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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 summer, visit our summer 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

Dino Explorer at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona

March 2, 2018 - December 31, 2018

Location: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona

Discover exotic LEGO creatures, hunt for rare Dino eggs, explore hidden lands and even build your own dinosaurs at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona March 2 through December 31, 2018.

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ASU Art Exhibition: “Indwelling”

July 28, 2018 - December 8, 2018

Location: ASU Art Museum

"Indwelling" is a solo exhibition of Yuri Kobayashi, a contemporary artist who combines traditional woodworking practices and refined Japanese aesthetics to create sculptures that reflect her identity, experiences and thoughts.

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Untamed: Wild Compositions by Frank Gonzales at Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden
September 21, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Featuring a collection of vibrant paintings by Arizona-based artist Frank Gonzales, this thematic, compelling exhibition explores pollinators and natural elements from the Sonoran Desert, playfully arranged in dynamic and fantasy-rich compositions. Known widely for his vivid avian subjects, Gonzales is a classically trained painter with a fresh, contemporary perspective.

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Comedian April Macie at Tempe Improv

Tempe Improv
October 19, 2018 - October 21, 2018

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

April Macie travels the world collecting stories and experiences, which she then translates into humorous, relatable tales in front of audiences worldwide. April has performed stand-up comedy for the troops, was a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2006, has appeared on E! Entertainment, Fuel TV, HSN, Sirius and was labeled an "emerging talent to watch" by the Hollywood Reporter at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in 2005. See April perform at the Tempe Improv October 19-21, 2018.

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2018 Fall Desert Botanical Garden Plant Sale

Desert Botanical Garden Plant Sale
October 20, 2018 - October 21, 2018

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Choose new additions for your garden at the Desert Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale, October 20-21, 2018. The Fall Plant Sale will bring more than 30,000 plants to the Events Plaza Parking lot at the Desert Botanical Garden.

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2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Arizona

Ironman Arizona
October 21, 2018

Location: Tempe Beach Park

The race begins at Tempe Beach Park, just west of the Mill Avenue Bridge. The swim takes place in a calm, manmade lake with water temperatures in the mid 70s. The three-loop (each loop is 18.5 miles) bike course is a relatively flat and winds through Tempe before offering some scenic vistas of the Sonoran desert. The two-loop run follows a 6.5-mile loop around Tempe Town Lake with some great views of Arizona State University and the developing landscape of Tempe.

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Kamasi Washington at The Marquee

The Marquee
October 21, 2018

Location: Marquee Theatre

Kamasi Washington performs live at The Marquee on October 21, 2018.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series: Cello Sonatas

Tempe Center for the Arts
October 21, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Hayden's Ferry Chamber Music Series presents Cello Sonatas to Tempe Center for the Arts on October 21, 2018.

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Markus Zusak: Bridge of Clay

Changing Hands Bookstore
October 22, 2018

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The international bestselling author of The Book Thief visits with his latest novel.  Bridge of Clay is the breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules.  As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father's disappearance.

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Tempe Symphony Orchestra Season Opener

Tempe Center for the Arts
October 22, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

The Tempe Symphony Orchestra will perform its first concert of the season on October 22, 2018 at Tempe Center for the Arts.

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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 Exhibit: “A Bigger Plan”

July 28, 2018 - December 1, 2018

Location: ASU Art Museum

“A Bigger Plan” is a two-part solo exhibition of Euan MacDonald, a Los Angeles-based artist whose works span a wide range of artistic disciplines, from video to painting. The first part of the exhibition, “Side B,” is on view now through September 1, 2018, and the second part, “Side A,” is on view September 15 through December 1, 2018. “Side B” marks the first survey of MacDonald’s videos and includes formative and groundbreaking works that explore the dynamics of change and the effects of time, sound duration and chance on pictorial and social conditions. The second part of the exhibition, “Side A,” features an immersive video installation that layers pre-psychedelic patterning from the end pages of 18th, 19th and early 20th century books from the open stacks of ASU Hayden Library.

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ASU Art Museum presents Pop/Funk: Warhol and Frey

August 25, 2018 - December 29, 2018

Location: ASU Art Museum

Two artists, two coasts, two media — Andy Warhol and Viola Frey were central to two movements which reinvented art in the 20th century with the embrace of popular culture, mass-produced images and objects, bold silhouettes and colors. These two solo exhibitions, Warhol’s prints and photographs and Frey’s ceramic sculptures, are drawn entirely from ASU Art Museum’s permanent collection.

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Rooftop Tailgating at The AC Hotel Tempe

September 1, 2018 - November 10, 2018

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Join AC Hotel Tempe for Rooftop Tailgating for all ASU home games. Catch the game live on a big 150″ TV screen and enjoy reverse happy hour following the game in the AC lounge. Tag #TailingWithACTempe at the event for a chance to win a pair of Game & VIP tailgate tickets to the next home game! ASU Home Game Day Schedule Sept 1st – UTSA Sept 8th – Michigan State Sept 29th – Oregon State Oct 18th – Stanford Nov 3rd – Utah Nov 10th – UCLA  

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Bike Night at Tempe Marketplace

September 13, 2018 - November 15, 2018

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Whether you’re a regular biker or weekend warrior, it’s time to rev your engines because Tempe Marketplace is going full throttle for Bike Night, presented in conjunction with Cycle Rides. Drive in every Thursday night from September 13 to November 15 to see hundreds of bikes lining The District Street, hear rockin’ live music and get smoking deals on eats and drinks. This FREE event runs weekly on Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m.

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TCA Exhibit: Monster Stories

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 14, 2018 - January 5, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

The Monster Stories exhibition celebrates the 200th anniversary of the novel, Frankenstein, by exploring the monster genre in popular culture, literature, mythology and the idea of the “other” in society. Mary  Shelley’s groundbreaking work continues to spark relevant discussions about science, technology and humanity. Inspired by the ongoing popularity of the genre, the Gallery at TCA features works from local and national artists, toys and memorabilia from private collections and a range of public programs that reflect on timeless questions such as “who is the real monster?” Sept 14 | Free Public Reception  Sept 28 | Spooky Stories Join storytellers Kyle Mitchell, Joe Ray and Liz Warren for a night of hair-raising tales. Oct 26 | Movie on the EDGE: Young Frankenstein  Live music, local brews at the beer garden and a showing of the 1974 Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder classic film. Nov 3 | Monster Lab Arts & Sciences Family Workshop  Maker stations from ASU, City of Tempe and Xico, Inc. Features DIY robotics, printmaking demonstrations and a last chance to wear your Halloween costume. Nov 30 | Movie on the EDGE: Nightmare Before Christmas  Enjoy live music, wear your favorite pajamas and meet stop-motion animator Rich Zim at a showing of the 1993 Tim Burton film. *See complete schedule and descriptions online: tempecenterforthearts.com 

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New Faces of Comedy

Tempe Improv
September 27, 2018 - November 14, 2018

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Think you’re funny? Don’t pass up your opportunity to find out on one of the greatest comedy stages in the country!  Join Tempe Improv for New Faces of Comedy- an open mic night. Show Times: September 27th- 8 p.m. September 30th- 7 p.m. October 10th- 8 p.m. October 17th- 8 p.m. November 14th- 8 p.m.  

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Fall Butterfly Exhibit: Mighty Monarchs & The Plant Protectors

Desert Botanical Garden
September 29, 2018 - November 18, 2018

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Mighty monarch butterflies return on September 30th, and they are bringing friends! The exhibit invites visitors to take a closer look at the insects that care for and protect our desert environment. From pollinators to predators, insects have amazing powers and play a variety of roles in the desert. Become a plant protector to support and help protect beneficial insects and pollinators. *Included with membership or paid admission    

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2018 Performances at the Museum

Tempe History Museum
October 1, 2018 - October 31, 2018

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. 2018 Performances October 12 – Kabarett: A Strange Show for Strange Times October 20 – Tetra String Quartet: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari November 16 – The Sahnas Brothers November 24 – Nathan and Jessie November 29 – There is Danger December 1 – Nina Curri and Mary Hoffman *Performances begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted and will be held outdoors in Museum Plaza  

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Live Music at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
October 1, 2018 - October 27, 2018

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Whether you’re looking forward to a fun date night or family night out, you can’t go wrong with free music performances at Tempe Marketplace. Enjoy music performed by both local and nationally known bands and musicians at The District Stage located in front of Dave & Busters. October Performances: October 3 – lovelytheband ROCK IT UP Fall Concert October 5 – Smoke & Mirrors Country Tribute Band October 6– Come Back Buddy Buddy Holly Tribute Band October 12 – Skindred ROCK IT UP Fall Concert October 12 – Wide Awake U2 Tribute Band October 13 – Back In The Saddle Aerosmith Tribute Band October 19 – Ratio Funk, Soul, R&B October 20 – The Rave British Invasion Tribute October 26 – Diamond in the Rough Neil Diamond Tribute Band October 27 – Blizzard of Az Ozzy Osborne Tribute Band

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