The city lies in the south-central region of the state in the Sonora Desert. Mesa is one of the largest and most densely populated communities in Arizona. With more than 2,000 acres of parkland, the community offers many recreational opportunities. Points of interest include the Arizona Museum of Natural History, the Mesa Grande Ruins and the Mesa Historical Museum.
Things To Do
The annual Mesa Tattoo Expo takes place in May at the Mesa Convention Center. More than 150 artists are on hand to demonstrate their skills and provide tattoos. The event also features celebrity judges, prize awards, live entertainment, tattoo removal, refreshments and merchandise vendors.
The community celebrates bikers every Friday in May Motorcycles on Main. The street is closed to traffic with the exception of motorcycles who cruise along Main Street. Bikes go on display, guests enjoy live music, refreshments and a beer garden in addition to merchandise presented by vendors.
The Mesa Arts Center celebrates the venue's fall season during the annual Season Kick-Off Festival in September. The outdoor event features live entertainment and performances that span a variety of genres. There are also beverages, art exhibits and merchandise vendors.
Another popular fall event includes the annual Copperstate Fly-In. Recreational and aviation enthusiasts have the chance to see hundreds of aircraft from across the country on display. There are also workshops, youth activities and demonstrations.
Considered one of the most popular events in the valley, Wingstock: Where Music & Chicken Meat offers a variety of live entertainment along with chicken wings. Events also include contests, a kid's zone, beer and other activities for the entire family.