Water parks, fireworks, 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:
Arizona Restaurant Week
(Through Monday, May 26)
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 Phoenix 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.
See a list of participating restaurants at ArizonaRestaurantWeek.com.
Phoenix Caribbean Carnival
A taste of the island life comes to the desert at the Phoenix Caribbean Carnival. Downtown 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 town. See VisitPhoenix.com/events for details.
Fireworks at Wet ‘n’ Wild
After a day of chilling on the lazy river and flying down dozens of slides at Wet ‘n’ Wild, stick around for a fireworks display. The sky will light up above the water park, both Friday and Saturday nights. Wet ‘n’ Wild is at 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
LUSTRE Rooftop Garden Memorial Day Weekend Party
Spend Memorial Day weekend poolside at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden at the Hotel Palomar Phoenix, one of our favorite rooftop pools in Phoenix. There will be DJs, games such as corn hole and table tennis, a photo booth, pitchers of specialty cocktails, and plenty of fun in the sun. Special DJ performances will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Cruising for Brews Canal Ride
Hop on your two-wheel ride and pedal your way to Arcadia Tavern for the first stop on beer-swilling bike tour. Your $25 ticket gets you a brew and lunch at Arcadia Tavern before pedaling your way along the canal to Culinary Dropout, Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers, and O.H.S.O. Nanobrewery — and a cold brew at each stop. First stop is at 3 p.m. at Arcadia Tavern: 4801 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.
Diamondbacks v. Padres on Monday night
The D-backs will be in New York over the weekend, but will return to Chase Field for a Memorial Day game. The first 15,000 fans will receive a D-backs camo replica jersery for military appreciation night.
Free museum admission
(starts May 26)
The Blue Star Museums initiative returns for 2014, offering active-duty military personnel and their families the opportunity to explore select museums for free over the summer. The renowned Heard Museum and Superstition Mountain Museum are just two of the many facilities that will offer complimentary admission Memorial Day to Labor Day. Check BlueStarFam.org/Programs/Blue_Star_Museums for a complete list of participating facilities.
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 their annual 9 a.m. Memorial Day Observance.
Various groups will be participating in period dress with gun and cannon salutes. This year’s guest speaker will be the State Historic Preservation Office’s National Register Coordinator.
Pioneer & Military Park is at 1317 W. Jefferson St, Phoenix.
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