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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 fall, visit our fall 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

Merry Fishmas at SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium

December 1, 2018 - December 24, 2018

Location: SEA LIFE Arizona

Expect a water wonderland at SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium this holiday season, as the undersea attraction's festive Fishmas celebration is set for weekends, December 1-24, 2018.

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Holiday Bricktacular

LegoLand Discovery Center
December 1, 2018 - December 24, 2018

Location: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and the team at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona is decking the halls and trimming the trees ahead of its first-ever Holiday Bricktacular celebration.

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Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series: Baritone Recital

Tempe Center for the Arts
December 2, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

New England Conservatory professor Michael Meraw, barionte, commemorates the 150th anniversary of the death of Claude Debussy with pianist Tanya Blaich.

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Caring Santa is coming to town at Arizona Mills Mall

December 2, 2018 - December 9, 2018

Location: Arizona Mills Mall

Join Arizona Mills Mall for a private photo experience for children with special needs and their families, December 8 and 9, 2019.

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The English Beat at The Marquee

The Marquee
December 5, 2018

Location: The Marquee

The English Beat performs live at the Marquee Theatre on December 5, 2018.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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HaHa Davis

Tempe Improv
December 5, 2018

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

HaHa Davis' comedy career began with his passion of creating funny Vine videos and Instagram clips.  Recently, HaHa has worked with Chance the Rapper on his Grammy-nominated album, and now has his own clothing line and cartoon in the works.  See HaHa Davis at Tempe Improv December 5, 2018.

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Comedian Brian Swinehart

Tempe Improv
December 6, 2018

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

See comedian Brian Swinehart perform live at Tempe Improv on December 6, 2018.

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Minus the Bear at The Marquee

The Marquee
December 7, 2018

Location: The Marquee

Minus the Bear performs at the Marquee Theatre on December 7, 2018.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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Comedian Felipe Esparza

Tempe Improv
December 7, 2018 - December 9, 2018

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Felipe Esparza is a comedian and actor, best known for his raw, real-life comedy that audiences everywhere can relate to. With his signature wild hair, and his often-imitated phrase, “what's up, fool?”, he has been associated with his good friend Gabriel Iglesias, who often recounts (and imitates) his experiences with Felipe in his act. After 16 years of stand-up comedy, various television appearances and two movies, Felipe walked away with the title prize on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2010.

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2018 Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade

Tempe Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade
December 8, 2018

Location: Tempe Town Lake

Light up the night and be dazzled at the Valley’s most unique holiday event, the 2018 Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade presented by SRP at Tempe Town Lake. Every year on Saturday following the Tempe Festival of the Arts weekend, Santa Claus arrives at the Tempe Beach Park by way of boat along with festive floats.

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Ongoing Events

Sunday Concerts in the Garden: Joe Garcia

Desert Botanical Garden
November 25, 2018 - November 25, 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. Joe Garcia and Friends are a powerhouse lineup of local jazz talent including Loannis Goudelis on keys, Andrew Gross on sax, Bob Lashier on bass, Dom Moio on drums and, of course, Joe Garcia on congas and other handheld percussion instruments. This ensemble will wow audiences of all ages and experience levels, as it cover the gamut of Latin rhythm including cha-cha, mambo, bolero, bossa nova, samba and more.   *Doors open at 3 p.m. | Concert 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. 

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2018 Las Noches de las Luminarias

Las Noches de las Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden
December 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018

Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Las Noches de las Luminaras at Desert Botanical Garden is one of the most treasured holiday events in the Phoenix area. Celebrating 40 years of this iconic holiday tradition, Las Noches de las Luminarias will be aglow for 29 magical evenings. The lights will be brighter than ever as Luminarias and Electric Desert, a light and sound experience by Klip Collective, unite for a dazzling display. Plus, enjoy music performances, entertainment and the chance to dine at the Garden with family and friends. The Southwest elegance and beauty of the Garden at night will remind you of what the season is all about. December 1-23 & 26-31 *Tickets go on sale Oct. 1 (for members) and Nov. 1 (for general public) and it is best to buy ahead of time as this event can sell out. See the website for ticket prices and more information.

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New Faces of Comedy

Tempe Improv
December 2, 2018 - March 3, 2019

Location: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

Think you’re funny? Don’t pass up your opportunity to find out on one of the greatest comedy stages in the country!  Join Tempe Improv for New Faces of Comedy- an open mic night. Show Times: December 2, 2018: 7:00 p.m. January 10, 2019: 8:00 p.m. February 6, 2019: 8:00 p.m. March 3, 2019: 7:00 p.m.    

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TCA and Scottsdale Musical Theater Company: “A Christmas Carol”

Tempe Center for the Arts
December 6, 2018 - December 23, 2018

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

This spectacular Broadway musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel, A Christmas Carol, follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he takes a ghost-guided, eye-opening journey through his past, present and future to learn the importance of family & friendship. Filled with lively song and dance, stunning sets and costumes, it will leave you and yours wrapped in the joy of the season. You don’t want to miss this holiday classic of hope, love and redemption.

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