Things to do in Tempe in the Fall

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

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

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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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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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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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Sep 1 – Nov 19

2022 ASU Football Season

ASU Sun Devil Stadium/Frank Kush Field

September 1, 2022 – November 19, 2022

The 2022 ASU football season is upon us, and we look forward to a season full of fans and action-packed football at the legendary ASU Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.

Sep 26 – Nov 2

Four Peaks Haunted Brewery Tours

Four Peaks Brewing Company

September 26, 2022 – November 2, 2022

Four Peaks has gathered all these spooky tales (as well as their own employees’ ghost stories) for a series of special, late-night tours through 8th Street. Join them for one—if you dare.

Oct 1 – Nov 19

Dog Days at the Garden

Desert Botanical Garden

October 1, 2022 – November 19, 2022

Enjoy a “pawsitively” perfect morning stroll through the Garden at Dog Days at Desert Botanical Garden.

Oct 4 – Oct 9

ASU Gammage presents SIX

ASU Gammage

October 4, 2022 – October 9, 2022

From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the mic to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power!

Oct 6

Roars & Pours at The Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix Zoo | Arizona Center for Nature Conservation

October 6, 2022

Sip and stroll your way through select Zoo trails while enjoying craft beverages, wine and food. Plus, animal encounters, yard games, entertainment and more!

Oct 7 – Oct 28

Movies in the Park

Kiwanis Park

October 7, 2022 – October 28, 2022

Grab the gang, your blankets, a picnic dinner and head to Kiwanis Park to enjoy a free family-friendly flick on Friday evenings this fall.

Oct 9 – Mar 12

Second Sundays on Mill

Downtown Tempe – Mill Avenue

October 9, 2022 – March 12, 2023

Second Sundays on Mill closes Mill Avenue to enhance the heart of Tempe with a local market that features a fantastic selection of Arizona-made goods.

Oct 15 – Oct 16

Phoenix Pride Festival

Steele Indian Park

October 15, 2022 – October 16, 2022

This year’s Phoenix Pride Festival will continue to be a two day celebration designed to bring our diverse LGBTQ+ and allied communities together for a weekend of camaraderie and celebration at Indian Steele Park.

Oct 16

IRONMAN 70.3 Arizona

Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park

October 16, 2022

IRONMAN 70.3 is the perfect tune-up for the full-distance race in November, or just a great way to get out and compete in a half-distance event in a phenomenal setting of Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park.

Oct 29 – Oct 30

Día de Muertos at Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden

October 29, 2022 – October 30, 2022

Celebrate the colorful and vibrant Mexican tradition of Día de Muertos with a two-day festival filled with music, dance and storytelling at the Desert Botanical Garden.

Nov 4 – Nov 6

ASU Family Weekend

ASU Tempe Campus

November 4, 2022 – November 6, 2022

Join Arizona State University for Family Weekend 2022 from Nov. 4-6 for a celebration of Sun Devil spirit, pride and tradition.

Nov 11

Tempe Veterans Day Parade

Downtown Tempe

November 11, 2022

The Tempe Veterans Day Parade is back in Downtown Tempe on November 11th. With over 50 years of tradition, Tempe is excited to continue this annual parade honoring all military veterans.

Nov 12

Water Lantern Festival

Kiwanis Lake

November 12, 2022

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. 

Nov 13 – Nov 19

ASU Homecoming

ASU Tempe Campus

November 13, 2022 – November 19, 2022

Return to your Sun Devil roots and connect with your favorite campus places, be a part of the traditions of Royalty Court, Lantern Walk, the Homecoming Parade and the Block Party, November 13-19, 2022.

Nov 20

IRONMAN Arizona

Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park

November 20, 2022

2022 IRONMAN Arizona kicks off on November 20, 2022 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.

Dec 1 – Dec 31

Las Noches de las Luminarias

Desert Botanical Garden

December 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022

Experience the beauty of Las Noches de las Luminarias this holiday season with 8,000 flickering luminarias and twinkling lights throughout the Desert Botanical Garden.

Dec 2 – Dec 4

Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts in Downtown Tempe

Downtown Tempe

December 2, 2022 – December 4, 2022

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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