Cave Creek Balloon Festival

Thanks to Memorial Day, we get an extra day off this weekend. If you need help to take advantage of the extra time, read on for our suggestions. These include Comicon, free water-based events, events that include fireworks, a virtual Caribbean vacation and, of course, some ways to honor our fallen military personnel.

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1. Get your geek on

Thursday, May 25 to Sunday, May 28
This major annual Phoenix event sees dozens of movie and TV stars, authors and comic book artist gather to meet their fans. Other attractions include cosplay contests, panels, seminars and more than 700 vendors of collectibles and memorabilia.
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2. Cool off

Friday, May 26
Whether you worked up a sweat cosplaying at Comicon, or just want to keep the normal heat at bay, enjoy water slides and other water-based activities in downtown Phoenix. *Free Event!
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3. Honor fallen military, police and firefighters

Friday, May 26
Get a jump on Memorial Day at this annual celebration of fallen Phoenix heroes. There will be live music, kid play areas and fireworks to end the evening. *Free Event!
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4. Light up the night

Saturday, May 27
Watch hot-air balloons light up the night as you enjoy live music, games, local food and beverages, and fireworks. *Military discount!
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5. Chow down on yummy food

Saturday, May 27
Sample food from more than 20 local food trucks as you listen to a live DJ. Kids can enjoy bounce houses and water slides, and there will be a beer garden fro the adults. *Free Event!
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6. Break out the flashlights

Saturday, May 27
Experience the unique sights, sounds and smells of the desert at night at this recurring summer family event. Explore on your own or get in-depth information from experts.
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7. Attend a prom for adults

Saturday, May 27
Want to go back in time and attend prom again? You can at this adult-only event that encourages you to dress up and then enjoy dancing, food trucks, retro board games and much more.
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8. Prepare to laugh

Saturday, May 27
This Memorial Day-themed comedy show features performers who are all military veterans and accomplished stand-up comedians.
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9. Voyage to the Caribbean

Sunday, May 28
Experience the food, music, dance, clothing and culture of the Caribbean through a free parade and a (paid) Carnival Village that includes steel drums and stilt walkers.
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10. Observe Memorial Day

Monday, May 29
Numerous cemeteries and museums around the Valley host Memorial Day celebrations, but here are some of the larger ones:
Memorial Day at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona – the official military Memorial Day ceremony
Memorial Day Observance – the historic ceremony at Pioneer & Military Memorial Park
Anthem Memorial Day Ceremony – the ceremony at the award-winning Anthem memorial
National Moment of Remembrance – a moment of silence from 3 p.m. to 3:01 p.m. (local time) wherever you happen to be

Out of the Valley

Wyatt Earp Days

Saturday, May 27 to Monday, May 29
Celebrate one of Arizona’s most legendary figures in the spot where he gained his fame. Escape the Valley and head down to Tombstone for street entertainment, gunfight reenactments, a chili cook off and plenty more.
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More Events This Weekend

Free movie, classic rock concert, gardening and more

All Weekend
Looking for other things to do over the extended weekend? How about a free screening of “The Little Mermaid” or “Moana,” a Dead & Company concert or a workshop in urban gardening?
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