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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. And if you’re visiting this spring, visit our spring events page!

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

Exhibition at Desert Botanical Garden: Jun Kaneko

October 13, 2017 - May 13, 2018

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Experience the bold, colorful and monumental sculptures of Japanese-American Artist Jun Kaneko. Uncover Kaneko's colorfully glazed ceramics and bronze forms in the rich backdrop of the Garden's desert flora. Kaneko’s exhibition at the Garden will include approximately 20 large-scale ceramic and bronze sculptures placed along the Garden’s trails.

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Childsplay presents The Snowy Day

Childsplay presents The Snowy Day
January 21, 2018 - March 11, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

See The Snowy Day at the Tempe Center for the Arts January 21-March 11, 2018. The Snowy Day celebrates the magic and boundless possibilities of the first snowfall! Follow Peter and his friends as they romp and play, starting snow ball fights and making snow angels in this imaginative play about childhood joys and the challenges of growing up.

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HAMILTON

HAMILTON at ASU Gammage
January 30, 2018 - February 25, 2018

Location: ASU Gammage

See HAMILTON at ASU Gammage, January 30, 2018 – February 25, 2018. HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.

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Stray Cat Theatre: Hand to God

February 2, 2018 - February 25, 2018

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Hand to God, by Robert Askins, explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith and morality at Phoenix Theatre's Hormel Theatre February 2-25, 2018.

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Arizona Renaissance Festival

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February 10, 2018 - April 1, 2018

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The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park filled with action, adventure and fun for the whole family!

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Comedian Ben Bailey

February 23, 2018 - February 24, 2018

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Comedian Ben Bailey performs at Tempe Improv February 23-24, 2018.

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ASU Night of the Open Door

ASU Night of the Open Door
February 24, 2018

Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

Get a behind-the-scenes look into the spaces that house our most innovative projects, including the Biodesign Institute, ASU Super Computer, Mars Space Flight Facility, ASU Marston Exploratory Theater and more. With more than 300 interactive activities and experiences, ASU Night of the Open Door celebrates that kids today are smart, tech savvy and more involved in their own educational experiences than ever before! And yes, admission to this fun event is free!

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2018 Ceramic Studio Tour

February 24, 2018 - February 25, 2018

Location: ASU Art Museum Brickyard Gallery

Now in its 17th year, ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center's self-guided Ceramic Studio Tour is a Valley-wide event, showcasing the work of professional ceramic artists in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

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CERAM-A-RAMA 2018

February 24, 2018

Location: ASU Art Museum Brickyard Gallery

Over the past 15 years, Ceram-a-rama has celebrated the vitality of ceramics in the Phoenix area while raising funds for  ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center.

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Sunday at Noon at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
February 24, 2018

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Sunday at Noon is a raucous 4-piece rock band hailing from Phoenix, AZ led by Jack VanDerPol, who has a charismatic stage presence that is reminiscent of the quintessential front men of 70s rock bands. Jack is backed on drums by his younger brother, Nate, a phenom, whose skills far exceed his age and guitarists, Dylan and Anthony who are accomplished musicians in their own right. They draw inspiration from Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, and Queens of the Stone Age.

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Ongoing Events

Sunday Funday at Dave & Buster’s

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October 1, 2017 - October 1, 2018

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Dave and Buster’s at Tempe Marketplace is debuting Sunday Funday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the roof top patio! Play games like ping pong, giant jenga, corn hole and cup pong while listening to the live DJ. Enjoy delicious $5 select appetizers or the create your own bloody mary and mimosa bar! Looking to stay a little longer? Late Night Happy Hour runs from 10 p.m. to midnight, offering half-off cocktails, $1 for 22 oz. draft beers and $3 bottles of wine.

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Dinosaurs in the Desert

Dinosaurs in the Desert Phoenix Zoo
October 6, 2017 - April 30, 2018

Location: The Phoenix Zoo

Don’t miss your chance to see what it was like to live among the dinosaurs at The Phoenix Zoo. From October 6-April 30, visitors to the zoo will see Dinosaurs in the Desert: 23 life like prehistoric creatures along the Desert Lives Trail. This will be an unforgettable self-guided expedition back in time you won’t want to miss.

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Footprints on the Desert: Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona

October 13, 2017 - March 31, 2018

Location: Arizona Historical Society

Footprints on the desert features notable Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings in Arizona. Wright’s architectural designs reveal painstaking attention to detail, with an intense dedication to sustainability and beauty. The exhibit includes images and artifacts from Wright’s Taliesin West, David Wright House and Harold C. Price House, as well as other Wright designs – including some that were never built.

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6th Street Market

6th Street Market in Downtown Tempe
October 22, 2017 - April 22, 2018

Location: Downtown Tempe

6th Street Market blends art, live music and the community weekly in the heart of Downtown Tempe. Located in the popular 6th Street Park, this new market has just about everything — local shopping, works of art, live music, fantastic brunch offers nearby and interactive art projects — all blended with community yoga, food vendors and more. Parking at on-street meters and in City Hall Garage is FREE on Sundays!

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Exhibit: Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales

October 26, 2017 - August 31, 2018

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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Tempe History Exhibit: Jan Young: Photographing Tempe in the 1970s

Tempe History Museum
November 3, 2017 - March 24, 2018

Location: Tempe History Museum

Tempe newspaper photographer Jan Young spent the 1970s taking photographs for the Tempe Daily News. In 2001 she donated 7500 of her negatives to the permanent collection of the Tempe History Museum. These images are the basis for the exhibit Jan Young: Photographing Tempe in the 1970s at Tempe History Museum. Because she was photographing the daily events of Tempe for the local newspaper, her images capture the look, feel, and values of the community during that decade. Visitors to the exhibit will see many examples of Jan Young’s photographs from the 1970s, as well as displayed artifacts from her life and work.

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Underground Tours at ASU Art Museum

November 11, 2017 - December 9, 2018

Location: ASU Art Museum

Join the Museum Ambassadors, who are Arizona State University students and museum experts, every Saturday for a quick tour of their favorite highlights from ASU Art Museum’s current exhibitions each week. Play museum games like “Buy, Burn, Endow” or learn helpful tips on how to interpret contemporary art. Underground Tours are free and open to the public.

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TCA Exhibit: Walk in My Shoes

January 19, 2018 - May 12, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

The arts help us express what cannot be said. Through an artist’s eyes, we can experience, discover and see how it feels to “walk in another person’s shoes” for a moment. While it is impossible for one exhibition to convey the entirety of the human condition, this show celebrates diversity, expression and the value of multiple viewpoints. There is a free public reception on January 19th from 6-9 p.m.  

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A Dream on a Dream: Encounter with Claudio Dicochea

ASU Nelson Fine Art Center in Downtown Tempe, AZ.
January 20, 2018 - June 2, 2018

Location: ASU Art Museum

What does the American dream mean today? Texas-based artist Claudio Dicochea grapples with this question in an exhibition of work from ASU Art Museum’s diverse collection of Cuban, Pop Art, Native American and African-American work.

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Exhibit: John P. Schaefer’s Flowers & Form

January 26, 2018 - May 20, 2018

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Patrons can celebrate the art, form and life of desert plants with the Garden’s next art exhibition in Ottosen Gallery-John Schaefer’s “Flowers & Form.” Schaefer, who has distinguished himself as an esteemed educator, best-selling author and acclaimed photographer, has chosen cactus plants and flowers and his photographic muse.  

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