Your Hard-Working, Hard-Playing Labor Day Weekend Party Guide

labor_day_guide_by_cierra_pedro_WEBLabor Day marks the unofficial end to summer, so take advantage of the occasion by hitting up as many parties as you can over the long weekend. Luckily, there’s a plethora of happenings going on, with just as many celebrity appearances. Even if you’re scheduled to work on Monday, you deserve a night out! Here’s a rundown of your options:

Friday, September 4

Trade the thumpin’ kick drums and horns of EDM for distorted guitar riffs and whipping hair by catching Skid Row. The heavy metal band from New Jersey performs at the Hard Rock Hotel pool as part of the Friday Night Live concert series. The huge chorus of “18 and Life” and the raunchy guitar solo of “Youth Gone Wild” are sure to kick your ass into party mode. (At Hard Rock Hotel, 8 p.m., Not a metal fan? You can still “Break Ya Neck” at Tao by headbanging to the tunes of Brooklyn, New York, rapper Busta Rhymes. He’s known for his lightning-fast flow, so keep the drinking to a minimum and try to keep up. (At the Venetian, 10 p.m.,

Saturday, September 5

Temperatures are still reaching three digits, but don those Apple Bottom jeans and boots with the fur anyway, and head to Foxtail for rapper Flo Rida’s performance as part of the Road to Life Is Beautiful series. The UNLV alumni’s collab with Robin Thicke and Verdine White, “I Don’t Like It, I Love It,” is the perfect party anthem to close out the summer. (At SLS, 7 p.m., By now, Major Lazer should be a household name. Diplo has been working on this reggae/dancehall and EDM mashup project alongside Jillionaire and Walshy Fire since 2008, but the group finally reached a milestone when “Lean On,” featuring MØ and DJ Snake, went platinum in the U.S. in August. Beyond that, the dancehall/moombahton banger reached No. 1 in charts in countries as far away as Hungary and Slovakia. Congratulate the group when they visit Surrender. (In Encore, 10:30 p.m., “Wiggle wiggle wiggle” your way down to Drai’s for a performance by singer Jason Derulo. He’s responsible for making such unavoidable Top 40 hits as “Talk Dirty” and “In My Head,” so even if you don’t recognize his name, you’re bound to recognize the tunes. “Watcha Say,” eh? (In the Cromwell, 10:30 p.m., Hardwell hits Hakkasan. He’s trying to set a world record for largest attendance at a solo DJ performance at Germany’s World Club Dome in November, so pack the club so he can practice tonight. (In MGM Grand, 10:30 p.m.,

Sunday, September 6

Take this extended weekend to catch a master of his craft. Veteran house/techno DJ Carl Cox spins at Light, where he’ll school everybody with a set full of acid house and obscure tracks he’s amassed since he started DJing in the ’80s. Since then, he’s gone on to provide monthly Essential Mixes for BBC Radio One and formed two record labels. Beyond that, the 53-year-old hosted a stage and played four sets at EDC Las Vegas in June. Talk about keeping up with the young ones! (In Mandalay Bay, 10 p.m., Feeling adventurous? Omnia transforms into a new world where you’ll “discover the unexpected” and “unlock your curiosity.” Check out photos from past Imagine Sundays, and you’ll find the themed weekly parties are a weird mix between a masquerade and a jungle party. It’s like EDC all over again! Trance heavyweight Armin van Buuren provides the soundtrack. (In Caesars Palace, 10:30 p.m., 

Monday, September 7

Celebrate another year of hard work and contributions to our country’s economic well-being by contributing to the party that is XS Nightswim. Relish this opportunity with some bodacious beats courtesy of Skrillex and Diplo. The team’s infectious album, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü, includes the international, Justin Bieber-featured hit, “Where Are Ü Now.” The Biebz made appearances at the Ultra and HARD summer festivals, so maybe he’ll hit up XS tonight to close out the summer. (In Encore, 10 p.m., 



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