Whether planning a family vacation, a road trip with friends, or a romantic getaway for two, you'll find that Chandler Arizona is home to an amazing variety of attractions.
Arts & Culture
Ready to experience Chandler's art and culture scene? From performing arts to local artists and artisans, Chandler has a wealth of venues from which to choose.
The Chandler Center for the Arts is a world-class arts performing arts venue. It hosts acts ranging from country and classical, drama and comedy, dance, spoken-word, and even circus events in the 1,500-seat theater.
The unique design of the facility, featuring a "turntable divisible" auditorium system, allows two sections of seating in the rear of the main auditorium to rotate 180 degrees to face two more intimate stages. Walls move with the seating areas to prevent sound interference so that three events can run simultaneously. In fact, the superb acoustic design makes the Chandler Center for the Arts an ideal venue for showcasing regional and national acts.
Located on-site are:
- Three theaters
- 2,000-square-foot exhibition gallery
- Wheelchair accessible seating
Chandler art galleries are as varied as its residents. The galleries showcase art from regional and national artists. FamousLocated in the Chandler Center of the Arts' main gallery is 2,000 square feet of exhibition space, which showcases art in a variety of media. Recent shows have celebrated portraiture, abstract, textile, and ceramic arts.
Rotating art shows are coordinated by the Chandler Art Commission's Vision Gallery. There's also an Art-O-Mat machine located in the gallery. This "arts vending machine" makes art accessible and fun for all!
Arizona artists are showcased in the Vision Gallery in Downtown Chandler. A non-profit art gallery managed by the Chandler Cultural Foundation, Vision Gallery represents more than 300 regional artists. Discover a varied palette of original artworks from oil and acrylic canvasses, to ceramic works, sculpture, jewelry and more.
Vision Gallery is also home to an Art-O-Mat, one of two in Chandler. The Art-O-Mats are vending machines from which you can purchase miniature pieces of art - from jewelry to photos or paintings. A unique grab bag concept that's fun and whimsical!
A portion of all of the gallery's art sales funds the VISION KIDZ Program, a series of art education workshops offered to the community free of charge.
Xico is an arts organization created in 1975 by a group of local Chicano and Native American artists. It began as a way to express these artists' vision of promoting indigenous arts and culture through community-based arts programs.
The organization displays the art of indigenous peoples and also helps educated the public about their artwork. Xico provides workshops and classes. It is also heavily involved in the Dia de los Muertos/Celebration of Life Festival. The oldest celebration in the area, Dia de los Muertos is the ancient Mexican holiday that commemorates the lives of loved-ones who have passed away.
What began as an appreciation for art and a passion for history by Chandler icon and legendary business owner, Eddie Basha, this gallery has evolved to one of the region's most significant collection of contemporary western American and Native American art. The gallery has an estimated value of $16 million dollars and features over 3,000 pieces showcasing a variety of mediums including bronze sculptures, oils, pastels, watercolors, and charcoal drawings.
The gallery located in the Basha's corporate headquarters in South Chandler. Basha's has been a local grocery store chain since 1932.
If you're a curious person, you probably like museums. They can spark a thought in you, and you just might learn something you didn't know. Chandler has a variety of museums that explore the history and heritage of the area.
- Arizona Railway Museum - Located at the museum are old rail cars used in bygone eras. The museum acquires, preserves, and displays rail cars used during train travel's heydays. Among the displays are a Santa Fe caboose, an Alaska RR dining car, and Southern Railway Business Car. Every year, the Arizona Railway Museum participates in National Train Day. This year, the event takes place on May 11, 2013.
- Chandler Museum - To get the full story on how Chandler became a town, visit the Chandler Museum. It tells the story of town founder, Dr. A. J. Chandler, a visionary veterinarian who set his sights on developing the desert environment into a picturesque town following the "City Beautiful" movement popular in the early 1900s.
- Tumbleweed Ranch - Visitors can see a sample of Chandler's agricultural past at Tumbleweed Ranch Park. A bungalow sits within the park. This is the McCroskey House. It represents one of the many homes that early Chandler farmers built here.
Huhugam Heritage Center on the Gila River Museum - a tribal facility for the preservation and display of important cultural artifacts and art, the Huhugam Heritage Center is a climate-controlled repository for prehistoric and historic artifacts, cultural materials and vital records. The museum displays these materials to the public, and is a space to exhibit traveling art and history shows.
Want someone else to do the driving and navigating? Sit back and relax! Consider a guided tour. You'll find a wealth of information from knowledgeable local guides for tours to the Grand Canyon, Sedona, the East Valley, and Metropolitan Phoenix.
Bourbon Street comes to Downtown Chandler with this jazz-filled weekend highlighting local and national bands. You can enjoy great Jazz in a variety of outdoor and indoor venues. All performances are free.
While you enjoy many of the Chandler Jazz Festival's free performances you can also visit the galleries, restaurants and shops that make Downtown Chandler a great place to visit. If you're going to the outdoor performances, don't forget a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy Chandler's sunny weather.
Downtown Chandler Art Walk
Join us in Downtown Chandler every 3rd Friday of the month for our Art Walk. Chandler's intimate downtown is the perfect location to sample local artistic styles. The park-like design of Chandler's downtown area lets you relax and enjoy the arts with a stroll along the trellis lined walkways. Visit with artists and gallery owners and combine your art walk with a night of dining in Chandler's award winning restaurants to experience all Downtown Chandler has to offer. The Art Walk is moved indoors each summer for the months of June and July. So, come on out and enjoy our beautiful and vibrant downtown atmosphere. Visit the Art Walk's page on the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership.
2250 S. McQueen Rd.
Venue: Tumbleweed Park
Times: Friday, Mar 13th (2 pm- Midnight) Saturday, March 14th (10 am - Midnight) Sunday March 15th (10 am- 11 pm)
The popular Ostrich Festival is part of Chandler's recent history, but it is based on Chandler's colorful early history of ostrich ranching, which included raising these unusual creatures for their stylish and expensive plumes.
Today, the festivities are held each March at Chandler's Tumbleweed Park and the festival has become one of the premier festivals in the southwest, with hundreds of thousands of people attending the three-day celebration each spring. The Ostrich Festival is a community family event featuring live ostrich races and ostrich-themed activities, national and regional entertainment, carnival midway, scrumptious food, upscale arts & crafts, and much more.
Chandler Science Spectacular
Chandler dedicates 3 days to the exploration of invention with the Chandler Science Spectacular, which showcases Chandler's businesses, artists, students, and innovators. The event is part of the statewide Arizona SciTech Festival.
Great American BBQ & Beer Festival
Chandler's largest and best BBQ event features live entertainment, an all-ages Kid's Zone and Bike Show all within a traditional backyard BBQ atmosphere! www.ChandlerBBQ.com
Purebred Chihuahuas are the stars of this event. See the King and Queen Chihuahua crowned and watch the exciting, adorable racers compete for the fastest little dog in the West during Chandler's Cinco de Mayo event!
Car enthusiasts can enjoy some good old classic cars at this yearly event. The number of cars shown has tripled since the Chandler Classic Car & Hot Rod Show was founded over 10 years ago, and it has raised over $90,000 for local charities. Enjoy reminiscing about the automobile's good old days, and see some unique classic cars and hot rods!
Chandler's cultural diversity is celebrated through music, dance, art, storytelling, and more. You can taste each culture's food, learn about them through the event's sponsoring organization. Plus, see the arts & crafts that represent various cultures at Chandler's Multicultural Festival which takes place each year in January.
Downtown Block Party
The event features 2 live performance stages with prominent artists from Arizona's music scene and local performances from community artists, dancers and more. Downtown businesses open their doors, and featured vendors line the streets selling arts and crafts, food and drinks. Local vendors at the Downtown Block Party include Chandler favorites from the Farmer's Market and Art Walks.
Chuck Wagon Cook-Off
The Chuck Wagon Cook-Off is a unique culinary competition combines the tastes, smells, and sounds of the Old West. Teams work from authentic 1880-style chuck wagons to cook 5 courses: bread, beans, meat, potatoes, and dessert. Judges decide winners in each category, as well as best authentic wagon and best overall meal. There's also entertainment and activities highlighting history, cooking, and local food throughout the 2-day event.
Chandler Indian Art Market
Traditional and contemporary works of Native American art are showcased at this annual event. The artwork will include jewelry, ceramics, clothing, sculptures, Katsina/Kachina carvings, photography, paintings, native food and tribal arts & crafts. Live entertainment is also one of this event's mainstays.