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EDGE Happy Hour

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Join us on Fridays & Saturdays at Tempe Center for the Arts for FREE live music, performances, film screenings, storytelling, poetry and more – all in a laid-back atmosphere on the EDGE of Tempe Town Lake.

Fridays and Saturdays | 6 - 7:30 pm
Free Live Music, Performances, Screenings, Storytelling | Drink Specials | Small Bites

Live Music on Fridays
1st Friday Jazz / 2nd Friday Rock / 3rd Friday Funk /  4th Friday Latin

CLICK HERE (PDF) to see and/or download our Happy Hour Menu.


Tour de Dance Call for Short Dance Films

Dance filmmakers are invited to submit short films that are created at Tempe Town Lake to be screened during "EDGE: Tour de Dance" at the Tempe Center for the Arts on April 18, 2020.

Deadline: February 2, 2020 at 11:59pm
Where to submit: https://bit.ly/2mdxO1l


  • Films can be up to 5 minutes in length
  • Films must be based around themes of water, the history of Tempe Town Lake, the Tempe Community, or inspiration from Public Art works on Tempe Town Lake (to view public art projects visit the public art map found at: http://gis.tempe.gov/publicartmap/ and select the "all art tab")
  • Films may not include footage of any content that breaks the law, religious content, profane language, or nudity.

Project Information

This event is part of EDGE programming at the Tempe Center for the Arts, produced in collaboration with artist, Halley Willcox. Films will be screened after a bike tour that will travel around Tempe Town Lake stopping at locations with live performances.


For questions contact Julie Akerly, Arts Engagement Specialist at julie_akerly@tempe.gov or (480) 350-5175.


dec 7 edgeDriftwood Quintet
December 7 | 6 pm
Holiday Jazz

Kick-off the Christmas season with Driftwood Quintet as they enlist the help of a rhythm section to bring to life favorite arrangements of swinging holiday hits by popular jazz artists Ellington, Strayhorn, and Stan Kenton. The night features Ellington and Strayhorn's jazz-fueled re-imagining of The Nutcracker Suite. Be there or be square!

dec 14 edgeNazim Rashid & New Renaissance
December 14 | 6 pm
Acoustic Holiday Jazz

An acoustic, classical jazz experience reflecting the jazz masters of the past and present and on this date we are playing from our Holiday Book. You'll hear some of your favorite Christmas tunes played in a swinging fashion.

Venus Clapback_WIFILWBW 2When I fell in Love with Black Women
December 20 | 6 pm

Join us for a free night of true stories told by folks who love their Black wives, sisters, mamas, lovers, friends and more. Get ready to laugh, cry and laugh-even-more at this special monologue showcase presented by Venus Clapback.

RSVP here: bit.ly/2Pb5kAh

dec 21 edgeJuniper Djinn
December 21 | 6 pm
Traditional Jazz, Swing, Blues

Sounds of the 20s and 30s Jazz era ring true with a mix of Swing, New Orleans Blues, and dark and spicy originals. All the old great standards and holiday spirit.