The Vegas Weekender: Memorial Day Madness

Join us every Thursday as we highlight the weekend’s best events and entertainment.

Memorial Day marks the official kick-off to summer and in Las Vegas that means a three-day weekend packed with major entertainment, pool parties, the hottest DJs at local clubs and even some Shakespeare.

To make sure you enjoy every minute of your holiday weekend in Vegas, we’ve provided you with a roundup of our top picks for things to do over Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas. Pace yourself, you can sleep when you’re back at work on Tuesday.


From headliners to heavy hitters, shows say summer

CherA long weekend in Vegas wouldn’t be complete without taking in a show and some of the Strip’s biggest headliners will be in town entertaining the masses over Memorial Day weekend. Catch Barry Manilow at the Las Vegas Hilton, David Copperfield at MGM Grand and Cher at Caesars Palace. Las Vegas is also hosting some of comedy’s heaviest hitters this weekend including Dane Cook and Cheech & Chong at the Palms, Joe Rogan at House of Blues and Lewis Black at the Mirage. Whoopi Goldberg will perform May 22 and 23 at Encore.

Nothing says summer more than The Beach Boys, who will be performing outside at the pool at Mandalay Bay.

For the country fans, Taylor Swift is playing at Mandalay Bay.

Those looking for some old school funk sounds can catch Kool and the Gang at the Silverton and for the more modern music fans, The Crystal Method will be performing at House of Blues.


All the Preserve is a stage during Shakespeare festival

All the world’s a stage, but especially at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., as it hosts a three-day “A Taste of Shakespeare” festival.

From noon to 6 p.m. May 23 through 25, shortened versions of “Hamlet,” “Macbeth,” “King Lear,” “As You Like It,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Much Ado About Nothing” will run continuously on two stages. Visitors can drop in and out of performances, sample foods and wines, enjoy live music and wander the Springs Preserve. Admission is included in admission to the Springs Preserve, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

The Summer of Love kicks off on Fremont Street

The Memorial Day weekend is a chance to go back in time as the “Summer of ’69: Vegas or Bust” festival concert series kicks off at the Fremont Street Experience.

Special guests May 23 through 25 include The Guess Who and Blood, Sweat & Tears.

Over the long weekend, there will also be a tribute to past and current members of the U.S. miltary.


Oakenfold, Morillo among the weekend’s guest DJs

Music fans will want to head to the Palms Casino Resort for The Love Festival, a series of events featuring entertainment by world-famous DJs.

At 11 p.m. inside Rain nightclub, resident DJ, DJ AM will spin all of the popular hip-hop, rock and ’80s mash-ups that he is known for.

On Saturday, the party continues at Rain nightclub with Paul Oakenfold Presents: Perfecto Las Vegas, which includes visual art elements accompanied by the sounds of several guest DJs.

The weekend comes to a close with international superstar DJ Erick Morillo at Tao at the Venetian hotel and multi-talented musician Wyclef Jean at LAX Nightclub at the Luxor hotel May 24-25. Morillo begins spinning at Tao at 10 p.m., while doors at LAX open at 9 p.m.

Ditch FridaysPools

Splish, splash – pool parties abound all weekend long

On Friday, the Palms hosts its weekly Ditch Friday pool party with special appearances by DJ Scotty Boy, DJ Twin and John Huntington, who will keep guests entertained all afternoon.

The Love Festival fun starts early on Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Palms Hotel with poolside performances by Mark Farina, Steve Aoki, Swedish Egil, Danny Love, Jordan Stevens and Keith Evans.

The long weekend wraps up at 9 p.m. as guests keep the pool party goingoutside while inside Rain, DJ Paul Van Dyk, Scotty Boy and more will play to a packed house.


Conservatory in full bloom in time for long weekend

The Bellagio Conservatory will debut its free summer exhibit just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Brimming with colors, fresh flowers and lush foliage, the tribute to summer will feature bright cold-air balloons, a 42-foot-tall Ferris wheel and patriotic displays of Stars and Stripes.

The summer exhibit will run through September.