Your guide to Memorial Day weekend 2022 parties in the Phoenix metro

Memorial Day weekend is usually wall-to-wall with pool parties, club nights, and DJ events. People who are ready to party and do nothing tend to go out and fight every third day, whether it’s hitting the dance floor of a club or knocking over a few- ones at a lively party or a rager.

This will be the case this year, as the four days from Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30, many parties and events are planned throughout the Phoenix metro area.

It’s also the unofficial kickoff of the pool party season, and as such, venues like Maya Dayclub and Scottsdale’s Talking Stick Resort have planned events. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler is also getting in on the action and will launch its monthly Oasis Pool Party summer series.

Here’s the lowdown on what’s happening during MDW 2022 in the Valley.

Tax Bar by Quark

Friday May 27
Gracie’s Tax Bar, 711 North Seventh Avenue

Gracie’s will take a page of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and transform into Quark’s Bar in honor of Phoenix Fan Fusion taking place over Memorial Day weekend just a few miles away. (To be fair, though, we’re sure everyone’s favorite Ferengi wouldn’t have anything to do with an establishment with “tax” in its name.) Anyone who displays their Fan Fusion badge can get “special cocktail con” half price. There will also be music from Enmeshed and a costume contest with prizes for first, second and third place. Warp over from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free entry.

rebel bass

From Friday 27 May to Saturday 28 May
Endgame, 1233 South Alma School Road, Mesa

Boba Fett’s seismic charges have nothing on the thunderous chirps and bass-fueled tracks that DJs will drop on these two nights star wars– themed EDM event. Over 40 DJs will blast dubstep, drum ‘n’ bass, jungle and bass-house across multiple stages, including headliners Synymata and Audioscribe, as well as locals such as BrunchBeatz, Pr!ce, Trentino, Weird Waifu and Flexstyle. The party starts at 7 p.m. each evening. Daily admission is $30 and a two-day pass is $50.

Pool parties on the wet deck

From Friday 27 May to Sunday 29 May
West Scottsdale, 7277 East Camelback Road

The W will be decked out in red, white and blue decor as it hosts pool parties daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. during Memorial Day weekend. Expect DJs and live music, garden games like water pong and cornhole, watered down popsicles and costumed characters on stilts. Call 480-970-2100 for admission information or text 602-405-0099 to reserve a poolside table or cabana.

Memorial Day Weekend Rooftop BBQ

From Friday 27 May to Sunday 29 May
Chandelier Bar, 2 East Jefferson Street

The Palomar Hotel’s outdoor bar and pool will host a three-day celebration with live music DJs after dark, cocktails galore and “American favourites” grilling all weekend. Call 602-258-0231 for full details and admission information.

Click to enlarge Party at Walter Where?House.  - LYNN TRIMBLE

Party at Walter Where?House.

Lynn Trimble

Season closing party

Saturday May 28
Walter Where?House, 702 North 21st Avenue

The popular art and music space Walter Where? House will wrap up its spring with one last blast on Saturday night. EDM star Mark Farina will play a mix of downtempo, house music and “Mushroom Jazz” (which is described as a mix of “jazzy and organic West Coast productions combined with West Coast hip-hop is”. [and] urban rhythmsā€¯). The classic disco set The Sponges will open. Doors are at 9 p.m. Admission is $22 plus fees in advance and $26 plus fees on the day of the show.

Pool party at the summer oasis

Saturday May 28
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Chandler

Wild Horse Pass will launch its monthly Oasis Pool Party summer series, which will be hosted by Phoenix Suns player Jae Crowder. House/electro DJ star 3LAU will headline the 21+ event, which runs from 2-6 p.m. DJ Natalia Moon will perform an opening set. Tickets are $40 per person (plus fees) and cabana rentals are also available.

Red, White and Blue Memorial Day

Saturday May 28
AURA, 411 South Mill Ave, #201, Tempe

This special MDW edition of AURA’s weekly college night will be open to anyone 18 or older and will feature drinks, DJs and dancing. Table service is available by texting 623-225-3986. Doors are at 10 p.m. General admission is $20 and skip-the-line passes are $30.

Click to enlarge This is what a pool party looks like at the Talking Stick Resort.  -JIM LOUVAU

This is what a pool party looks like at the Talking Stick Resort.

Jim Louveau

Free After Dark feat. Duke Dumont

Saturday May 28
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 East Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale

British-born DJ/producer Duke Dumont will blast energetic house music from an outdoor stage during this pool party at The Talking Stick. Local DJs Jur and Justin Irby will warm up the crowd with opening sets. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $35 plus fees.

Under construction

Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29
Phoenix Raceway, 7602 Jimmie Johnson Drive, Avondale

Local promoter Relentless Beats is bringing back this two-day outdoor EDM festival with Fisher and Chris Lake for another year. Expect plenty of beats and bass (as well as a different lineup of openers) each night with Loco Dice, Anna, Joshwa and Miane on Saturday nights and Hot Since 82, Eli & Fur, Cloonee and Sosa on Sundays . Doors open at 6:30 p.m. General admission is $52.50 (plus fees) per night or $99.50 (plus fees) for both. Shuttle service is also available from downtown Tempe for $37 per person.

Cobra Kai 80s night

Sunday May 29
Thunderbird Lounge, 710 Montecito Avenue West

fans of Cobra Kai (and The Karate Kid franchise in general) will love the latest Thunderbird theme party. DJs will spin the kind of retro hair metal/glam rock favorites Johnny Lawrence would love (including songs from the movies and the show), ’80s costumes and outfits are encouraged, and character buttons will be given away to 200 first people. Customers can also get a $1 discount on Coors Banquet whiskey and beers (try not to hit anyone if you do that bottle trick) or participate in Street Fighter II and samurai fight tournaments. Be the best from noon. Free entry.

Click to enlarge Memorial Day pool party at Maya in Scottsdale.  - BENJAMIN CUIRIER

Memorial Day pool party at Maya in Scottsdale.

Benjamin Leatherman

afrojack

Sunday May 29
Maya Dayclub, 7333 East Indian Plaza, Scottsdale

9Maya will be hosting pool parties throughout Memorial Day weekend, including this Sunday afternoon affair with Dutch DJ/producer Afrojack. Expect all the usual trappings of a lively Scottsdale-style pool party, like bottle service, pool toys, and rowdy fun. Doors open at noon and admission is $70 plus fees.

Pre-memorial party

Sunday May 28
Luckys Indoor Outdoor, 817 North Second Street

This laid-back 21-plus affair will feature live music from Rio Grande, plenty of drinks and food from MozzArepas. A trio of local DJs – Gnarly Brown, Oh Allen and DJ Soloman – will be in the mix from 9 p.m. The party starts at 6 p.m. and there is no cover.

Benny Benassi

Monday May 30
Maya Dayclub, 7333 East Indian Plaza, Scottsdale

The electro/progressive house DJ/producer will help wrap up Memorial Day weekend when he headlines a 21+ pool party at Maya during the holidays themselves. Doors open at noon. Tickets are $30 plus fees.

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