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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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Apocalyptica performs at Marquee Theatre

Marquee Theatre
May 25, 2015

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Apocalyptica is a metal band from Helsinki, Finland formed in 1993. Since its inception, the band has been mining  classical form and structure to create something totally unpredictable and utterly unforgettable. Twenty years into an inimitable and formidable career, they are still reinventing themselves and finding new sources of inspiration. During the break the band worked on a crossover musical and theatrical project titled Wagner Reloaded.   The work combined Wagner’s music with the sound of Apocalyptica to celebrate German composer Richard Wagner’s 200th birthday. It was performed in two live performances in Wagner’s birthtown Leipzig July 5–6, 2013. Eicca Toppinen  arranged and composed the music, and the band performed live on stage as part of the production. In November 2013, the band released an album titled Wagner Reloaded-Live in Leipzig, comprising original music recorded live at the event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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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, now comes/returns to (city or theatre) 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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All About Dance: #LiveToDance at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
May 27, 2015 - May 28, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Enjoy a night of entertainment at the Tempe Center for the Arts as the dancers from All About Dance will showcase all genres of dances such as: Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Contemporary and Lyrical. Tickets for this performance can be purchased here.  

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Movies in the Park – Planes Fire and Rescue

Movies in the Park at Kiwanis Park
May 29, 2015

Location: South Tempe

Skip the theater and bring the whole family to Kiwanis Park for the annual Movies in the Park series. Every Friday night in May there will be a free screening of a beloved family-friendly flick. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic dinner. All movies begin at dusk, approximately 7 p.m. at the north soccer field (Mill Avenue, just south of Baseline). Movie Lineup: May 1 -The Boxtrolls May 8 – Annie May 15 – 101 Dalmatians May 22 – The little Mermaid May 29 – Planes and Rescue

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Music in the Garden 2015 – Pete Pancrazi

Pete Pancrazi
May 29, 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. May 29 – jazz guitar from Pete Pancrazi 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 5:30 p.m. No outside food or beverage allowed. Attendees must be 21 or older.

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Author Christopher McDougall

Changing Hands Bookstore
May 29, 2015

Location: South Tempe

Christopher McDougall visits with his new book, Natural Born Heroes, in which he researches ancient endurance techniques and how those skills can be unlocked today in the muscles and minds of both casual athletes and aspiring heroes everywhere.

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Friday Film Screenings: Disney’s Sleeping Beauty

Tempe Center for the Arts
May 29, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Join local pop culture fans and film scholars at this series of film screenings highlighting some of the books and films from the TCA’s Page to Screen exhibition. Introduction provided by TCA’s curator Michelle Nichols Dock.

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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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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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Unfixed: New Painting

Unfixed244 x 163
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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May 2015 Finally Friday at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
May 1, 2015 - May 29, 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. No Cover Charge. May Finally Friday Schedule May 1st – Cottonwood Stone May 8th – Justin Olson May 15th – Bob McCarroll May 22nd – Gary Marsh May 29th – Robby Roberson  

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May 2015 Tempe Comedy Concert Series

Tempe Center for the Arts
May 1, 2015 - May 29, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe’s newest comedy series brings the best Valley comics to the stage. No food or drink minimums. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Tickets to Tempe Comedy Concert Series performance can be purchased here. May 1st: Dwayne Perkins  New York native Dwayne Perkins made his national television debut with a stellar performance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Dwayne’s intellectual yet street savvy comedic style impresses all in attendance, pushing him to the head of the class among up and coming comedians. His performance has led to international appearances, as well as television and film roles. Dwayne made his sitcom debut on the 2002 fall season premiere of CBS’s Baby Bob as a guest star supplying comic relief.   May 8th: Class Clowns Comedy 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. May 15th: Gert the Joke Lady Gert the Joke Lady is 93 and a holocaust survivor from Austria. She also survived a 30 day coma from an undiagnosed ailment in 2002. After that experience, she decided she was going to enjoy her life and began her career as a stand-up comedian. She worked with Paul Newman and Margaret Hamilton in the 1950s and frequently appeared in the popular television show Route 66 in […]

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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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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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