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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 summer, visit our Summer 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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Live music at Culinary Dropout at the Yard in Tempe

Culinary Dropout Tempe
May 1, 2015 - May 30, 2015

Location: Culinary Dropout at the Yard Tempe

Live music at Culinary Dropout at the Yard in Tempe Saturdays during brunch, and evenings 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Sundays 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Friday, May 1st: Shawn Johnson Saturday brunch and dinner, May 2nd: Vinyl Station Friday, May 8th: Steve Ayotte Saturday brunch and dinner, May 9th: Vinyl Station Friday, May 15th: Shawn Johnson Saturday brunch and dinner, May 16th: Vinyl Station Friday, May 22nd: Obadiah Parker Saturday brunch and dinner, May 23rd: Vinyl Station Friday, May 29th: Shawn Johnson Saturday brunch and dinner, May 30th: Vinyl Station

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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
May 27, 2015 - June 7, 2015

Location: ASU Gammage

Enjoy the classic story of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Tempe’s ASU Gammage, onstage May 27- June 7, 2015. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s international award-winning phenomenon directed by Harold Prince has woven its magical spell over standing room audiences in more than 100 cities worldwide. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, the longest running show in Broadway history, returns to ASU Gammage to take your breath away. It’s a timeless story of seduction and despair and the one show The London Sunday Times called “God’s gift to the musical theatre.”

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Comedian Wayne Brady

Tempe Improv
May 30, 2015

Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

For over a decade, Wayne  Brady has been entertaining audiences with his acting, improv, singing and dancing on television, film and the stage. He began his career in Orlando, Fla., working for both the Disney World and Universal theme parks. He also performed in several community theatre shows and at the Orlando improv comedy theater SAK Comedy Lab. In 1998, his career took off with Whose Line Is It Anyway? for which he won a 2003 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety, Musical or Comedy Series. Brady went on to host his own syndicated talk/variety show, The Wayne Brady Show, for two years. He picked up two Emmys for Outstanding Talk Show Host, and the show also won an Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show. Brady also hosted Don’t Forget the Lyrics on Fox. See him perform live at the Tempe Improv on May 30th at 7:00 and 10:00 p.m.

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Take Cover at Rula Bula on May 30

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May 30, 2015

Location: Mill Avenue

As seasoned professionals, “Take Cover” has  the talent to deliver a high energy performance that will keep guests dancing and wanting more! They perform hits from bands such as The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Eagles, Queen, Bob Seger, Journey,  KISS, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Billy Idol, Cheap Trick, Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Bryan Adams, AC/DC, Elton John, Green Day, Foo Fighters, All American Rejects, The Killers, Weezer, Jet, Maroon 5, The Black Keys, The Cars, and many, many more! See them perfrom live at Rula Bula on May 30, 2015.

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New Brothers at Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

Tempe Marketplace
May 30, 2015

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Enjoy live blues every Saturday night in the Flying Pig Lounge  from 7-11pm at Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, located at Tempe Marketplace.

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Justin Willman at Tempe Improv

Tempe Improv
June 4, 2015 - June 7, 2015

Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

The Los Angeles Times calls Justin Willman, “a new breed of magician who’s making magic cool again for grown-ups.” From his monthly sell-out shows in the back of a trendy LA comic book shop to huge theaters and music venues across the country, Justin has become one of the busiest touring performers in America. His comedy-flavored miracles have earned him a devoted cult following as well as frequent television appearances on The Ellen Degeneres Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Sweet-toothed frosting fans will recognize Justin as the magical host of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network for the past nine seasons, but his greatest trick to date was receiving a standing ovation from President Obama following a private performance at the White House. Show Times: June 4, 2015 8:00 p.m. June 5, 2015 7:30 & 10:00 p.m. June 6, 2015 7:00 & 10:00 p.m. June 7, 2015 7:00 p.m.

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Friday Film Screenings: The Mark of Zorro, 1940

Tempe Center for the Arts
June 5, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Join local pop culture fans and film scholars at this series of Friday Film Screenings, which highlights some of the books and films from the TCA’s Page to Screen exhibition at Friday Film Screenings. Introduction provided by ASU’s Kelly Nelson, Ph.D.; Senior Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies at the School of Letters and Sciences and TCA docent.

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Music in the Garden 2015 – Grupo Liberdade

Grupo Liberdade
June 5, 2015

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Enjoy the beautiful scenery, ideal Arizona weather and talented musicians at the Spring Music in the Garden Series at Desert Botanical Garden. All concerts are held at the Ullman Terrace. June 5 – Brazilian beats by Grupo Liberdade 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. Tickets are $20 for Garden members and $25 for non-members. General seating only and there are no refunds or exchanges on ticket(s) purchased. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. No outside food or beverage allowed. Attendees must be 21 or older.

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Narcoleptic Spiders at Rula Bula on June 5

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June 5, 2015 - June 6, 2015

Location: Mill Avenue

With hundreds of songs on their playlist, Narcoleptic Spiders can serve up: classic rock, new rock, pop, punk, dance, covers or originals. Narcoleptic Spiders are one of the top rock bands in Phoenix hovering between #1 and #10 on the Reverbnation rock charts. See Narcoleptic Spiders perform at Rula Bula on June 5, 2015.

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Ongoing Events

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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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

The Page to Screen 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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Carnival of Illusion

Carnival of Illusion
March 15, 2015 - June 28, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Step right up and get ready to laugh, have fun and celebrate a magical night out. This top-rated show is “Revitalizing Magic” by blending their “Around the World in 80 Minutes” travel theme with all the charms of a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow. Great for date nights, anniversaries and special nights out. Shows on select Saturdays at the Tempe Center for the Arts, Mesa Arts Center, and Arizona Biltmore Resort. Carnival of Illusion is Magic, Mystery, and Oooh La La! Carnival of Illusion offers shows on select Saturdays throughout the year at several locations. Please visit their website for specific show times and locations: www.carnivalofillusion.com

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Recorded Matter: Ceramics in Motion

Recorded Matter
March 21, 2015 - July 11, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

This exhibition showcases the work of 11 young artists who effortlessly integrate video into their studio practice. Some artists use cameras to document their work being used (or abused). Others use video to document a process that is perhaps more important to them than finished, fired objects. All of these pieces have a life of their own on the Internet, where they can be shared in ways that physical objects cannot. ASU Art Museum Hours Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (May through August until 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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Family Matters at the ASU Art Museum

Family Matters at ASU Art Museum
May 2, 2015 - August 1, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

The contemporary view of what constitutes a family is more expansive that ever before. Whatever their composition, families still matter. Homes, pets, good times and bad are all embraced as part of family life. Family Matters puts families and the many things that matter to them in focus. Games, books and a photo booth in the exhibition invite your family to join in the fun. This exhibition is supported the Evelyn Smith Exhibition Fund, members of the ASU Art Museum and the Stulgaitis Family Scholastic Award in honor of Helen Flecha Polina. 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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State of Exception

Exception
May 2, 2015 - August 8, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

Over 300 backpacks, water bottles, border restraints and other objects left behind by undocumented migrants on their journey into the United States form the basis of this exhibition exploring the human experience of crossing the U.S./Mexico border. Video and images created on location along the Arizona border ask the viewer to consider the complexities of the found objects. This exhibition is a collaboration between photographer Richard Barnes, artist/curator Amanda Krugliak and anthropologist Jason De Leόn. It was originally presented at the Institute of the Humanities Gallery, University of Michigan Ann Arbor. The ASU Art Museum presentation is supported by the Helme Prinzen Endowment. 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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Summer Juried Graduate Exhibition

Summer Juried Graduate Exhbition
May 4, 2015 - August 28, 2015

Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

Come see the annual summer juried graduate student exhibition. The 2015 edition will be juried by Grant Vetter of Fine Art Complex 1101. All non-graduating MFA students were eligible to submit 3 pieces for consideration. Harry Wood Gallery Hours  Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Closed: weekends and holidays

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Found(ing): Prints

Found(ing): Prints
May 16, 2015 - September 12, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

Oliver B. James, a Phoenix attorney, anonymously donated paintings and prints to Arizona State University in the 1950s. His goal was to provide students, faculty, school children and the general public in Arizona with the opportunity to view and be inspired by original works of art. James thoughtfully acquired and donated close to 150 works of primarily American art, working with Paula Kloster, director of the art department and curator of the collection. James’ print collection became the nucleus for the museum’s works-on-paper holdings which now number over 5,500 etchings, lithographs, woodblocks, photographs and drawings. This collection is housed in the Jules Heller Print Study Room, exhibited in the galleries and studied by students and scholars. 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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UNFOLD Yoga at the ASU Art Museum

UNFOLD at the ASU Art Museum
May 22, 2015 - June 26, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

Mindfully explore movement and build strength from deep inner body during yoga at the ASU Art Museum, presented by Annemarie Miskovic. Building on her studies in kinesiology and over 15 years of teaching and coaching swimming, Annemarie offers an evolving and unique practice, blending her yoga offerings with a greater sense of connecting — with one self, community, public spaces, art and energies that support us. UNFOLD Yoga at the ASU Art Museum is every Friday in May – June.  Cost: $10 (cash) or $13 (card) Bring your own mat. Comfortable clothing is recommended.

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