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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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Comedian Steve Byrne

August 16, 2018 - August 18, 2018

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

A true international comedian, Steve Byrne has performed to sold-out crowds around the world. In just a few short years, Steve Byrne has risen through the ranks of the comedy world to become one of the industry’s most innovative and sought-after performers. With his high-energy, physical style of comedy, Byrne has evolved throughout the years into an extremely versatile entertainer that delivers on a day-to-day basis.

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Duo at the Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 16, 2018 - August 17, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Ignite Collaborative is a creative force in the Phoenix arts scene with a mission to build a more connected and compassionate community through movement. Ignite presents their premiere full-length show exploring duality in the human experience.

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Actress Amber Tamblyn at Changing Hands Bookstore

August 16, 2018

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

Actress Amber Tamblyn presents her debut novel, Any Man, bringing to startling life a specter of sexual violence in the shadowy form of Maude, a serial female rapist who preys on men.

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Higher Octave Healing: Music from the Heart

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 18, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Higher Octave Healing presents Music from the Heart to the Tempe Center for the Arts on August 18, 2018.

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CKY / Slaves at The Marquee

The Marquee
August 19, 2018

Location: The Marquee

CKY / Slaves performs at The Marquee with Royal Thunder and Awaken I am on August 19, 2018. Doors open at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome.

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Dancing for one-n-ten

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 19, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Titos's Handmade Vodka & Bud Light present the 11th annual Dancing for one-n-ten Celebrity Ballroom Championship on Sunday, August 19, 2018.

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Author Jason Heller

August 22, 2018

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The Hugo Award-winning author and music journalist explores the weird and wild story of when rock 'n' roll met the sci-fi world of the 1970s in his debut novel, Strange Stars.

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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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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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Live Music at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
July 21, 2018 - August 31, 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. 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 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 Exhibition 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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