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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 summer, visit our Summer Fun in Tempe 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 the 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 to live music to up and coming bands, art festivals or sporting events, Tempe fits the bill.

Upcoming Events

Summer Juried Graduate Exhibition at the Harry Wood Gallery

Arts & Culture
April 28, 2014 - August 29, 2014

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The Master of Fine Arts Summer Juried Exhibition features 17 works by 12 graduate students. All current MFA candidates were eligible to apply, and the prints, photographs, ceramics, woods, fiber art and videos selected for exhibit were chosen by Robrt Pela of R. Pela Gallery. Entry to this exhibition is free. Gallery Hours 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday Closed: Weekends and major holidays.

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JERSEY BOYS

JERSEY BOYS at ASU Gammage
July 22, 2014 - August 3, 2014

Location: ASU Gammage

This is the story of how four blue collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history – The Four Seasons. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! JERSEY BOYS, winner of the 2006 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album and most recently, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” “IT WILL RUN FOR CENTURIES!” proclaims TIME Magazine.

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Marquee Theater – Stryper

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July 29, 2014

Location: Marquee Theatre

Stryper is a Christian glam metal band that has sold over 10 million albums worldwide, garnered GRAMMY Award nominations, sold out arenas everywhere, and has inspired one of the most diehard fan bases in history.

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Tempe Improv – Hal Sparks

Tempe Improv
July 31, 2014 - August 2, 2014

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Currently starring in the Disney XD show, LAB RATS, actor and comedian Hal Sparks began his professional career as a teenager in Chicago.  Sparks went on to host the Emmy Award- winning “Talk Soup” on E! Entertainment Television, winning rave reviews from fans and critics alike. He also starred for five seasons on Showtime’s hit series “Queer As Folk” and appeared in the films “Extract,” “Spiderman 2” and “Dude, Where’s My Car?” Show Times July 31, 2014 8:00 p.m. August 1, 2014 7:30 & 10:00 p.m. August 2, 2014 7:00 & 10:00 p.m.

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Rula Bula – Keltic Cowboys on August 1

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August 1, 2014 - August 2, 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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Tempe Center for the Arts presents Class Clowns

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 1, 2014

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Tony Vicich brings his long-running stand-up comedy show, Class Clowns, to the Tempe Center for the Arts. 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. You can purchase tickets to this performance here. This show is recommended for ages 18 years old and older. 

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The Persuaders at the Tempe Marketplace District Stage

Tempe Marketplace
August 1, 2014

Location: Tempe Marketplace

The Persuaders, featuring Lawrence Zubia, are a 5–piece band from Tempe, Arizona. In the mid 90’s, several bands in Tempe played on Mill Ave., until the record companies came calling from LA. Collectively the members of The Persuaders have sold millions of records, traveled thousands of miles, played thousands of shows and have made it back home to Tempe. They will be playing at The District Stage.

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Rula Bula – Trevor Jones on August 2

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August 2, 2014

Location: Rula Bula

Rula Bula presents Trevor Jones on August 2, 2014. Trevor Jones specializes in acoustical guitar, Irish, and folk music.

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TCA presents Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble: European Vacation

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 2, 2014

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Enjoy the sounds of Europe as they come to life in this concert, which features Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble principal violist Allyson Wuenschel, along with principal clarinetist Mary Jackson. This concert is sure to make you feel like you’ve visited the “old country.” Enjoy Schumann’s “Symphony 3, Rhenish”, Bruch’s ”Concerto for Clarinet and Viola” and Mozart’s “Overture to Don Giovanni”. Tickets for this concert can be purchased here.

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Summer of Love Family Art Workshop: Steampunk Owls with Michelle Dock

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 2, 2014

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Join Tempe Center for the Arts staff member Michelle Dock on a Steampunk project that will get you and your child’s brain gears moving. Dock enjoys finding vintage treasures and antiques at second-hand stores and antique shops. Participants of all ages will be using recycled materials like CD cases, bottle caps and nuts and bolts as well as vintage buttons, jewelry and watch parts to create self-standing artworks. It’s a great creative activity for kids to participate in. No RSVP is required for this free event. 

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Ongoing Events

ASU Art Museum – Rhythm and History

Rhythm and History
March 1, 2014 - August 9, 2014

Location: ASU Art Museum

The ASU Art Museum’s seminal 1998 exhibit Contemporary Art from Cuba: Irony and Survival on the Utopian Island established one of the most extensive collections of contemporary Cuban art outside of the island. Rhythm and History — the first reconsideration of the museum’s Cuban holdings in a decade — will feature new acquisitions in dialogue with highlights from the original show, while exploring themes of history and dreams. Admission is free. 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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VISIONS: Exposure – Here and Now

Arts Culture Tempe
April 11, 2014 - August 13, 2014

Location: Mill Avenue District

See an art exhibition in the windows of the US Post Office on Mill Avenue and Fifth Street — VISIONS: Exposure – Here and Now. VISIONS is a studio-based, art-focused program. Teens from six school districts in metro Phoenix participated, including Tempe’s New School for the Arts and Academics (NSAA.) The exhibition runs through Aug. 13.

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Garden Flashlight Tours

Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours
May 24, 2014 - August 30, 2014

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Don’t miss one of the best summer events, the Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours.  Flashlight Tours take place on Thursday and Saturday nights, May 24-Aug. 30, 2014.  This event begins at 7:00 p.m.  Flashlight Tours are included with Garden membership or with paid Garden admission.  The tours are at your own pace. Along the trails, guests can find several discovery stations with plants, animals and other elements of the desert at night. Guests are encouraged to bring their own flashlights and wear comfortable shoes.  Flashlight Tours are perfect for families and date nights.

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ASU Art Museum – Funny Papers

Funny Papers
May 27, 2014 - August 9, 2014

Location: ASU Art Museum

Hearkening back to Sundays of childhoods past, when there was a mad dash for the funny papers, this exhibition explores the history of comic strips and their continued prevalence throughout art. The whole family is sure to enjoy the collection of both vintage comic strips and contemporary art infused with comic icons. Admission is free. 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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Andy Warhol exhibit at the ASU Art Museum

Andy Warhol exhibit at the ASU Art Museum
May 27, 2014 - September 13, 2014

Location: ASU Art Museum

The ASU Art Museum is the recipient of six new works by artist Andy Warhol, a gift from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. These original Warhol screenprints will be on view in the lobby of the ASU Art Museum until September 13, 2014. 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   The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts was established after Warhol’s death in 1987. In accordance with Warhol’s will, the […]

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Summer of Love: Family, Friendship and Devotion

Summer of Love at the TCA
June 20, 2014 - September 20, 2014

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

The Tempe Center for the Arts’s (TCA) summer family exhibition features colorful and endearing artworks about love created by local and national artists. Featured artworks include ceramic sculptures, botanical prints and drawings, original children’s book illustrations and contemporary paintings and installations. The exhibition will also feature historical and contemporary displays about symbols of love by the Desert Botanical Garden Archives, Tempe History Museum and Bobbie’s Flowers of Tempe. Featured artists will include Gene Almendinger, Marco Albarran, Denise Currier, Esmeralda Delaney, Wendy Hodgson, Molly Idle, Sandra Luerhsen, Frank Ybarra, as well as art students from local Tempe high schools. On June 20th, there will be a free public reception in the […]

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ASU Art Museum – The Garden in the Machine

Garden Machine
June 21, 2014 - September 13, 2014

Location: ASU Art Museum

The U.S. premiere of new video art from Asia in collaboration with Creative Vitamin Space in Guangzhou, China. Artists and projects include Cao Fei’s new zombie video, Haze and Fog, which premiered at the Tate Modern, Xu Tan’s latest research video installation,Socio-Botanic, and Koki Tanaka’s a pottery produced by 5 potters at once (shown at the 2013 Venice Biennale), among other works. Admission is free. 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 Family Art Workshops at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
June 21, 2014 - September 20, 2014

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

The Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA), as part of their Summer of Love: Family, Friendship and Devotion exhibition, are featuring family walk-in art workshops every Saturday. Featured exhibiting artists and TCA instructors will be onsite to for assistance and to answer any questions. The workshops are free and no RSVP is required to attend. The Walk-In Family Art Workshops will be from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., on Saturdays, from June 21st -Sept. 20th.

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ASU Art Museum – These Are Some of My Favorite Things

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things
July 19, 2014 - October 4, 2014

Location: ASU Art Museum

For his final exhibition prior to his retirement this summer, curator of ceramics Peter Held examines the compulsion to collect. He includes cabinets of curiosities, knick-knacks and creative tableaus from local artists, designers and the public-at-large in an exhibition that highlights how we’re all equally passionate and obsessive about the things we love and choose to live with. Admission is free. 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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August Finally Friday at the TCA

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

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Shake off the workweek with a relaxing evening by the lake at Finally Friday at the TCA. Enjoy live music by participants in the TCA’s Songwriters’ Showcase, with beautiful scenery and free appetizers. There’s no cover charge.   August Finally Friday Schedule August 1st: Chloe Tang August 8th: Billy Cioffi August 15th: Bob McCarroll August 22nd: Gary Marsh August 29th: Tom Bertling

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