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Upcoming Museum Events


This typically free series runs from September through May. It presents performances from the East Valley community and the many cultural groups within it. Included are children’s plays, kid and adult film series, classical music pulled out of the symphony halls and cultural and educational musical performances from groups representing Mariachi, Brazilian, Tempe Rock and World Beat music. All shows start at 7 p.m. Here are some upcoming performances:

Sept. 20: Composition Competition II: a premiere of new pieces of music performed live and judged by an expert panel and the audience to determine a winner and runner-up.


Comp comp II flyer

Oct. 11: The Jon Rauhouse Orchestra: Jon Rauhouse and his favorite musicians play everything from big band to torch songs to country swing while featuring some of the best pedal steel guitar west of Texas.

Oct. 24: Halloween with the Tetra String Quartet: This show will take you through a world of monsters, ghosts, ghouls, goblins, vampires, werewolves and witches. Scary? Yes, indeed, and perfect for the season.

SPECIAL 5 P.M. Showtime: Nov. 14: Exhibit opening for The Tempe Sound: The Tempe Sound features some of the best pieces of Tempe music memorabilia, including guitars, t shirts and posters from notable Tempe bands. Hear long-time local favorites: The Dead Hot Workshop, Hans Olson and other special guests.

Nov. 22: Thanks for Songwriters: Give thanks to local songwriters and learn how they write those catchy songs. Hosted by Carol Pacey.

Dec. 5: Christmas with Pick and Holler: Enjoy a Holiday show with a great bluegrass band sharing an old-time string band tradition.

Dec. 13: Japhy's Descent: Japhy's Descent is a Tempe band that plays glass rattling, toe tapping, mind altering music wrapped in a fun bow.


World War I Centennial Speaker's Series

The Tempe Public Library and the Tempe History Museum bring you a series of talks about World War I. This year commemorates the 100th anniversary of the start of this war. Talks are at the Tempe History Museum, are free, no registration is required and light refreshments are served.


THIRD Thursday at the MUSEUM

The Third Thursday at the Museum series has concluded for the season. Join us starting in September for a new series focusing on the Tempe music scene. This series is held at 7 p.m. on every Third Thursday of the month September through May (except December.)

Programs focusing on Arizona's statehood
The Tempe Historical Society is proud to present a special lunchtime lecture series commemorating the development of Tempe and the state of Arizona. The Lunch Talks feature various speakers from around the state. Bring your lunch and enjoy these presentations monthly from October through November and January through April. Coffee will be provided. 

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