Must dos this weekend in Vegas: Nov. 27 – 29, 2015

We’ve already eaten three whole pumpkin pies. We’re quite happy and our belts are long gone. So we figured it was time to share with you some of your best options for spending Thanksgiving weekend in Las Vegas. We’ve got music, comedy and a whole lot of food. And we’re gonna get super sappy right now, but we wanna say what we’re thankful for: You. *blush* OK. Enough with that. On to the entertainment.

Food
We know this is what you really care about. We’re right there with you. In fact, we’re just about ready to dig into pumpkin pie number four. Here are some places to indulge in the culinary delights of Las Vegas, while still being thankful.

Alize at the Palms = Thanksgiving with a view. Photo courtesy of Alize.

Alize at the Palms = Thanksgiving with a view. Photo courtesy of Alize.

Traditional
When you want the turkey, the trimmings and more cranberry sauce than you know what to do with, you’ve got many options in Las Vegas. We may value our bright lights and showgirls, but we know how to do some simple things too. Try these spots:

db Brasserie at the Venetian: Three courses including organic turkey with cranberry chestnut stuffing for $55 per person

Andre’s at Monte Carlo: Four courses with choice of turkey, salmon or butternut squash risotto for $90 per sperson

Alizé at the Palms: Five-course menu featuring choice of turkey, veal Wellington or pan-roasted tempeh for $95

Tacos and Tequila. Not pictured: Tacos or tequila. Photo courtesy of Tacos and Tequila and Peter Harasty.

Tacos and Tequila. Not pictured: Tacos or tequila. Photo courtesy of Tacos and Tequila and Peter Harasty.

Not so traditional
But we get that not everyone who comes to Vegas is so classic. We’re used to people looking for something a little different when they come here and we’re pretty good at catering to rebels. So try these spots for something a little out of the ordinary:

Tacos & Tequila at Luxor: A turkey chimichanga that’ll make Deadpool swoon ($15)

Cabo Wabo at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood: Turkey tamale topped with house-made mole sauce and fresh cranberry salsa for $19.95

VegeNation in Downtown Las Vegas: A four-course vegan feast full of butternut squash ravioli, pumpkin coconut bisque, stuffed Thanksliving roll and more for $50 ($30 for kids) including gratuity. And all proceeds go to help building gardens for schools. Tasty and helpful.

Those are by no means the only dining options in the city this weekend. Check out some more options on our Thanksgiving dining blog, or search our dining pages for your new favorite spot.

Music
After you’ve filled your belly to the point that you’re pretty sure you need to buy entirely new pants for the plane ride home, you’ll want to sit back and enjoy some entertainment. This weekend, we’ve got several options for you, especially if you love ’90s R&B/Rap and/or ’60s classic rock with a hint of ’70s/’80s holdover. Did we hit all the decades?

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony n all their bone thug glory. Photo courtesy of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony n all their bone thug glory. Photo courtesy of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Where: The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel
When: Friday, Nov. 27 at 9 p.m.
They’re the group you probably made out to in your friend’s basement in 1995. No? Was that just us? OK then they’re the group you wish you made out to in your friend’s basement in 1995. Either way, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony set the sound for what much of the current R&B style evokes. This is a show that will take you places, even if you’re too stuffed to move. See Bone Thugs-N-Harmony with Tha Dogg Pound, DJ Quik and Collie Buddz. Get tickets on our shows page.

Jefferson Starship, seen here sans white rabbit. Photo courtesy of Jefferson Starship.

Jefferson Starship, seen here sans white rabbit. Photo courtesy of Jefferson Starship.

Jefferson Starship
Where: The Gordie Brown Showroom at the Golden Nugget
When: Friday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m.
They may not have built this exact city, but it was built on rock ’n’ roll and we’re proud of that. The natural evolution of Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship brought us some of the most memorable songs of the ’60s and never let up. Who among us hasn’t been all alone, heard “We Built this City” come on the radio and started to rock out, only to realize you’re in fact not alone, you’re in the middle of a Starbucks and everyone is staring at you. It’s cool. Just own it. But do save some of that energy for this weekend. And be sure to get your tickets on our shows page.

Comedy
This is a time for giving thanks, but it’s also a time for laughter. If you’ve been instructed to not laugh at your grandparent’s outdated ideas about the politics and the Internet, you’ll need to find some other outlet for your pent up giggles. Thankfully, Vegas knows how to bring the funny. Check out these comedy icons this weekend:

Bill Gardell being all smooth as hell. Photo courtesy of Billy Gardell.

Bill Gardell being all smooth as hell. Photo courtesy of Billy Gardell.

Billy Gardell
Where: Treasure Island
When: Friday, Nov. 27 at 9 p.m.
You may know him from his hit show “Mike & Molly” or from his guest spots on “Yes, Dear.” That was a good show and we don’t care what anyone says. But you haven’t really gotten to know Billy Gardell until you’ve seen his standup. Having toured with legends like George Carlin and Dennis Miller, Gardell is a grounded comic everyone can relate to. Get some tickets on our show page.

Aries Spears, seen here having just defeated a baby at boxing. T.K.O. in the 12th round. Photo courtesy of Aries Spears.

Aries Spears, seen here having just defeated a baby at boxing. T.K.O. in the 12th round. Photo courtesy of Aries Spears.

Aries Spears
Where: Orleans Showroom at the Orleans
When: Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m.
We can still hear his name being called in the opening sequence of MadTV. The Fox alum has been touring and making audiences laugh for years including his specials “Look I’m Smiling” and “The Underground.” Now he’s bringing his smile to two nights at the Orleans for a limited engagement. For a night, or two, of hilarious comedy, check out Aries Spears at the Orleans.

Hey, Whitney Cummings, where can we get that wallpaper? It would look great in our chill chalet. Photo courtesy of Whitney Cummings.

Hey, Whitney Cummings, where can we get that wallpaper? It would look great in our chill chalet. Photo courtesy of Whitney Cummings.

Whitney Cummings
Where: Sands Showroom at the Venetian
When: Saturday, Nov. 28 at 9:30 p.m.
She created the show “2 Broke Girls,” starred in “Whitney,” ripped people apart on various Comedy Central Roasts and was the first to announce the existence of the Lipshtick Comedy Series in which she’s already performed numerous times. You’d think she’d be tired, but she just keeps going. She’s really making the rest of us look lazy, but we love her anyway. Whitney Cummings brings her quick wit and unapologetic comedy to the Venetian this weekend. Get tickets on the show page.

Some fun roller skating at Gold Spike. It'll be like this but with turkey instead of skates. It could get messy. Photo courtesy of Gold Spike.

Some fun roller skating at Gold Spike. It’ll be like this but with turkey instead of skates. It could get messy. Photo courtesy of Gold Spike.

Something else totally random
Where: Gold Spike
When: Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 10 p.m.
Why have Thanksgiving when you can have Turntgiving? At Gold Spike, the bar/club/all around awesome place to every be always, is giving the day before Thanksgiving a new model, and we want everyone to be a part of it. This is a party like none other, unless your parties usually involved performances by Mahi, drinks specials, giveaways and Turkey Bowling. Yes. Turkey. Bowling. If you don’t know what that is then you’ll just have to show up and find out.

Finally, since Thanksgiving ends and the shopping begins…
Check out our deals page for the hottest deals in town and our shopping page for some ideas of where to get that precious gift that you plan on giving someone else but will actually just keep for yourself. It’s OK. You deserve it.

Comments

I came from a little town in the Midwest. And believe me, I’m never going back. It’s probably nice if you love grass and snow; but I love the lights, the glamour, and the flocks of tourists seeking fun and fortune. Once the sun goes down, I’ll be the first one out hitting the clubs or just wandering the Strip for a little nighttime adventure. Passing through Bond on my way to Lily Bar, or taking a shortcut through Double Helix before landing at Parasol Up/Down, I’m the one you’ll randomly bump into – only sometimes literally – strolling through Sin City’s liquored veins – and loving every minute of it.