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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 fall, visit our fall 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

Space Mission at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona

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March 10, 2017 - December 31, 2017

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Space Mission, a highly anticipated addition to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona at Arizona Mills will be open from March 10 through the end of 2017. When you experience Space Mission, you can imagine that you're exploring far-off planets, encountering signs of life in new worlds, taking over mission-control operations and even lend a hand in constructing a state-of-the-art space shuttle.

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Childsplay presents The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth
September 17, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

See Childsplay's The Phantom Tollbooth at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Even surrounded by dozens of toys, Milo is bored. Nothing interests him at all. The Phantom Tollbooth comes to the rescue! Transported to the Land of Wisdom, Milo is thrust into adventure when told Princesses Rhyme and Reason need rescuing to bring peace between two kings.

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Exhibition at Desert Botanical Garden: Larry Kornegay

September 22, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Phoenix based designer and sculptor, Larry Kornegay, creates sculpture, graphic artistry, sign painting and fine art painting. Kornegay will have more than 20 pieces on display at Desert Botanical Garden, September 22, 2017 - January 7, 2018. Larry Kornegay/New Work highlights both two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork inspired by the natural world.

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Comedian James Davis

September 22, 2017 - September 24, 2017

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

James Davis is a rising force in comedy. He can be seen in the new Comedy Centreal series Hood Adjacent, where Davis explores contemporary urban topics and share his perspective on the world he grew up in through a unique, hybrid style of comedy that bridges the gap between urban and mainstream comedy. Prior to this, Davis was writing for The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS, and was a recurring character on Kevin Hart’s hit show, Real Husbands of Hollywood.

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Rachel Ballinger at Tempe Improv

September 24, 2017

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Rachel Ballinger is a YouTuber and social media influencer. She started on YouTube in 2012, after graduating college, with a video series called "You Know What Pisses Me Off?”, and has expanded her video to DIYs, vlogs, comedy skits, and educational videos. See Rachel Ballinger at Tempe Improv on September 24, 2017.

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Danzig at The Marquee

The Marquee
September 25, 2017

Location: The Marquee

Danzig takes the stage at The Marquee with guest performers Deafheaven, Vamps and 3teeth on September 25, 2017. Doors open at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome.

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Comedian John Heffron

September 28, 2017 - October 1, 2017

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Energetic and accessible, acclaimed standup John Heffron shares an array of relatable experiences from childhood through life as a married father. He’s learned a thing or two about relationships with family, friends, and even himself along his journeys, gaining an astute, uniquely honest perspective widely praised among his comedy peers. Audiences of all ages relate to his enthusiastic, hard-won wisdom, recognizing how often the path to maturity is marked by universal triumphs and failures.

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2017 Ballet Under the Stars at the TCA

September 28, 2017

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Free and open to the public, Ballet Under the Stars allows Arizona communities to enjoy dance in a unique outdoor setting complete with a stage, lighting, costumes, and beautiful Arizona weather.

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Make America Rock Again Tour at The Marquee

The Marquee
September 28, 2017

Location: The Marquee

The Make America Rock Again Tour comes to The Marquee on September 28, 2017. Enjoy performance from Scott Stapp, Drowning Pool, Sick Puppies, Trapt, Adelitas Way, As Thick as Thieves and Interfate. Doors open at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome.

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Author Susanne Wilson

September 28, 2017

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

World-renowned spiritual medium Susanne Wilson shares insights from her new book Soul Smart, then conducts a Spirit Guides session.

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Ongoing Events

Gallery Exhibit: Trains of Tempe

Tempe History Museum
February 1, 2017 - October 8, 2017

Location: Tempe History Museum

Enjoy the new gallery exhibit at the Tempe History Museum now through October 8, 2017.  Explore the various railroad stations and bridges that existed in Tempe over the years with the Trains of Tempe GIS Story Map at the interactive computer station in the exhibit or in the comfort of your home. On view will be panels with photographs and an overview of the train history of Tempe, special topics focused on bridges, special trains, stations and train companies that operated in Tempe. A number of artifacts related to trains are on display, some from the museum collection, others from the Arizona Railway Museum in Chandler and from private collectors.

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EDGE happy hour at the TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
February 2, 2017 - December 31, 2017

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

The Tempe Center for the Arts is Tempe’s newest gathering spot offering live entertainment, art, food trucks, tapas style appetizers, and $25 “Bottle & Board” wine specials. EDGE showcases the best of the Valley’s talent in a laid-back space overlooking Tempe Town Lake. EDGE runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the TCA Lounge from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Bar opens at 5 pm with food served from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  

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Grand Canyon Railway – 2017 Steam Train Dates

Grand Canyon Railway
March 1, 2017 - October 7, 2017

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The Grand Canyon Railway celebrates the history of vintage rail travel with several steam-powered excursions to the Grand Canyon.

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Creative Saturdays at the ASU Art Museum

April 1, 2017 - December 30, 2017

Location: ASU Art Museum

Stop by the museum any Saturday afternoon and make art.  Museum Ambassadors will guide families and children in a creative art-making activity. All activities are free. No registration required. Kids take home their art.

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ASU Art Exhibition: Porøs

ASU Art Museum at ASU off Mill Ave. in Tempe, AZ
August 12, 2017 - January 20, 2018

Location: ASU Art Museum

Nova Scotia-based artist Neil Forrest investigates ceramics, architectonics and the relationship between micro and macro structures in “Porøs” (Norwegian for “porous”). Made up of a series of ceramic cisterns and vessels, this grotto-like installation contains proliferating crystals, percolating rock and moving liquids.

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Tempe Xhibition: Celebrating ten years at the TCA Gallery

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 9, 2017 - January 6, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe has earned the reputation for being a smart, diverse and overall a very cool place. It is just big enough to entice new businesses and tourists and just small enough to give residents a home-town atmosphere. At one time or another, many of the Valley’s movers and shakers in the arts have lived, studied, worked and/or played here. Some studied at Arizona State University and chose to stay while others may have moved on, but continue to think of Tempe as “theirs.” This exhibition celebrates the creative, funky and innovative spirit of Tempe and some of the people who make it cool. Free Public Reception: Sept. 9 | 6-9 pm | Gallery

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2017 Performances at the Museum

Tempe History Museum
September 9, 2017 - December 15, 2017

Location: Tempe History Museum

Join the Tempe History Museum for outstanding performances with everything from mariachi and rhythm & blues to rock and roll. All shows feature women in local music as a link to their upcoming exhibit: Jan Young: Photographing Tempe in the 1970s. Enjoy a casual evening with local musicians in an up close and personal setting. These events are free and are open to the entire family. 2017 Performances September 9 – Las Chollas Peligrosas September 22 – Mariachi Pasion October 6 – Tetra String Quartet Dr. Caligari October 28 – The Darts* November 4 – Aletheia String Quartet November 18 – Pangean Orchestra December 1 – Tessa Karrys and AJ Odneal December 15 – The Sunpunchers *Performances will be held outdoors in Museum Plaza

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Material Beauty: Encounter with Nathan Newman

ASU Art Museum at ASU off Mill Ave. in Tempe, AZ
September 15, 2017 - December 9, 2017

Location: ASU Art Museum

See the museum’s collection through the lens of a scientist. In “Material Beauty,” guest curator Nathan Newman, a professor in Solid State Science at Arizona State University’s School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, has selected artworks that engage with the chemistry of color, the neurology of facial recognition and the mathematics of perspective. This exhibition is part of ASU Art Museum’s Encounter series, which invites artists and scholars to curate exhibitions of work from the museum’s collection.

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Stray Cat Theatre: Kiss

September 15, 2017 - September 30, 2017

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Kiss, by Guillermo Calderon, will be at Tempe Center for the Arts from September 15-30, 2017. Don’t miss this top rated performance directed by Ron May. A standing double-date quickly becomes a hilarious farce as four friends unburden their hearts and reveal their secret passions. But is anything really what it seems to be? Politically charged and emotionally urgent, KISS dares us to question whether we can truly understand other cultures. This Southwest premiere by “Chile’s most acclaimed playwright-director of the last two decades” (LA Times) is a disquieting exploration of the limitations of art in grappling with the suffocating effects of an oppressive regime. 2017-2018 Stray Cat Theatre Sweet 16 Season Kiss September 15-30, 2017 – Tempe Center for the Arts Mercury November 24-December 9, 2017 – Tempe Center for the Arts Hand to God February 2-25, 2018 – Phoenix Theatre’s Hormel Theatre Gidion’s Knot March 9-24, 2018 – Tempe Center for the Arts Silence! The Musical May 4-19, 2018 – Tempe Center for the Arts

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Carnival of Illusion at Tempe Center for the Arts

Carnival of Illusion
September 16, 2017 - May 26, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

See Carnival of Illusion at the Tempe Center for the Arts on Saturday evenings – September 16, 2017 – May 26, 2018. Hang onto your hat, grab your partner, and jump into an evening of Old-World Magic. This top-rated up-close illusion show is “Revitalizing Magic” by blending an international travel theme with all the charms of a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow. Travel up-close with the national recipients for “Excellence in Magic” and catch the longest running Arizona theater show in history. Carnival of Illusion is Magic, Mystery, and OOOH La La.

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