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Mesa Arts Center

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 theater to 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. 


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Ramada by Wyndham Mesa Downtown

250 W Main St, Mesa, AZ
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Arizona Museum for Youth, Arizona Museum of Natural History, and Mesa Arts Center. Mesa Convention Center and Mesa Mormon Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km). Country Club / Main Street Station is only a 2-minute walk and Center Street / Main Street Station is 9 minutes.

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    Delta Hotels by Marriott Phoenix Mesa

    Delta Hotels by Marriott Phoenix Mesa

    200 N Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Mesa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mesa Convention Center and Mesa Arts Center. Mesa Amphitheatre and Arizona Museum of Natural History are also within 10 minutes. Center Street / Main Street Station is 8 minutes by foot and Mesa Drive / Main Street Station is 13 minutes.

      Tudor Revival in the Heart of Downtown Mesa/walk, Light Rail to Most Areas
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      Tudor Revival in the Heart of Downtown Mesa/walk, Light Rail to Most Areas

      Mesa, AZ
         
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        3BR Remodeled Home in Mesa Near Lightrail Car!

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        Mesa, AZ
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Mesa, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arizona Museum of Natural History, Mesa Arts Center, and Mesa Convention Center. Mesa Mormon Temple and Mesa Amphitheatre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Country Club / Main Street Station is 7 minutes by foot and Center Street / Main Street Station is 10 minutes.

          Charming Historic Bungalow in the Heart of Downtown Mesa
          Charming Historic Bungalow in the Heart of Downtown Mesa

          Charming Historic Bungalow in the Heart of Downtown Mesa

          Mesa, AZ
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in West Second Street Historic District, this historic vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Mesa Convention Center and Mesa Arts Center. Mesa Riverview is 3 mi (4.9 km) away. Country Club / Main Street Station is 10 minutes by foot and Center Street / Main Street Station is 12 minutes.

            Baymont by Wyndham Mesa Near Downtown $55
            Baymont by Wyndham Mesa Near Downtown

            Baymont by Wyndham Mesa Near Downtown

            651 E Main St, Mesa, AZ
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Sunshine Inn
              Sunshine Inn

              Sunshine Inn

              22 South Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Knights Inn Mesa $42
                Knights Inn Mesa

                Knights Inn Mesa

                630 W Main St, Mesa, AZ
                   
                  1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the airport, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arizona Museum of Natural History, Mesa Arts Center, and Mesa Convention Center. Mesa Riverview and Mesa Community College are also within 3 mi (5 km). Country Club / Main Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Alma School / Main Street Station is 12 minutes.