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Your Guide to Labor Day Weekend 2019 Parties in Phoenix

LDW is the official end of pool party season in the Valley.
LDW is the official end of pool party season in the Valley. Benjamin Leatherman

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Celebrating Labor Day Weekend in 2017 at Maya in Scottsdale.
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Soundwave Pool Party

Sunday, September 1
Maya Day & Nightclub, 7333 East Indian Plaza, Scottsdale

Owsla recording artist Henry Fong and hip-hop DJ/producer Fatman Scoop will tag-team the mixers at Maya's signature pool party during Labor Day weekend. Expect all the club's usual trappings, including bottle service and inflatable pool toys. Gates open at noon. General admission is $10 and VIP service is available.

Animal House Dance Party

Sunday, September 1
The Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street

Classix and Cassian are the headliners of this Sunday night affair, which also include sets by locals DJ Javin and DJ MyKill. Expect to hear EDM of the house, electro, indie dance, future house, and deep house variety. Doors are at 7 p.m. and admission is $15.

James Kennedy

Sunday, September 1
Salt Tacos y Tequilla, 6751 North Sunset Boulevard, Glendale

Reality star James Kennedy, best known for his appearances on Vanderpump Rules, will headline the Labor Day weekend party at this Westgate bar and restaurant. The action begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Release Pool Party feat. Ekali

Sunday, September 1
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 East Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale

Dubstep/trap DJ and producer Ekali has the honor of headlining the final Release pool party of the year on Sunday afternoon at Talking Stick. Gates open at 1 p.m. and local DJs will also perform. Daybed, cabana rentals, and VIP service is available. General admission is $25.

Labor Day Foam Party

Sunday, September 1
Hosted by McFadden's, 9425 West Coyotes Boulevard, Glendale

Millions of tiny bubbles will fill this Westgate bar and cover its patrons as they drink, dance, and party. Drink specials like $3 AMFs and Long Island Iced Teas, $5 Don Julio shots, and $100 bottles will be available. The foam fun gets started at 9 p.m. and there's no cover.

Labor Day Bash

Sunday, September 1
Aura Nightclub, 411 South Mill Avenue, Tempe

The sound system at Aura will be bumping beats as local DJs spin and patrons hit the dance floor on the day before Labor Day. The 18-and-over crowd can attend and 21-and-over types can drink (provided they have ID). The bash begins at 10 p.m. More details can be found here.

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The scene at last year's Sun Dream party at The Saguaro Hotel.
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Sun Dream Pool Party

Sunday, September 1
The Saguaro Hotel, 4000 North Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale

Local DJs Hazardous and Musa Mind will drop hot spins and good vibes at this Sunday afternoon affair at The Saguaro's pool. Daybed rentals and VIP services are available for anyone who’d like to splurge. The party runs from noon until 5 p.m. Admission is free before 1 p.m. if you RSVP online or $15 after 1 p.m.

Best of Both Worlds Labor Day Weekend Party

Sunday, September 1
The Park, 3 South Second Street

Pro-tip: Dress in your finest white apparel if you plan on attending this stylish affair on Sunday night. There will be live music from Ear Candy featuring Vaughn Willis, as well as DJ Sir-Plus spinning hip-hop and R&B while DJ Philo will rinse out Afrobeats and reggae selections. Start time is 9 p.m. Tickets are $5-$40.

Brunch Collect & Friends

Sunday, September 1
The Rebel Lounge, 2333 East Indian School Road

The artists of this DJ/beat-maker collective – including Deux Yeux, Korey Wade, Pvpi Frvnko, Ohkaywhy, Sample, and ProducerTrentTaylor – will offer a special LDW performance. Start time is 9 p.m. Tickets are $7.

Labor Day Water Slide

Monday, September 2
Charlie's Phoenix, 727 West Camelback Road

The folks at this legendary local LGBTQ hangout will set up an enormous waterslide in the parking on Labor Day, allowing you the chance to cool off. They'll also have a barbecue, although you won't have to wait an hour after eating before taking another trip down the slide. The fun starts at noon and there's no cover.

Honky Tonk Holiday

Monday, September 2
The Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School Road

Get a heaping helping of down-home sounds on Labor Day, courtesy of Americana/country/rockabilly bands Ruff Enuff and Lil Sue and the Cow Tippers. Doors are at 4 p.m. and tickets are $7.

Editor's note: This story was updated since its initial publication to add additional events and fix a formatting error.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.