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6 Must-Attend Memorial Day Weekend Pool Parties in Metro Phoenix

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Consider it a kick-off to the rest of the summer and a chance to let loose during the three-day weekend.

Memorial Day Weekend Celebration at W Scottsdale

Although you might be saving your American flag bikini or bathing suit for the Fourth of July, the promoters of the back-to-back Memorial Day Weekend affairs at the W are encouraging the skinny and stylish set to wear their finest red, white, and blue summer wear to the two-day party atop the hotel's WET Deck. On Saturday, May 24, patrons can compete in a Red Pong tournament (read: beer pong with Red Bull as the drink of choice) with a $250 cash prize and trophy for the winner. It should give them plenty of energy to dance when Australian actress, supermodel, and club deejay Brooke Evers drops some hot spins.

Games will also be afoot on Sunday, May 25, when giant versions of Jenga and Connect Four will be set up for play. Ping-pong and rock, paper, scissors tournaments will also be staged and will award $250 and a special champagne prize, respectively. Meanwhile, DJ Soulman will be in the mix and cornhole games will also transpire. Hours are from noon to 6 p.m. each day. Tickets are $20.

First Days of Summer at Lustre Rooftop Garden

Beer pong pros can also reign supreme during Lustre's Memorial Day weekend pool parties on both Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25, as games of Champong will take place. If you couldn't have guessed, it's similar to the popular game, only with bubbly instead of brews and players jokingly sticking out their pinkies while playing. The poolside bar at the Hotel Palomar will also feature regular games of table tennis and cornhole during both days, and specialty cocktails will be served and a photo booth will be available for candid snapshots with friends. DJs will perform from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day, as well as during an evening session from 8 p.m. onward on Saturday. Dive in starting 11 a.m. There's a $10 cover for non-hotel guests.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.