There are lots of free and low costs things to do in Chandler, Arizona including free concerts, parks, and more. Here are ten of our favorites:
1. Chandler Public Libraries – There is a main library downtown and three branches. The libraries offer free computer access to the public as well as reading areas for current magazines and newspapers. In addition to books, you can also check out movies on DVD, books on CDs, and music on CDs. The libraries offer book discussion groups and other programming for children, teens, and adults. Currently there is a program running that allows you to check free passes for location attractions such as the Phoenix Zoo and Art Museum.
2. Chandler Center for the Arts– The Arts Center has a small gallery that puts on various art shows through out the year. The next show Is Merrill Mahaffey The Artist’s Perspective: 50 Years in the West and it runs from September 3 to October 30. The Center also offers some free concerts – tickets are available in advance for some of these. Upcoming concerts include Brad Richter on Friday August 27 at 7:30pm and the US Air Force Academy Band on Wednesday, COtober 13 at 7:00pm.
3. Chandler Parks – Chandler has a number of neighborhood and community parks. Did you know that the Paseo Vista Recreation Area has a great archery range as well as a playground, walking trail, and disc (Frisbee) golf range. Parks such as Desert Breeze have a small lake where fishing is allowed. See AZ Dept. of Game & Fish licensing requirements for fishing.
4. Chandler Environmental Education Center– The Center is located at Veterans Oasis Park. It offers programs for adults and children including Meet the Creature, Dragons and Butterflies, and Organic Gardening.
5. The Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery of Western American and Native American Art – The Gallery is located in Basha’s headquarters at 22402 S. Basha Road, Chandler, Arizona 85248. It is typically open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday and admission is free. However, they recommend that you verify it is open on the day you want to visit by calling 480-895-5230 and press option 2. It has a collection of over 3,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, wood-turned bowls, basketry, pottery, kachinas and jewelry.
6. Paseo Trail– This is a 6.5 mile trail that runs along the sides of the Consolidated Canal. One side is paved for pedestrian use (running and walking) and the other side is a dirt surface that can be used for horseback riding or biking.
7. Spray Pads & Pools – Several of the parks offer free fun spray for kids to cool off and play in during the summer. You need to check the Chandler Parks website to see when the spray pads will be running in the park you plan to visit. Chandler pools offer low admittance fees and some include water slides and toddler play areas.