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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

Off the Cuff Comedy Show, August 31

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August 31, 2016

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The Off the Cuff Comedy Show visits Changing Hands Bookstore to perform an interactive, high-energy, family-friendly show created from audience suggestions in the style of Whose Line Is It Anyway?

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Comedian Brad Williams

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September 1, 2016 - September 4, 2016

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Brad Williams has become one of the funniest, most in demand comedians working today. Brad’s ability to make humorous observations on disability, relationships, sex, and race are winning over audiences and proving anyone can overcome their shortcomings.

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Jeordie & The Mixology Project at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
September 2, 2016

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Don't miss Jeordie & The Mixology Project live on the District Stage at Tempe Marketplace on September 2, 2016. Jeordie’s music gives deep & friendly advice, on a sultry rock, melodic platform. Her style is a blend of modern pop themes and folk rock guitar. She has a catalog of music that ranges from upbeat and positive to introspective and melancholy and has the ability to create visual imagery, through her lyrics, melodies and performances.

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Siam Fights Live Presents 2016 Muay Thai Season Finale

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 2, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Siam Fight Productions is the one of America’s premiere Muay Thai event promotions company. This event was created as a place where promising athletes can showcase their skills against athletes from all corners of the globe. This event is the season finale for the largest Muay Thai promotion in Arizona.

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Author Julie Hensley

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September 3, 2016

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

Author Julie Hensley, a graduate of the MFA program at Arizona State University, reads selections from her recent books, Landfall: A Ring of Stories and Viable to Changing Hands Bookstore on September 3, 2016.

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Ratio at Tempe Marketplace- September 3, 2016

Tempe Marketplace
September 3, 2016

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Ratio is one of Phoenix, Arizona’s premier bands specializing in Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Funk and Pop. Recognized as the “Best Jazz Band in Phoenix” by the Phoenix New Times Magazine and the “Best Blues Band” by the Arizona Republic, this versatile band led by founder Larry Rhymes is comprised of some of the best musicians in Phoenix. Their repertoire contains 60’s and 70’s Funk, 80’s Jams, Smooth Jazz, Classic Soul and Motown.

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2016-17 ASU Football: ASU vs. Northern Arizona

ASU Football
September 3, 2016

Location: Sun Devil Stadium

The ASU Sun Devil football team kicks off their new season against NAU at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ.

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MAC 2.5

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 3, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

MAC & Company presents “2.5” featuring brand new works, live musical performance from our resident composer Dr. Jeffrey Ouper, and some MAC classics re-imagined.

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SAROD for C4RCD

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 3, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Sarod virtuoso Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and guests performs a benefit concert for TGen’s Center for Rare Childhood Disorders. Tickets are priced from $100-$200.

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The McLin/Campbell Duo with Lauren Jacobson, Clarinet

ASU Music Building
September 8, 2016

Location: ASU Katzin Concert Hall

The ASU School of Music presents faculty artists Katherine McLin and Andrew Campbell performing with guest artist Lauren Jacobson, assistant professor of clarinet at Northern Colorado University. The program will take place at the ASU Katzin Concert Hall in Tempe, AZ and will feature dramatic and colorful works by Stravinsky, Khachaturian, Milhaud and Peter Schickele.

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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.  

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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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STEAM at the TCA Gallery

STEAM
May 27, 2016 - September 17, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

STEAM is a movement inspired by the popularity of STEM-based education. It seeks to inspire creative thinking and collaboration between the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.

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Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours 2016

Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours
May 28, 2016 - September 3, 2016

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Experience the desert in a whole new light at the popular summer Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden, Thursday and Saturday evenings from May 28-September 3, 2016. Take a stroll along the Garden’s Desert Discovery Trail and visit educational stations along the way where you can experience the plants, animals, sights and sounds of the desert night. Bring a flashlight and wear comfortable shoes. This event is perfect for families or a date night. Flashlight tour activities are included with Garden admission or Garden membership. Please bring your own flashlight. Flashlights will also be available for purchase in the Garden Shop until 9 p.m.

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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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Crafting the Collection

Crafting the Collection at the ASU Art Museum
July 5, 2016 - September 3, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum

It’s no accident that the ASU Art Museum has one of the leading collections of contemporary craft in the nation; founding director Rudy Turk’s interest in contemporary and conceptual craft was well-known and is now carried on by a group of collectors in the Valley. “Crafting the Collection” showcases more than 30 new donations by Sara and David Lieberman, as well as stunning new quilt by Japanese artist Ai Kijima donated by longtime ASU Art Museum supporters Stanley and Mikki Weithorn

Supported by the Evelyn Smith Exhibition Fund.

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The New Animist

New Animist
July 16, 2016 - September 3, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum

“The New Animist” will spotlight selections from the ASU Art Museum collection to illustrate how animist beliefs coincide with contemporary concerns about the environment and to explore how we might better understand and improve our relationship with nature.

Supported by the Windgate Charitable Foundation and 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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