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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 and festivals 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

Arizona Wind Symphony: “Celtic Spirit”

Tempe Center for the Arts
January 16, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Arizona Wind Symphony presents "Celtic Spirit: Dancing in the Isles" to the Tempe Center for the Arts on January 16, 2019.

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Author GennaRose Nethercott

Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ
January 16, 2019

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

Poet GennaRose Nethercott shares her debut collection, The Lumberjack's Dove, winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series Competition to Changing Hands Bookstore on January 16, 2019.

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Reverend Horton Heat at The Marquee

Marquee Theatre
January 17, 2019

Location: The Marquee

Reverend Horton Heat performs live at the Marquee Theatre on January 17, 2019.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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Comedian Adam Ferrara

Tempe Improv
January 17, 2019 - January 19, 2019

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Comedian Adam Ferrara performs live at the Tempe Improv January 17 - 19, 2019. Open to guests 21 & over.

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LIT & SIP

Desert Botanical Garden
January 17, 2019 - May 7, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Just when you thought Electric Desert couldn't get any more extra, join Desert Botanical Garden each month this spring for Lit & Sip on January 17, 2019. Savor a cocktail as you stroll through this light and sound experience. Then grab a friend and bust a move at the Silent Dance party, where you can choose your own musical adventure.

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Exhibition: “ReTrO REACTION”

January 18, 2019 - May 11, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

While the creative spark is different for every individual, this exhibition explores the inspirations and art making processes of ten Arizona-based artists. Through personal retrospection, these artists give us a glimpse into how each of them absorbs, filters and reacts to ideas from the past to make relevant work in today's rapidly changing world.

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Humana Rock ‘N’ Roll Arizona

Rock 'n' Roll Arizona in Tempe, AZ.
January 19, 2019 - January 20, 2019

Location: Tempe Beach Park

The Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon January 19-20, 2019 combines running, travel and entertainment, providing a world-class event atmosphere for participants and spectators alike.

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Lakeshore Music: Drums on the Lake

Tempe Center for the Arts
January 19, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Lakeshore Music presents Drums on the Lake with Joe Labarbera and Dom Moio on January 19, 2019.

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Brooklyn Chorus performs Silent Voices: LOVESTATE

ASU Gammage
January 19, 2019

Location: ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage presents Silent Voices: LOVESTATE on January 19, 2019.

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Dogs’ Day in the Garden

Desert Botanical Garden
January 19, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Take advantage of this special opportunity to bring the whole family, dogs included, to the Garden for Dog's Day in the Garden on January 19, 2019.

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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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ASU Art Museum presents Pop/Funk: Viola Frey

August 25, 2018 - March 23, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum

This exhibition features work by Viola Frey, an artist who worked on the fringe of the Funk Art movement, which she called a “boys club.” Frey’s brash, figurative sculptures are larger than life. Drawing inspiration from art history, her collection of flea market treasures, and her personal experiences as a woman in the male-dominated art world, Frey helped elevate ceramics from “craft” to fine art.

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ASU Art Museum Exhibit: “A Bigger Plan”

September 15, 2018 - February 23, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum

“A Bigger Plan” is a two-part solo exhibition of Euan MacDonald, a Los Angeles-based artist whose works span a wide range of artistic disciplines, from video to painting. The first part of the exhibition, “Side B,” is on view now through September 1, 2018, and the second part, “Side A,” is on view September 15 through December 1, 2018. “Side B” marks the first survey of MacDonald’s videos and includes formative and groundbreaking works that explore the dynamics of change and the effects of time, sound duration and chance on pictorial and social conditions. The second part of the exhibition, “Side A,” features an immersive video installation that layers pre-psychedelic patterning from the end pages of 18th, 19th and early 20th century books from the open stacks of ASU Hayden Library.

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ASU Art Museum: From Darkness to Light

ASU Art Museum
October 6, 2018 - February 9, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum

The ASU Art Museum presents From Darkness to Light: Figurative Works from the Permanent Collection now through February 9, 2019. Drawn from ASU Art Museum’s permanent collections, this exhibition highlights the work of 31 internationally and nationally known artists who represent the human form in order to convey a vast range of emotions. A breadth of emotions are explored in the works on display ranging from lightheartedness and humor to anguish and despair. “From Darkness to Light” features both ceramic and print media, representing two of ASU Art Museum’s largest and strongest holdings. Notably, the prints selected for the exhibition are all by artists who work primarily in ceramics.

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Electric Desert at the Desert Botanical Garden

Electric Desert at Desert Botanical Garden
October 12, 2018 - May 12, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

The latest blockbuster exhibition at Desert Botanical Garden is Electric Desert, a light and sound experience by Klip Collective. Cactus and desert become a living canvas in this nighttime experience, taking visitors on an immersive journey through the garden using light and original music. Electric Desert features seven site-specific locations, each one inspired by and related to the Garden. It will continue nightly through May 12, 2019. This special engagement is expected to sell out quickly — advance ticket purchase is recommended.

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6th Street Market

6th Street Market in Downtown Tempe
October 14, 2018 - April 14, 2019

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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ASU Art Museum Exhibit: “Decomiso”

October 20, 2018 - March 16, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum

“Decomiso” is an installation-based exhibition by the Argentinian contemporary artist duo Guillermo Faivovich and Nicolas Goldberg. Since 2006, Faivovich and Goldberg have been engaged in an intensive and wide ranging research project – “A Guide to El Camp del Cielo” – that forms that basis of their practice. El Campo del Cielo is located in northern Argentina and was the site of a meteor shower an estimated 4,000 years ago. For “Decomiso” (which translates to seizure) the artists have designed a unique installation that features video, sound, sculpture and 410 photographs.

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Bugs. BIG BUGS! at The Phoenix Zoo

October 27, 2018 - April 28, 2019

Location: The Phoenix Zoo

Something is buzzing at the Phoenix Zoo. And it’s big. Really big. Bugs. BIG BUGS! The Zoo’s latest can’t-miss animatronic exhibit has twenty-one gigantic bugs that you really need to see to believe, encounters with real live bugs and tons of activities for the entire family. Beautifully detailed, the bugs are made from a combination of steel, fiberglass and skin material made from a special urethane compound that protects them against sun, rain and snow, making them prefect to display in their natural environment. The realistic movements on the bugs are powered by pneumatic system that enables smoother and finer movements. *Entrance into the exhibit is $5 for the general public and $4 for Phoenix Zoo members. 

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New Faces of Comedy

Tempe Improv
December 2, 2018 - March 3, 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: December 2, 2018: 7:00 p.m. January 10, 2019: 8:00 p.m. February 6, 2019: 8:00 p.m. March 3, 2019: 7:00 p.m.    

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Live Music at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
January 1, 2019 - January 31, 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. January Performances: January 11th | CrossTown Players Funk January 12th | Undecided Youth Rock, Classic Rock January 18th | The Brightside Indie Alternative Rock, Pop January 19th | Tracing Faces Indie Alternative Rock, Pop January 25th | Traveler  Folk, Classical, World Music January 26th | Manic Monkeys  Rock February Performances February 1st | Henry Thompson and SWELL Rock, Classic Rock, Variety February 2nd | Ratio Funk, Soul, R&B February 8th | The Brightside Indie Alternative Rock, Pop February 9th | Highest Conspiracy  Jazz, Blues and Reggae February 15th | Cliffside Push  Big Band February 15th | CTS Rock February 22nd | Carmela y Mas Latin, Jazz February 23rd | Miss D’meaner & the Felonies  Alternative Rock, Pop

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