The City of Mesa and Downtown Mesa Association are partnering in I Love Mesa Day to support City businesses as they navigate the challenges of COVID-19. The daylong celebration on Saturday, Sept. 25 will feature a variety of free, family-friendly and primarily outdoor events throughout Downtown Mesa from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
I Love Mesa Day consists of three parts: Downtown Mesa Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. along the Center Street side of the Mesa Arts Center; Main Street and downtown activations from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and a concert series at Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St., at 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
"I Love Mesa Day allows our community to return to downtown and celebrate the small local businesses that are so critical to Mesa's economy, with live music, family activations and specialty promotions," said Nancy Hormann, Downtown Mesa Association President and Executive Director.
The concert series will begin with Michael Franti Trio at 4:30 p.m. followed by American rock band Young the Giant at 8:30 p.m. Mesa's own Quetzal Guerrero will kickstart the concerts at the Mesa Amphitheatre. A portion of the free tickets will be given to essential workers as appreciation for their service. Ticket registration for the free concert will be on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10 a.m. on Sept. 1 for essential workers and on Sept. 2 for the general public. Visit www.mesaamp.com for free ticket registration and concert details.
Activities in downtown Mesa include:
Special promotions at Downtown Mesa businesses
Route Guides featuring five different tours involving art, shopping, kids/family, food and beer
Musicians, artists and other entertainment along Main Street
Free admission to Arizona Museum of Natural History, i.d.e.a. Museum and Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum
"The cast and crew at the Neighborhood Comedy Theatre are super psyched for I Love Mesa Day. Downtown Mesa is a vibrant and welcoming community of creativity, fun and endless opportunities to make memories," said Dorian Lenz, National Comedy Theater Director. "This is an outstanding neighborhood and the Neighborhood Comedy Theatre is pleased as punch to be a part of it!"
Activities at I Love Mesa Day will be primarily outdoors. The City of Mesa is actively monitoring the course of the pandemic in Arizona as we strive to balance public safety and the services we provide to residents, businesses and visitors.
Although masks are optional at City facilities, Mesa encourages visitors to continue to exercise precautions, including getting vaccinated, wearing masks if unvaccinated and staying at home when not feeling well. The date of the event is subject to change. For updates, visit www.downtownmesa.com, www.mesaamp.com and www.mesaaz.gov.
Contact: Kevin Christopher