Memorial Day 2021 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

Summer's hot temperatures mean parties are going down at some of Scottsdale’s best pools! Book your tickets, day passes or cabanas to enjoy a day of DJs, cocktails and dancing. Check out the season's best poolside celebrations at Hotel Valley Ho, W Scottsdale and The Saguaro Scottsdale.


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

Farmers Market_2

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 1 p.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!


Check Out Scottsdale’s Public Parks

LOVE Sculpture Family

Snap a family selfie at the LOVE sculpture on Scottsdale Civic Center Park, 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!