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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 summer, visit our summer fun 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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THE BOOK OF MORMON

BOOK of MORMON
May 18, 2017 - May 28, 2017

Location: ASU Gammage

See THE BOOK OF MORMON at Tempe's ASU Gammage May 18-28, 2017. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.”

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Ballet Arizona at Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden
May 23, 2017 - June 10, 2017

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Ballet Arizona returns to Desert Botanical Garden this summer with Topia, an outdoor performance combining the beauty and brilliance of ballet with the magnificence of nature. Shows will be Tuesdays through Saturdays, May 23 through June 10, 2017 (no performance on May 24). The show begins at 8 p.m.

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Comedian Jon Reep

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May 25, 2017 - May 28, 2017

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Jon Reep is a nationally touring comedian and actor who recently guest starred in an episode of BLACK-ISH and in the entire final season of EASTBOUND AND DOWN and appeared in Steven Quale’s feature film INTO THE STORM, alongside Richard Armitage (THE HOBBIT) and Matt Walsh (VEEP). See comedian Jon Reep perform live at the Tempe Improv May 25-28, 2017.

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2017 Movies in the Park – Finding Dory, May 26

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May 26, 2017

Location: Kiwanis Park

Skip the theater and bring the whole family to Kiwanis Park for the annual Movies in the Park series. Every Friday night in May there will be a free screening of a beloved family-friendly flick. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic dinner. All movies begin at dusk, approximately 7 p.m. at the north soccer field (Mill Avenue, just south of Baseline).

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Spring 2017 Music in the Garden: Domingo DeGrazia

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May 26, 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. Domingo DeGrazia Spanish Guitar Band will perform from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on May 26, 2017.

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New Wave Order

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May 26, 2017

Location: Tempe Marketplace

New Wave Order will perform at Tempe Marketplace at The District Stage. Give New Wave Order a listen if you are looking to sing and dance to 80s New Wave music.

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The Urban Royal Invasion

Tempe Center for the Arts
May 26, 2017

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

High energy fashion event fusing Dance, Poetry and Theatre to tell a story of urban black royalty. Hosted by Therosia Reynolds with Spoken word poetry by Brotha Anthony, African dance fusion performance by Sydney Thomas and more!

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Twiztid at The Marquee

The Marquee
May 27, 2017

Location: The Marquee

Since forming in 1997, Twiztid has changed the face of music, redefining the relationship between rap and metal while pushing the limits of lyrical creativity. See Twiztid perform live at The Marquee on May 27, 2017. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

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Family Arts & Sciences Workshops – Micro-tube Cacti Sculptures

Tempe Center for the Arts
May 27, 2017

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Looking for something to do with the kids this summer? FREE, weekly Saturday Family Arts & Sciences workshops run from Noon to 2 pm, May 27 – July 22.

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Ongoing Events

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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3D Astronomy Shows at the ASU Marston Exploration Theater

Marston Exploration Theater
January 7, 2017 - June 3, 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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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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Gallery Exhibit: Trains of Tempe

Tempe History Museum
February 1, 2017 - October 8, 2017

Location: Tempe History Museum

Enjoy the new gallery exhibit at the Tempe History Museum now through October 8, 2017.  Explore the various railroad stations and bridges that existed in Tempe over the years with the Trains of Tempe GIS Story Map at the interactive computer station in the exhibit or in the comfort of your home. On view will be panels with photographs and an overview of the train history of Tempe, special topics focused on bridges, special trains, stations and train companies that operated in Tempe. A number of artifacts related to trains are on display, some from the museum collection, others from the Arizona Railway Museum in Chandler and from private collectors.

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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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The Violence of Truth: Encounter with Jose Bernardi

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February 4, 2017 - July 15, 2017

Location: ASU Art Museum

“The Violence of Truth” 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. It is also 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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Grand Canyon Railway – 2017 Steam Train Dates

Grand Canyon Railway
March 1, 2017 - October 7, 2017

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The Grand Canyon Railway celebrates the history of vintage rail travel with several steam-powered excursions to the Grand Canyon.

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Creative Saturdays at the ASU Art Museum

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April 1, 2017 - December 30, 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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BIOMIMICRY: design inspired by nature

BIOMIMICRY
May 19, 2017 - August 26, 2017

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Biomimicry is an exciting field that seeks to emulate nature to create sustainable solutions to human problems. Well known examples include VELCRO® brand hook-and-loop fasteners (inspired by plan burrs) and solar cells (inspired by photosynthesizing plants).  The exhibition explores design-thinking approaches and reflects bio-inspired work that utilizes arts and sciences for inquiry and innovation. Admission is free.

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Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours

Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours
May 27, 2017 - September 2, 2017

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Don’t miss one of the best summer events, the Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours. Flashlight Tours take place on Thursday and Saturday nights, May 27-Sept. 2, 2017.  This event begins at 7:00 p.m.  Flashlight Tours are included with Garden membership or with paid Garden admission.  The tours are at your own pace. Along the trails, guests can find several discovery stations with plants, animals and other elements of the desert at night. Guests should bring their own flashlights and wear comfortable shoes.  Flashlight Tours are perfect for families and date nights.

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