Event Calendar


be part of the scene

Buy TicketsAll schedules are subject to change. For updates on events, ticket releases and more, join our e-mail distribution list. Read the most current newsletter. More events can be found on the city of Tempe Calendar.


BirdsofaFeatherPostcard_Page_1 (Custom)
Birds of a Feather

Through Sept 19 | 10 am-5 pm Tues-Thurs |
10 am-7 pm Fri | 11 am-5 pm Sat
This summer exhibition celebrates the birds that make Arizona home or a migration stop to some exotic location. Featured artists come from around Arizona and the United States and work with a variety of media ranging from nature photography to abstract sculpture. Visitors will also enjoy displays and interactive programs from exhibition collaborators including ASU’s Art Museum and School of Life Sciences. Free        

HelloFridayColor (Custom) hello FRIDAY

Fridays | 6-8 pm  
Join us at Tempe’s hidden gem of a happy hour. Enjoy specialty drinks, chef-inspired affordable bites from Atlasta Catering, music and vintage games overlooking stunning Tempe Town Lake. Featuring musician AJ Odneal August 28, 6:30-7:30 pm. No Cover Charge
Clean Comedy

Tempe Comedy Concert Series:
Clean Kings of Comedy


Aug 28 | 7:30 pm
Phoenix is fast becoming the one of the most influential comedy cities in the country. Come see why as Ken Kaz, Jon Jesmer, Bob Kubota, Jonathan Gregory and their special guests prove that comics do not have to be filthy to be funny. This PG show is perfect for anyone who truly wants to laugh with friends and family. Buy Tickets

Higher Octave (Custom)

Higher Octave Healing presents
Music from the Heart


Aug 29
| 1 pm & 6 pm
Higher Octave Healing presents its sixth annual concert fundraiser to support music therapy services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Nine bands take the stage in two rocking performances. Buy Tickets

byrne and kelly (Custom)

Byrne and Kelly
with Nicole Hudson and Peter Sheridan


Aug 30 | 7 pm
Celtic Thunder’s Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly, joined by Nicole Hudson on fiddle and Peter Sheridan on mandolin and keyboard, seamlessly combine genres such as traditional Irish and Americana to create a fresh, folk sound. VIP ticket holders enjoy a meet and greet at 5:45 pm. (VIP tickets are sold out, but excellent seats are still available!) Buy Tickets

Tempe Symphony Orchestra
Tempe Symphony Orchestra Auditions

Aug 31 | 6:30-9:30 pm
Open auditions for Tempe Symphony Orchestra. Seeking 1st section Violinists and String Bassists, in particular. Walk-ins accepted; appointments preferred. For audition appointment, email douglasakey@gmail.com

Open Mic 125

Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night

Wednesdays Sept 2 - Nov 25 | 6-10 pm
Join us as Open Mic night returns for the fall season. Host Walt Richardson is on board for a relaxing evening of live music from some of the Valley's best singer/songwriters. Artists vie for a chance to perform at In the Spotlight and in the Songwriters' Showcase. Enjoy food & beverage specials. Exclusive session for high school age and younger from 5 to 6 p.m. Sign up begins at 4:45 pm for youth open mic, and 5:45 pm for adults. No Cover

Siam Fight Productions presents
Muay Thai Season Finale


Sept 4 | 5 pm
The action-packed sport of Muay Thai is the centuries-old martial art from Thailand. It features full-contact strikes from punches, kicks, elbows and knees. Top Junior and Adult fighters compete in the season finale.


Tempe Comedy Concert Series:
Labor Day Special with Jay Penn


Sept 4 | 7:30 pm
Labor day is when we celebrate labor. So let's not turn our holiday into work! Traffic jams, long lines at overpriced venues, and a miserable drive back home is not the answer. Come on over to the place by the lake and give yourself a break! Buy Tickets


Tempe Comedy Concert Series:
Men vs Women


Sept 11 | 7:30 pm
A comedic panel of uninformed experts take on marriage, equal pay, gender equality and who is supposed to put the toilet seat down. Three women and three men will go at one another like newlyweds having their first argument. Only one thing is more fun to watch than a couple across the room arguing: watching three of them go at it on the TCA stage. Recommended for ages 18 and older. Buy Tickets

Sideways Stories Childsplay Square 109  Childsplay presents
Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Sept 13 - Oct 18 | Matinees Saturday and Sunday
Sideways Stories from Wayside School brings to life an elementary school 30 stories high where the strangest things can happen. Teachers turn students to apples. Pigtails become snakes. And somewhere in the building, we know there's a wandering cow. For ages 6+. Buy Tickets

Bird on a Wire109
Art After Work: Bird on a Wire

Sept 16 | 6-8:30 pm

Enjoy an evening celebrating the beauty and serenity of birds at this workshop inspired by the TCA’s exhibition “Birds of a Feather.” Participants will be painting a silhouette image of two birds resting on a wire, set against a vibrant sky of warm and rich colors. Price includes a canvas, art supplies, instruction and a one-beverage voucher for use at the lobby bar on the evening of the event. Participants are encouraged to eat dinner before class. Registration is capped at 30 people and must be completed by noon on the day of class. No refunds. Buy Tickets

Paolo Bacigalupi

Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative presents
Paolo Bacigalupi


Sept 17 | 7:30 pm
New York Times best-selling author discusses his latest science fiction novel, "The Water Knife," and the future of the Colorado River. In his novel, Phoenix is dried up, and millions of people who rely on the Colorado River are fighting to survive. Free

Rahsaan Patterson
AZ Soul Sessions presents
Lift Every Voice


Sept 18 | 7:30 pm
A soul and spoken word benefit concert with Black Poet Ventures motivational speaker and songstress, Marrian Efua; Conscious spoken word from WisdomSoul; Soul and RnB from the very talented Vaughn Willis; and Connie Muhammad, joined by Jason Henry and the Soul Food band. Special guest: recording artist Rahsaan Patterson. Buy Tickets


Tempe Comedy Concert Series:
Valerie Roberts


Sept 18 | 7:30 pm
The Tempe Comedy Concert Series and comedyschools.com have discovered and launched almost all the great comics to come out of the hot Arizona comedy scene. Contest winners, national touring acts, and television regulars start here. Tonight we introduce a name that will soon be known in the comedy world: Valerie Roberts, in her headlining debut at Tempe Center for the Arts. Buy Tickets

ariZoniGold109 ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence 2015
Sept 21 | 5:30 pm & 8 pm
ariZoni Theatre Awards Board of Directors presents the 25th Annual ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence Ceremony. Youth Ceremony: 5:30 pm. Adult Ceremony: 8 pm. Produced in association with Childsplay. Buy Tickets


Performance with a View:
ASU Voice Students of Carole Fitzpatrick

Sept 22 | 10 am
Opening concert for series of classical concerts with a beautiful view of Tempe Town Lake. 9:30 am complimentary coffee service. Free

Class Clowns
Tempe Comedy Concert Series:
Class Clowns


Sept 25 | 7:30 p.m.
Tony Vicich brings his long-running stand-up comedy show, Class Clowns, to TCA. This is the show where it all starts. Comics have gone from Class Clowns shows all the way to Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel Live and more. See the show that has taken comics from their first stage experience to national prominence. Buy Tickets

Stripling-Square109 Lakeshore Music presents
Byron Stripling Quartet
Ragtime, Blues & All That Jazz


Sept 26 | 7:30 pm
With a contagious smile and captivating charm, trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling has ignited audiences internationally. Stripling earned his stripes as lead trumpeter and soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra. He has also played and recorded extensively with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, in addition to The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and The GRP All Star Big Band. Buy Tickets

Sherman Alexie original
ASU Centennial Lecture and Reception
Sherman Alexie


Sept 29 | 7 pm
One of ASU's premier intellectual events, with 2015 lecturer Sherman Alexie, renowned Native American poet, writer and filmmaker. Alexie is the author of several acclaimed books, including The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven, which is the basis of his screenplay adaptation of the movie Smoke Signals. Photo by Chase Jarvis. Tickets on sale in early September.

Ballet Under the Stars Couple under Bridge lights Ballet Under the Stars
TCA Amphitheater
October 1 | 7 pm Free
Ballet Arizona presents classical to contemporary dance in a unique outdoor setting complete with a stage, lighting, costumes and beautiful Arizona weather. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Please park in U.S. Airways garage (Enter on Ash). Only ADA parking in TCA lot for this event. More information
Green and Gray Turning Point by Candace Eisenfeld "Green and Gray" Exhibition
Opening Reception
Gallery at TCA

October 2 | 6-9 pm Free
Explore the world between the natural landscape and the built environment. Not all that is green is natural; not all that is gray is manmade. Each artist in this exhibition explores subjects and imagery that show where these elements of the natural and built environment merge, converge and/or conflict. Artwork by Candace Eisenfeld.

matt and friends 109 Tempe Comedy Concert Series:
Matt Martin and Funny Friends

Oct 2 7:30 pm
Some call Matt Martin the "lost" genius of the local comedy scene. We call him one of the most talented people we know. Largely ignored by the big box comedy clubs, Matt has given us some of the most exciting and creatively dangerous moments we've ever experienced in a show room.  Check out this show and maybe you will experience what audiences used to experience back in the old days on the Sunset Strip. You never knew what was going to happen, but you would never forget it. 

Edith Piaf Black and White

Art Renaissance Initiative presents
Edith Piaf, A Centennial Celebration

Oct 3 | 7 pm
Oct 4
| 3 pm
Few singers in history have reached the same iconic status as Edith Piaf (1915-1963). Born during WWI in a poor family, her total dedication, body and soul, to her art as well as a voice of unique intensity, earned her worldwide fame. Join us for a unique homage to the Little Sparrow. Helene Bianca, singer, Christine Parker, piano, Jacques Bergeon, guitar, and live Painting of Edith Piaf by Jim Covarrubias. Buy Tickets

Tempe Sister Cities presents
Making a World of Difference

Oct 8  |  7 pm
Annual event honors outstanding humanitarians who have made a substantial difference in people's lives around the globe. Cocktail reception 6-7 pm. Ticket sale date TBA.

Desert Dance 109 Desert Dance Theatre presents
Arizona Dance Festival Showcase 2015

Oct 9 & 10 | 7:30 pm $18 adults/$15 seniors/$13 students
Various dance artists will be showcased each evening from all genres and styles of dance. Post-performance Q & A facilitated by the Arizona Dance Coalition. Buy Tickets

El Puente Festival children El Puente Theatre Festival & Mask Procession 
Presented by Childsplay

Oct 11 | 2-6:30 pm | Free
Unique family celebration with food, music and art. Festival includes mask-making and procession, drama activities for kids and performances by local artists. More information

Refer to the city of Tempe calendar for additional events.

Visit these sites for information about:

Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts

Arizona Wind Symphony
Comedy Classes & Shows
Desert Dance Theatre
Lakeshore Jazz Series
Peformance with a View
Hayden's Ferry Chamber Music Series
Tempe Community Chorus

Tempe Winds


















Free viewers are required for some of the attached documents.
They can be downloaded by clicking on the icons below.