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Labor Day Weekend in Scottsdale 2023

By local contributor
Adam Haught

This story will be updated in August 2023. 

Labor Day is, ironically, a day you typically don’t have to work. So why not spend it in Scottsdale where you can celebrate the American workforce and the traditional end of summer with sunny skies, wide-open spaces, plenty of relaxation, and of course delicious food and drinks!


Things To Do:

Verde Rail Raod

Detours American West

Check an item (or two!) off your bucket list this Labor Day with special pricing on Detours’ ever-popular Grand Canyon and Sedona Red Rock day tours. Both of these excursions depart from Scottsdale and promise stunning scenic vistas and plenty of Insta-worthy photo ops. Best of all, you’ll save 10% on these memorable tours over Labor Day weekend.


Desert Botanical Garden

Round up the kiddos, grab some flashlights and explore the mysteries of the Desert Botanical Garden after dark! The Saturday “Flashlight Nights” self-guided tour gives explorers of all ages the opportunity to see night-blooming plants and desert animals that only come out after dark! Stop by the nighttime farmers’ market after your tour and browse for artisanal crafts, jewelry and gourmet food items.


Events That Move

Enjoy an at-home Labor Day celebration without the hassle of setting everything up! Events That Move is offering 10% off their three-hour mobile event experience for up to 30 of your best friends and family. They’ll take care of all the details, from food to décor, so all you have to do is relax and enjoy!


Hash Kitchen 

Is it really a Labor Day weekend celebration without a Bloody Mary? Jumpstart your morning at their build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, featuring over 50 craft toppings. Then make all of your brunch dreams come true with Hash Kitchen’s signature creative, daytime dishes like its Banana Fosters Pancakes, Breakfast Sliders, Effin’ Huge English Muffin, and the fan-favorite, Hangover Short Rib Hash.


Public Art Walking Tour

Discover 10 of the city’s most popular public art installations on a self-guided walking tour of Old Town! You can complete the tour in about 60 minutes at a comfortable pace, but with all the shops, galleries and restaurants you’ll pass along the way, you might want to add in a little time for browsing and noshing. It’s a fun way to social distance, explore art and soak up some Scottsdale sunshine.


Scottsdale Wine & Ale Trails

Labor Day weekend just got a whole lot tastier with these self-guided tours in Old Town Scottsdale. The Scottsdale Wine and Ale Trail map feature tasting rooms from some of the state’s most acclaimed vineyards and craft breweries. Happy sipping!



What’s better than authentic Sonoran-style Mexican food? This Labor Day, receive $10 off the Fiesta Platter, which includes 40 Mexican Miniatures including mini chimis and taquitos, a half-pint of guacamole, a pint of Someburros’ signature hot sauce, and a large bag of crispy tortilla chips. It’s great for a backyard pool party as it serves 10-12 people!


Verde Canyon Railroad

Celebrate the American workforce on a special morning train ride! You’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Northern Arizona’s lush Verde Canyon while sipping coffee and enjoying decadent breakfast goodies. The train departs at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 4. Tickets sell out fast, so book yours online today!



Experience the spirit of the American West at this Old Town gem, a Smithsonian Affiliate museum. The museum has regularly rotating exhibitions from some of the world’s foremost collectors, which are showcased in a stunning, contemporary setting. This Labor Day weekend, enjoy 10% off applicable admission and at the museum store.


Places to Stay:

WTF at Hotel Adeline

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway for two or a weekend of family fun in the sun, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has you covered. Couples will appreciate fine dining at La Hacienda or Bourbon Steak, luxe spa treatments at Well & Being, and Sundown Saturdays, which include DJ entertainment and cocktail samplings for two. For families, dive-in movies, nighttime Laser Tag, Galactic Glo pool parties and Saturday-night fireworks keep the Labor Day fun flowing all weekend long.


Hotel Adeline

Poolside relaxation never looked so good! Book a private cabana at Hotel Adeline and “chill” with a personal cooler filled with energy drinks and premium bottled water. Liquid Sunshine, one of the hottest pool parties in town, takes place Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and features Adeline’s resident DJ spinning all the best tunes. Admission to Liquid Sunshine is free for hotel guests; non-guests must purchase day passes in advance.  


Hotel Valley Ho

Spend the long weekend in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale at this luxury hideaway. Indulge in over-the-top shakes, summer-perfect spa treatments and poolside music Friday through Monday! Take advantage of this Labor Day Weekend sale and receive 10% off the best available rate when you pre-pay with the resort’s Advance Purchase Rate.


Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch

Wrap-up summer in style with 20% off room rates at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale! Kids will love the resort’s 2.5-acre water playground, high-speed water slides, water balloon contests and lawn games like cornhole and giant Jenga, while adults can relax with poolside cocktails, fine dining, and pampering treatments at Spa Avania.  


The Scottsdale Plaza Resort

Labor Day weekend festivities at The Plaza include food trucks, lawn games and specialty drink tastings on Saturday and Sunday! There also will be live music all weekend long, as well as DJ-spun tunes at the Main Pool. Book your weekend getaway today as this party is free for hotel guests!


Royal Palms Resort and Spa

Treat yourself to an end-of-summer escape and save 15% at the luxurious Royal Palms. Sip craft cocktails poolside, indulge in some well-deserved pampering at Alvadora Spa and exquisite dining at T. Cook’s. This special weekend also includes live music and activities like morning yoga, Mezcal-themed Bingo and a resort history tour.   


WET Deck at W Scottsdale Hotel

If you're looking for a high-octane, "Yach Club" themed pool party, look no further than WET Deck at Old Town’s W Scottsdale Hotel! Enjoy weekend beats by local DJs as well as tableside cocktails and an unrivaled see-and-be-seen atmosphere. Up your relaxation game with a private cabana for the ultimate VIP experience. Admission to WET Deck is included with your room rate; non-guests must purchase day passes in advance.