Top 7 things to do in Scottsdale this weekend

Toca Madera Staff

7 min read

Scottsdale sparkles with possibilities as the weekend beckons, offering a blend of relaxation, adventure, and culture. Whether you're savoring a brunch in a luxurious Mexican steakhouse, ascending sun-drenched trails, or spoiling yourself with a Spa day - every moment promises to be a snapshot of Arizona's vibrant spirit.

Let's look at some reasons why Scottsdale offers you plenty to do this weekend.

1 - Enjoy a weekend brunch in a classy Mexican steakhouse

Regardless of the type of weekend you want to enjoy, you can start your day the right way with a delicious brunch!

Taking place every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm, Toca Madera in Scottsdale offers a weekend brunch experience where every dish tells a story of culinary craftsmanship. The menu is a canvas of fresh produce, showcasing a palette of flavors from the sea and the soil.

Guacamole & Starters

Begin with the guacamole, a vibrant mix of pomegranate, lime pepitas, and jalapeño, served with plantain chips for a satisfying crunch. Or opt for the crispy calamari, where jalapeño and cilantro dance with avocado tomatillo salsa, creating a symphony of taste and texture.

Sweet Indulgences

The tres leches French toast is a sweet homage to tradition, with brioche bread taking center stage, accompanied by a chorus of cinnamon toast crunch and fresh berries. For a twist on a classic, the chicken & waffle pairs breaded jidori chicken with a chipotle maple glaze, creating a harmony of sweet and savory.

Refreshing Libations

And no brunch is complete without the clinking of glasses. The mimosa kit invites you to craft your own narrative with a bottle of prosecco and a selection of seasonal fruits and juices. It's a choose-your-own-adventure in a glass, perfect for toasting to the weekend.

At Toca Madera, brunch is an act of togetherness, a time when the menu is merely the starting point for a weekend filled with connection and conversation.

2 - Spa day

One highly recommended spa in Scottsdale is the Spa at Camelback Inn. Situated in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, this tranquil oasis offers a variety of spa treatments designed to refresh your mind, body, and soul. From soothing massages and rejuvenating facials to invigorating body wraps and healing therapies, the Spa at Camelback Inn has it all.

3 - Shopping in Old Town

When it comes to shopping in Scottsdale, you can't miss out on the unique and vibrant atmosphere of Old Town. Nestled in the heart of downtown, this charming district is not only a shopper's paradise but also a window into the rich historic landmarks and cultural heritage of the city.

4 - Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden is a true oasis in the Sonoran Desert. This popular spot is home to a wide range of desert plants, showcasing the beauty and diversity of this unique ecosystem.

Whether you're a nature lover, a photography enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful escape, the Desert Botanical Garden in Scottsdale is the perfect weekend destination.

5 - Cave Creek

Nestled just north of Scottsdale, Cave Creek is an endearing town that offers a unique and authentic Arizona experience. Known for its rich Western heritage and breathtaking desert views, Cave Creek is the perfect destination for anyone looking to escape the noise of the city and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert.

6 - Camelback Mountain

One of the most iconic landmarks in Scottsdale is Camelback Mountain. Rising majestically above the city, this mountain offers outdoor enthusiasts a challenging yet rewarding adventure. With its distinctive hump-shaped silhouette resembling a camel, it's no wonder this mountain has become such a beloved symbol of the area.

Camelback Mountain boasts a variety of trails that cater to different skill levels and interests. Whether you're a seasoned hiker seeking a thrilling ascent or a beginner looking for a more leisurely stroll, there's a trail for you. The two main trails that lead to the summit are the Echo Canyon Trail and the Cholla Trail - both offering a truly immersive experience of this area.

7 - Segway of Scottsdale

Embark on a Segway journey through Scottsdale's vibrant scenery and history. Glide through Old Town, where every corner offers a snapshot of the city's rich cultural tapestry. With tours starting at 5 PM, you can bask in the glow of an Arizona sunset, casting a golden hue over the city's unique architecture and bustling streets.

As December's chill sets in, the Christmas Lights Tour becomes a seasonal delight and one of the annual events that are simply a Scottsdale must-do. Imagine rolling through streets lined with twinkling lights, sipping hot chocolate, and feeling the festive air with family and friends.

This tour, available from November 24th to December 30th, wraps Segways in holiday cheer, complete with reindeer-antlered helmets.

More recommendations for Scottsdale this weekend

Scottsdale brims with other adventures and amazing events that promise a weekend of excitement and discovery.

  • Soar above the desert landscape in a hot air balloon ride, witnessing the beauty of Arizona below you in a true bucket list experience.
  • Feel the adrenaline at Octane Raceway, where electric kart racing offers a wild ride.
  • Stroll along the Scottsdale Waterfront for serene views and a perfect spot to unwind.
  • Explore the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art for a dose of creativity.
  • The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park and Pinnacle Peak Park offer outdoor fun for all ages.
  • Visit Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home, to step into architectural history.
  • Check out Scottsdale's annual events and special events at Legacy Park for unique local experiences.
  • Treat yourself to a wide variety of high-end shopping at Scottsdale Fashion Square.
  • For movie enthusiasts, RoadHouse Cinemas provides a plush viewing experience.
  • Don't miss a game at Scottsdale Stadium, a must-visit destination for sports fans.
  • And indulge in a fine wine tasting at Merkin Vineyards to experience Scottsdale's refined side.

Secure Your Spot for Toca Madera's Unforgettable Weekend Brunch

Discover the joy of the weekend brunch at Toca Madera, where flavors and friends meet every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am.

Imagine a brunch where every bite is a conversation starter and the setting is as exquisite as the cuisine. Toca Madera redefines your weekend plans with a culinary adventure that awaits your presence.

Claim your seat at the table where Scottsdale's heartbeats and palates are pampered.