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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”

Arizona Heritage Center
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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Afternoon with the Elders

Arizona Heritage Center
May 19, 2019

Location: Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park

Celebrate local African American history Sunday, May 19th with the Arizona Historical Society’s program, Afternoon With The Elders.

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Comedian Jamie Kaler

Tempe Improv
May 23, 2019 - May 24, 2019

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Comedian Jamie Kaler performs live at Tempe Improv, May 23-24, 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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Jenny Jarnagin’s “Painted Words”

Tempe Center for the Arts
May 25, 2019 - May 26, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Painted Words depicts love’s many complexities through music, art, and dialogue. Inspired by songs from Jenny Jarnagin’s new album, Magic, this performance is thought-provoking and candid. This is the perfect show for hopeless romantics.

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Harmony Project Phoenix

Tempe Center for the Arts
May 25, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

“Talent has no zip code." This is the motto of the Harmony Project Phoenix, a free non-profit music program that builds orchestras, bands and choirs in underserved areas of Phoenix. On May 25 at 7:00 pm, Harmony Project Phoenix will present a showcase featuring 100 children on stage at Tempe Center for the Arts.

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RENT

May 28, 2019 - June 2, 2019

Location: ASU Gammage

Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece, RENT returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production May 28-June 2, 2019 at ASU Gammage in Tempe, AZ.

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Opening Reception of “Water: Life *Art* Science”

Tempe Center for the Arts
May 31, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Join Tempe Center for the Arts for the Opening Reception of their new Exhibition: "Water: Life *Art* Science" on May 31, 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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Savanna Gallery Art Exhibit

February 1, 2019 - May 31, 2019

Location: The Phoenix Zoo

The Savanna Gallery Art Exhibit, “Art on the Wild Side,” features artists Tania Bolin, Lawrence Finkel and April Howland. The exhibit showcases their unique vision of wildlife and conservation via photography, paint and mixed media. Through this exhibit, visitors can engage in the Zoo’s mission to care for the natural world while being inspired by nature and animals. Art is available for purchase and Zoo admission is required to visit the Savanna Gallery. The Savanna Gallery is located in the Savanna Grill. The Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo is introducing a rotating art exhibit program to enhance our visitors’ experience and to help communicate its important national and international conservation efforts. The exhibits will embrace the mission of the Phoenix Zoo: to advance the stewardship and conservation of animals and their habitats while providing experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world.

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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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Live Music at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
March 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. May Performances May 3 | Zeppapotapuss  Led Zeppelin Tribute Band May 4 | Guitarras Latinas  Latin May 9 | BLESS THEFALL + Palisades ROCK IT UP Spring Concert May 10 | AZ/DZ  AC/DC Tribute Band May 11 | Come Back Buddy  Buddy Holly Tribute Band May 17 | Ratio  Funk, Soul, R&B May 18 | Bob Moses  Rock It UP Spring Concert May 24 | The Damned Things | *Tickets: $10 “gosh darn” tour May 25 | Silly Love Songs  Wings Tribute Band May 31 | The Eddie Joe Clark Band  Country, Southern Rock 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  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 […]

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“Rogue Objects”

Rogue Objects at ASU Art Museum
March 2, 2019 - June 1, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center

“Rogue Objects” highlights more than one hundred ceramic works that have never been publicly shown, along with new artwork by Japanese-based artists Koki Tanaka and Kumie Tsuda. Tanaka and Tsuda are the first visual artists to work with the ASU Art Museum’s Ceramic Research Center archives, specifically focusing on the archive of artist and historian Susan Peterson. Both artists were influenced by the correspondence between Peterson and Japanese ceramic artist Shōji Hamada. Sifting through ephemera, photography and film, Tanaka has created a new experimental video titled “Mashiko, Arizona,” based on the relationship between Peterson and Hamada. Tsuda researched ceramic pieces from the ASU Art Museum’s 5,000 plus collection to develop an installation entitled “Still There” that questions museum practices on caring for a collection.

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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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Childsplay presents Schoolhouse Rock, Live!

Childsplay presents Schoolhouse Rock Live!
April 28, 2019 - May 26, 2019

Location: Herberger Theater Center

A pop culture phenomenon returns to the musical stage! Academic subjects will never seem boring again when presented through megahits like “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill,” “Interplanet Janet” or “Three is a Magic Number.” Schoolhouse Rock explodes onto stage with songs you loved updated for a whole new generation! See Schoolhouse Rock, Live! at The Herberger Theater Center Stage West April 28 through May 26, 2019. AGES 6 AND UP Weekends, April 28 – May 26, 2019: Saturdays (1 & 4 pm), Sundays (1 pm) $12-$30 + Herberger Box Office Fees  

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Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park in Tempe, AZ
May 3, 2019 - May 31, 2019

Location: Kiwanis Park

Spend your evenings catching a flick in the park! The City of Tempe will once again give families a good reason to skip the theaters as the Movies in the Park free family movie series returns to Kiwanis Park Friday evenings this October. Bring blankets and a picnic dinner to watch a family-friendly films on one of the largest inflatable screens in Arizona. Each movie begins at dusk ( approximately 7 p.m.) in the north soccer field at Kiwanis Park, Baseline Road and Ash Avenue. May Movie Schedule: May 3rd – The Karate Kid (PG) May 10th – Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG) May 17th – Jumanji (PG) May 24 – A Bug’s Life (G) May 31 – The Little Mermaid (G)  

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Ballet Arizona’s Eroica at Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden
May 14, 2019 - June 1, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Eroica is an extraordinary outdoor dance performance at the Desert Botanical Garden, happening Tuesdays-Saturdays, May 14 through June 1, 2019. Expect the unexpected as Ballet Arizona returns to the Garden, presenting a sensory experience choreographed by lb Andersen. A presentation of movement and sound on a stage that embraces the desert, the Garden provides a stunning backdrop to pair with Andersen’s most enchanting choreography. Tickets are available at www.balletaz.org or by calling their box office (602) 381-1096.

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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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