Music & Performing Arts Venues

Tempe is alive with live music that includes every genre from rock to  jazz to alternative…you name it. Bands like the Gin Blossoms, Jimmy Eat World, Meat Puppets and Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers all have roots in Tempe. Tempe is also known for showing off its funniest local comics, many of whom, like Frank Caliendo, go on to achieve national prominence.  It’s a sure bet that you’ll have no trouble finding live music and comedy in venues throughout Tempe.

Stroll through The District at Tempe Marketplace on Friday and Saturday evenings and you’ll hear the best local bands performing on the District Stage. Hear cool jazz, classical music and local singers and song writers at the Tempe Center for the Arts.  The Marquee brings some of the biggest names in music to Tempe.

If you’re a fan of musical theatre, Tempe fills your playbill with Broadway shows at ASU Gammage, the beautiful venue designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Write.  The 2018-19 ASU Gammage Broadway Across America Series shows include ON YOUR FEET!, November 6-11, 2018 and DEAR EVAN HANSEN, November 27-December 2, 2018.

ASU Gammage will get you in the holiday spirit with seasonal shows including Warren Miller’s Face of Winter, December 8, 2018, 2018 K-LOVE CHRISTMAS, December 14, 2018 and Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, December 27, 2018.

If you up for an edgier theatre experience you won’t want to miss Stray Cat Theatre’s production of THE CAKE at Tempe Center for the Arts, November 9-24, 2018.

For variety, you can’t beat Tempe Center for the Arts which showcases all kinds of music, dance and theatre throughout the year.  Upcoming shows include Flamenco Por La Vida, November 16 & December 21, 2018, The Carol Robbins Jazz Harp Quartet, November 24 , 2018 and A Christmas Carol, December 6-23, 2018.

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ASU Gammage
ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage is among the largest university-based presenters of performing arts in the world. It is the home theater of the Desert Financial Broadway Across America - Arizona and the Beyond series. This historic 3,000 seat hall was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.


1200 S. Forest Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 965-3434

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Carnival of Illusion
Carnival of Illusion

Step right up and get ready to laugh, have fun and celebrate a magical night out at the Carnival of Illusion. This top-rated show is "Revitalizing Magic" by blending their "Around the World in 80 Minutes" travel theme with all the charms of a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow. Great for date nights, anniversaries, celebrations and special nights out. Shows take place on select Saturdays at the Tempe Center for the Arts, Mesa Arts Center and Arizona Biltmore Resort.


Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 359-7469

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Childsplay Theatre in Tempe, AZ
Childsplay Theatre

Childsplay is Arizona’s award-winning, professional theatre company for young audiences and families. From adaptations of popular children’s books to brand new stories, the 42-year-old theatre company performs September through May at the Herberger Theater Center and in schools around the state.


900 S. Mitchell Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 350-2822 (box office)

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Desert Dance Theatre

This local dance company was founded in 1979 and strives to present original, contemporary and diverse dance to their audiences.


P.O. Box 25332
Tempe, AZ, 85285
Phone: (480) 962-4584

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Hayden's Ferry Chamber Music Series
Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series

Classical chamber music is performed by top musicians from all over the world at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Tickets include a reception with the artists following each concert.


Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 656-8445

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Herberger Institute
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

The institute is built on a combination of disciplines, comprising schools of: Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Design; Film, Dance and Theatre; and Music as well as the ASU Art Museum. ASU has elevated creative practice to one of the core values of the nation’s largest research institution. The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts offers more than 1,000 free and ticketed events presented by talented students, outstanding faculty and renowned guest artists annually. Events include concerts, musicals, plays, art exhibitions, lectures and more. For details about upcoming events and ticket information, please visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/events/season or call the box office: (480) 965-6447.


ASU Tempe Campus
Tempe, AZ 85287
Phone: (480) 965-6536

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Lakeshore Music Inc. The Tierney Sutton Band
Lakeshore Music, Inc.

Presenters of fine jazz and innovative entertainment with the Lakeshore Concert Series at Tempe Center for the Arts. Upcoming shows include: A Very Jerry Christmas with Jerry Donato and Nicole Pesce, Dec. 22, 2018; Drums on the Lake: Joe Labarbera and Dom Moio, Jan. 19, 2019; The James Francies Trio, Feb 23, 2019; John Proulx Quartet, Mar. 23, 2019; Veronica Swift Quartet with Benny Green, Apr. 20, 2019; and The Return of The Bonedaddys, May 18, 2019. For tickets, call (480) 350-2822. Photo credit: The Tierney Sutton Band.


1982 E. Oxford Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85283
Phone: (480) 350-2822 (box office)

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Lyceum Theatre
Lyceum Theater

The Lyceum Theatre is the ASU School of Theatre and Film’s second proscenium theatre performance space and provides an intimate theater where small professional and student productions are staged.


901 S. Forest Mall
Tempe, AZ, 85287
Phone: (480) 965-5337

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Paul V. Galvin Playhouse
Paul V. Galvin Playhouse

The beautiful and modern 485-seat Galvin Playhouse offers plays, operas and musical performances. The intimate theater is the home of upcoming artists, directors and producers.


Arizona State University Tempe Campus
10th St. and Mill Ave.
Tempe, AZ, 85287
Phone: (480) 965-5337

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Prism Theatre

Arizona State University’s Prism Theatre is a flexible space for small performances and staged readings, seating 50-75 guests. The Student Production Board runs the Prism and provides opportunities for those ready to bring their artistic vision to the stage.


970 E. University Dr.
Tempe, AZ, 85287
Phone: (480) 965-5337

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