Fun Scottsdale events May 26-30 means a nice long Memorial Day weekend! An early morning or evening visit to the USS Arizona Memorial Gardens, honoring those who lost their lives for the freedom we enjoy is a good start. How about a patriotic hot ticket to Top Gun Maverick?
Memorial Day sales means cool stores and working up an appetite. And, disco dancing at the Railroad park! This blog pic is a sculpture at McCormick Stillman Railroad park of Bill Keane, Family Circus cartoonist and Valley resident.
Sizzling days bring lots of fun things to do in Scottsdale. With people traveling, we get to have the place to ourselves! Here’s what cooking this long weekend:
- Scottsdale Restaurants
- Scottsdale Indoor Activities
- Scottsdale Public and Party Pools
- Scottsdale Movie Date
- Art, Music, Theater and Comedy
- Scottsdale Farmers Market
- Ongoing Scottsdale Outdoor Activities
- Scottsdale Fun Things Horizon — Plan Ahead So No FOMO!
Arizona Restaurant Week May 20-29: Let’s go out and eat! Who wants to shop, cook, or do dishes when it’s hot? What better way to have fun than feasting and supporting our local restaurants. There are so many Scottsdale restaurant choices with great deals!
Scottsdale Indoor Activities
My favorite Scottsdale indoor activities when it’s hot outside include the Libraries – FREE, the Western Museum – low-cost, and mall walking and window-shopping – also FREE! If you’re looking for indoor adventures, get your rocks off with Reel Rock 16 rock climbing movies — see below — Yikes! And, our Entertainment District has many cool escapes!
Scottsdale Public and Party Pools
Do you know about Scottsdale’s public pools and fitness centers? Our very own Aquatic and Fitness Centers boast inflation-busting low-fee fun. Yep, there’s even a water park and lifeguards. And, you can work out in cool comfort at the fitness centers.
How about a Scottsdale pool party? Spend the day or weekend at one of Scottsdale’s world-class resorts — on the cheap. Here’s my resorts post, complete with a table of pools and amenities. Find the perfect quiet pool and spa oasis for adults, raucous pool party for grown-up fun — or, a lazy river and rowdy water slide to wear the kiddos out. Enjoy a Scottsdale stay or daycation and support our local hotels!
Scottsdale Movie Date
New Features and Classic Films
Harkins Camelview Theatre at Fashion Square
THU MAY 26 – SUN MAY 30:
Hot desert nights and Camelview movies are a long Scottsdale tradition. Here are my picks this week:
Tom Cruise is back in Top Gun Maverick! Where were you when Top Gun first came out in May, 1986? My sister and I were on our ASU graduation vacay in Hawaii. We saw Top Gun with lots of fly boys in a Waikiki theater and it was thrilling!
Downton Abbey: A New Era is also playing, for a more refined and relaxing movie. And, Sean Penn stars in Harvey Milk: Milk Day.
Here are other Scottsdale movies playing this weekend and everything you need to know about Harkins! Next on deck?
Art, Music, Theater and Comedy
THU MAY 26, 7 PM – 9 PM: FREE Scottsdale Art Walk in Old Town.
Parking Map and Tips in Old Town
Arrive early for good parking! Here are other fun, safe ways to avoid Old Town traffic snarls, tickets and DUIs: Riding Around Old Town Scottsdale.
Old Town Parking Map
McCormick Stillman Railroad Park Summer Concert Series — FREE!
SUN MAY 29: 7:30 – 9 PM Studio 54 Disco Explosion | MAP
Live Music Daily | Weekly — Downtown | Old Town
- Belle’s Nashville Kitchen — Live music daily
- Rusty Spur Saloon — Since 1951. Live music every day
- Dierks Bentley Whiskey Row — Live music weekly
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
- THU MAY 26: 7:30 PM — Reel Rock 16 — 4 New Rocking Climbing Movies | Tickets
Ravenscroft Jazz in N. Scottsdale
- FRI MAY 27, 6 PM — FREE — JAZZ BIRD NIGHTS: Jerry Donato | MAP
Scottsdale Drag Shows
FRI MAY 27 | SAT MAY 28, 7 PM | Illusions the Drag Queen Show | MAP
SUN MAY 29, 1:30 — Illusions the Drag Queen Brunch Show | Old Town | MAP
SUN MAY 29, 1:30 PM — Diva Royale Drag Queen Show | Old Town | MAP
Scottsdale Farmers Market
SAT MAY 28
Old Town Farmers Market — 8 AM – 12 PM. Lots of great food, entertainment, artisanal fare, and people and dog watching! MAP
Ongoing Scottsdale Outdoor Activities
More Fun things to do in Scottsdale Outdoors
How about cheaper golf, hiking, strolling or cycling to maximize your outdoor fun for FREE? Frisbee golf is free! Here you go — everything you need to know and tables of amenities for fast choices to suit everyone’s wants and needs to seize our sunshine and shade!
NOTE: It’s the time of year to get outside early. Bring plenty of water, wear sunscreen and your hat. Be mindful of you, your furry friends, plus tiny and older ones getting too hot. Watch where you’re stepping, for rattlesnakes, cacti and rocks — no bites, pokes, sprains or falls to spoil your fun. Tell someone who cares about you, where you’re going and when you plan to be back — just in case.
- Golf: Table from N. to S. with all the good stuff!
- The Indian Bend Multi-use Trail
- Parks, Playgrounds, Fishing and Dog Parks
- Hiking, Walking, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing and Horseback Riding
- Scottsdale Cycling and Self-Propelled Wheeling
- Tennis and Pickleball
Scottsdale Fun Things Horizon — Plan Ahead So No FOMO!
Hold on to your hats, as Scottsdale turns up the late spring heat! Check out these upcoming events and get your tickets. So you don’t miss any of these fun things to do in Scottsdale:
- Mary Chapin Carpenter @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, WED JUNE 15, 8 PM | Tickets
Daylight’s burning—let’s go kick up our heels and not miss a minute of our fun Scottsdale events May 26-30, 2022! Please play safe.
Scottsdale Lifestyle Blogger
I’m a 5th generation native Arizona gal who loves showing and telling what makes Scottsdale an amazing place to visit and make home! I hope you enjoy our city through my lens, making your own discoveries and memories here!