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Looking for fun things to do in Tempe and the Phoenix area? Plan your visit to coincide with one of the many annual festivals, concerts and sporting events found in Tempe. Hosting numerous exciting annual events, Tempe is the place to be. Browse the Tempe calendar of events to find year-round fun! And if you’re visiting this spring, visit our Spring Activities and Events 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

The Gift: Selections from the Armstrong-Prior Archive

The Gift
December 2, 2014 - June 20, 2015

Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

Opening reception: Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 — Members and Alumni Preview 5:30–6:30 p.m. | Public Reception 6:30–8:30 p.m. John Armstrong and Joan Prior, through their firm Armstrong-Prior, Inc., have a rich history of working with local and international contemporary artists, donors, collectors, community organizations and museums. Armstrong-Prior is both a fine arts printing studio – with John’s proficient execution of various print media – and an art consulting organization – with Joan’s professional advisement and placement of art in prominent collections. After many years of print projects, Armstrong-Prior has built an impressive archive of contemporary prints and the ASU Art Museum is very fortunate to have received this archive as a gift from John and Joan. The Jules Heller Print Study Room at the ASU Art Museum houses a collection of more than 5,000 prints, ranging from a 14th century printed page to work by living artists. Generous gifts like the Armstrong-Prior archive have grown the collection to be a rich resource for ASU students and community members, and for exhibitions, loans and research. This exhibition is curated by Jean Makin, print collection manager, working with Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts student Tiernan Warner. Support for the exhibition is from the Evelyn Smith Exhibition Fund and members of the ASU Art Museum with additional generous support for printed gallery brochure from Kate and Hank Timmerman and The Cavanagh Law Firm. ASU Art Museum Hours  Tuesday: During academic semesters 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Summer hours: 11 a.m. – […]

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Architecture for Place: Glenn Murcutt

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December 12, 2014 - April 4, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

Opening reception: Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 — Public Reception 5–7 p.m.  Known for projects which ‘touch the earth lightly,” architect Glenn Murcutt begins his work with a keen observation of the natural conditions of each site. His distinctive residences and public buildings combine simple materials with elegant and refined forms and detailing. Yet they are primarily concerned with bringing the qualities of the surrounding world into the daily experience of the occupants. Since 1972, his practice has been based in Sydney, Australia, where he has developed a range of projects receiving international recognition, including the 2002 Pritzker Prize and the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 2009. The exhibition of drawings, renderings, photographs and models will be installed through an innovative collaboration between the ASU Art Museum, The Design School and the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. A graduate design studio working with faculty and curators will research, design, fabricate and install the exhibition to reflect the principles of Murcutt’s work. Their working process will be open to the public. ASU Art Museum Hours Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 8 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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Arizona Indigenous New Turned Wood by Philip and Matt Moulthrop

Arizona Indigenous at Desert Botanical Garden
February 6, 2015 - May 3, 2015

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

See new works by world-renowned artists Philip and Matt Moulthrop at Desert Botanical Garden. This exhibition features turned wood that highlights the beauty of trees and plants that can be found in Arizona. The Moulthrop family has produced beautiful contemporary turned wood pieces for three generations. Their work can be found in the permanent collections of famed institutions such as the Smithsonian Institute, the American Craft Museum of New York and the Carnegie Museum of Art. This exhibition is included in Garden admission.

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Takashi Hara: The nail sticks out gets hammered in

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March 19, 2015 - March 28, 2015

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Takashi Hara uses pigs as a narrative in her allegorical artwork to reflect on human society and its tendency to put ambitions in a cage. In most cultures the pig is a subject of derision and abuse; we confine them and manipulate them to our own needs. This intriguing exhibition will be at the Night Gallery at Tempe Marketplace. Night Gallery, Tempe Marketplace Hours: Tuesday–Sunday: 6–9 p.m. Closed: Mondays and holidays

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Balance-Unbalance 2015 Night Gallery Exhibition

Night Gallery
March 19, 2015 - March 29, 2015

Location: Tempe Marketplace

The Balance-Unbalance 2015 International conference theme, ‘Water, Climate, Place: Re-Imagining Environments’ is aimed to provoke discussion and reflection on how the climate is changing and what our future might hold.  It does so by directing trans-disciplinary thought and action as tools for positive change. Prone to Collapse is an exhibition at the Night Gallery located at Tempe Marketplace. It features photographs taken by a group of University of Arizona scientists of trees in the Southwest United States. They’re trying to understand why trees are dying so they can better predict what will happen in the future. As an installation it re-presents and re-contextualizes the hemispherical photographs used by these scientists in an immersive, sensory experience.

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Balance-Unbalance 2015: Walking with Water

9th Annual ASU Film Festival
March 22, 2015 - March 29, 2015

Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

The Balance-Unbalance 2015 International conference theme, ‘Water, Climate, Place: Re-Imagining Environments’ is aimed to provoke discussion and reflection on how the climate is changing and what our future might hold.  It does so by directing trans-disciplinary thought and action as tools for positive change. World-Wide-Walks have been performed on six continents over the past four decades. Initiated in 1973 as The Walk Series, these video “documentation/performances” evolved into video-web projects during the 1990s and mobile-locative media installations in the 2000s. World-Wide-Walks explore elements of natural, cultural and virtual identities: mixed realities of walking through physical environments and virtually surfing the web. Current projects focus on climate change and the effects of global warming to address concerns for a sustainable future related to ‘glocal’ – global / local – ecologies.

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& (Ampersand)

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March 23, 2015 - March 27, 2015

Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

Breaking out of the normal bounds of traditional drawing, Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates Joseph Coppola, Kristine Fanning, Kristen Granado, Duncan Reid, Aleyna Rigby, Megan Shalbrack, Anze Smalc and Trang “Sushie” Ta combine their talents to showcase (&), or Ampersand, to celebrate the diversity and oftentimes discordant ways of producing art. Though each artist differs in his or her individual curiosities and explorations, they are unified through their shared passion and unique approaches to depicting traditional subjects. Gallery 100 Hours: Monday–Thursday: noon–5 p.m. Friday: noon–3 p.m. Closed:weekends and holidays

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Comedian Carlos Mencia

Tempe Improv
March 26, 2015 - March 29, 2015

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Carlos Mencia is undoubtedly one of today’s most popular entertainers and comics. Whether it is man-on-the-street interviews, studio comedy, commercial parodies, nationwide sold-out tours, or films, Mencia demonstrates an extraordinary ability to connect with a wide and diverse audience. See him at the Tempe Improv March 26-29, 2015. Show Times: March 26, 2015 8:00 p.m. March 27, 2015 7:30 & 10:00 p.m. March 28, 2015 7:00 & 10:00 p.m. March 29, 2015 7:00 p.m.  

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Balance–Unbalance Conference PechaKucha Event

ASU School of Music Building
March 27, 2015

Location: ASU Katzin Concert Hall

The Balance-Unbalance International Conference opens with a PechaKucha event in the unique 20×20 snappy PechaKucha format that will feature musical performances and leading speakers such as a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality project, O’odham elder Ofelia Rivas and the founder of the Balance-Unbalance Conference, Ricardo Dal Far. The Balance-Unbalance 2015 International Conference theme, ‘Water, Climate, Place: Re-Imagining Environments’ is aimed at provoking discussion and reflection on how the climate is changing and what our future might hold. It does so by directing trans-disciplinary thought and action as tools for positive change. Led by the arts and humanities, Balance-Unbalance 2015 international conference is a three-day conference which will take place March 27-29, 2015 at the ASU Tempe Campus. It brings multiple disciplines together with submissions from 24 countries and a keynote lineup of high profile presenters from business, art, music and acoustic ecology, the Red Cross, water research and community engagement with rain forest initiatives in South America. 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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Agave on the Rocks – March 27, 2015

Desert Botanical Garden
March 27, 2015

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Celebrate spring, great tequila and gourmet food at the 13th Annual Agave on the Rocks at Desert Botanical Garden. Favorite local restaurants and caterers will offer samples of their best dishes. The tequila sampling station will be open from 6-8 p.m. And, guests can listen to live music and sip margaritas. Tickets are $70 for Garden members and $75 for non-members. The ticket price includes a welcome cocktail in a glowing glass (a non-alcoholic version is available and the glass can be taken home) and unlimited samples of cuisine. 

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Ongoing Events

Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
January 7, 2014 - May 27, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Every Wednesday evening through May 27, 2015 at the 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. Artists vie for a spot in the taped-for-televisionSongwriters’ Showcase concert and the In the Spotlight events. Musicians and poets welcome. Enjoy food & beverage specials. No cover charge. Sign-up 5:45 p.m. Youth 5-6 p.m., sign-up 4:45 p.m.

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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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Recent Acquisitions to the ASU Art Museum Collection

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January 17, 2015 - April 11, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

Since the 1950s, the ASU Art Museum has been actively collecting provocative and compelling artworks to share with our students and community members. The collection now includes more than 12,000 objects, primarily acquired through generous donation. One area of focus is work created at the ASU Art Museum; the current exhibition includes many of these objects and others in a range of media acquired within the past four years. This exhibition is generously supported by the Evelyn Smith Exhibition Fund and members of the ASU Art Museum. Opening reception: Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 — Members and Alumni Preview 5:30–6:30 p.m. | Public Reception 6:30–8:30 p.m.  ASU Art Museum Hours Tuesday: During academic semesters 11 a.m. – 8 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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Tan Ping: Follow My Line (彳亍 Chì Chù)

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January 24, 2015 - May 16, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

Tan Ping is one of China’s most recognized artists and printmakers; his area of greatest exploration has been in abstract art rather than figurative work. In this installation of drawings and video, he invites viewers to consider human expression and culturally-specific contexts of viewing. This exhibition is generously supported by Tan Ping Studio, the Helme Prinzen Endowment and Pifo New Art Gallery. Opening reception: Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 — Members and Alumni Preview 5:30–6:30 p.m. | Public Reception 6:30–8:30 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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Unfixed: New Painting

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February 7, 2015 - June 6, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

The artists in the exhibition unfix historic notions of what a painting should be. Their works are hybrids of old and new, familiar and surprising media and processes. The results range from abstractions derived from street and popular culture to computer-generated algorithms printed on canvas.  This exhibition was made possible by generous loans and support of the Ovitz Family Collection, Los Angeles. Additional support from the Helme Prinzen Endowment. ASU Art Museum HoursTuesday: 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.Closed: Sunday, Monday and holidays

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Page to Screen – Feb. 13 – June 6, 2015

Tempe Center for the Arts
February 13, 2015 - June 6, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

This exhibition at the Tempe Center for the Arts will highlight some of America’s favorite children’s books, comic books and fictional literature that have been adapted to film and television. Displays from local and national collections include original artworks, animation cells, original signed scripts, promotional materials and vintage toys from films and television shows such as Zorro, M*A*S*H and James Bond. This is a free TCA event. Facility HoursClosed Mondays10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday11 a.m. to 6 p.m., SaturdayOpen Sundays based on performance schedule

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March 2015 Finally Friday at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
March 6, 2015 - March 27, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Shake off the workweek with a relaxing evening by the lake. Enjoy live music by participants in the TCA’s Songwriters’ Showcase, beautiful scenery and free appetizers from Atlasta Catering & Events. This event is free and open to the public. March Musical Performance Schedule March 6th: Amanda Soares March 13th: Gary Marsh March 20th: Bob McCarroll March 27th: Robby Roberson

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March 2015 Tempe Comedy Concert Series at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
March 6, 2015 - March 27, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Come to the Tempe Center for the Arts for a hysterical Friday night of laughs and fun at the Tempe Comedy Concert Series. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Tickets for this event can be purchased here. March Schedule March 6th: Kristopher Royer  Kristofer Royer is one of the Valley’s hottest emerging stand-up comedians. His clever, yet brutal honesty is in constant demand at every club in town. Brace yourself for a hilarious evening as he tackles topics ranging from getting remarried and growing up Hillbilly to surviving the apocalypse on a budget. March 13th: TA Burrows presents the Legends of Song In this trip down memory lane, award-winning entertainer and impressionist T.A. Burrows uses his remarkable vocal talents to recreate the unique styles and distinctive sounds of these renowned singers as he performs some of their most popular tunes. March 20th: Jonathan Gregory Jonathan Gregory’s comedy, although unique and different, has been well received by a variety of audiences from retirement homes, to bars, to theaters, to World class comedy clubs. He broke onto the scene at the age of 19, as a punching dummy in a Mike Tyson promo, which aired on Showtime. In 2008, Gregory’s talents were highlighted on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. March 27th: Patti 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.

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Spring Butterfly Exhibit – 2015

Desert Botanical Garden Spring Butterfly Exhibit
March 7, 2015 - May 10, 2015

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Experience a magical, peaceful display of butterflies at the Desert Botanical Garden Spring Butterfly Exhibit. The Spring Butterfly Exhibit, located in the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion, is open March 7 – May 10, 2015. Hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. This tranquil environment features a wide variety of colorful butterflies and plants that attract them. Friendly Garden volunteers are on hand to answer questions and share information. And, on Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. from March 7-April 18, don’t miss the “Meet the Caterpillars” special event. You can learn more about the how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly and go on a guided tour (limit 25 per walk on a first come, first served basis, no RSVP required). Pricing to view the exhibit is $3.50 per person, with paid Garden admission. Children under 3 and Garden members may view the exhibit for free.

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Girls Who Wear Glasses

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March 14, 2015 - March 29, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

See Girls Who Wear Glasses at The Tempe Center for the Arts March 14-29, 2015. Growing up is hard enough, navigating friendship, school and parents. But when Mira has to get glasses, it is the last straw. As she deals with old friends who are suddenly only interested in popularity and new friends who want her to be more like them, Mira has to decide who she really wants to be. With the help of her glasses, she starts to see clearly in more ways than one, as she learns to stand up for herself in this humorous story about fitting in, friendship and frames. Weekends March 14 – March 29, 2015: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm) Price: $12 – $25

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