Live music, DJ sets, drink specials, stellar resort room rates and so much more are on your to-do list this Labor Day weekend in Scottsdale and beyond.
Hotel Valley Ho
Labor Day weekend in Scottsdale kicks off with a Smoke + Whiskey dinner, Friday night from 6 to 9 p.m. in Sands, at Hotel Valley Ho. Special guest chef and Texas pitmaster Brendan Lamb has collaborated on a special three-course, whiskey-paired barbecue menu with Executive Chef Russell LaCasce ($129, plus tax and gratuity; reservations required). On Saturday, ZuZu is serving up barbecue specials for brunch and dinner along with its seasonal menus. Head to the OH Pool for poolside eats and treats all weekend with DJs spinning from 1 to 5 p.m., Friday through Monday. On Sunday and Monday, guests can also enjoy barbecue snacks by Chef Lamb from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The OH Pool is open to those with reservations for rooms, cabanas and daybeds. Book a guestroom at least three days in advance to save 20 percent with the Advance Purchase Rate.
FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel and Match Market & Bar
In celebration of the three-day holiday weekend, FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel offers an exclusive accommodations rate — and hosts a Yacht Rock Pool Party on Saturday, Sept. 2. Between Friday, Sept. 1, and Monday, Sept. 4, guests can receive 15 percent off their room rate when they show a paystub to the front desk upon arrival. (This offer is available for bookings made directly through FOUND:RE’s website, not third-party services.) Taking place poolside from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, Yacht Rock Pool Party is complimentary to attend and features DJ Edward Joseph spinning a sea of yacht rock classics. Food and drink specials will be available for purchase from Match Market & Bar during the event.
For more information: foundrehotels.com; matchphx.com.
Gila River Resorts & Casinos — Wild Horse Pass
Gila River Resorts & Casinos — Wild Horse Pass in Chandler hosts a hip-hop heavyweight Labor Day weekend party. The Hip Hop 50 two-day concert will feature A-list acts in honor of the 50th anniversary of hip hop: Rick Ross, Offset and DaBaby (Sept. 2) and Ludacris, Fat Joe and Lil Jon (Sept. 3). Tickets start at $99.
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com (Saturday) and www.ticketmaster.com (Sunday).
From Sept. 1 to Sept. 4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., W Scottsdale hosts the Blanc de Blancs Labor Day Weekend Celebration. Party people can sip frosty cocktails and chill poolside at the adults-only WET Deck and are encouraged to dress in white for the holiday weekend events. For a more relaxed getaway, event-goers and guests can book one of AWAY Spa’s summer treatments, available now through the end of September.
Reservations: VIP reservations can be made via firstname.lastname@example.org or 602.405.0099. Hotel guests have free access to the party.
Egyptian Motor Hotel
Wear your finest Barbie-inspired garb, and kick off the three-day Labor Day weekend with a Life is Plastic Pool Party at the Egyptian Motor Hotel in Phoenix on Friday, Sept. 1, from 7 to 11 p.m. There will be a DJ spinning tunes, dancers and a swimwear auction. General admission is $40 and includes two free drinks from the cocktail bar. All proceeds from the event will be donated locally to Trans Queer Pueblo, an autonomous migrant and LGBTQ+ community.
For more information: www.egyptianmotorhotel.com.
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, A Gurney’s Resort & Spa
Just in time for Labor Day luxuriating, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, A Gurney’s Resort & Spa offers the Suite September Sale. Guests who book before Aug. 31 can enjoy a deluxe Scottsdale escape with 30 percent savings on suite stays. The iconic resort will also be partnering with Lucid Motors this Labor Day weekend, offering guests an exclusive Lucid Test Drive experience.
Lylo Swim Club
Lylo Swim Club at Rise Uptown Hotel hosts an cool array of events in honor of Labor Day weekend in Phoenix. On Sept. 2 and Sept. 3, guests can kick back to poolside DJ tunes from noon to 5 p.m. On Sept. 4, the poolside mini market will serve up tacos and frozen margaritas alongside vendors, Mollz to the Wallz tie-dye from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and LINK X LOU permanent jewelry from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Reserve a daybed or lounge chair: rise-uptown.resortpass.co.
Jazzbird Nights at The Ravenscroft returns for an exciting season starting Friday, Sept. 1, with an Alice Tatum concert starting at 7:30 p.m. To kick off Labor Day weekend in Scottsdale, guests can savor the first-class jazz lounge, which hosts music from popular and up-and-coming local musicians. Guests can also enjoy a fine selection of wine, local craft beers and catered meals for purchase.
Savor The Montauk’s divine brunch this Labor Day in Scottsdale, dished up from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Plus, live local music will be thumping all day long on Sept. 4, as well as all-day happy hour food and drink specials.
For more information: www.themontaukaz.com.
Queen Creek Olive Mill
Queen Creek Olive Mill hosts a special Labor Day Weekend Sangria Social on Saturday, Sept. 2, complete with three seasonal-inspired house-made sangrias. Then, come Labor Day, the Grill at the Mill event will include live music, grill-inspired menus, games in the grove and more. Grill on the Mill takes place 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. No RSVP required.
For more information: www.queencreekolivemill.com.
L’Auberge de Sedona
L’Auberge de Sedona hosts a fun-filled Labor Day concert on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. The end-of-summer concert allows guests to relax creekside and listen to live music performed by Sedona-based artist, The Saith Band, playing hits from the last 60 years. Guests can also savor seasonal hors d’oeuvres from Cress on Oak Creek, and a pop-up bar will be set up on the lawn. The concert is open to the public, with tickets priced at $50 per person. Resort guests have free admission to the concert.
On Monday, Sept. 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Windsor in Phoenix hosts You Better Work Brunch. A portion of proceeds from the energetic drag show brunch will go to Human Rights Campaign. Plus, queens will be selling Ameztoi Rubentis rosé during the show. Limited reservations are available; walk-ins welcome.
On Sept. 4, enjoy a $15 Unlimited Fun Pass (good for unlimited bowling, laser tag and billiards) at Mavrix in Scottsdale. Plus, buy one, get one free $20 game cards from 4 to 11 p.m., and grab a beer bucket for your Labor Day crew for $20.
For more information: www.mavrix.com.
Channel your inner lumberjack this Labor Day weekend in Scottsdale with half-off axe-throwing all day at Octane Raceway. On Sept. 3, Octane Raceway open early at 10 a.m.
For more information: www.octaneraceway.com.
Wine Girl Scottsdale
Wine Girl Scottsdale will be transformed into a Beverly Hills Hotel-inspired pop-up from Aug. 28 to Sept. 3, bubbling over with fun photo opps. Guests will check in to a beautiful cabana where they will sip coconut drinks and nibble on delicious bites. On Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 5 to 8 p.m., guests can enjoy a special rosé tasting event with Whispering Angel.
Book a visit: www.winegirl.com.
P.C.H. at Platform 18
The Barter & Shake Cocktail Entertainment team is collaborating with friends from around the cocktail world via a series of pop-ups, beginning Labor Day weekend at Platform 18 (and with upcoming events lasting into the new year). Each event will offer a handcrafted experience with an exclusive five-drink cocktail menu, décor and much more. Pacific Cocktail Haven (P.C.H.) will come aboard Platform 18 on Sept. 3 for one-night only. Reservations are available now.
STK Scottsdale and Kona Grill
From Sept. 1 to Sept. 4, doctors, nurses, police, fire, EMT, hospital workers and teachers can enjoy 50 percent off their food order (excludes tax and gratuity, dine-in only). Must show proof of work badge, paystub or ID.
For more information: stksteakhouse.com; www.konagrill.com.
Celebrate the end of summer this Labor Day weekend in Scottsdale at Roaring Fork for its annual “Dinner on Us” promotion. On Monday, Sept. 4, guests can enjoy a buy one, get one free offer all evening long, beginning at 4 p.m. Dishes include grilled fish tacos, cedar-plank salmon, braised beef short ribs and more.
For more information: www.roaringfork.com.