Must dos this weekend in Vegas: Sept. 18 – 20, 2015

This weekend in Vegas is full of all kinds of pride, whether it’s for your identity, your nationality, your home team, or just your love of beer and nightclubs. We can all take pride in something and, because we’re in Vegas, we can revel in that pride to excess. So let’s take a look at what we have to enjoy this weekend.

Companies supporting pride during the parade. Photo courtesy of Southern Nevada Association of Pride Inc. and Barbara Maeker.

Companies supporting pride during the parade. Photo courtesy of Southern Nevada Association of Pride Inc. and Barbara Maeker.

Las Vegas PRIDE
The Las Vegas PRIDE Parade and Festival are when people of all backgrounds, identities and orientations come together to celebrate the diversity and pride of the LGBTQ community. Whether you’re a part of the community or just an Ally, Las Vegas PRIDE is one of the greatest Pride events in the country, bringing in thousands of guests to create a party like no other.

PRIDE Parade
Where: 4th Street from Gass to Fremont Street
When: Friday, Sept. 18. Preshow @ 7 p.m., Parade @ 8 p.m.
The PRIDE Parade begins on 4th street in the Arts District downtown and continues north toward Fremont Street. It’s a show and a celebration all in one. Between the elaborate floats and the variety of organizations marching in support of equality and love, the parade is the place to be this weekend for anyone who wants to cheer for the progress we’ve made and the bright future we’re making. Just be sure to get there early.

The road will be blocked off to cross traffic and parking can be a pain. If you want to be fully immersed in a sea of people, stand somewhere closer to Fremont Street. If you want a little more space, move further south along the parade route. You’ll see people setting up lawn chairs all the way down.

When Vegas celebrates anything, we do it right. The parade may be the focus, but afterward the area turns into one big party. After parties will be happening at various spots around town including the Phoenix, Piranha and Artifice.

PRIDE Festival
Where: Clark County Government Center at 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy.
When: Saturday, Sept. 19 @ noon – 10 p.m.
The PRIDE Festival is a less raucous, more family-friendly event that takes place the day after the parade. We’re not exactly sure how they expect us to get up and go to a festival at noon when we’ve been partying all night, but it’s PRIDE so we’ll pull ourselves together and enjoy the experience.

The Festival showcases many businesses that cater to and support the LGBTQ community, as well as organizations that offer resources to community members. There are food vendors, drinks, activities, souvenirs to buy and plenty of entertainment. The Parade is where you go to shout your pride, the Festival is where you go to embrace it.

Learn more about Las Vegas PRIDE here.

Siegfried and Roy at Hofbrauhaus Oktoberfest 2014. Photo courtesy of Hofbrauhaus.

Siegfried and Roy at Hofbrauhaus Oktoberfest 2014. Photo courtesy of Hofbrauhaus.

Oktoberfest featuring Siegfried and Roy
Ist Oktoberfest, und… it’s happening in September for some reason. We actually dove into the Googles for you and found out that Oktoberfest has traditionally started in September to take advantage of more favorable weather. Of course, that’s German weather and we’re in Vegas where in September it’s still hotter than a hausfrau meeting David Hasselhoff. But thankfully our best beer spots are in doors. To celebrate Oktoberfest the Vegas way, which we guess means drinking until you sweat beer, head to Hofbräuhaus, the most authentic German beer spot in Las Vegas.

Where: Hofbräuhaus
When:  Friday, Sept. 18 @ 7 p.m.
To start the celebration, Hofbräuhaus is once again bringing in famed Las Vegas magicians Siegfried and Roy to tap the first keg and make our inhibitions disappear. Hofbräuhaus will also be offering their delicious Hofbräu Oktoberfest, a crisp, natural beer that feels like you’re drinking the spirit of the season. This is the exact beer you would get if you were at the Hofbräuhaus tent at the official Oktoberfest in Munich. But this way you get to drink it in Vegas from a keg that was tapped by Siegfried and Roy. How many people in Munich can say they’ve done that?

Coldplay at the iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014. Photo courtesy of iHeartRadio.

Coldplay at the iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014. Photo courtesy of iHeartRadio.

iHeartRadio Music Festival
Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena and MGM Resorts Village
When: Friday, Sept. 18 -19 @ 7: 15 p.m. and Daytime Village on Saturday, Sept. 19 @ 11 a.m.
It must be music festival season. Life is Beautiful is coming up in a little over a week, but this weekend it’s all about iHeartRadio. If you heart radio, or just music in general, this is the place for you this weekend. It’s a music-lover’s dream full of outstanding performances and a music first attitude that focuses on the performances that make any festival special. Here’s a list of some of the performers:

  • Sam Smith
  • Coldplay
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Jason Derulo
  • The Killers
  • Kanye West
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Fall Out Boy
  • Tove Lo
  • Duran Druan
  • Many more that we didn’t pick out at random

Yeah. That’s a taste of what you’re in for. Vegas is all about the show life, and we’re the perfect place for festivals. So this weekend, back out of your playlist and see some shows in person at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

Enjoying the game at Searsucker. Photo courtesy of Searsucker.

Enjoying the game at Searsucker. Photo courtesy of Searsucker.

Football is off and running
If you were wondering what that one neighbor was yelling about, or why that one coworker is coming to work covered in purple and yellow paint, it’s because it’s football season once again. The games started last weekend, but the deals are going strong. Instead of giving you a clumsy football metaphor about these deals being a touchdown, we’ll just give you a nice list to help you decide which spot will bring the most luck to your team—because we all know that their success hinges entirely on how hard you cheer and how rarely you wash your lucky jersey.

CRUSH at MGM Grand

  • $16 Short-Rib Sliders made with bread and butter pickles and Carolina slaw
  • $15 Sausage Hoagies made with sweet peppers and balsamic onions
  • $15 Grilled Chipotle BBQ Chicken Wings
  • $14 Fresh Ricotta & Nueske’s Bacon Calzone
  • Four-beer domestic pitchers for $19.99

Therapy on Fremont East

  • ‘Devils on Horseback,’ featuring piquillo peppers, goat cheese and almond-stuffed bacon-wrapped dates
  • Chicken wings with caramelized honey, ginger, soy, toasted sesame and green onion
  • ‘The Tail-gators,’ fried alligator tail with orange sauce and B&B pickles
  • Lavash flatbread with roasted tomato, shaved fennel, calabresse, finocciona salami, red pepper and remoulade
  • Pulled pork sliders with house barbecue sauce, cabbage slaw and house chips.

VISTA Cocktail Lounge at Caesars Palace

  • 5 for $35 Beer Buckets – Choice of Miller Lite or Coors Light
  • Ketel One Bloody Mary $12
  • Patron, Ketel One or Crown Royal Cocktails – $12
  • Fireball or Crown Apple Shots $8

Searsucker at Caesars Palace

All-American Bites Menu: Starting at $6

  • Fish Tacos – Swordfish +  Pico + Cilantro +  Queso
  • Chicken Wings – Confit + Spice + S&S + Cool
  • Pork Chips – Kettle Chips + Pork Butt + Bacon + Pork Belly + Sauce + Stuff
  • Sliders – House Blend + Onion Jam + Sauce + Cheese + Spicy Pickles
  • Rolls – Oysters/Shrimp + Aioli + Slaw + Onion Crust
  • Short Rib Sandwich – Shoestrings + Cheese Sauce + Onion Crust
  • Royal with Cheese – House Blend + Onion Jam + Sauce + Cheese

Drink Specials:

  • Bud/Bud Light $4
  • Draft and Bottled Beers $5
  • House Red/White/Sparkling $6
  • Specialty Cocktails $8
  • House Made Infusions $7
  • Ketel One, Don Julio, Crown Royal and Captain Morgan Cocktails $6

Those are just a few of the special football menus going on around town. We can’t guarantee which bars will be rooting for your team; this is a tourist city after all and you’re probably going to have to mingle with some dirty *insert name of your team’s rival here* fans, but the great thing about Vegas is we can all come together over a good deal on beer and pork chips, with sauce + stuff.

Find more places to watch the game here.

So tempting. Photo courtesy of the Joy of Sake.

So tempting. Photo courtesy of the Joy of Sake.

Joy of Sake
Where: Caesars Palace
When: Saturday, Sept. 19 @ 7 – 10 p.m.
Just because Vegas is landlocked and our chief cultural export is the selfie doesn’t mean we aren’t a renowned international city. To prove our worth to the world stage, we’re proud to present the Joy of Sake, the largest sake tasting in the world—outside of Japan. The event will feature more than 390 premium sake labels for sampling as well as food selections from some of the top restaurants in Las Vegas including: Raku, Zenshin, Sushi Samba and Sushi Roku. If you love sake, this is the place to be. If you hate sake, show up anyway and give it another shot; maybe you’ve just never had sake this good before.

Tao gets even more beautiful after 10 years. Photo courtesy of Tao.

Tao gets even more beautiful after 10 years. Photo courtesy of Tao.

Tao 10th anniversary party
Where: Tao at the Venetian
When: Saturday, Sept. 19
We really can’t believe Tao has been around for 10 years. Like, there are nine-year-old kids that are younger than Tao. Who knows, there may even be some nine-year-old kids who are only here because Tao inspired a trip back to the hotel room. But whether you partied all night or left early to… party all night, you probably have just as many wonderful memories of Tao as we do. Or maybe you’ve never been there before and are completely and totally missing out, in which case, shame on you. Go to Tao and embrace all that it is. This special event will include a performance by Puff Daddy.

A bit of what to expect from the Brazilian Outdoor Festival. Photo courtesy of Brazilian Outdoor Festival.

A bit of what to expect from the Brazilian Outdoor Festival. Photo courtesy of Brazilian Outdoor Festival.

Brazilian Outdoor Festival
Where: Via Brasil Steakhouse @ 1225 S. Fort Apache Rd.
When: Sunday, Sept. 20 @ 4 p.m.
Brazilian Independence Day was Sept. 7, and to celebrate the beauty of Brazilian culture, Via Brasil will host the Brazilian Outdoor Festival featuring live bands, samba dancers, capoeira performances, music and plenty of food and drinks. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased directly from Via Brasil Steakhouse. Everyone is welcome at the Brazilian Outdoor Festival, and everyone is sure to have a great time.


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.