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Downtown Tempe Authority produces some of the best and most well-attended events in the Valley throughout the year. For nearly 20 years, dozens of events have been produced and held annually downtown, with involvement from local artists, vendors, musicians, volunteers, and performers.  Be a part of the traditions that create lasting memories and make Downtown Tempe a thriving and inclusive community. Opportunities are available below. Make sure to bookmark this page as new opportunities are continually added. For assistance, you can email



Various Events

Downtown Tempe Authority events wouldn't be the same without hardworking and dedicated volunteers. Those interested in volunteering their time with events in Downtown Tempe will be able to find volunteer application links here for all of our eligible events. Roles and responsibilities will vary for each event from leading games or crafts, to assisting artists!


Tempe Festival of the Arts: Applications close November 24, 2022.

Choose Your Volunteer Department

Entertainers & Performers

Various Events

Interested in being a musician or entertainer at various events hosted by Downtown Tempe? We work with various local and talented performers at our events. Fill out the interest form (not an application) to express interest in consideration for upcoming events. 

Entertainer Interest Form


Tempe Kicks! Kickball League

Date Range: August 24 - November 9 | Start/End Time: Varies |   View Event Website

Downtown Tempe Kicks! League is a kickball league created to bring together Tempe professionals for quality time, food, and fun. Participants "get their kicks" by taking on other local business teams in the Tempe area and finding community as they challenge each other weekly.

Kicks! League games take place weekly during the evenings, beginning August 24 and though November 9. There are seven (7) regular season games and three (3) playoff games, within the 10-week season.

Looking for more information on being a sponsor? Reach out to today!


Fantasy of Lights Street Parade 

Friday, November 25, 2022 | 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.  |   View Event Website

The Fantasy of Lights Street Parade is a holiday tradition celebrated by all generations. The event includes a street parade down Mill Avenue, snack & beverage vendors, a holiday market, live music, and a tree lighting ceremony. 


Parade Units: Parade units come in all shapes and sizes. Wrap your vehicle in lights, create a float, grab your troop and group, and let's keep this tradition growing.  Applications open July 1, with early bird pricing from July 1 - October 14. The price increases on October 15, and applications close on November 7 at 5:00 p.m.

Apply to be a Parade Unit


Food Vendors: Apply to be a food or beverage vendor. Applications closed July 31, 2022.

 View Food Vendor Guidelines


Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade

Saturday, December 10, 2022 | 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.  |  View Event Website

The Boat Parade is the Valley's most unique holiday event and celebrated tradition. The event includes a holiday market at Tempe Beach Park, live music, a holiday market, festive eats & treats, and a dazzling boat parade featuring boats from community members. 


Parade Units: Enter your boat into the parade and let's make 2022 the best year yet!. Applications open July 1, with early bird pricing from July 1 - October 31. The price increases on November 1, and applications close on December 2, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Apply to be a Parade Unit


Food Vendors: Apply to be a food or beverage vendor. Applications closed July 31, 2022.

Market Vendors: Apply to be a Holiday Market vendor. Application closed October 24, 2022.



Tempe Festival of the Arts

The Tempe Festival of the Arts takes place in fall 2022 and spring 2023. Each event offers shopping from over 350 juried artists, live music, food and drink, kids activities, beer & wine, street performances. 


Artists: Apply to be a Tempe Festival of the Arts Artist for the Fall 2022 festival (December 2-4, 2022). Application closed.

Food Vendors: Apply to be a Food Vendor at Tempe Festival of the Arts. Applications Closed.

Fall 2022 | December 2-4, 2022  | 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily  | Event Website

 View Vendor Guidelines

Spring 2023 | March 31-April 2, 2023 | 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily

 View Vendor Guidelines



2nd Sundays on Mill

October 2022 - March 2023 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  |  Event Website

2nd Sundays on Mill is a free admission event that takes place on Mill Avenue between 3rd Street and University. The 2nd Sunday of the month invites the community to enjoy an outdoor market, live music and entertainment, snack vendors, and outdoor entertainment. 


Market Vendors & Farmers: Apply to be a market vendor. 

Apply to be a Market Vendor  |  Market Vendor Guidelines




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