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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

THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY

The Illusionists - Live from Broadway
January 17, 2017 - January 22, 2017

Location: ASU Gammage

See THE ILLUSIONISTS™ – LIVE FROM BROADWAY™ in Tempe at ASU Gammage January 17-22, 2017. THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

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An Evening with the Comedy Spot and Improv

Tempe History Museum
January 19, 2017

Location: Tempe History Museum

Join us and the Comedy Spot for a brief glimpse into the world of Improv. Learn the fundamentals of improvisation with interactive exercises that will build listening and communication skills, heighten awareness and teach you how to be more playful, spontaneous and flexible. Play short form improv games in a fun and safe environment.

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The Seasonal Table Dinner Series – January 19, 2017

The Seasonal Table at Desert Botanical Garden
January 19, 2017

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Enjoy the beautiful scenery at the Desert Botanical Garden and custom menus from Arizona's most talented chefs. On January 19, diners will enjoy a dinner menu created by Chef Eddie Coronado, Manager of Culinary Standards for Zinburger Wine & Bistro and Blanco Tacos + Tequila. The Andres Martinez Trio will perform Latin jazz to accompany the meal. Courses include Mexican Shrimp Cocktail and Steak Ranchero. See the website for full details.

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Comedian Joey Diaz

Tempe Improv 300x200
January 19, 2017 - January 21, 2017

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Joey Coco Diaz has quickly become one of the most sought after actors and comedians in the entertainment industry today. His love of storytelling is reflected in each role he takes: whether it is on film or on stage, his passion for entertaining and delighting audiences shines through every performance. See Joey Diaz perform live at the Tempe Improv January 19-21, 2017.

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Los Guys featuring Mark Zubia at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
January 20, 2017

Location: Tempe Marketplace

For more than a decade, Phoenix-based Los Guys have been making their signature brand of rock 'n' roll, wowing audiences with vibrant live shows. Led by singer and guitarist Mark Zubia, the four-piece has become one of the most beloved roots-rock outfits in Arizona. See them rock out at the District Stage at Tempe Marketplace.

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Robby Krieger Band at The Marquee

The Marquee
January 21, 2017

Location: The Marquee

Robby Krieger is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter best known as the guitarist of the rock band the Doors. Krieger wrote or co-wrote many of the Doors' songs, including the hits "Light My Fire", "Love Me Two Times", "Touch Me", and "Love Her Madly". After the Doors disbanded, Krieger continued his performing and recording career with other musicians including former Doors band mates John Densmore and Ray Manzarek. See Robby Krieger perform live at The Marquee on January 21, 2017.

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Darkness Dear Boy

Tempe Marketplace
January 21, 2017

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Darkness Dear Boy is big on dynamics, hooks and harmonies, and they incorporate interesting lyrics with infectious melodies.

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Comedian Jamie Lee

Tempe Improv 300x200
January 22, 2017

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Jamie Lee is a stand-up comedian, TV writer and actress, and one of the core cast members on the hit MTV show GirlCode, as well as the host of 10 Things on TruTV and the podcast Best of the Worst. She’s also the author of the new Harper Collins book Weddiculous, every bride-to-be’s guide to getting through the madness.  

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Rick Astley at The Marquee

The Marquee
January 22, 2017

Location: Marquee Theater

Rick Astley will tour the U.S. for the first time since 1989 on the heels of his just-released album ‘50’ (BMG), the latest development in a remarkable comeback year for the pop icon. ‘50,’ Rick’s first U.S. album release in decades, which debuted at #1 in the UK, was met with major features and TV performances including a 3-song performance on The Today Show and pieces in the New Yorker, the LA Times, on NPR and much more. See Rick Astley at The Marquee on January 22, 2017.

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ASU School of Music presents Lisa Oberlander, Clarinet

ASU Music Building
January 23, 2017

Location: ASU Katzin Concert Hall

The ASU School of Music presents Dr. Lisa Oberlander, Professor of Clarinet and Director of the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music, in a guest recital at Katzin Concert Hall on the Tempe Campus on January 23, 2017 from 7:30-9 p.m. Free admission.

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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. 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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