Must dos this weekend in Vegas: Aug. 28 – 30, 2015

Coming to Vegas this weekend? You lucked out. Don’t get us wrong. We’re all fans of the crazy Labor Day shenanigans. But since you’re here the week beforehand, you still get to enjoy the Strip without all the madness. From a one-night only burlesque show and an annual Black & White Party to hot headliners and a booze fest, you’re really in for a treat. A sweet, goodbye-to-summer kind of treat.


Grammy Award-winning R&B sensation Miguel takes the stage at Drai’s Nightclub this Friday. Photo courtesy of Drai’s Nightclub.

Summer concerts got us feelin’ hot, hot, hot
Where: Throughout the Strip
When: All weekend

Remember those back-in-the-day essays, “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” we were oh-so-thrilled to write about? Well after you see this concert lineup, you’ll be tempted to whip out the good ol’ notebook paper and pencil – or at least show off your whereabouts on social media.

Miss Jill Scott graces the Brooklyn Bowl stage with her sweet and soulful vibes this Thursday, Aug. 27. The Grammy Award-winning artist is popular for hits including “The Way,” “Golden,” “Gettin’ in the Way,” “Cross My Mind” and “Slowly, Surely.” After four successful albums, Scott released her fifth one, “Woman,” earlier this year. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

While we’re on this smooth R&B kick, Grammy-winning artist Miguel comes to Drai’s Nightclub on Friday, Aug. 28 to promote his latest album, “Wildfire.” Miguel released his 2010 sleeper hit (and album of the same name) “All I Want Is You.” His sophomore album, “Kaleidoscope Dream,” came out in 2012 and had the Grammy Award-winning track, “Adorn,” as well as “Do You…” and “How Many Drinks?” featuring Kendrick Lamar. Aside from hearing his smooth, velvety voice, we’re excited to see his signature pompadour and edgy style in person.

EDM more up your alley? Or having EDC withdrawals? Catch Diplo’s Mad Decent Block Party at Encore Beach Club on Friday, Aug. 28. Live performances include Major Lazer, RL Grime and Zeds Dead, to name a few. You can also party with Tiësto at Wet Republic on Saturday, Aug. 29.

These Vegas comedy shows aren’t technically concerts, but the jokes will still be music to your ears. See Daniel Tosh at The Mirage on Friday, Aug. 28 and Saturday, Aug. 29. Keep the laughs going with Andrew Dice Clay at the Hard Rock Hotel, Aug. 28 – 30.


Melody Sweets is simply mesmerizing. Photo courtesy of Melody Sweets.

Burlesque at the Beach
Where: Caesars Palace, inside “Absinthe” theater

When: Midnight (Friday, Aug. 28 going into Saturday, Aug. 29)

If you’re not familiar with Melody Sweets, then get hip real quick. She’s the gorgeous, green fairy from “Absinthe.” This Friday, Aug. 28, Melody Sweets brings her sexy burlesque moves in the one-night only show, “Coney Island! Burlesque at the Beach!”

Melody Sweets will perform original songs from her debut album, “Burlesque in the Black,” along with her own personal favorite hits. The show will also have live music by an all-star band, featuring members from “O,” “Donny and Marie,” and “MJ Live!” among others. In addition to these sizzling performances, the show will include carnival-style games and a hot dog-eating contest to win a pair of “Absinthe” tickets.

Tickets are available for $30 at the door. Doors open at midnight. Guests must be at least 18 years old.


Be a part of the glitz and glamour of AFAN’s annual Black & White Party. Photo courtesy of AFAN.

AFAN’s Black & White Party
Where: The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel
When: Saturday, Aug. 29 at 9 p.m.

Party for a cause: The Aid for AIDS of Nevada’s (AFAN) 29th Annual Black & White Party is this Saturday, Aug. 29 at 9 p.m. at The Joint inside Hard Rock hotel. For the past 30 years, AFAN has raised funds and supported those in Southern Nevada living with HIV or AIDS. This year, the party showcases a pop-up wedding chapel with an ordained officiant to perform weddings and vow renewals — a first in Black & White history.

Guests can also enjoy entertainers like The Perry Twins, Maren Wake, Pia Zadora, DJ Axis, Nick Ayler, The Sound Collage, Brandon Godfrey and Boiis. There will also be a “Love is Love” performance by Vegas headliner, “Legends in Concert.” TV personality Ross Mathews hosts the party.

Sounds exciting? We haven’t even gotten to the food part yet. Savor bites from Hard Rock restaurants like 35 Steaks + Martinis, Culinary Dropout, Pink Taco and Fú and popular Vegas dining spots like Hexx and Brio, among others. Pair these treats with some liquid courage. Drinks include Jameson, Absolut, Bacardi, Cavalli Vodka and Corona.

Attendees can also have a chance to win more than 40 raffle prize packages from Aria, Life is Beautiful, Mandarin Oriental, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Exotics Racing and Penn & Teller.

The $50 general admission ticket also includes entry to AFAN’s official after party at Piranha Nightclub and Luxor’s Temptation Sundays pool party the following day.

Tickets can be purchased at VIP tickets are also available. Guests must be at least 21 years old and black and white attire is a must.


We challenge you to a game of cornhole. Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Beer and Barrel Project.

Las Vegas Beer and Barrel Project 
Where: Mandalay Bay
When: Friday, Aug. 28 – Sunday, Aug. 30

Summer may soon be over (sad face) but Mandalay Bay makes the most of what we have left of it, including beer by the beach. Presented by Mandalay Bay and Back Bar USA, beer lovers can celebrate with the three-day Las Vegas Beer and Barrel Project from Friday, Aug. 28 – Sunday, Aug. 30.

The weekend-long event kicks off on Friday with a VIP reception and pop-up pub experience at Shanghai Lilly at 7:30 p.m. The event will host various seminars by master brewers from Nevada and around the country.

The headlining event starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29. Taste from dozens of craft beer and barrel stations with the country’s best beers and award-winning cuisine by Mandalay Bay’s top chefs. But try not to get too hung over: You’ll want to make the “Beer for Breakfast,” on Sunday starting at 9 a.m. Enjoy gourmet bites, pastries, entrées, family-style desserts and – wait for it — even more beer pairings at Fleur by Hubert Keller.

You can get your drink on for $75, which covers all three days, excluding Saturday’s seminars before the main event. Happy sipping!


Rise and shine – plates worth waking up for. Photo courtesy of Lago by Julian Serrano.

Let’s brunch
Where: Lago by Juliano Serrano inside Bellagio
When: This weekend (brunch menu begins Sunday, Aug. 30)

Now you can enjoy lakeside brunch or lunch at Bellagio’s Lago by Julian Serrano while watching the beautiful fountains show. Enjoy a three-course prix-fixe menu for $28, or select dishes à la carte. Certain lunch menu items include lasagna verde, a four-cheese spinach lasagna; polpettone, a panini with house-made meatballs, fresh tomatoes and mozzarella between foccacia bread; and salmone, pistachio-crusted salmon served with grilled tomatoes, rapini and a red wine sauce.

If you’re more in the breakfast mood, brunch is $38 for a three-course feast, beginning this Sunday, Aug. 30. Besides fresh baked cinnamon rolls and other pastries, you can also enjoy raviolone, a pasta pocket filled with truffle ricotta and topped with an egg yolk and summer truffle butter sauce. End it on a sweet note with desserts like tiramisu or Nutella crespelle. We’re drooling. Now…can we get an amen?

These are just a handful of Sin City’s weekend happenings. Check out our Vegas Guide for the best shows, clubs, restaurants and attractions.


Most folks take their Vegas jackpot winnings back home, but my dad decided to stay here instead. That’s how I left Seattle almost 20 years ago. I moved from greenery and rainy days to hot summers, palm trees and desert. As much as I love my hometown, I decided to stick around Vegas. This city just has so much to offer. You don’t even have to be a gambler, bar hopper or an all-night partier. I love Vegas for its awesome vegan-friendly spots, concerts, swanky hotel suites and spas so big, they’re like castles. The pool scene is not too shabby either, which is why I love taking stay-cations. Besides living it up -- Vegas style -- I’m hanging out with my handsome hubby, adorable baby girl, two cats and super-fluffy Shih-Tzu. I’m also a huge fan of '90s music, shows and movies. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.