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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.

Upcoming Events

Blacklight Bingo at the Moxy

April 26, 2018

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Get your glow on at the Moxy for Blacklight Bingo on Thursdays! Free neon popcorn and lemonade ($5 if you’d like it spiked) for all participants.

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Comedian DL Hughley

April 27, 2018

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

DL Hughley is one of the most popular and highly recognized standup comedians on the road today has also made quite an impression in the television and radio arena. DL has undoubtedly proved himself as one of the hardest working men in showbiz. In addition to his growing TV and film resume, DL continues his reign on the standup comedy front, filling out concert halls and headlining comedy clubs across the country. *Performances at 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

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Arizona Wind Symphony: Music Under the Stars

Tempe Center for the Arts
April 27, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and settle in for a wonderful evening of music for the entire family under the beautiful open skies of Arizona.

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Valerie Bertinelli at Changing Hands Bookstore

April 27, 2018

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

Two-time Golden Globe winner and Food Network host Valerie Bertinelli visits Changing Hands Bookstore to share her new cookbook, Valerie’s Home Cooking: More Than 100 Recipes to Share with Friends and Family. 

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Chalk Art Festival at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
April 28, 2018

Location: Tempe Marketplace

The popular Chalk Art Festival is back at Tempe Marketplace. Watch as artists create colorful and unique 8-foot chalk murals throughout the center. Plus, play and make your own chalk masterpiece in the KidZone. Then, vote and bid on your favorite mural to benefit SAACA.

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Halau O Kekuhi at ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage
April 28, 2018

Location: ASU Gammage

Led by Kumu hula Nalani Kanakaole and Huihui Kanahele-Mossman, Halau o Kekuhi is celebrated for its mastery of the aihaa style of hula (dance) and oli (chant). The aihaa is a low-postured, vigorous, bombastic style of hula that springs from the eruptive volcano persona Pele and Hiiaka, characteristic of Hawaiian creative forces.

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Comedian Beth Stelling

April 28, 2018

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Beth Stelling is a stand-up comedian, writer and actress based in Los Angeles. Beth made her late night television debut on Conan. She now tours extensively, performing at festivals, colleges and clubs across the country. See comedian Beth Stelling perform live at Tempe Improv April 28th at 7 and 9:30 p.m.

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Día del Niño at The Phoenix Zoo

April 29, 2018

Location: The Phoenix Zoo

Celebrate children, animals and Hispanic culture at Día del Niño at The Phoenix Zoo on April 29, 2018.

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Comedian Joey Diaz

May 3, 2018 - May 5, 2018

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Joey Coco Diaz has quickly become one of the most sought after actors and comedians in the entertainment industry today. His love of storytelling is reflected in each role he takes: whether it is on film or on stage, his passion for entertaining and delighting audiences shines through every performance. See Joey Diaz perform live at the Tempe Improv May 3-5, 2018.

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Roars & Pours at The Phoenix Zoo, May

May 3, 2018

Location: The Phoenix Zoo

During the Roars & Pours event on May 3, 2018, guests 21 and older can enjoy craft brews, wine and food while strolling along select Zoo trails.

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Ongoing Events

ASU Art Exhibition: Saber Acomodar

March 17, 2018 - June 30, 2018

Location: ASU Art Museum

Focusing on the last hundred years of production, this exhibition showcases collaborations between artists and artisans (potters, carpenters, blacksmiths, jewelers, sign painters and printmakers) who work and live in western Mexico. The result of theses intersections is the integration of contemporary ideas, precolonial techniques and methods introduced by the Spanish. Comprised of work by 25 artists, the majority of whom are from Guadalajara, this exhibition explores the integration of contemporary ideas with traditional techniques. Opening reception: March 16, 2018, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  –  Join ASU Art Museum for the opening of the spring 2018 exhibitions, including A Dream on a Dream: Encounter with Claudio Dicochea, Bajo Presión/Under Pressure and SABER ACOMODAR,  featuring works by more than 15 artists from Jalisco, Mexico. The evening includes performances, casual conversation with exhibiting artists and fun gallery engagements.

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The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons Magazine 1941-79

March 24, 2018 - September 15, 2018

Location: ASU Art Museum Brickyard Gallery

During its nearly 40 years in print, Craft Horizons documented the craft movement as it happened. This exhibition pairs works from ASU Art Museum’s collection that were made by artists featured in the magazine with articles, reviews and letters from readers to illustrate the essential role of Craft Horizons played in the development of craft in the United States from 1941-1979. *Exhibition runs from March 24 through September 15. 

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Lunchtime Pop-Up

April 6, 2018 - April 27, 2018

Location: Downtown Tempe

Chill during lunch with live music, mini pop-up retail, food from House of Tacos and cool treats from Rita’s every Friday this April at CenterPoint Plaza. Upcoming Dates: Friday, April 6 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Friday, April 13 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Friday, April 20 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Friday, April 27 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.    

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Movement Source Dance Company: “Alone, Together”

Tempe Center for the Arts
April 27, 2018 - April 28, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

You won’t want to miss this spring performance of thought-provoking modern dance and live music as Movement Source Dance Company celebrates its 30th season. The Movement Source is a nonprofit, multi-media modern dance company whose mission is to expand the audience for dance in Arizona by creating exciting, accessible dance works, education programs and events. Show Times:  April 27th – 8 p.m. April 28th – 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

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Ballet Arizona’s: Eroica at Desert Botanical Garden

May 15, 2018 - June 2, 2018

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Phoenix favorite Ballet Arizona presents Eroica, an extraordinary outdoor dance performance, at the Desert Botanical Garden, May 15 through June 2, 2018. In this newest production, the world renowned Andersen challenges conventional expectations and reawakes the human spirit in this immersive tribute to the past, present and future. Eroica promises to be one of Andersen’s most important works, pushing the boundaries of ballet and pursuing a deeper understanding of what it is to be human in this day and age. Tickets are available at www.balletaz.org or by calling their box office (602) 381-1096. 

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TCA Exhibit: draw

May 25, 2018 - September 1, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

This summer’s exhibition draw at the Gallery at TCA is a feast for eyes and the imagination. Celebrate the arts and sciences behind the tradition of drawing. For many people working in creative fields such as visual art, fashion design and architecture, etc.; drawing is an important part of the process. This exhibition and accompanying programs for all ages explores a wide variety of creative media, styles and techniques that incorporate drawing.  

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2018 Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours

Desert Botanical Garde Flashlight-Tours
May 26, 2018 - September 1, 2018

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Don’t miss one of the best summer events, the Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours. Flashlight Tours take place on Saturday nights, May 26-Sept. 1, 2018.  This event begins at 7:00 p.m.  Flashlight Tours are included with Garden membership or with paid Garden admission.  The tours are at your own pace. Along the trails, guests can find several discovery stations with plants, animals and other elements of the desert at night. Guests should bring their own flashlights and wear comfortable shoes.  Flashlight Tours are perfect for families and date nights.

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Live Music at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
May 26, 2018 - April 28, 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. April Performances: April 19 – Sir Sly Indie Pop April 20 – The Killer Vibes Classic Rock, Blues April 21 – Rock the Quad Hard Rock April 27: Manic Monkeys April 28 – Spar Afar Indie Rock May Performances: May 4 – The Wrecks Rock May 5 – Come Back Buddy Buddy Holly Tribute Band May 11 – KansAZ Kansas Tribute Band May 12 – American Petty Tom Petty Tribute Band May 18 – Ratio Motown Tribute Band May 19 – Eric and the Dominoes Eric Clapton Tribute Band May 25 – Zeppapotapuss Led Zeppelin Tribute Band May 26 – Zeppelin IV Led Zeppelin Tribute Band  

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WAITRESS

October 2, 2018 - October 7, 2018

Location: ASU Gammage

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story  of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. See WAITRESS at ASU Gammage in Tempe, October 2-7, 2018.

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Electric Desert at the 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.

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