LAS VEGAS - As summer draws to a close, Las Vegas offers its guests one last "hurrah" with star-studded Labor Day weekend festivities. From pool parties presided over by Diddy to nightlife driven by the sounds of electronic veteran Moby to concert headliner Brad Paisley, what better place is there than Las Vegas to celebrate the federal holiday that recognizes the contributions of American workers? In fact, CheapOair announced last Thursday that airfare purchases to the "Entertainment Capital of the World" are up 24 percent, making it the most popular destination for Labor Day travel.
DAYLIFE & NIGHTLIFE - DJ SETS, CELEBRITY APPEARANCES AND THEME PARTIES
Wednesday, Aug. 28
• "Peanuts & Pasties," a circus-themed party at The ACT (The Shoppes at The Palazzo)
Thursday, Aug. 29
• Ice Cube at TAO Nightclub (The Venetian)
Friday, Aug. 30
• Dirty South and Afrojack at XS Nightclub (Wynn Las Vegas)
• Tommy Trash & R3hab at WET REPUBLIC (MGM Grand)
• Hardwell at Hakkasan Nightclub Las Vegas (MGM Grand)
• Sebastian Ingrosso at LIGHT Nightclub (Mandalay Bay)
• Major Lazer at 1 OAK Nightclub (The Mirage)
• DJ duo POSSO at The ACT (The Shoppes at The Palazzo)
• Chuckie at Marquee Dayclub (The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas)
• Armin Van Buuren at Marquee Nightclub (The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas)
• Trey Songz at TAO Nightclub (The Venetian)
• Kendrick Lamar at Palms Pool (Palms Casino Resort)
• Ashanti at Moon Nightclub (Palms Casino Resort)
Saturday, Aug. 31
• Steve Angello at XS Nightclub (Wynn Las Vegas)
• Common at The Bank Nightclub (Bellagio)
• Flo Rida at HAZE Nightclub (ARIA)
• Calvin Harris and Zen Freeman at WET REPUBLIC (MGM Grand)
• Calvin Harris at Hakkasan Nightclub (MGM Grand)
• Zedd at DAYLIGHT Beach Club (Mandalay Bay)
• Skrillex at LIGHT Nightclub (Mandalay Bay)
• Nicky Romero at ECLIPSE at DAYLIGHT Beach Club (Mandalay Bay)
• The Cataracs at 1 OAK Nightclub (The Mirage)
• Hayley Hasselhoff and Nathalia Ramos host "White Girl Wasted" with DJ Graham Funk at The ACT (The Shoppes at The Palazzo)
• Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion at SOUNDWAVES poolside stage (Hard Rock Hotel)
• Kaskade performs two sets at Marquee Dayclub and Marquee Nightclub (The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas)
• Benny Benassi at Marquee Nightclub (The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas)
• Trinidad James at TAO Nightclub (The Venetian)
• LL Cool J and DJ Z-Trip at Palms Pool (Palms Casino Resort)
• Schwayze at Moon Nightclub (Palms Casino Resort)
Sunday, Sept. 1
• David Guetta at XS Nightclub (Wynn Las Vegas)
• T-Pain "House of Pain" at HAZE Nightclub (ARIA)
• Tiësto at WET REPUBLIC (MGM Grand)
• Moby at Hakkasan Nightclub (MGM Grand)
• Alesso at DAYLIGHT Beach Club (Mandalay Bay)
• Nicky Romero at LIGHT Nightclub (Mandalay Bay)
• Diddy at ECLIPSE at DAYLIGHT Beach Club (Mandalay Bay)
• Ke$ha at 1 OAK Nightclub (The Mirage)
• Busta Rhymes at The Bank Nightclub (Bellagio)
• Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion at REHAB pool party (Hard Rock Hotel)
• Trinidad James at TAO Beach (The Venetian)
• Kaskade at TAO Nightclub (The Venetian)
Monday, Sept. 2
• David Guetta and Afrojack at XS Nightclub (Wynn Las Vegas)
CONCERTS AND COMEDY SHOWS
While entertainment icon Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion transforms Hard Rock Hotel into the ultimate hip-hop and reggae hot spot, other celebrity festivities at Hard Rock include Andrew Dice Clay at Vinyl Friday, Aug. 30 and Saturday, Aug. 31 and Shaquille O'Neal's All Star Comedy Jam hosted by Mike Epps in The Joint Saturday, Aug. 31.
Throughout the summer, Fremont Street Experience has provided the ultimate nirvana for rock music fans with an exciting lineup of performances for the "Rock of Vegas" summer concert series. The culminating performance will be Saturday, Aug. 31 with headliners Puddle of Mudd. Shows are open to the public, free of charge and take place at the Third Street Stage.
Emmy Award-winner Jay Leno will perform his witty stand-up comedy act inside the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage Friday, Aug. 30. Leno's comedic style and generous personality have earned him millions of fans worldwide.
GRAMMY Award-winning hip-hop icon Lil Wayne will bring his high-energy, eye-popping show to the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Aug. 31. The concert, which supports Lil Wayne's 10th studio album "I Am Not A Human Being 2," includes Tip "T.I." Harris and Future.
Country Music Association (CMA) and Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award-winner Brad Paisley will return to Las Vegas with his "Beat This Summer Tour" Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Paisley, a CMA Entertainer of the Year and Grand Ole Opry member, is a consummate singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer. He has earned three GRAMMY Awards, 14 ACM Awards and 14 CMA Awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year a record-setting five consecutive times. The musician's eighth studio album, "Wheelhouse," was released earlier this year.
Ron White, best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the "Blue Collar Comedy Tour," will perform in the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1. White has established himself as a star in his own right with multiple comedy albums and videos including "Drunk In Public," "They Call Me Tater Salad" and "You Can't Fix Stupid."
Black Sabbath, the group that helped define heavy metal with releases such as the quadruple-platinum album "Paranoid," will take the stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Sunday, Sept. 1. The group was ranked by MTV as the "Greatest Metal Band" of all time and placed second on VH1's list of "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock." Additionally, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Black Sabbath among the 100 greatest artists of all-time. The band has sold more than 15 million records in the United States and more than 70 million records worldwide. Black Sabbath was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
Popular reggae musician Ziggy Marley will perform at Mandalay Bay Beach Sunday, Sept. 1. Marley, the oldest son of music legend Bob Marley, made his recording debut in 1979 with a group comprised of his father and three siblings. The group became known as The Melody Makers and released 14 albums over three decades. Ziggy Marley began his solo career in 2003 when he released "Dragonfly" on Ghetto Youths Crew, a record label he created while working with the United Nations. In 2006, he released his second solo album, "Love Is My Religion," which won a GRAMMY Award for Best Reggae Album. His third solo album, "Family Time," was released in 2009 and was dedicated to all of the children in the world.
Joe Satriani has been an unstoppable force on the music scene for more than 27 years. The guitar great will perform at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort Friday, Aug. 30. The tour, supporting his latest album "Unstoppable Momentum," features veteran band mate Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai) on keyboards, along with a new rhythm-section, featuring bassist Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Dweezil Zappa) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Adrian Belew, Steve Wilson).
GRAMMY Award-winners Earth, Wind & Fire will perform at The Venetian Friday, Aug. 30 as part of the HSN Live concert series. Supporting the group's newest album "Now, Then & Forever," which will be released on HSN on Sept. 10, the concert will be a 90-minute live show, with 60 minutes on HSN TV, followed by a special 30-minute encore performance that streams live across HSN's digital platforms.
AIR TRICKS AND BOGEYS
Insert Coin(s) Videolounge Gamebar, an interactive nightlife venue that is home to thousands of modern and retro games will host the second annual Hometown Heroes BMX Exhibition street party Sunday, Sept. 1, which will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada. With the streets of Fremont East as its backdrop, the event will be hosted by BMX pro and MTV reality star Ricardo Laguna and feature BMX riding from local amateurs and talented professionals, as well as chances to win several coveted raffle prizes.
Golf Summerlin, home to three pristine courses, will entice golf enthusiasts with a holiday weekend at Highland Falls, Palm Valley or Eagle Crest. For $45 per round or $85 per person for unlimited golf Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 2, Las Vegas locals and visitors are welcome to take advantage of the savings.