The dog days of summertime officially come to an end a few days from now, which certainly is reason enough to celebrate. Here's another: It's also Labor Day weekend, and that means around 72 hours of work-free bliss, if you're fortunate enough to have all three days off.
Your friends who happen to have pools will probably be putting on some sort of shindig, but those backyard bashes likely can't compare to the sort of swim celebrations that are scheduled to occur at a few hotels and other places in Scottsdale and Phoenix from Saturday, August 30, to Monday, September 1.
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For instance, Jungle Juice will get you good and drunk, but it ain't as stylish as a finely crafted cocktail, especially when enjoyed while reclining on a daybed and soaking up swank sounds like at any of the five Labor Day pool parties.
A three-day holiday usually means back-to-back-to-back pool parties at Talking Stick, and this Labor Day Weekend is certainly no exception. It will be wall-to-wall revelry from Saturday, August 30, to Monday, September 1, at the North Scottsdale resort, either in both of its pools, at the outdoor bar, or inside any of the VIP cabanas offering shade and bottle service.
DJs are scheduled to perform each day, giveaways are planned, and $5 drinks specials will be available on Sunday. Gates open at 11 a.m. and admission is free for ladies, $10 for guys.
Lustre will send off its "100 Days of Summer" event series with style during LDW with two straight days of pool parties that will offer drinks, dancing, unique activities, and (of course) killer views of downtown Phoenix from the third floor of the Hotel Palomar.
The weekend kicks off on Saturday, August 30, with a Big Top Carnival celebration that includes games of skill, live music, adult snowcones and popsicles, performances, and more. A Hawaiian Luau party will also take place on Sunday, August 31, and feature a bag tournament, ping-pong games, island music, a photo booth, hula-hoop shenanigans, and other activities. Both events start at 11 a.m. and admission is $10 for the non-hotel guests.
It takes some serious talents, including a keen eye and good aim, to succeed at tossing ping-pong balls into little red cups. And if you're someone whose skills at said quasi-sport are supreme, then some big rewards await you at the W's Labor Day Weekend Pool Party on Sunday, August 30. A Red Bull Pong tournament (with the energy drink being the liquid in question) for cash and gift cards will be held, as well as super-sized games of Connect Four and Giant Jenga throughout the afternoon.
As with any event at the hotel, cabana rentals and holiday-inspired specialty cocktails will be available and DJs will perform. The party starts at 11 a.m. Admission is $15.
Revelry will be in abundance inside the Saguaro's cloistered pool area on the afternoon of Sunday, August 31, during the H2OUSE Summer Pool Sessions, as well swanky spirits and laidback sounds. According to promoters, the party will feature handcrafted cocktails from the bar staff at the Scottsdale hotel, poolside service from chef Jose Garces, and a variety of chill music coming from the Dynacord sound system. The event runs from noon until 7 p.m., and tickets are $10.
At your average daytime party at Maya, it's almost guaranteed that you'll see any combination of the following: gigantic inflatable champagne bottles being tossed around, squirt guns unleashing streams of water, bottle service girls dressed as cops being carried around in miniature squad cars, go-go dancers striking a pose atop columns, and socialites mugging for selfies in wild costumes. Oh, and there's also actual swimming involved as well, or, at the very least, a lot of splashing around in the day club's pool.
You can expect such rowdy activities to take place during Maya's Labor Day pool parties on Saturday, August 30, and Sunday, August 31, both of which will also offer much in the way of DJs and drinks. Doors open at 11 a.m. each day, and admission prices vary.
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