Memorial Day 2022 in Scottsdale

By local contributor
Jenna McKone

There's no better way to kick off summer than by spending Memorial Day weekend in Scottsdale! From pool parties and desert adventures to breathtaking sunrise hikes, there's plenty of fun to be had this holiday weekend!


Head to a Pool Party

Valley Ho Pool Couple

Check out OH Pool at Hotel Valley Ho, the legendary Wet Deck at W Scottsdale, and The Saguaro Scottsdale both of which offer DJ-spun tunes and a see-and-be-seen atmosphere. If a live concert is your style, Talking Stick Resort offers top-name entertainment at their spacious main pool.


Indulge in Some Retail Therapy

Scottsdale Quarter

Ready to splurge on some new summer fashions? Check out Scottsdale’s premier shopping centers, including Scottsdale Fashion Square, Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter, for the season's cutest on-trend designer goods. 


Stroll the Arizona Boardwalk

Odysea_Dad and Daugther

Explore the rivers and oceans of the world at OdySea Aquarium, visit with butterflies at Butterfly Wonderland or travel back to pre-historic times at Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs. It’s all in a day’s play at Arizona Boardwalk!


Take a Desert Tour with Stellar Adventures

Stellar Adventures

Have an itch for some adventure? Go off-road and explore the Sonoran Desert! Book a morning tour with Stellar Adventures to beat the heat and discover our natural environment in a fun and unique way.!


Browse the Old Town Farmers Market

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Stop by the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market for fresh produce, free-range beef locally made sauces and salsas, and other fixings for your family’s holiday celebration. The market is open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Starting in June, the market hours will be 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.


Hike in Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve 

Family Hiking

From easy walks to challenging summit climbs, Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve has just the hike you’re looking for to burn off those extra Memorial Day barbecue calories. Trails are open from sunrise to sunset daily, though we strongly recommend hiking as early as possible to avoid hot midday temperatures. Access to all trails in the Preserve is free! Know before you go, check out our summer hiking safety guide.


Check Out Scottsdale’s Public Parks

Train at McCormick Stillman

Ride the train and carousel at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, or enjoy a thigh-burning hike and stunning scenic views at Pinnacle Peak Park. Scottsdale’s public parks are ready and waiting for you to explore!


For even more Memorial Day festivities, check out our online event calendar