Mesa Festivals & Shows

Mesa Festivals & ShowsThe impressive fact that Mesa is the third largest city in the state of Arizona means that there is always something interesting going on no matter what time of year it might be. A contributing factor to that constant stream of activity is the fact that festivals and annual events take place in this very inviting desert city. Whether it is a celebration of arts and crafts, a gathering of fans of specialized hobbies or participants playing a part in one of the year's seasonal happenings, all have a rightful place on Mesa's busy and eclectic schedule of festivals and annual events.

Desert Woodcarving Show & Sale
In a world where art continues to be created with the help of a computer, it is refreshing to see artisans who use basic materials to construct something truly memorable. While many of these individuals use various materials to create their art, the ones who are well versed in the practice of woodcarving are the stars whose work is celebrated every year in Mesa at the Annual Desert Woodcarving Show and Sale. This art festival of sorts features wood sculptures by some of the most talented local, regional and national woodcarvers who all convene for this very popular annual event held every February.

Address: 201 North Center Street, Mesa, AZ - MAP
Phone: (480) 484-8383
Web: www.desertwoodcarvingshow.com

Annual Flagg Gem & Mineral Show
There is no doubt that the Annual Flagg Gem and Mineral Show is one jewel of an event when it takes place every January in Mesa. There are plenty of activities planned over the course of this event that includes special presentations for kids, who are treated to free mineral samples in an effort to educate and familiarize them with these visually appealing natural resources. The festival features over 80 vendors who are on hand selling minerals, fossils and gems as well as educational information. This free event is usually held in the early part of the year and is sponsored by the Arizona Mineral and Mining Museum Foundation.

Address: Community College, 1833 West Southern, Mesa, AZ - MAP
Phone: (480) 814-9086
Web: www.flagshow.info

Mesa Festival of Creativity
Every spring, the people of Mesa not only welcome the new beginnings that spring brings, but they also celebrate the new ideas that come to light that are celebrated at the Mesa Festival of Creativity. The event is an invitation to immerse yourself in a highly engaging environment designed to spur your creative thinking with various fun activities. There are incredible exhibits, various workshops and plenty of things to learn at this festival that offers something to creative types of all ages.

Address: Mesa Arts Center, One East Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85201 - MAP
Phone: (480) 644-6500
Web: www.mesaartscenter.com

Dia De Los Muertos Festival
Spirits connect in many ways at the annual Dia De Los Muertos Festival. This is also known as the Day of the Dead Festival that takes place every year at the end of October. This community celebration features a striking community altar as well as live music and special performances that depict various aspects of this traditional religious event. The festival also features delicious food and a mercado that offers an assortment of Dia de los Muertos items that includes jewelry and arts and crafts.

Address: Mesa Arts Center, One East Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85201 - MAP
Phone: (480) 644-6500
Web: www.mesaartscenter.com

Southwest Military Transport Show
Held every spring in Mesa, the AHMTA and Commemorative Air Force Museum team up for the Annual Southwest Military Transport Show. This is an astounding display of military vehicles and static aircraft that both military buffs and fans of history will be able to see from a close yet respectful perspective. In addition to the military vehicles, there is also a swap meet, various booths of collectibles, as well as a plastic model contest that offers fun for the whole family.

Address: Mesa, AZ - MAP

Island Kine Fest
Despite the fact that Mesa offers many fun and entertaining activities as one of Arizona's premiere cities, the one thing that it can't offer is tropical island fun. That is all about to change with the Annual Island Kine Fest that is held every May in Mesa. The goal of this two-day event is to bring an island-style festival to the city and celebrate it with a variety of entertainment and activities. These include live music acts, island food handicrafts and other items for sale by various participating vendors. The weekend-long celebration is anchored by a big concert on Saturday evening.

Web: www.jawaiianentertainment.com