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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

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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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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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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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 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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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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Dom Kennedy at The Marquee

The Marquee
November 20, 2018

Location: The Marquee

Dom Kennedy performs live at the Marquee Theatre on November 20, 2018.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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Holiday Tree Lighting at Tempe Marketplace

November 21, 2018

Location: Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace is catching the holiday spirit and kicking off the season with the Holiday Tree Lighting on November 21, 2018.

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2018 Fantasy of Lights Parade

Fantasy of Lights Parade
November 23, 2018

Location: Downtown Tempe

The 2018 Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade kicks off the season of holiday events in downtown Tempe. This event typically hosts around 85 parade units, attracts 35,000 people, and also includes the traditional tree lighting ceremony. At the close of the parade, Santa is on hand for photos and the giant tree is also a great backdrop for holiday pictures.

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Ongoing Events

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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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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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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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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THE CAKE

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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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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Sunday Concerts in the Garden: Big Nick and the Gila Monsters

Desert Botanical Garden
November 18, 2018 - November 18, 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. Big Nick and the Gila Monsters have created sensational melodies since 1993 and are always a Garden favorite. Don’t miss captivating front man Big Nick backed by his masterful musicians as they perform fan-favorites from their eclectic blues catalogue. *Doors open at 3 p.m. | Concert 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. 

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