Fun things to do in May in Scottsdale

It’s going to be a great month in Scottsdale! Check out all the things to do. . .

For the history buff

This is one all Wild West fans need to attend: the live performance of “The Gentleman Doc Holliday.” This one man play, written by Karen Holliday (Doc’s closest living relative) and Terry Earp, it stars Wyatt Earp, a direct descendent of Holliday’s best friend. Reservations for the show are suggested. The show is set for 1 p.m. May 7 at Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West (3830 N. Marshall Way in Scottsdale). Get details online at the museum’s website.

Rock your derby hat and down mint juleps 

May 7 is Kentucky Derby Day and what better way to watch “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” than with a whole bunch of other racing fans? Head to Bourbon & Bubbles at Second Story Restaurant and Liquor Bar (4166 North Scottsdale Rd.). Only 44 tickets are available for what is being billed as “The best Kentucky Derby Party in Scottsdale,” so get yours now online. You’ll enjoy welcome cocktails and appetizers, a 3-Course “Derby Inspired” menu, games and prizes and, of course, mint juleps.

Date night!

Adults only are invited to Scottsdale Stadium for Date Night. You can enjoy gourmet food truck fare and wash it down with wine and beer, take a tour of the stadium and then watch a movie on the field. This is another free event and it’s coming up on May 7 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. The Stadium is located in Scottsdale at 7408 E. Osborn Road.

Have a cold one – or two

The Scottsdale Civic Center is the scene of the Ameri-Can Canned Beer Festival on May 14, from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Enjoy more than 250 beers, food and entertainment and an awards ceremony. Buy tickets online at

Listen to live music

The Summer Concert Series at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park kicked off a few days ago and will continue on Sundays until July 6.  Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy the classic rock sounds of Shallow Water on May 8; Georgia Chrome with new country on the 15th; Chuck E Baby & the All Stars with music from the 50s to the 80s on the 22nd and 90s rock from Pearl Ridge on May 29. All concerts are free, they begin at 7:30 and end at 9 p.m. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is located at 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd. in Scottsdale.

Don’t miss the May 22 Scottsdale Philharmonic concert at the Scottsdale Bible Church (7601 E. Shea Blvd.). They’ll be presenting Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #1 B Flat Minor, Haydn’s Surprise Symphony and Shostakovich: Symphony #5 Finale. There is no admission charge and the concert runs from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Get details on line at the Philharmonic’s website.


Foodies: May 20 to May 29 is Spring Restaurant Week in Scottsdale! Check out the participating restaurants here and get ready to nosh in style. Three-course prix-fixe menus are $33 or $44. Learn more online at

Image: By Bill Brine - Flickr: Kentucky Derby 2014-0214, CC BY 2.0

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