Whether you want to spend your holiday weekend under the sun or the stars, in the A/C or the heat, wet in the pool or dry in your seat, there is something fun to do this Memorial Day weekend in Greater Phoenix.
Through Monday May 27
Arizona Spring Restaurant Week
The holiday weekend is your last chance to indulge your inner foodie without breaking the bank at one of over 100 Greater Phoenix restaurants participating in the Spring Arizona Restaurant Week. Whether you’re looking to try a longtime Valley favorite or a buzzed-about upstart, this is the time to do it when participating restaurants offer a $30 or $40 three-course prix-fixe menu. The most popular joints fill up fast, so make your reservations now.
Thursday May 23 – Sunday May 26
Let your geek flag fly at downtown’s Phoenix Convention Center at Phoenix Comicon, the premiere pop culture experience of the Southwest. Fans of comics, anime, gaming, TV and film and more will get the chance to meet their favorite authors, writers, artists and actors, including cast members of AMC’s The Walking Dead and Star Trek.
Book a room downtown so you don’t miss a minute of the weekend’s festivities. Some hotels are already sold out, so act fast.
Phoenix Convention Center: 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, 85004
Friday May 24 – Sunday May 26
Phoenix Caribbean Festival
A taste of the island life comes to the desert at the Phoenix Caribbean Festival. Downtown’s Wesley Bolin Plaza will be the scene for daytime festivities including live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, a kids zone and a kiddies carnival parade on Saturday. Themed parties take place each night of the festival at different spots around the Valley.
Wesley Bolin Plaza: 17th Ave and Adams St, Phoenix, 85007
Friday May 24 – Monday May 27
Diamondbacks weekend series vs. Padres and Memorial Day doubleheader vs. Rangers
In the words of Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, "It's a great day for a ball game; let's play two!" After a weekend series against division foe San Diego—with a fireworks show after Friday night’s game—D-Backs fans can double their delight with a Memorial Day doubleheader against the Texas Rangers.
Enjoy the day in air-conditioned Chase Field by buying tickets for both games and receive up to $40 in D-Backs Bucks to be used on concessions and merchandise at the park. A D-Backs street festival featuring food trucks, music, tailgate games and more will take place just outside the ballpark between games.
Chase Field: 401 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, 85004
Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26
Memorial Day Weekend BBQ & Fireworks Show at Wet ‘n’ Wild water park
There’s more to do this weekend at Glendale’s Wet ‘n’ Wild water park than just relaxing on an inner tube in their Cactus Cooler or holding on for dear life on their Maximum Velocity slides. The park will host a fireworks show Friday and Saturday night—free with admission—and will also host an all-you-can-eat BBQ from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. each night. BBQ meal tickets are just $9.99 plus tax for all Gold Season Pass and Season Pass holders; $9.99 plus tax for ages 3-11; and $11.99 ages 12 and up.
You can also save money and help a good cause this weekend as Wet 'n' Wild will be offering $17 off same-day general admission to any guests who donate a three-pack of men's boxer shorts to their Shorts for Soldiers Donation Drive.
Wet ‘n’ Wild water park: 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale, 85310
General admission: Adults $39, Children $30
Saturday May 25
Night Golf at Palo Verde golf course
Trade your Titleist for a glow ball and hit the links under the stars this Saturday with Night Flight golf at Phoenix’s Palo Verde golf course. The four-person scramble event costs $100 per foursome with each player receiving a goodie bag and the chance to win fun prizes. Put your walking shoes on, though—no golf carts allowed in the dark.
Palo Verde Golf Course: 6215 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, 85015
Saturday May 25 – Monday May 27
Peach Festival at Schnepf Farms
Kick off summer with a free festival celebrating one of the season’s quintessential fruits. The second weekend of the Peach Festival at Schnepf Farms features all things peachy with fruit and candy made from the juicy fruit, peach pit spit and pie eating contests, a peachy pancake breakfast served each day from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., hay rides, peach picking and more.
Schnepf Farms: 24810 E Rittenhouse Rd, Queen Creek, 85142
Monday May 27
Memorial Day Observance
The Pioneers’ Cemetery Association and the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department invite the public to join them in honoring the veterans buried in the Pioneer & Military Memorial Park at the 30th annual Memorial Day Observance.
This year's keynote speaker is Marshall Shore, Phoenix's HIPstorian, and other participants include the Buffalo Soldiers of the Arizona Territory, the Knights Templar, and members of Civil War re-enactment organizations.
The program begins promptly at 9 a.m. with seating in the gazebo area adjacent to Smurthwaite House at 1317 W. Jefferson in Phoenix.
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 12th. We've put together a big list of things to do for Mother's Day in Phoenix that will make any mom feel like a queen.
Go on adventure this Mother's Day with a trail ride at Cave Creek Trail Rides. Horseback riding in Phoenix offers great views of the surrounding desert. Cave Creek Trail Rides’ cowboys and cowgirls will introduce you to the mining history of Cave Creek, Arizona and unique flora and fauna while on the back of a gentle mountain horse. Mothers will receive 50% off and a flower at the end of the ride.
Details: Cave Creek Trail Rides, 37019 N. 32nd St., Cave Creek. Admission: $43 - $93. Friday, May 10th – Sunday May 12th. 623-742-6700
Treat your mom to a Mother's Day Tea at the Hackett House in downtown Tempe. The lavish "full teas" include their famous scones, an assortment of savories and sweets, tea served in fine china cups and on fresh-pressed linens. Register in advance to save a seat for you and your mom.
Details: Hackett House Tea, 95 W. 4th St., Tempe. Saturday, May 11th 2:00pm – 4:00pm. 480-350-8181
The English Rose Tea Room is offering a Mother's Day Tea from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mother's Day. The last seating is a 4 p.m. The wonderful six course meal features: creamy mushroom and brie soup, salad with mixed berries and candied pecans, a trio of sandwiches, many tasty deserts to choose from, and a mother's floral tea. Reservations are required.
Details: English Rose Tea Room, 201 Easy St. #103, Carefree. Sunday, May 12th. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. $52. 480-488-4812
Dine with mom on the veranda overlooking the Phoenix skyline on an array of fine cheeses, fruits, cold salads and desserts. Explore the mansion, which is rich in history and ambiance and offers gorgeous 360-degree views of the Valley. Early reservations recommended; space is limited.
Details: Wrigley Mansion, 2501 E. Telewa Trail, Phoenix. Adults $75, Children $37.50. Sunday, May 12th. Seating times at 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. 602-553-7395
Celebrate Mom’s special day in the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa Atrium. Each mother will receive a free rose upon arrival. Kids 5 and under will eat for free with the purchase of two adult brunches. Reservations recommended.
Details: Hilton Phoenix/Mesa, 1011 W. Holmes Ave., Mesa. Sunday, May 12th. 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. $34.95. 480-833-5555
Enjoy a fabulous Mother's Day brunch buffet with a wide array of fine foods. Featuring a display of international and domestic cheeses, an array of market fresh fruit and berries, antipasto display, all-you-can-eat shrimp and crab claws, made- to- order omelet station and eggs benedict, grilled salmon with caviar, spiral sliced ham with pineapple glaze, an assortment of desserts, and so much more. Contact the hotel front desk for additional details and reservations.
Details: The Arizona Golf Resort and Conference Center, 425 S. Power Rd., Mesa. Sunday, May 12th. 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. $32.95. 480-832-3202
The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix will be honoring Moms with a scrumptious Mother's Day Brunch. Enjoy a selection of classic brunch items such as an omelet station, pancakes and waffles along with specialty choices such as; prime rib, and a shrimp and oyster bar. Complimentary champagne is offered to each adult. Bring the family together for this exceptional dining experience complete with live music entertainment. Reservations recommended.
Details: The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix, 2401 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix. Adults $70, Children 3-12 $35. Sunday, May 12th. 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 602-468-0700
Celebrate Mother's Day with brunch at the Wigwam complete with all your favorites and more. Reservations are recommended.
Details: The Wigwam, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. Adults $38, Children 4-12 $20, Children under 4 free. Sunday, May 12th 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 623-935-3811
Treat Mom to an elegant brunch in The Farm at South Mountain's famous pecan grove this Mother's Day. Enjoy the luscious pecan french toast, sweet potato salad, coconut cupcakes, and more that will wow her palate. Rated as a "Top 10 Great Places for a Leisurely Holiday Brunch" by USA Today, you will surely impress her this year. Reservations are required.
Details: The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix. Adults $50, Children 8-12 $17, Children 2-7 $8, Children under 2 free. Sunday, May 12th. 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 602-243-9081
Come celebrate Mother's Day at Café ZuZu. Order a la carte off the regular menu or choose one of the specials of the day! Brunch will be served inside and on the shaded patio. Build your own custom drink at the Bloody Mary Bar for just $5, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Details: Café ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale. Sunday, May 12th. 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 480-421-7997
The Mother's Day brunch menu includes an omelet bar, a waffle bar, plenty of seafood, a carving station, and so much more! Reservations are recommended.
Details: Doubletree by Hilton Phoenix/Gilbert, 1800 S. SanTan Village Pkwy., Gilbert. Adults $38, Children 4-12 $18. Sunday, May 12th. 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 480-809-4100
Treat mom to a memorable and delicious Mother’s Day brunch at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar. The menu features endless champagne along with traditional favorites inspired by Mom’s homemade recipes that includes local ingredients and herbs from the restaurant’s garden. Each Mom will be presented with a beautiful rose. You can also create your very own bloody Mary at The Bloody Mary Bar with ingredients like pickled celery, Arizona spices and seasonal condiments for an additional $5.
Details: District American Kitchen and Wine Bar, 320 N. 3rd St., Phoenix. Adults $32, Children 4-12 $16, Children 3 and under free. Sunday, May 12th 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 602-817-5400
Enjoy a delicious Mother's Day brunch which includes a buffet, cereal bar, made-to-order omelet bar, all your breakfast favorites, desserts, and more! Reservations recommended.
Details: Eddie’s House, 7042 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale. Adults $49, Children 3-9 $19, Children under 3 free. Sunday, May 12th 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 480-946-1622
The Il Terrazzo Mother’s Day Brunch offers Skuna Bay Salmon, garlic lemon marinated lamb chops, slow roasted New York Roast, sushi and raw bar, an array of breakfast delights, pastas, salads, antipasti and bakery and dessert selections. Reservations are required.
Details: Il Terrazzo at the Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale. Adults $79, Children 3-12 $39.50. Sunday, May 12th. 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 480-423-2530
Mother's Day brunch is an annual tradition at Sassi, served from a lavish buffet including breakfast items and pastries, fresh fruit, artisan salume and cheeses, pasta, entrees and carved meats. Enjoy brunch on the covered patios or in one of Sassi's comfortable dining rooms.
Details: Sassi, 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale. Adults $50, Children 4-12 $25. Sunday, May 12th. 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 480-502-9095
The brunch menu features a carving station, a choice of entrees, a variety of salads, a full breakfast station, and a selection of desserts. As part of the El Chorro tradition, the special holiday menu will include the famous sticky buns, handcrafted bread and butter, coffee and tea.
For mothers who enjoy sleeping in, the restaurant will also serve a dynamic prix fixe dinner menu from 5 p.m. to close featuring appeasing offerings such as tomato and watermelon gazpacho, jumbo shrimp Cobb salad and strawberry shortcake for $39 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.
Details: El Chorro, 5550 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley. Brunch, Adults $52, Children 3-12 $16, Children under 3 are free. Dinner, $39 per person. Sunday, May 12th. 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – close. 480-948-5170
Join Palette at Phoenix Art Museum for a special Mother's Day prix-fixe brunch featuring asparagus, mascarpone and parmesan tart with grilled summer squashes, Arizona merlot braised osso bucco with local carrots and griddled polenta, organic lemon grilled half chicken with whipped potatoes, sautéed baby vegetables, and more. Menu features vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options. Reservations required.
Details: Palette at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave, Phoenix. Sunday, May 12th. 10:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. 602-257-2191
Enjoy a menu full of delightful dishes created with local ingredients will be available for guests looking to treat their mothers. Moms can take a break from the kitchen with a choice of house smoked brisket, Nutella crepes and giant sticky buns that will pair perfectly with creatively crafted cocktails such as Miss Katie's Pimms Cup, Mornin' Sunshine and the Basin City Breakfast.
Details: Beckett’s Table, 3717 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. Sunday, May 12th. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 602-954-1700
Brunch begins with a starter buffet filled with seasonal delights including fresh fruit, assorted salad, pickled vegetables, seafood bar, meats and cheeses and more. Next comes a wide selection of entrees and brunch concludes with a dessert buffet ranging from chocolate layer cake, to lavender and vanilla panna cotta, to caramel and tiramisu martinis.
Details: T. Cook’s Restaurant, 5200 East Camelback Rd., Phoenix. Sunday, May 12th. 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 602-808-0766
The brunch buffet offers a dynamic dining experience with a variety of stations to tantalize guests' taste buds. Stations include: brunch buffet, carving stations, soup and salad station, omelet station, waffle and crepe station, sides and a dessert buffet. Standouts include the salmon wellington stuffed with spinach and mushroom, lightly curried cauliflower soup, build-your-own omelets, and customizable waffles and crepes with all the fix-ins, including homemade berry compote, whipped cream and honey butter.
Details: Palmera Room at Royal Palms Resort, 5200 East Camelback Rd., Phoenix. Sunday, May 12th 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 602-808-0766
LON's at the Hermosa will be helping sons and daughters across the Valley show appreciation to their mother dearest by hosting a four-course Mother's Day brunch. Mothers will be presented with a flower on behalf of LON's and will be able to enjoy a day of rest and relaxation while indulging in a delicious three-course meal - either inside or alfresco - prepared by Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco and the LON's culinary team, which will include delicious starters, lavish entrees, and amazing desserts.
Details: LON’s at the Hermosa, 5532 North Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley. Adults $77, Children 5-12 $15. Sunday, May 12th. 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 602 955-8614
There are so many ways to celebrate Easter in Phoenix this year. From Easter egg hunts to delicious brunches, we've got you covered!
Photos with the Easter Bunny
Bring the kids to the Barnes & Noble Fountain at Desert Ridge Marketplace on March 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 29th & 30th to visit with the Easter Bunny and get a free downloadable photo and a free gift.
Details: Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix. Admission: free. Friday, March 22nd – Sunday, March 24th, Friday, March 29th and Saturday, March 30th 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Easter Egg Hunts
Easter Egg Hunt for children at Schnepf Farms starts at 11:00 a.m. and will be divided per age groups. Admission includes a wristband for unlimited rides including train and carousel, entrance to the petting zoo and honeybee ride also an Easter cookie and hot dog lunch per child admission.
Details: Schnepf Farms, 24810 South Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. Admission: $25.00 per child, adults free. Friday, March 29th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Reservations recommended (480) 987-3100.
Easter Egg Hunts will take place during the three scheduled Saturday tours. The egg hunts take place at the tour stop at Roxie's Outdoor Adventure and are included with regular tour admission price. Registration is required and spaces are limited. Special discounts are available for military, seniors and groups of 10 or more.
Details: Shamrock Farms, 2228 N. Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix. Admission: adults $9, children (2-12) $6, children under 2 are free. Saturday, March 30th 9:30 a.m.
Easter Egg Hunt begins at 9 a.m. The egg hunt will be divided into age groups: 2 & under, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-15, 16 & over. There will also be games, a petting zoo, bounce houses and train rides. An early bird pancake breakfast will start at 7:30 a.m. and continue until the food runs out. Breakfast is a donation of $3 per adult and $1.50 per child.
Details: Prospector Park Softball Complex, 3015 N. Idaho Rd., Apache Junction. Admission: free. Saturday, March 30th 7:30 a.m.
Children ages 2-6 will search for eggs from 10 to 10:30 a.m. while children ages 7-10 will search from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Admission is $3. Please arrive 15 minutes before your age group’s start time. Arts and crafts will take place after the egg hunt and Mr. Bunny will visit.
Details: Escalante Community Center, 2150 E. Orange St, Tempe. Admission: $3. Saturday, March 30th 10:00 a.m.
Join family and friends on Lon's patio or in the restaurant as Lon's Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco and his culinary team create a special three-course Easter Brunch that will be available the entire day.
Details: Lon's, 5532 North Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley. $75. Sunday, March 31st 10:00 a.m. (602) 955-7878
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale’s Easter Brunch Buffet offers a variety of favorites topped off with an elaborate Viennese Dessert Table. There is even a special children’s buffet!
Details: The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa, 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale. Adults $70, children ( 6-12) $35, children under 5 are free. Sunday, March 31st 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (480) 483-5502
Celebrate Easter brunch at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 31. Spring into the season with a delicious culinary experience that includes creative crafts for the kids!
Easter brunch includes: endless champagne,sweet toast with berries and quark with flavored syrup, fresh fruit scented with wild spearmint and natural fruit mist, Greek yogurt shots, bacon and sausages, citrus-scented peppercorn filet mignon and mushroom crema accented with charred heirloom tomato chutney, baked pesto-crusted salmon and baby scallops with spinach fondue, hand-carved horseradish crusted turkey breast with chipotle orange marmalade and buttermilk horseradish cream, herb marinated chicken breast with goat cheese grits and date jam, chilled shrimp and crab claws on, an omelet station, artisan breads and pastries, a mac and cheese station, and decadent desserts.
Details: Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 320 N. 3rd St., Phoenix. $32 for adults and $16 for kids ages 3 to 12. Kids under 3 years old eat free. Sunday, March 31st 10:00am – 3:00pm 602.817.5400
Enjoy a spectacular Easter Brunch in The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix Grand Ballroom! Easter Brunch features breakfast favorites such as Eggs Benedict and French Toast along with lunch specialties of Organic Salads, Fresh Seafood Selections and a Carving Station featuring Easter Ham and much more.
Complete your menu with an elaborate array of desserts and a complimentary glass of champagne for adults. Adding to the excitement, a live jazz band will be playing during the brunch and children can enjoy a petting zoo with a variety of farm animal favorites.
Details: The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix, 2401 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix. Adults $80, Children (3-12) $35. Sunday, March 31st 10:00am – 3:00am (602) 468-0700
With a visit from Peter Cottontail and bonnets in abundance, Cottontail Tea is definitely an event with the children in mind. The traditional tea service will include tea and hot chocolate, finger sandwiches, scones and Easter pastries. The little ones can look forward to a visit from Peter Cottontail, story time, and a bountiful basket of Easter treats.
Details: The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix, 2401 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix. $38. Friday March 29th and Saturday, March 30th 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 602-468-0700
Orange Sky, Talking Stick Resort's signature fine-dining restaurant will serve a special four course Easter dinner from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Enjoy your choice of a smoked salmon plate, cocktail shrimp or a Campari tomato and burrata salad to begin. Second course choices include white asparagus, a gem lettuce salad or chopped salad.
Select brunch items, including jalapeno bacon quiche, farm fresh poached eggs and banana French toast will be offered until 2 p.m. All day offerings include ham steak, halibut filet, Ellensburg lamb chops, roast prime rib and jidori chicken. A choice of dessert and champagne toast also included.
Details: Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale. $69. Sunday, March 31st 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (480) 850-8606
If you're in the mood for seafood, Ocean Trail will offer a special three-course dinner for two from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Guests will have a fresh spring salad to begin, followed by a seafood jubilee of shrimp, crawfish, mussels, clams and crab served with dirty rice and hush puppies. Angel food cake with fresh berries will be served for dessert.
Details: Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale. $38 for two. Sunday, March 31st 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (480) 850-7777
Easter dinner at Blue Coyote Cafe will be served from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Guests will have their choice of soup or house salad to start, followed by maple cider brined pork loin in an apple butter demi-glace served with whipped red potatoes and grilled asparagus. Lemon poppy seed cake with raspberry sorbet will be served for dessert.
Details: Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale. $21.95. Sunday, March 31st 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (480) 850-7777
Wandering Horse Buffet will offer an Easter buffet from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Featured food includes slow roasted garlic prime rib, citrus almond veal, spicy Thai chicken, black pepper duck, lobster truffle risotto and much more! Dinner will also include a complimentary champagne toast.
Details: Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale. Adults $42.95, children $17. Sunday, March 31st 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (480) 850-7777
Don't be caught without plans for your special someone on Valentine's Day. We've put together a list of 10 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in Phoenix.
1. Romantic dinner out
Probably the most popular way to spend Valentine’s Day is a romantic dinner out with that special someone. Plenty of Phoenix area restaurants have special menus planned for Valentine’s Day with bonus like live romantic music and flowers that come with dinner.
2. Romantic getaway
Phoenix area resorts have put together special Valentine’s Day packages which include special perks like champagne, chocolates, spa treatments and more.
Flowers, chocolate and champagne have become synonymous with Valentine’s Day, so we put together a handy list of the best places in Phoenix to get chocolate.
4. Baked goods
So maybe your Valentine isn’t a chocolate fan - try satisfying their non-chocolate-loving-sweet-tooth with Valentine themed baked goods from local bakers like Urban Cookies, Barb’s Bakery, or Tammy Coe Cakes (they have chocolate dipped strawberries!)
5. Anti-Valentine’s Day
Don’t want to celebrate Valentine’s Day? The Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs is having a Singles Valentine’s Ball, Hula’s Modern Tiki is throwing an Anti-Valentine’s Day Celebration and Changing Hands Bookstore is hosting an “I Hate Valentine’s Day” party.
6. Mix up a romantic cocktail
The Amore Smooch from Sassi Restaurant is sure to make your Valentine smile.
7. Local love
8. Arizona wine
Did you know that Arizona’s birthday is on Valentine’s Day? Celebrate with a bottle of Arizona wine. We’ve heard that a sharing a bottle of Sparkles Peach from Sonoita Vineyards with your sweetheart is a perfect way to celebrate. (You can find Sparkles Peach at Sphinx Date Ranch).
9. Desert by air
What’s more romantic than a sunrise hot-air balloon ride with champagne? Or a sunset helicopter ride with sweeping views of the desert? This Valentine’s Day, explore the desert by air with your special someone.
10. Watch a sunset together
Grab a bottle of something sparkling (see above) and catch one of our spectacular sunsets, which paint the desert sky on a nightly basis. We know the best places to see a Phoenix sunset and are happy to let you in on the secret.
After all of the holiday presents are unwrapped, it’ll be time to ring in the New Year! We've rounded up all the things to do in Phoenix for New Year's Eve.
One of the Valley’s top spots for family fun will host a howlin’ good time this New Year’s Eve with its Yote the Coyote New Year’s Eve package.
The resort’s friendly, furry mascot, Yote will lead the year-end celebration, which will feature a progressive dinner, family games, arts and crafts, and a sparkling cider toast. The festivities begin with hors d’oeuvres on the front patio of the resort’s Western-style restaurant, Hole-in-the-Wall. The dinner then moves inside for a bountiful buffet featuring smoked chicken, BBQ ribs, kettle-smoked brisket, as well as indulgent after-dinner treats with a dessert bar serving caramel apples, ice cream fountains, pies and more.
Keep the kids entertained this New Year's Eve at the Scottsdale Gymnastics New Year's Eve Overnight Kids Party! Admission includes dinner, snacks, drinks, party favors, noise makers, games and prizes.
2013 is just around the corner and the "coolest way to celebrate the New Year at Noon Year's Eve at the Phoenix Zoo! Bring the whole family for fun with snow, dancing, music, games, prizes, magic shows and more.
Ring in the New Year Western Style at Rawhide's Steakhouse. Enjoy a three course meal, live music, dancing, party favors and a sparkling beverage to toast the New Year. Enjoy the fireworks display at midnight to ring in the New Year. Price includes Party Favors, Rawhide's Town Pass, a Champagne Toast to ring in the New Year and Firework Display. This is a pre-paid event. For reservations call 480-502-5600 x 1204.
A sleepover event for ages 7 to 17 years old. Parents can drop their kids off at 7 p.m. on New Year's Eve before heading out on the town, and then return to pick the kids up at 7 a.m. on New Year's Day. The event will include Dinner, snacks, light breakfast, games, tramp races, dodgeball tournaments, movies, music, dance contest, karaoke, basketball games. The facility will be supervised at all times and locked down and video monitored during the night so that parents can have a worry-free night out while the kids have a blast.
23rd Annual Midnight Madness 3 mile Run/Walk. Age division awards in Run & Walk. Chili and Cornbread post race and a ton of door prizes. Midnight toast (non alcohol) and a free non-competitive kids dash.
Ring in 2013 with family, friends and The Phoenix Symphony performing your favorite classics. Virginia G. Piper Music Director Michael Christie leads the orchestra in a joyous musical celebration.
The Across The Years 72-, 48-, and 24-Hour Footrace is an annual fixed-time, multi-day, New Year’s weekend running event celebrating the new year. Drawing runners and fans from across the United States, the event begins December 29 and concludes January 1, 2013. The go-as-you-please event is popular with beginners and competitive runners, allowing them to run, socialize, eat, rest and sleep as desired.
Ring in 2013 in a family-friendly environment at Golfland. Enjoy unlimited attractions and video games, a DJ, dance floor and midnight balloon drop.
Jester’Z Improv will be doing an all ages appropriate clean comedy show on New Years Eve at 10:30 p.m. The show will run for 90 minutes and end at the stroke of midnight. After the show, stick around for refreshments and mingling with the Jester’Z. There will be no alcohol served at the event.
Ring in the 2013 at Zoo Year’s Eve while surrounded by 3.5 million twinkling lights at the Phoenix Zoo. This event is for adults only and offers three complimentary adult beverages, dancing, complementary party favors and snacks surrounded with the traditional lights and sounds of ZooLights.
Enjoy a four-course holiday menu with exclusive live entertainment by the Mel Bridges band. Two seatings. Credit card are required at time of booking.
It is a New Year’s Eve party with a premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres, midnight champagne toast, top club DJ’s, and nearly 1,000 partygoers counting down to midnight. The event is produced by Chicago-based event promoters Global Adrenaline, partnering with an all-star team of Arizona’s best promoters create an exclusive New Year’s Eve celebration. Guests can stay overnight and take advantage of a special discounted rate of $249.
Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns. Ticket includes party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 8 p.m. 21+ only.
Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party is located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale’s Entertainment District and serves as one of the Valley’s largest event destinations for party goers looking for the Ultimate entertainment experience. Celebrating 10 years of events, the Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party is a collaboration of three restaurant and bar venues, Dos Gringos, RockBar Inc., and Blitz Sports Grill. Doors will open to the public at 5 p.m. and the party will run until 2 a.m. Tickets will give guests full access to the concert, street party, three bars (Dos Gringos, Rock Bar, and Upper Deck) and multiple DJ performances. Fireworks at midnight. Live entertainment and bars on the enclosed streets. Headlining this year: Dirty Heads and Authority Zero. 21 and older only.
Celebrate with live music from The Instant Classics. General admission includes midnight champagne toast. $40 table reservation includes champagne toast; $60 Dinner and show package includes a shared appetizer/dessert (for 2 people), and an entrée selection from the New Year's Eve menu. 21+ only.
This glamorous New Year’s Eve soiree will capture the spirit and energy of the roaring twenties captured in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel. Upon arrival at W Scottsdale, strut past an ornate front gate, colorful flowers and vintage rides before entering the hotel’s Living Room, decked out in true Gatsby style with white textiles, golden candelabras and lush white floral arrangements. Crooner Scott Keo will serenade with classic 20’s tunes. Ascend the hotel’s dramatic stairway, decorated with flirty feathers and glimmering strands of pearls, and emerge onto the W Scottsdale WET deck, transformed into a roaring 20’s affair complete with sparkling cabanas, gaslamps, opulent décor and a striking backdrop depicting the Great Gatsby’s iconic cover artwork.
Dance the night away to your favorite hits spanning from the ‘60s to today with live entertainment by the Thaddeus Rose Band at the Wigwam Ballroom from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Party-goers will ring in the New Year with a champagne toast, balloon drop, and festive party favors. Tickets are $25 per person, or $15 for those dining at Red’s Bar & Grill or Litchfield’s that evening. Please call 623-935-3811 for reservations..
Ring in the New Year with a "Last Dance" featuring Wolfgang Gartner. Live performances, dancing, DJs. VIP packages available. Strats at 8 p.m. 21+ only.
Held in the grand two-level Showroom of Talking Stick Resort and includes a complimentary appetizer buffet, 2 full bars, cocktail specials, entertainment by Party Crashers, large dance floor and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Semi-formal to black tie attire required, 21+ only. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. VIP table reservations available. Call 480-850-7734 for reservations. To book a room, call the Talking Stick Resort Hotel 866-877-9897 and use code ‘RAVEN’ to get the special $269 room rate for this event.
Get the VIP treatment this New Years Eve weekend at Hotel Palomar Phoenix. The resort will be featuring two VIP tickets to the Ralphie May early show at Stand Up Live including a VIP escort from the Hotel to the venue, deluxe accommodations, and complimentary breakfast.
Count down the last night of the year at bistro 24 with a four course menu including amuse bouche and delicious dessert offerings. Enjoy live entertainment and receive access to The New Year’s Eve Party in the Lobby Lounge with a champagne toast. Reservations required, call 602-468-0700 to make yours today.
Ring in the New Year with a laugh and a sip of bubbly at National Comedy Theatre's New Year's Eve Comedy Extravaganza. At this hilarious, interactive and all ages Comedy Extravaganza you'll participate in 90 minutes of spectacularly funny improvisation, then mingle with the cast at a fabulous New Years Eve celebration. The night will include party favors, a countdown to midnight, a champagne and cider toast, as well as delicious and delightful deserts.
Experience the energy of downtown Phoenix during a divine New Year's Eve dinner at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar and an overnight stay at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. Make it a night to remember as Arizona's centennial year comes to a grand finale. Enjoy the evening complete with a dinner menu that features delicious American cuisine inspired by the Sonoran desert, accented with Arizona wine pairings while listening to live jazz music throughout the night.
Swing music, bootleg liquor, gambling, men and women dressed to the nines. The roaring twenties was an era of glam and fun, the period of that Great American Prosperity. Take a step back into this time and ring in the New Year in high fashion and fun. Ladies - get out your feather boas, pearls and flapper dresses. Gents - put the shine on your shoes, freshen up your suit and put on the ritz. There will be a champagne toast at midnight in a souvenier flute, and a live band and DJ playing current, classic and era styled music. Drink specials and appetizers will be available.
The Fiesta Bowl Invitational is an elegant evening of live entertainment and dinner at the five-star Phoenician Resort. Distinguished guests traveling with the teams participating in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, as well as some of the Valley’s top business leaders, philanthropists and Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors will attend this prestigious event to ring in the New Year. Guests also enjoy a special silent auction featuring outstanding items, including travel and entertainment packages, sports memorabilia and fine jewelry. All silent auction proceeds benefit Fresh Start Women's Foundation.
Get into holiday spirit(s) with these cocktail recipes.
1 ½ oz. Belvedere Vodka
1 oz. Bailey’s
½ oz. Gingerbread Monin syrup
Crushed gingerbread cookie for the rim
Dip glass rim in Gingerbread Monin syrup and crushed gingerbread cookie.
Pour 1 ½ oz. Belvedere, 1 oz. Bailey’s, ½ oz. Gingerbread Monin syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add ice cubes; cover with lid, and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled (about 30 seconds). Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Recipe courtesy of the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa
Oatmeal Cookie Martini
Makes 1 serving
1 oz. Baileys
½ oz. Kahlua
½ oz. Goldschläger
½ oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
1 oz. Whipped cream
¼ cup Oreos, crushed for rim
Hershey syrup to dip the rim in and drizzle in glass
For the rim, crush Oreos till crumbled. Set aside in a shallow bowl. Pour Hershey syrup in a separate shallow bowl. Dip the rim of a martini glass into the syrup to coat the outer edge of the rim. Dab the rim into crushed Oreos while slowly turning the glass to the dip the rim into them.
In a martini shaker with strain, add ice, Baileys, Kahlua, Goldschläger, Butter Schnapps and whipped cream, and shake.
Drizzle the inside of the martini glass with Hershey Syrup.
Pour contents of shaker through strain into a martini glass and enjoy!
Recipe courtesy of Bobby Q’s
Chocolate Peppermint Martini
Makes 1 serving
1 oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
1 oz. Crème de Menthe
1 oz. Absolute Vanilla
Splash of cream
Oreo cookie crumbs
First, drizzle the inside of the martini glass with chocolate syrup. Next, rim the glass with Oreo cookie crumbles. Then simply add all other ingredients in a shaker. Shake and serve the rimmed martini glass.
Makes 1 serving
1.5 oz Partida Blanco Tequila
.5 oz Domaine de Canton
.5 oz Der Lachs Goldwasser
.5 oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth
1 dash Salt water
2 dashes AZBL Figgy Pudding Bitters
Stir and strain into old fashioned glass full of ice. For the garnish, Rosemary Christmas tree, orange peel star and powdered sugar snow.
Recipe Courtesy The Hermosa Inn & LON’s
Makes 1 serving
2 oz. Jameson Irish whiskey
2 oz. coffee
.5 oz brown sugar syrup
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup boiling water
Float lightly whipped cream on top.
2 oz heavy cream
2 tsps powdered sugar
Garnish with 3 coffee beans and one piece of mint.
To make the brown sugar syrup, mix ½ cup brown sugar with ¼ cup boiling water. Mix well and bottle.
To make the whipped cream, place 2 oz heavy cream and 2 tsp powdered sugar in mixing tin. Shake without ice for 7 seconds or until cream is lightly whipped where it will pour out and float on the drink.
Pour brown sugar syrup into cup, add coffee, add Jameson, and then top off with whipped cream.
Garnish with 3 coffee beans and one piece of mint.
Recipe courtesy of Crudo