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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 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

2018 Angels Spring Training: Angels vs. Brewers

Angels Spring Training at Tempe Diablo Stadium
February 24, 2018

Location: Tempe Diablo Stadium

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are taking on the Milwaukee Brewers at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona on February 24, 2018.

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Author Francisco Cantú

February 24, 2018

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The award-winning author shares his book, The Line Becomes a River, documenting his time as a border patrol agent in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

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Black Label Society at The Marquee

The Marquee
February 24, 2018

Location: The Marquee

Black Label Society performs with Corrosion of Conformity and Eyehategod at The Marquee on February 24, 2018. Door open at 6:30 p.m.

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17th Annual Ceramic Studio Tour at Sandy Blain Studio

February 24, 2018 - February 25, 2018

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Host Sandy Blain and guest artists Michael Ceschiat, Esmeralda DeLaney, Jane Kelsey-Mapel, and Sandra Luehrsen welcome the public to Blain's home studio on February 24th and 25th. 

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Devour Culinary Classic

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February 25, 2018 - March 4, 2018

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An event for every taste, the Devour Culinary Classic is the region’s premier annual event hosted by Phoenix Art Museum, Local First Arizona and the Devour Phoenix Restaurant Coalition.

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2018 Angels Spring Training: Angels vs. Padres

Angels Spring Training at Tempe Diablo Stadium
February 25, 2018

Location: Tempe Diablo Stadium

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are taking on the San Diego Padres at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona on February 25, 2018.

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Tempe Winds presents Masterworks

Tempe Center for the Arts
February 26, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Winds presents Masterworks at the Tempe Center for the Arts on February 26, 2018.

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They Might Be Giants at The Marquee

The Marquee
February 27, 2018

Location: The Marquee

They Might Be Giants performs at The Marquee on February 27, 2018. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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2018 Angels Spring Training: Angels vs. Indians

Angels Spring Training at Tempe Diablo Stadium
February 28, 2018

Location: Tempe Diablo Stadium

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are taking on the Cleveland Indians at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona on February 28, 2018.

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Geeks’ Night Out

March 1, 2018

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The City of Tempe has partnered with the Arizona SciTech Festival to present the 6th annual Geeks’ Night Out from 4:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Tempe Community Complex, Enthusiasts and geeks of all ages are invited to discover the science at this free, family-friendly event.

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Ongoing Events

2018 Performances at the Museum

Tempe History Museum
January 27, 2018 - May 25, 2018

Location: Tempe History Museum

Join the Tempe History Museum for outstanding performances with everything from mariachi and rhythm & blues to rock and roll. All shows feature women in local music as a link to their upcoming exhibit: Jan Young: Photographing Tempe in the 1970s. 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. 2018 Performances January 27 – Sara Robinson Band February 2 – Aunt B February 17 – LOUD VII: Analog Outlaws, Carol Pacey & the Honeyshakers, Fayuca* 5-8 p.m. March 30 – Treasurefruit April 13 – Ghost Cat Attack April 22 – Ensemble de Saxophones du Conservatoire de Grasse May 5 – Barefoot and Pregnant May 25 – Dry River Yacht Club *Performances will be held outdoors in Museum Plaza  

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ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre presents The Flick

Paul V Galvin Playhouse
February 16, 2018 - February 25, 2018

Location: Nelson Fine Arts Center Plaza

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “The Flick” peers behind the scenes of a rundown Massachusetts movie theatre where three employees struggle with friendship, heartbreak and betrayal. “The Flick” is a hilarious and moving parable for our times. Written by Annie Baker. *Free admission for Herberger Institute students, faculty and staff. $10, genera; $5, student. Show Times: February 16th-17th – 7:30 p.m. February 22nd-24th – 7:30 p.m. February 18th and 25th – 2 p.m.

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Cavalia Odysseo

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February 21, 2018 - March 18, 2018

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Cavalia Odysseo pushes the limits of live entertainment as they gallop in to Arizona with an exceptional production that marries equestrian and stage arts at never-before-seen levels. Even more magical, spectacular and grandiose than before, this larger than life theatrical experience will mesmerize audiences of all ages. Cavalia Odysseo will be presented under its signature White Big Top near Red Mountain 202 at McClintock Dr. in Scottsdale starting February 21 with matinee and evening performances scheduled through March 18. Tickets for the family-friendly production are now on sale at www.cavalia.com or by calling (866) 999-8111. Cavalia Odysseo now features more horses – 70 horses of 12 different breeds; and more artists – 50 talented riders, acrobats, dancers and musicians. The new scenic space allows to build a full 3-story high mountain for astounding fresh perspectives, literally recreating nature on stage, a vast space of freedom for the horses and artists to display their intimate collaboration. The theatrical effects  include a state-of-the art projection screen which is three times the size of the world’s largest movie screen, a life-size merry-go-round and a real lake made of 40,000 gallons of recycled water, which emerges for a splashing finale. Prepare to be wowed.

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2018 Spring Butterfly Exhibit

February 24, 2018 - May 13, 2018

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Get an up-close look at hundreds of Northern American butterflies that are fluttering back to the Desert Botanical Garden with the opening of the seasonal butterfly pavilion. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of vibrant butterflies up close February 24-May 13, while learning about their role as pollinators, characteristics of their lifecycles and the Garden’s conversation efforts to protect them. *Included with membership or paid Garden admission.  

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Hayden’s Ferry Days

Tempe History Museum
March 2, 2018 - March 4, 2018

Location: Tempe History Museum

Hayden’s Ferry Days is a celebration of the rich culture and history of Tempe in three days of engaging and fun activities.  Activities take place over the course of three days in multiple venues throughout the city. The celebration culminates at Tempe History Museum for featured exhibits, kids activities, demonstrators of artisan makers booths, vendors – including food, live entertainment, model train layouts, Wild West performers, a rideable train and more! 2018 Schedule of Activities: March 2- Founders Dinner 7p.m. –  The 3rd Annual Hayden’s Ferry Day Celebration will kick off with a Founders Dinner thanking sponsors, donors, participating partners, friends and volunteers. The Founder’s Dinner is hosted by Tempe Sister Cities Organization and the Tempe Historical Society, and will be held at the historic Hackett House in Tempe. March 3 – The Festival  10 a.m.-4 p.m. – The Hayden’s Ferry Day Festival will be held at the Tempe History Museum and will highlight the museum, entry plaza, and community exhibits. In addition to surrounding the museum grounds with displays, antique & collectibles sale, booths, demonstrators, and food trucks, we will continue to show-case outstanding local and regional arts, music, and culture. March 4 – Historic Tour Day Hayden’s Ferry Days Sunday’s events open with the Walk Through History Tour showcasing historic buildings in downtown Tempe. The day continues with tours of the Petersen, Hackett, Eisendrath and Elias-Rodriguez historic houses. The day is completed with an afternoon High Tea at the at the historic Eisendrath house.    

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100 Years, 100 Ranchers at Arizona Heritage Center

March 8, 2018 - September 18, 2018

Location: Papago Park

Featuring a collection of black and white photographs by renowned photographer Scott Baxter, illustrating 100 years of ranching in Arizona. The photographs provide an intimate look at ranching – the hardships, the relationship between rancher and animal, the isolation, and the beauty. Panel Discussions Presented in Conjunction with Exhibition: April 18 Ranching Women: Past, Present and Future May 15 Ranching in Arizona: 100 Years, 100 Challenges   *Adults $12.00;  Seniors 65+ $10.00; Ages 7 – 17  $8.00 | Children 6 and under – Free;   AHS members, Military and Veterans – Free  

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Stray Cat Theatre: Gidion’s Knot

March 9, 2018 - March 24, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Stray Cat Theatre presents Gidion’s Knot, by Johnna Adams, about the course of a harrowing, unexpected parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the tragic suicide of the mother’s son, Gidion. Gidion may have been bullied severely – or – he may have been an abuser. Tickets: $25 2017-2018 Stray Cat Theatre Sweet 16 Season Gidion’s Knot March 9-24, 2018 – Tempe Center for the Arts Silence! The Musical May 4-19, 2018 – Tempe Center for the Arts

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2018 Spring Plant Sale

Desert Botanical Garden Plant Sale
March 16, 2018 - March 18, 2018

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Prepare your garden for the season at the annual Spring Plant Sale March 16-18, 2018. Choose from more than 30,000 plants, including cactus, succulents, trees, shrubs, groundcover, herbs, veggies, perennials and other oddities. Garden staff and volunteers will answer questions and assist in plant selections. Specimen-sized plants and delivery service available. Members receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases (with membership card).

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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.

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Innings Festival

March 23, 2018 - March 25, 2018

Location: Tempe Beach Park

Innings Festival is a can’t-miss celebration for music lovers, culinary enthusiasts and passionate baseball fans. Over three days, Cactus League fans, locals and visitors alike will experience 3 stages and over 35 rock, pop and Alt-country artists at Tempe Beach Park. Acts such as Chris Stapleton, Queens of the Stone Age and The Avett Brothers are just a few of the confirmed headliners for this years’ Innings Festival. The festival also features culinary demos with Chef Beau MacMillan and professional baseball players, curated food vendors, and fun family activities. Festival Dates and Hours March 23 & 24 – 3 p.m.-12 a.m. March 25 – 1:30 – 10 p.m. *Tickets are on sale now.

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