Labor Day Weekend things to do in and around Phoenix, Arizona

Labor day in PhoenixEveryone is looking for things to do as we say goodbye to summer.  Can you believe it’s almost over?  (In Arizona we say “thank goodness!)  Let’s celebrate by getting out of the house!

September 4, 2009 ~ Night Golf at Phoenix’s Encanto 9 Golf Course where the links are lined with glow lights and glow golfballs are provided.  Located at 2300 N. 17th Avenue  beginning at 6:30 p.m. $25/adults (one child plays free with paying adult $15 for each additional child. (602-262-6870 for info)

September 5, 2009 ~ Fiesta de Septiembre.  11:00 am – 6:00 pm (FREE) Folklorico dancers, mariachi groups, Latin bands, photo exhibits, food & beverages, salsa & margarita contests.  Located in Wickenburg  (a little bit of a drive ~ 54 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix).  There’s plenty of other things to do in Wickenburg if you want to hang around for awhile.  Here’s a list.

Sports anyone?  Take your pick~

The always present and ever classic, tubing down the Salt River.  Take plenty of sunscreen and a hat!

A visit to Wildhorse Pass where you can hit the Casino or saddle up and enjoy horseback riding at the Koli Equestrian Center.  No visit is complete without a stop at Rawhide for a true taste of the wild west at this replica 1880’s western town. 

How bout a visit to Scottsdale’s last real cowboy saloon?  The Rusty Spur with food, drinks and live music 7 days a week.

Lazy day?  Wanna do nuthin?  How ’bout watching the planes land while you lunch at the Hangar Cafe, 1725 E. Ryan Road at the Chandler Airport.  It’s open for breakfast and lunch. (480-899-8965).

Or…GET OUTTA TOWN, or better yet, drive a bit and get outta the Valley.

Red Rocks Music Festival in Sedona. The 8th year of this fabulous Labor Day Tradition.

Tombstone, Arizona.  This Labor Day weekend event features the Rendezvous of Gunfighters where gunfighter groups from all over the U.S. will gather to shoot each other…just kidding.  It will be quite a show with performances, costume contests and a parade.  If you’ve never been to Tombstone…this would be the perfect time to visit!

Get cool…Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Show.  Pine Community Center in Pine, AZ (Hwy 87) 928-978-0469

Feel free to add your own Labor Day events to this post and whatever you choose to do…buckle up and stay safe.


  1. I’m coming to Phoenix next week. I’ll have to take advantage of the fun. Thanks for the info.

  2. Glad to help! Bring cool clothes!!!

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  4. Thanks Bill! Hope you come back often!