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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

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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Umbrella POP at Tempe Marketplace

Umbrella POP installation at Tempe Marketplace 300x200
June 29, 2018 - July 31, 2018

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Take a whimsical walk through The Distrct underneath a colorful canopy of umbrellas hoisted high above the walkways. Umbrella Pop is an art installation that is a treat for the eyes, while also providing shady relief from the blazing summer sun. Stroll under the shade and marvel at this sky-high art display and engineering feat of creativity and craftsmanship.

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Grotto Gallery: “Walking on Sunshine”

July 10, 2018 - September 27, 2018

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“Walking on Sunshine” features 10 emerging local artists:  Andie Olson, Dori Jung, John Mainieri, Marie Provine, Marlena Robbins, Paige Reesor, Rebecca Murphy Keith, Sabrina Hernandez, Savannah Atencio, and finally Sylvia Mousseux.  The artwork includes oil, acrylic, and pastel paintings; mixed media pieces; sculpture; along with a variety of handmade items from other local artisans as well. Grotto Gallery will be hosting a Reception to celebrate our summer exhibit called “Walking on Sunshine” on Friday, July 13th.  Doors will open at 5:00pm and the event will end at 8:00pm. This exhibit will open on July 10th  and runs through September 27th.  The gallery is located at 132 East 6th Street, Tempe, AZ in the new FABRiC building on the ASU campus near the popular Mill Avenue district.

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Foster The People at The Marquee

The Marquee
July 16, 2018

Location: The Marquee

American India Pop band, Foster The People, is set to perform live at The Marquee on July 16, 2018. They are best known for their first hit single, "Pumped Up Kicks". Doors open at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome.

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Off the Cuff Comedy Improv Show, July 16

July 16, 2018

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The local troupe 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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The Breeders at The Marquee

The Marquee
July 19, 2018

Location: The Marquee

The Breeders perform at The Marquee on July 19, 2018. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome.

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Comedian Rory Scovel

July 20, 2018 - July 21, 2018

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Comedian Rory Scovel perfroms at the Tempe Improv July 20-21, 2018.

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Family Art Workshop: Open Studio Drawing with Matthew Dickson

Tempe Center for the Arts
July 21, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Join exhibiting artist Matthew Dickson for a free open studio drawing session with a costumed model and a contemporary vibe.

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Downtown Tempe Brunch Crawl

July 21, 2018

Location: Downtown Tempe

Join Downtown Tempe Authority for the Downtown Brunch Crawl on July 21, 2018.

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Asha at Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Center for the Arts
July 21, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Asha is a tragic story of how individual choices impact two families and their communities. Asha, the main character, is a smart young teen trying to comprehend life as she witnesses the tragic choices her loved ones make. The play exhibits how the power of a choice manifests the realities in our lives.

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Ongoing Events

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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100 Years, 100 Ranchers at Arizona Heritage Center

March 8, 2018 - September 18, 2018

Location: Papago Park

Featuring a collection of black and white photographs by renowned photographer Scott Baxter, illustrating 100 years of ranching in Arizona. The photographs provide an intimate look at ranching – the hardships, the relationship between rancher and animal, the isolation, and the beauty. Panel Discussions Presented in Conjunction with Exhibition: April 18 Ranching Women: Past, Present and Future May 15 Ranching in Arizona: 100 Years, 100 Challenges   *Adults $12.00;  Seniors 65+ $10.00; Ages 7 – 17  $8.00 | Children 6 and under – Free;   AHS members, Military and Veterans – Free  

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The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons Magazine 1941-79

March 24, 2018 - September 15, 2018

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During its nearly 40 years in print, Craft Horizons documented the craft movement as it happened. This exhibition pairs works from ASU Art Museum’s collection that were made by artists featured in the magazine with articles, reviews and letters from readers to illustrate the essential role of Craft Horizons played in the development of craft in the United States from 1941-1979. *Exhibition runs from March 24 through September 15. 

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TCA Exhibit: draw

draw: the art of curiosity and innovation
May 25, 2018 - September 1, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

This summer’s exhibition draw at the Gallery at TCA is a feast for eyes and the imagination. Celebrate the arts and sciences behind the tradition of drawing. For many people working in creative fields such as visual art, fashion design and architecture, etc.; drawing is an important part of the process. This exhibition and accompanying programs for all ages explores a wide variety of creative media, styles and techniques that incorporate drawing.  

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2018 Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours

Desert Botanical Garde Flashlight-Tours
May 26, 2018 - September 1, 2018

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Don’t miss one of the best summer events, the Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours. Flashlight Tours take place on Saturday nights, May 26-Sept. 1, 2018.  This event begins at 7:00 p.m.  Flashlight Tours are included with Garden membership or with paid Garden admission.  The tours are at your own pace. Along the trails, guests can find several discovery stations with plants, animals and other elements of the desert at night. Guests should bring their own flashlights and wear comfortable shoes.  Flashlight Tours are perfect for families and date nights.

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Summer Splash at Tempe Marketplace

June 7, 2018 - July 19, 2018

Location: Tempe Marketplace

The weather is heating up, but Tempe Marketplace will jeep things cool every Thursday in June and July. Summer Splash will allow kids to get up close and personal with their favorite princess or superhero, including old favorites like Batman and Cinderella and new classics like Moana and Elsa. Kids of all ages will enjoy FREE entertainment, music, dancing, prizes and of course an opportunity to cool down at the splash pad. Families will also have the chance to snap a FREE downloadable photo with the featured weekly character. Summer Splash Schedule: June 7 Theme: Chilin’ Like a Villain Characters: Mal & Evie June 14  Theme: Under the Sea Soiree Characters: Ariel & Moana June 21  Theme: Dino World Dance Party Characters: Baby T-rex June 28 Theme: Frozen Fiesta Characters: Anna & Elsa July 5  Theme: All-American Bash Characters: Captain America & Wonder Woman July 12  Theme: Princess & Pirate Party Characters: Belle & Cinderella July 19  Theme: Superhero Sensation Characters: Batman & Spider-Man July 26  Vote on Tempe Marketplace Facebook page starting June 1 to select your favorite character for an appearance on July 26.

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Live Music at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
June 22, 2018 - July 28, 2018

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. July Performances:  July 20 – Frosty & The Silver Tones Rockabilly, Rock-n-Roll, Blues and Swing July 21 – Darkness Dear Boy Indie Alternative Band July 27 – Undecided Youth High Energy Classic Rock Band July 28 – Grungezilla Grunge Cover Band August Performances: August 3 – Wide Awake U2 Tribute Band August 4 – Ratio Motown Tribute Band August 10 – CrossTown Players Funk August 11 – The Joeys Rock August 17 – Sunset Voodoo Variety August 18 – Corridor Sixteen Indie Alternative Rock and Pop August 24 – Henry Thompson and SWELL Rock, Classic Rock August 25 – 3Nations High Energy Pop, Rock, Funk and Reggae August 31 – Black Forest Society Folk, Classical and World Music        

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ASU Art Exhibition: Beyond Beyond

June 23, 2018 - September 29, 2018

Location: ASU Art Museum

“Beyond Beyond” is a solo exhibition of Ai Kijima, a contemporary artist whose riotous collages of figures, patterns and colors are made from meticulously pieced and fused textiles. In her work from the early 2000s, she used scraps of bed sheets, curtains, clothing and dish towels collected from thrift stores to create artworks that depict a variety of characters ranging from American cartoons to Japanese anime. Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Kijima is fascinated by the patterns and imagery of fabrics from around the globe. “Beyond Beyond” reflects Kijima’s interest in how the melding of traditional craft and popular imagery reflects a culture’s history, preoccupations and social politics.  

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