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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

Get Weird

Get Weird at ASU Art Museum
April 25, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum

Get Weird at ASU Art Museum on April 25, 2019.

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Phurfest

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April 26, 2019 - April 29, 2019

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Join the Bears of the West for Phurfest 2019, April 26-29, 2019. Enjoy fun in the sun, a chance to meet new friends, and explore what Phoenix has to offer!

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Arizona Wind Symphony: Music Under the Stars

Music Under the Stars at Tempe Diablo
April 26, 2019

Location: Tempe Diablo Stadium

Music Under the Stars is a unique celebration of music by high school and professional musicians. The FREE event at Tempe Diablo Stadium provides the opportunity for Tempe musicians to play for the public in the open air.

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Water Lantern Festival

Water Lantern Festival in Tempe, AZ
April 27, 2019 - April 28, 2019

Location: Kiwanis Park

While they're called many things such as lantern festivals, lights festivals, water lanterns, floating lanterns, or Chinese lanterns - only Water Lantern Festival allows you to Light The Water in a way you'll never forget. Now you can experience the magic of over 1,000 lanterns as the soft lights reflect upon the water, April 27-28, 2019.

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Pat’s Run

April 27, 2019

Location: Sun Devil Stadium

The 15th Annual Pat’s Run will take place April 27, 2019 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. Pat’s Run is the signature fundraising event for the Pat Tillman Foundation. Held annually in April at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium, the event attracts more than 35,000 participants, volunteers and spectators from across the country. Pat’s Run features a 4.2 mile run/walk, a .42 mile Kids Run for children 12 and under and a Finish Line Expo.

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NATIVE NATION

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April 27, 2019 - April 28, 2019

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ASU Gammage in partnership with Cornerstone Theater Company will present NATIVE NATION, written by Larissa FastHorse and directed by Michael John Garcés at Steele Indian School Park on April 27th and 28th at 2 and 7 p.m.

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Chalk Art + Street Painting Festival at Tempe Marketplace

Chalk Art Festival at Tempe Marketplace
April 27, 2019

Location: Tempe Marketplace

The popular Chalk Art Festival is back at Tempe Marketplace. Watch as artists create colorful works of art throughout the walkways of Tempe Marketplace. Plus, play and make your own masterpiece in the community mural and KidZone areas. Chalk and artist instructors will be provided.

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Band Splash

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April 28, 2019

Location: Big Surf Waterpark

Band Splash music festival hits the stage at Big Surf Waterpark on April 28, 2019.

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Día del Niño at The Phoenix Zoo

April 28, 2019

Location: The Phoenix Zoo

Celebrate children, animals and Hispanic culture at Día del Niño at The Phoenix Zoo on April 28, 2019.

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Passion Pit at The Marquee

The Marquee
April 30, 2019

Location: The Marquee

Passion Pit performs at The Marquee for the Manners 10th Anniversary Tour on April 30, 2019.

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Ongoing Events

“Rogue Objects”

Rogue Objects at ASU Art Museum
March 2, 2019 - June 1, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center

“Rogue Objects” highlights more than one hundred ceramic works that have never been publicly shown, along with new artwork by Japanese-based artists Koki Tanaka and Kumie Tsuda. Tanaka and Tsuda are the first visual artists to work with the ASU Art Museum’s Ceramic Research Center archives, specifically focusing on the archive of artist and historian Susan Peterson. Both artists were influenced by the correspondence between Peterson and Japanese ceramic artist Shōji Hamada. Sifting through ephemera, photography and film, Tanaka has created a new experimental video titled “Mashiko, Arizona,” based on the relationship between Peterson and Hamada. Tsuda researched ceramic pieces from the ASU Art Museum’s 5,000 plus collection to develop an installation entitled “Still There” that questions museum practices on caring for a collection.

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EDGE Happy Hour at Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Center for the Arts
March 26, 2019 - April 27, 2019

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. April Performances  April 12 | Universal Love  If you enjoy fashion, art, dance, live music, drinks and networking, you don’t want to miss this event featuring fashion designs in shades of pink by both established designers and students, as well as dance, poetry and music by Astronaut DJs. April 13 | I Am Root  I Am Root Co. is a collection of local artists in Phoenix, Arizona and during happy hour on April 13th guests should expect to enjoy instrumental music blended with hip-hop, alternative, and R&B music. April 20 | Tatiana Crespo  Tatiana Crespo ranges from cumbias and raggueton, to waltzes and boleros, never loosing the spontaneity of a tropical bird in the arid desert. April 26 | Escargot Jazz  Escargot Jazz will be performing beloved jazz and swing standards with some selections getting a funky remix. April 27 | Musa Mind  Known as a meticulous organizer, an electronic music provider, and crowd rocker, Musa has uniquely injected her sisterhood sound to dance floors locally and internationally.  

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WICKED

April 2, 2019 - May 5, 2019

Location: ASU Gammage

Enjoy the music and drama of Broadway favorite WICKED, onstage at Tempe’s ASU Gammage April 2-May 5, 2019. Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon,” and it continues to break box office records across North America. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One — born with emerald green skin— is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete — and completely satisfying — musical in a long time” (USA Today).

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LET THE RIGHT ONE IN

Let the Right One In at Tempe Center for the Arts
April 12, 2019 - May 4, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Stray Cat Theatre presents LET THE RIGHT ONE IN at the Tempe Center for the Arts, April 12 – May 4, 2019. The body of a teenager is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last-revenge for the bullying he endures at school, day after day. Eli is the young girls who has just moved in next door. She doesn’t go to school and never leaves the house by day. Sensing in each other a kindered spirit, the two become devoted friends. What Oskar doesn’t know is that Eli has been a teenager for a very…very long time.

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Clayblazers: Women Artists of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s

Clayblazers at ASU Art Museum
April 20, 2019 - August 10, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum

With more than 100 artworks, “Clayblazers” celebrates women in the ceramic field during the mid-20th century. Legendary artists like Maija Grotell, Susan Peterson and Marguerite Wildenhain were educators, mentors and masters of their craft and inspired future generations. All of the works in the exhibition are drawn from the ASU Art Museum’s ceramics collection of 3,800 objects, representing the full range of technique, aesthetic approaches and possibilities within the field. The exhibition also includes photographs and materials from the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center’s Susan Harnly Peterson and Studio Potter archives.

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Childsplay presents Schoolhouse Rock, Live!

Childsplay presents Schoolhouse Rock Live!
April 28, 2019 - May 26, 2019

Location: Herberger Theater Center

A pop culture phenomenon returns to the musical stage! Academic subjects will never seem boring again when presented through megahits like “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill,” “Interplanet Janet” or “Three is a Magic Number.” Schoolhouse Rock explodes onto stage with songs you loved updated for a whole new generation! See Schoolhouse Rock, Live! at The Herberger Theater Center Stage West April 28 through May 26, 2019. AGES 6 AND UP Weekends, April 28 – May 26, 2019: Saturdays (1 & 4 pm), Sundays (1 pm) $12-$30 + Herberger Box Office Fees  

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Ballet Arizona’s Eroica at Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden
May 14, 2019 - June 1, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Eroica is an extraordinary outdoor dance performance at the Desert Botanical Garden, happening Tuesdays-Saturdays, May 14 through June 1, 2019. Expect the unexpected as Ballet Arizona returns to the Garden, presenting a sensory experience choreographed by lb Andersen. A presentation of movement and sound on a stage that embraces the desert, the Garden provides a stunning backdrop to pair with Andersen’s most enchanting choreography. Tickets are available at www.balletaz.org or by calling their box office (602) 381-1096.

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