Memorial Day in Scottsdale

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

Memorial Day Weekend is the official kick-off to summer, and although this year’s celebration might look different than the bustling pool parties and barbecues of years past, there’s still plenty of fun to be had in Scottsdale! Here are our picks for the best things to do this holiday weekend.


Grab BBQ To Go at Hotel Valley Ho

Hotel Valley Ho is offering both pre-cooked and take-and-make to-go meals featuring all your summer favorites like barbecue ribs and chicken, smoked brisket, potato salad and baked beans. Order by May 21, 2020, and be sure to add a Red, White & Blue Butter Cake or Turtle Brownie Pie for dessert.


Go Retro with a Drive-In Movie

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick are putting up the big screens for drive-in movies this holiday weekend! Check their websites at the links above for movies and showtimes, then grab some popcorn and settle in for the show – right in the comfort of your car!


Indulge in Some Retail Therapy

Ready to splurge on some new summer fashions or simply stock up on favorite items you haven’t been able to shop for recently? Scottsdale’s premier shopping centers, including Scottsdale Fashion Square, Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter, are welcoming you back with in-store shopping as well as curbside pick-up from select retailers. Check the individual websites for details.


Stroll the Arizona Boardwalk

Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, the Arizona Boardwalk is reopening on May 21, 2020! 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

Go off-road and explore the Sonoran Desert! Ask about Stellar Adventures’ special Memorial Day BBQ package and local discounts. Can’t explore this weekend? Stellar is currently offering 20% off gift cards for future adventures!


Browse the Old Town Farmers Market

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.


Take a Hike at Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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 and access is free.


Check Out Scottsdale’s Public Parks

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!