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Labor Day Weekend 2014 Events Guide

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Zedd, a Russian-German electronic music producer and DJ, performs during the iHeartRadio Music Festival in the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
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We know you’ve worked hard all year, and now it’s time you finally get some recognition for it. So kick back and relax—or party like there’s no tomorrow—during this year’s Labor Day weekend. We’ve rounded up the best DJs and events, from the hottest new singers like Tove Lo at the Sayers Club to sought-after DJs like Calvin Harris at Wet Republic. Now go get your groove on, and, you know, do as the Las Vegans do.

Brooklyn Bowl, The Linq

Questlove: The Roots drummer performs at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday, August 29, and Saturday, August 30, at midnight. $11-$20.

The Avett Brothers: Part Bob Dylan, part Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, the Americana group The Avett Brothers perform for three nights during Labor Day weekend. Thursday, August 29, through Saturday, August 31, $60.

Bonus: Get a free hour of bowling and a free shoe rental to kick off the weekend from Friday, August 29, through Sunday, August 31. On Monday, September 1, see Vegas alternative rockers Ashley Red and imbibe during the show with a $30 all-you-can-drink special from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. plus free bowling with Nevada ID.

Cosmopolitan

Theophilus London: The Trinidad-born, Brooklyn-raised R&B singer’s upcoming LP was produced by none other than hip-hop monarch Kanye West. Catch Mr. London at the Boulevard Pool, and maybe he’ll debut his newest cuts. Thursday, August 28, 8 p.m., $18.

Keith Urban: The New Zealand-born and Australia-raised country singer performs at the Chelsea with support from Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge. Sunday, August 31, 8 p.m., $75.

Drai's, The Cromwell

MAKJ: The LA DJ spins at Drai’s Beach Club while Adventure Club brings the beats to Drai’s nightclub. Friday, August 29, 11 a.m., $30 men, $20 women.

Arty: Russian electronic DJ Arty lands at all three Drai’s venues for an unheard-of 24-hour Labor Day set, which begins at 2:30 p.m. at Drai’s Beach Club. Saturday, August 30, $40 men, $20 women.

Unmet Ozcan: Amsterdam DJ Unmet Ozcan spins at Drai’s Beach Club and DJ Skratchy spins at Drai’s Nightclub. Sunday, August 31, 30 men, $20 women.

Double Barrel Roadhouse, Monte Carlo

Spazmatics: It’s a blast from the past at Double Barrel Roadhouse as the as the venue time travels back to the ‘80s with the Spazmatics. Friday, August 29, 10:30 p.m., $25 hosted bar wristband, 10 p.m. to midnight, unlimited draft beer and well cocktails.

Encore Beach Club, Encore

Zedd: The Russian-German DJ spins at Encore Beach Club. Thursday, August 28, 10:30 p.m., $35 men, $25 women.

Fedde Le Grand: If Dutch House is your thing, then “Put Your Hands Up” for Fedde Le Grand on Friday. Friday, August 29, 11 a.m., $35 men, $25 women.

Steve Angello: Catch Greek-Swedish DJ Steve Angello perform his latest single, “Wasted Love,” among other crowd favorites. Saturday, August 30, 11 a.m., $55 men, $35 women.

David Guetta: Lay by the pool and dance the day away as the iconic French DJ provides the soundtrack to your Labor Day weekend. Sunday, August 31, 11 a.m., $100 men, $35 women.

Major Lazer: Things always get a little crazy when Diplo’s side project, Major Lazer, is in town. Monday, September 1, 11 a.m., $40 men, $30 women.

Foxtail Nightclub, SLS

Rebecca & Fiona: Known for their smash hit “Bullets” and “Turn It Down” with Kaskade, the Swedish Duo performs at SLS’ new nightclub. Thursday, August 28, 10 p.m., $33 men, $22 women.

Nico & Vinz: The Norwegian duo first saw success in January with their single, “Am I Wrong.” Catch their set during Foxtail’s opening weekend. Saturday, August 30, 10 p.m., $22 for women, $33 for men.

Green Valley Ranch

Siberian Summer Pool Party: Groove to DJ Eric Forbes while he spins all afternoon and indulge in frozen treats, icy vodka shots and more during one of the last celebrations this summer. Sunday, August 31, 11 a.m., the Pond.

Hakkasan, MGM Grand

Steve Aoki, The Chainsmokers: Dim Mak creator Steve Aoki and his label’s recent addition, The Chainsmokers, perform at Hakkasan. Thursday, August 28, 10 p.m., $30 men, $20 women.

Above & Beyond: The English EDM duo performs for Labor Day weekend. Friday, August 29, 10 p.m., $50 men, $30 women.

Afrojack: Nick van de Wall, more commonly known as Afrojack, spins at Hakkasan. Saturday, August 30, 10 p.m., $50 men, $30 women.

Calvin Harris: One of the biggest DJs in the world, Calvin Harris spins during Labor Day weekend. Sunday, August 31, 10 p.m., $100 men, $50 women.

Hyde, Bellagio

Miguel: The Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer will heat up the weekend with a performance at Hyde. Saturday, August 30, 10 p.m., $50 men, $30 women.

Life Nightclub, SLS

Laidback Luke: Dutch DJ Laidback Luke spins with special guest D.O.D. during SLS’ opening weekend. Friday, August 29, 10 p.m., $44 men, $22 women.

Dirty South: The Serbian-born Australian DJ and producer brings his arsenal of essential mixes to Life Nightclub. Saturday, August 30, 10 p.m., $44 men, $22 women.

Deep Dish, Pete Tong: Having worked with the best, from Madonna and Janet Jackson to Cher, Deep Dish is now gearing up for a new album. Check out their set during the SLS’ grand opening weekend and hopefully, hear some new tunes. Sunday, August 31, 10 p.m., $33 men, $22 women.

Light & Daylight, Mandalay Bay

Norman Doray: The DJ brings French dance culture to Daylight Beach Club. Friday, August 29, 11 a.m., $37 men, $25 women.

Thomas Gold: The German tech-house DJ spins at Light.Friday, August 29, $54 men, $27 women.

Alesso: Catch this Swedish DJ, and maybe he’ll debut his upcoming single, “Heroes.” Daylight: Saturday, August 30, 11 a.m., $124 men, $50 women; Light: Saturday, August 30, 10 p.m., $101 men, $40 women.

Trey Songz: Get the “Smartphones” out for this one. Following the release of his new LP, Trigga, the R&B singer touches down at Daylight. Sunday, August 31, 11 a.m., $93+ men, $50+ women.

Carl Cox: The British house and techno DJ spins a late-night set at Light. Sunday, August 31, 11 p.m., $54 men, $27 women.

Primm Valley Casino Resorts

Fireworks Display: Bring the family and experience the second annual fireworks display. Show begins at dusk, Sunday, August 31, 31900 Las Vegas Blvd S, Primm.

Red Rock Resort

Cabana Club Season Send Off: Everyone likes free stuff. Get to the Cabana Club early and get a free squirt gun, plus free vodka shots before 2 p.m. DJ L1 spins throughout the afternoon. Sunday, August 31, 11 a.m., Cabana Club.

Rehab, Hard Rock Hotel

Jason Derulo: Rehab is the perfect place to get your “Wiggle” on, as R&B singer Jason Derulo performs a live set. August 30, 10 a.m., $70 men, $50 women.

Puff Daddy: The original Bad Boy arrives at Rehab during Labor Day weekend. Sunday, August 31, 10 a.m., $125+ men, $75+ women.

The Sayers Club, SLS

Tove Lo: Swedish pop star Tove Lo, known for her breakout-hit “Habits (Stay High),” christens the venue with a live show. Thursday, August 28, 10 p.m., $33 for men, $22 women.

Battle Fridays: The latest concept from The Sayers Club, Battle Fridays features up-and-coming DJ and drummer duos from around the world. Friday, August 29, 10 p.m., $33 men, $22 women.

Sayers Sessions: Featuring live sets by powerful vocalists and a talented house band, the crowd will never know who is going to be gracing the iconic stage. Saturday, August 30, and Sunday, August 31, 10 p.m., $33 men, $22 women.

Surrender, Encore

Lil Jon: Of all the things you could do on Friday, “Turning Down” won’t be one of them. Friday, August 29, 10:30 p.m., $45 men, $35 women.

Diplo: The dynamic Mad Decent DJ arrives at Surrender on Saturday. Saturday, August 30, 10:30 p.m., $45 men, $35 women.

Wet Republic, MGM Grand

Steve Aoki and Nervo: The Dim Mak DJ and recent Las Vegas resident spins with Nervo at Wet Republic. Friday, August 29, 11 a.m., $75 men, $30 women.

Tiësto: Dutch DJ and EDM powerhouse Tiësto spins during Labor Day Weekend. Saturday, August 30, 11 a.m., $125 men, $40 women.

Martin Garrix: The Spinnin’ Records DJ known for the hit “Animals” lands at Wet Republic. Sunday, August 31, 11 a.m., $50 men, $30 women.

Calvin Harris: From his hits with Rihanna and Ellie Goulding to his early “Acceptable in the ‘80s” days, Calvin Harris is always a dancefloor pleaser. Monday, September 1, 11 a.m., $100 men, $40 women.

XS, Encore

Skrillex: The EDM juggernaut with a funky haircut performs at XS. August 29, 10 p.m., $20 for women, $30 for men.

David Guetta: Voted No. 1 DJ in 2011 by DJ Mag, the French DJ brings his set to XS following the June release of his EP, Lovers on the Sun. Saturday, August 30, 10 p.m., $50 men, $20 women.

Zedd: Grab a swimsuit and go for a dip while Zedd spins during this Sunday night pool party. Sunday, August 31, 10 p.m., $30 men, $20 women.

Diplo & Skrillex: Two of the world’s biggest DJs are getting together on one stage to close out XS’ Labor Day festivities. Monday, September 1, 10 p.m., $30 men, $20 women.

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