Mesa’s impressive slate of can’t miss annual events are perfect for planning a trip to the Sonoran Desert around. The popular Flagg Gem & Mineral Show is held each January at Mesa Community College, while the Southwest Maker Fest and the Desert Woodcarving Show and Sale are both held in February. The Arizona Renaissance Fair brings knights, jousting and more medieval excitement to Mesa from February to April. During the summer, Mesa celebrates Independence Day with a jam-packed 4th of July festival, the Arizona Celebration of Freedom, filling the streets of downtown Mesa with local vendors, family activities, stunt shows and performances from local musicians, all capped off by a stunning fireworks display. Each October, the Mesa Arts Center presents the Día de los Muertos Festival, which celebrates Latin American art, culture and cuisine in honor of the Mexican holiday.
Browse the full slate of upcoming events below and plan your authentic adventure in the American Southwest.