Special Events in Tempe

special events in TempeTempe is one of the best places to live in Arizona, with access to great schools, diverse housing choices, excellent restaurants, and plenty to do. In addition to a wide selection of restaurants and nightlife to enjoy, there seems to always be a special event around the corner in Tempe, no matter what time of year it is. 

Get some of these memorable events on your calendar by checking out our list of some of the best special events in Tempe. 

Park After Dark

All summer long, Downtown Tempe host Park After Dark. Relax with your neighbors on the 2nd and 4th Saturday evening of each month, with live musical entertainment from local artists, other outdoor entertainment, and cold drinks and the wine and beer garden. 

When you're looking for a perfect date night, this is it. Free and open to the public, and the perfect place to connect whether you've been married for decades or you are planning a first date.

Fantasy of Lights Street Parade + Tree Lighting

Kicking off the holiday season each year, the Fantasy of Lights Street Parade + Tree Lighting is a favorite local event where guests enjoy a parade, tree lighting ceremony, holiday market, live entertainment, Santa photos, and more. This family friendly event is sure to get you in the festive holiday spirit!

Fantasy of Light Boat Parade

The Valley's most unique holiday event is the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade. A boat parade of watercraft covered in dazzling holiday lights provides the main event, in addition to live music, festive food and drink vendors, holiday shopping, and even a massive fireworks display to end the night. This is a family friendly event that might become one of your treasured holiday traditions. 

Tempe Festival of the Arts

The Tempe Festival of the Arts takes place each fall and often ranks among the best arts festivals in the nation. Each year after receiving over 1,000 applications, a selection of artists are chosen to be featured.

Selected artists are divided into 18 different artistic categories for judging, ranging from woodwork to photography to ceramics and even wearable art. There are over 300 artist booths lining Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets, all presenting unique, hand-made artwork for a memorable shopping experience.

In addition to art exhibits and art pieces that are for sale, festival goers enjoy live music and entertainment that keeps the atmosphere full of energy. 

Foodie FriYAYs

Every Friday night during the month of May at Tempe Beach Park, residents enjoy a rotation of food trucks and live music for the perfect night out at Foodie FriYays

The event is family friendly and dog friendly, and admission is free. Choose from a variety of food trucks, including some offering beer and wine, for a foodie's dream version of an outdoor food court. 

Picnic blankets and games are available to rent to complete the perfect ambience. This is the perfect place to unwind after a long week, spend a family night outside, or meet up for a blind date!

Juneteenth Celebration

On June 19th in Downtown Tempe, the city takes the day to celebrate Juneteenth. Don't miss out on the vibrant cultural celebration of freedom, featuring live music, food and drinks, dancing, historical exploration, and more. This event is free and open to the public, perfect for Tempe residents of all ages. 

Want to learn more about living in Tempe? We'd love to answer your questions and help you find your ideal home here in one of the best cities in Arizona. 

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$625,000
Neighborhood: Papago Manor Subdivision
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,116
Sq.Ft.
1962
Year Built
1
Day on Site
6451648
MLS
Airbnb GOLD! Located near shopping spots, schools, & restaurants. This is basically a new house! Brand new pool and equipment, new, landscaping, paint inside and out, new electric throughout...
$565,000
Neighborhood: University Heights
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,580
Sq.Ft.
1958
Year Built
1
Day on Site
6451954
MLS
Fabulous single story home with no HOA in the heart of Tempe just minutes from ASU and Gammage Auditorium. This spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home includes a new shingle roof, new dual pain windows,...
$520,000
Neighborhood: Continental East Unit 6
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,477
Sq.Ft.
1973
Year Built
1
Day on Site
6451966
MLS
Come see this charming 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home now on the market! The kitchen boasts generous counter space making cooking and entertaining a delight. Step inside this beautiful interior with...
$1,350,000
Neighborhood: Homestead
4
Beds
4
Baths
3,830
Sq.Ft.
1997
Year Built
1
Day on Site
6451970
MLS
Exquisite custom home in the exclusive gated Homestead subdivision. Situated on a N/S corner lot surrounded by mature trees. Large driveway leads to an oversized 3 car garage. Enter through a solid...
$450,000
Neighborhood: Continental East Unit 6
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,564
Sq.Ft.
1973
Year Built
1
Day on Site
6452043
MLS
Single level home located in Tempe's NON-HOA Optimist Park neighborhood! Offering almost 1,600 square feet this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom is located on a large lot of 8,411 square feet with a private...
$659,900
Neighborhood: Papago Gardens
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,460
Sq.Ft.
1963
Year Built
1
Day on Site
6452083
MLS
No description available...
$82,500
Neighborhood: Tempe Cascade Mobile Home Estates
2
Beds
2
Baths
840
Sq.Ft.
1995
Year Built
2
Days on Site
6450964
MLS
Fully remodeled 2 bed 2 bath and open living area, located in all-ages family community. This adorable home features updated modern kitchen, new vinyl plank waterproof flooring, and many more...
$290,000
Neighborhood: Hudson Trace
1
Beds
1
Baths
905
Sq.Ft.
1986
Year Built
2
Days on Site
6451144
MLS
Excellent 1 bedroom w/ loft in a park like setting community in Tempe. Walk into a beautiful open living area with Saltillo tile, vaulted ceilings, fireplace and spiral staircase to the loft with...
$575,000
Neighborhood: Tempe Royal Palms Unit 8
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,870
Sq.Ft.
1970
Year Built
2
Days on Site
6451183
MLS
Immaculately maintained home in pristine condition is on large lot with freeway, bus & light rail access, near ASU. This home is ready to move in with high quality features including upgraded...
$585,000
Neighborhood: Level Townhomes
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,833
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
3
Days on Site
6450397
MLS
This stunning 3 bedroom plus large den, 2.5 bath townhouse is now available to call your own. The brand new gated community welcomes you with a stunning pool at the entry, surrounded by contemporary...
$515,000
Neighborhood: Western Village 9
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,408
Sq.Ft.
1962
Year Built
1
Day on Site
6450545
MLS
Superb location! Within 1 Mile of Mill Ave and ASU, easy access to freeways, Downtown Tempe and light rail. Situated on a quiet, non through street right in the heart of all Tempe has to offer. This...
$355,000
Neighborhood: Tempe Gardens Townhouse Condo Lot 1-80 Tract F, G
2
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,472
Sq.Ft.
1964
Year Built
4
Days on Site
6449986
MLS
Beautiful, well maintained townhome in prime Tempe location! Close by shopping, ASU Campus, freeway access, and more! This home features tile flooring throughout, spacious great room & formal dining...

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