No matter what time of year you visit, there's always something happening.
There's no place like Mesa and when it comes to events, we have some of the most vibrant and unique events around. What's even better is that people keep coming back year after year to celebrate the niche holidays, eclectic entertainment, and fun-loving festivals we've curated just for your enjoyment. From rodeos to holiday shows, check out our list of the top annual events in Mesa.
Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek Rodeo - One of Mesa’s signature events, come celebrate Arizona heritage at this spring event. Bring the family and experience authentic southwest culture with barrel races, a rodeo dance, Mutton Bustin’ ride, and a special show put on by the Arizona Cowboy Mounted Shooters.
Cyclomesa - Mesa's annual bike festival is a free event held in Downtown Mesa. Cyclomesa is a family-friendly celebration of all things cycling. Bring your helmet and your ride and get ready for a wheelie good day.
Mesa Music Festival - This FREE event is Arizona's premier emerging artist festival. Discover local talent in downtown Mesa with 300 performances with a line up including rock, hip hop, country, indie, folk and more.
Western Athletic Conference - Each year, NCAA Division 1 teams gather in Mesa to see who will move on to compete for the championship title.
Arizona Celebration of Freedom - Celebrate Fourth of July in Downtown Mesa with free family-friendly activities like a water slide, live music, stunt show, fireworks and more.
Labor Day - Take advantage of the long weekend and enjoy the last breaths of summer Labor Day Weekend in Mesa.
Pumpkin & Chill Festival - Check out the best fall family event in Greater Phoenix with farm favorites like ziplines, corn mazes, hayrides, a petting zoo, country line dances and live musical performances.
AZ Margarita, Mojito, Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival - Enjoy delicious cocktails, craft beer, and food while listening to live music at this family-friendly festival.
Mesa Film Festival - Lights, camera, action! Join us for the Mesa International Film Festival showcasing over 100 films from around the world, conversations with filmmakers and industry experts, and networking parties. Find out why Mesa is quickly becoming one the nation's biggest artistic gems.
Garlic Festival at Queen Creek Olive Mill - Explore garlic galore at this annual festival featuring cooking demos, games in the Olive Grove, Olive Oil 101 Tours, and a special garlic-inspired menu with garlic fries, garlic gelato, garlic cupcakes and so much more!
Dia de los Muertos Festival - Plan a visit to the Mesa Arts Center for the most vibrant celebration of the year. The Mexican holiday, also known as the Day of the Dead, celebrates the memories of the deceased. Join us in honoring Latin American heritage through a variety of live performances, art and cultural festivities.
Gene Lewis Invitational Tournament - Witness the adrenaline-pumping action of one of the country's largest and longest-running regional boxing tournaments, as fighters of all ages compete in a thrilling display of skill and determination.
Mesa Arts Festival - Kick off your holiday shopping with this free annual arts festival. Find unique gifts among a variety of original works from regional and national artists. While you’re there enjoy live entertainment, artist demos, and an array of food vendors.
Lights at the Farm - Get ready to be mesmerized by Arizona's largest walk-thru synchronized light show. Bring the whole family for some holiday spirit and larger-than-life lighted displays.
Merry Main St - When you think of Arizona, Winter Wonderland may not be the first thing that comes to mind but every December Downtown Mesa transforms into a magical holiday paradise. Make memories while ice-skating, check out the 40-foot-tall Christmas tree, stop by and see the 12-foot Mesa Menorah or visit the Makers Marketplace for some holiday shopping.
Flagg Gem & Mineral Show - Awaken your inner geologist at one of the largest Gem & Mineral Shows in the area. Observe minerals, crystals, and fossils on display.
Canada Week at Queen Creek Olive Mill - So you want to celebrate our friends up north, eh? We’re bringing Canada to Arizona for a week of Canadian-inspired food and drink specials (think traditional Canadian poutine, Quebecoise meat pies, butter tarts, Molson beers and more.)
Southwest Maker Fest - A gathering of creative minds, the Southwest Makers Fest is a collaborative festival that connects, inspires, and celebrates the maker in each of us.
Desert Woodcarving Show & Sale - Calling all woodworkers! Join us for this judged wood carving and sculpture competition. Open to participates and onlookers alike, we promise you'll be truly amazed by the intricate masterpieces on-site.
Renaissance Festival - Magical moments await you as you are transported to the 16th century. A time of merriment, chivalry, romance, and feasting -- find your treasure and this interactive event. Just watch out for jousting knights. [February to April]
Mesa Marathon - Presented by Mountain Vista Medical Center, the Mesa Marathon brings top runners to Arizona for a downhill race. And if you're not a professional athlete, not to worry, there are alternative courses for all skill levels including a half marathon, 10k, and free kids 1k.