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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

Summer Juried Graduate Exhibition at the Harry Wood Gallery

Arts & Culture
April 28, 2014 - August 29, 2014

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The Master of Fine Arts Summer Juried Exhibition features 17 works by 12 graduate students. All current MFA candidates were eligible to apply, and the prints, photographs, ceramics, woods, fiber art and videos selected for exhibit were chosen by Robrt Pela of R. Pela Gallery. Entry to this exhibition is free. Gallery Hours 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday Closed: Weekends and major holidays.

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Movies at the Museum

Tempe History Museum
August 2, 2014 - August 23, 2014

Location: Tempe History Museum

Watch some of your favorite Disney films the first four Saturdays in August at 1 p.m. at the Tempe History Museum. Miss the old classic Disney films? Want your kids to see them for free and in air conditioned comfort? Experience a selection of the best Disney films from the 1970s and 1980s. Sponsored by Whole Foods, Tempe and the Tempe Public Library. August movie schedule: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977): August 2 The Fox and the Hound (1981): August 9 The Black Cauldron (1985): August 16 The Little Mermaid (1989): August 23

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Changing Hands Bookstore – Dr. Emil Faithe

Changing Hands Bookstore
August 21, 2014

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The holistic pharmacist, medical intuitive, and Doctor of Pharmacy presents his independently-published book, You are Sensitive. This self-help book explains how you can holistically overcome depression, anxiety, insomnia, hormonal imbalances, chronic fatigue, and more.

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Tempe Improv – Colin Kane

Tempe Improv
August 21, 2014 - August 24, 2014

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Colin Kane has the ability to convert audiences worldwide into staunchly loyal fans. His talent and prolific vocation have allowed him the opportunity to work for everyone from the racially charged Paul Mooney to the deeply perceptive Jerry Seinfeld. Kane’s unequaled defining factor is his knack for incorporating improv into his sets, maintaining a level of surprising originality in each performance.   Show Times: August 21, 2014 8:00 p.m. August 22, 2014 10:00 p.m. August 23, 2014 10:00 p.m. August 24, 2014 7:00 p.m.

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3rd Thursday Adventure Run

Tempe Marketplace courtyard
August 21, 2014

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Every 3rd Thursday, meet new running friends at Road Runner Sports at Tempe Marketplace. Run to checkpoints for raffle tickets and enter to win fun giveaways. Registration starts at 6 p.m. Bring a light and wear reflective gear to participate. 

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Fall Arts Kick Off at the Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 22, 2014

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Start the new performance season with the partner organizations of TCA. You can enjoy everything from live dance and music performances to ticket giveaways and art to create an event to be enjoyed by the whole family. Audiences will be provided new season information from booths by Childsplay, Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Desert Dance Theater, Arizona Wind Symphony, Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts, Tempe Community Chorus, Friends of TCA and CONDER/dance.  This event has no cover charge to attend.

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The Pangean Orchestra Returns

Tempe History Museum
August 22, 2014

Location: Tempe History Museum

See the Pangean Orchestra in Tempe on August 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the Tempe History Museum. In 2011 and 2012, the Pangean Orchestra played 2 of the best received shows the Tempe History Museum has ever produced. The Museum is proud to present this special return engagement on Friday, August 22nd at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but all donations will help the musicians and the mission of the orchestra to continue. The Pangean Orchestra was born from the desert in 2010. Since then, their groundbreaking sound and incredible ability to harmonize seemingly incompatible instrumentations have been inspiring audiences, music lovers and musicians around the world. On August 22nd, […]

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LANE CHANGE at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
August 22, 2014

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Combining hard-driving, rocking rhythms with soulful, melodic vocals, LANE CHANGE will have you dancing, singing, and asking the question…“Did they just play that?” Delivered with the energy and passion that the music they play demands, audiences are not only talking about their music selection, but their musical ability, as well.

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Dani Zubia at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
August 22, 2014

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Dani Zubia is a self-taught musician. She plays guitar, mandolin, bass, harmonica and piano. Dani has been playing “out” for the past year – most notably opening for the Pistoleros & Dead Hot Workshop Christmas Eve 2012 to a sold out Crescent Ballroom crowd. Her father Lawrence Zubia & Uncle Mark Zubia front The Pistoleros, a band that has been playing in the Valley for the last 20 years. Dani’s grandfather Raul Zubia was a Mariachi musician for 40 years in the Valley.   See her perform at the Barnes and Noble fountain at Tempe Marketplace.

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Tempe Improv – Bobby Slayton

Tempe Improv
August 22, 2014 - August 23, 2014

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

A true “comic’s comic,” Bobby Slayton, has been performing his own intense style of stand-up comedy for over 20 years, becoming one of the best known, respected, and energetic comics working today. He’s been seen on dozens of television shows including “The Tonight Show” and “Politically Incorrect.” Bobby Slayton will be performing at the Tempe Improv from August 22 -23, 2014. Show Times: August 22, 2014 7:30 p.m. August 23, 2014 7:00 p.m.

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Ongoing Events

Garden Flashlight Tours

Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours
May 24, 2014 - August 30, 2014

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Don’t miss one of the best summer events, the Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours.  Flashlight Tours take place on Thursday and Saturday nights, May 24-Aug. 30, 2014.  This event begins at 7:00 p.m.  Flashlight Tours are included with Garden membership or with paid Garden admission.  The tours are at your own pace. Along the trails, guests can find several discovery stations with plants, animals and other elements of the desert at night. Guests are encouraged to bring their own flashlights and wear comfortable shoes.  Flashlight Tours are perfect for families and date nights.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 – 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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August Finally Friday at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 1, 2014 - August 29, 2014

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Shake off the workweek with a relaxing evening by the lake at Finally Friday at the TCA. Enjoy live music by participants in the TCA’s Songwriters’ Showcase, with beautiful scenery and free appetizers. There’s no cover charge.   August Finally Friday Schedule August 1st: Chloe Tang August 8th: Billy Cioffi August 15th: Bob McCarroll August 22nd: Gary Marsh August 29th: Tom Bertling

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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. […]

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Tempe Comedy Concert Series at the TCA in August

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 8, 2014 - August 29, 2014

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 for Tempe Comedy Concert Series shows can be purchased here. August 8th: Jas Clay Jas Clay is a fun, engaging comedian, who likes to entertain all audiences, from comedy clubs and casinos to corporate functions and fundraisers. He has performed in “Stand Up Live”, Stand Up Scottsdale, Cocopah Casino, Tempe Improv, The Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. Jas has also opened for Gilbert Gottfried, Carlos Alazraqui of “Reno 911″, The Soup’s Hal Sparks and more. August 15th: Men vs. Women – a comedic town hall debate A comedic panel […]

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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

Host Walt Richardson is on board for a relaxing evening of live music from some of the Valley’s best singer/songwriters. Artists vie for a chance to perform at In the Spotlight and in the Songwriters’ Showcase. Guests will enjoy food & beverage specials. Exclusive session for high school age and younger from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Sign up begins at 5:45 p.m. for the open category; 4:30 p.m. for youth. Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night is every Wednesday evening in the lobby of the Tempe Center for the Arts. There is no cover charge for this event.

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