Arts & Culture

Arts and Culture Tempe Center for the Arts

A desire for dance, a passion for theatre and a love of infectious music are easily satisfied in Tempe. Tempe is truly an arts and cultural hub with a full season of Broadway shows, museum exhibits, local theatre productions, arts festivals and more. Public art by local and internationally known artists give beauty and depth to our urban landscapes. Music of all genres can be found on street corners, in clubs, restaurants and theater.


Museums and Galleries

  • Spend some time at the ASU Art Museum where you’ll discover contemporary art  by nationally and  internationally renown artists exhibited in five spacious galleries. Current exhibitions include  Porøs, August 12, 2017-January 20, 2018.  Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. during academic semesters. Admission is free.
  • Visit The Gallery at the Tempe Center for the Arts‘ tenth anniversary exhibit, Tempe Xhibition: celebrating ten years, on display through January  6, 2018.
  • Immerse yourself in Tempe’s fascinating past at the Tempe History Museum. You can trace our beginnings through modern times in the permanent exhibits, interactive displays and rotating exhibits.
  • Take a breathtaking trip into space via the 3-D planetarium style shows in the Marston Exploration Theater, located on the ASU Tempe Campus, Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. While you’re there explore the fascinating exhibits on display in the Gallery of Scientific Exploration.

Theater & Music

  • Attend a concert or Broadway musical in Arizona at the beautiful ASU Gammage, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Upcoming shows include SOMETHING ROTTEN, October 31-November 5, 2017 and THE BODYGUARD, November 28-December 3, 2017.
  • You’ll get lots of laughs at the Tempe Improv where they’ve been presenting the best comedians for more than two decades.
  • Listen to your favorite music performed live in Tempe’s clubs, restaurants and theaters like The Marquee.
  • Catch a performance at the beautiful Tempe Center for the Arts which overlooks Tempe Town Lake.  November has an exciting variety of  shows scheduled including: Esteban: Electric Flamenco  on November 10, 2017, What Moves You featuring Lil Buck and Mihai Marica, with special guest Jon Boogz on November 11, 2017 and jazz performed by the Tierney Sutton Band on November 18, 2017.

Art outdoors and indoors

Tempe is a true hub of visual arts — you’ll find yourself surrounded by art both indoors and outdoors. While you’re taking a leisurely stroll around Tempe or the beautiful Arizona State University (ASU) Tempe Campus, be on the lookout for art at every turn. And it won’t cost you a cent! The City of Tempe’s public art collection includes permanent and temporary installations throughout the city, including Downtown Tempe, Tempe Center for the Arts, neighborhoods, pathways, parks, light rail and bus stops. ASU also has one of the best collections of public art from Depression-era murals to contemporary sculpture located throughout the 720-acre campus. A must-see on campus is “Air Apparent,” a Skyspace designed by internationally renowned artist James Turrell.

Use these maps to take a self-guided tour of public art in Tempe:

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