With year-round sunshine, amazing outdoor adventures, terrific bike trails, and brick-paved sidewalks lined with palm trees, it's no wonder Downtown Gilbert is such a popular destination. Once a hub for agriculture, Gilbert was known as the "hay capital of the world" until the late 1920s; today, it is one of the nation's fastest-growing cities, ranking as one of the country's best places to live. Located just 20 miles southeast of Phoenix, Gilbert is terrific for commuters. It is just outside of Chandler, Mesa, Tempe, and Scottsdale. The Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport is just east of Gilbert, as well.
Downtown Gilbert’s historic western-style buildings and modern restaurants ooze charm. Its Heritage District is at the heart of the action, and home to local eateries, antique and specialty shops, plus the Gilbert Farmers Market. This market has over 100 vendors every Saturday morning, providing residents with food truck food, locally-grown produce, and handmade accessories. The Gilbert Water Tower amphitheater hosts many community events throughout the year, such as the Downtown Concert Series and the Art Walk.
Restaurants and cafes in Downtown Gilbert are abundant. Joe’s Real BBQ is a favorite among the locals, as is The Farmhouse’s famous blackberry cobbler. Once a 1940s supermarket, Liberty Market is now an award-winning restaurant that uses locally-sourced ingredients in their dishes.
Downtown Gilbert is definitely a community with involvement. The Global Village Festival is a multicultural celebration where residents can enjoy forms of dance, music, crafts, and food from other cultures around the world. The Gilbert Days & Gilbert Days Parade is a three-day event full of family-friendly events. It’s is held every November, and features a parade, half marathon, and rodeo.