Must dos this weekend in Vegas: Nov. 6 – Nov. 8, 2015

Aw, man. We’re still on a holiday high from Halloween in Vegas and can’t believe it’s already over. Plus, we’re no longer enjoying the pleasant 80-degree temps that we wish would stick around all year. Yes, fall has finally arrived in Sin City.

But hey – look on the bright side: Thanksgiving is just around the corner. The holiday season is officially here. There are other reasons to celebrate too, especially if you’re in Vegas this weekend. If you miss Halloween, you can still enjoy dressing up for El Dia de los Muertos. You can rock out (or get your groove on) to live concerts. Or, you can burn a few calories before Turkey Day by laughing out loud to hilarious stand-up comedy. The choice is yours.

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“You remind me of something…I just don’t know what it is…” We got you singing it, didn’t we? R. Kelly, along with Ginuwine, Babyface and Warren G take you back as they take the stage in Vegas. Photo courtesy of Vegas.com.

 Soul Train Awards presents R. Kelly

My mind is telling me noooo, but my body…my body’s tellin’ me yesss…

Come on, you know that’s the first thing that pops into your head when R. Kelly’s name comes up! While he came out with a string of hits after his debut album “12 Play,” we still sing along to “Bump & Grind” like it came out last week. Y’all know you did the butterfly dance too. If you’re here this weekend, you can see the King of R&B himself for a one-night only concert in celebration of the Soul Train Awards.

Other popular hits by R. Kelly include “Your Body’s Callin,” “You Remind Me of Something,” “Down Low,” “Step in the Name of Love” and “Ignition.” As tempted as you are to make a Spotify playlist right now, just wait. Joining him on stage are Ginuwine, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Warren G. Popular Ginuwine tracks include “Pony,” “So Anxious” and “Stingy.” Babyface takes it way back with hits like “When Can I See You” and “Whip Appeal,” while Warren G brings the West Coast funk with songs like “Regulate,” “This DJ” and “Do You See.” Now you can start adding to your list.

We’re kinda hoping they’d all do one big mash-up on stage. The show starts at 8 p.m. at Mandalay Bay Events Center. I don’t see nothin’ wrong…

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Carlos Santana is the epitome of cool. Can we start calling him Cool-os Santana? Photo courtesy of Vegas.com.

Carlos Santana

Maria, Mariaaa…she reminds me of  “A Westside Story….”

Man, we’re totally going down memory lane with throwback tracks, aren’t we? We’re big Santana fans. And while he’s been in the music game for decades. Carlos Santana became famous in the 1960s and early ’70s with his band Santana. His band put Latin American music, rock and blues fusion on the map. In 2003 Rolling Stone magazine listed Santana as one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

If you haven’t seen Santana live yet (or have, but can’t get enough), see “An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live” this weekend Nov. 6-8, as well as Nov. 11 and 13-15. His 2016 performances will be on select dates in January, February and May.

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Hop on the music train and see…you guessed it, Train. Photo courtesy of Vegas.com.

We keep rockin’

R. Kelly and Carlos Santana aren’t the only ones hitting the Las Vegas Strip. If you haven’t seen a concert at Brooklyn Bowl at The LINQ yet,  you’re in for a treat. This venue is awesome. Not only can you hang out on the patio or eat at the restaurant before the show, you can bowl too. It’s not your traditional bowling alley, either. The bowling alley has great views of the stage and feels more like a VIP lounge than anything else. This weekend you can see reggae band Rebel Souljahz (Thursday, Nov. 5) and The Dandy Warhols (Friday, Nov. 6).

Feel like venturing downtown? If you’re on an alternative rock kick,  Train with The Fray both perform at Downtown Las Vegas Event Center on Saturday, Nov. 7. Grammy Award-winning group Train is popular for the smash hits “Drops of Jupiter” and “Hey Soul Sister,” both perfect additions for your next road trip mixtape.

Joining Train is The Fray, known for hits like “How to Save a Life” and “Over My Head (Cable Car).” These songs both remind us of our early binge-watching days of the ABC drama series, “Grey’s Anatomy.” Greeeat…now we want to hop on Netflix and watch the good ol’ days of Dr. McSteamy and Dr. McDreamy.

But seriously (Meredith’s favorite word), on to the show. It runs from 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. We’re sure you’ll leave with the feels.

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This pumpkin ceviche looks muy delicioso. It comes with candied pumpkin, Hawaiian ono, Aji Amarillo sauce, Fresno chiles, avocado and pomegranate arils. Photo courtesy of Border Grill.

El Dia de los Muertos

We mentioned earlier you can still enjoy a fun holiday immediately after Halloween — even dress up if you feel like it. If you’re not familiar, El Dia de los Muertos translates to “Day of the Dead.” It’s a 3,000-year-old Mexican (and other Latin countries) custom honoring loved ones of those who have passed. The tradition celebrates with good cheer and lots of fun. You’ll also see a few ladies with painted skull faces on one half of their faces, which looks a lot like “A Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Border Grill at Mandalay Bay and The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace celebrate the holiday through Friday, Nov. 6. The popular Las Vegas Mexican restaurant dishes up two different specialty menus in honor of the annual celebration. And this pumpkin ceviche pictured above is making us drool. Check out the menus at the Mandalay Bay and The Forum Shops locations.

You can also check out Springs Preserve from Friday, Nov. 6 – Sunday, Nov. 8 from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Enjoy activities like live theater and dance performances, altars, live mariachi bands, face painting, sugar skull decorating and a vibrant art exhibition. While you’re here, you can share your photos on Instagram and Twitter using #DiaDeMuertosLV @ElTiempoLV @SpringsPreserve for a chance to win a prize.

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We’re excited to hear these two crack jokes, as well as sing and play instruments. It’s seriously a two-for-one. Garfunkel & Oates, photo courtesy of Vegas.com.

Lots of laughs

If you grew up in the ’90s, then we’re sure you tried to imitate Tim Allen’s signature “Ehh..ahh!” from his hit TV show, “Home Improvement.” Maybe he’ll do that famous sound effect, but it’ll still be fun to see him live anyway. The comedian will have you lol’ing inside Mirage Las Vegas. Catch Allen this Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7 at 10 p.m.

Gals night out? Head over to the Sands Showroom inside Venetian and see this weekend’s Lipshtick Comedy Series act, Garfunkel and Oates. Comediennes Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci not only make the crowds laugh, but they can also sing, play instruments and improv original songs that relate to all of us. If you’re curious about the name, it’s a play on “two famous rock and roll second bananas.” We’ll let you take a stab at this one. See them Saturday, Nov. 7 at 9:30 p.m.

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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.