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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

Mariposa Monarca – Monarch Butterfly Exhibit

Desert Botanical Garden Mariposa Monarca
September 27, 2014 - November 23, 2014

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

See hundreds of live monarchs at Mariposa Monarca, the annual monarch butterfly exhibit at Desert Botanical Garden. This beautiful exhibit teaches visitors about the life cycle, migration patterns and conservation efforts for monarch butterflies. A Monarch Waystation, a new addition to this event this year, is a part of the garden with plants that attract monarchs on their journey. Also new this year are the “Monarch and Milkweed Saturdays” events. From 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturdays between Sept. 27 and Nov. 8, guests can learn about monarch conservation, learn how to make their own monarch waystation and go on a butterfly walk. Mariposa Monarca is free for members and guests under 3 years old. It is an additional $3.50 for the general public with paid garden admission.

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ASU Lyric Opera Theatre presents Children of Eden

ASU School of Music Buildin
November 14, 2014 - November 23, 2014

Location: ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

Children of Eden embraces the heartbeat and pulse of our generations.  It is a compelling and witty musical, rich in lyrical and defiant storytelling. The story line is  rooted in Genesis and Noah’s flood, where complex family conflicts lead to envy, greed, betrayal and banishment.  In the face of insurmountable odds and perilous wastelands, parents and children find compassion and forgiveness in the joy of the human spirit. Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; book by John Caird.Stage direction by Elaine “E.E.” Moe; musical direction by Curtis Moeller; choreography by Molly Lajoie Children of Eden is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). November 14-15,  7:30 p.m. November 16,  2 p.m. November 21-22,  7:30 p.m. November 23, 2 p.m. Photography Usage: ASU School of Music Building Architecture ASU Herberger Institute for the Design and the Arts © 2014 Arizona Board of Regents. All rights reserved. Photography Credit: Tim Trumble

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ASU Main Stage Production: romeo & juliet/VOID

Paul V Galvin Playhouse
November 14, 2014 - November 22, 2014

Location: ASU Galvin Playhouse

ASU Main Stage presents the world premiere of romeo & juliet/VOID a gorgeous new play by Phoenix poetic genius Chris Danowski. romeo&juliet/VOID  re-imagines Shakespeare’s tragic romance and places it in an underworld where everyone misses someone. It is a love story where eternal, magnificently immortal lovers circle around an eternal moment.  Contains mature content. November 14 & 15, 7:30 p.m. November 16,  2 p.m. November  20 & 21, 7:30 p.m. November 22, 2 p.m.  Written by Chris Danowski. Directed by Arizona Theatre Company’s associate artistic director Stephen Wrentmore. Photography Usage: ASU School of Music Building Architecture ASU Herberger Institute for the Design and the Arts © 2014 Arizona Board of Regents. All rights reserved. Photography Credit: Tim Trumble

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Music in the Garden – Big Nick and the Gila Monsters

Desert Botanical Garden
November 21, 2014

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden is hosting the popular Music in the Garden concert series again this fall. This series pairs great live local bands with the beautiful scenery surrounding the Ullman Terrace stage. November 21- blues from Big Nick and the Gila Monsters While enjoying music at Desert Botanical Garden, guests can enjoy dinner at the Gertrude’s, located onsite, or purchase food from the chef-attended station or the Patio Café at the venue. A full cash bar and boutique wines are also available. Tickets are limited and advance purchase is strongly recommended. General seating only and there are no refunds or exchanges on ticket(s) purchased. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. No outside food or beverage allowed. Attendees must be 21 or older.

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Daymes Rocket at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
November 21, 2014

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Daymes rocket is from Los Angeles and has played all around the sunset strip and a handful of shows in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. The band is playing a headline tour in the fall of 2014.  They’ll be performing at The District Stage.

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Ariana Loraine at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
November 21, 2014

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Ariana Loraine uses songwriting to make sense of the world around her. Her concert is guaranteed to have some of the best Tempe Marketplace music. She’ll be performing at the Barnes and Noble fountain.

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Tempe Music Revival Nov. 21

Tempe event
November 21, 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. This Friday, Tempe Music Revival is proud to introduce Chuck Hall and Hans Olson. Arizona Blues Hall of Fame member Chuck Hall creates art in the form of music. As a veteran in the music business Chuck has played with some of the best, opening shows for B.B. King, Willie Dixon, Robert Cray, Gregg Allman, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and many others. Joining him on November 21st is Hans Olson. Hans Olson is one of Tempe’s greats. Owner of the former Sun Club in Tempe that drew incredible blues and rock acts from around the world and a legendary performer in his own right, a concert by Olson is a treat and should not be missed.  

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Criag Shoemaker: The Lovemaster

Tempe Improv
November 21, 2014 - November 23, 2014

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Craig Shoemaker is a modern day Renaissance man. Best known for his engaging, relatable standup and his iconic baritone-voiced character, “The Lovemaster”, Craig delights every audience with his multi-dimensional ability to entertain in a way that is not only amusing but also relevant. Craig has had several successful solo TV stand-up specials, co-starred in numerous films, hosted popular network TV shows, written two beloved children’s books and performed for four U.S. Presidents. A natural storyteller with sharp observational instincts; Craig’s performances are often based on the hilarious and sometimes shocking twists and turns of his own life. Show Times: November 21, 2014 7:30 & 10:00 p.m. November 22, 2014 7:00 & 10:00 p.m. November 23, 2014 7:00 p.m.

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Keltic Cowboys on Nov. 21

Rula Bula Irish Pub exterior 244 x 163
November 21, 2014 - November 22, 2014

Location: Rula Bula

The Keltic Cowboys, Arizona’s premier Irish Rock Band, has been entertaining the beer drinking, live music loving masses for over a decade. The Keltic Cowboys have enjoyed a successful career regularly playing the best of the valleys’ live music venues and festivals, also opening for national acts such as Flogging Molly, Young Dubliners and The Specials.  

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Jeff Hunt Band on November 22

Rula Bula Irish Pub exterior 244 x 163
November 22, 2014 - November 23, 2014

Location: Rula Bula

Upbeat, positive, and always fun, the Jeff Hunt Band is comprised of unique and talented individuals. Major influences include: Dave Matthew’s Band, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, and other makers of GOOD music. Live shows are described as “unforgettable”, as no two shows are the same.

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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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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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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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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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