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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

Ella Mai at The Marquee

The Marquee
February 22, 2019

Location: The Marquee

10 Summers presents The Debut Tour with Ella Mai at The Marquee with Kiana Lede and Lucky Daye on February 22, 2019. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome.

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Vic Mensa with special guest Injury Reserve

Sun Devil Stadium
February 22, 2019

Location: Sun Devil Stadium

One of the most acclaimed and celebrated names in hip-hop as rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer, Vic Mensa, comes to the Coca-Cola Sun Deck at Sun Devil Stadium bringing his incredible talent to the stage with special guest Tempe natives Injury Reserve.

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AIDS Walk Arizona

Aids Walk in Tempe, AZ.
February 23, 2019

Location: Tempe Beach Park

AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run is the largest gathering in Arizona to support people living with HIV and raise community awareness.

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Devour Culinary Classic

Desert Botanical Garden
February 23, 2019 - February 24, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

The most anticipated culinary event in the region, the Devour Culinary Classic returns for its 10th anniversary celebration, February 23-24, 2019.

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2019 Angels Spring Training: Angels vs. Giants

Angels Spring Training at Tempe Diablo Stadium
February 23, 2019

Location: Tempe Diablo Stadium

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are taking on the San Francisco Giants at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona on February 23, 2019.

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ASU Night of the Open Door

ASU Night of the Open Door
February 23, 2019

Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

Once a year, ASU Open Door invites the local community, adults and children of all ages, to experience ASU and discover why it was named one of the most innovative universities in the nation three years in a row. ASU Open Door welcomes visitors to ASU's four campus locations, allowing visitors to explore the spaces accessible only to ASU students.

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Lakeshore Music: The James Francies Trio

Tempe Center for the Arts
February 23, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Lakeshore Music presents The James Francies Trio to Tempe Center for the Arts on February 23, 2019.

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Annual Self-Guided Ceramic Studio Tour

ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
February 23, 2019 - February 24, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center

This Valley-wide event showcases the work of professional ceramic artists in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The tour offers the public a rare opportunity to view working and living spaces of participating artists and view demonstrations of wheel-throwing, hand-building and glazing techniques. Participating artists have a wide range of both functional and sculptural artwork on exhibit and for sale.

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Downtown Tempe Create Collective

Create Collective
February 23, 2019

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The Downtown Tempe Create Collective features collaborative, interactive art projects lead by local artists, guided yoga flows, healthy food and drink options, giveaways and live music. The public is invited to attend, network, mix, mingle, contribute to hands-on art projects, and leave an impact. Proceeds benefit the Tempe Mission Campaign, as well as supporting local artists.

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Author Charles J. Babbitt

Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ
February 23, 2019

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore

Third-generation Arizonan Charles J. Babbitt shares his guide, Birding Arizona: What to Know, Where to Go, for beginning and experienced birders who want to enjoy some of the best bird watching in Arizona.

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Ongoing Events

Live Music at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace
January 28, 2019 - February 28, 2019

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. February Performances February 1st | Henry Thompson and SWELL Rock, Classic Rock, Variety February 2nd | Ratio Funk, Soul, R&B February 8th | The Brightside Indie Alternative Rock, Pop February 9th | Highest Conspiracy  Jazz, Blues and Reggae February 15th | Cliffside Push  Big Band February 16th | CTS Rock February 22nd | Carmela y Mas Latin, Jazz February 23rd | Miss D’meaner & the Felonies  Alternative Rock, Pop

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New Bloom: Industrial Nature by Michelle Stitzlein

New Bloom at Desert Botanical Garden
February 1, 2019 - May 5, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden presents sculpture created with found materials from the imagination of artist Michelle Stitzlein. The impressive, large-scale works promote recycling through transforming simple objects into dynamic, natural forms. Stitzlein lives and works in Ohio, where she maintains a studio in a former National Grange Hall. Through her many efforts to promote sustainability, Stitzlein teaches art workshops at elementary schools, art camps and festivals. *Free with general admission. 

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Arizona Renaissance Festival

Renaissance Festival
February 9, 2019 - March 31, 2019

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Take a unique trip back in time to the Arizona Renaissance Festival. One of the largest events of its kind in the United States, this special event is a place to revel in the atmosphere of a 16th century European village! Join in the revelry every Saturday & Sunday from February 10 through April 1, 2018. Enjoy a 13-stage theater, a 30-acre circus, and arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament a feast and much more!  

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ASU Art Museum Exhibition: “Talking to Action”

Talking to Action at ASU Art Museum
February 9, 2019 - July 6, 2019

Location: ASU Art Museum

“Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy and Activism in the Americas” investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and the U.S. featuring drawings, archival documents, sculptures, installations, films and videos the artists’ practices blur the lines between object-making, activism and community organizing to address critical social-political issues.

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Sunday Concerts in the Garden

Desert Botanical Garden
February 10, 2019 - April 14, 2019

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. Sunday Concerts in the Garden Schedule: February 10 | Big Pete Pearson Blues Band Big Pete Pearson Blues Band is coming back to the Garden! Don’t miss another noteworthy performance by the King of Blues and Valley legend Big Pete Pearson. February 17 | Jay Allan Band Jay Allan combines heartfelt and memorable lyrics with genre-bending styles and melodies in his long list of ever-evolving original songs. March 3 | Jaleo Quartet Inspired by their Colombian roots, Jaleo taps into a variety of genres, creating a wonderful blend of Latin beats. March 10 | Miguel Melgoza Band  Singer-songwriter, drummer and percussionist Miguel Melgoza has already delighted Garden audiences with a mixture of originals and covers. March 17 | Kilted Spirit  From lively toe-tapping Irish and Scottish jigs and reels, to drinking songs and popular classic & modern rock covers. March 24 | Mel Bridges & Company  Mel Bridges and his band know how to read an audience and deliver an upbeat set that is sure to delight. March 31 | Blaine Long & Rosas Del Rey  After releasing his ninth album and a successful audition on The Voice, Blaine Long was ready to form a band to bring album […]

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TCA presents “Detroit ’67”

Tempe Center for the Arts
February 22, 2019 - March 17, 2019

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

The Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) and Black Theatre Troupe present “Detroit ’67.” Written by Dominique Morisseau, “Detroit ’67” is inspired by American history. This powerful play takes place during an explosive moment in Detroit when Motown hits are breaking records and breaking down barriers. Siblings Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. When a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, tensions escalate both in their home and in their community—and they find themselves caught in the middle of the ’67 race riots. Set to a 1967 soundtrack, this important historical journey debuts in Arizona.

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Spring Butterfly Exhibit

Desert Botanical Garden Spring Butterfly Exhibit
March 2, 2019 - May 12, 2019

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Hundreds of butterflies native to the Southwest are waiting to greet you at the Garden’s Spring Butterfly Exhibit. Learn more about the butterfly life cycle in the caterpillar nursery, and don’t miss butterflies emerging from their chrysalis. Guests can interact with the butterflies as they freely fly through the exhibit and they can also learn about their life cycles and how these amazing creatures serve as pollinators, as well as conservation efforts to protect them. *Entrance to the Spring Butterfly Exhibit is included with membership or paid Garden admission.

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