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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

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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“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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The Scene

The Scene pop up art installation in Tempe, AZ
March 7, 2019 - May 12, 2019

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The Scene in Tempe is a pop-up art experience with 11 rooms and 23 colorful scenes designed to inspire your creativity and ignite your imagination. Photography is encourage for your next best Instagram photo. The art is both for photos and for interacting with: open doors, share a goal, dance it out and much more! Open Thursday-Sunday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Visit the website for more info, check out The Scene Instagram page or email [email protected]

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Childsplay presents “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show”

March 17, 2019 - April 21, 2019

Location: Herberger Theater Center

Eric Carle’s iconic stories and illustrations come to life on stage! From A Very Hungry Caterpillar who undergoes a magical transformation to The Very Lonely Firefly who learns to shine his light by finding friends, you won’t want to miss this fantastical puppet experience. See The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at The Herberger Theater Center Stage West March 17 through April 21, 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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Up, Up and Away at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace Food Court
April 1, 2019 - April 30, 2019

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace is ready to go Up, Up and Away in April! Dozens of hand painted hot air balloon pieces will "float" about The District Street starting Monday, April 1.

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K Camp at The Marquee

The Marquee
April 21, 2019

Location: The Marquee

K Camp performs at The Marquee with LordPHX and Dre Tru for the Switch Tour on April 21, 2019.

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FKJ at The Marquee

The Marquee
April 23, 2019

Location: The Marquee

FKJ performs at The Marquee with Lou Phelps on April 23, 2019.

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Herberger String Quartet

Tempe Center for the Arts
April 23, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

The Herberger String Quartet performs its spring recital, featuring works studied with Brooklyn Rider as part of the Visiting Quartet Residency.

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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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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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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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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: 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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New Bloom: Industrial Nature by Michelle Stitzlein

New Bloom at Desert Botanical Garden
February 1, 2019 - May 5, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden presents sculpture created with found materials from the imagination of artist Michelle Stitzlein. The impressive, large-scale works promote recycling through transforming simple objects into dynamic, natural forms. Stitzlein lives and works in Ohio, where she maintains a studio in a former National Grange Hall. Through her many efforts to promote sustainability, Stitzlein teaches art workshops at elementary schools, art camps and festivals. *Free with general admission. 

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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 - May 31, 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. April Performances  April 12 | Tracing Faces  Indie Alternative Rock, Pop April 13 | Rock the Quad  Variety April 19 | Insomniacs Punk Rock April 20 | The Illumin80s  80s Cover April 26 | Sunset Voodoo  Alternative Rock April 27 | Rock n Roll High School  Rock, Classic Rock, Top 40 April 27 | Ratio  Funk, Soul, R&B May Performances May 3 | Zeppapotapuss  Led Zeppelin Tribute Band May 4 | Guitarras Latinas  Latin 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  

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Spring Butterfly Exhibit

Desert Botanical Garden Spring Butterfly Exhibit
March 2, 2019 - May 12, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Hundreds of butterflies native to the Southwest are waiting to greet you at the Garden’s Spring Butterfly Exhibit. Learn more about the butterfly life cycle in the caterpillar nursery, and don’t miss butterflies emerging from their chrysalis. Guests can interact with the butterflies as they freely fly through the exhibit and they can also learn about their life cycles and how these amazing creatures serve as pollinators, as well as conservation efforts to protect them. *Entrance to the Spring Butterfly Exhibit is included with membership or paid Garden admission.

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