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May 7-13, 2017 marks National Travel and Tourism week and this year we are celebrating the faces of travel. Check out these faces that have a love for Mesa, Arizona and the adventure and opportunities it provides visitors.     Heather & Court Fetter, No Snow Paddleboard Shop After work brought them to the U.S. from Canada more than 20 years ago, the Fetters decided this was the life and planted roots in Mesa, Arizona. Their board shop, conveniently located on the pathway to the Salt River basin, draws visitors in looking to learn to stand up paddle for the first time as well as

Friday, April 28, 2017 10:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Celebrating Mother's Day

If May 14 th isn’t ringing a bell, you’ll want to keep reading this post—it’s Mother’s Day! If you’ve been looking for the right event to treat your mother to or you just now realized that you needed to plan something, you’re in luck because we’ve laid out Mother’s Day-exclusive events that we’re sure will be mom-approved.   Trail Ride at Ft. McDowell Adventures   For Mother’s Day, your mother will be treated to one complimentary trail ride with the purchase of one trail ride. To redeem the promotion call

Friday, April 21, 2017 6:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Peach Festival at Schnepf Farms

It’s that time of year again – one of Arizona’s must-do experiences is here! The Peach Festival at Schnepf Farms will kick off on May 12 th and run for two weekends.   Schnepf Farms is the largest peach grower in the state, but they didn’t start out that way. Their first festival in 1994 was supposed to last the entire weekend, however the orchards were picked clean in just an hour and a half! They have now expanded their orchards and planted more varieties of peaches to keep up with the demand of locals and visitors alike.   Take a day trip out to the

Queen Creek Olive Mill , Arizona’s only working olive farm and mill, delivers a true agritourism experience for visitors. This family-owned stop along Mesa’s Fresh Foodie Trail® embraces the entire olive oil-making process from “Blossom to Bottle” and carries it through to their tour, marketplace, and eatery.   Olive Oil 101 Tour   What makes Extra Virgin Olive Oil ‘Extra Virgin’? What is the difference between a green and purple olive? Find out the answers to these questions and more in Queen Creek Olive Mill’s Olive Oil 101

Friday, April 7, 2017 6:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

10 Tips for Desert Safety

Before you hit the trails 1. Always pack water. Avoid dehydration by drinking water often throughout your hike. A good rule of thumb is to pack one gallon of water for a full-day of desert exploring.   2. Dress appropriately. Desert temperatures can hit extreme highs and extreme lows in a 24-hour period. Wearing layers helps slow dehydration and limits your sun exposure. Always wear closed-toe shoes. Wearing a hat and sunglasses are also recommended.   3. Apply sunscreen – often. Even in the winter months, Arizona’s direct sunlight can cause severe burns.   4. Hike

Thursday, April 6, 2017 6:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Celebrating Earth Day 2017

Earth Day 2017 is on April 22 nd and this year’s campaign is all about Environmental & Climate Literacy—so whether you are interested in learning more about the campaign and what you can do to get involved or if you want to know more about what you can do at an individual or local level then read more:   1. Go to an Earth Day event   City of Mesa Presents: Celebrate Mesa (April 22)   Celebrate Mesa and the Earth at this free family-friendly event-filled with games, carnival rides, entertainment and food trucks. While the event is to celebrate Mesa, it will also

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 6:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Egg-citing Easter Fun for the Whole Family

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining and that can only mean one thing: Spring is here! With Spring comes Easter, egg hunts and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Don’t wait until the last minute to plan something—here are our top picks for family fun this Easter weekend:   Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Amazing Jake’s (April 9 th and 16 th ) From 8 AM – 10 AM Amazing Jake’s is hosting a breakfast with the Easter Bunny including a buffet of pancakes, eggs and breakfast pizza (yum!). Along with breakfast, there will be an egg hunt and photo

Monday, March 13, 2017 6:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

10 Free Things to Do in Mesa Right Now!

Who said you had to spend money to have a good time? That just isn’t the case and we firmly believe that you can have a blast without burning a hole in your wallet—after all we are in Mesa City Limitless®! We’ve gathered a few of our favorite free activities that you can do right now.   Stop and smell the roses   Now through April 22 visitors can take a free tour guided by rosarian docents of the Rose Garden at Mesa Community College . This rose garden is the Desert Southwest’s largest and hosts nearly 9000 rose bushes!     Support local

Friday, March 3, 2017 6:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Spring Break Fun

Who doesn’t love Spring Break? The one week in March that gives parents and kids alike a sweet glimpse of the summer vacation that is to come. Whether you’re travelling here or planning a staycation we’re here to help you and your family stay engaged this Spring Break! Here’s a list of events that you must attend:   Arizona Renaissance Festival (Saturdays & Sundays through April 2)     The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park, 13-stage theater, 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, jousting tournament and a feast -- all

Monday, February 27, 2017 2:00 PM by Visit Mesa Team

Our Favorite Mesa Instagrammers!

We’re sure you’ve sifted through a bunch of travel sites in search of things to do on your trip to Mesa but what better way to really get to know the ins and outs of a city than through its locals? We got a few of our favorite Mesa-area Instagrammers to tell us their favorite places and things about Mesa to help you get a true local’s experience.   @andy_gonzales     Favorite place to hike : Superstition Mountains   Favorite thing about Mesa : Being so close to the mountains and lakes   @izak_the_aussie     Favorite dog-friendly patio :