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.
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.
Los Angeles Angels Spring Training | February 28 – March 26, 2021 | Fans will be permitted
Cactus League Spring Training will start on time this season. The City of Tempe is preparing for the return of the Los Angeles Angels as spring training kicks off on Feb. 28. Enhanced health and safety precautions will be implemented to ensure patrons and players can enjoy a safe experience. The stadium will be kept at 25% capacity, or between 1,800- 2,000 people. For complete safety measures, visit the City to Tempe’s website.
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.
ASU Open Door 2021 | March 1, 2021 | Virtual Event
Explore our four campus locations and the spaces accessible only to ASU students — laboratories, living collections, museums and classrooms — from the comfort of your couch. Participate in hundreds of interactive, hands-on activities created just for you by our faculty and students. The 2021 Open Door virtual activities will be available on this website starting March 1.
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 | March 13, 2021 | Virtual Event
Event organizers will not be able to hold the Festival this year (2021), however, they will be hosting a virtual event on March 13th. Visit their Facebook page for more details.
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.
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 | Postponed to 2022
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 | Rescheduled. April 2021 event moved to November 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.
Country Thunder Arizona | Cancelled
Rescheduled for fall 2021.
July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival | Cancelled
For the second year in a row, Tempe is canceling its Fourth of July celebration at Tempe Town Lake because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.