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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!

Feel the excitement at an Arizona State University football game. Or, watch some of the best college teams compete at the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, held annually at the end of December at Sun Devil Stadium.

Run while you rock ‘n’ roll during the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. Over 20,000 runners will cross the finish line in Tempe and stay for the post-concert at Tempe Beach Park. Start training now, the marathon is held annually in January.

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

ASU Art Museum – MUCK

ASU Art Museum
February 15, 2014 - May 31, 2014

Location: ASU Art Museum

Participating artists include Susan Beiner, Nathan Craven, Michael Fujita, David Hicks, Annabeth Rosen, Meghan Smythe and Matt Wedel. They combine potent elements of labor, scale and the innate sensuality of clay and glaze to address concerns of environmental degradation and the search for balance in a seemingly all-consuming technological culture. This exhibition is curated by Peter Held and has been generously supported by the Helme Prinzen Endowment, Joan and David Lincoln, and members of Ceramic Leaders at ASU. Admision 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 […]

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ASU Art Museum – Rhythm and History

Rhythm and History
March 1, 2014 - August 9, 2014

Location: ASU Art Museum

The ASU Art Museum’s seminal 1998 exhibit Contemporary Art from Cuba: Irony and Survival on the Utopian Island established one of the most extensive collections of contemporary Cuban art outside of the island. Rhythm and History — the first reconsideration of the museum’s Cuban holdings in a decade — will feature new acquisitions in dialogue with highlights from the original show, while exploring themes of history and dreams. 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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ASU Art Museum – Chrestomathy

Chrestomathy
March 21, 2014 - June 21, 2014

Location: ASU Art Museum

Pablo Helguera (b. 1971, Mexico City) is a visual and performance artist whose work weaves together personal and historical narratives in the context of socially engaged art and language. Chrestomathy will include several of his most recent works, including Rogaland (2012), a project made through a process of mistranslation. The project departs from the 1936 book, Gamle Gardsanlegg I Rogaland by Norwegian archaeologist, Jan Petersen. From March 21 – June 28, an accompanying exhibition, Pablo Helguera: Libreria Donceles, will be on view in the gallery at the ASU Art Museum International Artist Residency Program at Combine Studios in downtown Phoenix. This exhibition has been generously supported by the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, the Helme Prinzen Endowment, and […]

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Night Gallery – No Matter What

No Matter What
April 4, 2014 - April 27, 2014

Location: Tempe Marketplace

No Matter What is a multimedia exhibition of feminist works created from cultural debris. Malena Barnhart uses found materials including stickers, YouTube videos, boy band posters, and beauty products to create works from the limited scraps of what our culture offers to little girls. The Night Gallery is located at Tempe Marketplace. Admission is free. Night Gallery, Tempe Marketplace Hours: Tuesday–Sunday: 6–9 p.m. Closed: Mondays and holidays

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Night Gallery – MOMENTUM

Tempe Marketplace
April 4, 2014 - April 27, 2014

Location: Tempe Marketplace

MOMENTUM: WOMEN/ART/TECHNOLOGY is a global community of women who embrace technology as their mode of expression. Participants include: artists, authors, art historians, curators, educators and technologists. Emerging professionals participate side by side with established professionals in order to inspire and promote a new generation of women to engage in all aspects of the field. The Momentum website is the central resource of this project and serves as a virtual compilation for the entire Women/Art/Technology community. http://www.momentum-women-art-technology.com The Night Gallery is located at Tempe Marketplace. Admission is free. Night Gallery, Tempe Marketplace Hours: Tuesday–Sunday: 6–9 p.m. Closed: Mondays and holidays  

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ASU Art Museum – This Is Not America, Part III

ASU Art Museum
April 5, 2014 - July 19, 2014

Location: ASU Art Museum

This Is Not America is a three-part series of exhibitions looking at the intersection of art and social change through the lens of the ASU Art Museum’s collection in conversation with emerging and established artists. Part III is co-curated by Julio Cesar Morales with ASU MFA students and focuses on the central themes of dominance and illusion. Admission to the museum 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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Northlight Gallery – Ellipse

Ellipse
April 8, 2014 - April 26, 2014

Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

Shannon-Lier’s photographs explore correlations between the cosmos and a small family, reveling in the peculiar human paradox that our lives are at once unique and utterly common. Admission is free. Northlight Gallery Hours: Tuesday: 12:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Closed: Sunday, Monday and major holidays & summer semester

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Tempe Marketplace – Chalk Art Festival

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April 12, 2014 - April 30, 2014

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Watch artists transform the sidewalks into colorful works of art and play in the designated KidZones at the Tempe Marketplace Chalk Art Festival. Chalk art murals on view April 12th-30th.

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ASU Lyric Opera Theatre Presents “Rent”

"Rent"
April 17, 2014 - April 27, 2014

Location: ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

Winner of the Tony® Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop culture phenomenon with music and a story that connects with audiences of all ages. Based on Puccini’s La Boheme, RENT  is  powerful, poignant funny and still relevant in its depiction of  struggles faced by many.  The music rocks and includes classics  such as “La Vie Boheme,”  ”Seasons of Love,” ” Take Me or Leave Me” and many more. Rent is a modern classic about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today.  Rent is the final show of the Lyric Opera Theatre 50th Anniversary season.This show is verbally, sexually, politically and culturally charged. It is meant for mature […]

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Pow Wow at Arizona State University

ASU Pow Wow
April 18, 2014 - April 20, 2014

Location: ASU Band Practice Field

The contemporary Pow Wow is a link to the past that helps maintain Native Heritage. Seen by outsiders as entertainment due to the singing, dancing, and colorful regalia, the Pow Wow is a spiritual legacy which should be treated with respect and honor. It is a time for Indian families to be together with other family members and friends. It is a time of sharing, of laughter and tears, of learning, and of caring. It is a time when Indians reflect on their traditions. It is a time to honor the past and celebrate the future. Admission: Adults-$10, Students-$7.00, 3 day Pass-$20.00, free admission for children under 6 years old and Seniors over 60 […]

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Ongoing Events

Chihuly in the Garden

Dale Chihuly Sapphire Star Desert Botanical Garden
November 10, 2013 - May 18, 2014

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden is pleased to announce Chihuly in the Garden debut on November 10, 2013. The exhibition will feature multiple installations and artworks on view throughout the Garden’s trails by artist Dale Chihuly. Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art. He is renowned for his ambitious architectural installations around the world, in historic cities, museums and gardens. Chihuly’s work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and has been presented in garden exhibitions including New York Botanical Gardens, Fairchild […]

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3D Astronomy Shows at the ASU Marston Exploration Theater

Marston Exploration Theater
February 19, 2014 - April 26, 2014

Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

The Marston Exploration Theater is excited to host two 3D planetarium experiences: 1. To the Edge of the Universe and Everything in Between is a live, narrated journey from earth to the cosmic background radiation. Stops along the way include current, topical space science news explorations. (~60mins) 2. Undiscovered Worlds explores discoveries and current research of Exoplanets (worlds beyond the Solar System). This presentation includes a 30 min. movie produced by Science Center Boston followed by a live 3-D exploration of known exoplanets in our neighborhood in space. (~70mins) Two presentations alternate: **Each Wednesday evening @ 7:30 p.m. **Each Saturday afternoon @ 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $7.50 for adults, $5.50 for students. Purchase tickets […]

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Spring Butterfly Exhibit

Desert Botanical Garden Spring Butterfly Exhibit
March 1, 2014 - May 11, 2014

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden is home to the Spring Butterfly Exhibit in the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion again this year. The Spring Butterfly Exhibit is open March 1 – May 11, 2014. Hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Visitors can expect to see hundreds of butterflies housed in a spacious 36-by-80-foot flight enclosed lush garden that recreates a habitat most appealing to these fragile fliers. The exhibit highlights the beauty and diversity of North America’s butterflies. Expect to see Giant Swallowtails, Great Southern Whites, Zebra Swallowtails, Queens, Julias, Painted Ladies and Malachites among others. Friendly Garden volunteers, or “flight crews” will be on hand to answer questions and share […]

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