Tempe Arts & Culture

Tempe Center for the Arts

Award-winning local theater, engaging museums, art festivals, funky local bands, blockbuster Broadway productions and contemporary dance companies are all part of Tempe’s arts and cultural scene.

Explore the free museums and galleries at the Arizona State University Tempe Campus. You can see everything from the most cutting edge contemporary art at the ASU Art Museum to student work at Gallery 100. Stroll through campus for a self-guided tour of ASU’s public art collection, recognized as one of the best university collections in the country. And, see a variety of student performances at venues on campus.

The beautiful, lakeside Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) is the home to companies such as Tempe Symphony Orchestra and irreverent, indie works from the creative minds at Stray Cat Theatre. The historic ASU Gammage is home to the annual Desert Schools Broadway Across America – Arizona series and it is designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Learn more about the city through the interactive exhibits at the Tempe History Museum. Discover how the state of Arizona developed from the 20th century to present day at the AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park.

Tempe is also known for the annual Tempe Festival of the Arts, taking place in Downtown Tempe in the fall and spring. These festivals fill the streets with more than 350 artisans selling everything from photography to sculpture to jewelry. New to Downtown Tempe, enjoy 6th Street Market on Sundays, October through April, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This event includes 30+ local artisans selling their wares, live music and more entertainment.