Party Crasher

The 20 Best Labor Day Weekend 2017 Parties in Phoenix

Celebrating during Labor Day Weekend last year at the W Scottsdale Hotel.
Celebrating during Labor Day Weekend last year at the W Scottsdale Hotel. Benjamin Leatherman
Traditionally, Labor Day signifies the end of the summer and the beginning of fall (more or less). Or, at least, that's what it's supposed to be everywhere else but in Arizona.

We're sort of the exception to the rule, considering that we'll be suffering through summertime temps long after the rest of the U.S. stows their swim fins and bikinis until next year.

Here in the Valley, however, the annual observance of Labor Day does serve as a milestone of sorts, as it's usually the end point for a number of local pool party series and other summer events.

It's also a three-day weekend, which, as anyone in the party scene will tell you, is a perfectly good excuse to celebrate around the clock without having to go to work on Monday morning. Hence all the parties happening during Labor Day weekend, which runs from Friday, September 1, to Monday, September 4.


As we're wont to do, we've assembled a list of the biggest bashes happening during LDW 2017, including daytime pool parties and nighttime club events.

click to enlarge Partying at Maya Day and Nightclub in Scottsdale during last year's LDW festivities. - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN
Partying at Maya Day and Nightclub in Scottsdale during last year's LDW festivities.
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Labor Day Weekend feat. Timmy Trumpet
Friday, September 1
Maya Day & Nightclub
The indoor dance club at Maya will feature a gig by house and electro producer/instrumentalist Timmy Trumpet on Friday, September 1. Doors are at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Labor Day Weekend Patio Party
Friday, September 1, to Monday, September 4
Dos Gringos

All three Dos Gringos locations (including Mesa, Tempe, and Chandler) will have patio parties taking place each afternoon and evening. And drink specials, games, prizes, DJs, and tacos are all promised. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Admission is free.

Let’s Flamingle Labor Day Weekend Pool Parties
Friday, September 1, to Monday, September 4
W Scottsdale Hotel

Beach-themed festivities of the posh variety will take over the W for three straight days during LDW. In addition to a mix of high-end cocktails and high-style amenities, DJs will fill the air with beats at various points throughout the weekend. The lineup includes Ray Cache on Friday, DJ Circle and DJ Valentine on Saturday, Aaron Taylor and DJ Complex on Sunday, and Joey T. on Monday. The parties start at noon. Admission is $20 each day. The Living Room lounge will also host musicians every night starting at 9 p.m.

NGHTMRE
Friday, September 1
The Pressroom

Trap and electro fiend NGHTMRE will kick off Labor Day weekend with a gig that will fill The Pressroom with beats, not to mention a crowd of kandi kids and club kids alike. Openers TBA. Doors are at 9 p.m. General admission is $35, VIP tickets are $50, and tables are $125-$250. More info can be found here.

Labor Day Weekend Parties
Friday, September 1, to Monday, September 4
LUSTRE Rooftop Bar

Fesitivies will take place daily at LUSTRE throughout Labor Day Weekend with DJs, dancing, and more. Other highlights include Tito’s Vodka specials and tastings, barbecue eats, giant pool toys, and live music. The pool area opens at 11 a.m. each day and there’s no cover.

Sage Armstrong
Friday, September 1
Bar Smith

The electro/indie dance producer will join the DJs of Bar Smith's weekly Big Fun Fridays — including Klu, Cormac, and Sean Watson — to light up the place. Doors are at 9 p.m. and there's a $10 cover.

click to enlarge Stefan Engblom of Dada Life performs at Talking Stick Resort in May. - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN
Stefan Engblom of Dada Life performs at Talking Stick Resort in May.
Benjamin Leatherman

Labor Day Weekend feat. Walshy Fire
Saturday, September 2
The Pressroom

Jamaican-born MC and Major Lazer member Walshy Fire will bring rhythms and rhymes to The Pressroom over Labor Day Weekend. Doors open at 8 p.m. General admission is $25 and VIP tickets are $40-$50.

Night Bass Summer Phases
Saturday, September 2
Monarch Theatre

Bass-heavy sounds will be pumped through the Monarch's primo PK Sound system during this party by such DJs as AC Slater, Jack Beats, Phlegmatic Dogs, and Petey Clicks. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the music goes until 2 a.m. General admission is $25 and VIP access is $45.

Wet Heat Pool Party
Saturday, September 2
Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown

This LGBTQ-friendly event will have pool party fun, several DJs on the decks, vendors, giveaways, and more. Start time is 3 p.m. and the celebration goes until 10 p.m. Tickets are $22.

Swim Meet Labor Day Weekend
Saturday, September 2
The Saguaro in Scottsdale

A variety of local DJs – including BMARX, Sean Watson, Lick, Klu, and Mustache Sweat – will spin dance music and high-energy sounds throughout this afternoon pool party at The Saguaro which runs from noon until 6 p.m. It's free to attend before 2:30 p.m. if you RSVP online. More details and admission info can be found here.

Read on for more of the Valley's best LDW 2017 bashes.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.