NFR Tailgate Party at Hard Rock Hotel’s Harmon Parking Lot The cowboy invasion is back, and the Super Bowl of rodeo touches down at the Thomas & Mack on Thursday. After you get your fix of bull riding and barrel racing, enjoy some cocktailing and country music right across the street at HRH. The weekend tailgating doubleheader includes a two-story bar, autograph opportunities, a Ford vehicle showcase and performances by CJ Simmons and Cash Presley. December 6-9 & 13-15, doors at 3 p.m.
XXX-Mas Party at Erotic Heritage Museum The holiday shopping frenzy has begun, the kids are begging to visit Santa and you’re obligated to make an appearance at that office party. Already suffering from holiday burnout? Shake things up Saturday at the museum’s sexified seasonal soiree, complete with contests for both creative and erotic holiday costumes and the tackiest holiday sweater. December 8, 7 p.m., suggested $5 donation.
Deadmau5 at XS Mr. ’mau5 is back, bringing another Unhooked performance to the Encore nightclub. Catch him and his “technological orgy” Saturday night. December 8, doors at 10 p.m., $50 men, $20 women.
Snooki at Tabu Get to the gym, slap on some bronzer and pick up your dry cleaning before Saturday night! The pint-size, loud-mouthed Jersey Shore star returns for her first post-baby-bump Vegas appearance, hosting the MGM club’s post-fight party. DJ Kid Jay brings the noise, so be ready to beat up that beat! December 8, doors at 10 p.m., $40 men, $30 women, local ladies free.
Hair Wars: Snow White Edition at Ghostbar Vegas salons battle it out head-to-head (uh, literally) at the Palms nightspot on Sunday, with the winner taking home a cool $1K. See how creative stylists can get with the classic bob while you enjoy sounds by local DJ Lisa Pittman. December 9, 10 p.m., $25 men, $20 women, local ladies free.
Night Owls Tour at Insert Coin(s) Itching for some fresh beats? Head to the Fremont East videobar/gamelounge Sunday, as the watering hole presents a night of electro and bass from a few up-and-coming DJs. In the booth: Flinch, AC Slater and Harvard Bass, with an opening set by HavocNdeeD. December 9, doors at 10 p.m., $10.
RevoSundays/AFAN Toy Drive at Revolution The weekly LGBT party doubles as a drop-off location for Aid for AIDS of Nevada’s (AFAN’s) holiday toy drive, highlighting the old “better to give than receive” adage by offering a free drink to each attendee with a toy in tow. Resident DJ Que supplies his sound. December 9, 10 p.m., $20, locals & ladies free.
Ugly Sweater Party at Beauty Bar We’re really sorry to tell you this, but your gifted pink pullover depicting an ice-skating polar bear family isn’t en vogue this year … or ever. Good news: That fashion faux pas scores you free entry at the Downtown hangout’s Wednesday night bash. Drink specials (including something called “Santa Juice”) and a “sexiest lady in red” contest complete the holiday good cheer. December 12, doors at 9 p.m., $5 (free w/ugly sweater).