Summer, we are so going to miss you. We know that all good things must end (or unofficially end, in this case), but that’s no reason not to send summer off with a bang. Here are seven ways to celebrate for an epic Labor Day.
1. See a show
If you want to end summer with a bang, consider a weekend of shows. At Resorts, catch the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular on Sunday, or go see The Modern Gentlemen, whose month-long run ends Friday. If you’re looking for a classic, head to Golden Nugget for Alive 75, a KISS tribute on Friday; to Harrah’s for Legends in Concert Thursday through Sunday; to Tropicana for Band on Tour on Thursday and Friday; or to Hard Rock’s Etess Arena at Hard Rock for Daryl Hall & John Oates on Friday. For more fun at Hard Rock, catch Daughtry on Saturday or Disco Live on Sunday. There are a bunch of shows to see at Borgata, including Gabriel Iglesias on Friday; Miranda Lambert on Saturday; and 70s Game Show and Trevor Noah on Sunday. At Ocean Casino, check out the legendary Reba McEntire on Saturday, and at Showboat, catch a show with The Bearded Ladies on Friday. For a small venue treat, head to Harbor Square Theatre for Mac McAnally on Sunday. And if you want a free concert, get to William Morrow Beach in Somers Point for Beginnings on Friday and Tom Hambridge and Ed Jackson’s Time Out on Sunday, or to Cape May Convention Hall for Beach Bumz Band on Friday.
2. Laugh until you cry
If your natural inclination is to cry because summer is unofficially over, then we’ve got good news: there’s plenty to laugh about. Head to Borgata Comedy Club for a Friday show with Regina DeCicco, James Mattern and Mike Yard; or for Tim Krompier, Rodney Laney, and Joe Matarese the rest of Labor Day Weekend. At Atlantic City Comedy Club at The Claridge, catch Eric Neumann, who has the No. 1 Comedy Album on iTunes, for shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. At Howie Mandel Comedy Club at Hard Rock, the comedy bookends Labor Day Weekend with Adam Ferrara on Thursday and Kellen Erskine on Monday. And if you’re looking for a great show with local headliners, head to any of the shows held by AC Jokes: at Blue Martini at Bally’s Thursday through Monday; at Anthem Lounge at Tropicana on Friday and Sunday; at Kiss Kiss Nightclub at Tropicana on Thursday, Saturday and Monday; and at Playground Pier on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
3. Send off summer in style
While casino nightlife hardly dies down in the off-season, the end-of-season parties hosted by casinos are often epic in nature, with lots of celebrating under one roof. At Borgata, celebrate the end of summer at Gypsy Bar with The Benderz and Lost in Paris on Friday, Big Band Baby and Gypsy Wisdom on Saturday, and Changing Lanes and Flip Like Wilson on Sunday; at Premier with PS Bingo Players on Friday, 2Chainz on Saturday, and Konflikt on Sunday; at Level One for Level One Up All Night on Friday and Saturday; and at Beer Garden for DJ Ernesto and John McNutt Band on Friday, DJ Ernesto and Hunkajunk on Saturday, and DJ Ernesto and The Coconutz on Sunday. Don’t forget Golden Nugget this weekend! Get to The Deck for that Alive! 75 KISS tribute on Friday, Big House Band and Seven Stone on Saturday, The Exceptions and Don’t Call Me Francis on Sunday and Bobby & Kit and Sensamotion on Monday; or inside to Rush Lounge for Love Jones and Party Wave on Friday, Red Hotts on Saturday, Steph & Jeff and Dane Anthony on Sunday; and Gina Roche on Monday. At Tropicana, it’s hard to choose which party to hit first. Head to Kiss Kiss Nightclub or Okatshe for DJ entertainment on Friday and Saturday; to Boogie Nights for a three-day Labor Day Boogie Blowout Thursday through Saturday; to Cuba Libre for Latin Friday and Bailamos Saturday; to Anthem for Diva Royale on Saturday and a DJ on Sunday; to Tango’s for The Morning After and DJ Brandon Bobal on Friday, Fund Daddy Band and DJ Ahmed Kahn on Saturday, and live entertainment on Sunday and Monday; to RiRa for Shaun Durnin on Friday and Sunday with The Braying Donkeys on Saturday; and to Firewaters Saloon for the Glenn Roberts Band Friday through Sunday. At Harrah's head to Martorano's Friday for an appearamce from Steve Martorano himself as well as live entertainment from France Joli & Blue Magic.
4. Party at a pool
If it’s a pool party you’re looking for, look no further. Head to The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s for for Johnny Bananas on Friday, Jesse McCartney on Saturday, and Camilo & Lobo on Sunday. While you’re there, head inside to Eden Lounge for Drop Dead Sexy and DJ Kurteousy on Friday, Lifespeed and DJ Adub on Saturday, The Mighty Band Stand and DJ Adub on Sunday, and Dueling Pianos on Monday. At HQ2 Beachclub at Ocean Casino, look for Kaskade on Saturday, Chus & Beballos on Sunday, and Alok on Monday. Or get to their Boardwalk Pool for a DJ on Friday. Property-wide, head to HQ2 Nightclub for DJ Skribble on Friday, Chuckie on Saturday and Bob Sinclair on Sunday; to Amada for the Tony Perez Quartet on Friday and Gloria Allende Duo on Saturday; to Villain & Saint for Ken Shiles & CiBon and Evolution X on Friday, and Five Times Famous and Copper Line Shine on Saturday; to TopGolf Swing Suite for a DJ on Saturday; and to 1927 Lounge & Speakeasy for a Prohibition Variety Show on Friday and Saturday, and a DJ on Sunday and Monday. Head to Flip Flopz Beach Bar & Grill for Lima Bean Riot on Friday, a pool party with a DJ, Love Junk, and The Loop Band on Saturday, and a pool party with a DJ and Fish Out of Water on Sunday.
5. Get the last beach bar hurrah
Dig your toes in the sand while you can at one of the area’s beach bars. Though some will remain open for a few more weekends, this is the final hurrah for others. Head to Bally’s Beach Bar for DJ Tonka, Cheezy & The Crackers, Lost in Paris, and DJ Redline on Friday, DJ N9ne, Lifespeed, DJ Rashaun and DJ Patrice McBride on Saturday, DJ Aiden Scott, Lost in Paris and DJ Chelsea Lee & Guests on Sunday, and DJ Kurteousy, JSoul and DJ Redline on Monday. While you’re there, visit the rest of Bally’s for a wild weekend at Wild Wild West with Stealing Savanah and DJ Image on Friday, Laura Lea & Tripp Fabulous and DJ Aiden Scott on Saturday; and Split Decision and DJ Aiden Scott on Sunday; to The Deck for Derek Crider Duo on Friday, Ken Shiles & CiBon on Saturday, B.R.A.T. on Sunday and Lights Out Duo on Monday; and to Harry’s Oyster Bar for Meghan Knight and Lefty Lucy on Friday, The Pickles Duo and Billy Walton Band on Saturday, Robin Gazzara and The Seven Band on Sunday and Lefty Lucy on Monday. Get to the Beachside Bar at Caesars for Christian Glomb Duo on Saturda, Joseph Collepardi on Sunday, and Brother Jerome Duo, or head inside to 2100 for DJ Rashaun on Friday and DJ Joey Dino on Saturday. At the Beach Bar at Hard Rock, tune into Dr. Cheeko, Event Horizon and DJ Jason Weiss on Friday, Seansamotion, 39 Mariner and DJ Carm on Saturday; and Verdict, Red Hotts and DJ Jason on Sunday. Then head inside to Lobby Bar for Split Decision, The Rockets, DJ Billy G, and Se7en Band on Friday, Se7en Band, Steal the Sky, DJ Montone, K Brown Express on Saturday, Sidearm , M-80, My Hero Zero, DJ Drift and Eleven Eleven on Sunday, and The Neptunes on Monday; to Council Oak Lounge for Five Times Famous and Kenny Curcio Duo on Friday, Guitaro 5000 and The Pickles Duo on Saturday, and Ken & CiBon Trio and Nick Moccia Duo on Sunday; to Hard Rock Café for Nine Deez Night on Friday and Beginnings on Saturday; and to Daer Nightclub for Saweetie on Friday, Juice Wrld on Saturday and 4AM Takeover on Sunday. At Landshark Bar & Grill at Resorts, dig your toes in the sand with DJ SL on Friday, DJ Rockstar and DJ Chris Roberts on Saturday, and DJ SL and Latin Night on Sunday. Inside, head to Margaritaville for Ken Shiles & CiBon on Friday, Smokey Starr on Saturday and Patty Blee on Sunday, or to Bar One for live entertainment on Friday and Saturday. At Laguna Grill & Rum Bar, celebrate the end of the season with Grooveheart on Friday, The Whitewalls and The E Street Shuffle on Saturday, and Incognito and Dan Burke Band on Sunday. Head to The Point for a night on the sand with Tom Powdermaker on Friday, Tom Pacitti Duo on Saturday, The Verdict on Sunday and Matt Santry on Monday, or to Icona’s Sandbar Village for Amy Faden Duo on Friday, Sean Loosh on Saturday, Cheezy & The Crackers on Sunday and Robin Gazzara on Monday. At Tuckahoe Inn, get to their back deck on a bayside beach for Atley Moon & The Say Somethings on Friday and Chameleon on Saturday. Head to The Rusty Nail for Aaron Burgos Duo and Dave Kelly Duo on Friday and The Honeyhawks and The Deck Band on Saturday; to Springfield Inn for DJ Philly Will, Sweet Talkers, and DJ Aiden Scott on Friday, Barclay Mo, Juliano Brothers, The Way Outs and DJ Redline on Saturday, Rad & Kell, The Way Outs, LeCompt, and DJ Brother Mike on Sunday; and Mike LeCompt on Monday; to The Deauville Inn for Lou London and Dean Dunlevy on Saturday, and Jim Maher and Soul Cruisers on Sunday; and to Star Beach Bar for a DJ on Friday, Dom Grasso on Saturday, The Burnsiders on Sunday and AJ Jesson on Monday.
6. Hang like a local
Sometimes, the best places to nurse your end-of-summer woes are at your favorite local bar, restaurant or watering hole, like Fred and Ethel’s Lantern Light Restaurant & Tavern which will have Sir Cedrick on Friday and Danny Eyre on Saturday; to Bourre for Trivia Night on Friday, Summer Gras with a New Orleans Brass Band on Saturday, and a Hot Caribbean Event on Sunday; to Wonder Bar for Derek Crider on Saturday; to Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall for Johnny P. on Friday, Glenn Roberts and Ryan Zimmerman on Saturday, and Ill Rendition on Sunday; to The Claridge for Friday and Saturday with DJ Dahve; to St. George’s Pub for Saturday karaoke; to Renault Winery for Old News Band on Friday and The Shawn Ashley Experience on Saturday; to LB One for Jim Fisher on Friday and Nick Nicholas on Saturday; to A Touch of Italy for Cabo on Friday and Rick and Laura on Saturday; to Johnny’s Café for a Bob Pantano Dance Party on Friday, DJ Johnny Looch on Saturday and Benny Marsella on Sunday; to Sofia Restaurant for live music on Friday and Saturday; to Steve & Cookie’s By the Bay for Joe Mancini on Saturday and Chris Sooy on Sunday; to Tomatoe’s for DJ Laup on Friday and DJ Sparkles on Saturday and Sunday; to Brick House Pub & Grille for Stiffler’s Mom Trio on Friday and an End of Summer Party with 8-Track Attack on Saturday; to The Anchorage for DJ entertainment on Friday and Saturday; to Clancy’s by the Bay for Usual Suspects on Friday, Jamison on Saturday, and DJ Larry on Sunday; to The Doc’s Place for Dan Marro on Friday and Saturday; to Josie Kelly’s Public House for Tidal Wave Band on Friday, Unforgettable Fire on Saturday and XClusive Soul on Monday; to Gregory’s for a DJ on Saturday; and to Enlightened Café for Open Mic Night on Friday and Little Twist on Sunday; to Circle Tavern for SideArm on Saturday; to Lefty’s Tavern for The Suspects on Friday and AJ Stone on Saturday; to Lighthouse Tavern for The Kootz on Friday and Matt Noffsinger on Saturday; to The Boiler Room for Tribe with Don Shaw on Friday, The Dane Anthony Band on Saturday, John Byrne Duo on Sunday and Bill Caterini on Monday; to The Brown Room for Jeff Newmos and Beth Tinnon on Friday, Dave Kelly and Darin MacDonald on Saturday, Henry Moore and Danielle & Jennifer on Sunday and Brooke DiCaro on Monday; to Carney’s for Legacy and DJ Jason on Friday, JB Rocks, DJ Jason and Fish Out of Water on Saturday and Bigg Romeo on Sunday; to Iron Pier Craft House for Gordon Vincent on Friday, C. Lynne Smith on Saturday and Geno white Trio on Sunday; to Delaney’s and The Ugly Mug for live music Friday through Monday; to Mad Batter for Les DeRose on Friday, Open Mic night on Sunday, and Gordon Vincent on Monday; to Cabanas Beach Bar & Grill for DJ Joe Byrd and Brendan Marro on Friday, Joey DeNoble and Shorty Long on Saturday and Shot of Southern on Sunday; to Hemingway’s for a DJ on Friday and Saturday; to Ebbitt Room for music from Kenneth Richardson on Friday and Saturday; to Country Club Tavern for Blondage on Saturday; to Buckalew’s for Jinks Brothers and Garage Kept on Friday and Dennis Linde on Saturday; to Nardi’s Tavern for Elvis and Jumper on Friday, Garage Kept and Lima Bean Riot on Saturday, Dave Christopher Band and Mr. Lovejoy on Sunday and Third Watch on Monday; to The Old Causeway for Rock Lobsters on Friday, Marty and The Martians on Saturday, and Happy Hour Entertainment on Sunday to Anglesea Pub for The Byrne Brothers on Friday and Saturday, and Mike and Callie on Sunday; to Owen’s Pub for DJ Bee Bop Bernie on Friday and Name that Tune on Saturday; to Kix McNutley’s for Jim Shaw, Quizzo, Bill Caterini and Karaoke on Friday, Sean Breslin, Syd Kelly and the Sensational Soul Cruisers on Saturday, and Chris Yoder, Bill Caterini and The E Street Shuffle on Sunday; to Oar House Pub for Andrew Jude and The Flaming Caucasions on Friday, FunZaLuv on Saturday; Matt McPherson and Mystery Machine on Sunday; and Delco Duo and Steve Moore’s MIA Duo on Monday; to Dead Dog Saloon for Joe O’Brien on Friday, Nicki Sbaffoni on Saturday and Rich Basker on Sunday; to Shenanigan’s for DJ Ernesto on Friday and DJ AJ on Saturday; to Sax at The Reeds for Sean Loosh on Friday, Megan Knight on Saturday and Ken Shiles & CiBon on Sunday; to Fred’s Tavern for Jefe on Friday, 1 Fish 2 Fish Duo on Saturday, and Five Times Famous Duo on Sunday; to Tuckerton Beach Grille & Restaurant for Neil Miranda on Friday and Gas Pedal Steel GPS on Saturday; and to Dogtooth Bar & Grill for Name that Tune on Friday and Amy Faden Duo on Saturday.
7. Head for the great outdoors
Head outdoors (or at least out back) to Mott’s Creek Inn for Devin Lynn Trio on Friday, Lefty Lucy on Saturday and Seven Stone and Billy Walton on Sunday; to White Horse Winery for Food Truck Friday with Mike Lunemann on Friday, Terry Rivel on Saturday, and Brian Bachorz on Sunday; to Maynard’s Café for live entertainment on Friday and the Mas Tequila Orchestra on Saturday; to Caroline’s By the Bay for Jason Flanagan Unplugged on Saturday and The Locals Band on Sunday; to The Crab Trap for live music on Friday and Saturday; to The Princeton for The Loop on Friday, Goodman Fiske on Saturday, or Steal the Sky on Sunday; to The Windrift for Darin MacDonald, DJ Jules, 3 AM Tokyo and The Zone on Friday, Doug Jennings, Jim Bannach, DJ Jules, The Chatterband, and Mystery Machine on Saturday, Juliano Brothers, Jim Doran, Darin MacDonald, DJ Jules, Stellar Mojo on Sunday; and Jim Bannach on Monday; to The Whitebrier for out Dueling Pianos on Sunday; to The Chalfonte for The Clavicles on Friday; to Cape May Winery for live music on Saturday; to Harpoons on the Bay for live music on Friday and Saturday, Escape Plan on Sunday and Cheezy & The Crackers and Gregg Carpenter on Monday; to Harry’s Bar & Grill for Nate Cwik on Friday, Rich Baker and Drift-woodstock on Saturday, The Clavicles on Sunday and Nicki Sbaffoni on Monday; to Elaine’s for Ray McGeehan on Friday, Paul Gargiulo on Saturday and Camille Peruto on Monday; to Willow Creek Winery for Fire Pit Friday, music at the Vineyard on Saturday; to Nauti Spirits for JB Rocks on Friday and Don Shough on Saturday; to Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal for Nikki Davis as well as a Rock the Boat with Moe Fishbone on Friday; Chris Yoder on Saturday, and Island Acoustic on Sunday; to Yesterday’s for LNJ Sessions on Friday, Atley Moon and Ryan Zimmerman on Saturday, and Reggae Night on Sunday; to Levari’s for Dead Reckoning on Friday and SSP’s End of Summer Bash on Saturday; to Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery for Rootstock with Bella’s Bartok on Friday, Jason Ager on Saturday and Carly Moffa Duo on Sunday; to The OD for Kim & Tonic, Go GO Gadjet & DJ Tommy B on Friday, The Jump Off Band, Dueling Pianos and Lost in Paris on Saturday, Secret Service and Gypsy Wisdom on Sunday and Secret Service Labor Day Jam on Monday; to La Costa for Philly Rock & Soul and Chico’s Vibe on Friday, and The Insiders and Big House Band on Saturday; to Buckets Margarita Bar for Jeff Schwachter on Friday and Marc Wass on Saturday; and to MudHen Brewing Co. for Dane Anthony Band on Friday, Billy D Light Band on Sunday and Cheezy & The Crackers on Monday.