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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

ASU School of Music: Catalin Rotaru, Double Bass

ASU School of Music Building
September 3, 2014

Location: ASU Katzin Concert Hall

The ASU School of Music Faculty Artist Series presents faculty member Catalin Rotaru performing music for the double bass accompanied by  Russian pianist Anastasia Zhivotovskaya and special guest Dr. Robert Spring, clarinet.   Photography Usage: 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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Tempe Improv – April Macie

Tempe Improv
September 4, 2014 - September 7, 2014

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

April Macie travels the world collecting stories and experiences, which she then translates into humorous, relatable tales in front of audiences worldwide. April has performed stand-up comedy for the troops, was a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2006, has appeared on E! Entertainment, Fuel TV, HSN, Sirius and was labeled an “emerging talent to watch” by the Hollywood Reporter at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in 2005. See April perform  at the Tempe Improv September 4-7, 2014.   Show Times: September 4, 2014 8:00 p.m. September 5, 2014 7:30 & 10:00 p.m. September 6, 2014 7:00 & 10.m. September 7, 2014 7:00 p.m.  

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Rula Bula – Keltic Cowboys on September 5

Rula Bula Irish Pub exterior 244 x 163
September 5, 2014 - September 6, 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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The Persuaders at the Tempe Marketplace District Stage

Tempe Marketplace
September 5, 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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See Sherry Finzer at perform at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
September 5, 2014

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Phoenix based flutist Sherry Finzer has become world-renowned through her Sanctuary music series, performing ambient and relaxing music to heal the body and soul. Sherry is known for her unique blend of musical styles, creating a New Fusion sound. See her perform at the Barnes and Noble fountain.

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First Friday Poetry – Darius Degher

Changing Hands Bookstore
September 5, 2014

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

Featured reading by poet and songwriter Darius Degher, who shares his debut collection, To See the Sound at Changing Hands Bookstore on September 5.

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The TCA presents Class Clowns

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 5, 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. This show is recommended for ages 18 and older. Tickets for this event can be purchased here. 

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ASU School of Music: Tetra String Quartet

ASU School of Music Building
September 5, 2014

Location: ASU Katzin Concert Hall

The ASU Faculty Artist Series presents the Tetra String Quartet performing  music from four centuries featuring Haydn’s “Op. 76 no. 1,” Beethoven’s “Op. 18 no. 4,” Shostakovich’s “String Quartet no. 8,” and Silverman’s “Corrie Q’s Jigs and Reels.” Photography Usage: 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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Mystery Music Box at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 6, 2014

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Bach? Tchaikovsky? Brahms? Which composers will emerge from the Mystery Music Box? The audience decides. Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble believes that its audience has great taste, so it is leaving it up to the patrons to select the repertoire. The winning pieces will be revealed at the concert. Pick your favorite and hear it live at the Tempe Center for the Arts.  Tickets for this concert can be purchased here.

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Rula Bula – The Sullivans on September 6

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September 6, 2014 - September 7, 2014

Location: Rula Bula

The Sullivans are an Irish, kick you in the face, rock band. They play everything from traditional Irish Rock to Irish Folk, U.K. Rock, as well as 50′s, 60′s, and 70′s Rock.

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Ongoing Events

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 foundation has given prints to many institutions across the country to ensure “that the many facets of Warhol’s complex oeuvre are both widely accessible and properly cared for.” In 2008, the ASU Art Museum received 155 photographs by Andy Warhol from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, part of the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program, which donated over 28,500 photographs to educational institutions across the United States.

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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 Gallery from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tempe Center for the Arts Hours are:  10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday Closed on Mondays

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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 – 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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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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First Saturdays for Families at the ASU Art Museum

ASU Art Museum
August 2, 2014 - December 6, 2014

Location: ASU Art Museum

Looking for something to do with your family? The ASU Art Museum presents a variety of programs each month in conjunction with current exhibitions. Families and children of all ages are invited to join us for free, art-related activities at the museum. This free program takes place on the first Saturday of every month and invites children ages 4-12 and their families to make a creative project in conjunction with exhibitions. No registration required. All materials are provided and families can take home their artwork. 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 Wednesdays at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 3, 2014 - November 26, 2014

Location: 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 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. These artists will vie for a spot in the taped-for-television “Songwriters’ Showcase” concert and the In the Spotlight events. Guests can also enjoy food & beverage specials. No cover charge.

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Finally Fridays in September at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 5, 2014 - September 26, 2014

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Shake off the workweek with a relaxing evening by the lake. Enjoy live music by participants in the Tempe Center for the Art’s Songwriters’ Showcase, beautiful scenery and free appetizers. There is no cover charge for this event. September Finally Friday Schedule September 5th - Justin Olson September 12th - AJ Odneal September 19th - Bob McCarroll September 26th - Gary Marsh

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September Tempe Comedy Concert Series

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 5, 2014 - September 26, 2014

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 for Tempe Comedy Concert Series shows can be purchased here. September 5th: Class Clowns Tony Vicich brings his long-running stand-up comedy show, Class Clowns, to TCA. 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. September 12th: Boomer Nichols  Boomer Nichols has appeared on hundreds of stages nationwide from New York, New Jersey and Florida all the way to Arizona, New Mexico, Las Vegas and California. He has shared a stage with many comics, including Robert Schimmel, Doug Stanhope, Loni Love, Mark Cordes, Reno Collier, Lisa Landry, Thai Rivera, Bryan Callen, Monique Marvez, Bert Kreischer and D.L. Hughley. September 19th: Doug Starks is Sammy Davis Jr. From his shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York to the main stage at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Doug Starks is one of the most requested acts in the country, regularly working with such industry giants as Julio Iglesias on his world tour from 1995-98, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson and many more. Stark’s many movie and televisions appearances include Hollywood Shuffle, Fear of the Black Hat, Comic View and Stand-up Spotlight, but his impression of the late Sammy Davis Jr. has […]

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Las Noches de las Luminarias

Las Noches de las Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden
November 28, 2014 - December 30, 2014

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Las Noches de las Luminaras at Desert Botanical Garden, presented by the Arizona Republic, is one of the most treasured holiday events in the Phoenix area. For 16 evenings in November and December, the Garden is even more beautiful with 8,000 hand-lit luminarias and ten musical groups performing throughout the event. This event will take place on the following evenings: November 28-29, December 5,6, 12, 13, 19-23 and 26-30. Tickets are on sale for members on Sept. 15 and the general public on Sept. 28. Guests have the choice of two admission times: 5:30 or 7:30 p.m. See the website for ticket prices and more information.

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