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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 summer, visit our summer events 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.

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Author James Mustich

Changing Hands Bookstore
October 23, 2018

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The co-founder of A Common Reader shares his latest, an insightfully curated personal compendium that will inspire hours of browsing and a lifetime of reading.

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Dry Bar Comedy

Tempe Improv
October 24, 2018

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Dry Bar Comedy Tour LIVE is coming!  The wildly popular online series of specials that offer clean "comedy for everyone" is expanding to live shows featuring comedians who've become Dry Bar fan favorites.

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The All Things Comedy Comedy Festival

Tempe Improv
October 25, 2018 - October 28, 2018

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

The All Things Comedy Festival is one of those lineups you’ll only find in LA or NY…which is exactly why we wanted to do a comedy comedy Festival in Phoenix! Don’t miss one of those nights that everyone will be talking about the next day when we bring together the funniest comedians, all in the same show! See the All Things Comedy Festival at the Tempe Improv October 25-28, 2018.

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Stryper at The Marquee

The Marquee
October 25, 2018

Location: The Marquee

Christian heavy metal band, Stryper, performs on stage at The Marquee on October 25, 2018. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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Super Hero Under 5 Bonspiel at Coyotes Curling Club

October 26, 2018 - October 28, 2018

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Coyotes Curling Club presents the Super Hero 2018 Under 5 Bonspiel, October 26-28, 2018.

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Strange Garden at Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden
October 26, 2018 - October 27, 2018

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

A new family experience is creeping into the Garden October 26-27, 2018. Encounter weird sights, fun ticks and enchanting creatures at the Strange Garden. Look out for Mad Botanists as they dazzle you with tales of fascinating and peculiar plants. Dance until you drop with groovy ghouls at the spectacular Monster Bash. Kids if you dare, come dressed to impress in your Halloween best. Don't leave empty handed, kids 12 and younger can pick the perfect pumpkin to take home.

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Creepy Candy Crawl at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
October 26, 2018

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Calling all goblins, ghosts and ghouls… get ready for a haunted Halloween bash at the first-ever Creepy Candy Crawl at Tempe Marketplace at The District Stage! Dress up in your spookiest and kookiest costumes to partake in contests, parade through The District, trick-or-treat from store to store, snap free photos in our booth and enjoy games, prizes and entertainment.

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Community Music Night

Changing Hands Bookstore
October 26, 2018

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

Local musicians share acts representing a variety of styles at the Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe.

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2018 Howl-O-Ween

October 26, 2018 - October 27, 2018

Location: The Phoenix Zoo

Be afraid … be VERY afraid! Get ready for a ghoulishly boo-tiful time at the Phoenix Zoo’s Howl-O-Ween! Join the Phoenix Zoo for two nights of merry and scary tricks and treats in this delightfully spooky event for all ages! Howl-O-Ween includes activities and experiences for the whole family.

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Exhibition of Ofrendas at Desert Botanical Garden

Exhibition of Ofrendas at Desert Botanical Garden
October 26, 2018 - November 7, 2018

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

An Ofrenda (offering) is part of the Dia de los Muertos traditions in Mexican culture. To honor those who have passed away, people will reserve a special place in their home for photos, flowers, decorations, candles and other special items. This tradition of creating an altar of offerings for the dead helps to turn grief into acceptance. Ofrenda features 12 altars, or offerings, created by local artists in celebration of Dia de los Muertos, November 3-4, 2018, which honors the life and memory of lost loved ones. This year’s theme is ‘Duality,’ marking the 15th consecutive year of the popular exhibit. October 26-27 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. October 28 – November 7 | 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.    

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Ongoing Events

Live Music at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
October 1, 2018 - October 27, 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. October Performances: October 3 – lovelytheband ROCK IT UP Fall Concert October 5 – Smoke & Mirrors Country Tribute Band October 6– Come Back Buddy Buddy Holly Tribute Band October 12 – Skindred ROCK IT UP Fall Concert October 12 – Wide Awake U2 Tribute Band October 13 – Back In The Saddle Aerosmith Tribute Band October 19 – Ratio Funk, Soul, R&B October 20 – The Rave British Invasion Tribute October 26 – Diamond in the Rough Neil Diamond Tribute Band October 27 – Blizzard of Az Ozzy Osborne Tribute Band

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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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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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Arizona Heritage Center: Portraits of Courage

October 19, 2018 - December 29, 2018

Location: Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park

The Arizona Historical Society and the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute are pleased to host Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, a special exhibit from the George W. Bush Institute, this fall. Each featured painting is accompanied by the inspiring story of the warrior depicted, written by President Bush. As the stories unfold, readers and visitors will encounter the faces and the hearts of those who answered the nation’s call and learn of their bravery on the battlefield, their journey to recovery, and the continued leadership and contribution they make as civilians.

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Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona

October 20, 2018 - October 31, 2018

Location: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona

Boys and ghouls, get thinking about those costumes, because LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona’s Brick or Treat celebration is serving up spooky, festive fun for two back-to-back weekends this fall. During regular business hours Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21; Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28, and Wednesday, October 31st  the attraction inside Arizona Mills Mall will host a Halloween extravaganza complete with special Halloween-themed builds and an array of family-focused activities for folks of all ages to enjoy. Goodies up for grabs includes LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona annual passes, which guests can win by taking part in a special, seasonal scavenger hunt through MINILAND, so grab the kids, gather those costumes and mark the calendar for the last two weekends in October. 

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SEA LIFE Arizona’s Halloween Spooktacular

October 20, 2018 - October 31, 2018

Location: SEA LIFE Arizona

Seeking something not-so-spooky to do with the kids this Halloween? Then stop by SEA LIFE Arizona’s Halloween Spooktacular, a festive, family-friendly celebration complete with costumes, some unconventional pumpkin carving and plenty of goodies and prizes up for grabs. Stop into the aquarium inside Arizona Mills Mall weekends throughout October to enjoy activities aimed at boys and ghouls of all ages. Kids can take part in costume contests for a chance to win an array of great prizes, and goblins, ghosts and other guests can check out SEA LIFE Arizona’s underwater pumpkin carvers and enjoy an abundance of Halloween-inspired décor as they explore. *Saturday and Sunday,  October 20-21; Saturday and Sunday, October 27-28; Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

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ASU Art Museum Exhibit: “Decomiso”

October 20, 2018 - March 16, 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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Sunday Concerts in the Garden: The Sugar Thieves

Desert Botanical Garden
October 21, 2018 - October 21, 2018

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Spend your Sunday afternoon in the Garden enjoying live music. This all-ages concert series is a great experience to enjoy in the company of friends and family. Some of Arizona’s best musicians will perform against the stunning backdrop of the butte at Ullman Terrace. Food and drinks are available for purchase. The Sugar Thieves have been winning fans over worldwide with their high energy, soulful live shows since 2006. Moving between blues, country, folk, gospel, rock and roll and elements of jazz, they honor the tradition of innovation that makes American music so great. *Doors open at 3 p.m. | Concert 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. 

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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.

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THE CAKE

Stray Cat Theatre
November 9, 2018 - November 24, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Jen lives in New York but has always dreamed of getting married in her small North Carolina hometown, so she heads down south with her partner to ask Della, her late mother’s best friend, to do the honors of making the wedding cake at her bakery. Della’s cakes are legendary even earning her a spot as a contestant on the “Great American Baking show.” She is overjoyed at Jen’s request until she realizes there’s not just one bride, but two, forcing her to re-examine some of her deeply-held beliefs, as well as her own marriage. Food, faith and family loyalty take center stage in a paradigm-shifting comedy sure to leave you hungry for more. See THE CAKE  presented by Stray Cat Theatre at Tempe Center for the Arts, November 9-24, 2018.

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