Thursday, May 1
Has it been a year already? We must be hitting the daily punch. Velveteen Rabbit celebrates its first birthday with an over-the-top circus party. Expect stilt walkers, burlesque performances and a delightfully quirky soundtrack from Penny Pibbets’ jam band, Koocheekoo. (1218 S. Main St., 7 p.m., Facebook.com/VelveteenRabbitLV.) You’ve explored the wonders of Encore Beach Club by day, and now, you can do so at night! The outdoor oasis throws its inaugural nighttime bash with sounds by Frenchman Martin Solveig and supermodel Ashley Sky, there to motivate those extra gym sessions. (At Encore, 10:30 p.m., EncoreBeachClub.com.)
Friday, May 2
Avicii’s laid low for the past few months as he recovered from gallbladder surgery. After tweeting in late April that he’s working on his second album (previews, please!) he returns to the decks at XS (at Encore, 10:30 p.m., XSLasVegas.com) and Encore Beach Club on Sunday (11 a.m.) Recently, the 24-year-old also remixed Daft Punk’s Tron: Legacy hit, “Derezzed,” for the Disney remix compilation, Dconstructed. Shout-out to his fellow Las Vegas headliners for even more transformative re-ups: Armin van Buuren’s trancified “Let it Go” from Frozen; Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso’s “Roar” from Monsters University; and Kaskade’s “Baby Mine” from Dumbo. You will catch yourself dancing to all of them, and that’s quite all right.
Saturday, May 3
Speaking of Kaskade, America’s Best DJ begins the 2014 leg of his Summer Lovin’ residency at Marquee Dayclub. (At the Cosmopolitan, 11 a.m., CosmopolitanLasVegas.com.) He then pulls a double-shift at Marquee (10 p.m.) At Tao, Snoop Dogg (guess he gave up on Snoop Lion?) debuts his Roaring ’20s-themed “speakeasy experience,” The Snoopadelic Cabaret. In a news release, Snoop referred to the recurring parties as “special classy events.” That’s all you really need to know, isn’t it? (In the Venetian, 10 p.m., TaoLasVegas.com.) Artisan debuts Cuban Nights Pool Party, with Latin beats provided by Miami import DJ Mayket. (1501 W. Sahara Ave., 11 p.m., ArtisanHotel.com/Nightlife.) For the under-21 circuit, there’s the PLUR Dance Festival at Southern Nevada Sports Centre, headlined by Canadian electronic-music duo, Nature of Music. Local spinners Edgar Reyes, Bombmakers and more join art cars and installations, go-gos and the VIP cuddle puddle lounge. We’re intrigued. (3585 W. Diablo Dr., Suite G, 8 p.m., EventBrite.com.) Don’t forget: It’s Derby Day! Don your fascinator and check out our guide to the race-day parties at VegasSeven.com/KentuckyDerby.
Sunday, May 4
For the second year in a row, House of Blues hosts May the 4th Be With You in Crossroads Restaurant. It’s a celebration of all things Star Wars (natch). Star Wars Episode IV will be screened while DJs spin and you dance, dressed as your favorite character. And don’t even think about leaving before snacking on Millennium Falcon Nachos and washing them down with a Yodarita. RSVP online for entry, and save the mask and face paint until you’ve entered the restaurant. (In Mandalay Bay, 8 p.m., MayThe4thBeWithYou2014.EventBrite.com.)
Monday, May 5
Have you ever experienced a human rooster fight? You can at Tacos & Tequila’s Sexy de Mayo soiree. It’s that thing where one guy is dressed in a chicken suit and you challenge him to a duel after you’ve had a few. On the sidelines you’ll see the evening’s emcee, playmate Jessica Burciaga. You can buy her a drink or, better yet, $5 fiesta nachos, habanero wings or flautas. (In Luxor, 7 p.m., TacosAndTequilaLV.com.) For all your Cinco needs, check out our guide.
Tuesday, May 6
By the end of the month, Pure will shut its doors for a revamp. So before it does, remember to get your groove on at Tuesday industry night. This edition includes a soundtrack from DJs Cyberkid and Shift. You can also catch up with fellow resident Joey Mazzola in our Q&A. (In Caesars Palace, 10:30 p.m., AngelMG.com.)
Wednesday, May 7
Hump Day got you down? Join us and our sister site DTLV.com for the debut of Wednesdays Downtown. The epic bloc party will swallow up several blocks of the Fremont East Entertainment District, filling them with food trucks, live entertainment, drink specials at the neighborhood bars and a whole bunch of fun that you thought was reserved for the weekend … till now.