Unlike other cities, Las Vegas doesn’t need the Fresh Prince to declare when it’s summer, summer, summertime. That declaration is left up to Memorial Day Weekend, the official unofficial start to summer in the entertainment capital of the world. You would be hard-pressed to find a busier weekend in Las Vegas, in terms of entertainment, than Memorial Day Weekend.
Whether you’re looking for a big-name DJ or headlining performer, the Vegas nightlife (and daylife) scene has it all this weekend.
Light Group makes the most of out its popular venues — Haze, Jet, The Bank, Bare and Liquid. Jet kicks off the celebration with Lloyd Banks of G-Unit on Friday then Fabolous returns to Las Vegas with a performance on Sunday.
International DJ Bob Sinclair spins at Haze on Saturday and returns to Aria the following day to spin at Liquid. Flo Rida will keep Haze open Sunday, normally an off day, with a special performance as part of Cathy and David Guetta’s F*** Me I’m Famous Party.
The Bank will feature DJ Cassidy, who has spun for everyone including Jay-Z, Oprah, and even for President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Ball, on Friday. Former Las Vegas mainstay Z-Trip returns Sunday to The Bank to spin.
Light Group closes out the party Monday with a Memorial Day Backyard BBQ at the topless pool club Bare.
Tao takes the party indoors and outdoors in one location. Tao Beach starts off the weekend Friday with one of Vegas’ favorites, DJ Vice, and a performance by Lupe Fiasco. That night, the nightclub welcomes rapper Sean Paul for a performance.
Party Rock duo LFMAO headlines both Tao Beach and Tao Nightclub on Saturday, while Erick Morillo closes out the daytime celebration Sunday and Dirty South puts the party to bed Sunday night.
Tao opens at 10 p.m., Lavo opens at 11 p.m. and Tao Beach is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The people in charge of Marquee Nightclub and Dayclub know a thing or two about throwing a holiday party. Marquee, which is run by the same people as Tao and Lavo, maintains its DJ-centric theme with internationally-known DJs headlining each day and night. The nightclub is set to feature Markus Schulz with Roger Sanchez on Friday, ATB and Laidback Luke on Saturday, Armin van Buuren and Blake Jarrell on Sunday and the party closes Monday with Redfoo of LMFAO and Chuckie.
The party carries into the daytime with a performance by Sean Paul on Thursday and Fatboy Slim on the turntables Sunday. The dayclub is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The nightclub opens at 9:30 p.m. Friday, 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 p.m. Monday with the party going until 5 a.m. The cover varies for both venues.
The Palms treats revelers to a three-day party without ever having to leave the property or break out their wallet — well, after paying for the three-day pass that is. Rain is headlined by a world-renowned DJ each night with Felix Da Housecat taking the turntables Friday night with Green Velvet and Dave Fogg. Resident DJ and producer Paul Oakenfold, Yelawolf, Zen Freeman and Klever & Kayper go on Saturday and Paul Van Dyk with DJ Reza, Marcus Schossow, TV Rock, LA Riots and Justin Martin close the party Sunday.
The Palms Pool & Bungalows features Morgan Page headlining Ditch Fridays on Friday, Chromeo, Breakdown, Hyphy Crunk and DJ M!KEATTACK spin on Saturday and the weekend pool parties wind down Sunday with Junior Sanchez, Kill the Noise, Classixx and Yvonne Black.
Admission starts at $30, but party-goers can also purchase a three-day, all-access VIP pass that includes access to all of the Palms’ nightlife venues and a nighttime open bar with Ketel One Vodka, Don Julio Tequila, Harlem Kruiden Liqueur, Red Bull and Fiji Water for $475.
The clubs at Wynn and Encore combine to give guests an epic weekend chock full of the top DJs in the business with Grammy Award-winning DJ Afrojack spinning at Encore Beach Club on Saturday and closing out the holiday weekend Monday at XS. Kaskade returns to Encore Beach, bringing back his popular Kaskade Sunday show, and deadmau5 makes his first appearance Monday at Encore Beach after bringing his mau5head to XS on Sunday night.
Other appearances include Steve Aoki and Calvin Harris at Surrender on Friday, Lil Jon at Surrender on Saturday, a DJ set by Macy Gray on Friday at Blush and stars of the reality TV show “Holly’s World,” Holly Madison and Josh Strickland stop by Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Admission for the clubs at Wynn and Encore starts at $22.
Chateau invites two headliners for its first MDW party. Nelly kicks off the celebration Friday and the rock band 30 Seconds to Mars takes the stage Saturday. Chateau opens its doors at 10 p.m.
The weekend also marks the grand opening of two new clubs. Nikki Beach and Club Nikki bring the first pool club and nightclub to the newly-refurbished Tropicana. Club Nikki opens Thursday night at 10 p.m. with the White Party and a DJ set by Robbie Rivera.
Tiësto, voted the world’s No. 1 DJ, spins Saturday at Wet Republic at MGM Grand during the day and then takes his show to the stage at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel that night. The cover price for Wet Republic varies. Tickets for the show at The Joint are $96.
Cathy and David Guetta’s F*** Me I’m Famous Party closes out the festivities Monday at Wet Republic, which is open from 11 a.m.-6p.m.
Legendary comedian and TV star Bill Cosby, known for “The Cosby Show,” and “Fat Albert,” among others, returns Friday to Treasure Island. Tickets start at $60.87.
Air Supply, known for its hits “Lost in Love,” and “All Out of Love,” comes to the Orleans at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets start at $44.
Chelsea Handler brings her twisted comedy back to Caesars Palace at 8 p.m. Saturday. Handler is best known for her hit show “Chelsea Lately,” where she combines wit with blunt commentary to form a hilarious combination. Tickets are $69.50.
In the same vein as Handler, unabashed comedian Daniel Tosh brings his stand-up routine to Mandalay Bay at 9 p.m. Sunday. Never afraid to say anything about any subject, Tosh is known for his Comedy Central show “Tosh.0.” Tickets start at $34.49.