If you're looking to dance, drink and possibly see the sun come up before you've been to bed this Labor Day weekend, there are plenty of options in the Tampa area. Here are five ways to party:
Shephard's Beach Resort - Per tradition, the Clearwater Beach hot spot will be kicking it old school with rappers you haven't heard since your stereo last ate your cassette tape. Grammy-winning group Arrested Development (“Tennessee,” “Mr. Wendell”) and Shock G from Digital Underground (“Humpty Hump”) will perform at the beachfront indoor/outdoor nightclub for Old Skool Saturday. Tickets for the 21-and-up party are $12.
Hogan's Beach - Listen up brother: the Hulkster's waterfront bar and restaurant continues to earn its rep as the place for electronic dance music fans in Tampa. Sunday's Labor Day Weekend Beach Bash brings Dutch house music master Laidback Luke, one of the top 20 DJs in the world, according to DJ Mag's annual rankings, plus a special performance by Hulk Hogan's son and “Hogan Knows Best” star Nick Hogan. Tickets for the 18-and-up party are $27.50.
Neon Xtreme - “The World's Largest Glow Party” returns to the Amphitheater Events Facility in Ybor City on Sunday with more than 75,000 glow sticks dispersed to the crowd, plus other glow effects and tons of people dressed in neon as a huge lineup of DJs moves the crowd from 10 p.m to 3 a.m. This party has sold out eight years in a row. Tickets are $10 to $15.
Band Slam - Four local bands, Artilect, Stonegrey, Supros and The Best Day Ever, battle it out in the finals of the annual 7th Avenue Band Slam on Saturday at The Ritz Ybor. There's also a performance by 2013 winner Dropin Pickup and the mysterious “Beyonce artist tribute night.” Tickets are $8.75.
Young Thug - The eccentric, Atlanta rapper (whose Princess Leia-style hair buns completely stole the show from T.I. during their performance of “About the Money” on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon”) performs at Club Skye in Ybor. Tickets for the Monday night show start at $30.