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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 fall, 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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Cardio Kick

Tempe Marketplace
January 6, 2015 - January 27, 2015

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Motivate and get in shape at our free fitness series! Enjoy free Zumba and Cardio Kick classes presented by the Tempe YMCA every Tuesday starting at 6:30 p.m. at Tempe Marketplace. 

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NFL Experience

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January 24, 2015 - February 1, 2015

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NFL EXPERIENCE ENGINEERED BY GMC & BRIDGESTONE FAN GALLERY The National Football League will host the 22nd annual NFL Experience at the Phoenix Convention Center from January 24 – February 1, 2015. The NFL Experience Engineered by GMC is the most exciting continuous event surrounding Super Bowl XLIX – pro football’s interactive theme park offering participatory games, displays, entertainment attractions, youth football clinics and free autograph sessions from current and former NFL players.  A list of player appearances will be posted on SuperBowl.com in mid-January.* The Bridgestone Fan Gallery also will live within NFL Experience Engineered by GMC.  Separate tickets are not required. Experience a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Radio Row at the Fan Gallery. Breathe in the exciting buzz that will constantly be swarming around the Media Center throughout Super Bowl XLIX. Tickets Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, December 10, and will be available for purchase by calling 866.TIX.4NFL (849.4635) or by visiting TicketMaster.com.  Tickets also will be available for purchase at the box office daily, one hour prior to doors opening.  To avoid lengthy lines at the box office, the pre-purchase of tickets online is recommended.  Ticket prices include all games and attractions, as well as access to the Bridgestone Fan Gallery. Adults – $35 Children 12 and under – $20 *Please note:  All appearances are subject to change without notice.

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The Marquee: Badfish

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January 28, 2015

Location: Marquee Theatre

The Marquee presents Badfish, a Tribute band to Sublime. What separates Badfish from other tribute bands is that they have replicated Sublime’s essence, developing a scene and dedicated following most commonly reserved for label-driven, mainstream acts. Badfish make their mark on the audience by playing with the spirit of Sublime. They perform not as Sublime would have, or did, but as Badfish does.  

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Soul Food Comedy With Alex Thomas

Tempe Improv
January 28, 2015

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Kickoff Super Bowl Week at the Tempe Improv for the Soul Food Comedy Show starring Alex Thomas.  Doors open at 8:00 p.m.

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Mark Winston: Bee Time

Changing Hands Bookstore
January 29, 2015

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The biologist and bee expert, Mark Winston, visits with his new book Bee Time, a personal and scientific journey into the history humanity shares with bees.

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ASU School of Music presents Shanghai String Quartet

ASU School of Music Building
January 29, 2015

Location: ASU Katzin Concert Hall

The ASU School of Music presents the Shanghai String Quartet for the 2014-15 String Quartet Residency program. This concert includes Turina’s La Oracion del Torero, Ravel’s Quartet in F Major, and Beethoven’s Quartet No. 10 in E-flat, Op. 127. The Shanghai String Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Renowned for its passionate musicality and impressive technique, the ensemble’s elegant style blends the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire, allowing it to traverse musical genres from masterpieces of Western music to cutting-edge contemporary works.   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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The 16th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration

ASU Gammage
January 30, 2015

Location: ASU Gammage

In its Sixteenth year, the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is the first and only gospel event sanctioned by the NFL for Super Bowl Weekend. The concert series features Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling gospel and contemporary Christian and mainstream artists, marquee NFL players and the NFL PLAYERS Choir.  Tickets to the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration can be purchased here.

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ASU School of Music Guitar Series: Anton Baranov

ASU School of Music Building
January 30, 2015

Location: ASU Katzin Concert Hall

 Russian guitarist Anton Baranov is a 2010 graduate of the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St Petersburg. Baranov has participated in a number of International Guitar Festivals in Russia and Europe, and was the first prize winner of both the World Guitar Competition and the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition in 2013. His concert at ASU is part of the illustrious Guitar Foundation of America Winners Tour.   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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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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TCA Juried Biennial: Copper at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 26, 2014 - January 31, 2015

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

This exhibition coincides with the seven-year anniversary of the opening of the TCA (Sept. 9, 2007). The exhibition features works on copper, art made of copper and artists inspired by copper, a tradition for seventh anniversaries. A panel of nationally recognized artists, curators and community members selected 22 Arizona artists from a wide array of visual art traditions, including bronze casting, painting, ceramics, etching, quilt making and jewelry. The overall exhibition is a celebration of copper as a medium as well as a prominent symbol of Arizona history. Free admission.  

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FUSION: Three Views/One Collection

Fusion
November 8, 2014 - February 28, 2015

Location: ASU Art Museum

Ceramics faculty members from the ASU School of Art have selected 22 works from the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center’s permanent collection. Susan Beiner, Samuel Chung and Kurt Weiser each bring their own views as ceramic artists and educators to the curatorial process to create FUSION: Three Views/One Collection. Each faculty member will also have one of their own pieces on exhibit to illustrate their personal work.  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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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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January Tempe Comedy Concert Series

Tempe Center for the Arts
January 1, 2015 - January 31, 2015

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. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Tempe Comedy Concert Series performances can be purchased here. January 2nd – Best of the West Five top touring headliners take to the stage. Some you have seen on TV; others you have seen lurking in the bushes in front of your house. On this night, you see them live on the best stage in Arizona. January 9th – Clean Kings of Comedy Phoenix is fast becoming the one of the most influential comedy cities in the country. Come see why as Ken Kaz, Jon Jesmer, Bob Kubota, Jonathan Gregory and their special guests prove that comics do not have to be filthy to be funny. This PG show is perfect for anyone who truly wants to laugh with friends and family. January 16th – Right Wing, Left Wing Back by popular demand, the funniest political comics in town take turns on the TCA stage ripping everyone from President Obama to Governor Brewer. This is political comedy at its funniest. The rules are simple – there are no rules. Whether your political affiliation leans to the right or left, this show is for you. The show features some of the top comics in the Valley, who have performed at both the local and national level. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Use PROMO Code: Tony for $2 off.  

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Finally Fridays in January at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
January 1, 2015 - January 31, 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 Tempe Center for the Art’s Songwriters’ Showcase, beautiful scenery and free appetizers. There is no cover charge for this event. January Finally Friday Schedule January 2nd - A.J. Odneal January 9th  - Tom Bertling January 16th - Bob McCarroll January 23rd - Amanda Soares  

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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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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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