Ditch the pools or the clubs and hop on board the newest event at Lake Las Vegas. At D’Amore Yacht Nightclub, you can cruise the lake on the La Contessa, which will dock every hour to drop off and pick up. (10 p.m.-3 a.m. nightly through Sept. 5, Thu-Sat after Sept. 8, men $30, women free, 321-0640.) It’s been one year since the desert got even more honky-tonk when PBR Rock Bar & Grill in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood opened. Prepare to get wild in the West with $3 Jack Daniel’s cocktails. (8-10 p.m., no cover.)
Electronic duo from Boulder, Colo., 30H!3 (1) comes to Pure to party like punk stars and watch you do the Helen Keller and shake with your hips. (In Caesars Palace, doors 10 p.m., men $40, women $20.) Vegas can’t get enough of Joel Zimmerman. You know, Deadmau5! (2) Throw on your mouse ears tonight and/or tomorrow for the biggest dance party on the Strip, along with his new light and stage set-up inside the Chelsea Ballroom. (In the Cosmopolitan, doors 9 p.m., tickets $75.) Known for his trance mixes and hard-hitting dance tracks, Paul Van Dyk, kicks off Haze’s new electro party, In the House. (In Aria, doors 10:30 p.m., men $40, women $20.) For more, check out our round up of Labor Day Weekend parties.
Larger-than-life Swede Steve Angello rounds up his baby bro, AN21, and Max Vangeli for a Size Matters take-over, first at Encore Beach Club (doors 11 a.m., men $100, women $40) then at XS. (Doors 10 p.m., men $100, women $50.) Take it back to the old school at New York City Fresh Fest, with a lineup that knows how to funk, including Salt-N-Pepa (3), Whodini, Doug E. Fresh, the Sugarhill Gang and Kool Moe Dee at Henderson Pavilion. (doors 5 p.m., tickets start at $39, HendersonLive.com.) Sloppi Jo’s latest venture, Saturday Night Truck Stop at Tommy Rockers, presents the Back of the House Brawl. Executive chefs Geno Bernardo (Nove) and Josh Smith (Estiatorio Milo’s) will receive five ingredients and 30 minutes to create a dish for three judges. All proceeds to benefit Tonopah Community Garden’s water bill. (4275 Industrial Road, 10 p.m.-4 a.m.)
Hop around with house-head DJ Dan as the L.A.-based scenester spins at Liquid. (In Aria, doors 11 a.m., $30, women $10.) You may as well keep your bathing suit on as Will.i.am and Apl.de.ap get it started at XS Nightswim. (In the Wynn, doors at 10 p.m., men $75, women $30.) Lover of those American boys, Estelle (4) touches down at Chateau to perform her hits and new songs from her upcoming album All of Me. (In Paris, doors 10 p.m., men $30, women $20.) Party like the locals do with the face of Las Vegas, Holly Madison, as she hosts Blush’s four-year anniversary. (In the Wynn, doors 10:30 p.m., men $40, women $30.)
If you haven’t caught on yet, Vegas has become the premier destination for all things electronic. Check in (on Facebook, too!) at Identity Festival, where electro faves including Pete Tong, Kaskade and the Crystal Method, plus many more perform. (At Mandalay Bay, doors at noon, event begins 1 p.m., tickets $55, Ticketmaster.com.) Keep it classy and sophisticated at Azure’s pool party, where DJ Twisted spins. (Doors 11 a.m., men $30, women $20.) Close out all the craziness at Marquee, where all day and night admission is complimentary. The Cosmopolitan’s hot spot presents Benny Benassi and Gareth Emery in the day (doors 10 a.m.) and Chuckie and Martin Solveig to take the night. (Doors 10 p.m.)
Don’t forget your safety pins and band buttons when you dress down in black and spike your mohawk for Rancid (5) at House of Blues. (In Mandalay Bay, doors 6 p.m., $22 in advance, $24 day of, HouseOfBlues.com.) Who says Las Vegas doesn’t have any soul? Hometown hottie Rustyn Vaughn Lee performs an acoustic set at Hennessey’s. (425 Fremont St., show at 9 p.m.)
Party like a local during the hipster-friendly haven in the Palms at Snitch Wednesdays where Lisa Pittman rocks the house. (In the Palms, doors 10 p.m., $20 cover, locals free.) Dance down to the intimate and impressively embellished Blush as famed house producer George Acosta spins. (In the Wynn, doors 10:30 p.m., men $40, women $30, local ladies free.)