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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 spring, visit our spring 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

LIT & SIP

Desert Botanical Garden
January 17, 2019 - May 7, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Just when you thought Electric Desert couldn't get any more extra, join Desert Botanical Garden each month this spring for Lit & Sip on January 17, 2019. Savor a cocktail as you stroll through this light and sound experience. Then grab a friend and bust a move at the Silent Dance party, where you can choose your own musical adventure.

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Exhibition: “ReTrO REACTION”

January 18, 2019 - May 11, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

While the creative spark is different for every individual, this exhibition explores the inspirations and art making processes of ten Arizona-based artists. Through personal retrospection, these artists give us a glimpse into how each of them absorbs, filters and reacts to ideas from the past to make relevant work in today's rapidly changing world.

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Childsplay presents And in this Corner…Cassius Clay

January 27, 2019 - March 3, 2019

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Every hero has an origin story. Before Muhammad Ali became one of the world’s greatest boxers and civil rights advocates, he was Cassius Clay. Step into the ring with 12-year old Cassius as he navigates friendship, family and learning to fight for himself and his community. Told with surprising humor and heart, this play takes you inside Jim Crow-era Louisville to see the beginnings of an American hero. See And in this Corner...Cassius Clay at Black Theatre Troupe January 27 through February 3,

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Disney’s ALADDIN

January 31, 2019 - February 17, 2019

Location: ASU Gammage

See ALADDIN at ASU Gammage in Tempe, AZ January 31-February 17, 2019. Discover a whole new world at Disney's ALADDIN, the hit Broadway musical. From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of ALADDIN, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle.

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THE LEGO® MOVIE™ DAYS

LegoLand Discovery Center
February 8, 2019 - March 31, 2019

Location: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona is hosting the ultimate celebration of the new THE LEGO® MOVIE™ 2! Join Emmet, Wyldstyle and the gang during event weekends with exclusive building activities, out-of-this-world character experiences, interactive photo opportunities and more! It’s going to be AWESOME! *Event Dates include select weekends in February and every day in March! February 8th-10th February 15th-18th February 22nd-24th March 1st-31st *Activities Include: Hourly dance parties and Meet & Greets with Emmet Scavenger hunt in Miniland Building activities: Build your own planet Alien Invader pod vehicle build & race Special creative workshop classes AWESOME pop badges Minifigure trading Photo opportunities

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Sundays Concerts in the Garden

Desert Botanical Garden
February 10, 2019 - March 31, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Sundays Concerts in the Garden is an all-ages concert series is a great experience to enjoy in the company of friends and family at the Desert Botanical Garden.

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Comedian Carlos Mencia

Tempe Improv
February 14, 2019 - February 17, 2019

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Carlos Mencia is undoubtedly one of today’s most popular entertainers and comics. Whether it is man-on-the-street interviews, studio comedy, commercial parodies, nationwide sold-out tours, or films, Mencia demonstrates an extraordinary ability to connect with a wide and diverse audience. See Carlos Mencia perform at the Tempe Improv February 14 & 17, 2019.

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Arizona Gay Rodeo

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February 15, 2019 - February 17, 2019

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AGRA invites you to the 34th Annual Arizona Gay Rodeo, February 15-17, 2019. Enjoy a weekend of fun, food, entertainment and of course, y rodeo events like roping, bucking broncs, chute dogging and more; with camp drag event you'll only see here like Wild Drag Race and Goat Dressing!

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Tempe Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

Tempe Center for the Arts
February 18, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

The Tempe Symphony Orchestra is a dedicated group of musicians who volunteer their time and efforts in order to perform challenging literature from both the standard repertoire and more contemporary sources. Tempe Symphony Orchestra continues to entertain us with spring-time selections on February 18, 2019.

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Performance with a View: Violin Extraordinaire

Tempe Center for the Arts
February 19, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Performance with a View presents Violin Extraordinaire, Professor Danwen Jiang, to Tempe Center for the Arts on February 19, 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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ASU Art Museum presents Pop/Funk: Viola Frey

August 25, 2018 - March 23, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum

This exhibition features work by Viola Frey, an artist who worked on the fringe of the Funk Art movement, which she called a “boys club.” Frey’s brash, figurative sculptures are larger than life. Drawing inspiration from art history, her collection of flea market treasures, and her personal experiences as a woman in the male-dominated art world, Frey helped elevate ceramics from “craft” to fine art.

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ASU Art Museum Exhibit: “A Bigger Plan”

September 15, 2018 - February 23, 2019

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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Electric Desert at the Desert Botanical Garden

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

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

The latest blockbuster exhibition at Desert Botanical Garden is Electric Desert, a light and sound experience by Klip Collective. 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. It will continue nightly through May 12, 2019. This special engagement is expected to sell out quickly — advance ticket purchase is recommended.

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6th Street Market

6th Street Market in Downtown Tempe
October 14, 2018 - April 14, 2019

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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ASU Art Museum Exhibit: “Decomiso”

October 20, 2018 - May 4, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum

“Decomiso” is an installation-based exhibition by the Argentinian contemporary artist duo Guillermo Faivovich and Nicolas Goldberg. Since 2006, Faivovich and Goldberg have been engaged in an intensive and wide ranging research project – “A Guide to El Camp del Cielo” – that forms that basis of their practice. El Campo del Cielo is located in northern Argentina and was the site of a meteor shower an estimated 4,000 years ago. For “Decomiso” (which translates to seizure) the artists have designed a unique installation that features video, sound, sculpture and 410 photographs.

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Bugs. BIG BUGS! at The Phoenix Zoo

October 27, 2018 - April 28, 2019

Location: The Phoenix Zoo

Something is buzzing at the Phoenix Zoo. And it’s big. Really big. Bugs. BIG BUGS! The Zoo’s latest can’t-miss animatronic exhibit has twenty-one gigantic bugs that you really need to see to believe, encounters with real live bugs and tons of activities for the entire family. Beautifully detailed, the bugs are made from a combination of steel, fiberglass and skin material made from a special urethane compound that protects them against sun, rain and snow, making them prefect to display in their natural environment. The realistic movements on the bugs are powered by pneumatic system that enables smoother and finer movements. *Entrance into the exhibit is $5 for the general public and $4 for Phoenix Zoo members. 

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New Faces of Comedy

Tempe Improv
December 2, 2018 - March 3, 2019

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Think you’re funny? Don’t pass up your opportunity to find out on one of the greatest comedy stages in the country!  Join Tempe Improv for New Faces of Comedy- an open mic night. Show Times: December 2, 2018: 7:00 p.m. January 10, 2019: 8:00 p.m. February 6, 2019: 8:00 p.m. March 3, 2019: 7:00 p.m.    

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Performances at the Museum

Tempe History Museum
January 12, 2019 - May 3, 2019

Location: Tempe History Museum

Join the Tempe History Museum for outstanding performances with everything from mariachi and rhythm & blues to rock and roll. 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. 2019 Performances: January 12 – Grave Danger and Suicide Kings February 9 – LOUD VIII: Future Exes, Carol Pacey and the Honeyshakers, the Sara Robinson Band 5-8 p.m.* February 16 – Eclecto Fenix February 24 – Hayden’s Ferry Days 1-5p.m. * March 8 – Sonoran Marimba Band March 23 – Darkness Dear Boy April 5 – Dusty Ramblers Project April 20 – The Lonesome Wilderness May 3 – We3 *Performances begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted and will be held outdoors in Museum Plaza

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EDGE Happy Hour at Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Center for the Arts
January 28, 2019 - March 30, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Join Tempe Center for the Arts at Tempe’s hottest gathering spot, featuring a tasty menu, cocktails and live music in a laid-back atmosphere ON THE EDGE of Tempe Town Lake. February Performances: February 1 | Furious Styles Crew  The Furious Styles Crew includes artists from all walks of life and styles, including dance and visual arts, and they compete all over the world using hip-hop and urban culture as their influences. February 2 | Ryan Rosseau  Dismal Light is the ambient electronic experimental project from artist Ryan Rousseau. February 8 | Lois Zozobrado  Eighteen-year -old Lois Zozobrado is an Americana songwriter from Chandler, Arizona. Her vocal range is diverse; she is able to rock up-tempo songs and deliver heart-melting ballads. February 15 | Flamenco Por La Vida Flamenco Por La Vida brings a happy hour rooted in guitar, singing, dancing and conversation. February 16 | James Cowden  February 22 | Sandra Bassett  Flat 9 Entertainment presents Sandra Bassett. Sandra has been described as: “engaging, entertaining, gifted Jazz and R&B singer with powerful and smooth vocals with a great range!” February 23 | Niamey  Six Poets will compare the 21st century Black experience to the Civil Rights Movement. These poets will express their reality and discuss how the years have change, but history is repeating itself. March Performances:  March 1 | Furious Styles Crew  The Furious Styles Crew includes artists from all walk of life and styles, including dance and visual arts, and they compete all over the world using hip-hop […]

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