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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 summer, visit our summer 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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Dino Explorer at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona

March 2, 2018 - December 31, 2018

Location: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona

Discover exotic LEGO creatures, hunt for rare Dino eggs, explore hidden lands and even build your own dinosaurs at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona March 2 through December 31, 2018.

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ASU Art Exhibition: Bajo Presión/Under Pressure

March 15, 2018 - July 14, 2018

Location: ASU Art Museum

Drawn from ASU Art Museum's collection, "Bajo Presión/Under Pressure" features paintings and prints by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Leopoldo Mendez and Rufino Tamayo among others.

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Hope Springs Eternal Exhibit

April 3, 2018 - June 21, 2018

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This spring the Arizona Artisans Collective will be featuring nine emerging local Arizona artisans in "Hope Springs Eternal", April 3rd through June 21st.

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THE COLOR PURPLE

The Color Purple at ASU Gammage
April 17, 2018 - April 22, 2018

Location: ASU Gammage

See THE COLOR PURPLE at ASU Gammage, April 17-22, 2018. THE COLOR PURPLE is the 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival! Hailed as “a direct hit to the heart” (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new "ravishingly re-conceived production that is a glory to behold” (The New York Times) directed by Tony winner John Doyle.

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Spring 2018 Music in the Garden: Papa John DeFrancesco & the Union Four

April 20, 2018

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Enjoy Arizona's beautiful scenery, warm weather and talented musicians at the Spring Music in the Garden Concert Series at Desert Botanical Garden. Papa John DeFrancesco & the Union Four will perform elements of jazz and blues music on April 20, 2018

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ASU School of Theatre, Dance and Film presents SpringDanceFest

Paul V Galvin Playhouse
April 20, 2018 - April 22, 2018

Location: ASU Galvin Playhouse

The ASU School of Theatre, Dance and Film presents MainStage: SpringDanceFest at the Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, April 20-22, 2018. SpringDanceFest is a high-energy event that showcases some of the best hits of the 2016-17 season alongside new work designed for the Galvin Playhouse. This concert features pieces created by faculty, visiting artists, students and alumni.

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2018 Pat’s Run

Pat's Run
April 21, 2018

Location: Sun Devil Stadium

Pat’s Run is the signature fundraising event for the Pat Tillman Foundation. Held annually to honor Pat’s legacy, the 4.2 mile Run/Walk will wind through the streets of Tempe, AZ finishing at Sun Devil Stadium. Proceeds benefit the Tillman Scholars program. All 4.2 Mile Finishers will receive the limited-edition race shirt and Pat’s Run Collector Medal. Spots are limited! Be the first to know when registration goes live by signing up for an email alert.

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Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at The Marquee

The Marquee
April 21, 2018

Location: The Marquee

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble performs at The Marquee with Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra and Captain Squeegee on April 21, 2018. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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Lakeshore Music: Jeff Hamilton Trio

Tempe Center for the Arts
April 21, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Legendary drummer Jeff Hamilton Trio visits Tempe Center for the Arts on April 21, 2018. He has been on nearly 200 recordings with artists such as Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Milt Jackson, Barbara Streisand, Mel Torme, John Pizzarelli, Benny Carter, Lalo Schifrin and many others.

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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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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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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. Opening reception: March 16, 2018, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  –  Join ASU Art Museum for the opening of the spring 2018 exhibitions, including A Dream on a Dream: Encounter with Claudio Dicochea, Bajo Presión/Under Pressure and SABER ACOMODAR,  featuring works by more than 15 artists from Jalisco, Mexico. The evening includes performances, casual conversation with exhibiting artists and fun gallery engagements.

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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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2018 Performances at the Museum

Tempe History Museum
January 27, 2018 - May 25, 2018

Location: Tempe History Museum

Join the Tempe History Museum for outstanding performances with everything from mariachi and rhythm & blues to rock and roll. All shows feature women in local music as a link to their upcoming exhibit: Jan Young: Photographing Tempe in the 1970s. Enjoy a casual evening with local musicians in an up close and personal setting. These events are free and are open to the entire family. 2018 Performances January 27 – Sara Robinson Band February 2 – Aunt B February 17 – LOUD VII: Analog Outlaws, Carol Pacey & the Honeyshakers, Fayuca* 5-8 p.m. March 30 – Treasurefruit April 13 – Ghost Cat Attack April 22 – Ensemble de Saxophones du Conservatoire de Grasse May 5 – Barefoot and Pregnant May 25 – Dry River Yacht Club *Performances will be held outdoors in Museum Plaza  

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2018 Spring Butterfly Exhibit

February 24, 2018 - May 13, 2018

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Get an up-close look at hundreds of Northern American butterflies that are fluttering back to the Desert Botanical Garden with the opening of the seasonal butterfly pavilion. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of vibrant butterflies up close February 24-May 13, while learning about their role as pollinators, characteristics of their lifecycles and the Garden’s conversation efforts to protect them. *Included with membership or paid Garden admission.  

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