Since 1928 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been producing the annual Arizona Easter Pageant, proclaimed as the world’s largest annual outdoor Easter pageant. With a cast of about 450 people, and about as many production staff, "Jesus the Christ" presents Christ’s life, ministry, and mission through music, dance, and drama.
The Arizona Easter Pageant in Mesa takes place on a large stage that is approximately four-stories high.
There are both English and Spanish performances, each lasting 65 minutes. Nearly 500 people of all ages participate as cast members. It is estimated that about 150,000 people will attend the various performances of "Jesus the Christ." All religions, ages and cultures are welcome.
When Is the Arizona Easter Pageant?
Wednesday, April 5, 2017: English performance
Thursday, April 6, 2017: English performance
Friday, April 7, 2017: English performance
Saturday, April 8, 2017: Spanish performance
Tuesday, April 11, 2017: English performance
Wednesday, April 12, 2017: English performance
Thursday, April 13, 2017: English performance
Friday, April 14, 2017: English performance
Saturday, April 15, 2017: English performance
All performances listed above begin promptly at 8 p.m. and last just over an hour. ASL interpreters will be available for the first four performances.
Where Is the Mesa Arizona Easter Pageant?
"Jesus the Christ" is performed on the west side of the north lawn of the Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors’ Center in Mesa, Arizona.
How Do I Get Tickets and How Much Are They?
There are no tickets, and donations are not solicited or accepted. The performances are free for everyone.
What Else Should I Know?
Parking is free and is available on surrounding streets.
Metal chairs and bleacher seating is strictly first-come, first-served; no seats may be reserved. Audience members may bring blankets and lawn chairs to sit on any available grass space. During the first week of performances, people arrive about an hour early. During the last week, the audience gets progressively larger, and people arrive about two hours early. People may bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. No refreshments are sold on the property. Evenings can become very chilly, so dress accordingly. No flash photography or video recording is permitted during the performances.
Guests are invited to tour the Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors' Center before or after the Easter Pageant.
Seat reservation cards will be available on a limited basis for those who wish to enter the Visitors Center before the Pageant begins. Those who use this privilege should return to their seats no later than 7:30 p.m. Reserved seating for American Sign Language translation will be available during the first three performances. Reserved seating for those needing wheelchair access will be available every evening.
For more information, contact the Mesa Arizona Temple at 480-964-7164 or visit Arizona Easter Pageant online.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.