I Love Mesa Day Brings Free Family Fun to Downtown Mesa

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~ The annual I Love Mesa Day is set to return on Saturday, March 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Yard Off Main, a popular community gathering space located at Main and Macdonald. This free event, organized by the City of Mesa in partnership with the Downtown Mesa Association, promises a day of family-friendly outdoor activities for all to enjoy.

According to Mayor John Giles, Downtown Mesa is a rapidly evolving part of the city that boasts a mix of new and established businesses, as well as numerous award-winning destinations for arts and culture. He believes that I Love Mesa Day will be an excellent opportunity for people to explore or revisit this vibrant area.

The festivities will kick off early with free admission to two popular museums - the i.d.e.a. Museum and the Arizona Museum of Natural History - from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., respectively. The i.d.e.a. Museum will also host storytimes throughout the day and feature programming by the Great Arizona Puppet Theater, Violent Duncan, and Childsplay.

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Other activities planned for I Love Mesa Day include carnival rides, face painting and balloon twisting inside The Post at 26 N. Macdonald, a petting zoo, five stations of bubble fun, and various forms of entertainment such as stilt walkers and ball walkers. Attendees can also expect appearances from beloved characters like Tinker Bell, Jasmine, and other princesses roaming around the event.

Foodies will not be disappointed either as there will be food trucks on-site serving up delicious treats while live music performances by Rock Lobster and Jaelyn Kay add to the festive atmosphere.

In addition to all these exciting activities, I Love Mesa Day will also feature Read On Mesa's Literacy Lane - an initiative that celebrates literacy and community engagement. Attendees can participate in readings by special guests, explore a variety of free literacy programs and resources, and even sign up for a Mesa Library card.

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More than 20 downtown restaurants, bars, and unique stores will also be offering promotions and specials during I Love Mesa Day. Terry Madeksza, President and Executive Director of the Downtown Mesa Association, expressed excitement over the support shown by local businesses for this event. She believes that this partnership between the Downtown Mesa Association and the City of Mesa will make I Love Mesa Day an annual celebration that showcases the vibrant community in downtown Mesa.

The highly anticipated I Love Mesa Day first took place in September 2021 with the aim of promoting local businesses and introducing valley residents to the unique offerings in downtown Mesa. For a complete list of activities planned for this year's event, visit www.downtownmesa.com or www.mesaaz.gov.

I Love Mesa Day is made possible by the generous support of sponsors such as the City of Mesa; Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities; Downtown Mesa Association; AT&T; Renewal by Andersen; and Prensa Arizona. Don't miss out on this fun-filled day celebrating all things Mesa!

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