This weekend in Vegas is a pretty odd combo. We’ve got cowboys, time-travelers, performers, bands, beer and blood-soaked zombies – and that’s just at our very strange office party. JK. But seriously, there’s something for pretty much everyone this weekend. If you like watching bull riding and are a fan of beer, we’ve got you covered. If you happen to be into nude zombies and Wynonna Judd, well then you’re an interesting person and we want to meet you, and we also have you covered. So keep reading to find out where you fit in this interesting week in Vegas.
Professional Bull Riding National Finals
When: Oct. 21 – 25 starting at 3:30 p.m.
Where: Thomas and Mack Center at the UNLV campus
You might be surprised how popular bulls are in Vegas. We may not have a world-renowned event where bulls chase you down Fremont Street, though if you piss off the street performers enough they might give you a good run, but we do have the PBR World Finals this weekend. Starting on Wednesday, you can see all the action in Vegas, from the first rope to the last ‘holy-crap is he going to be OK?’ If you’re a fan of watching bulls get ridden and roped, and you don’t think that’s a metaphor for anything dirty, then get here this weekend for the National Finals.
“Back to the Future” celebration
When: Oct. 21 @ 6 p.m.
Where: Plaza Hotel in Downtown Las Vegas
It don’t take money, don’t take fame, don’t take no credit card to celebrate the day Marty McFly arrived in the future. OK, it might take two of those things. We may not have holographic sharks or flying cars, but we have iPhones that can Periscope your Duck Army. Who could have seen that coming? Although, we do actually have a holographic Michael Jackson in MJ One, and it moonwalks even better than J-Fox.
If you were too busy trying to figure out why Marty needed to go to the future to stop something that hadn’t happened yet to notice it, the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas was the backdrop for Biff’s Pleasure Palace. To celebrate that legacy, the Plaza is hosting a “Back to the Future” party including drink specials and a costume contest. So grab your suspenders or lab coat, or whatever the hell Biff was wearing, and get your ’80s on with music and more. It’s the power of love, ya know.
The Judds – Girls Night Out
When: Oct. 21, 23, 24 @ 8 p.m.
Together again for more outstanding performances, “Girls Night Out” brings Wynonna and Naomi to the stage with hits like “Love Can Build a Bridge” and “Why Not Me.” It’s the kind of show that Vegas audiences adore for its heartfelt and honest approach to performance. For a family outing or an evening with someone you love, The Judd’s “Girls Night Out” is one show that’s sure to be as wholesome as it is entertaining.
KORN with Suicide Silence and Islander
When: Oct. 23 @ 6:30 p.m.
Where: House of Blues at Mandalay Bay
Pretty much the exact opposite of the previous entry, nu metal band KORN, along with Suicide Silence and Islander, will rock the House of Blues in ways that will leave you with potentially permanent metal-fingers. Please note that chains and spikes aren’t allowed in HOB, so you may have to adjust your wardrobe — or just accept that you’re in your 30s and thus shouldn’t be shopping at Hot Topic anymore. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a kick-ass time.
Downtown Brew Festival presented by Motley Brews
When: Oct. 24 @ 5 p.m.
Where: Clark County Amphitheater
It’s the beer event that we wait for every year. The #DBF2015 is an intimate and approachable opportunity to see just how impactful the local craft beer scene is in Vegas. With visitors from all over the world, breweries here have tremendous opportunities to put out products you can’t get anywhere else. Tickets are available in advance or at the door, but remember that this is an intentionally smaller event, so space is limited. In addition to the beer, food pairings will be available as well as live music. If you only go to one beer event in Las Vegas this year, well then you should step up your game and get to more, but you should also make it this one. You won’t regret it, unless you’re prone to hangovers.
Slaughterhouse at the Erotic Heritage Museum
When: Oct. 24 @ 9 p.m.
Where: The Erotic Heritage Museum
We love haunted houses in Vegas. We also love naked people. Hopefully you can relate to at least one of those. And if you’re like us and enjoy combining those two pastimes, hit up the Erotic Heritage Museum on Saturday for the Slaughterhouse event. Naked zombies will be dripping blood and carrying chainsaws because, why not? Just remember, when they start to chase you, actually run – no matter how much you want to just stand and stare.