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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.

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

“A Place for All People”

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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“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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“Metzilocan: Claudia Peña Salinas”

Metzilocan at ASU Art Museum
March 23, 2019 - August 3, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum

ASU Art Museum presents “Metzilocan: Claudia Peña Salinas”, March 23 through August 3, 2019.

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Acoustic Thursdays

Snakes and Lattes in Tempe, AZ
May 23, 2019 - June 20, 2019

Location: Downtown Tempe

Starting May 23rd, Snakes & Lattes brings acoustic music to Mill Avenue every other Thursday! If you're looking to discover Tempe's next big thing or just want to kick back and have a beer, this is the place to be!

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Disney’s “Newsies” at Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Center for the Arts
June 19, 2019 - June 23, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Disney's "Newsies" hits the stage at Tempe Center for the Arts, June 19-23, 2019.

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“Gospel Radio Man” Documentary Screening

June 20, 2019

Location: Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park

Arizona Heritage Center presents "Gospel Radio Man" Documentary Screening on June 20, 2019.

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Comedian Bryan Callen

Tempe Improv
June 20, 2019 - June 22, 2019

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Comedian Bryan Callen performs at Tempe Improv on June 22, 2019.

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Panoramic: Celebration Dance Project

Tempe Center for the Arts
June 22, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Panoramic: Celebration Dance Project is an evening to celebrate dance that is for EVERYONE as artists share their joys, hardships, loves, and fears through movement on June 22, 2019 at Tempe Center for the Arts.

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Joan Waters Open Studio

June 22, 2019

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Discover new work in steel, ceramic, wood and painting at the Joan Waters Summer Solstice Open Studio on June 22, 2019.

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DRAW-A-THON

June 22, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Join Tempe Center for the Arts for the second annual DRAW-A-THON on June 22, 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 Exhibition: “Talking to Action”

Talking to Action at ASU Art Museum
February 9, 2019 - July 6, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum

“Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy and Activism in the Americas” investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and the U.S. featuring drawings, archival documents, sculptures, installations, films and videos the artists’ practices blur the lines between object-making, activism and community organizing to address critical social-political issues.

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Clayblazers: Women Artists of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s

Clayblazers at ASU Art Museum
April 20, 2019 - August 10, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum

With more than 100 artworks, “Clayblazers” celebrates women in the ceramic field during the mid-20th century. Legendary artists like Maija Grotell, Susan Peterson and Marguerite Wildenhain were educators, mentors and masters of their craft and inspired future generations. All of the works in the exhibition are drawn from the ASU Art Museum’s ceramics collection of 3,800 objects, representing the full range of technique, aesthetic approaches and possibilities within the field. The exhibition also includes photographs and materials from the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center’s Susan Harnly Peterson and Studio Potter archives.

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Live Music at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
May 1, 2019 - July 26, 2019

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. June Performances June 1 | Ratio  Funk, Soul, R&B June 7 | Guitarras Latinas Latin June 8 | Elysium  Metal June 14 | People Who Could Fly  Indie Alternative Rock, Pop June 15 | The Ike Ramalho Quartet Brazilian, Jazz June 21 | Frosty & The Silver Tones  Rockabilly, Blues, Swing June 22 | Tracing Faces  Indie Alternative Rock, Pop June 28 | Andres Martin Leal  Latin June 29 | The Headsmen  Blues, Rock July Performances July 5 | Corridor Sixteen  Indie Alternative Rock, Pop July 6 | Ratio  Funk, Soul, R&B July 13 | Henry Thompson and SWELL  Rock, Classic Rock, Variety July 19 | Stereo Rex  Rock, Classic Rock, Top 40 July 20 | CrossTown Players  Funk July 26 | Insomniacs  Punk Rock

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Water: Life *Art* Science

WATER Exhibition at Tempe Center for the Arts
May 24, 2019 - August 31, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

The Gallery at TCA provides visitors a space for thoughtful and engaging art experiences. Free admission, tours and outreach programs are available year-round. Large-scale rotating exhibitions include a wide variety of local, regional and international artists, as well as themes of popular culture and interest. This juried exhibition at the Gallery at TCA explores the theme of water in the desert and will include Arizona-based artists working in a variety of media and sub themes including sustainability, science and technology, beauty and mythology. The exhibition will be on display May 24-Aug 31, 2019. Three artists, selected from the juried process, will participate in a 12-week artists-in-residence program which includes use of studio spaces set up inside the Gallery at TCA.

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Mysteries of the Mind Magic Show

Tempe Marketplace in Tempe, AZ.
June 1, 2019 - August 31, 2019

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Dave & Buster’s presents Mysteries of the Mind Magic Show every Saturday starting at 8 p.m. Mysteries of the Mind is an unforgettable one-hour magic experience featuring Craig Anthony. Masterfully combining his knowledge of body language, persuasion, and human psychology – Craig will read the minds of various audience members, predict the outcome of impossible situations, and even risk serious injury. With lots of humor and audience interaction, Mysteries of the Mind is as entertaining as it is mind-blowing.

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Change Agent: June Wayne and the Tamarind Workshop

Change Agent at ASU Art Museum
June 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum

“Change Agent” highlights June Wayne’s legacy as an artist, printmaker, educator and activist. Wayne refused to follow a signature style, taking on a variety of themes such as personal history, modern science and social issues. In the Dorothy Series, she narrates the life of her mother, a Russian Jewish immigrant and traveling saleswoman for a garter company. In the Stellar Winds and Solar Flares Series, she mines natural phenomena as metaphors for the human condition.

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Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours

Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden
June 1, 2019 - August 31, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

At Desert Botanical Garden, summer Saturday nights shine with Flashlight Tours, June 1-August 31. All ages will have a blast getting hands-on during this self-guided nocturnal adventure through the Garden. Check out the night blooming plants, animals that come out after-dark plus grab some food and drink and chill out. Tickets: $14.95 adult | $9.95 child | Garden members and children 3 years and younger are admitted free

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Summer Splash at Tempe Marketplace

June 6, 2019 - August 1, 2019

Location: Tempe Marketplace

The weather is heating up, but Tempe Marketplace will jeep things cool every Thursday, June 6th – August 1st (excluding July 4). Kid around and cool down with music, games and prizes at the Splash Pad, plus pose for a free downloadable photo with your favorite characters. Every week will offer a distinctive family-fun experience with different themes, unique games and new characters. Plus, spend $20 or more at the restaurant of the week and skip the photo line! See website for additional information. Summer Splash Schedule: June 6th | Arabian Nights – Aladdin & Jasmine Show your receipt from Noodles and Co. and skip the photo line June 13th | Under the Sea Soiree – Ariel & Moana Show your receipt from Yogi’s Grill and skip the photo line June 20th | Good Toy Times – Jessie and Woody Show your receipt from MOD Pizza and skip the photo line June 27th | Frozen Fiesta – Anna & Elsa Show your receipt from It’s All Greek to Me and skip the photo line July 11th | Super Hero Sensation – Spider-Man & Captain Marvel Show your receipt from California Pizza Kitchen and skip the photo line July 18th | Princess & Pirate Party – Cinderella & Rapunzel Show your receipt from Smashburger and skip the photo line July 25th | Heroes Dance Party – Wonder Woman & Batman Show your receipt from Genghis Grill and skip the photo line August 1st | Royal Family Ball – Belle & Sleeping […]

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“Particle and Wave: PaperClay Illuminated”

Particle & Wave at ASU Art Museum
June 22, 2019 - September 21, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center

“Particle and Wave” is a groundbreaking exhibition of 45 works created by international artists who incorporate paper pulp and organic fibers into their clay bodies, with the result of increased strength and lighter weight. The exhibition showcases a wide range of visual forms, which would not be possible with traditional methods, as the artists utilize this technique to express contemporary social and cultural ideas. See “Particle and Wave: PaperClay Illuminated” at ASU Ceramics Research Center, June 22-September 21, 2019.

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