Whether you want to spend your holiday weekend under the sun or the stars, in the A/C or the heat, wet in the pool or dry in your seat, there is something fun to do this Memorial Day weekend in Greater Phoenix.
Through Monday May 27
Arizona Spring Restaurant Week
The holiday weekend is your last chance to indulge your inner foodie without breaking the bank at one of over 100 Greater Phoenix restaurants participating in the Spring Arizona Restaurant Week. Whether you’re looking to try a longtime Valley favorite or a buzzed-about upstart, this is the time to do it when participating restaurants offer a $30 or $40 three-course prix-fixe menu. The most popular joints fill up fast, so make your reservations now.
Thursday May 23 — Sunday May 26
Let your geek flag fly at downtown’s Phoenix Convention Center at Phoenix Comicon, the premiere pop culture experience of the Southwest. Fans of comics, anime, gaming, TV and film and more will get the chance to meet their favorite authors, writers, artists and actors, including cast members of AMC’s The Walking Dead and Star Trek.
Book a room downtown so you don’t miss a minute of the weekend’s festivities. Some hotels are already sold out, so act fast.
Phoenix Convention Center: 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, 85004
Friday May 24 — Sunday May 26
Phoenix Caribbean Festival
A taste of the island life comes to the desert at the Phoenix Caribbean Festival. Downtown’s Wesley Bolin Plaza will be the scene for daytime festivities including live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, a kids zone and a kiddies carnival parade on Saturday. Themed parties take place each night of the festival at different spots around the Valley.
Wesley Bolin Plaza: 17th Ave and Adams St, Phoenix, 85007
Friday May 24 — Monday May 27
Diamondbacks weekend series vs. Padres and Memorial Day doubleheader vs. Rangers
In the words of Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, “It’s a great day for a ball game; let’s play two!” After a weekend series against division foe San Diego“”with a fireworks show after Friday night’s game””D-Backs fans can double their delight with a Memorial Day doubleheader against the Texas Rangers.
Enjoy the day in air-conditioned Chase Field by buying tickets for both games and receive up to $40 in D-Backs Bucks to be used on concessions and merchandise at the park. A D-Backs street festival featuring food trucks, music, tailgate games and more will take place just outside the ballpark between games.
Chase Field: 401 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, 85004
Saturday May 25 — Sunday May 26
Memorial Day Weekend BBQ & Fireworks Show at Wet ‘n’ Wild water park
There’s more to do this weekend at Glendale’s Wet ‘n’ Wild water park than just relaxing on an inner tube in their Cactus Cooler or holding on for dear life on their Maximum Velocity slides. The park will host a fireworks show Friday and Saturday night””free with admission””and will also host an all-you-can-eat BBQ from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. each night. BBQ meal tickets are just $9.99 plus tax for all Gold Season Pass and Season Pass holders; $9.99 plus tax for ages 3-11; and $11.99 ages 12 and up.
You can also save money and help a good cause this weekend as Wet ‘n’ Wild will be offering $17 off same-day general admission to any guests who donate a three-pack of men’s boxer shorts to their Shorts for Soldiers Donation Drive.
Wet ‘n’ Wild water park: 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale, 85310
General admission: Adults $39, Children $30
Saturday May 25
Night Golf at Palo Verde golf course
Trade your Titleist for a glow ball and hit the links under the stars this Saturday with Night Flight golf at Phoenix’s Palo Verde golf course. The four-person scramble event costs $100 per foursome with each player receiving a goodie bag and the chance to win fun prizes. Put your walking shoes on, though””no golf carts allowed in the dark.
Palo Verde Golf Course: 6215 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, 85015
Saturday May 25 — Monday May 27
Peach Festival at Schnepf Farms
Kick off summer with a free festival celebrating one of the season’s quintessential fruits. The second weekend of the Peach Festival at Schnepf Farms features all things peachy with fruit and candy made from the juicy fruit, peach pit spit and pie eating contests, a peachy pancake breakfast served each day from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., hay rides, peach picking and more.
Schnepf Farms: 24810 E Rittenhouse Rd, Queen Creek, 85142
Monday May 27
Memorial Day Observance
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 the 30th annual Memorial Day Observance.
This year’s keynote speaker is Marshall Shore, Phoenix’s HIPstorian, and other participants include the Buffalo Soldiers of the Arizona Territory, the Knights Templar, and members of Civil War re-enactment organizations.
The program begins promptly at 9 a.m. with seating in the gazebo area adjacent to Smurthwaite House at 1317 W. Jefferson in Phoenix.