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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! If you’re looking for things to do in Tempe tonight, use the calendar below to search by date and type of event.

Tempe events offer a variety of experiences throughout the year:

From contemporary art exhibits to live music to Broadways shows, art festivals or sporting events, Tempe fits the bill.

Upcoming Events

“A Place for All People”

January 23, 2019 - December 31, 2019

Location: Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park

Arizona Heritage Center presents "A Place for All People" Exhibition now through December 31, 2019.

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“I Have a Name”

Arizona Heritage Center
February 8, 2019 - October 5, 2019

Location: Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park

Arizona Heritage Center presents "I Have a Name" Exhibition now through October 5, 2019.

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Street Safari at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace in Tempe, AZ.
August 13, 2019 - August 31, 2019

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Take a trek through a modern street safari, where amazing animal art abounds near the District Stage at Tempe Marketplace.

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Comedian Tommy Davidson

Tempe Improv
August 16, 2019 - August 18, 2019

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Comedian Tommy Davidson performs at the Tempe Improv, August 16-18, 2019.

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Arizona Stand Up Festival

Tempe Improv
August 21, 2019

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Tempe Improv presents the Arizona Stand Up Festival with Dave Thurston on August 21, 2019.

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Comedian Shane Torres

Tempe Improv
August 22, 2019 - August 23, 2019

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Comedian Shane Torres performs at Tempe Improv, August 22-23, 2019.

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Comedian Patrick Warburton

Tempe Improv
August 23, 2019 - August 24, 2019

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Comedian Patrick Warburton performs at Tempe Improv, August 23-24, 2019.

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Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience: Nick Colionne and Jackiem Joyner

Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience at TCA
August 23, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Flat 9 Entertainment presents Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience at Tempe Center For the Arts on Friday, August 23rd.

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Tempe Healing Field

September 7, 2019 - September 12, 2019

Location: Tempe Beach Park

Continuing the tradition, the Tempe Exchange Club will host the 16th Annual Healing Field for the greater Phoenix community. This inspiring formation of U.S. flags will, as in years past, honors the victims of the September 2001 terrorist attacks that the mature may remember and that youth may learn.

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9-11 Tower Challenge

Tower Challenge at Gila River
September 11, 2019

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The 9-11 Tower Challenge honors first responders who lost their lives at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and recognizes those who continue to protect us from foreign and domestic threats.

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Ongoing Events

Exhibit: Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales

October 26, 2017 - August 31, 2019

Location: Pueblo Grande Museum

Hear the untold stories of pottery sherds and discover what these pieces of the past can reveal. Find out how archaeologists rediscover history from pieces of pottery in Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales, a new exhibit opening on October 26 through August 2018 at Pueblo Grande Museum. This exhibition will feature sherds that connect the Hohokam with their neighbors across the Southwest and northern Mexico during the time of the European Renaissance.

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Savanna Gallery Art Exhibit

February 1, 2019 - September 2, 2019

Location: The Phoenix Zoo

The Savanna Gallery Art Exhibit, “Art on the Wild Side,” features artists Tania Bolin, Lawrence Finkel and April Howland. The exhibit showcases their unique vision of wildlife and conservation via photography, paint and mixed media. Through this exhibit, visitors can engage in the Zoo’s mission to care for the natural world while being inspired by nature and animals. Art is available for purchase and Zoo admission is required to visit the Savanna Gallery. The Savanna Gallery is located in the Savanna Grill. The Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo is introducing a rotating art exhibit program to enhance our visitors’ experience and to help communicate its important national and international conservation efforts. The exhibits will embrace the mission of the Phoenix Zoo: to advance the stewardship and conservation of animals and their habitats while providing experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world.

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Water: Life *Art* Science

WATER Exhibition at Tempe Center for the Arts
May 24, 2019 - August 31, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

The Gallery at TCA provides visitors a space for thoughtful and engaging art experiences. Free admission, tours and outreach programs are available year-round. Large-scale rotating exhibitions include a wide variety of local, regional and international artists, as well as themes of popular culture and interest. This juried exhibition at the Gallery at TCA explores the theme of water in the desert and will include Arizona-based artists working in a variety of media and sub themes including sustainability, science and technology, beauty and mythology. The exhibition will be on display May 24-Aug 31, 2019. Three artists, selected from the juried process, will participate in a 12-week artists-in-residence program which includes use of studio spaces set up inside the Gallery at TCA.

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Change Agent: June Wayne and the Tamarind Workshop

Change Agent at ASU Art Museum
June 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum

“Change Agent” highlights June Wayne’s legacy as an artist, printmaker, educator and activist. Wayne refused to follow a signature style, taking on a variety of themes such as personal history, modern science and social issues. In the Dorothy Series, she narrates the life of her mother, a Russian Jewish immigrant and traveling saleswoman for a garter company. In the Stellar Winds and Solar Flares Series, she mines natural phenomena as metaphors for the human condition.

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Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours

Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden
June 1, 2019 - August 31, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

At Desert Botanical Garden, summer Saturday nights shine with Flashlight Tours, June 1-August 31. All ages will have a blast getting hands-on during this self-guided nocturnal adventure through the Garden. Check out the night blooming plants, animals that come out after-dark plus grab some food and drink and chill out. Tickets: $14.95 adult | $9.95 child | Garden members and children 3 years and younger are admitted free

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Mysteries of the Mind Magic Show

Tempe Marketplace in Tempe, AZ.
June 1, 2019 - August 24, 2019

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Dave & Buster’s presents Mysteries of the Mind Magic Show every Saturday starting at 8 p.m. Mysteries of the Mind is an unforgettable one-hour magic experience featuring Craig Anthony. Masterfully combining his knowledge of body language, persuasion, and human psychology – Craig will read the minds of various audience members, predict the outcome of impossible situations, and even risk serious injury. With lots of humor and audience interaction, Mysteries of the Mind is as entertaining as it is mind-blowing.

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“Particle and Wave: PaperClay Illuminated”

Particle & Wave at ASU Art Museum
June 22, 2019 - September 21, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center

“Particle and Wave” is a groundbreaking exhibition of 45 works created by international artists who incorporate paper pulp and organic fibers into their clay bodies, with the result of increased strength and lighter weight. The exhibition showcases a wide range of visual forms, which would not be possible with traditional methods, as the artists utilize this technique to express contemporary social and cultural ideas. See “Particle and Wave: PaperClay Illuminated” at ASU Ceramics Research Center, June 22-September 21, 2019.

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New Faces of Comedy

Tempe Improv
July 24, 2019 - October 20, 2019

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Think you’re funny? Don’t pass up your opportunity to find out on one of the greatest comedy stages in the country!  Join Tempe Improv for New Faces of Comedy – an open mic night. Show Times: August 7th | 8 p.m. August 25th | 7 p.m. September 5th | 8 p.m. September 29th | 7 p.m. October 20th | 7 p.m.  

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Live Music at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
August 1, 2019 - September 30, 2019

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Whether you’re looking forward to a fun date night or family night out, you can’t go wrong with free music performances at Tempe Marketplace. Enjoy music performed by both local and nationally known bands and musicians at The District Stage located in front of Dave & Busters. August Performances August 16 | Bonafide  Classic Rock, Blues, Country August 17 | Under Fire Classic Rock August 23 | Undecided Youth  Rock, Classic Rock August 31 | Tracing Faces  Indie Alternative Rock, Pop September Performances September 6 | Ant Farm Indie Alternative Rock, Pop September 7 | Ratio  Funk, Soul, R&B September 13 | Big Chad and the Southern Gentlemen  Southern Rock September 14 | Sonoran Swing  Big Band, Swing September 20 | Nina Speaking  90s Cover September 21 | Radio London  80s Synth, Pop Band September 27 | Traveler  Folk, Classical, World Music September 28 | Cosmic Shindig  Rock, Soul

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Stray Cat Theatre: Small Mouth Sounds

Stray Cat Theatre
August 9, 2019 - August 24, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Stray Cat Theatre presents Small Mouth Sounds to Tempe Center for the Arts, August 9-24, 2019. In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward humor, this strange and compassionate new play constructed almost entirely out of silence with relatively little actual dialogue asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us. 

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