Tempe Events Status Updates

There’s nothing we miss more than hosting events in Tempe. Events are a huge part of what makes up the fabric of our community. And no one knows better than us what the return of events will do for our economy and for our hotel, restaurant, and attraction partners. As we start to look forward to 2021, we are hopeful that events will return bigger and better than ever. But until then, we have curated a list of the most anticipated events in Tempe and the surrounding Phoenix area in 2021 and their current standing.

Please note, we will continue to update this blog when we receive news regarding events in Tempe. We encourage everyone to check with the event website or call ahead before making plans to attend any upcoming event. For a full list of events in Tempe, please visit our events page.

Tempe and surrounding Phoenix area events:


ZooLights at The Phoenix Zoo | Through January 31, 2021
The Valley’s most cherished holiday tradition will remain open until January 31, 2021. Experience millions of twinkling lights, dazzling animal sculptures and our Wildlife Lantern Safari, featuring 66 creatures — polar bears, mammoths, peacocks and more, all aglow. Walk-thru and drive-thru options are available. Check event website for details and openings.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona | Cancelled
The 2021 Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona that was slated to start on January 16-17, 2021 has been CANCELLED.


ASU Open Door 2021 | February 2021
This event will be virtual. Additional details are coming soon. 

Los Angeles Angels Spring Training | February 27 – March 26, 2021
Cactus League Spring Training is scheduled to be happen in Arizona in 2021. Expect stands to either be empty or have limits on number of fans. Additional updates to come.

Waste Management Open | Feb. 1-7, 2021
The golf tournament will be scaled down in 2021 and with a limited number of fans. The 2021 tournament will have 8,000 people max. General admission tickets are currently sold out. However, more tickets may be released at a future date.  

Arizona Renaissance Festival | Cancelled
Organizers have made the difficult decision to not open the annual Festival in February of 2021, due to the increasing health and safety concerns related to COVID-19.

6th Street Market Spring Season| Cancelled
Due to the current COVID-19 benchmarks from the City of Tempe in response to Governor Doug Ducey’s recent executive order, the spring season of the 6th Street Market is cancelled. 


Geeks’ Night Out | March 17, 2021
The City of Tempe has partnered with the Arizona SciTech Festival to present the annual Geeks’ Night Out March 17, 2021 at Tempe Community Complex. This event is a fusion of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts | Cancelled
This event has been cancelled. Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases and out an abundance of caution for the health of our artists and community, the Downtown Tempe Foundation has cancelled this spring’s Tempe Festival of the Arts.  

African Fest USA | Cancelled
The 2021 African Fest has been cancelled, however, there will be virtual events in place of the in person festival. Additional details to come.

Arizona Aloha Festival | Cancelled
Event organizers will not be able to hold the Festival this year (2021). They are still optimistic for March 2022. Please visit their website and their Facebook page for updates.

Innings Festival | Cancelled
The 2021 Innings Festival has been cancelled, a decision made out of an abundance of caution for fans, artists, partners, staff and the Tempe community. The next edition of Innings Festival will take place in spring 2022.

Arizona Dragon Boat Festival | Cancelled
The 2021 Arizona Dragon Boat Festival has been cancelled for March 2021. Please check back with the event website for future festival dates.

NASCAR Cup Series Race | March 14, 2021
A limited amount of spectators will be allowed to attend. For NASCAR Race weekend protocols visit their website.

Barrett – Jackson Car Auction | March 20-27, 2021
The Scottsdale-based collector car auction has postponed its Scottsdale event from January to March.
*Please note the new event dates.


ASU Pow Wow | April 9 – 11, 2021
The Pow Wow at Arizona State University is a culmination of American Indian beliefs and traditions that inspire, communicate and support American Indian culture.

Phoenix Pride Festival | April 10-11, 2021
The 2021 Phoenix Pride Festival will continue to be a two day celebration designed to bring our diverse LGBTQ+ and allied communities together for a weekend of camaraderie and celebration of our past, present and future, while raising funds for the Phoenix Pride Community Programs and educating the public about the existence and continuing civil rights battle facing our community.

17th Annual Pat’s Run | April 24, 2021 | Virtual Event
The 2021 Pat’s Run will be held virtually. Registration for this year’s event will open on January 12, 2021.

Alicia Griffith
Written Alicia Griffith

Alicia is an ASU Alumna and Tucson native who is unapologetically herself. When she is not sharing her passion for Tempe, she is a devoted dog mom and reality TV enthusiast who has a weakness for charcuterie boards and wine!


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