Vegas must dos for April 2016

First question: How is it already April? It seemed like just yesterday we were counting down the seconds ’til the new year. But bikini body ready or not, we can’t hide behind our coats forever. It’s time to officially put them away. Second question: How are you going to plan your April trip when there are tons of things to do in Vegas? We’d actually love to have an answer for the second question. We’re not even sure how we’re going to do it. We just have to take a deep breath and save our energy. It’s going to be a long month.

Since there are so many events, we broke them down into categories. Check out what’s happening in Vegas during the month of April, one of the busiest times of the year:


Vegas can party in the daytime as much as nighttime, and these festivals prove it every time. Many of these festivals are on the same day so plan accordingly, drink plenty of water and most of all, have a blast.


Just by looking at this photo, we’re already excited. ACM Party for a Cause Festival, photo courtesy of

ACM – Party for a Cause Festival
When: Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3
Where: Las Vegas Festival Grounds (Strip)
Cost: Starting at $96
The fourth annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival brings big name country acts as well as interactive games, a country marketplace and more. Headlining this huge event are Carrie Underwood (Friday, April 1), Dierks Bentley (Saturday, April 2); and Kenny Chesney (Sunday, April 3). You’ll also get a chance to see live performances by hot country acts like Sam Hunt, Chris Stapleton, Maddie & Tae and so much more. Feel free to bring a low-back chair (just no chair bags) and get ready to kick up your cowboy boots and have a rockin’ good time.

Also, country music fans can catch the 51st Academy Country Music Awards (presented by Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan) live at MGM Grand on Sunday, April 3. Tickets start at $275.

Vegas VegFest
When: Saturday, April 9 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Clark County Amphitheater (near downtown’s Fremont Street Experience)
Cost: Free (donations welcomed)
Sin City may have dozens of fine steakhouses, but we have our fair share of vegan and vegetarian places, too. The first annual Vegas VegFest celebrates all things plant-based and will offer delicious food from local chefs and restaurants, inspirational speakers, activities for the kiddos and much more. Vendors include Panevino, VegeNation, Slice of Vegas, Hussongs, Southern Fried Vegan, Simply Pure, Pancho’s Kitchen and many more. Bring your picnic blanket and your appetite and we’ll see you there. Since we want to hype you up before this awesome festival, check out our vegan restaurants in Vegas article and get your grub on before the event.

Formatia trans sicere boozium. Translation: Enter all ye who seek boozium. Photo courtesy of Motley Brews.

And that’s the truth right there. Photo courtesy of Motley Brews.

Great Vegas Festival of Beer by Motley Brews
When: Saturday, April 9 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. (2 p.m. for early entry and VIP attendees)
Where: In the heart of Downtown (9th Street and Fremont)
Cost: $40 and up
Aw, really? Of course Vegas would have these way cool festivals on the same day! We’re still in luck, though: They’re both in the downtown area and once the vegan festival is over, you’ll have tons of time to get your drink on here. Enjoy unlimited samples from more than 400 different craft beers, live music entertainment and food (available for purchase) from local food trucks and restaurants. Even if you don’t plan on drinking (or you lost a bet and you’re the DD for the day), you’re welcome to chill too: Tickets are actually only $20 for you and it includes water and all the entertainment… that includes people-watching, too. Whether you’re straight sober or beyond buzzed, you can enjoy silent disco, corn hole and much more. Here early? Celebrate National Beer Day on Thursday, April 7.

Las Vegas Spirit Fest
Saturday, April 9 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (seriously, what’s up with this day?)
Where: Desert Breeze park (Spring Mountain Road and Durango Drive)
Cost: $7 in advance
We have a third festival on April’s second Saturday and if there ever were a time we could be at more places at once, this would be it. But speaking of ubiquity, you can get your praise on at this year’s Las Vegas Spirit Fest. Enjoy live music performances by Kutless, Jamie Grace, David Dunn, All Things New and Morgan Harper Nichols. Enjoy comedy acts, dance performances, carnival rides, games, food trucks and plenty of other good, clean fun. And hey, for living and/or partying in Vegas we could really use some good, clean fun.


April’s about to set the record for the most-watched concerts we ever attended in one month. With the opening of the T-Mobile Arena on the Strip to headliner after headliner, we’re sooo excited (cue Jessie Spano’s sing-song voice) for all these super-fresh shows to hit the stage. Take a deep breath — this is one heck of a Vegas concert list.


Kenny G? More like Kenny O.G. We love his R&B-inspired instrumentals. Photo courtesy of

Kenny G
When: Friday, April 1 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian Las Vegas
Cost: $50 and up
Ooh, wee. If you grew up in our generation, then you already know “Going Home” was the jam. Grammy award-winning saxophonist Kenny G brings his smooth, R&B laced-instrumentals to Vegas, which are sure to get you in a romantic mood. Popular songs include “Songbird,” “Forever in Love” and “Silhouette.” To date, Kenny G has released 23 albums and more than 75 million records worldwide — 45 million in U.S. alone. His latest album,  “Brazilian Nights,” was released in 2015.

Adam Lambert
When: April 1
Where: The Foundry at SLS
Cost: $35 and up
Get ready to see international superstar and “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert perform his chart-topping, award-winning hits. Known for his theatrical flair and glam-rock style, Lambert has performed worldwide solo, along with legendary rock group Queen. Lambert released three studio albums, “For Your Entertainment,” “Trespassing” and “The Original High.” Singles include “No Boundaries,” “Whataya Want from Me,” “If I Had You” and “Ghost Town,” among others.

Santigold. Photo courtesy of NPR.

When: Saturday, April 2 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Foundry at SLS
Cost: $25 and up
Electronic artist Santi White (better known as Santigold) is  unstoppable and we are sooo anticipating her show this Saturday at The Foundry. The Philadelphia-born singer released “Santogold” in 2008 which included the catchy hits, “L.E.S. Artistes” and “Creator.” She released “Master of My Make-Believe” in 2012 and “99¢” this past February. Songs from her latest album include “Can’t Get Enough of Myself,” “Who Be Lovin’ Me” and “Chasing Shadows.”


X marks the spot: Geographer is where it’s at. Facebook courtesy photo.

When: Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Bunkhouse Saloon (downtown)
Cost: $8 and up
Lucky for you, April’s a great month for electronic artists. After Santigold, catch electronic/indie rock band Geographer and experience the all the feels the lead singer describes as “soulful music from outer space.” The San Francisco band started out performing in random clubs on open mic nights. The band released three full-length albums and two EPs. Singles include “Kites,” “Life of Crime,” “Lover’s Game,” “Paris,” “Need” and “The Guest,” among others. Come party, close your eyes and relax to the synth sounds of Geographer. And hey, we’re totally going even it’s on a school night.


Take a “shot at the night” and see The Killers at the new T-Mobile Arena. Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Weekly.

The Killers featuring Wayne Newton and Shamir
When: Wednesday, April 6 (also the grand opening of this venue)
Where: T-Mobile Arena (Strip)
What in the world would these three artists have in common — an alternative rock band, a jazzy Las Vegas Strip showman and an electronic hip-house singer? Surprise! They’re all from Vegas. So now that you see the relationship, this unlikely trio would be perfect for christening the T-Mobile Arena. The Killers are known for their hits such as “Mr. Brightside,” “When You Were Young,” “Somebody Told Me,” “Read My Mind,” “Shot at the Night” and ” “Smile Like You Mean It.”  Wayne Newton may be known for his hit song “Danke Schoen,” but did you know this longtime Vegas resident can play 13 instruments? (Cross your fingers that he plays all of them.) Lastly, if you’re not hip on North Las Vegas electronic singer Shamir yet… look him up. His zany style and smooth vocals will give you a big burst of energy. We’re super excited to hear about this 20,000-seat arena. And we’re super-super excited to see Janet (Miss Jackson if you’re nasty) in May.

Ellie Goulding
When: Saturday, April 9
Where: Mandalay Bay Events Center
Cost: $54 and up
British electronic pop singer Ellie Goulding rose to fame with her 2010 album, “Lights.” She released “Halcyon” in 2012 and “Delirium” in 2015. Chart-topping hits include “Burn,” “Anything Could Happen” and “Love Me Like You Do.” Her latest album, “Delirium” includes the hit, “On My Mind.” Her influences include Bjork, Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift.

Monday, April 11 at 6 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Bowl at The LINQ Promenade
Cost: $30
Floet-ry, we’re alright… Fans of neo-soul (you know what’s up!) can sway to the smooth sounds of this English R&B duo this April. Natalie Stewart, the Floacist, and Marsha Ambrosius, the Songstress, formed in 1999 and started playing in and around London. The duo moved to U.S. and released their first studio album, “Floetic” in 2002, followed by their live album, “Floacism” in 2003 and “Flo’Ology” in 2005.  Popular songs include “Floetic,” “Getting Late” and “Say Yes.” So what’s it gonna be? Are you going to see them? All you gotta do is say yesss…


Slip on your cowboy boots and get ready to sing along to all your country favorites. Photo courtesy of

ABC’s Nashville in Concert
When: Friday, April 15
Where: The Venetian
Cost: $50 and up
Fans of the hit TV series “Nashville” can see live performances by Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and Aubrey Peeples. They’ll be singing songs from “Nashville,” as well as their own music. Even if you’re not familiar with the show, if you love country music this is right up your alley.

Chris Stapleton with special guest Anderson East
When: Friday, April 15
Where: The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel
Cost: Sold out (We’re rolling the dice that you might get lucky though!)
This country music breakthrough superstar is taking his talents to Sin City, performing songs from his debut album, “Traveller.” He’s the winner of two Grammy Awards, including Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance. He’s up for five American Country Music awards, including Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year. Popular songs include “Traveller,” “Nobody to Blame,” “Tennessee Whiskey” and “Fire Away.” Joining Stapleton is Anderson East. East released three studio albums, most recently the critically-acclaimed “Delilah” in 2015.


Our “heart is full” of Miike Snow. Photo courtesy of

Miike Snow
When: Saturday, April 16 at 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
Where: The Boulevard Pool, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Cost: $28 and up
It’s definitely our luck that April’s the month of indie electronic music. The Swedish musicians Christina Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg and American songwirter Andrew Wyatt (whom the other two met in Sweden) make up the indie-electro trio. Their debut self-titled album was released in 2009 and featured the popular hits “Animal” and “Black and Blue.” The sophomore album “Happy to You” released three years later, followed by “iii,” which came out last month. It features its lead single, the hip-hop heavy “Heart is Full,” as well as “Genghis Khan” and “The Heart of Me.”

When: Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
Where: Brooklyn Bowl
Cost: $35
What’s an electronic head to do? You have Miike Snow and M83 performing on the same night, practically the same time. (Priorities, man. Priorities.) M83 is known for the platinum-selling single, “Midnight City” on the critically acclaimed album, “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.”

CHVRCHES with Wolf Alice
When: Thursday, April 21 at 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
Where: Brooklyn Bowl
Cost: $25
Pronounced “churches” (but you already knew that), the Scottish electro-pop band’s sound is inspired by Madonna, Eurythmics, Prince, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston and Cyndi Lauper… basically everything ’80s. The band released two albums, 2013’s “The Bones of What You Believe” and 2015’s “Every Open Eye.” Popular songs include “The Mother We Share,” “Recover,” “Gun” and “Leave a Trace.”


Strait Outta Texas: Famed country crooner George Strait sings his hits at the all-new T-Mobile Arena. Photo courtesy of

George Strait: Straight to Vegas
Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 (with additional dates in September and December 2016) at 8 p.m.
Where: T-Mobile Arena (Strip)
Cost: $75 and up
Country music fans, giddyup! The all-time best-selling musician George Strait will sing all his hits at the new T-Mobile Arena. The musician has a whopping total of 60 No. 1 hit singles including “Blue Clear Sky” and “Amarillo By Morning.” Fun fact: In his early career, Strait performed in various Vegas casinos, including the Golden Nugget and Mirage.


No instruments required. Pentatonix, photo courtesy of

When: Saturday, April 23 at 8 p.m.
Where: Mandalay Bay Events Center
Cost: $35 and up
Ready for some out-of-this-world Pentatonix stats? 2.7 million: number of albums sold in U.S. alone. 1.4 billion: views on their YouTube channel. 10 million: Number of subscribers on YouTube.  If you’re not hip on this Grammy award-winning, platinum-selling a cappella group yet, it’s time to get on the train. (You can start with watching their performance of Kanye’s “Love Lockdown” on 2011’s “The Sing-Off.”) The group’s latest release, “Pentatonix” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Current Albums charts. The first single, “Can’t Sleep Love” has more than 17 million views on YouTube.

The 1975 (with special guest The Japanese House)
When: Saturday, April 23 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
Where: The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Cost: Sold out (But it’s Vegas — you could still get lucky)
The 1975 is seen as one of the breakthrough British bands of the decade. Their popular hits include “The City,” “Chocolate,” and “Girls.” The band released its sophomore album, “I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it,” this past February.


Hello… is it (him) you’re looking for? Lionel Richie, photo courtesy of

Lionel Richie: All the Hits
When: Select dates starting April 27 through May 18
Where: The AXIS at Planet Hollywood
Cost: $120 and up
Hello… is it me you’re looking for? Oh yeah, baby. Before Adele’s hit of the same name hit the airwaves, this 1980s hit was everyone’s favorite. Lionel Richie fans can sing along to all of his hits including “Hello,” “All Night Long,” Stuck on You,” “Say You, Say Me,” “Truly” and “Dancing on the Ceiling,” among others. His hits with The Commodores include “Three Times a Lady” and the funky “Brick House.” Get ready to sing and dance all night long with this R&B legend at Planet Hollywood.


RiRi, is that for us? Photo courtesy of

Rihanna: Anti World Tour 2016 with Travis Scott
When: Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30
Where: Mandalay Bay Events Center
Cost: $60 and up
Work, work, work, work, work: You need to work on securing your Rihanna tickets if you haven’t already. In her career, the pop singer has released seven albums, achieved 13 No. 1 singles and won eight Grammy awards. Popular songs include “Work,” “Diamonds,” “B—- Better Have My Money,” “Umbrella” (hey, hey), “Don’t Stop the Music,” “Hate That I Love You,” “Where Have You Been” and “Take a Bow,” among many, many others.

The Band Perry
When: Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
Where: The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Cost: $35 and up
Grammy award-winning sibling trio The Band Perry played sold-out shows worldwide and will be bringing their country sounds to Vegas. In 2010, the band released their self-titled debut album with songs like “If I Die Young,” the platinum-selling “You Lie,” “All Your Life,” “Hip to My Heart” and the gold-certified “Postcard from Paris.” Following their huge success, The Band Perry delved into an edgy, rock ‘n’ roll sound with “Pioener,” which included hits like “Better Dig Two,” “DONE,” “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” and “Chainsaw.”


The man of many voices has a stellar voice of his own. Seth MacFarlane, photo courtesy of

Seth MacFarlane in concert
When: April 29 – 30, 7:30 p.m. (both nights)
Where: Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas
Cost: $109 and up
This funnyman and “Family Guy” creator is famous for his many voices, including Peter, Stewie and Brian Griffin and the crude-yet-cuddly teddy bear in “Ted,” starring Mark Wahlberg. MacFarlane may do all of these awesome voiceovers, but his own voice is pure gold. See the talented MacFarlane sing smooth jazz classics from the 1940s and ’50s, complete with an onstage 55-piece orchestra. You’ll hear everything from swing and jazz to big band music.

Billy Joel
When: Saturday, April 30
Where: T-Mobile Arena
Cost: $99.99 and up
Six-time Grammy Award winner Billy Joel takes the stage at the brand new T-Mobile Arena. See the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer sing four decades of his greatest hits including “Piano Man,” “Uptown Girl,” “She’s Got A Way,” “New York State of Mind” and “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” to name a few.  Joel released more than a dozen studio albums and is one of  the all-time best-selling recording artists in the U.S.

The Beach Boys
When: Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center
Cost: $29 and up
The Beach Boys are ready to bring their good vibrations to Vegas this spring. The California rock band started as a garage band playing ’50s style rock ‘n’ roll infused with surf music and jazzy, soulful sounds. Popular songs like “Good Vibrations,” “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “Surfer Girl,” “California Girls,” “I Get Around,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Don’t Worry Baby” and “Kokomo” are just a few of the smash singles the talented group released. If you’re ready to listen to that fun surfin’ sound we all know and miss, catch this wave and hang loose with The Beach Boys. Far out!


It’s time to get up and go to Church. Eric Church, photo courtesy of

Eric Church
When: Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1
Where: The Joint at Hard Rock
Cost: $85 and up
Top-selling country music artist Eric Church had a slew of hits, including the popular “Springsteen” and “Drink in My Hand.” He’s up for six 2016 ACM Award nominations due to the huge success of his latest album, “Mr. Misunderstood.” Church’s 2012 album, “CHIEF” featured “Homeboy,” “Creepin” and “Like Jesus Does.” His 2014 platinum album, “The Outsiders” included “Talladega”, “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Like a Wrecking Ball,” all No. 1 hits.

Special events

Aside from big-name and indie headlining concerts, there are tons of other Vegas events throughout April:


Sit down with legendary boxer Mike Tyson as he shares his success, struggles and outlook on life. Photo courtesy of

Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth – Live on Stage
Select dates in April (through June 26)
Where: Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club inside MGM Grand
Cost: $69.95 and up
Mike Tyson, one of boxing’s most controversial figures, talks about everything from his upbringing, boxing career high points, personal struggles and much more. The former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world gives you an in-depth look of his life, revealing there’s more to his story than the media presents. Throughout the show, you’ll have the chance to see images and video footage that coincide with his topics. The show also includes a live band, complete with a piano player and singer. Whether you grew up watching his fights on TV or just heard a lot about him, Tyson’s autobiographical show will give you a solid, knock-out impression of the famed boxing legend.


See this amazing community art project before it bursts into flames this Saturday. Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Weekly.

Life Cube burning
When: Saturday, April 2
Where: Downtown, on Fremont and 10th Street
Cost: Free
This amazing cube, where you can tag and paint on its walls (now’s your time to shine!) will have its ceremonial burning Saturday night. You should definitely see it as soon as you can, since you only have a couple of days left. The creator of this community project got the inspiration from the popular Burning Man art festival. Feel free to paint away, friends! We suggest seeing the Life Cube during downtown’s popular First Friday event (April 1).

The Park will combine outdoor space with restaurants, bars and a new arena. Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International.

The Park will combine outdoor space with restaurants, bars and a new arena. Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International.

The Park grand opening
Monday, April 4 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Park, located between Monte Carlo and New York-New York (a hop, skip and a jump from the new T-Mobile Arena)
Talk about a breath of fresh air: The Park features an outdoor entertainment plaza full of desert landscape, patio dining and breathtaking, larger-than-life art pieces. See the 40-foot-tall Bliss Dance come to life as they do the official first lighting at this gorgeous outdoor promenade. You also have new restaurants and bars at The Park to be excited for, too.

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage
When: Monday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Orleans Arena
Cost: $50 (taxes and fees not included)
Live long and prosper: In celebration of “Star Trek’s” 50th anniversary, Trekkies can enjoy a live symphony orchestra performance, all while the most iconic film and TV scenes play on a 40-foot-wide high-definition screen. Popular music from the “Star Trek” franchise includes “Star Trek: The Original Series,” “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home,” “Star Trek: Insurrection,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: and “Star Trek: Voyager.” Conductor Justin Freer will be leading the orchestra. Freer has conducted on the biggest movies including “The Lord of the Rings Trilogy,” “The Godfather” and “Gladiator.”


We’ll always and forever be Team Beast! Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, photo courtesy of The Smith Center.

Disney’s Beauty & The Beast
When: Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10; Tuesday, April 12 through Sunday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays April 9 and 16 at 2 p.m.; Sunday, April 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.
Where: The Smith Center
Cost: $24 and up
Be our guest, be our guest to the best Disney adaptation of all time (in our humble opinion), “Beauty & The Beast.” The smash hit Broadway musical has all of your favorite characters and of course, the best tale as old as time.


Goodbye, bounce house! Kids and kids-at-heart will get a kick (or a bounce) out of this. Photo courtesy of Insane Inflatable 5k.

Insane Inflatable 5k race
When: Saturday, April 9 (first race at 10:30 a.m.)
Where: Craig Ranch Regional Park (North Las Vegas)
Cost: $65 and up
If you’ve been waiting for exercising to be fun again (or fun for the first time ever), this is your chance. Jumping in a bounce house (along with kids two feet shorter than you) is a thing of the past. Plus, in this obstacle-style race, you won’t have to worry about trudging through mud to get to the finish line. There will be inflatable stairs, slides, ball pits and so much more. The course length is about 3.1 miles and best of all, it’s not timed. You’ll just have tons of fun and finally understand why Tigger is such a happy camper. Take it from House of Pain’s frontman Everlast: Jump around! Jump up, jump up and get down.


Last fight could be the best fight. We’ll miss you, Pacman. Photo courtesy of

Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley
When: Saturday, April 9 at 3 p.m.
Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena
Cost: Sold out (however, resale opportunites might be on the horizon!)
Filipino welterweight boxer and eight-time world champion Manny “Pacman” Paquaio plans to hang  up his gloves for good after fighting Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley. This will be their third fight against each other; both have already one once. This fight will be for the WBC Welterweight World Championship.


Who’s it gonna be? Jon Jones or Daniel Cormier as UFC Light Heavyweight Champion? Photo courtesy of

UFC 197: Jon “Bones” Jones vs. Daniel Cormier
When: Saturday, April 23
Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena
Cost: $198 and up
Jon Jones will fight current UFC light heavyweight titleholder and former Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier — both only having one loss in their UFC careers. In 2011, Jones became the younger fighter to hold the UFC title. Cormier currently ranks No. 2 in the light heavyweight division. This is a highly anticipated rematch, since Jones defeated Cormier last year for UFC 182. UFC 182 was the second longest UFC event, lasting almost 155 minutes.

These divas got their make-up and style on fleek. Photo courtesy of

RuPaul’s Battle of the Seasons 2016 Extravaganza Tour
When: Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m.
Where: Pearl theater at the Palms
Cost: $36.70 and up
You better work! Get ready to watch the biggest drag queen revue ever. Based on the hit TV series “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” the tour will include past winners, runners up and fan favorites from each season. Watch them do their thang, on the runway…

The Grand Tasting event at Caesars Palace, photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit.

Vegas Uncork’d is a big deal. Your appetites are sure to be even bigger. The Grand Tasting event at Caesars Palace, photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit.

10th Annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit
When: Thursday, April 28 through Sunday, May 1
Where: Various venues on the Strip and downtown
Cost: Varies
Enjoy a world-class lineup of renowned chefs from all over the city. Headliners include Giada De Laurentis, Emeril Lagasse, Michael Chow, Guy Savoy, Gordon Ramsay, Nobu Matsuhisa and Jean-Georges Vongeichten. For the first time, the event will also have a tasting at downtown’s Container Park. Make sure to come hungry and save room for dessert and not to mention, plenty of wine.


This funny lady will get your every time. Wanda Sykes, photo courtesy of

Comedy hour

Last, but not least, we wanted to save the barrel of laughs for last. If you’re ready to tickle your funny bone and laugh out loud ’til the next century, here are a handful of limited-time comedy shows in Vegas:

You may not believe it, but there are way more things to do in Vegas we didn’t list. Check out other Vegas concerts, comedy shows and residencies in April on our monthly calendar list and book your stay if you haven’t already. Follow our list and the only thing you’ll really be missing is sleep.


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.