Events Guide: Fourth of July Weekend
Wed, Jun 29, 2011 (2:18 a.m.)
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Though the Electric Daisy Carnival might have gotten the fireworks started a little early last weekend, the main event is yet to come. This Fourth of July Weekend, expect all of the usual amazing DJ lineups, concerts and comedians plus the added excitement of UFC 132 and its requisite fighter afterparties plus fireworks on and off the Strip.
In addition to all this, several attractions are offering holiday discounts. The Mob Experience at Tropicana offers up two-for-one-tickets to all locals with valid local IDs. CSI: The Experience at MGM Grand is also running a special offering family four packs of tickets for $89. Mention “Family Four Pack” at the box office to access the special rates.
• The 51s host the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. The 51s organization will celebrate the 4th of July a day early with the traditional post-game fireworks extravaganza.
• Caesars Palace will be shooting fireworks from atop its Roman Tower about 9:15 p.m. on Sunday.
• Las Vegas Motor Speedway brings back the annual Night of Fire featuring NASCAR-sanctioned stock car racing, a jet car burn, fireworks around 9:30 p.m. and an appearance by Robosaurus, the fire-breathing, car-crushing robotic dinosaur.
• The Village Lake Las Vegas celebrates Independence Day with a 13-minute fireworks show off of the lakeside barge on Sunday.
• On Monday, enjoy a fireworks display at Mandalay Bay Beach at the Mystic Roots concert. The show starts at 9 p.m.
• The Las Vegas Hilton hosts an invitation-only viewing party at its pool, but the show can be seen from other areas on the property as well, including the sports book entrance.
• At 9:30 p.m. on the Fourth, Primm Valley Casino Resorts will be setting off fireworks.
• Station Casinos will have fireworks at five of its properties around town on July 4. The locations are Green Valley Ranch, Aliante Station, Red Rock Resort, Fiesta Rancho and Texas Station and the fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.
• For the second consecutive year, the City of Henderson will host its Independence Day Celebration at the Basic High School football field from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The free event will feature live entertainment and an 18-minute fireworks show, which begins at 9 p.m.
Friday July 1:
Tuff-N-Uff: Browning vs. Postma: The future stars of mixed martial arts return to Cox Pavilion as Tuff-N-Uff looks to crown an astounding five new champions. Tuff-N-Uff: Browning vs. Postma will feature the debut of the Randy Couture Tuff-N-Uff Heavyweight Title, as well as four more championship bouts. The night’s main event pits Team Tompkins’ Brandon Browning against One Kick Nick-trained Carl Postma for the inaugural Randy Couture Tuff-N-Uff Heavyweight Champion belt. The UFC Hall of Famer is expected to be on hand to award the belt named in his honor.
Red, White and Booze Blues: Celebrate Red, White and Booze Blues with the 4th of July cocktails available at Aria Resort & Casino’s bars. Celebrate America’s birthday with an Old Glory Sweet Tea, a Freedom Sparkler, an Independence Caipirinha or the Stars and Stripes Mojito. The specials are available at City Bar, Carta Privada, The Deuce Lounge and Aria's guest pool. The specials are available 24/7 from Friday through July 4th.
Mix Master Mike at Club Nikki: Mix Master Mike, DJ for the Beastie Boy, spins at Club Nikki. Chances are you won't have to "Fight for Your Right to Party" at the Tropicana hot spot.
Nike Factory Store Grand Reopening: The Nike Factory Store at Las Vegas Premium Outlets-South is undergoing renovations. The newly remodeled store will open on July 1 starting at 10 a.m. with grand reopening events scheduled through July 4. As part of the celebration, the first 200 shoppers each day will score a free gift and will have a shot at winning a $1,000 shopping spree.
A-Trak at XS: XS kicks off Fourth of July Weekend with music from Montreal-born electro house and hip DJ A-Trak and DJ Pizzo.
Patriotic Patio Party: PBR Rock Bar & Grill will commemorate America’s independence with a Patriotic Patio Party throughout the weekend from Thursday, June 30 through Monday, July 4. Enjoy tasty barbecue fare, drinks and bull riding specials. Specials include $5 Washington Apple shooters, $1 bull rides, a live DJ, beer tubs as well as red, white and blue daiquiris.
July First Friday: Join local artists and musicians in downtown Las Vegas for the July First Friday where galleries will be open in the evening for you to peruse local masterpieces and mingle with the artists. This First Friday, head down to Blackbird Studios to check out the Tattoo Etiquette 101 exhibit featuring a dual collection of artworks from Juan Muniz and Bumper: a clash between the good and bad of the modern day tattoo lifestyle.
Joe Rogan: He's not just a UFC announcer, ladies and gentlemen. Joe Rogan got his start in stand up and he'll be showing off his skills at the Mandalay Bay Theatre.
Jump Smokers: Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip presents a live performance from the Jump Smokers. The Chicago-based group have earned the name "Kings of the dance floor" for remixes of songs like Mariah Carey’s “Obsessed”, Beyonce’s “Why Don’t You Love Me” and Jason Derulo’s “Ridin’ Solo.” DJs M!keattack and Teen Wolf will join them.
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals at Red Rock: The Pool at Red Rock presents Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. The Vermont-based band has been performing together for going on a decade and their single "Paris" is currently climbing the charts.
Ralphie May: Comedian Ralphie May is large and in charge and ready to make you laugh with a Fourth of July Weekend run at the South Point Showroom. The veteran of Last Comic Standing will have you in stitches with his ode to Chik-fil-a and what it was like to swim in Saddam Hussein's pool.
Matinee Las Vegas: If you haven't had your fill of EDM after EDC, “the biggest gay dance festival of the summer,” Matinee Las Vegas, brings another wild weekend to town. The event takes place at a number of venues including the Rumor Hotel, Bare Pool, Rain and Piranha nightclubs, as well as the semi-defunct Body English venue at the Hard Rock Hotel. Find the complete lineup at matineevegas.com.
Carlos Mencia at Treasure Island: The equal opportunity offender, brings his insightful humor to Treasure Island for a special one-night performance.
Gareth Emery at Marquee: English trance DJ Gareth Emery headlines at Marquee Nightclub along with resident DJ and producer Blake Jarrell.
Nick Lachey at Tao and Tao Beach: It's going to get way hotter than 98 degrees this weekend at Tao as singer and television personality Nick Lachey hosts at Tao Friday night then heads to Tao Beach on Saturday.
Hawaiian Tropic Model Search: Wet Republic takes a break from the Hot 100 contest this week to host a Hawaiian Tropic Model Search.
Along Came a Spider: Tryst presents Along Came a Spider with hip-hop loving DJ Spider. Arachnophobes need not worry, he's nothing to be afraid of.
Perez Hilton at The Bank: Gossip blogger extraordinaire, Perez Hilton, hosts a Fourth of July Weekend kick off party at The Bank. Be on your best behavior or you might be the subject of his posts the next day!
Danjazone at Rain: Get on the highway to the Danjazone this weekend and catch the artist spinning at Clash Wednesdays along with resident DJ Dave Fogg.
Dev's birthday party at Jet: It's time to make your "Booty Bounce" with the "Bass Down Low" as singer Dev performs at her birthday celebration at Jet along with DJ Ikon.
Yara Sofia at Krave: From Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Yara Sofia performs at Krave along with top 40 hits from DJ Silence. For the first time ever, Krave is offering a three-day pass which includes free drinks each night for $100.
Sidney Samson at Surrender: Aoki’s House welcomes Sidney Samson’s exclusive DJ residency at Surrender Nightclub at Encore.
Yelawolf at Gallery: The rapper is a member of the Shady Records crew and has been featured on tracks with Big Boi and Paul Wall. Catch him the Sunday night at Chateau.
DJ Khaled at Chateau and Gallery: Producer, DJ and radio personality DJ Khaled has become one of the most desirable collaborators for hip-hop stars with his hit singles like "All I Do Is Win", "Put Your Hands Up" and "Fed Up." Catch him Friday night at Chateau and Saturday night at Gallery.
DJ Scooter at Haze: The magic words are "I'm with the DJ" at tonight's party at Haze where DJ Scooter, one half of the duo Scooter and Lavelle, will spin.
Recess Fridays: Recess Fridays at Encore Beach Club would like to remind you to remember your panties this weekend. French intimates brand Pull-In hosts and gives away underwear.
Ditch Fridays at Palms Pool: Even if you might be getting Monday off, there's no reason not to Ditch Fridays and hit the Palms Pool & Bungalows for some tunes from Lisa Pittman and DJ M!keattack.
Thiago Alves at Blush: UFC fighter and muay thai specialist Thiago Alves presents a fight weekend kick-off party at Blush, prior to UFC 132.
Saturday July 2:
• Xyience fighter autograph signing: Xyience, the maker of Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, invites MMA fans to meet Xyience team athletes Mark Munoz and Anthony Pettis. Munoz and Pettis will be signing autographs at Bluegreen Resorts.
Holly Madison at Go Pool: Holly Madison of Planet Hollywood’s Peepshow and E!'s Holly's World will host at Go Pool at the Flamingo and will be available to take photos with fans.
Big Dee and Ross One at Tryst: Tryst Nightclub at Wynn presents local favorite Big Dee and S.K.A.M. artist DJ Ross One.
Scott Disick at Chateau: Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star Scott Disick will host at Chateau. Who knows- his girlfriend and her famous family might show up to join him.
Cash drop at Krave: Back by popular demand, DJ Irene spins at Krave where guests can enjoy a cash balloon drop and aerial fly boys.
UFC 132 at MGM Grand Garden Arena: Bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz defends his title against the only man to defeat him, former featherweight title holder Urijah Faber. Also on the card, Wanderlei Silva takes on Chris Leben, and former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz takes on Ryan Bader.
Ryan Bader hosts at Chateau: Ryan Bader hosts his official after-fight party at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens. "Darth" Bader will take on Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz at UFC 132.
Shawn Marion hosts at Lavo: Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion celebrates his team's championship win with a party at Lavo Nightclub.
Urijah Faber's after fight party: Following his bout against Dominick Cruz at UFC 132, former WEC World Featherweight champion Urijah Faber hosts his after fight party at Playboy Club, presented by FORM Athletics and MMA Inc.
Luciana at Revolution: English singer/songwriter Luciana hosts at Revolution Lounge and will be doing special performance including her hit single “I Like That.”
Springs Preserve's Red, White & Tunes: Celebrate the Fourth with patriotic music and tasty treats as the Springs Preserve hosts the family-friendly Red, White & Tunes event featuring music by the UNLV Community Band and other entertainers. Snow cones, hot dogs and other summertime goodies will be available for purchase.
Tiësto at The Joint: Fresh off an amazing showing at last weekend’s Electric Daisy Carnival, legendary Dutch musician and DJ Tiësto returns to The Joint at the Hard Rock for his monthly residency.
Erick Morillo at Marquee: The Colombian-American DJ and producer known for spending holiday weekends in Las Vegas, returns to Marquee for his Subliminal Sessions.
Lil Jon and Calvin Harris at Surrender: Rapper and Celebrity Apprentice cast member Lil Jon performs at the Encore hot spot along with Scottish musician and DJ Calvin Harris.
Richard Vission: Liquid Pool at Aria presents Canadian house music producer and DJ Richard Vission.
Wyclef at Haze: Haze welcomes international hip-hop superstar Wyclef for an exclusive appearance along with resident DJ David Christian.
Rob Kardashian at Jet: Rob Kardashian celebrates the Fourth at Jet Nightclub at Mirage. The Keeping up with the Kardashians star has been getting into trouble on the latest season but hopefully he's on his best behavior for his hosting gig.
DJ Shift at Vanity: DJ Shift, who specialized in '80s rock, hip-hop, mash-ups and electro house, spins at the Hard Rock's nightclub.
Sasha Grey at Moon: Adult film star and mainstream movie actress Sasha Grey is working on adding DJ to her resume. She hosts at Moon and if her past appearances around town are any indication, she just might take over the DJ booth at some point.
Avicii at Tao: Tao presents Swedish producer and DJ sensation Avicii. Though he's barely old enough to hang out in the clubs where he performs, he's already got a number of hit singles under his belt including "My Feelings for You", "Street Dancer" and "Tweet It.
Paul Oakenfold at Perfecto: The driving force behind Perfecto headlines his own event along with resident DJ Zen Freeman at Rain Nightclub.
Gretchen Rossi at Liquid: The Real Housewives of Orange County Gretchen Rossi hosts at Liquid at Aria. Always bikini ready, the reality star and handbag designer might even bring her beau Slade to the party.
Rihanna at Mandalay Bay: Rihanna will be performing all your favorite hits like "Shut Up and Drive," "Disturbia" and "Umbrella" live at Mandalay Bay. Her LOUD tour will also feature B.o.B.
Rihanna at Club Nikki: Like fellow pop star Britney Spears did last week, Rihanna is heading to Club Nikki at Tropicana for her official LOUD tour concert after party.
Dominick Cruz hosts at Studio 54: Following his fight down the hall at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, UFC fighter Dominick Cruz hosts his afterparty at Studio 54.
Wanderlei Silva at Tabu: Whether Chris "The Crippler" Leben cripples him or not, middleweight fighter Wanderlei Silva will host his after fight party at Tabu Ultralounge at MGM.
B.o.B. at Pure: Hip-hop superstar B.o.B will perform his hit songs like “Nothing on You”, “Magic” and “Airplanes” at the Caesars nightclub.
Red, White and Azure: Palazzo’s luxury pool puts on a BBQ Saturday and Sunday, starting at $15. Enjoy all your favorite summer treats and music from DJs Twisted on Saturday and SINatra on Sunday.
Chris Landry at Rok Vegas: Guns 'N Roses tour DJ, Chris Landry, spins at Rok Vegas at New York New York.
Tito Ortiz at Gallery: UFC fighter Tito Ortiz hosts his after fight party at Gallery Nightclub following his battle against Ryan Bader.
Bill Maher at the Orleans: Bill Maher has worn many hats as a stand-up comedian, television host, social and political commentator, and author. Catch his stand-up at the Orleans Showroom.
Ted Nugent at Sunset Station: Detroit-born musician Ted Nugent has run the gamut of entertainment jobs as a singer, guitarist, solo artist and a reality TV star. Enjoy a dose of the "Spirit of the Wild" at his Sunset Station gig.
Gary Busey’s birthday: Blush presents Gary Busey’s birthday celebration. The prolific Academy Award-nominated actor recently appeared on Celebrity Apprentice.
Colin Hay at Fremont Street Experience: Even if you don't come from a land "Down Under," chances are, you wouldn't mind a free concert over Fourth of July weekend. Catch Men at Work's Colin Hay performing at the Fremont Street Experience.
Face to Face at the HOB: Face to Face rocks the House of Blues with their high-energy stage show. The California punk rockers are bringing Strung Out and Blitzkid on tour with them.
Lonestar in Primm: Former CMA Vocal Group of the Year Lonestar will be performing classics from their songbook including hits like “Amazed”, “No News”, “What About Now” and “My Front Porch Looking In” at the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm.
Tribal Seeds at the Silverton: Reggae roots rockers Tribal Seeds perform at Silverton's Sway Pool & Lounge along with For Twenty Daze.
T-Pain at Wet Republic: Wet Republic Ultra Pool welcomes T-Pain who will spin poolside and introduce his new product, the "I Am T-Pain" microphone which gives people the "T-Pain effect," modifying voices to mimic the musician's signature style.
Busta Rhymes at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip: The Brooklyn-born rapper of Jamaican descent first broke onto the scene with "Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check" and has had continued success in both music and acting.
Josie Stevens at Posh: E!’s Married to Rock co-star Josie Stevens will host Posh’s Red, White and Boobs party, sponsored by J. Valentine Inc. The event will feature a bikini competition open for all ladies who wish to participate.
Sunday July 3:
NKOTBSB: It's the ultimate boy band concert! New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys perform together in the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
New Kids on the Block Official Afterparty at Chateau: Catch the ’80s pop sensation at their official after-concert party where they'll show you they still have "The Right Stuff."
Night Swim at XS: Manufactured Superstars headlines at the nighttime pool party, along with Warren Peace. Pool attire is encouraged.
Lake Las Vegas Cruise: Celebrate the star-spangled holiday with a yacht cruise aboard La Contessa. Enjoy a colorful fireworks show over the water. Tickets are $30 per person. For an additional $10, a basket of sweets can be purchased to enjoy on board and drinks will also be available for purchase.
Florentine Garden Dinner at Ravella: Enjoy a buffet-style dinner under the stars in Ravella’s Florentine Garden. Dinner options will include dishes like heirloom tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella drizzled with balsamic glaze, charbroiled rib eye with chili oregano rub and tarragon baked barramundi. Tickets are $45 for adults and $15 for children ages 6 to 12.
Wicked Reunion at Ghostbar: DJ Garth may have given the world “Twenty Minutes of Disco Glory” in 1998, but he’ll celebrate twenty years of disco glory this Sunday, as he joins fellow DJs Jeno and Thomas Bullock to commemorate two decades of the Wicked Sound System. House DJ Frank Richards joins the group as they spin at Ghostbar.
Fatboy Slim at Marquee: Last time he tried to perform at Marquee Dayclub, Fatboy Slim experienced a little stormy weather. Hopefully the sun will be shining when he returns along with fellow English DJ Funkagenda.
Sunday Scene with Sasha Grey: Palms Place Hotel and Spa presents the Sunday Scene. This week features a special DJ set by adult film star Sasha Grey along with residents Zen Freeman and Mark Stylz.
DJ Dan at Liquid: Electronic house music DJ and producer DJ Dan, known for his remixes of The Pussycat Dolls, Lady Gaga and P Diddy, spins at Liquid Pool at Aria.
Vegas vs. Cali Beat Battle: The Road to the 2011 Las Vegas Beat Battle Championships continues Independence Day weekend at Daddy Mac's. Come down and watch some of the hottest producers from California and Las Vegas battle for a $200 cash prize as well as a spot in the December championships. The event is hosted by Fatz, Paria, DJ Kelly J and Model Candy with special guests including Hack the Mack, Rideout, Shamroc, T.R@bb, Branden Lace, Kid Doms, K.O.N, DTR and Clue the Nemesis.
DJ Cobra and Mr. Best: DJ Cobra, better known as the "Iller" spins poolside at Bare at Mirage along with Mr. Best.
Adler’s Appetite at Diablo’s: Adler's Appetite, featuring Guns 'N Roses drummer Steven Adler, performs at Diablo's at Monte Carlo.
The Anti-Social Network at The Pearl: A heavyweight night of comedy, The Anti-Social Network featuring host Jim Norton and comedians Dave Attell, Jim Breuer and Bill Burr, is set to make a stop at the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort.
Salute to Freedom Concert at Sunset Station: Country stars Mark Willis, known for tracks like "I Do" and "Jacob's Ladder" and Mark Chesnutt, known for songs like "She Never Got Me Over You" and "Almost Goodbye" perform at the free Salute to Freedom Concert.
Foam Party at Krave: Welcoming ages 18 and up, Krave's infamous foam party is back with Oh My Josh performing live as he celebrates the release of his newest CD.
Marc Broussard at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip: Singer/songwriter Marc Broussard, known for his "Bayou Soul" sound and tracks like "Here You Are" and "Home" comes to the HRC on the Strip along with Matt Hires and Chic Gamine.
Laughter Hours Comedy Show: If you don't like to laugh, you're downright un-American! Catch Anton Knight, Booya and Mike Krasner at Laughter Hours. The show is hosted by B.S. Williams at the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay overlooking the Strip.
Kaskade at Encore Beach Club: The superstar DJ sailed through the dayclub’s opening season as its first official resident. Now he’s back for another summer under the sun at the expansive pool property.
Markus Schulz at Tao Beach: German-born Markus Schulz, known for his compilation album titled Las Vegas ’10 might be testing out some tracks at Tao Beach for a follow up disc with this year's hottest music.
Natasha Bedingfield at House of Blues: Freschetta presents British pop star Natasha Bedingfield, known for hits like "Unwritten," at the House of Blues along with Kate Voegele and Andy Grammer.
All-American Girl Pageant : On the eve of the Fourth of July, The Bank searches for the most beautiful All-American girl in Vegas, offering up $5,000 in prize money.
Paul Van Dyk at Haze: Berlin-based DJ and producer Paul Van Dyk will be spinning his blend of techno, trance and electronica at Haze Nightclub at Aria.
Monday July 4:
Scooter and Lavelle at Relax Mondays: DJ duo Scooter and Lavelle will be spinning at Hard Rock Pool for Relax Mondays to close out your extended holiday weekend.
Donald Glaude at Bare Pool: House music specialist, DJ and remixer DJ Donald Glaude celebrates the Fourth at Bare Pool at Mirage.
Chateau Beer Garden party: Chateau Beer Garden at Paris Las Vegas will host an all-American party this Fourth of July with hot dogs, hamburgers and other traditional barbecue fare. The nightclub’s outdoor terrace will open its doors starting at 11 a.m. for food and music and patrons can enjoy a half-off draft beer specials.
Mike Remedy at Tao Beach: Tao Beach hosts local DJ Mike Remedy’s birthday bash featuring sets by the birthday boy himself along with Jordan Stevens and Scotty Boy.
Hottest patriot contest: Jet celebrates the Fourth with a search for the hottest patriotic lady. DJ Hollywood spins and the sexiest patriot wins $5,000.
Afrojack with Steve Aoki: XS presents Grammy-award winning Dutch music producer and DJ Afrojack along with Steve Aoki, plus an opening set by Rehab. Catch Afrojack earlier in the day at Encore Beach Club.