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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 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

Childsplay: PerÔ, Or the Mysteries of the Night

Pero or the Mysteries of the Night
January 24, 2016 - February 7, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

The sun and the moon narrate this beautiful fairy tale told with puppets, music and magic. The adventure of PerÔ, the baker, and Columbina, the washer woman, is a visually stunning experience for audiences of all ages. This international collaboration brings the award-winning artistic team from Speeltheatre Holland back to Childsplay for an unforgettable new production. Perfect for ages 7 and up. Weekends Jan. 24 – Feb. 7, 2016: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm) Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Studio Price: $12 – $25

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Scottsdale Musical Theater Company presents Hello Dolly!

Tempe Center for the Arts
February 3, 2016 - February 6, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

The Scottsdale Musical Theater Company presents the classic Broadway production Hello Dolly! at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

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Comedian Maz Jobrani

Tempe Improv
February 4, 2016 - February 6, 2016

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Maz Jobrani is a founding member of The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, which first aired on Comedy Central. He has had two Showtime specials, Brown and Friendly, and most recently, I Come In Peace. He performs stand-up live around the world, including in the Middle East, where he performed in front of the King of Jordan. With over 50 guest star appearances, Maz can regularly be seen on television’s most popular shows. See Maz Jobrani perform live at Tempe Improv February 4-6, 2016. Show Times: February 4, 2016 8:00 p.m. February 5, 2016 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. February 6, 2016 7:00 & 9:30 p.m.

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Author Yann Martel

Changing Hands Bookstore
February 6, 2016

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The #1 bestselling Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Life of Pi visits Changing Hands Bookstore with his new novel, The High Mountains of Portugal, about three people connected through time and space by one early nineteenth-century man’s quest for an extraordinary artifact with the power to redefine history.

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Ratio at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
February 6, 2016

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Ratio is one of Phoenix, Arizona’s premier bands specializing in Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Funk and Pop. See them perform live at The District Stage at Tempe Marketplace.

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Tempe Marketplace presents Grady Soiné

Tempe Marketplace
February 6, 2016

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Grady Soiné of Gradymusic has delighted fans worldwide with his unique style of piano/keyboard music. This accomplished composer and pianist will be delighting audiences at the Barnes and Noble fountain at Tempe Marketplace.

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SafetySuit at The Marquee

Marquee Theatre
February 6, 2016

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Nashville-based band, SafetySuit performs at The Marquee on February 6, 2016. This American pop/rock band first hit the music scene in 2008 with their major label debut album Life Left to Go  featuring their hit song “Stay” and “Someone Like You”. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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ASU Organ Series: German Milestones, Kimberly Marshall

ASU Organ Hall
February 7, 2016

Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

The ASU School of Music Organ Series presents Goldman Professor of Organ Kimberly Marshall. Her performance traces  Germany’s unparalleled legacy of remarkable organ music, from the first notated music of the 15th century to that of Max Reger, commemorating the centennial of his death. Due to a bicycle race in Tempe, Gammage Parkway and the Gammage Parking Lot will be closed on Sunday, February 7. Patrons should park in Lot 20, located north of the music building off Mill and 10th Street or the Apache Structure. Entrance to the Apache Structure is from Apache and Normal. Gammage Parkway will also be closed at Mill. Forest Avenue will be closed at Apache. Both Forest and Gammage Parkway are part of the race course. Cost: $12-$22

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Sun Devil Criterium Bike Race

Sun Devil Criterium Bike Race
February 7, 2016

Location: ASU Gammage

Enjoy the most popular style of bike race in America. The  Sun Devil Criterium Bike Race takes place around a short course called a crit (think Nascar on bikes). This event will feature racers from all levels and races vary in length from 20 – 60 minutes. There will also be a beach cruiser fun race for the community, a VIP Fun Ride around the course and entertainment, including race announcers, music and an event expo. This event is presented by ClippedIn.bike

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Guest Artist Series: Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, Oboe

ASU School of Music Building
February 8, 2016

Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, principal oboe for the Atlanta Symphony, presents a concert of music for oboe and piano. Cost: General $9; Student $5   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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Ongoing Events

Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night

Tempe Center for the Arts
January 6, 2015 - May 25, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Walt Richardson hosts open mic night with some of the Valley’s best singer-songwriters every Wednesday at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Artists vie for a chance to perform at In the Spotlight and in the Songwriters’ Showcase. Exclusive session for high school age and younger from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sign up begins at 4:45 pm for youth open mic, and 5:45 pm for adults. There is no cover charge for this event.

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Desertscapes: Narrative Landscape Photography

Pueblo Grande Museum
October 2, 2015 - August 31, 2016

Location: Pueblo Grande Museum

Desertscapes  features black and white landscape photographs by Wayne Norton. He describes this exhibit  as a portrait of the American desert, through which he wishes “to question Man’s treatment of the desert and our existence there…” He describes his work as formal, graphic compositions and says “My concerns for the desert are serious but my artistic vision is often symbolic, whimsical, and even ironic.” The exhibit is included with paid museum admission. Museum hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission Adults (18-54) – $6 Seniors (55+) – $5 Children (6-17) – $3, Free on Sundays Under Age 6 – Free Museum members – Free

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Where Without Whom

José Ygnacio Bermúdez, "Geny Dignac," 1978. Silver print, 10 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. From the ASU Art Museum collection, gift of K. Lynn Stoner.
November 7, 2015 - February 6, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum

Taking the spirit of Octavio Paz’s poem, Where Without Whom, as a guide, this exhibition from the ASU Art Museum’s collection of Latin American prints and photographs features work by José Ygnacio Bermúdez, Enrique Chagoya, Luis Gonzalez Palma, Vincent Valdez and others. This exhibition is supported by the Evelyn Smith Exhibition Fund. Where Without Whom is part of the Contact Zones series of exhibitions at the ASU Art Museum, which focuses on contemporary migration and its intricate uncertainties within border culture, destiny and contested histories. The series includes new commission-based video installations, public engaged programs, guest-curated exhibitions and artist initiated projects. 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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Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden

Water Towers, Photographer, Mark Pickthall
November 20, 2015 - May 8, 2016

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

See the Desert Botanical Garden in a whole new light this year. Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden will bring eight large-scale light-based installations to this popular attraction. British artist Bruce Munro uses a variety of materials, such as fluorescent tubes and LED-lit water bottles, and hundreds of miles of glowing fiber optic. Visitors can wander through and Garden and see his site-specific installations along the trails, giving them a new perspective on the Sonoran Desert landscape. This exhibition is appropriate for all ages. Tickets will go on sale in September. See the Desert Botanical Garden website for more details.

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TCA Gallery presents: “Merely Players”

Merely Players at the TCA Gallery
January 15, 2016 - May 14, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

William Shakespeare wrote “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players,” in the play “As You Like It.” The Gallery at TCA (Tempe Center for the Arts) is pleased to present the “Merely Players” exhibition. This gallery exhibition at the Tempe Center for the Arts explores the vision, process and culminating performance role costumes play in creating altered egos on and off the stage. Visitors can see firsthand the artistic talents of costume makers and local performing arts organizations. The exhibit also examines and highlights the wide range of events such as concerts, plays, festivals and Comicon events where costumes play an important role. Visit the website for gallery hours and more information.

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hello Friday at the Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Center for the Arts
January 22, 2016 - March 11, 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. Musical Performance Schedule (tentative) January 22nd: Tom Bertling January 29th: AJ Odneal February 5th: Blaise Lantana February 12th: Justin Olson February 19th: Jenny Jarnagin February 26th: TBA March 4th: Jenny Jarnagin March 11th: AJ Odneal

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Exhibition at Desert Botanical Garden: Return to the Desert

Dyana Hesson Return to the Desert
January 29, 2016 - May 22, 2016

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

This art exhibition at Desert Botanical Garden celebrates 25 years of paintings by botanical artist Dyana Hesson. Hesson is known for her beautifully detailed oil paintings of plants from roses to cactus flowers. Entrance to this exhibition is included with paid Garden admission or membership.

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Live music at Culinary Dropout at the Yard in Tempe

February 1, 2016 - February 29, 2016

Location: Culinary Dropout at the Yard Tempe

Every Wednesday 7pm-10pm: Carvin Jones Every Thursday 7pm-10pm: DJ Tommy Roberts Live Music on Friday & Saturday nights 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Live Music during Brunch, 12pm-3pm Friday, February 5th: Bill Dutcher Saturday Brunch, February 6th: Vinyl Station Saturday Dinner, February 6th: Lee Perreira Friday, February 12th: Kyle Phelan Saturday Brunch, February 13th: Vinyl Station Saturday Dinner, February 13th: Vinyl Station Friday, February 19th: Nick Jensen Saturday Brunch, February 20th: Vinyl Station Saturday Dinner, February 20th: Vinyl Station Sunday Brunch, February 21st: Lee Perreira Friday, February 26th: Obadiah Parker Saturday Brunch, February 27th: Vinyl Station Saturday Dinner, February 27th: Steve Ayotte Sunday Brunch, February 28th: Lee Perreira

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2016 February Tempe Comedy Concert Series

Tempe Center for the Arts
February 5, 2016 - February 26, 2016

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. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Tickets can be purchased here.  February Schedule February 5th: Jim Short February 12th: Class Clowns Comedy Showcase February 13th: Love and Marriage February 19th: Amy Blackwell February 26th: Insane and Sober!

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Childsplay: Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon
February 14, 2016 - April 10, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

One of the world’s most loved bedtime stories comes to life! It’s seven o’clock in the great green room. It’s time to go to sleep but Bunny isn’t ready. With the help of his friends and a few magical moments, he is finally ready to say goodnight. Imagine alongside the kittens and mittens, the bears and the chairs, the red balloon, and of course the moon! Make your own memories in this musical version of the delightful tale.  Perfect for ages 3 and up. Weekends, Feb. 14 – Apr. 10, 2016: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm) Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Studio Price: $12 – $25

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