5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Labor Day Weekend
Summer ends with a splash this Labor Day weekend at downtown Phoenix's Hotel Palomar and Lustre Rooftop Garden bar. The prime staycation spot is hosting two parties on Saturday, August 30, and Sunday, August 31.
Bringing the "100 Days of Summer" three-month-long event to an end, the Last Day's of Summer weekend pool party, conveniently on the hundredth day of summer, features live DJs, carnival games on Saturday, and a luau event on Sunday. Expect snocones, popsicles, and strong drinks to keep the party flowing.
The pool opens at 11 a.m. each day atop Hotel Palomar at Two East Jefferson Street. Live DJs are in the mix from 1 to 9 p.m. and 9 p.m. to midnight, following a performance from local artist Luna Aura. Catch live Caribbean music Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. This event is open to the public, and tickets are $10 for non-hotel guests. Call 480-478-1765 or visit www.lustrerooftopgarden.com for event information and ticket purchases. -- Janessa Hilliard
There is an urban legend surrounding Judo master and ponytail debonaire Steven Seagal that goes like this: On the set of Out For Justice (great movie), Seagal boasted that as a result of extensive training, he was impervious to shime-waza, or chokes. Skeptical, the stunt coordinator on set called his bluff, choked Seagal out and made him poop his pants. True or not, the story proves that Judo is awesome, which is why you need to attend the Southwest Judo Open Tournament in Mesa on August 31. Hosted by Southwest Judo Academy, this tournament will feature more than 200 judoka fighting for the top spot. Just remember to bring some diapers -- you never know when poop-yourself kind of moment could happen.
The Southwest Judo Open Tournament 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, August 31, at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 North Center Street in Mesa. Admission is $5. Call 480-253-2701 or visit www.southwestjudo.com for more. -- Zachary Fowle