Fireworks, pool parties, good eats, baseball and more: They’re all part of the activities for Memorial Day weekend in Phoenix.
Here’s our list of things to do in Phoenix for Memorial Day:
Updated for 2016
Through Sunday, May 29
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 upstart, this is the time to do it when participating restaurants offer a $33 or $44 three-course prix-fixe menu. The most popular joints fill up fast, so make your reservations now.
See a list of participating restaurants here.
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.
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.
Spend Memorial Day weekend poolside at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden, one of our favorite rooftop pools in Phoenix. There will DJs, games, Effen Vodka tasting and plenty of fun in the sun.
Special DJ performances will be from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight each night, and 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Monday.
Memorial Day Weekend at Maya Day + Nightclub features a pool party and DJ set by Rudimental, while the lineup at Talking Stick Resort’s Release pool party series features EDM artists Skrillex on May 28 and Robin Schulz on May 29.
Kick back this Memorial Day Weekend at the hip Hotel Valley Ho in Downtown Scottsdale. Book a room to enjoy live music and DJs all weekend at the OH Pool. Wake up to brunch at ZuZu on Saturday or Sunday, including the build-your-own Bloody Mary + Mimosa Bar. Indulge with a relaxing treatment at VH Spa, like a 90-minute Cool Breeze Mani + Pedi on special for $75.
6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale 85251
Join Queen Creek Olive Mill for annual Memorial Day Blues Bash with live music, an outdoor bar and grill, a food truck and flowing beer, wine, and sangria. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and relax this holiday by grooving and sipping away to great entertainment and fun.
25062 S. Meridian Road, Queen Creek 85254
Head out to the ballpark Memorial Day Weekend as the DBacks take on the Padres. There will be a fireworks show after Friday night’s game, a pool bag giveaway on Saturday.
Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix 85004
Gear up for a four-day weekend of deals during Arizona Mills’ Memorial Day Super Sale. Like most major holidays, Memorial Day brings a flood of retailer savings with stores clearing out the last of their winter items and offering deep discounts on spring merchandise to make room for new summer arrivals.
Phoenix Premium Outlets is celebrating Memorial Day with a four-day weekend of deals from retailers like BCBGMAXAZRIA, Cole Haan, Movado Company Store, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Sunglass Hut, and more. Get additional savings on outlet prices of 25% to 65% off.
The Pioneers’ Cemetery Association and the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department invite the public to join them in honoring the veterans buried in the Pioneer & Military Memorial Park at their annual Memorial Day Observance.
There will be representatives of many of the historic organizations in the Valley, tours of the 1897 Smurthwaite House, self-guided tours of the cemeteries, and light refreshments.
Pioneer & Military Park, 1317 W. Jefferson St, Phoenix 85007
Flags will line Cave Creek Road as a way of saying thanks to fallen soldiers. Members of Riders USA will be on hand to salute the relatives of those buried in Phoenix National Memorial Cemetery before the Memorial Day ceremony, which starts at 8 a.m.
Avondale is offering a service that will include speeches, music, special tributes and a candlelight vigil.