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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 and festivals 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

Untamed: Wild Compositions by Frank Gonzales at Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden
September 21, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Featuring a collection of vibrant paintings by Arizona-based artist Frank Gonzales, this thematic, compelling exhibition explores pollinators and natural elements from the Sonoran Desert, playfully arranged in dynamic and fantasy-rich compositions. Known widely for his vivid avian subjects, Gonzales is a classically trained painter with a fresh, contemporary perspective.

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Childsplay presents “The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus”

October 27, 2018 - November 18, 2018

Location: Herberger Theater Center Stage West

When school is out, there’s nothing to do and the desert sun beats down hot, Sheila and her friends find themselves in search of something – anything – interesting to explore. So when a walking, talking, and surprisingly well-dressed coyote shows up, the kids find themselves on the adventure of a lifetime!

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Comedian Bob Marley

Tempe Improv
November 15, 2018 - November 18, 2018

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Originally from Maine, Bob Marley began performing stand-up comedy in his hometown of Portland. He moved to Boston early in his career, gaining experience in a city known for spawning comedy all-stars. Making his first television appearance on Comedy Central, he is now one of the few comics to do the complete late night circuit including The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn.

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Dogs’ Day in the Garden

Desert Botanical Garden
November 17, 2018

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Take advantage of this special opportunity to bring the whole family, dogs included, to the Garden for Dog's Day in the Garden on November 17, 2018.

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“Bernstein Mass” at ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage
November 17, 2018 - November 18, 2018

Location: ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage presents Bernstein MASS, November 17-18, 2019.

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TCA presents Dailey & Vincent

Tempe Center for the Arts
November 17, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Five-time GRAMMY® award winners individually and three-time nominees collectively, Dailey & Vincent, backed by one of the best bands on tour today, are performers in American music: bluegrass, traditional country, and gospel. Jamie Dailey’s tenor, Darrin Vincent’s reedy harmonies, and electric musicianship will make TCA patrons feel right at home.

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Author Sally Field

Changing Hands Bookstore
November 18, 2018

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

Iconic Academy and Emmy Award winning actor Sally Field signs copies of her memoir, In Pieces, at the Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe.  Visit the Changing Hands website to purchase tickets to the event and your own copy of In Pieces.

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Pet Photos with Santa at Arizona Mills

November 18, 2018

Location: Arizona Mills Mall

Bring your pet to sit, stay and pose for a photo with Santa at Arizona Mills Mall on Sunday, November 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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2018 IRONMAN Arizona

Ironman Arizona
November 18, 2018

Location: Tempe Beach Park

2018 IRONMAN Arizona kicks off on November 18, 2018 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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Author Karri J. McClure

Changing Hands Bookstore
November 19, 2018

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

Karri J. McClure, Life Coach and Reiki Master, presents her first book about getting out and getting happy.

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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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Dino Explorer at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona

March 2, 2018 - December 31, 2018

Location: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona

Lose yourself in a Dinosaur-filled LEGO world! Discover exotic LEGO creatures, hunt for rare Dino eggs, explore hidden lands and even build your own dinosaurs! This bricktastic Dino experience will delight parents and children alike. What will you discover?  

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ASU Art Museum Exhibit: “A Bigger Plan”

July 28, 2018 - December 1, 2018

Location: ASU Art Museum

“A Bigger Plan” is a two-part solo exhibition of Euan MacDonald, a Los Angeles-based artist whose works span a wide range of artistic disciplines, from video to painting. The first part of the exhibition, “Side B,” is on view now through September 1, 2018, and the second part, “Side A,” is on view September 15 through December 1, 2018. “Side B” marks the first survey of MacDonald’s videos and includes formative and groundbreaking works that explore the dynamics of change and the effects of time, sound duration and chance on pictorial and social conditions. The second part of the exhibition, “Side A,” features an immersive video installation that layers pre-psychedelic patterning from the end pages of 18th, 19th and early 20th century books from the open stacks of ASU Hayden Library.

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ASU Art Exhibition: “Indwelling”

July 28, 2018 - December 8, 2018

Location: ASU Art Museum

“Indwelling” is a solo exhibition of Yuri Kobayashi, a contemporary artist who combines traditional woodworking practices and refined Japanese aesthetics to create sculptures that reflect her identity, experiences and thoughts. In the five artworks in “Indwelling,” Kobayashi strives to embody the surprise and wonder found in the impalpable and often illogical world in which we live. With multiple wooden components, handcrafted with close attention to detail, each work represents an attempt to decipher and represent, in abstract form, this perpetual desire to represent the ineffable.

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ASU Art Museum presents Pop/Funk: Warhol and Frey

August 25, 2018 - December 29, 2018

Location: ASU Art Museum

Two artists, two coasts, two media — Andy Warhol and Viola Frey were central to two movements which reinvented art in the 20th century with the embrace of popular culture, mass-produced images and objects, bold silhouettes and colors. These two solo exhibitions, Warhol’s prints and photographs and Frey’s ceramic sculptures, are drawn entirely from ASU Art Museum’s permanent collection.

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TCA Exhibit: Monster Stories

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 14, 2018 - January 5, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

The Monster Stories exhibition celebrates the 200th anniversary of the novel, Frankenstein, by exploring the monster genre in popular culture, literature, mythology and the idea of the “other” in society. Mary  Shelley’s groundbreaking work continues to spark relevant discussions about science, technology and humanity. Inspired by the ongoing popularity of the genre, the Gallery at TCA features works from local and national artists, toys and memorabilia from private collections and a range of public programs that reflect on timeless questions such as “who is the real monster?” Sept 14 | Free Public Reception  Sept 28 | Spooky Stories Join storytellers Kyle Mitchell, Joe Ray and Liz Warren for a night of hair-raising tales. Oct 26 | Movie on the EDGE: Young Frankenstein  Live music, local brews at the beer garden and a showing of the 1974 Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder classic film. Nov 3 | Monster Lab Arts & Sciences Family Workshop  Maker stations from ASU, City of Tempe and Xico, Inc. Features DIY robotics, printmaking demonstrations and a last chance to wear your Halloween costume. Nov 30 | Movie on the EDGE: Nightmare Before Christmas  Enjoy live music, wear your favorite pajamas and meet stop-motion animator Rich Zim at a showing of the 1993 Tim Burton film. *See complete schedule and descriptions online: tempecenterforthearts.com 

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Fall Butterfly Exhibit: Mighty Monarchs & The Plant Protectors

Desert Botanical Garden
September 29, 2018 - November 18, 2018

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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Live Music at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
October 1, 2018 - November 30, 2018

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. November Performances: November 2 – Carmela y Mas Latin, Jazz November 3 – Ratio Funk, Soul, R&B November 9 – Nina Speaking 90s Cover November 10 – The Interrupters Rock It Up Fall Concert November 16 – The Killer Vibes Classic Rock, Blues November 23 – Shari Rowe Band Country

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ASU Art Museum: From Darkness to Light

ASU Art Museum
October 6, 2018 - February 9, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum

The ASU Art Museum presents From Darkness to Light: Figurative Works from the Permanent Collection now through February 9, 2019. Drawn from ASU Art Museum’s permanent collections, this exhibition highlights the work of 31 internationally and nationally known artists who represent the human form in order to convey a vast range of emotions. A breadth of emotions are explored in the works on display ranging from lightheartedness and humor to anguish and despair. “From Darkness to Light” features both ceramic and print media, representing two of ASU Art Museum’s largest and strongest holdings. Notably, the prints selected for the exhibition are all by artists who work primarily in ceramics.

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Electric Desert at the Desert Botanical Garden

Electric Desert at Desert Botanical Garden
October 12, 2018 - May 12, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden is excited to announce its latest blockbuster exhibition, Electric Desert, a light and sound experience by Klip Collective opening October 2018. Cactus and desert become a living canvas in this nighttime experience, taking visitors on an immersive journey through the garden using light and original music. Electric Desert features seven site-specific locations, each one inspired by and related to the Garden. This special engagement is expected to sell out quickly. Tickets go on sale September 24.

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