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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! And if you’re visiting this spring, visit our spring festivals and events page!

Tempe events offer a variety of experiences throughout the year:

Whether it’s a Tempe music festival or a Tempe block party, this part of town is bustling all year long. From contemporary art exhibits to live music to Broadways shows, art festivals or sporting events, Tempe fits the bill.

Upcoming Events

MainStage: Men on Boats

ASU Art Museum at ASU off Mill Ave. in Tempe, AZ
March 24, 2017 - April 2, 2017

Location: ASU Galvin Playhouse

Based on John Wesley Powell’s journals chronicling the trip, “Men on Boats” retells this adventurous story of masculinity, ambition and legacy with a cast consisting of no cisgender male actors.

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Ozomatli and Squirrel Nut Zippers at The Marquee

The Marquee
March 29, 2017

Location: The Marquee

Ozomatli is a six-piece band that primarily plays Latin, hip hop, and rock music. They are known both for their vocal activist viewpoints and their wide array of musical styles-including salsa, jazz, funk, reggae, rap and others. Joining them on stage is the Squirrel Nut Zippers. Fans and critics alike have always had difficulty pigeonholing the bands unique sound. Some have called it a perpetually confused stew of Southern Roots and Surrealist paintings.

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Author Dennis McClung

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March 29, 2017

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The president and founder of Garden Pool shares his book, Urban Garden Talk and Tour, about how a single idea can transform the way we think about growing food.

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Comedian Billy Bonnell

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March 30, 2017

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Billy Bonnell, is a native of Texas. He started performing Stand Up in San Diego while in the Navy and quickly won San Diego's Funniest Person Contest in 2010 and then again in 2012. As a house regular at the La Jolla Comedy Store, American Comedy Co. and Mad House Comedy club, he has been the go to feature for some of comedies biggest names including, Jim Norton, Anthony Jeselnik,  Adam Devine, Jeff Garlin, Jamie Kennedy,  Doug Benson, David Allan Grear, Joe Rogan and Brody Stevens.

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Leftover Salmon at The Marquee

The Marquee
March 30, 2017

Location: The Marquee

Leftover Salmon is a jam band from Boulder, Colorado. Their unique blend of bluegrass, rock, country, and Cajun/Zydeco, which the band calls "Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass", has found favor with the jam band scene. See Leftover Salmon perform at The Marquee on March 30, 2017. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

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Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts

Tempe Festival of the Arts
March 31, 2017 - April 2, 2017

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The 40th annual spring Tempe Festival of the Arts is March 31-April 2, 2017 in Downtown Tempe.

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The Final Bow: La Casa de Inez

Tempe Events
March 31, 2017 - April 2, 2017

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The ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre presents The Final Bow: La Casa de Inez at the Elias-Rodriguez House, Tempe, AZ, March 31-April 2, 2017. This site-specific, immersive theatre performance takes place at one of the earliest remaining testaments to Tempe's first Mexican barrios.

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Comedian Dana Gould

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March 31, 2017 - April 1, 2017

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Dana Gould is a comedian, writer and actor who has been featured on HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central. Dana began his professional comedy career at the tender ago of 17. Between HBO and Showtime, Dana has five stand-up comedy specials, as well as appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Maron and Real Time with Bill Maher. Dana's stand-up remains a big part of his career and he continues to preform regularly across the country.

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NCAA Final Four Fan Fest

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March 31, 2017 - April 3, 2017

Location: Phoenix Convention Center

Come ready to play at the NCAA Final Four Fan Fest presented by Capital One. Fan Fest is the best way to celebrate the NCAA Final Four weekend before tipoff on April 1, 2017. This event is perfect for the entire family as it is jam-packed with youth clinics, autograph signings, special appearances, interactive games, giveaways, concerts and much more!

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Hello Swindon at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
March 31, 2017

Location: Tempe Marketplace

With this High Energy Original Alternative Band, Hello Swindon is sure to get you on your feet!

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Ongoing Events

6th Street Market

6th Street Market in Downtown Tempe
October 2, 2016 - May 28, 2017

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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One World Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records

Pueblo Grande Museum
October 20, 2016 - May 31, 2017

Location: Pueblo Grande Museum

Pueblo Grande Museum presents the  premiere of One World, Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records, a comprehensive photographic, musical and historical exhibit of a unique record company.  Canyon Records  was founded in 1951 and is one of the oldest independent record labels that produces and distributes Native American music. Recent recipient of the first Governor’s Arts Awards for Small Business, Canyon Records is  one of the oldest cultural institutions in Arizona. One World, Many Voices features more than 40 images of Canyon Records artists, including R. Carlos Nakai, Tony Duncan, Radmilla Cody and others, photographed by Robert Doyle, president of the company. The exhibit showcases items from Canyon’s 65-year history, artist instruments, videos,and will premiere original music composed exclusively for this exhibit. As a special interactive experience, guests can  pose for pictures with the Canyon Records GRAMMY © Award. One World, Many Voices  is an immersive experience that provides a detailed look at Native American recording artists, the record company that supports them, and how Robert Doyle brings it all together. Admission to One World, Many Voices is included with regular Museum admission. In conjunction with the exhibit, Canyon Records will host a series of six presentations of Native American music and dance at Pueblo Grande Museum during the duration of the exhibit from October 2016 to May 2017. Tickets for these special Sunday performances can be purchased in advance through pueblogrande.com (except November 13 and April 23) at a discounted rate of $10, or $12 at the Museum the day of […]

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Map(ing) at the ASU Art Museum

Map(ing) at the ASU Art Museum
December 17, 2016 - May 20, 2017

Location: ASU Art Museum

This exhibition project at the ASU Art Museum includes 28 prints created by Native American and Indigenous artists who work collaboratively with graduate students from Arizona State University’s School of Art printmaking program. Together, they both create limited edition prints that portrays culture, place, language and identity. All of the works are in ASU Art Museum’s collection. Map(ing) was founded by Mary Hood, project director and associate professor in the School of Art. Hood is an internationally known printmaker, and a selection of her etchings are included in this exhibition. Map(ing) is part of ASU Art Museum’s Spotlight series, bringing attention to innovative projects in the arts and design by ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts faculty and students. Supported by an NEA ArtWorks grant, ASU School of Art, ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the Evelyn Smith Exhibition Fund at ASU Art Museum. ASU Art Museum Hours Open Tuesday–Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Thursday 11 a.m.–8 p.m. during academic semesters Closed Sunday, Monday and university holidays

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Beyond the Bricks: Thursday Night Live

Hayden Square Amphitheater
December 22, 2016 - May 25, 2017

Location: Downtown Tempe

Head to Hayden Square Amphitheater every Thursday for Live Music, Beer + Wine, and Food from Downtown Tempe eateries. Bring a blanket and get ready to listen to some tunes or round up your work squad for the best happy hour ever. Best of all, Beyond the Bricks, Thursday Night Live is completely free to attend. Wine and beer are available for purchase starting at 5:30 p.m. for those over the age of 21. Live music starts at 6 p.m.

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3D Astronomy Shows at the ASU Marston Exploration Theater

Marston Exploration Theater
January 7, 2017 - April 29, 2017

Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

The Marston Exploration Theater on the ASU Tempe Campus hosts 3D planetarium experiences including the following topics: 1. To the Edge of the Universe and Everything in Between 2. The Search: Exploring Unknown Worlds 3. Gathering Light: 25 years of discovery from the Hubble Space Telescope 4. The Secret Life of Stars Shows occur: **Each Wednesday evening @ 7:30 p.m. **Each Saturday afternoon @ 2:30 p.m. Check the calendar for the specific show on each date. Tickets: $7.50 for adults, $5.50 for students. Purchase tickets online or at the door. The Marston Exploration Theater is located inside the ISTB4, Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4. Visit the website for more details, including parking information.

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Western POP Exhibition

Tempe Center for the Arts
January 13, 2017 - May 6, 2017

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Big blue skies, rugged canyons, loyal horses, damsels in distress, ruthless gunslingers, savage Indians and handsome but tormented men wearing cowboy hats. Yep, that just about describes the premise for many western films and televisions shows of Hollywood’s golden age. The Western POP exhibition, housed at the Tempe Center for the Arts, peels back some of the history, mythology and popular culture layers to reveal the Western genre as ongoing narrative source for scholars, artists and film makers. The artworks, memorabilia, music and historical displays celebrate the nostalgia tied to the western genre and expose the facts and fiction about morality, race relations and economics in a complicated story that is the history of the American West. Featured Artists: Dick Ayers, Thomas Hart Benton, Charles Braden, Brose Brothers Productions, Anne Coe, Rita Consing, Dwayne Hall, Luis Alfonzo Jimenez, Richard Lillis, Lon Megargee, Ed Mell, Douglas Miles, Mark Newport, William Clinton Schenk and Fritz Scholder. Free Public Reception:  Jan. 13 | 6-9 pm | Gallery Satellite Exhibition: Western POP II:  Dec. 16 – April 12 Tempe Post Office | 500 South Mill Ave.| Featuring Brose Brothers Productions, Carlos Encinas and Douglas Miles. Gallery Hours & Location – FREE admission 10 am-6 pm Tuesday – Thursday 10 am-7:30 pm Friday 11 am-6 pm Saturday *Open extended hours for some special events.  

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Minds on the Move: The Treadmill Tapes

Minds on the Move
January 19, 2017 - May 6, 2017

Location: ASU Art Museum

Liz Lerman’s “Minds on the Move: The Treadmill Tapes” invites members of the ASU community to join her on a treadmill in the gallery for an on-the-go conversation about whatever is most curious, urgent, troublesome or baffling for them.

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Carnival of Illusion at Tempe Center for the Arts

Carnival of Illusion
January 20, 2017 - April 15, 2017

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

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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Francis Alÿs: Ciudad Juárez Projects

Francis Alÿs: Ciudad Juárez Projects
January 21, 2017 - May 27, 2017

Location: ASU Art Museum

This ASU Art Museum exhibition showcases two video works along with, notes, maps, drawings and photographs that follow the artist’s processes as he negotiates his own role in relation to the conflict playing out in this urban landscape.

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Museum of Walking Annex

Museum of Walking
January 28, 2017 - May 20, 2017

Location: ASU Art Museum

“Museum of Walking Annex” features selections from ASU Art Museum’s collection of historic and contemporary artworks, which provide a broader social, cultural and political context for walking.

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