Must dos this weekend in Vegas: May 8 – 10, 2015

We will rock you in Las Vegas this weekend.

Well, Metallica and No Doubt will, among many others. The legendary Rock in Rio festival hits the United States for the first time and Vegas is the only place you can experience it.

If rock isn’t your thing we’ve also got the smooth sounds of Mariah Carey, who has just started her residency at Caesars Palace.

And don’t forget about mom this weekend. Vegas knows how to celebrate everything, including Mother’s Day, in style.

No Doubt will be one of the many acts hitting the stage at Rock in Rio this weekend.

Rock on! 

This weekend is the first of the two-weekend Rock in Rio festival and it’ll feature many of your favorite rock music acts.

The lineup for Friday includes No Doubt, Maná, The Pretty Reckless, Smallpools, Foster the People, Gary Clark Jr., Bleachers and Saints of Valory.

On Saturday you can rock out with Metallica, Linkin Park, Rise Against, Hollywood Undead, Deftones, Sepultura, Coheed and Cambria and Of Mice & Men.

In between sets you can roam the “Rock Streets,” which are packed with 20 faux buildings that contain shops and restaurants themed around different countries. The Rock Streets open at 3 p.m. each day so you can hang out and catch live performances and party, enjoying the festival atmosphere before the major acts take the main stages.

Be sure to keep the party going and come back next weekend, May 15 – 16, for the pop weekend of Rock in Rio where you can catch artists like Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran.

For a complete Rock in Rio schedule and tips on attending the festival, click here.

Mariah Carey will be belting out all of her #1 hits at Caesars Palace.

New girl in town

Legendary pop diva Mariah Carey begins the first weekend of her Las Vegas residency, “Mariah #1 to Infinity” at Caesars Palace. She’s playing Saturday and Sunday and will be performing all 18 of her No. 1 hits together for the first time including “Vision of Love,” “Touch My Body,” “Hero” and “Fantasy.”

She’ll also bring out fan favorites, never-before-performed selections and will undoubtedly have other special surprises for her Vegas spectacular.

Toast your mom with a "mom-osa" from Cabo Wabo Cantina.

Raise a glass to mom

If your mom is really cool and she’s here partying with you in Vegas this weekend or if you’re a mom yourself, there are lots of ways to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday.

Cabo Wabo Cantina will give moms a complimentary breakfast and “mom-mosa” from 8 to 11 a.m.

Moms can choose from traditional breakfast plates or south-of-the-border inspired dishes including the CW Eggs Benedict, the breakfast quesadilla or the croissant French toast. Since no breakfast is complete without a little bubbly, Cabo Wabo will also offer their signature or blood orange “mom-mosas.”

HEXX Kitchen + Bar at Paris Las Vegas will celebrate Mother’s Day with a complimentary mimosa or glass of sparkling wine for mothers and grandmothers.

Pair your drink with a breakfast menu that includes several decadent selections, both sweet and savory, including poached eggs with scalloped potatoes, quiche with ham, tomato and aged cheddar and brioche French toast topped with powdered sugar, cinnamon and maple syrup.

Rhumbar at The Mirage Hotel & Casino will toast to moms with complimentary sparkling wine and a flower. Throughout the day, each mom will receive a beautiful rose and a free glass of Lucien Albrecht Brut Blanc de Blancs.


Party in the pool this weekend at Rehab.

Party in the pool

Football fans know that Rob Gronkowski, tight end for the New England Patriots, has never been one to shy away from a party, and this weekend he’ll be celebrating his birthday in Vegas so you know it’ll be crazy.

Gronk, as he is  known, will be hosting at the Rehab pool party at the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday with a special DJ set by Joe Hahn of Linkin Park. On Sunday, the party continues with a DJ set by Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy. Admission is $20 for females and $40 for males.


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