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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

ASU Earth and Space Open House: Adventures in Field Science

ASU Earth and Space Open House
September 21, 2018

Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

Learn about the incredible technology behind telescopes, see demonstrations and participate in activities with experts in astrobiology, geology, cosmology, planetary science and more at the ASU Earth & Space Open House.

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Edge Happy Hour: Bossa Brazil

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 21, 2018

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.

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EDGE Happy Hour: Rae Lydia

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 22, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

EDGE Happy Hour presents Rae Lydia to Tempe Center for the Arts on September 22, 2018.

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Major League Triathlon Tempe

September 22, 2018

Location: Tempe Beach Park

The Arizona Kingsnakes will play host to the other seven Major League Triathlon teams in Tempe, AZ on September 22, 2018. MLT pros will swim 300 meters in Tempe Town Lake, bike 4 miles and run 1 mile without ever leaving Tempe Beach Park. This inaugural event will be the most spectator friendly race in MLT’s schedule. Race Schedule:  7am – 1p.m. – MLT Expo: The MLT Expo will feature local and national vendors, interaction opportunities with MLT pros, kid zones and more! 11 a.m. – Pro race starts *Throughout the event, MLT will host the MLT festival. The festival will include interactive vendors, beer/alcohol gardens, food trucks, live music and more!

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Annie Moses Band

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 22, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

The Annie Moses Band unifies audiences of all ages from classical connoisseurs and roots enthusiasts to pop music and bluegrass buffs. Drawn together by the bonds of family and faith, this band of siblings has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry House.

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Thrice at The Marquee

The Marquee
September 22, 2018

Location: The Marquee

American rock band, Thrice, performs at The Marquee on September 22, 2018. Thrice is known for their fast, hard music based in heavily distorted guitars, prominent lead guitar lines, and frequent changes in complex time signatures. Every album released by Thrice has had a portion of its sales proceeds donated to a new charitable organization. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

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Pueblo Grande: Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live

Pueblo Grande Museum
September 22, 2018

Location: Pueblo Grande Museum

Join Pueblo Grande Museum as part of a national movement to explore and support the museums of America. Celebrate Museum Day Live! at Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday, September 22, 2018. In honor of Museum Day Live!, Pueblo Grande Museum will offer gallery tours and artifact show and tell stations throughout the day.

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Author Radha Agrawal

September 22, 2018

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

Social entrepreneur, impact investor and inventor Radha Agrawal presents her book, Belong: Find your People, Create Community, and Live a More Connected life, a creative blueprint for bringing connectedness back into our lives.

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Lakeshore Music: Renne Rosnes Quartet

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 22, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Lakeshore Music presents Renne Rosnes Quartet at the Tempe Center for the Arts on September 22, 2018.

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Jump Start Your Fall Garden with Farmer Greg

September 24, 2018

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

The founder of the Urban Farm and author of The Urban Farm's Simple Sustainability Series leads a discussion on fall gardening in the desert Southwest.  Join Greg Peterson as he walks you through the three most important things to know about starting your garden to successfully grow your own veggies in the desert, and discover your way into an incredible edible fall garden.

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Ongoing Events

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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Sunday Concerts in the Garden: Marmalade Skies

October 14, 2018 - October 14, 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. With the motto, “No boots, no suits; the magic’s in the music”, no local band is better at recreating the phenomenal sound of The Beatles that Marmalade Skies. This seven piece band of seasoned, professional musicians considers their musical tribute a labor of love. *Doors open at 3 p.m. | Concert 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. 

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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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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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Sunday Concerts in the Garden: The Sugar Thieves

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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