU Art Museum exhibition series in which artists are invited to re-imagine and re-contextualize the museum collection in conjunction with their own work. “Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all” is the third exhibition in this series.

Supported by CALA Alliance and the Helme Prinzen Endowment.

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Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 7, 2016 - November 30, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night offers musicians a chance to play their songs in a friendly, attentive atmosphere void of noisy nightclub indifference at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Musicians (acoustic preferred) and poets are welcome. Performers are allowed two songs or two poems not to exceed 10 minutes total. This includes set-up and take down. Musicians must provide their own instruments or recorded music. CDs and IPods are preferred. Covers and original music are welcomed. Microphones, music stands, P.A. system provided. Light food and beverages are available for purchase from Atlasta Catering and Events.  No cover charge. 5-6 pm (High school and younger) –  Sign-up: 4:45 pm 6-10 pm (All performers) – Sign-up:  5:45 pm

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Childsplay: Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook

Junie B Jones
September 11, 2016 - October 16, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook- By Allison Gregory, Adapted from the book series by Barbara Park Ages 5 and up Weekends, Sept. 11 – Oct. 16, 2016: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm) Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Theater Price: $12 – $26 In this brand new Junie B. play, the hilarious kindergartner learns a lesson about respecting other people’s belongings and will leave kids laughing for days!

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Stray Cat Theatre: John

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September 16, 2016 - October 1, 2016

Location: Downtown Tempe

John, by Annie Baker, will be at Tempe Center for the Arts from September 16 – October 1, 2016. Don’t miss this top rated performance directed by Ron May. The week after Thanksgiving. A Bed and Breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A cheerful innkeeper. A young couple trying to stay together. Hundreds of inanimate objects…watching. Something about this B&B is decidedly off. Dark, foreboding, and mysterious, Stray Cat is thrilled to once again be at the forefront of bringing this exceptional young playwright’s newest work to the Valley. This fantastical new play is bound to have you talking long after the curtain goes down.

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Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks at the Phoenix Zoo

Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks at the Phoenix Zoo
September 17, 2016 - January 2, 2017

Location: The Phoenix Zoo

The award-winning, traveling exhibit Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks will be on display at the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo from September 17, 2016 through January 2, 2017. The entertaining exhibition consists of 27 animal and flora sculptures built by New York-based artist Sean Kenney using nearly a million LEGO bricks. Nature Connects highlights several animals which are endangered, threatened or vulnerable to remind people about animal conservation. Each sculpture, placed throughout the beautiful zoo grounds, will be accented by plants chosen by the Zoo’s horticulturists. Sculptures include a sea turtle, rhinoceros, a chameleon and a stunning life-size polar bear mother and her cubs made using more than 133,000 bricks and weighing over 625 pounds. Visitors to the zoo can see the sculptures during the day with general Zoo admission. Some sculptures will also be visible during ZooLights, November 23, 2016-January 8, 2017.

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Energy Charge: Connecting to Ana Mendieta

ASU Art Museum
September 24, 2016 - December 31, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum

This exhibition will showcase the work of Cuban-born American artist Ana Mendieta at the ASU Art Museum. She’s known for art forms of the early 1970s, such as performance, body art, land art and film, with personal and political explorations of the gendered and raced body, ancient cultures and belonging. The many threads in her work continue to play a dominant role in contemporary art. This exhibition will showcase a selection of her work.

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