Memorial Day in Scottsdale

Memorial Day in Scottsdale, Arizona

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Scottsdale and its surrounding cities of Phoenix and Tempe get hot in the summer, but there are still plenty of things to do on Memorial Day weekend. What you choose will depend on what you’re in the mood for and whether or not children are included. Here’s a cheat sheet on the best things to do in the area.

Pool Parties for Adults

Scottsdale tends to be the gathering place for those over 21 years of age. The trendy Hotel Adeline has DJs on the weekend and private cabanas for rent, along with a full bar beside the pool.

The Talking Stick Resort also hosts annual wild pool parties in the summer called Release.  Acts rotate through weekends, with a special event on Memorial Day weekend. Talking Stick Resort is also has a full casino and award-winning golf course.


Although there are tons of bars in Scottsdale, there are even more hosting Memorial Day events just a short drive away in Phoenix. The Valley Bar Rose Room downtown has an all-night happy hour the night before Memorial Day, so you can use that day as a recovery day. It also offers billiards and other games.

Maya Day & Nightclub in Old Town is also hosting an event on Memorial Day weekend. Known for its quality drinks and even better performances, Maya is the perfect stop for those from out of town looking to sample the Scottsdale life.

Water Parks

Families can head to the Arizona Grand Resort for a Legoland Discovery Center takeover at their Oasis Waterpark. Features master Lego-building classes, floating bricks,  dance parties, a variety of slides, a lazy river, and discounted rooms over the weekend, it is the destination for those with children.

Big Surf Waterpark is officially open during the week for the summer starting the week of Memorial Day. Splash in the Waikiki Wave Pool with 2.5 million gallons of water, where you can actually surf, raft, or boogie board. Also check out the high speed, curvy water slides, and separate area for smaller kids.


Since it’s a long weekend, why not head out on a short road/camping trip? Try heading to the mountains of northern Arizona for a couple of days. Coconino National Park in Flagstaff offers tons of off-roading trails and a number of camping sites. Plus, it tends to be about 20 degrees cooler than the Valley.


If you’re more the athletic type, support veterans with the first annual Memorial Day 1 mile, 5K and 10K in Phoenix. A portion of the registration fees will be donated to Operation Gratitude, an organization aimed to help out military veterans and first responder families. This is a  virtual race, meaning those who sign up get to choose their own course, either on a treadmill or a route of your choice. Simply report your time to the officials after your race is completed.

Scottsdale will be surrounded by Memorial Day weekend activities this year. Don’t let the heat keep you and the family from having fun. And If you’re looking for a new home in Scottsdale, contact us.