Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer, but more importantly, it gives us an opportunity to formally honor American soldiers who have died in service to their country. There are several Memorial Day observances on Monday, May 30, two of which are listed below, followed by some special events taking place over the long weekend.
Memorial Day Observances:
Pioneers’ Cemetery Association
The Pioneers’ Cemetery Association will hold its annual Memorial Day observance at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 30, at Pioneer & Military Memorial Park. Free parking at Wesley Bolin Plaza.
Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park
Pay tribute to U.S. veterans at Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park during a 9:30 a.m. program on Monday, May 30. The program will take place at the cemetery.
Come hungry to Ahwatukee Eats and choose from about 15 food trucks. There will also be a kids' zone, live music and vendors. This month’s featured charity is Saving Paws Rescue, and the organization will be collecting donations. See website for information about which items to donate. Free.
Butterfly Wonderland Third Birthday Celebration
From May 28-30, help Butterfly Wonderland celebrate its third birthday with a bounce house, kids’ games, face painting, food trucks and live music in addition to regular exhibits. Cost: $19.95 adults; $12.95 ages 3-11.
The 7th Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival
The gates open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at Rancho Manana Golf Course for an evening of live music, colorful hot air balloons and a grand finale fireworks show. Food and drinks, including cocktails, beer and wine will be available for purchase. For the little ones, there’s a kids’ zone, face painting and balloon twisting. Prepaid tickets: adults, $12; kids 12 and younger, $7; free for children 2 and younger. Day of the event: adults, $15; kids, $10. Tickets for veterans and active military members are half-price.
5th Annual Phoenix Caribbean Carnival
The festivities start at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 29, with a Masquerade Parade beginning at Third Street and Thomas Road that will head north into Steele Indian School Park, where each band and group will be judged in a competition. At the park, the Caribbean Festival will already be rocking with musical and cultural performers, Caribbean and international foods, arts and crafts vendors, a beverage garden and food. Cost: adults, $10; ages 12 and up, $5; free for children younger than 12.
RELEASE Pool Party at Talking Stick Resort
Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at the RELEASE pool party at Talking Stick Resort. On Saturday, hear Skrillex; Sunday, Robin Schulz; Monday, MastaMonk. Prices vary depending on performer. Doors open at 11 a.m. To reserve a cabana, call 866-877-9897.