Pool parties, good eats, festivals and more: They’re all part of the activities for Memorial Day weekend in Phoenix.


Spring Arizona Restaurant Week

May 18-27

The holiday weekend is your last chance to indulge your inner foodie without breaking the bank at one of over 100 Phoenix-area restaurants. Whether you’re looking to try a longtime Phoenix favorite or a buzzed-about newcomer, this is the time to do it when participating restaurants offer a $33 or $44 three-course prix-fixe menu. Tables fill up fast, so make your reservations now.

See a list of participating restaurants here.

Multiple locations 


Pool Parties

Talking Stick Resort’s Release pool party series features EDM artists Kaskade on May 26 and RL Grime, graves & DEVAULT on May 27.

Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85256


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Cave Creek Balloon Festival

May 26

See the desert sky light up with the glow of hot air balloons at this Saturday night event. Live music, food and drinks, kids’ activities and more are part of the fun.

Rancho Manana Golf Course, 5734 E Rancho Manana Blvd, Cave Creek 85331


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Phoenix Comic Fest

May 24-27

Phoenix Comic Fest is the signature pop culture experience of the Southwest. Fans can meet with their favorite creators, actors, authors and get their autograph or a photo opp, and enjoy events and programming for the whole family. 

Phoenix Convention Center, 100 North 3rd Street, Phoenix


Memorial Day Observance at Pioneer and Military Memorial Park

May 28

Join the Pioneer's Cemetery Association in honoring Arizona's fallen heroes. Several fraternal organizations and local reenactor groups in historic dress will also participate in the day's ceremonies.

Pioneer & Military Memorial Park 1313 W Jefferson St Phoenix, AZ

Avondale Memorial Day Service

May 28

This event honors the men and women that have served our country with a candlelight vigil, special military presentation, guest speakers and music honoring those who have served. 

Avondale City Hall Amphitheater, 11465 West Civic Center Dr., Avondale


Mermaid Magic at Odysea Aquarium 

May 26-28

Catch mythical mermaids swimming with sharks and rays and showing off their tricks in a one-of-a-kind performance at Odysea Aquarium. Check the schedule of events for activities such as breakfast with the mermaids, photo opportunities, hair braiding and face painting. 

OdySea Aquarium, 9500 E. Via de Ventura Scottsdale, AZ


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Arizona Caribbean Carnival

May 25-27

A taste of the island life comes to the desert at the Phoenix Caribbean Carnival. Themed parties take place each night of the festival at different spots around town. See the link above for a full list of events and locations.

Multiple locations 


Memorial Day Rally: Flags for Our Fallen

May 28

Riders USA will be parking their bikes along the many flags that will be lined on Cave Creek road. Join them to honor those who have fallen and pay thanks to their families as they enter the cemetery. A ceremony inside of the cemetery will follow.

N Cave Creek Rd & E Pinnacle Peak Rd Phoenix, AZ


Butterfly Wonderland's Birthday Celebration

May 26-28

Celebrate Butterfly Wonderland's 5th birthday with family fun all weekend long, featuring face painting, life-size reptile and butterfly characters, a caricature artist, live music and more. 

Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura Scottsdale, AZ


Pompeii: The Exhibition 

Through May 28

Memorial Day weekend is the last chance to see giant frescoes, sculptures, statues, jewelry and more from the ancient civilization of Pompeii. The 200 artifacts give visitors a picture of daily life in the busy port, military and trade center of the city both before and after the disastrous explosion of Mount Vesuvius. 

Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ


Summer Kick-Off at Lustre Rooftop Bar

May 25-28

Perched on the third-floor pool deck of Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix, LUSTRE is getting in the spirit with the “Summer Kick-off” party showcasing guest DJs, delicious craft cocktails, an outdoor barbecue and giant pool toys for party-goers.

2 E Jefferson St, Phoenix


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