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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 spring, visit our spring events and festivals 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

LIT & SIP

Desert Botanical Garden
January 17, 2019 - May 7, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Just when you thought Electric Desert couldn't get any more extra, join Desert Botanical Garden each month this spring for Lit & Sip on January 17, 2019. Savor a cocktail as you stroll through this light and sound experience. Then grab a friend and bust a move at the Silent Dance party, where you can choose your own musical adventure.

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Exhibition: “ReTrO REACTION”

January 18, 2019 - May 11, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

While the creative spark is different for every individual, this exhibition explores the inspirations and art making processes of ten Arizona-based artists. Through personal retrospection, these artists give us a glimpse into how each of them absorbs, filters and reacts to ideas from the past to make relevant work in today's rapidly changing world.

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“A Place for All People”

Arizona Heritage Center
January 23, 2019 - December 31, 2019

Location: Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park

Arizona Heritage Center presents "A Place for All People" Exhibition now through December 31, 2019.

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THE LEGO® MOVIE™ DAYS

LegoLand Discovery Center
February 8, 2019 - March 31, 2019

Location: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona is hosting the ultimate celebration of the new THE LEGO® MOVIE™ 2! Join Emmet, Wyldstyle and the gang during event weekends with exclusive building activities, out-of-this-world character experiences, interactive photo opportunities and more! It’s going to be AWESOME! *Event Dates include select weekends in February and every day in March! February 8th-10th February 15th-18th February 22nd-24th March 1st-31st *Activities Include: Hourly dance parties and Meet & Greets with Emmet Scavenger hunt in Miniland Building activities: Build your own planet Alien Invader pod vehicle build & race Special creative workshop classes AWESOME pop badges Minifigure trading Photo opportunities

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“I Have a Name”

Arizona Heritage Center
February 8, 2019 - October 5, 2019

Location: Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park

Arizona Heritage Center presents "I Have a Name" Exhibition now through October 5, 2019.

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Sundays Concerts in the Garden

Desert Botanical Garden
February 10, 2019 - March 31, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Sundays Concerts in the Garden is an all-ages concert series is a great experience to enjoy in the company of friends and family at the Desert Botanical Garden.

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Spring Baseball Brewery Tours

Four Peaks in Tempe, AZ.
February 25, 2019 - March 26, 2019

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Join Four Peaks Brewing Co. this spring baseball season for exclusive pre-game tours of the 8th Street brewery.

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Meet a Mermaid at SEA LIFE Arizona

SEA LIFE Arizona at Arizona Mills Mall
February 28, 2019 - March 24, 2019

Location: SEA LIFE Arizona

Something MAGICAL is comping to SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium this Spring! Experience the magic of Mermaids Thursday through Sunday from February 28th until March 24th!

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Buggie Nights: Bug Power

March 1, 2019 - April 5, 2019

Location: The Phoenix Zoo

Have you heard the buzz? Calling all fireflies and glow worms...Experience the exhibit "Bugs. Big Bugs!" after the sung goes down!

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Childsplay presents The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

March 17, 2019 - April 21, 2019

Location: Herberger Theater Center

Eric Carle’s iconic stories and illustrations come to life on stage! From A Very Hungry Caterpillar who undergoes a magical transformation to The Very Lonely Firefly who learns to shine his light by finding friends, you won’t want to miss this fantastical puppet experience. See The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at The Herberger Theater Center Stage West March 17 through April 21, 2019.

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Ongoing Events

Exhibit: Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales

October 26, 2017 - August 31, 2019

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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ASU Art Museum presents Pop/Funk: Viola Frey

August 25, 2018 - March 23, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum

This exhibition features work by Viola Frey, an artist who worked on the fringe of the Funk Art movement, which she called a “boys club.” Frey’s brash, figurative sculptures are larger than life. Drawing inspiration from art history, her collection of flea market treasures, and her personal experiences as a woman in the male-dominated art world, Frey helped elevate ceramics from “craft” to fine art.

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Electric Desert at the Desert Botanical Garden

Electric Desert at Desert Botanical Garden
October 12, 2018 - May 12, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

The latest blockbuster exhibition at Desert Botanical Garden is Electric Desert, a light and sound experience by Klip Collective. Cactus and desert become a living canvas in this nighttime experience, taking visitors on an immersive journey through the garden using light and original music. Electric Desert features seven site-specific locations, each one inspired by and related to the Garden. It will continue nightly through May 12, 2019. This special engagement is expected to sell out quickly — advance ticket purchase is recommended.

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6th Street Market

6th Street Market in Downtown Tempe
October 14, 2018 - April 14, 2019

Location: Downtown Tempe

6th Street Market blends art, live music and the community weekly in the heart of Downtown Tempe. Located in the popular 6th Street Park, this new market has just about everything — local shopping, works of art, live music, fantastic brunch offers nearby and interactive art projects — all blended with community yoga, food vendors and more. Parking at on-street meters and in City Hall Garage is FREE on Sundays!

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ASU Art Museum Exhibit: “Decomiso”

October 20, 2018 - May 4, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum

“Decomiso” is an installation-based exhibition by the Argentinian contemporary artist duo Guillermo Faivovich and Nicolas Goldberg. Since 2006, Faivovich and Goldberg have been engaged in an intensive and wide ranging research project – “A Guide to El Camp del Cielo” – that forms that basis of their practice. El Campo del Cielo is located in northern Argentina and was the site of a meteor shower an estimated 4,000 years ago. For “Decomiso” (which translates to seizure) the artists have designed a unique installation that features video, sound, sculpture and 410 photographs.

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Bugs. BIG BUGS! at The Phoenix Zoo

October 27, 2018 - April 28, 2019

Location: The Phoenix Zoo

Something is buzzing at the Phoenix Zoo. And it’s big. Really big. Bugs. BIG BUGS! The Zoo’s latest can’t-miss animatronic exhibit has twenty-one gigantic bugs that you really need to see to believe, encounters with real live bugs and tons of activities for the entire family. Beautifully detailed, the bugs are made from a combination of steel, fiberglass and skin material made from a special urethane compound that protects them against sun, rain and snow, making them prefect to display in their natural environment. The realistic movements on the bugs are powered by pneumatic system that enables smoother and finer movements. *Entrance into the exhibit is $5 for the general public and $4 for Phoenix Zoo members. 

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Performances at the Museum

Tempe History Museum
January 12, 2019 - May 3, 2019

Location: Tempe History Museum

Join the Tempe History Museum for outstanding performances with everything from mariachi and rhythm & blues to rock and roll. 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. 2019 Performances: March 8 – Sonoran Marimba Band March 23 – Darkness Dear Boy April 5 – Dusty Ramblers Project April 20 – The Lonesome Wilderness May 3 – We3 *Performances begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted and will be held outdoors in Museum Plaza

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New Bloom: Industrial Nature by Michelle Stitzlein

New Bloom at Desert Botanical Garden
February 1, 2019 - May 5, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden presents sculpture created with found materials from the imagination of artist Michelle Stitzlein. The impressive, large-scale works promote recycling through transforming simple objects into dynamic, natural forms. Stitzlein lives and works in Ohio, where she maintains a studio in a former National Grange Hall. Through her many efforts to promote sustainability, Stitzlein teaches art workshops at elementary schools, art camps and festivals. *Free with general admission. 

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Savanna Gallery Art Exhibit

February 1, 2019 - May 31, 2019

Location: The Phoenix Zoo

The Savanna Gallery Art Exhibit, “Art on the Wild Side,” features artists Tania Bolin, Lawrence Finkel and April Howland. The exhibit showcases their unique vision of wildlife and conservation via photography, paint and mixed media. Through this exhibit, visitors can engage in the Zoo’s mission to care for the natural world while being inspired by nature and animals. Art is available for purchase and Zoo admission is required to visit the Savanna Gallery. The Savanna Gallery is located in the Savanna Grill. The Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo is introducing a rotating art exhibit program to enhance our visitors’ experience and to help communicate its important national and international conservation efforts. The exhibits will embrace the mission of the Phoenix Zoo: to advance the stewardship and conservation of animals and their habitats while providing experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world.

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Arizona Renaissance Festival

Renaissance Festival
February 9, 2019 - March 31, 2019

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Take a unique trip back in time to the Arizona Renaissance Festival. One of the largest events of its kind in the United States, this special event is a place to revel in the atmosphere of a 16th century European village! Join in the revelry every Saturday & Sunday from February 10 through April 1, 2018. Enjoy a 13-stage theater, a 30-acre circus, and arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament a feast and much more!  

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