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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

Secondhand Serenade at The Marquee

The Marquee
February 22, 2017

Location: The Marquee

Secondhand Serenade is an American rock band, led by vocalist, pianist and guitarist John Vesely.  Vesely spent a number of years playing bass in local bands before picking up the acoustic guitar and refocusing his attention on composing original material. See Secondhand Serenade perform at The Marquee on February 22, 2017. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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Full Throttle Comedy Tour, Feb. 22

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February 22, 2017

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Are you Ready to go from zero to funny? Full Throttle Comedy is a pedal to the medal ride of laughs delivered by the industries top comedians! Originally a staple of the New York comedy scene, Full Throttle Comedy has become one of the highest reviewed stand up showcases in the country. Each show features today's premiere comedic talent from HBO, Comedy Central and Showtime. Hosted by national touring college favorite Michael Quu (MTV and Spike TV).

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Author Ronald Epstein, M.D. at Changing Hands

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February 22, 2017

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, and Oncology and author shares his debut book, Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity.

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Comedian Erik Griffin, Feb. 23-25

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February 23, 2017 - February 25, 2017

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Fans of the hit Comedy Central series “Workaholics” instantly recognize Erik Griffin as the show’s iconic series regular Montez. Erik also tours the country headlining popular comedy clubs and colleges every weekend. See Erik Griffin perform live at Tempe Improv February 23-25, 2017.

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Cynthia Hogue and Jenny Irish at Changing Hands

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February 23, 2017

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

Cynthia Hogue, ASU's Marshall Chair in Poetry, and Jenny Irish, Assistant Director of ASU's Creative Writing Program, give a poetry reading to launch Irish's debut collection, Common Ancestor, and Hogue's ninth collection, In June the Labyrinth.

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Lyric Opera Theatre presents “The Magic Flute”

ASU Music Building
February 23, 2017 - February 26, 2017

Location: ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

“The Magic Flute” has long been hailed as one of the greatest musical masterpieces of all time. Mozart’s heavenly music provides the perfect setting for this timeless fairy tale, which is an enchanting blend of magic, mystery, lofty Masonic ideals and earthy humor that is truly Shakespearean in its scope. The opera will be sung in German with English dialogue, and it is an ideal introduction to opera for audiences of all ages. Music by W. A. Mozart; libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder; edition by Bärenreiter; music direction by Brian DeMaris; stage direction by Dale Dreyfoos. Performances at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 23-25; 2 p.m., Feb. 26

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Tempe Empty Bowls

Tempe Empty Bowls
February 24, 2017 - February 25, 2017

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Purchase a unique piece or pottery and help raise money for the hungry in our community at Tempe Empty Bowls. For $10, event attendees can select a bowl and then get a simple meal of soup and bread, symbolic of the caloric intake that must sustain many in our community for an entire day. Proceeds benefit the feeding programs at Tempe Community Action Agency and United Food Bank.

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David T. Kessler: Translucence

Tempe Events
February 24, 2017 - May 7, 2017

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden is showcasing the work of Arizona artist David T. Kessler, February 24-May 7, 2017. Kessler's paintings showcase the beauty of water, capturing the "dynamic qualities of refracted light using a technique he has perfected over 25 years." This art exhibition will be held in the Ottosen Gallery in Dorrance Hall. Entrance is included with Garden admission.

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Spring 2017 Music in the Garden: The Louis Landon Trio

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February 24, 2017

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Enjoy some of Arizona's most talented musicians, beautiful scenery and warm weather at the Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series at Desert Botanical Garden. All concerts are held at the Ullman Terrace on Friday evenings. The Louis Landon Trio will perform Frank Sinatra's hits and original music from 7-9 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2017.

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Hayden’s Ferry Days

Tempe History Museum
February 24, 2017 - February 26, 2017

Location: Tempe History Museum

Hayden’s Ferry Days is a celebration of the rich culture and history of Tempe in three days of engaging and fun activities.  Activities take place over the course of three days in multiple venues throughout the city. The celebration culminates at Tempe History Museum for featured exhibits, kids activities, demonstrators of artisan makers booths, vendors - including food, live entertainment, model train layouts, Wild West performers, a rideable train and more!

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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 - March 16, 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 - March 4, 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 New 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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