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Monday, November 6, 2017 3:00 PM by Visit Mesa Team

All-Access Pass to the 2017 Mesa Music Fest

Music lovers rejoice - MESA MUSIC FEST is drawing near! From November 9 – 11, 2017 , enjoy live music, vendors, and more in Downtown Mesa. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming festival: The Mesa Music Festival is a FREE admission music and arts festival that celebrates the culture of Downtown Mesa. With performances by over 200 artists from around the world, the Mesa Music Festival is the premier emerging artist festival in Arizona!   2017 Special Guests: Keynote speaker - Randy Jackson ; American Idol judge, producer Headliner  -  P.O.D. , from San

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 2:00 PM by Visit Mesa Team

10 Free Things To Do In Mesa This Fall

Fall has arrived! It's not only the perfect season to visit Mesa, it's the perfect time of year for locals to get outside for a family fun day or date night. From art shows to movies and spooky celebrations, festivals are lurking and deals are brewing in Mesa as we approach the new season!     Here's your guide to everything you can do for FREE in Mesa this fall:     SEEDS, a community celebration at Mesa Urban Garden This free event on Sept. 27 from 6 – 8 p.m. features local artists, storytelling, open mic, native crafts, youth activities and a

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 10:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Festivities and Food from South of the Border

Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday for celebrating and remembering those who have passed on. Join the Mesa community as they come together to rejoice their loved ones at the Dia de los Muertos Festival at the Mesa Arts Center in Downtown Mesa. October 28 – 29, enjoy a variety of food, a colorful mercado featuring local vendors and live entertainment at the festival where spirits connect. Also at the Mesa Arts Center, on October 27 , the diverse sounds of modern Mexico will fill the air as Los Angeles based La Santa Cecilia showcases music that earned them a Best

Thursday, October 20, 2016 8:19 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Top 5 Selfie Spots

Take your vacation photos up a notch. Downtown Mesa has a vibrant arts and culture scene and these spots can help you master the art of the perfect selfie to create social feed envy.   The Downtown Mesa Mural : While enjoying the shops and attractions in Downtown Mesa, stop and strike a pose by the newest addition to Mesa’s mural collection. Vivid colors, floral designs and a striking Mesa diamond come together on the South side of Main Street for a selfie backdrop that’ll fascinate your friends and followers. (Artist: Lauren Lee)   Humpty Dumpty : Visitors young and old

Friday, September 9, 2016 10:05 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Mesa Arts Center's Season's Kickoff Festival

  We are kicking off the season, and no, we aren't talking about football. At Mesa Arts Center 's Season Kickoff Festival you can gaze at contemporary art inspired by literature or get hands-on with activities and art projects. Stroll though the five new exhibits and take in the the non-stop live music and entertainment including spoken word performances.   Don't miss the book signings by local authors, performances by Humor Writes, live painting demonstrations, community art projects and more. Also be sure to check out Mesa Art Center's artist cooperative gallery and

Thursday, July 21, 2016 8:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Tops For Tots: Playful City USA®

Mesa was named one of America’s most playful cities – 8 times running – by Kaboom! , a national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids. Such distinctions bode well for travelers seeking out unique and different ways to keep children entertained and engaged on vacation. Here are just a few highlights for those traveling with kids or kids at heart:   • Arizona Museum of Natural History – Dinosaurs and So Much More!   • i.d.e.a. Museum – Engage the senses through creativity   • Amazing

  Here in Mesa City Limitless ® , there’s no shortage of beautiful public art. That’s partly in thanks to the iconic Mesa Arts Center, a cultural staple that offers art experiences for everyone across their five theatres, 14 studios and most notably, across their campus through public art installations that can be enjoyed by any passerby.   Last month a new permanent public art installation, “Mesa Musical Shadows,” was unveiled at the north end of the MAC campus. The interactive exhibit features four original musical scores for the project, which change

One of the great things about Mesa City Limitless ® is that it’s a wonderful place to vacation without breaking the bank. In fact, Mesa was named the #1 Most Affordable Western Destination by TripAdvisor. Mesa took the #1 spot, since a weeklong vacation averages at about $731. We’ve decided to put together a list of FREE activities that will help you save some money for souvenirs during your trip to Mesa.    MCC Rose Garden : The Mesa Community College rose garden is the place you’ll find “where roses bloom in the desert.” The rose garden is one of

While the rest of the country is still thawing out, springtime in Mesa is beautiful, with average temperatures just under 80 degrees. So, while everyone else is becoming tired of wearing the same pile of layers day in and day out, we get to transition to shorts, t-shirts and sandals (which, let’s be honestly, Arizonans really never put away to begin with). With this beautiful sunshine that comes out to play, so many of the best festivals here happen in the springtime! Check out our round-up of some of our favorite festivals during spring!   Shop for beautiful art, jewelry, soaps and

By: Jennifer Gastelum, Creative Catalyst    Mimosas, eggs benedict, breakfast potatoes, fresh fruit, oh my. OH MY.   Brunch: A delicious meal typically consisting of breakfast-inspired entrees and your pick of morning cocktails, occurring in the late morning to accommodate the required sleep-in schedule of the weekend.   Brunch is the reason that many of us choose to pull ourselves out of bed on the weekends. We flock to the most delicious brunch we can find, near or far. Lucky for us here in Mesa, the Creative Catalyst group has made it a goal of theirs to build the brunch