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Hot Spots: Memorial Day Weekend 2013 Edition

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Wiz Khalifa brings the “Black & Yellow” to the Palms this weekend.

Wiz Khalifa at Palms Looking to be “Young, Wild & Free” this Memorial Day Weekend? Start it off right with a performance by the “Black & Yellow” rapper at Ditch Friday. What are you waiting for? Drop the stapler, grab your water-cooler crew and book it to the Palms for some daytime debauchery. May 24, noon, $74 men, $45 women.

Las Vegas Fashion Week Closing Party at SHe Paris. Milan. New York. Las Vegas? Believe it! SHe’s Fabrik Fridays night fittingly doubles as LVFW’s final fête. Celebrate the end of the week of wearable art with $9 specialty Bacardi cocktails and three runway shows. On the roster: designers Noelle Nicole and PUNKY Collection, as well was the week’s Finale Show featuring House of Tamtam and Baharat. May 24, 7 p.m., free entry.

Armin van Buuren and W&W at Marquee Van Buuren took the top spot on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ list this year (his fifth time taking the title), and fellow Dutch trance act W&W didn’t do too shabby either, coming in at No. 25. They both supply sound at the Cosmo club’s White Party, so don’t forget to go colorless at Friday’s bash. May 24, doors at 9:30 p.m., $80 men, $30 women.

Zedd at Light The German electro beatmeister scored a No. 1 dance hit with “Clarity” off his debut album of the same name. Not into EDM? This dude is likely the reason Bieber’s “Beauty and a Beat” is anywhere on your radar. Check his beats out live when he spins at the opening night of the Strip’s newest nightlife offering. Also in the booth: Australian house DJ and producer Hook N Sling. May 24, doors at 10 p.m., $75 men, $30 women.

Matinee Las Vegas Festival at Share, Rumor, Vanity and Rain Holiday weekends always bring in a mess of top DJ talent from around the world, but this Memorial Day Weekend gets even sweeter for EDM-heads with the return of this festival of gay dance music. Twenty DJs (including RuPaul’s Drag Race favorite Nina Flowers) will spin at eight parties over the four days, with special performances by up-and-coming Kerli (check out her club hit “The Lucky Ones”) and former Pussycat Doll Jessica Sutta. May 24-27, times, prices & venues vary, see matineevegas.com.

This guy. Sapphire. Saturday.

Charlie Sheen at Sapphire Start making those tiger-blood cocktails! Everyone’s favorite celebrity mess—and self-proclaimed “total frickin’ rock star from Mars”—touches down at the new party pool Saturday, playing host with blonde bombshell Crystal Hefner for the day. He’s on a drug, and it’s called Charlie Sheen. Are you? DJ Sid Vicious supplies the soundtrack. May 25, doors at 11 a.m., $30.

Punk Rock Bowling Pool Parties at Gold Spike, Plaza and Golden Nugget The annual punk music festival and bowling tournament hits town this weekend. In addition to the numerous fest sets and club shows, PRB also includes five poolside shows at Downtown hotels. A few of the headliners: Dirty Filthy Mugs, The Inciters and T.S.O.L. May 25-27, noon-3 p.m.

Pharrell Williams at Pure The former Neptunes and N.E.R.D. singer recently lent his talents to French electronic duo Daft Punk’s hit “Get Lucky” track. Give it a listen before you hear the artist live, as he performs at the Caesars nightspot Saturday night. May 25, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30 men, $20 women, ladies free until midnight.

Diddy at Rehab It can’t be denied that the rapper-turned-entrepreneur has some serious swagger—come on, the man has changed his name more than three times and we’re still not (that) annoyed. The “Bad Boy for Life” hosts Rehab’s 10th annual MDW bash, so be ready to “Shake Ya Tailfeather” with Cîroc in hand at the HRH pool this Sunday. Bringing the noise: DJs Richard Beynon, Shift and Wellman. May 26, doors at 10 a.m., $50+ men, $30+ women.

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Avicii at Encore Beach Club Again! The Swedish sensation is becoming a fixture at the Encore pool club’s Daystar Sunday party. And we couldn’t be happier. May 26, doors at 11 a.m., $125 men, $50 women.

Kaskade at Tao We expected Kim Kardashian or Miguel or some NFL player to host the Venetian venue this MDW (and sure enough, Tao does have a celebrity-studded weekend lineup), but an extended six-hour set from one of EDM’s top names? Definitely a surprise. If you’re a kandi kid and a fan of Tao, consider this Sunday Christmas. May 26, doors at 9:30 p.m., $70 men, $30 women.

Steve Aoki and Deadmau5 at Hakkasan Don’t call it a DJ double feature—the man with the mau5 head really won’t like that. The two EDM artists bring their beats to the MGM nightspot Sunday night. Double the bill, double the awesomeness. May 26, doors at 10 p.m., $50+ men, $30+ women, local ladies free.

David Guetta at XS Because one album chock-full of hit singles wasn’t enough, the French DJ and producer is still owning the airwaves with follow-up album Nothing But the Beat 2.0. Check out his latest single, “Play Hard,” a collabo with Ne-Yo and Akon, before splash-dancing to his tunes live Sunday night at XS’ Night Swim. May 26, doors at 10 p.m., $55 men, $25 women.

Skrillex at Daylight The dubstep producer took home three Grammys back in February, two for his own Bangarang and one for a remix of Nero’s “Promises.” Find out what all the hype is about Sunday night, when he spins at the new dayclub’s nighttime party. May 26, doors at 10 p.m., $100 men, $50 women.

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