Now that the extension of the Valley Metro light rail has been completed and open for operation, it’s easier than ever to explore the historic downtown Mesa. Full of cultural and shopping destinations as well as community events, downtown Mesa is a bustling hub of activity. Here are some of the most popular events and places to explore.
Mesa Second Fridays
Every second Friday of the month, Main Street between Center and Country Club roads becomes a hotspot for arts and culture. The galleries of downtown Mesa and the local businesses join forces to bring this free event to the public every month. Full of street vendors, performers, and more than 60 art booths, each month has a different theme to the event. For a schedule of events and a map of the festivities, go to
Mesa Arts Center
Located at One east Main Street, the Mesa Arts Center is the largest arts campus in the state. A visually stunning work of architecture, the Mesa Arts Center is a $95 million facility that is home to concerts, performing arts, music, dance, comedy,broadway shows and more. In five galleries the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum at the Mesa Arts Center features curated contemporary art by emerging and international artists. The Arts Center also offers art programs for both children and adults. For more information, including a schedule of events and classes, go to
Arizona Museum of Natural History
natural history museum exhibitFor a glimpse of Arizona’s history that extends all the way back to prehistoric times, visit the Arizona Museum of Natural History, located one block north of Main street at 53 N. Macdonald in downtown Mesa. This destination’s a big hit with the kids, who are greeted at the door by a giant mammoth skeleton. There’s also plenty of hands-on exhibits to keep kids and adults entertained for an afternoon. For a listing of current exhibits, go to
The city of Mesa is more bustling and alive than ever before. For a directory of more great destinations in the downtown area, head to