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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

Joan Waters Dog Days Open Studio

Dog Days Open Studio
July 29, 2016 - July 30, 2016

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Discover new mixed media work in steel, painting and clay, plus new trellises and birds for garden spaces, candle sculptures and support the United Food Bank's Summer Food Drive at the Joan Waters Dog Days of Summer Open Studio in Tempe, Arizona, July 29-30, 2016. Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible. Dogs welcome (on leash). support the Summer Food Drive. Food banks are often in high demand and low supply in the summer.

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Comedian Wayne Brady, July 30

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July 30, 2016

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

For over a decade, Wayne Brady has been entertaining audiences with his acting, improv, singing and dancing on television, film and the stage. In 1998, his career took off with Whose Line Is It Anyway? for which he won a 2003 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety, Musical or Comedy Series. See comedian Wayne Brady perform live at the Tempe Improv on July 30, 2016.

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The Claypool Lennon Delirium at The Marquee

The Marquee
July 30, 2016

Location: The Marquee

Two worlds have collided, and what glorious and odd worlds they are. After a successful summer tour pairing Primus with Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Les Claypool and Sean Lennon have decided to combine their abstract talents into a project called The Claypool Lennon Delirium. Their efforts thus far have spawned the upcoming, full-length release called “Monolith of Phobos.” See The Claypool Lennon Delirium perform live at The Marquee on July 30, 2016. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

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Miss D’meaner & the Felonies on July 30, 2016

Tempe Marketplace
July 30, 2016

Location: Tempe Marketplace

From The Cure to Katy Perry to Aerosmith, Miss D’meaner & the Felonies energizes the stage with a unique blend of Alternative/Rock/Pop cover songs from the 1970s through today. Based in the Phoenix-area, the 5-piece cover band formed in early 2013, and features the dynamic range of Rebecca Franz and Bret Helm - female/male co-lead vocalists - dual guitars from Dan Tipps and Leo Pelletier, and Jason Barton on drums.

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Lukas Graham at The Marquee

The Marquee
August 1, 2016

Location: The Marquee

Known for their hit singles, "7 Years" and "Mama Said", Lukas Graham's musical style can be descried as a mix between hip hop and folk. Comprised of lead singer Lukas Forchhammer, drummer Mark Falgren, bassist Magnus Larsson, and keyboardist Morten Ristorp. See Lukas Graham perform live at The Marquee on August 1, 2016. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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Speakeasy at the Improv, August 4

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August 4, 2016

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

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. Come see why comedy is something that needs to be experienced live and in perso

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Comedian Cedric The Entertainer

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August 5, 2016 - August 6, 2016

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Charismatic actor and comedian Cedric "The Entertainer" is best known for his universal appeal, versatility, and tremendous career successes spanning television, live performances, and film have solidified his standing as one of the premiere entertainers in the world. See Cedric The Entertainer perform live at Tempe Improv on August 5, 2016.

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Vermillion Road at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
August 5, 2016

Location: Tempe Marketplace

It’s becoming increasingly less common for rock bands to invent ways to break out of the mold and create new, refreshing music. Denver Rock band, Vermillion Road’s original music draws inspiration from the hard rock and alternative sound they love; their unforgettable riffs and pounding rhythms are balanced with expressive lyrics, memorable melodies and interesting dynamics giving their songs a modern sound.

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Author Joe Montaño III

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August 5, 2016

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

Co-founder of Balboa Poet House, Joe Montaño, visits Changing Hands Bookstore with his debut collection of poetry, Five O'Clock, about the universal link of humanity inspired by travel, nature, and pop culture.

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Prowl & Play at the Phoenix Zoo: August 6, 2016

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August 6, 2016

Location: The Phoenix Zoo

Ahoy, matey! Weigh your anchors and don your tiaras at the Phoenix Zoo for a night of magical adventures at Prowl & Play on August 6, 2016. Enjoy musical entertainment, animal encounters, water slides and more swashbuckling adventures for pirates and princesses alike.

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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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BLOW UP

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

Location: ASU Art Museum

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 - August 20, 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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Breach: Log 16

Breach: Log 16
April 15, 2016 - August 6, 2016

Location: ASU Art Museum Brickyard Gallery

“Breach: Log 16” showcases the work of Courtney Michele Leonard, an artist and filmmaker from the Shinnecock Nation of Long Island, New York. Leonard’s work explores the evolution of language, image and culture through mixed media pieces of video, audio and tangible objects. This exhibition is an exploration of historical ties to water and whale; imposed law; and a current relationship of material sustainability. Navigation lies within visual translation, acceptance and pursuit of process. Charting exists as a log of record, documenting and mapping each point where the surface breaks. “Breach: Log 16” catalogs the expedition, encounters and experiences. ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center and Brickyard Gallery 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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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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Family Workshops at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
May 28, 2016 - August 6, 2016

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Visit a new Maker Space theme every two weeks at the Tempe Center for the Arts Gallery. Enjoy these free workshops on Saturdays from Noon – 2 p.m. Click here to see complete workshop schedule.

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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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