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Looking for fun things to do in Tempe and the Phoenix area? Plan your visit to coincide with one of Tempe’s exciting events including festivals, concerts, sporting events and more. 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:

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

Ballet Arizona at Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden
May 17, 2016 - June 4, 2016

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Ballet Arizona returns to Desert Botanical Garden this summer with an outdoor performance combining the beauty and brilliance of ballet with the magnificence of nature. This world-premiere production, Round, will be performed on a 360-degree stage.

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Scottsdale Musical Theater Company presents “Kiss of the Spider Woman”

Kiss of the Spider Woman
May 25, 2016 - May 29, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Scottsdale Musical Theater Company is thrilled to present "Kiss of the Spider Woman", the rarely-seen Kander & Ebb, Tony Award-winning musical at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

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Comedian Jeff Garcia

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May 26, 2016 - May 29, 2016

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Jeff Garcia got his start after he entered an amateur comedy competition at a local Los Angeles club. Jeff was full of idioms, sarcasm and street jokes. Jeff's edgy; street smart brand of comedy took second place that night. By the time Jeff Garcia was sixteen, he landed his first television spot on HBO's Loco Slam. Since then Jeff has made over twelve television appearances, including NBC's Friday Night Video's, Vibe with Sinbad, and Galavision's Funny is Funny showcasing his comedy talent. See

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2016 Movies in the Park – Toy Story, May 27

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May 27, 2016

Location: Kiwanis Park

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).

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2016 Music in the Garden: Delphine Cortez and Jazz Alive

Music in the Garden at Desert Botanical Garden
May 27, 2016

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Enjoy beautiful scenery, warm Arizona weather and talented musicians at the Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series at Desert Botanical Garden. All concerts are held at the Ullman Terrace on Friday evenings. Delphine Cortez and Jazz Alive will perform from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on May 27, 2016.

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Los Guys featuring Mark Zubia

Tempe Marketplace
May 27, 2016

Location: Tempe Marketplace

For more than a decade, Phoenix-based Los Guys have been making their signature brand of rock and roll, wowing audiences with vibrant live shows and serving up a sweet soundtrack to many a memorable night out.

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Pride Through Strife

Tempe Marketplace
May 28, 2016

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Pride Through Strife has spent their time opening for a ton of bands and they have a kitsch niche, which is that the band is fronted by triplets. Yes, triplets. They happen to be triplets with a splendid taste in Caribbean based music that will knock your socks off.

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ASAP Ferg and Tory Lanez at The Marquee

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May 31, 2016

Location: The Marquee

Hip hop recording artist, ASAP Ferg, performs music from his solo album at The Marquee on May 31, 2016. Joining him on stage is hip hop recording artist, songwriter, record producer, director, fashion designer and entrepreneur, Tory Lanez. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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Speakeasy at Tempe Improv, June 1

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June 1, 2016

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Brian Mullan's “Speakeasy Comedy Lounge” has been entertaining Valley audiences for the past 5 years and now he’s bringing the critically acclaimed show to one of the most respected venues in the country. From national touring acts to the absolute best up-and-coming comedians, these shows quickly earned a reputation for being off-the-wall and unpredictable, while at the same time being relevant and thought provoking.

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Comedian Brandon T. Jackson

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June 2, 2016 - June 5, 2016

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Brandon T. Jackson is a multifaceted young actor carving his own path in Hollywood. Earning critical praise, he started out in stand-up comedy and has evolved into a burgeoning young film and television star. See comedian Brandon T. Jackson perform live at Tempe Improv June 2-5, 2016.

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Ongoing Events

Desertscapes: Narrative Landscape Photography

Pueblo Grande Museum
October 2, 2015 - August 31, 2016

Location: Pueblo Grande Museum

Desertscapes  features black and white landscape photographs by Wayne Norton. He describes this exhibit  as a portrait of the American desert, through which he wishes “to question Man’s treatment of the desert and our existence there…” He describes his work as formal, graphic compositions and says “My concerns for the desert are serious but my artistic vision is often symbolic, whimsical, and even ironic.” The exhibit is included with paid museum admission. Museum hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission Adults (18-54) – $6 Seniors (55+) – $5 Children (6-17) – $3, Free on Sundays Under Age 6 – Free Museum members – Free

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hello Friday at the Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Center for the Arts
January 22, 2016 - December 31, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Every Friday, enjoy specialty drinks, chef-inspired affordable bites, live music from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m, vintage games and sunsets over Tempe Town Lake at the Tempe Center for the Art’s prime time Happy Hour. Purchase of wristband ($7) allows access to the food station from 6-8 p.m. Musical Performance Schedule (tentative) May 6: Billy Cioffi May 13th: AJ Odneal May 20th: Special hello Friday Meets In the Spotlight Performance featuring: Sammi Mrtinez, Lisa Oorlog, Joey Weissgerber and Walt Richardson from 6-9 p.m. this week. Music starts at 7 p.m. May 27th: Walt Richardson

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Tony Labat: One for Tomorrow and One Just for Today

Tony Labat: One for Tomorrow at the ASU Art Museum in Downtown Tempe
January 30, 2016 - May 28, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum

A pioneer of video installations, Tony Labat makes work that often identifies with the “outsider,” whether as the artist or immigrant. Born in Cuba, Labat frequently comments on displacement and marginalization. This exhibition is supported by the Helme Prinzen Endowment. The dates of this exhibition are Jan. 30 – April 21, 2016 & April 30 – May 28, 2016. The project space is open from noon to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday and by appointment.

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Participant: Photographs by Spencer Tunick

Photographs by Spencer Tunick at the ASU Art Museum
January 30, 2016 - May 28, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum

Since the early 1990s, Spencer Tunick has traveled the globe creating staged images of multiple nude figures in urban and rural public settings. And since 2000, collector Stephane Janssen has been a participant in photographs that range from a handful of figures in an art museum to thousands of volunteers in the Dead Sea. “Participant” includes more than 20 works from the Janssen collection which are a blend of photography, installation and performance. This exhibition and the accompanying artist’s book are supported by Stéphane Janssen. Open Tuesday: 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Wednesday–Saturday: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Closed: Sunday, Monday and holidays. (Additional educator hours by appointment: Mondays and before 11 a.m. Tuesday–Thursday.)

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Watertight: Sandra Ramos

Watertight: Sandra Ramos at the ASU Art Museum in Downtown Tempe
January 30, 2016 - May 28, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum

This ASU Art Museum exhibition revolves around eight recent, short video animations that explore the complex historic and current relationship between Cuba and the U.S. Cuban artist Sandra Ramos’s witty figures and settings draw from literature, popular media and the island of Cuba, and combine in narratives that explore provocative issues of immigration and international borders, containment and power structures, illusions and lost utopias. The animations are on loan from the collection of I. Michael and Beth Kasser, who generously supported the artist’s residency. The exhibition is supported by the Evelyn Smith Exhibition Fund. The ASU Art Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday–Saturday; Closed: Sunday, Monday and holidays. (Additional educator hours by appointment: Mondays and before 11 a.m. Tuesday–Thursday).

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Tony Labat: Love Me Two Times

Tony Labat: Love Me Two Times at the ASU Art Museum in Downtown Tempe
January 30, 2016 - May 28, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum

“Love Me Two Times” presents two recent projects by Bay Area-based, Cuban-born artist Tony Labat exploring issues of labor, migration, and displacement. The first, premiered at the Havana Biennial in 2012, is a participatory installation based around a hand-made billiards table in the shape of the island of Cuba. The second installation features six months of video surveillance footage of day laborers taken out the window of the artist’s studio. Sponsored by Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen and the ASU Art Museum Creative Impact Board. Exhibit runs Jan. 30-April 21 and April 30-May 28.

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Between Earth and Sky: Southwest Art in China

Southwest Art in China at the ASU Art Museum in Downtown Tempe
January 30, 2016 - May 28, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum

Working with ASU’s Center for American Culture and the American Centers for Cultural Exchange (ACCEX) network in China, the project shared the richness and diversity of the American experience with Chinese students, faculty and general public with works on paper by Southwest artists at universities in Sichuan, Nanjing, Shanghai and Xi’an. The exhibition and its tour was supported by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday–Saturday; Closed: Sunday, Monday and holidays. (Additional educator hours by appointment: Mondays and before 11 a.m. Tuesday–Thursday).

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BLOW UP

Blow Up at ASU Art Museum
February 20, 2016 - August 20, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum

THE ASU ART MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE Experience a few of the great acquisitions the museum received in 2015. Blow Up, an interactive piece by Scott Snibbe, messes with scale and incorporates breath, fans, technology and sound at the ASU Art Museum. There is the huge wild world of a painting by Stefani Gutheil, discovered in her Berlin studio and purchased for the museum by Director’s Council members Wan Kyun Rha and Andrew Kim, and further explorations into the painted imagination with stunners by Sandow Birk and Beverly McIver each given by long-term supporters of the museum. Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday–Saturday; Closed: Sunday, Monday and holidays. (Additional educator hours by appointment: Mondays and before 11 a.m. Tuesday–Thursday)    

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3D Astronomy Shows at the ASU Marston Exploration Theater

Marston Exploration Theater
March 2, 2016 - July 2, 2016

Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

The Marston Exploration Theater on the ASU Tempe Campus hosts 3D planetarium experiences including the following topics: 1. To the Edge of the Universe and Everything in Between 2. The Search: Exploring New Worlds 3. Gathering Light: 25 years of discovery from the Hubble Space Telescope 4. The Secret Life of Stars Shows occur: **Each Wednesday evening @ 7:30 p.m. **Each Saturday afternoon @ 2:30 p.m. Check the calendar for the specific show on each date. Tickets: $7.50 for adults, $5.50 for students. Purchase tickets online or at the door. The Marston Exploration Theater is located inside the ISTB4, Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4. Visit the website for more details, including parking information.

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First Saturday for Families at the ASU Art Museum

First Saturday for Families
March 5, 2016 - December 3, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum

[THE ASU ART MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE] This free program takes place on the first Saturday of each 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.  

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