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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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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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Exhibition at Desert Botanical Garden: Jun Kaneko

October 13, 2017 - May 13, 2018

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Experience the bold, colorful and monumental sculptures of Japanese-American Artist Jun Kaneko. Uncover Kaneko's colorfully glazed ceramics and bronze forms in the rich backdrop of the Garden's desert flora. Kaneko’s exhibition at the Garden will include approximately 20 large-scale ceramic and bronze sculptures placed along the Garden’s trails.

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The Compass, November 16-19, 2017

Paul V Galvin Playhouse
November 16, 2017 - November 19, 2017

Location: ASU Galvin Playhouse

The ASU School of  Film, Dance & Theatre presents The Compass, written and directed by Michael Rohd, ASU Galvin Playhouse, Tempe, AZ, Nov.11-12, 16-19, 2017. A teenager is in serious trouble after she consults a decision-making app that tells users what to do in any situation. Should she be held responsible? Did the app make her do it? Do her motivations matter? The audience is the jury in this inventive, near-future work of science fiction.

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Nutcracker Tea at Hackett House

Hackett House
November 19, 2017

Location: Hackett House

Just before the craziness of the Holiday Season, join Hackett House for an unforgettable experience. Sunday, November 19, 2017, Hackett House will once again be partnering with Southwest Youth Ballet to present an unforgettable Nutcracker Tea with costumed dancers interacting with children. Costumes are encouraged. Tea is served from 1 - 3 p.m. and includes delicious sweets and savories.

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Improv’s Annual Turkey Contest

November 19, 2017

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

It's that time of year! Time to get stuffed full of Jokes and basted in Punchlines! This Special Edition of  open mic night has a special prize, the winner gets $100 plus the coveted and delicious Turkey!!! Winners will be chosen based on Audience vote. 5 Minutes, 1 Night, Endless Possibilities!

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Friendsgiving Day Festival

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November 19, 2017

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Join SpringHill Suites at Arizona Mills Mall for a fun-filled Friendsgiving Day Festival to help celebrate the season. Get a jump on your holiday shopping with unique gifts, while enjoying the outdoors with family in a beautiful courtyard with lush green grass & a picnic luncheon. Mini portrait sessions available with activities and entertainment for all ages. Bring a friend!

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Pet Photos with Santa at Arizona Mills Mall, Nov. 19

November 19, 2017

Location: Arizona Mills Mall

Bring your pet to sit, stay and pose for a photo with Santa near the Food Court at Arizona Mills Mall on Sunday, November 19, 2017. This is a FREE event.

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2017 IRONMAN Arizona

November 19, 2017

Location: Tempe Beach Park

2017 IRONMAN Arizona kicks off on November 19, 2017 with a single-loop swim in Tempe Town Lake, followed by a challenging three-loop bike course through the Sonoran Desert. It finishes with a spectator-friendly run around Tempe Town Lake and Papago Park.

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Periphery / Animals as Leaders at The Marquee

The Marquee
November 21, 2017

Location: The Marquee

Periphery / Animals as Leaders will be performing at The Marquee Theatre with special guest Astronoid on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. Doors open at 5:30 pm. 

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Ongoing Events

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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Creative Saturdays at the ASU Art Museum

April 1, 2017 - December 17, 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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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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ASU Art Exhibition: Soul Mining

September 23, 2017 - December 30, 2017

Location: ASU Art Museum

The border wall is a frequent topic in today’s headlines, yet its history dates back to the turn of the century. After the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, there were calls for a fence along the southern United States border to deter Chinese immigrants from re-entering the country. As a result, most moved south and created their own communities throughout Latin America. This exhibition looks broadly at the influence of Asian labor and culture in the Americas with artists from Latin America, the United States and Asia, exploring the body and soul of forced migrations. 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 *Admission is FREE

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Mighty Monarchs & The Powerful Plant Protectors

September 30, 2017 - November 19, 2017

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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Sunday Funday at Dave & Buster’s

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October 1, 2017 - October 1, 2018

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Dave and Buster’s at Tempe Marketplace is debuting Sunday Funday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the roof top patio! Play games like ping pong, giant jenga, corn hole and cup pong while listening to the live DJ. Enjoy delicious $5 select appetizers or the create your own bloody mary and mimosa bar! Looking to stay a little longer? Late Night Happy Hour runs from 10 p.m. to midnight, offering half-off cocktails, $1 for 22 oz. draft beers and $3 bottles of wine.

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