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Things to do in Tempe in the Fall

Fall in Tempe is Festive and Fun

As the temperatures go down in the fall, Tempe really comes to life. Enjoy the sunshine by strolling along a cactus-lined desert trail, boating at Tempe Town Lake or driving through the city on a self-guided mural tour. Try delicious pumpkin beers and sweet treats, perhaps best enjoyed on an outdoor patio and, buy one-of-a-kind works by local makers in Downtown Tempe. Plan your visit to Tempe and see why fall is our favorite season.

ASU Football Sun Devil Stadium

ASU Football

Get ready for an action-packed football season at the legendary ASU Mountain America Stadium (formerly Sun Devil Stadium) in Tempe, Arizona.

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Downtown Tempe outside of Cactus Sports

Visit Downtown Tempe

With all the options to choose from, there’s no better place to enjoy your free time than on Mill Avenue.

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ASU Gammage sunset

See a Broadway Show

Tempe is known to have an impressive lineup of Broadway shows in Tempe, Arizona each year at ASU Gammage. The 2022/2023 Desert Financial Broadway Across America–Arizona series kicks off in October!

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Tempe Festival of the Arts in Downtown Tempe

Fall Events You Won’t Want to Miss

From fun festivals and exciting events, Tempe has a plethora of activities to choose from. Explore our list of events and festivals that delight Tempe visitors throughout the fall season.

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Pumpkin Porter from Four Peaks Brewing Co

Pumpkin Spice Love Found in Tempe

The only real taste of fall we get in Tempe is through the many treats and sweets from nearby restaurants and bakeries. Join us in our quest to try and sample as many autumn-inspired treats as we possibly can.

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Four Peaks Brewery at night with orange lights along the side and purple lights

Visit Tempe’s Halloween haunts

Explore Tempe’s spine tingling Halloween haunts for a little spooky action and goose bumpy fun!

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Arizona Coyotes Player at Mullett Arena

Through Apr 17

2023-2024 Arizona Coyotes Hockey

Mullett Arena

Through April 17, 2024

The 2023-2024 Arizona Coyotes NHL schedule is here, and we look forward to a season full of fans and action-packed hockey at Mullett Arena in Tempe, Arizona.

Second Sundays on Mill

Through Apr 14

Second Sundays on Mill

Downtown Tempe – Mill Avenue

Through April 14, 2024

On the Second Sunday of each month (October-April) Mill Avenue closes to traffic, and pedestrians are invited to explore a monthly outdoor market, featuring live music and entertainment, vendors, pop-ups, activations, seasonal themes and plenty of fun for the entire family.

Dog day at Desert Botanical Garden

Through Apr 27

Dog Days at the Garden

Desert Botanical Garden

Through April 27, 2024

Enjoy a “pawsitively” perfect morning stroll with your pup through the Desert Botanical Garden this fall at Dog Days at the Garden.

Phoenix Rising FC Soccer

Through Oct 19

Phoenix Rising FC

Through October 19, 2024

The 2024 Phoenix Rising FC schedule is here, and we look forward to a season of action-packed soccer celebrating the reigning United Soccer League Champions at the home pitch.

Majestic Mariposas at DBG

Mar 2 – May 12

Majestic Mariposas at Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden

March 2, 2024 – May 12, 2024

Majestic Mariposas at Desert Botanical Garden invites families to get an up-close and unforgettable experience when more than 2,000 native Southwestern butterflies return for the fall butterfly exhibit.

Boots in the Park at Tempe Beach Park

May 19

Boots in the Park at Tempe Beach Park

Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park

May 19, 2024

Boots In The Park transforms Tempe Beach Park into a country music celebration, featuring craft food & beverages, line dancing, art installations and much more!

Water Lantern Festival

Nov 1 – Nov 2

Water Lantern Festival at Kiwanis Park

Kiwanis Lake

November 1, 2024 – November 2, 2024

The Water Lantern Festival brings people together to Light The Water in a magical night that includes food, music and beauty as the lanterns reflect upon the water of Kiwanis Lake.

Ironman Arizona

Nov 17


Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park

November 17, 2024

2024 IRONMAN Arizona kicks off on Nov. 17, 2024, with a single-loop swim in Tempe Town Lake, followed by a challenging three-loop bike course through the Sonoran Desert. It finishes with a spectator-friendly run around Tempe Town Lake and Papago Park.

two couples walking on the streets at the Tempe Festival of the Arts

Dec 6 – Dec 8

Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts

Downtown Tempe

December 6, 2024 – December 8, 2024

The Tempe Festival of the Arts offers visitors a distinct shopping experience each fall and spring in Downtown Tempe. More than 300 artist booths line Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets presenting unique, and hand-made artwork.

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