Vegas Weekender: Vegas is the place to play on Labor Day

There’s nothing dull about this weekend, because Labor Day means no work and all play in Las Vegas!

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Wet Republic at MGM Grand

Wet Republic at MGM Grand

Wet Republic at the MGM Grand is hosting world-famous DJs and celebrities this weekend. Bad Boy Bill and Boris spin on Friday, Diddy hosts Saturday with DJs Serge Devant and Funkagenda. is DJing on Sunday along with Sharam. Robbie Rivera, Fedde Legrande, Laidback Luke, Chuckie and Afrojack will make their presence known as the party continues through Monday.

McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino celebrates the weekend with a three-day bash, starting Sept. 2 with the “Summer School Study Session,” featuring $5 32-ounce beers, $5 you-call-it bomb shots, and beer tub and shot specials. Friday, Acoustic Soul hits the stage from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. The “Summer School Final Exam Party” on Saturday will feature a beer pong tournament with pre-game open bar from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m., priced at $10.

Travie McCoy performs at The Bank nightclub at Bellagio Sept. 3.

DJ Homicide spins Saturday and rapper Soulja Boy performs Sunday at JET nightclub at the Mirage, or enjoy a few “Shots” as LMFAO & DJ Vice rock the crowds at Tao at the Venetian on Saturday. Tone Loc and Young MC bring you back to the ’80s at Studio 54 with a performance on Saturday.

Popular rapper Kid Cudi hits the stage at Pure nightclub at Caesars Palace on Sept. 4.
On Sunday, The Beatles Revolution Lounge at the Mirage presents Closet Sundays, hosted by Teresa Giudice from “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

Busta Rhymes makes an appearance Sunday at Haze nightclub inside Aria.

DJ Paul Oakenfold spins at Rain nightclub at the Palms on Saturday, while The Crystal Method performs at a daytime pool party at the Palms Pool & Bungalows. DJs Benny Benassi, Eddi Halliwell, John O’Callaghan, Donald Glaude, DJ Uppercut along with Turner & Heit will spin at Rain on Sunday.’s Ari Golden hosts at LAX at the Luxor Sept. 5.

AZURE luxury pool at The Palazzo celebrates Labor Day all weekend long with poolside parties featuring sounds by the world famous DJ Twisted and Claudius Raphael.

Jefferson Starship performs a free concert Friday as part of Fremont Street Experience’s “Summer of the ‘70s” on the 1st Street stage. Don’t miss out on this dazzling show of light and sound.


Despite a lack of the flair and acrobatics associated with many other Strip performances (or perhaps because of this), Blue Man Group never fails to amaze. Three blue-hued men dressed in black, plus one custom-built theater, plus 90 minutes of music, wild antics and avant-garde performance art is the perfect equation for fun. Their trademark percussion-driven sound complements the wacky things they do, from juggling to loudly crunching on cereal to make music. In fact, almost every vignette they perform comes back to music. Blue Man Group plays every night at 7 and 10 p.m at The Blue Man Group Theater in the Venetian. Tickets start at $101.85 and you can even sit in the up-close “poncho” section for the same price. Why “poncho?” Guests who sit there are provided with ponchos because you’re so close to the action you may be a part of it.


There’s no shortage of concerts and performers in Las Vegas over Labor Day weekend.

Cher performs in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The show features over-the-top sets and flashy costuming as Cher sings her hits. Tickets start at $117.

Barry Manilow writes the songs that make the whole world sing and he performs them live in his show at Paris Las Vegas this weekend. Tickets are $95 and up.

Master illusionist David Copperfield amazes audiences at the MGM Grand. Show time is 7:30 and 10 p.m. nightly; plus 4:30 p.m. Sat. and tickets are prices from $79.

Asia rocks Green Valley Ranch Friday night at 8 p.m, with tickets from $25.

Air Supply comes to The Orleans Thursday through Sunday, performing at 8 p.m, with tickets starting at $44.

The Doobie Brothers perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Las Vegas Hilton. Tickets start at $59.

It’s a good weekend for comedy fans: Jeff Dunham, America’s “favorite comedian” according to Slate, brings his brand of stand-up comedy to Caesars Palace Friday at 8 p.m, with tickets starting at $49.50.

Ron White makes crowds laugh at the Mirage on Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $59.

Best-selling author Chelsea Handler makes a stop at Caesars Palace Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49.50.

David Gray and Ray LaMontagne bring their smooth sounds to the Palms on Sept. 3 at 9 p.m. Prices start at $63.25.

Melissa Etheridge rocks out at the Palms Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are priced from $55.50.

Ozomatli brings a mix of Latin, hip-hop and rock poolside to the Hard Rock Hotel Sept. 3 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $31.75 plus tax and fees.