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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

Comedian Nico Santos at Tempe Improv

Tempe Improv
December 27, 2018 - December 29, 2018

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Comedian Nico Santos from "Superstore" and "Crazy Rich Asians" performs live at the Tempe Improv December 27-29, 2018.

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MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS

ASU Gammage
December 27, 2018

Location: ASU Gammage

Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller at ASU Gammage on December 27, 2018.

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Tempe Symphony Orchestra – Winter Concert

Tempe Center for the Arts
December 27, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

The Tempe Symphony Orchestra presents their Winter Concert at Tempe Center for the Arts on December 27, 2018.

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Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience: New Year Warm-up

New Year Warmup
December 29, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Flat 9 Entertainment presents Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience - New Year Warm up to Tempe Center for the Arts on December 29, 2018.

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Comedian Rob Schneider

Tempe Improv
December 30, 2018 - December 31, 2018

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Emmy-nominated actor Rob Schneider is known the world over for his trademark blend of character and comedic acting.  In 2009, after a nearly twenty-year hiatus, Schneider made his return to stand-up comedy.  See Rob Schneider live at Tempe Improv December 30-31, 2018. Showtimes: December 30th- 6:00 & 8:30 p.m. December 31st- 7:00 & 10:00 p.m.

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Noon Year’s Eve at The Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix Zoo Noon Year's Eve
December 31, 2018

Location: The Phoenix Zoo

The Phoenix Zoo presents Noon Year's Eve on December 31, 2018.

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New Year’s Eve on Mill Avenue

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December 31, 2018

Location: Downtown Tempe

It's time to say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019 with fireworks in Downtown Tempe, brought to you by Pedal Haus Brewery.

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Comedian Pablo Francisco

Tempe Improv
January 3, 2019 - January 5, 2019

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Comedian Pablo Francisco performs live at the Tempe Improv January 3 - 5, 2019. Open to guests 18 & over.

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6 Hours in the Papago

Papago Park in Tempe, AZ.
January 5, 2019

Location: Papago Park

Ride solo, or with friends on a Duo or Quad team to tackle 6 Hours in Papago at Tempe's infamous Papago Park to rack up as many laps as possible on January 5, 2019.

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HELLO, DOLLY!

January 8, 2019 - January 13, 2019

Location: ASU Gammage

See HELLO, DOLLY! at ASU Gammage in Tempe, January 8-13, 2019. Tony Award®-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in HELLO, DOLLY! – the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year

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Ongoing Events

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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EDGE Happy Hour at Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Center for the Arts
November 1, 2018 - December 22, 2018

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. December Performances: December 1 – El Nuevo Psychedelic cumbias and salsa  December 6 – Michael Land (presented by Flat 9 Entertainment)  Awarded by Arizona Foothills Magazine as the “Best Local Musician 2018” December 7 – Shela Yu  Shela Yu combines a flavor of live looped vocals and clarinet harmonies with pre-recorded homemade beats December 8 – Ashley E. Norton  Ashley Norton is the lead singer of international touring duo, Whitherward December 14 – Furious Styles Crew Hip-hop and urban culture December 15 – Jessi Teich Singer/songwriter December 21 – Flamenco Por La Vida  You can catch Flamenco Por La Vida on the 3rd Friday of every month during EDGE Happy Hour. They bring a happy hour rooted in guitar, singing, dancing and conversation. December 22 – Courtney Cotter King Musical Influences: 70s Stevie Wonder and 90s Tori Amos

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Photos with Santa at Arizona Mills

November 9, 2018 - December 24, 2018

Location: Arizona Mills Mall

Head over to Arizona Mills Mall for photos with Santa, November 9-December 23, 2018. Santa Hours:  Opening Day – Friday, November 9: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday, November 10: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday November 11: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. November 12 – 21  Monday -Friday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day  Friday, November 23: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. November 24-30  Monday-Friday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. December 1-9 Monday-Friday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. December 10-16  Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. December 17-December 23  Monday-Sunday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Christmas Eve, December 24: 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.

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Illumination: Symphony of Light

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November 16, 2018 - December 31, 2018

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Following an extremely successful inaugural year, Illumination: Symphony of Light, the world’s largest animated holiday drive-thru light spectacular in North Phoenix, recently announced plans to not only return to its original location off the I-17 and Jomax Road in 2018, but to also add a second location in its sophomore year: Tempe Diablo Stadium. The latest setting to debut at Tempe’s Diablo Stadium will launch November 16, while the original North Phoenix location is scheduled to open to the public two days earlier on November 14. Both holiday attractions will operate nightly throughout the holiday season. Each 25-minute spectacular drive-thru attraction will showcase unforgettable holiday icons and breathtaking illuminated drive-thru tunnels. In fact, Tempe will reveal “Santa’s Portal,” a 500-foot LED super tunnel, the largest drive-thru light tunnel in the country. The stunning portal will display vibrant lighting effects that will swirl around cars in sync with catchy holiday favorites. Admission is just $29.00++ per car. See the website for more details.

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ZooLights at The Phoenix Zoo

ZooLights at The Phoenix Zoo
November 21, 2018 - January 13, 2019

Location: The Phoenix Zoo

Join the Phoenix Zoo at the Valley’s brightest holiday tradition: ZooLights presented by SRP! Energy, will light up the sky on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, and every evening thereafter through January 13, 2019. ZooLights shines with millions of twinkling and dancing lights, a three-story-high holiday tree, a 200-foot long polar slide, photos with Santa, hundreds of glimmering light displays and lakeside music-in-motion shows. New this year- live reindeer, Stingray Bay and 4-D Theater included with admission. Animal viewing is limited during ZooLights. This year, special tickets can be purchased that also include the BIG BUGS! exhibition. See website for ticket information.  

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Nightly Snowfall at Tempe Marketplace

November 21, 2018 - December 31, 2018

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Experience snowfall every night, November 21-December 31 at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. near The District Stage at Tempe Marketplace! Watch as snow magically falls from the sky, turning Tempe Marketplace into a living snow globe.

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2018 Las Noches de las Luminarias

Las Noches de las Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden
December 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Las Noches de las Luminaras at Desert Botanical Garden is one of the most treasured holiday events in the Phoenix area. Celebrating 40 years of this iconic holiday tradition, Las Noches de las Luminarias will be aglow for 29 magical evenings. The lights will be brighter than ever as Luminarias and Electric Desert, a light and sound experience by Klip Collective, unite for a dazzling display. Plus, enjoy music performances, entertainment and the chance to dine at the Garden with family and friends. The Southwest elegance and beauty of the Garden at night will remind you of what the season is all about. December 1-23 & 26-31 *Tickets go on sale Oct. 1 (for members) and Nov. 1 (for general public) and it is best to buy ahead of time as this event can sell out. See the website for ticket prices and more information.

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Live Music at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
December 1, 2018 - December 29, 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. December Performances: December 1 – Ratio  Funk, Soul, R&B December 7 – The Phoenician Four Jazztet  Jazz December 8 – Pyrotechnica  Alternative, Electronic Metal December 14 – People Who Could Fly  Indie Alternative Rock, Pop December 15 – Forever Young Orchestra  Big Band December 21 – Frosty & The Silver Tones  Rockabilly, Blues, Swing December 22 – CrossTown Players  Funk December 28 – Black Forest Society  Folk, Classical, World Music December 29 – Moonshine Voodoo Classic Rock, Blues

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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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TCA and Scottsdale Musical Theater Company: “A Christmas Carol”

Tempe Center for the Arts
December 6, 2018 - December 23, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

This spectacular Broadway musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel, A Christmas Carol, follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he takes a ghost-guided, eye-opening journey through his past, present and future to learn the importance of family & friendship. Filled with lively song and dance, stunning sets and costumes, it will leave you and yours wrapped in the joy of the season. You don’t want to miss this holiday classic of hope, love and redemption.

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