Mesa Arts Center

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Even the cheap seats are great at this award-winning theater complex, the largest in Arizona.

Mesa Arts Center, the state’s largest visual arts complex, is home to five galleries, four theaters and 14 studios. The center’s cultural activities include theatrical and musical performances, art exhibitions and classes.

This cultural hub of three buildings was created in 2005 in a remarkable architectural complex in the heart of Mesa. According to the architects, the jagged angles, glass walls, colored glass canopies, colors and materials are a reflection of the character of the Sonoran Desert. The complex itself is more like an oasis, with plenty of trees, exotic gardens and water features.

Although the program is ever changing, the focus of the arts center is constant: to inspire audiences with engaging cultural experiences that are diverse, relevant and accessible. In 2012, the Mesa Arts Center received prestigious recognition from the International Association of Venue Managers with a “Venue Excellence Award.” Its service to the community is what made it beat the famous Sydney Opera House in Australia in the finals.

From an intimate 99-seat theaterto a huge theater with 1,600 seats, the venue’s theaters are as diverse as its performances. You can book seats for classical and popular music, dance, comedy and family shows. Head to the studios for art classes. The center’s exhibition space is divided into five galleries that showcase the work of up-and-coming and established artists in painting, sculpture and ceramics.

Allow some time to stroll along the “Shadow Walk,” a promenade in the center’s inner courtyard. It was designed to best display the shadow patterns created by foliage, trellises and overhead canopies under the intense sunlight of the desert. Occasional performances, lunchtime concerts and exhibits are presented here.

Situated in downtown Mesa, the arts center is 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Phoenix, south of the Salt River, which is a 40-minute drive. It is open every day. There is no evening program, but your ticket includes a discount at many surrounding restaurants as part of the Eats + Arts initiative.

Top Hotels Close to Mesa Arts Center

The Azure Hotel
The Azure Hotel
2.5 out of 5
651 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ, 85203
The price is $135 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
$135
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Feb 1 - Feb 2
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Mesa. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,048 reviews)
"Great place to stay in Mesa."

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Delta Hotels by Marriott Phoenix Mesa
Delta Hotels by Marriott Phoenix Mesa
3.5 out of 5
200 N Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ, 85201
The price is $195 per night from Feb 13 to Feb 14
$195
per night
Feb 13 - Feb 14
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4.3/5 Excellent! (1,013 reviews)
"Location. And the staff are very friendly."

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La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Phoenix Mesa West
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Phoenix Mesa West
2.5 out of 5
902 W Grove Ave, Mesa, AZ, 85210
The price is $161 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
$161
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Feb 7 - Feb 8
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Mesa. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,039 reviews)
"had problems on three occasions with the door keys"

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2023

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2 out of 5
1554 West Main Street, Mesa, AZ, 85201
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Extend -a -Suites Mesa
Extend -a -Suites Mesa
2 out of 5
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Hyatt Place Phoenix/Mesa
Hyatt Place Phoenix/Mesa
3 out of 5
1422 W Bass Pro Drive, Mesa, AZ, 85201
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Woodspring Suites Mesa Chandler
2.5 out of 5
404 E Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ, 85204
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Days Hotel by Wyndham Mesa Near Phoenix
Days Hotel by Wyndham Mesa Near Phoenix
2.5 out of 5
333 W Juanita Ave, Mesa, AZ, 85210
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Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West
Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West
3.5 out of 5
860 N Riverview, Mesa, AZ, 85201
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