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From Frida to Free Dental (and Pool Parties): It's Labor Day in Phoenix

Written by Savanah Yaghsezian Category: Lists Issue: September 2017

After Labor Day it’s official: Summer 2017 is over. As Game of Thrones fans would say, winter is coming. (Also in Phoenix, just as in GOT, winter may be coming but it will feel like summer continues to last for approximately six years.)

But before you break out the pumpkin spice, check out these events and discounts happening over Labor Day weekend while Phoenix continues broiling in 105+ degree heat:


Heard Museum: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera (the last weekend!)
If you haven’t seen the amazing collection from the notorious Mexican artist power couple or have yet to take a selfie in front of the wall of rainbow flowers a la Frida, this weekend is your last chance! Admission is $18 for adults and $7.50 for college students and children 6-17.
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-252-8840,

Musical Instrument Museum: Dragons and Vines – Inland Guitar Masterpieces (the last weekend!)
Check out intricately decorated guitars as a part of a series by a variety of North American artists. Admission is $10 for the Dragons and Vines exhibit only, or $7 with a general admission ticket.
4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, 480-478-6000,

LUSTRE Rooftop Bar: Labor Day Pool Party
This 21-and-up event has everything you’d ever want from a pool party – in the heart of Downtown Phoenix at the Hotel Palomar. There will be DJs, drinks, BBQ and, best of all, no cover.
2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-478-1738,


Rack Scottsdale
Playing a game of pool doesn’t have to be pricy. Games are half-priced, Absolut Vodka drinks are only $4 and domestic drafts are $3. Challenge your friends to a game on Labor Day from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.
3636 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-476-1035,

Hash Kitchen
Celebrate your Labor Day brunch at Hash Kitchen. Sip on Bloody Marys while enjoying your Labor Day specials. You can choose from 12-hour smoked pulled pork with hash potatoes, fried eggs and hand-battered onion rings ($16), or indulge your sweet tooth with Hash Monkey French Toast ($14). Hash Kitchen will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a live DJ from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2 locations,

Hosting a Labor Day get-together this year? No need to worry about firing up the grill, Bobby-Q’s will provide a take-home meal for six for $35 (plus tax). The meal includes one pound of hand-sliced smoked prime beef brisket, one pound of seasoned pulled pork, six large BBQ buns, and a five ounce bottle of Bobby Q’s signature BBQ sauce.
2 locations,

You don’t have to go far to have a luxurious long weekend. These local hotels are offering great deals that are just minutes away from your home.

Andaz Scottsdale: Go Big or Go Home Labor Day Weekend
The Andaz Scottsdale is going all-out this weekend with a huge Labor Day celebration. The resort and spa will be offering scavenger hunts, beer samplings, jumbo pretzel twists, watermelon eating contests and so much more.
6114 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-368-1234,

Clarendon Hotel
The Clarendon is offering a special deal for Arizona residents this weekend with rates at just $79 per night. You have to book this deal by phone so call 602-252-9349 and use the code SUM17 to get the best price.
401 W. Clarendon Ave., Phoenix,

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Cool off at the Westin with their Big Chill package. $239 per night will get you a $50 dining credit or two rides on the FlowRider (man-made wave machine). If you want an even cheaper stay, check in on Monday for just $109 a night.
6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, 800-345-5892,

Hotel Valley Ho
This historic Scottsdale hotel is celebrating its 60th anniversary and is offering packages from $144-to-$189 a night, that include drinks, hotel credit and a room upgrade depending on availability.
6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, 480-376-2600,

Wait, what?

Risas Dental & Braces staff are giving up their holiday for the sixth year in a row for their Labor of Love project, which is expected to provide free dental services to more than 1,000 people across the greater Phoenix Valley. Risas is offering free basic teeth cleanings, cavity fillings, tooth extractions or x-rays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on September 4. If you’re at any of the participating locations before 8 a.m. you’re guaranteed a spot so set your alarms.
11 Valley locations,