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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 fall, visit our fall 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

Comedian Rory Albanese

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September 23, 2016 - September 24, 2016

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

You can see Rory just about every night on Comedy Central’s, “The Nightly Show” where besides being an on-air Contributor he also serves as a Writer and Executive Producer. Outside his on-camera and behind the scenes television career Rory is an accomplished stand-up comedian. See comedian Rory Albanese perform live at Tempe Improv September 23-24, 2016.

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2016-2017 ASU Football: ASU vs. California

ASU Football
September 24, 2016

Location: Sun Devil Stadium

Without Jared Goff, the ASU defense will be looking to beat their Pac-12 division rivals at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ.

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Pueblo Grande: Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live

Pueblo Grande
September 24, 2016

Location: Pueblo Grande Museum

Join Pueblo Grande Museum as part of a national movement to explore and support the museums of America. Celebrate Museum Day Live! at Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday, September 24, 2016. In honor of Museum Day Live!, Pueblo Grande Museum will offer gallery tours and artifact show and tell stations throughout the day.

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Hot Club of San Francisco Meet Me in Paris

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 24, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Lakeshore Music Series presents Hot Club of San Francisco Meet Me in Paris. "Meet Me in Paris" will transport you to the smoky jazz clubs of Paris in the 1930s, or, if you prefer, the refined lounges of the Ritz.

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Trivium at The Marquee

The Marquee
September 24, 2016

Location: The Marquee

Trivium is known for their multiple musical styles such as heavy metal, metalcore, thrash metal, progressive metal, groove metal, and melodic death metal. Trivium has sold over one million albums worldwide. See Trivium perform live at The Marquee on September 24, 2016. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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Storytime with Jamie Lee Curtis

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September 24, 2016

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The New York Times bestselling author and award-winning actress visits Changing Hands Bookstore with her new children's book, This is Me: A Story of Who We Are And Where We Came From, about identity and immigration.

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Undecided Youth at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
September 24, 2016

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Don't miss Undecided Youth live on the District Stage at Tempe Marketplace. Undecided Youth is a high energy, rock band from Phoenix that performs classic rock songs from artists such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Guns N Roses & many others, as well as their own original music. This young trio has entertained around the valley, including The West Valley Music Festival. See them live on the District Stage at Tempe Marketplace on September 24, 2016.

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Comedian Brian Kiley

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September 25, 2016

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Brian Kiley has appeared several times on “The Late Show with David Letterman”, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Conan O'Brien”. He appears regularly at Caroline's Comedy Club in NYC. He has been a staff writer for Late Night with Conan O'Brien since 1994 and he has been nominated for 12 Emmy Awards and he is the winner of the 2007 Emmy Award for Writing in a Comedy/Variety Series. See comedian Brian Kiley perform live at Tempe Improv on September 25, 2016.

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Bill Philipps at Tempe Improv

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September 25, 2016

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Join renowned Psychic Medium Bill Philipps as he takes you on a journey beyond the physical realm. Bill's amazing gift of communicating with the deceased is unparalleled; as he brings through messages, validations and specific details from spirits of those who have crossed over, proving that the soul lives on after death. Known for being one of the world's youngest Psychic Mediums, Bill Philipps has won the confidence of skeptics and believers alike.

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Atmoshphere at The Marquee

The Marquee
September 26, 2016

Location: The Marquee

The impact of Atmosphere’s music has been the roots to their long-term success, but their continued rigorous touring and performance schedule has been the vessel for engraining these stories and the legacy of the music into their fan base. Atmosphere’s music has evolved in a way that differs from many of their peers and predecessors. Atmosphere’s sound can be described as, ranging from a healthy mixture of upbeat and fun, to the more iconic, moody and personal.

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Ongoing Events

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.  

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3D Astronomy Shows at the ASU Marston Exploration Theater

Marston Exploration Theater
March 2, 2016 - October 29, 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

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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The Brandywine Workshop Collection

Brandywine Collection at ASU Art Museum
July 5, 2016 - December 17, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum

The 59 chosen artworks are culturally diverse, social, political, spiritual and abstract with vibrant colors, energy and narrative. “The Brandywine Workshop Collection” is an exhibition of 18 of those works and includes prints by Sam Gilliam, Willie Birch, Betye Saar, Tomie Arai and Carm Little-Turtle.

Supported by the Evelyn Smith Exhibition Fund.

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Encounter: Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all

Encounter at the ASU Art Museum
July 30, 2016 - November 26, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum

Encounter is an ASU Art Museum exhibition series in which artists are invited to re-imagine and re-contextualize the museum collection in conjunction with their own work. “Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all” is the third exhibition in this series.

Supported by CALA Alliance and the Helme Prinzen Endowment.

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Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 7, 2016 - November 30, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night offers musicians a chance to play their songs in a friendly, attentive atmosphere void of noisy nightclub indifference at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Musicians (acoustic preferred) and poets are welcome. Performers are allowed two songs or two poems not to exceed 10 minutes total. This includes set-up and take down. Musicians must provide their own instruments or recorded music. CDs and IPods are preferred. Covers and original music are welcomed. Microphones, music stands, P.A. system provided. Light food and beverages are available for purchase from Atlasta Catering and Events.  No cover charge. 5-6 pm (High school and younger) –  Sign-up: 4:45 pm 6-10 pm (All performers) – Sign-up:  5:45 pm

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Childsplay: Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook

Junie B Jones
September 11, 2016 - October 16, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook- By Allison Gregory, Adapted from the book series by Barbara Park Ages 5 and up Weekends, Sept. 11 – Oct. 16, 2016: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm) Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Theater Price: $12 – $26 In this brand new Junie B. play, the hilarious kindergartner learns a lesson about respecting other people’s belongings and will leave kids laughing for days!

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Stray Cat Theatre: John

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September 16, 2016 - October 1, 2016

Location: Downtown Tempe

John, by Annie Baker, will be at Tempe Center for the Arts from September 16 – October 1, 2016. Don’t miss this top rated performance directed by Ron May. The week after Thanksgiving. A Bed and Breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A cheerful innkeeper. A young couple trying to stay together. Hundreds of inanimate objects…watching. Something about this B&B is decidedly off. Dark, foreboding, and mysterious, Stray Cat is thrilled to once again be at the forefront of bringing this exceptional young playwright’s newest work to the Valley. This fantastical new play is bound to have you talking long after the curtain goes down.

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Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks at the Phoenix Zoo

Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks at the Phoenix Zoo
September 17, 2016 - January 2, 2017

Location: The Phoenix Zoo

The award-winning, traveling exhibit Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks will be on display at the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo from September 17, 2016 through January 2, 2017. The entertaining exhibition consists of 27 animal and flora sculptures built by New York-based artist Sean Kenney using nearly a million LEGO bricks. Nature Connects highlights several animals which are endangered, threatened or vulnerable to remind people about animal conservation. Each sculpture, placed throughout the beautiful zoo grounds, will be accented by plants chosen by the Zoo’s horticulturists. Sculptures include a sea turtle, rhinoceros, a chameleon and a stunning life-size polar bear mother and her cubs made using more than 133,000 bricks and weighing over 625 pounds. Visitors to the zoo can see the sculptures during the day with general Zoo admission. Some sculptures will also be visible during ZooLights, November 23, 2016-January 8, 2017.

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Energy Charge: Connecting to Ana Mendieta

ASU Art Museum
September 24, 2016 - December 31, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum

This exhibition will showcase the work of Cuban-born American artist Ana Mendieta at the ASU Art Museum. She’s known for art forms of the early 1970s, such as performance, body art, land art and film, with personal and political explorations of the gendered and raced body, ancient cultures and belonging. The many threads in her work continue to play a dominant role in contemporary art. This exhibition will showcase a selection of her work.

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