Mark your calendar for Season Kickoff Festival - We Create the Future on Fri, Sep 8! This free all-ages event features live music, tasty food, interactive activities and more!


See the map!


Live music schedule:


Wells Fargo Stage

One Way Sky (6 - 6:45 PM)

Therosia Reynolds (7 - 7:15 PM)

Happy Universe (7:30 – 8:00 PM) 

Calumet (9 - 10:00 PM)

South Lawn

DJ Soul Deluxe (6 - 10 PM)


North Patio by Alliance Stage
This Just-In the DJ (6 - 10 PM)

Joanie Flatt Terrace

Ballet Folklórico Quetzalli (6:30 PM)

Desert Sounds (6:45 PM)

East Valley Children’s Theater (7:00 PM)

“Understanding Otherness” By Grey Box Collective (8:00 PM) 

CaZo Dance (9:00 PM)


So many activities, it'll be hard to decide which to do first!

- “Conversation Station” installation by Erin Sotak

- Projection and sign-spinning installation by Gregory Sale and ArtistsWhoVote

- Live digital video mixing by Kevin Hackett

- Puppet-making activity with Dain Quentin Gore

- Live painting demos by Angleo Cortez, Richelle Key, Yukue, Shauntai Thomas, a collaboration with Cahokia Artspace

- Selfie photo ops by Matt Smith, Therosia Reynolds and Jason Begay

- “Understanding Otherness” dance performance by Grey Box Collective

- Spoken word and visual art by Therosia Reynolds

Augmented Reality Project by Escape Station with Mesa Community College students Matthew Matusak, Janelle Mori, Kaylynn O’Neal, and Solé Sims

MABEL envisioning the future Mesa and the future you

- Live drawing of reptiles from the Phoenix Herpetological Society

- Meet critters from the Phoenix Zoo and make animal engagement items for their night houses

- Add your own color to the glow-in-the-dark tape mural and help paint a car with i.d.e.a. Museum

- Stroll through our art studios as they come to life with live demonstrations, and a printmaking activity with Eli McGlothern.

- Melissa Martinez’s “In the Clouds” installation makes its return

- Short story dispenser from Mesa Public Library

- Glow zone play area for kids with light up cubes

- Chill Out Zone to stay cool and watch videos



Enjoy delicious food from our vendors MR. Munchies, AZ Amigos Aguas Frescas, Chimucurri Argentine Grill, Pacific Rim and Sushi and Hot Sauce & Pepper.

Please view the Season Kickoff Map to find locations



A New Leaf

A New Leaf – Sexual Abuse Advocates

Symphony Of The Southwest

Mesa Encore Theater

One Community

Ballet Etudes






Bob’s Red Mill



Raising Canes

Phoenix Symphony

Wasted Ink Zines

Foster Review Board

Athena Project

ASU School for Innovation in Society




Center for Artistic Activism



ASU School for Innovation in Society (previously in H3)

Together Mesa

Mesa Public Library

Mesa Parks and Rec


H6 Creative Community:

Mesa Historical Museum

Cultural Coalition, Inc.

Desert Sounds

Mesa Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Arizona Museum of Natural History

Metropolitan Youth Symphony

Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ

Asian Festival

Mesa Art League

Salt River Brass

The Millet House Gallery and Community Space

CaZo Dance

Southwest Shakespeare Company

East Valley Children’s Theater