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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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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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ASU Art Exhibition: “Indwelling”

July 28, 2018 - December 8, 2018

Location: ASU Art Museum

"Indwelling" is a solo exhibition of Yuri Kobayashi, a contemporary artist who combines traditional woodworking practices and refined Japanese aesthetics to create sculptures that reflect her identity, experiences and thoughts.

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Childsplay presents Charlotte’s Web

September 2, 2018 - October 14, 2018

Location: Herberger Theater Center Stage West

Back by popular demand, one of Childsplay’s most beloved productions returns to the stage with a brilliant version of E.B. White’s American classic. Meet Wilbur, an endearing piglet in grave danger of ending up as pork chops, and Charlotte, the wise and winsome spider who becomes his true friend. Get caught up in Charlotte’s Web as we spin this timeless story onto the stage!

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Performance with a View: ASU Gospel Choir’s Top Ten

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 18, 2018 - September 25, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Select members of the ASU Gospel Choir perform the group's top ten most beloved songs under the direction of Jason Thompson on September 18, 2018.

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Untamed: Wild Compositions by Frank Gonzales at Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden
September 21, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Featuring a collection of vibrant paintings by Arizona-based artist Frank Gonzales, this thematic, compelling exhibition explores pollinators and natural elements from the Sonoran Desert, playfully arranged in dynamic and fantasy-rich compositions. Known widely for his vivid avian subjects, Gonzales is a classically trained painter with a fresh, contemporary perspective.

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ASU Music Theatre and Opera: “Kiss me, Kate”

September 21, 2018 - September 30, 2018

Location: ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

ASU Music Theatre and Opera presents "Kiss Me Kate," with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Samuel and Bella Spewack, September 21-22 and 28-29 at 7:30 p.m. and September 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. at the Evelyn Smith Music Theatre on the ASU Tempe Campus.

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Author Rebecca Fish Ewan

Changing Hands Bookstore
September 25, 2018

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

Poet, cartoonist and writer Rebecca Fish Ewan shares her illustrated coming-of-age memoir, By the Forces of Gravity, told through drawings and free verse.

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Greta Van Fleet at The Marquee

The Marquee
September 25, 2018 - September 26, 2018

Location: Marquee Theatre

See Greta Van Fleet perform live at the Marquee September 25 & 26, 2018.  Showtime- 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30).

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Your Voice Your Vote – Free Concert with Grandson

Tempe Marketplace Food Court
September 26, 2018

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace and ALT AZ Presents Your Voice Your Vote! A FREE concert to promote voter registration for the upcoming midterm elections featuring Grandson. Join Tempe Marketplace on September 26th at The District Stage at 7 p.m. Voter registration officials will be on site to get your registered for the November 6th election. Already registered? Great! Then, come celebrate your right to vote! Every election is determined by the people who show up…will you?

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Ongoing Events

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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ASU Art Museum Exhibit: “A Bigger Plan”

July 28, 2018 - December 1, 2018

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 presents Pop/Funk: Warhol and Frey

August 25, 2018 - December 29, 2018

Location: ASU Art Museum

Two artists, two coasts, two media — Andy Warhol and Viola Frey were central to two movements which reinvented art in the 20th century with the embrace of popular culture, mass-produced images and objects, bold silhouettes and colors. These two solo exhibitions, Warhol’s prints and photographs and Frey’s ceramic sculptures, are drawn entirely from ASU Art Museum’s permanent collection.

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Live Music at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
September 1, 2018 - September 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. September Performances: September 1 – Ratio Funk, Soul, R&B September 7 – Sunday at Noon Rock September 8 – The Gershom Brothers Country, Southern Rock September 14 – Jazz Stylings of Carmela Ramirez Latin, Jazz September 15 – People Who Could Fly Indie Alternative Rock, Pop September 21 – Insomniacs Punk Rock September 22 – Lange Change Rock, Soul September 28 – Pyrotechnica Alternative, Electronic Metal September 29 – Traveler Folk, Classical, World Music

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Rooftop Tailgating at The AC Hotel Tempe

September 1, 2018 - November 10, 2018

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Join AC Hotel Tempe for Rooftop Tailgating for all ASU home games. Catch the game live on a big 150″ TV screen and enjoy reverse happy hour following the game in the AC lounge. Tag #TailingWithACTempe at the event for a chance to win a pair of Game & VIP tailgate tickets to the next home game! ASU Home Game Day Schedule Sept 1st – UTSA Sept 8th – Michigan State Sept 29th – Oregon State Oct 18th – Stanford Nov 3rd – Utah Nov 10th – UCLA  

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Bike Night at Tempe Marketplace

September 13, 2018 - November 15, 2018

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Whether you’re a regular biker or weekend warrior, it’s time to rev your engines because Tempe Marketplace is going full throttle for Bike Night, presented in conjunction with Cycle Rides. Drive in every Thursday night from September 13 to November 15 to see hundreds of bikes lining The District Street, hear rockin’ live music and get smoking deals on eats and drinks. This FREE event runs weekly on Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m.

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TCA Exhibit: Monster Stories

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 14, 2018 - January 5, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

The Monster Stories exhibition celebrates the 200th anniversary of the novel, Frankenstein, by exploring the monster genre in popular culture, literature, mythology and the idea of the “other” in society. Mary  Shelley’s groundbreaking work continues to spark relevant discussions about science, technology and humanity. Inspired by the ongoing popularity of the genre, the Gallery at TCA features works from local and national artists, toys and memorabilia from private collections and a range of public programs that reflect on timeless questions such as “who is the real monster?” Sept 14 | Free Public Reception  Sept 28 | Spooky Stories Join storytellers Kyle Mitchell, Joe Ray and Liz Warren for a night of hair-raising tales. Oct 26 | Movie on the EDGE: Young Frankenstein  Live music, local brews at the beer garden and a showing of the 1974 Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder classic film. Nov 3 | Monster Lab Arts & Sciences Family Workshop  Maker stations from ASU, City of Tempe and Xico, Inc. Features DIY robotics, printmaking demonstrations and a last chance to wear your Halloween costume. Nov 30 | Movie on the EDGE: Nightmare Before Christmas  Enjoy live music, wear your favorite pajamas and meet stop-motion animator Rich Zim at a showing of the 1993 Tim Burton film. *See complete schedule and descriptions online: tempecenterforthearts.com 

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New Faces of Comedy

Tempe Improv
September 27, 2018 - November 14, 2018

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: September 27th- 8 p.m. September 30th- 7 p.m. October 10th- 8 p.m. October 17th- 8 p.m. November 14th- 8 p.m.  

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Fall Butterfly Exhibit: Mighty Monarchs & The Plant Protectors

Desert Botanical Garden
September 29, 2018 - November 18, 2018

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Mighty monarch butterflies return on September 30th, and they are bringing friends! The exhibit invites visitors to take a closer look at the insects that care for and protect our desert environment. From pollinators to predators, insects have amazing powers and play a variety of roles in the desert. Become a plant protector to support and help protect beneficial insects and pollinators. *Included with membership or paid admission    

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Sunday Concerts in the Garden: Domingo DeGrazia Band

Desert Botanical Garden
October 7, 2018 - October 7, 2018

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Spend your Sunday afternoon in the Garden enjoying live music. This all-ages concert series is a great experience to enjoy in the company of friends and family. Some of Arizona’s best musicians will perform against the stunning backdrop of the butte at Ullman Terrace. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Domingo DeGrazia brings grace, passion and flair to the instrument as he plays lead guitar. His music combines dynamic rhythms with vibrant Latin, salsa and rock drum beats. Violinist Beth Daunis brings exotic and soulful violin to the mix, while Mark Brugler and Rick Skowron round out the sound masterfully on bass and acoustic guitar. *Doors open at 3 p.m. | Concert 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. 

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