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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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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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Comedian Chris Porter

May 25, 2018 - May 27, 2018

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Best known for his third place finish on the season 4 of Last Comic Standing, Chris Porter has been a touring comic since he was 23. Since the beginning Chris’ raw energy and unique perspective has distinguished him as one of the elite comics in the industry. Born and raised in Kansas City, Chris brings a true stand-up experience to his live shows. There are no sound cues, no puppets, and no catch phrases. Just gut wrenching laughter drawn from his own experience and observations.

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Changing Hands Bookstore: Temple Grandin

May 29, 2018

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Changing Hands Bookstore presents Temple Grandin at Mountain View High School in Mesa, Arizona. The Scientist, inventor, and renowned autism spokesperson shares her book, Calling All Minds, of personal stories, inventions, and facts that will blow young inventors' minds and make them soar.

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THE HUMANS

The Humans at ASU Gammage
May 29, 2018 - June 3, 2018

Location: ASU Gammage

See THE HUMANS at ASU Gammage in Tempe, May 29-June 3, 2018. Stephen Karam’s THE HUMANS, is an uproarious, hopeful, and heart-breaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan.

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Texas Hippie Coalition at The Marquee

The Marquee
May 30, 2018

Location: The Marquee

Texas Hippie Coalition performs at The Marquee on May 30, 2018. Joining them on stage is the Kobra and the Lotus, Brand of Julez and Granny 4 Barrel. Doors open at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome.

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Comedian Dan Cummins

May 31, 2018 - June 3, 2018

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Dan’s unusual observations and unique autobiographical stand-up have earned him numerous television performances on "The Tonight Show", Showtime’s “Live from Amsterdam”, "Comedy Central Presents", a one-hour Comedy Central special - “Crazy with A Capital F”, "Last Comic Standing", Nickelodeon’s "Mom’s Night Out", and on many other late night and cable programs. See comedian Dan Cummins perform live at Tempe Improv May 31-June 3, 2018.

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Spring 2018 Music in the Garden: Canyon Records Artists

June 1, 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. Canyon Records Artists will perform contemporary music on June 1, 2018.

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World Atlatl Day at Pueblo Grande Museum

Pueblo Grande Museum
June 2, 2018

Location: Pueblo Grande Museum

Celebrate World Atlatl Day and test your prehistoric hunting skills at Pueblo Grande Museum on Saturday, June 2nd!

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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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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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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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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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ASU Art Exhibition: Saber Acomodar

March 17, 2018 - June 30, 2018

Location: ASU Art Museum

Focusing on the last hundred years of production, this exhibition showcases collaborations between artists and artisans (potters, carpenters, blacksmiths, jewelers, sign painters and printmakers) who work and live in western Mexico. The result of theses intersections is the integration of contemporary ideas, precolonial techniques and methods introduced by the Spanish. Comprised of work by 25 artists, the majority of whom are from Guadalajara, this exhibition explores the integration of contemporary ideas with traditional techniques. 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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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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Live Music at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
April 19, 2018 - June 30, 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. May Performances: May 25 – Zeppapotapuss Led Zeppelin Tribute Band May 26 – Zeppelin IV Led Zeppelin Tribute Band June Performances: June 1 – Sunday at Noon Rock Band June 2 – Ratio Funk, Soul, Jazz and R&B Band June 8 – Lane Change Rock and Soul June 9 – Nina Speaking 90s and Classic Rock Band June 15 – Insomniacs Punk Rock Band June 16 – People Who Could Fly Indie Pop Band June 22 – 3Nations Pop, Rock, Funk and Reggae June 23 – Thoughts Like Rockets, Sleepwar and UNTIL THE SUN Indie Alternative Rock and Pop June 29 – Henry Thompson and SWELL Rock, Classic Rock, Variety June 30 – Shari Rowe Band Classic country and bluegrass    

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Ballet Arizona’s Eroica at Desert Botanical Garden

May 15, 2018 - June 2, 2018

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Eroica is an extraordinary outdoor dance performance at the Desert Botanical Garden, happening Tuesdays-Thursdays, May 15 through June 2, 2018. In this newest production, the world renowned Andersen challenges conventional expectations and reawakes the human spirit in this immersive tribute to the past, present and future. Eroica promises to be one of Andersen’s most important works, pushing the boundaries of ballet and pursuing a deeper understanding of what it is to be human in this day and age. Tickets are available at www.balletaz.org or by calling their box office (602) 381-1096.

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TCA Exhibit: draw

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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