The Town of Gilbert is geographically well positioned to take advantage of the many cultural and recreational opportunities that abound in the greater Phoenix area.
Highlights of major activities include:
Theaters/Arts/Museums - There are more than 20 museums in the Phoenix metropolitan area, including
- Gilbert Historical Society - displaying local area history
- Hale Centre Theatre (located in downtown Gilbert)
- Heard Museum of Anthropology and Primitive Arts - internationally acclaimed with 75,000 artifacts of southwestern Indian culture
- Phoenix Art Museum - features extensive collections of paintings and sculpture from the 15th to 20th century
- Numerous ancient Indian ruins
- Chandler Center for the Arts
- Mesa Community Center
- Nelson Fine Arts Center at ASU
- Grady Gammage Auditorium at ASU
- Red River Opry
- Desert Botanical Garden
- Taliesin West, former summer home of Frank Lloyd Wright
- Copperstar Repertory Co.
- Higley Center for the Performing Arts
- Downtown Concert Series
- Fall Carnival
- Veterans Day Ceremony
- Gilbert Days 5k Run and 1 Mile Run
- Gilbert Days Parade and Festival
- Riparian After Dark
- MLK JR. Observance
- Gilbert Outdoors Expo
- KA-POW! Superhero Adventure Run
- Gilbert Global Village Festival
- Downtown Concert Series
Gilbert Community Services Department
The Gilbert Parks & Recreation Department is a blending of parks, recreation and riparian programs. The Parks & Recreation Department also manages the Southeast Regional Library at Greenfield and Guadalupe and the Perry Branch Library at Val Vista and Queen Creek which are operated by the Maricopa County Library District.
The Parks & Recreation Department offers many leisure-time activities year round. A quarterly brochure listing specific information on seasonal programs is distributed directly to all Gilbert residents. Facilities include two community centers, four municipal swimming pools, a recreation center, and 20 park locations, including three district parks and a dedicated skateboard park and dog park.
90 E Civic Center Dr
Phone: (480) 503-6200
Gilbert Boys and Girls Club
The facility is a 30,000 square-foot state of the art building and is the largest of its kind in Arizona.
44 North Oak Street
Phone: (480) 813-2020
Program Hours: 3 to 7 p.m. - after school (Monday - Friday)
Call for summer hours
Gilbert Community Centers
McQueen Park Activity Center
McQueen Park Activity Center is one of the most innovative and versatile facilities in the East Valley. The 15,000 square foot facility is an architecturally distinctive structure using modern design to accommodate multiple uses. The center has four classrooms, fourt multi-use activity rooms, a prep kitchen, a game area, restrooms, an outdoor terrace, front reception office and a spacious lobby with a large screen television. Some of the amenities include wood parquet flooring, full-length wall mirrors and dance bars in the multi-use activity rooms. McQueen also features outdoor amenities including two tot lots, two basketball courts, numerous ramadas, ball fields, two sand volleyball pits and a horse shoe pit. Sports equipment can be checked out free of charge from the Activity Center Monday through Saturday. This center is available by reservation seven days a week.
510 N. Horne St
(South of Guadalupe & east of McQueen, just south of Playa Del Ray Elementary School)
Phone: (480) 503-6294
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Closed on Sundays and all Town holidays
Gilbert Community Center
This center has a dance studio, computer room open to the public, fitness center, three classrooms, two multi-purpose rooms and a full commercial kitchen. This center is available by reservation seven days a week. Gilbert Community Center offers the Leisure Learning Class Program which features preschool, youth and adult classes. The center is also home to the Gilbert Senior Center with over 600 active members with an average daily attendance of 100 participants.
130 N. Oak Street
(2 blocks north of Elliot and 2 blocks west of Gilbert Rd.)
Phone: (480) 503-6290
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. | Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Closed Saturdays and Sundays.
Gilbert Senior Center
Gilbert Senior Center has over 600 active members with an average daily attendance of 100 participants. A wide range of activities are offered including arts and crafts, exercise, cards, bingo, creative writing, parties, movies, trips and social dancing.
Phone: (480) 892-9898 or (480) 503-6060
Freestone Recreation Center
This state-of-the-art 50,000 square foot family recreation center opened in November 2002. Amenities include a climbing wall, fitness/weightlifting rooms, steam rooms, aerobic rooms, full locker facilities, childcare and an assembly room. The recreation center offers a variety of classes and programs for preschool, youth, adults and seniors.
1141 East Guadalupe Rd
Phone: (480) 503-6202
A division of the Town Manager's Office, Neighborhood Services is a resource for neighborhoods acting as a bridge between citizens and their government. Gilbert forms partnerships among its neighborhoods to provide resources to its residents.
50 E Civic Center Dr
Phone: (480) 503-6760
Gilbert Community Action Program (CAP)
CAP promotes and fosters individual/community self-reliance by meeting the social and economic needs of low income and elderly households in Gilbert and Higley. CAP provides a variety of services including energy assistance, food boxes, financial assistance, counseling and referral to other community services including job training and employment assistance.
1140 North Gilbert Road #109
Phone : (480) 892-5331
Gilbert Fine Arts Association
The Gilbert Fine Arts Association has been "bringing the arts to life in Gilbert since 1972" and has been the official Town of Gilbert Arts Organization since 1988. GFAA has 150 community volunteers and is a non-profit organization, with all of the proceeds going into its fine arts program. Ongoing programs include the Vocal Concert Series, International Folk Dancing, the Community Visual Art Show as well as the GFAA & Chamber of Commerce Town Celebrity Waiter Dinner Theater. GFAA also offers year-round Educational and Performing Youth Programs that include the Theatrical Academy for Youth (TAFY), Summer youth classes in acting, stage craft, videography, photography, Children's Performing Choir and a youth cash scholarship program with awards in visual arts, dance, drama, piano, voice, strings and band.
207 North Gilbert Road, Suite 210-P
Phone: (480) 558-2028
Box Office: (480) 558-2070