So you think you can dance?
Amsterdam Dance Event: No amount of Red Bull, espresso, or chocolate can prepare you for the Amsterdam Dance Event's nonstop onslaught of partying. The four-day conference and music showcase is stuffed with more than 700 DJs and live acts appearing in 34 clubs all over the city. Some of the highlights include a performance by the British duo Groove Armada, a night with the band Lamb in a special disco inferno evening ("Burn, baby, burn . . ."), and Amsterdam's very own production and DJ team of Kraak and Smaak. There are also parties headlined by Armin van Buuren, Audio Bullys, and Layo & Bushwacka. This is not a gathering for the faint of heart. Many parties start at 10 p.m. and stretch until 6 the following morning. Event tickets are sold individually. amsterdam-dance-event.nl.
Festival New Orleans: Perhaps it is a bit extravagant to travel to London to experience the sounds and flavors of New Orleans, but with sets from Big Easy stalwarts Buckwheat Zydeco, Dr. John, and Allen Toussaint, plus food demonstrations and tastings, the party will be a colorful slice of Louisiana. The festival is timed to coincide with a New Orleans Saints/San Diego Chargers exhibition game at Wembley. Who knew Brits were interested in American football? The festival is free, but VIP passes are available for big spenders. VIP packages range from $105 to $193. The O2, Peninsula Square. theo2.co.uk.
THROUGH NOV. 1
The Beat Goes On: The World Museum in Liverpool celebrates the city's musical accomplishments with an in-depth exhibition on its rock bands. The city proudly boasts a lineage of bands that includes the Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Dead or Alive, and the Zutons. The exhibition tours through memorabilia such as John Lennon's suit jacket from the Beatles' 1964 tour and the bedspread from Lennon and Yoko Ono's Montreal bed-in. That's all quite nice, but where are the "Frankie Say Relax" T-shirts? The museum and the exhibition are free. William Brown Street, liverpoolmuseums.org.uk.
I Love Techno: Staged in a large exhibition hall with multiple clubs, this annual gathering has outgrown its name, and features many more styles of dance and electronic music than throbbing techno. This year's lineup includes a live set from Hot Chip, plus Justice, Digitalism, Dusty Kid, and Richie Hawtin. Tickets are $83. $66. . Flanders Expo, Maaltekouter 1. ilovetechno.be.
THROUGH OCT. 19
The Story of the Supremes: OK, so the Victoria and Albert Museum's "The Story of the Supremes" exhibition isn't exactly night life, but it is truly fabulous and features more than 50 outfits worn by Motown's biggest charting trio of the 1960s. The dresses, from Mary Wilson's personal collection, show how the band was styled to adapt to the turbulent and ever-changing 1960s. Admission is $9. Cromwell Road, vam.ac.uk.
South Florida Folk Festival: They may not be the first band that springs to mind when you think of folk music, but British invasion stars Chad and Jeremy headline the South Florida Folk Festival. Also featured are Mason Williams (he of "Classical Gas" fame) and the Kennedys. Tickets are $35 for each day, or $60 for the weekend. On-site camping is also available. Markham Park, southflorida folkfest.com.
Events are sometimes canceled, rescheduled, or sold out; call or check online to confirm. Christopher Muther can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.