Pool parties, good eats, festivals and more: They’re all part of the activities for Memorial Day weekend in Phoenix.
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.
Talking Stick Resort’s Release pool party series features EDM artists Kaskade on May 26 and RL Grime, graves & DEVAULT on May 27.
Cave Creek Balloon Festival
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.
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.
Memorial Day Observance at Pioneer and Military Memorial Park
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.
Avondale Memorial Day Service
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.
Mermaid Magic at Odysea Aquarium
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.
Arizona Caribbean Carnival
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.
Memorial Day Rally: Flags for Our Fallen
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.
Butterfly Wonderland's Birthday Celebration
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.
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.
Summer Kick-Off at Lustre Rooftop Bar
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.