Vegas Weekender: Vegas hosts a three-day party

Memorial Day is a three-day weekend so there’s no excuse not to come to Vegas and partake in all of the events and entertainment the city has to offer over the holiday. An exciting new pool club and nightclub are opening at Encore Las Vegas and the fight is on with “UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans” at MGM Grand Garden Arena. No matter what type of fun you’re looking for, Vegas has it.

Weekend nightlife

It’s all about partying in Vegas this weekend.

LAX at Luxor

LAX at Luxor

Catch a performance by Snoop Dogg at Venus Pool Club at Caesars Palace and later at LAX nightclub at the Luxor, both on May 29.

Reggae sensation Shaggy performs at Pure nightclub at Caesars Palace on May 29.

Surrender, the new nightclub at Encore, opens this weekend with a great lineup of guest artists. Friday, dance the night away with DJ Steve Aoki. On Saturday, see singer, songwriter and producer Ne-Yo live. On Sunday, get crazy with a wacky performance and ultra-smooth beats of LMFAO.

If you need a little entertainment during the day, check out Encore Beach Club, also opening this weekend. The Beach Club features a 60,000-square-foot space with three pools, day beds, cabanas and two-story bungalows. Encore Beach Club is open daily, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Actor Gilles Marini will appear at AZURE pool at the Palazzo. The event marks the launch of Moët Ice Impérial, the first champagne designed to be served on ice. Marini will be at AZURE on Sunday, May 30 at 1 p.m.

Nine Group and the Palms Casino Resort host the 2nd Annual Love Festival on Memorial Day Weekend from Thursday, May 27 through Sunday, May 30.

Weekend highlights include a special performance by Jason Derulo on Saturday and the official 2nd Annual Love Festival lineup on Sunday featuring DJs Keith Evan, Miguel Migs, Armin Van Buuren and more.

Don’t miss reality TV star and New Jersey’s favorite DJ Pauly D who will spin May 30 at 9 p.m. at the Palms Pool & Bungalows.

Special events

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) comes to town when Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, former UFC light heavyweight champion and “Suga” Rashad Evans, former UFC light heavyweight champion, go head to head in the “UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans” fight on Saturday, May 29. The fight takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Doors open at 4:15 p.m.

Rain nightclub hosts a Down & Derby roller skating disco party Thursday, May 27. Come dressed in your ’70s best, and with your skates, of course. If you need to rent skates, they’re available for $5.

Rain Nightclub at the Palms

Rain Nightclub at the Palms

The music and culture from the 1970s will return to downtown Las Vegas this summer as Fremont Street Experience presents the “Summer of the ’70s” festival and free concert series. The 102-day promotion will kick off Memorial Day weekend and run through Labor Day weekend. To open the “Summer of the ’70s,” Fremont Street Experience hosts disco diva Gloria Gaynor on May 29.

If you’re making your vacation stretch a little further, the restaurant industry is rocking out for a good cause, Vegas style. On Wednesday, June 2, Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation takes place at Rain. Taste food from chefs representing restaurants from Wynn Las Vegas, The Palms, Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand. Proceeds benefit local charities. The event is from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. and tickets start at $75.


There’s no shortage of entertainment to be found in Vegas over Memorial Day. Nathan Burton offers a family-friendly show at the Flamingo. Burton’s show features showgirls, magic tricks and comedy. Show times are 4 p.m. May 27, 28 and 30. Tickets start at $38.57 for adults and $21.57 for children.

Lewis Black brings his unique style of humor to Vegas with performances on May 29 at 10 p.m. and May 30 at 9 p.m. at the Mirage.

Other laugh-out-loud comedy shows include Chelsea Handler at 10:30 p.m. May 29 at Caesars Palace and Russell Peters at 9 p.m. May 30 at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.

The Joint will be jumping all weekend with Angels and Airwaves on May 28 and Nas and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley May 29.

If the “Summer of the ’70s” downtown wasn’t enough for you, the Orleans can also take you back to that decade with Air Supply May 28- 30 and Star Wars: In Concert May 29.

Memorial Day weekend means pool weather, so head outside for a concert. Mandalay Bay Beach is hosting Barenaked Ladies on May 29 and Pitbull on May 30. Rusted Root performs poolside at the Hard Rock Hotel on May 28. Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa holds concerts at their pool and there’s a full schedule this weekend. George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will perform May 28, Loverboy on May 29 and OK Go & The Cab on May 30.