Celebrate Mesa 2017 brings fall family fun to Red Mountain Soccer Complex
October 10, 2017
By Niki D’Andrea
Thousands of people regularly pack Red Mountain Soccer Complex for the annual Celebrate Mesa festivities, and organizers expect an equally large draw this year.
“Typically, we see about 10,000 people throughout the evening. We would expect the same [this year],” said Roger Singleton, recreation coordinator for Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities.
Hosted by the City of Mesa Parks and Recreation Department, Celebrate Mesa is a free, family-friendly event featuring live music, movies, food trucks, games and giveaways, bounce houses, carnival rides, a virtual reality zone and more. “Our attendees really enjoy the free activities we offer – inflatable rides and bounce houses, trick-or-treating at all our city department booths, stage entertainment and the outdoor movie,” Singleton said. “The vehicle displays brought out by our first responders are also a big hit. Families love taking their picture with the Mesa PD helicopter.”
The purpose of Celebrate Mesa, Singleton says, is to “offer a free family festival while showcasing the many city services offered and provided to the Mesa community.”
This year’s festivities kick off at Red Mountain Soccer Complex at 5:30 p.m., with music from popular local ‘80s cover band Rock Lobster. With a vast repertoire that includes hits like “Come on Eileen,” “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Jessie’s Girl,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Video Killed the Radio Star” and “Walking on Sunshine,” Rock Lobster has performed festivals all over the Valley for more than a decade, much to the delight of dancing festivalgoers.
“We are excited to have Rock Lobster at Celebrate Mesa,” Singleton said. “’80s music has experienced a resurgence over the last several years. The tunes bring back fond memories with many of the parents at the festival, while the kids can enjoy the family-friendly vibe.”
In addition to live music, kids can enjoy superhero sightings and a “dino encounter,” and the whole family can indulge in contests and giveaways, food trucks, and a virtual reality zone and carnival rides (wristbands for unlimited rides cost $5). There will be a showing of The Lego Batman Movie at 7:30 p.m.