Congratulations you’ve made it to Labor Day weekend. In other parts of the U.S., it’s traditionally the end of summer and the transition into fall. (Here in Arizona, we’ve still got another month or two of major heat left.)
It’s also a three-day weekend with multiple pool parties, bar shindigs, dance nights, and other events around the metro Phoenix. LDW in 2021 will be no exception. As the following list indicates, there will be plenty of parties and events happening from Friday, September 3, to Monday, September 6.
Check out our list and make plans on where you’ll be going. That said, the Delta variant of COVID-19 is a growing danger right now and venues will be crowded with people at many events. If you’re going out over LDW, we encourage you to take precautions like wearing masks or maintaining social distancing if you aren’t vaccinated.
Labor Day Expansion Bash at Endgame
Mesa game bar and geek hangout Endgame, 1233 South Alma School Road, is hosting this three-day event from Friday, September 3, to Sunday, September 5, that will feature a mix of hip-hop and electronic dance music artists. Performances will take place in multiple locations throughout the venue. Cosplay is encouraged, local artists and vendors will be set up, and Endgame will have various consoles available for play. The lineup will include sets by 5 Godz, Aggro, Baylienz, Distorter, Altruist, Bank Mills, Audacity, Infra Redd, Roscoe, Braydo, and more. Daily general admission is $30 to $40 and bottle service packages are $750.
Labor Day Weekend Pool Parties at Maya Dayclub
The pool area at Maya, 7333 East Indian Plaza in Scottsdale, will be busy throughout the weekend Friday, September 3, through Monday, September 6, as four straight days of EDM-filled parties are planned. Future house producer SNBRN will work the sound system on Friday night with support from local DJs. Gates open at 9 p.m. The duo of Snakehips will headline the daytime party on Sunday, September 5, and the Bingo Beach party on Monday afternoon will feature Maarten Hoogstraten of Bingo Players. The latter parties start at noon. Admission is $15 for all three events.
Labor Day Weekend Party at Bar Smith
A special LDW edition of Solstice Saturdays will feature DJ Robby Rob, Ramses Ja, and other locals serving up hip-hop, R&B, and classics on the ones and twos at Bar Smith, 130 East Washington Street, on Saturday, September 4, starting at 9 p.m. Specials include $3 well drinks and $5 shots of Hennessy and Patron shots until 10 p.m. Admission is $10.
The Hamptons “White Party” at FOUND:RE Hotel
Still waiting for your invite to P. Diddy’s place out on New York’s Long Island? You can keep staring at your mailbox or make plans to attend the Hamptons-esque “White Party” happening from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, September 4, by the pool at FOUND:RE, 1100 North Central Avenue. There will be food from Trapp Haus BBQ, mixes from DJ Just Fresh, poolside drink specials, and aerialist performances. Admission is free.
Neo-Soul Bowl Labor Day at State 48 Funk House Brewery
This “silent” event on Sunday, September 5, at this Westgate beer and bowling joint, located at 6770 North Sunrise Boulevard in Glendale, will involve a pair of DJs spinning neo-soul, R&B, and old-school mixes while patrons listen over Bluetooth headphones. Teams of up to six can participate and there will be prizes for the “best bowl stroll” and awards for the highest score. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. It’s $25 per person and $90 for a group of six.
Yacht Club Pool Parties at W Scottsdale
The second-floor WET Deck will be nautical but nice when it hosts yacht club-inspired pool parties from Friday, September 3, through Monday, September 6. Daytime celebrations run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will also include food and drink options like craft popsicles, alcohol-infused frozen green grapes, signature ice cream cups, and classic hot dogs. Call 602-405-0099 for admission info.
Summer Breeze: A Night of Yacht Rock at Thunderbird Lounge
You can sail across the soft-rock seas at Thunderbird Lounge, 710 West Montecito Avenue, as the sound system will be pumping out late-’70s hits by Hall & Oates, Kenny Loggins, and Looking Glass on Sunday, September 5, rom 4 p.m. onward. Drink specials will be available and patrons are encouraged to sing along, particularly while wearing bell-bottoms, polyester shirts, and other period-specific attire. Admission is free.
Labor Day Rooftop Party at From the Rooftop
The outdoor bar atop the Cambria Hotel, 222 East Portland Street, will host a laidback affair from 6 to 10 p.m. on Monday, September 6, with great views of downtown Phoenix, vendors, and various food and drink deals. R&B, neo-soul, and house music spins will be provided by local DJs Freshmaker, Pest, and Biz International. General admission is $20 and VIP packages are $30 to $300. Full details are available here.
Swim Meet Pool Party at The Saguaro Scottsdale
The final Swim Meet event of the summer will take place from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 4, at the pool of boutique hotel The Saguaro, 4000 North Drinkwater Boulevard in Scottsdale. Local DJs will provide the soundtrack, food and drink specials will be available, and the bar will serve signature cocktails.
Labor Day Weekend at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
Expect three nights of parties at Whiskey Row, 4420 North Saddlebag Trail, this weekend, including an acoustic happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, September 3. DJ Diesel will keep the dance floor hot all night long on Saturday, September 4, and the “Sunday Funday” session on Sunday, September 5, starts at 3 p.m. Call 480-382-1505 for cover info.