DANCE: Hard Rock Live is hosting an 18-and-over EDC pre-party with DJ Silla the Thrilla. 9 p.m., free, hardrock.com/live
Meanwhile, the Strip’s megaclubs have lined up their biggest resident artists to kick off EDC weekend.
You can see 2017 Life Is Beautiful Music & Art festival headliner Kaskade at MGM Grand’s Hakkasan Nightclub. 10:30 p.m., $30–$75, hakkasanlv.com
The Chainsmokers will take the stage at Encore’s XS Nightclub, and the club is still running a promotion that gets you a digital copy of the duo’s debut album, Memories … Do Not Open, for every purchase of two tickets or more. 10 p.m., $35–$55, xslasvegas.com
TASTE: If you want to eat well (for once), you should get in on the Kimo Sabe Mezcal Interactive Cocktail Dinner at Mandalay Bay’s Libertine Social. It’s a four-course menu with Mezcal cocktail pairings, with guidance from Kimo Sabe rep
Gaston Martinez. 7 p.m., $45, mandalaybay.com
And Downtown Summerlin’s Crave restaurant recently unveiled its Friday/Saturday Late Nights at Crave specials. Funktion Fridays includes $4 beers and $6 Madras martinis, with DJ Real One on the decks. 9 p.m., craveamerica.com/locations/las-vegas
SEE: Director Benny Boom brings Tupac Shakur’s story to the big screen with the long-in-development biopic All Eyez on Me. Theaters, showtimes and ticket prices vary, fandango.com
HEAR: The legendary Roger Waters brings his Us+Them tour to T-Mobile Arena. The show features tracks from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Animals and Wish You Were Here. So, yeah, it’ll be amazing. 8 p.m., $100–$250, t-mobilearena.com
DANCE: Take your pick of nightclub entertainment tonight, but read the dress codes before you leave home—it’s so embarrassing to get turned away at the door.
Chateau Nightclub inside Paris Las Vegas is hosting the Official Backstreet Boys After-Party following the group’s show next door at The Axis at Planet Hollywood. So if you want it that way, you know what to do. 11 p.m., $40, chataeunights.com
Have you heard Steve Aoki’s latest, “Without U” featuring Life Is Beautiful headliner 2 Chainz? Maybe you will if you go see Aoki at Hakkasan Nightclub. 10:30 p.m., $20–$30, inside MGM Grand Las Vegas, hakkasanlv.com
Meanwhile, Martin Garrix plays Omnia Nightclub, with an assist from Justin Mylo. 10:30 p.m., $20–$30, inside Caesars Palace, omnianightclub.com
And DJ Esco Drai’s Nightclub. $30–$50, inside The Cromwell, draisnightlife.com
EXPERIENCE: A victory is never a victory in boxing until it’s a victory twice (or possibly three times). If you like seeing guys throw a beating at one another, get a seat at Mandalay Bay Events Center for Ward vs. Kovalev 2. Doors at 2:30 p.m., starting at $105, mandalaybay.com.
If you want to see even more beatings, head down to the Thomas & Mack Center for the Tuff-n-Uff amateur mixed martial arts event. 5:30 p.m., free, at UNLV, unlvtickets.com
Or you could ignore all the fighting and play a friendly game of bingo with your girlfriends. Santa Fe Station Hotel is hosting Girls Night Out Bingo, where ladies drink free. 11 p.m., stationcasinosevents.com
HEAR: It’s old-school music up and down Las Vegas on Saturday night. You cannot go wrong with any decision you make.
First, the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center welcomes a GOAT lineup for the Art of Rap Festival. On the bill: Ice-T, KRS-One, Big Daddy Kane, Raekwon the Chef, Ghostface Killah, Onyx, Mobb Deep, DJ Chuck Chillout and Lovebug Starski. 8 p.m. $9–$392, dlvec.com
Downtown’s Backstage Bar & Billiards is hosting a RUN-DMC & Aerosmith Tribute Night. Remember, that’s tribute, but it still should be pretty cool. 8 p.m., $5–$7, 601 E. Fremont St., backstagebarlv.com
On the Strip, you’ve got your choice between two great rock and/or roll eras.
Boston and Night Ranger are bringing the Hyperspace tour to Monte Carlo’s Park Theater. 8 p.m., $32–$151, montecarlo.com
And across the street at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Def Leppard arrives with Poison and Tesla. 7 p.m., $30–$140, inside MGM Grand, mgmgrand.com
DANCE: By Saturday night, EDC will be in full swing. But if you’re not out at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, you can still get your dance on with Flosstradamus at Wynn Las Vegas’ Intrigue Nightclub. 10:30 p.m., $20–$30, intriguevegas.com
Or catch GTA at Jewel Nightclub inside Aria Resort & Casino. 10:30 p.m., $20–$30, jewelnightclub.com
TASTE: San Diego’s Coronado Brewing Company is serving beers at SLS Las Vegas during its monthlong Tap Takeover event. You can enjoy specially priced “brews from the beach” at the resort’s Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Sat.–Sun., slslasvegas.com
DANCE: Don’t go to sleep until you’ve seen NGHTMRE at Hakkasan Nightclub. 10:30 p.m., $20–$30, inside MGM Grand Las Vegas, hakkasanlv.com
DANCE: EDC may be over, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop dancing. Get out and see Carnage at Marquee Nightclub inside The Cosmopolitan. 10:30 p.m., $23–$41, marqueelasvegas.com
You can also see Diplo at XS. 10 p.m., $20–$30, inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, xslasvegas.com
HEAR: Guitarist Gary Clark Jr. plays Brooklyn Bowl. He recently dropped a live album from his 2016 North American tour, but it’s so much better to see him live. 7 p.m., $35, at The Linq Promenade, brooklynbowl.com
EXPERIENCE: Gold Spike hosts the Down & Derby roller skate party on the first and third Wednesday of every month, with free entry and skate rentals. Try not to fall or they’re all gonna laugh at you. 10 p.m., sk8party.com
This will be a historic night for Las Vegas sports, and it’s weird just writing those words. T-Mobile Arena hosts the 2017 NHL Awards and Expansion Draft, which will reveal the first roster of the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team. 4:30 p.m., $15–$30, t-mobilearena.com