Vegas Must Dos for June 2016

We’re feeling hot-hot-hot. June is here and you know what that means. Pool clubs are in full swing, you can wear shorts or a romper at 2 a.m. and that awesome Sin City summertime temperature vibe just hits everyone. Sure, we’re reaching 100-degree temps but that’s not stopping us from having a blast. With everything from EDC at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to rockin’ poolside concerts, coming here is the perfect way to kick off your summer adventures. Ready for all the June events in Vegas? Pack your sunscreen, sunglasses and sandals and here we go:


We Heart you. See the legendary rock group perform all the greatest hits. Photo courtesy of

Heart: June 2 – 4

Are you a hardcore Heart fan? You’re definitely not “Alone.” The legendary rock group has more than 20 Top 40 hits and sold more than 35 million albums worldwide. Popular hits include “If Looks Could Kill,” “Crazy For You,” “What About Love” and the unforgettable rock ballad, “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You.” Heart performs at House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay on June 2 – 4 at 8 p.m. (all three nights). Can’t make it? The band will be back in Oct. 6-8.


He can sing, dance, make you laugh… Wayne Brady just does it all, man. Photo courtesy of

Wayne Brady: June 3

Comedian Wayne Brady is known for many things, but we’re definitely partial to his memorable skit on “Chappelle’s Show” many years ago. The talented funnyman returns to Vegas as part of the Aces of Comedy lineup at The Mirage, Friday June 3 at 10 p.m. There’s a good chance you’ll see him sing, dance and do improv — pretty much everything under the sun. If you can’t get enough Wayne Brady, he’ll be back July 7 and Nov. 18.

Miss USA: June 5

If you need bikini inspiration, this will do it for you. The 2016 Miss USA competition airs live from Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, June 5 at 7 p.m. Contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia (as well as a #FindingMiss52 contestant) will compete in three categories including swimming, evening gown and interview. There will also be live music performances. Tickets start at $75. Discounted rates are available if you buy in advance.

“X-Men: Apocalypse” cosplay party: June 6

We got dibs on Wolverine! Just kidding — we’re sure there will be plenty of versions of this beloved character. Whether you choose to be Wolverine, Cyclops, Rogue or Jean Gray, we’re sure you’ll all look awesome. The 21-and-older event at Millennium Fandom starts at 9 p.m . Since we’re giving you a few days’ notice, you still have time to get your costume.


Mandalay Beach, photo by Alonzo Wright.

Beach Concert Series at Mandalay Bay: June 3, 18 and 25

If you ever heard anyone say all Vegas needs is a beach, you can tell them we already have one. While it’s not your traditional beach (since we’re not by an ocean, duh), Mandalay Beach  has awesome vibes, palm trees, white sand and waves. Works for us. Catch its Beach Concert Series now through mid-September. Here’s who will be here this month: Ziggy Marley and Steel Pulse (Friday, June 3); Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson (Saturday, June 18); and Sublime with Rome (Saturday, June 25). Bring your blanket, dig your toes into the sand or have a splashin’ good time swaying to the music from the wave pool. We’ll be sipping on our yummy island cocktail.

Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Party all night in your best costume. Photo courtesy of Marquee.

Halfway to Halloween: June 6

It’s that time of year again. This is where we scare you and say Halloween is only six months away. But look on the bright side: You’re going to have fun at Marquee Nightclub. Marquee hosts its second annual Halfway to Halloween bash on Monday, June 6. Dress to impress because one lucky winner takes a $5,000 cash prize. You can save that for your next Vegas trip (for actual Halloween).


Enjoy tantalizing dishes while supporting a great cause. Photo courtesy of Ferraro’s.

Las Vegas Restaurant Week: June 6 – 17

Get your forks and knives ready: Las Vegas Restaurant Week is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The annual culinary event is taking place at several locations on and off the Strip. Participating restaurants will create their own prix-fixe menu, ranging from $20 – $80. And it’s all for a good cause: A fixed portion of the proceeds goes to Three Square, a charitable organization that fights against hunger. Participating restaurants include Alize, Blue Ribbon, China Poblano, Culinary Dropout, Ferraro’s, Del Frisco’s Steakhouse, Fogo de Chao, Hakkasan, Holstein’s Shakes and Buns, Honey Salt, Itsy Bitsy: Ramen and Whisky, Gilley’s Bar-B-Que, MOzen Bistro, Searsucker, Sushi Roku and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, among many others. In the past decade, Las Vegas Restaurant Week has raised more than $1 million for Three Square, a non-profit organization. Three Square has provided meals to more than 305,000 hungry residents. Read our Las Vegas Restaurant Week blog for more info.


“One Night for One Drop” is going to blow your mind. Photo by Erik Kabik.

“One Night for One Drop” Imagined by Cirque du Soleil: June 7

Have you ever wanted to get an up-close look at Cirque du Soleil? In this one-night only movie experience, you can see these talented performers and all of their awesome stunts. Catch “One Night for One Drop” at South Point hotel, a 10 – 15 minute drive from the Strip. Learn more about it by visiting

Las Vegas Film Festival: June 7 – 12

Speaking of movies, here’s something you’ll only find in Vegas. For all of you indie movie nerds (us included), this festival is for you. According to its website, the Las Vegas Festival (LVFF) is motivated by cinema culture, community and connecting industry professionals with independent filmmakers. The Las Vegas Film Festival at Inspire Theater (located in downtown’s Fremont East District) will have a special screening of “Dealer” on Tuesday, June 7 at 8 p.m. The 100-minute quirky movie shows action, comedy and several Las Vegas locals. “Dealer” was shot and filmed solely in Vegas. Tickets are limited and start at $12 for individual tickets. VIP packages are also available. Check out the Las Vegas Film Festival’s full schedule.


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Billy Gardell: June 10

Comedian and star from the popular sitcom, “Mike & Molly” Billy Gardell heads to Treasure Island on Friday, June 10 at 9 p.m. Gardell’s been in the comedy biz for more than 25 years and opened for famous comedians such as George Carlin. He also appeared in a variety of TV shows like “King of Queens,” “Yes Dear” and “My Name is Earl.” We’re positive you’ll be laughing out loud long after the show is over.

Reggae in the Desert: Saturday, June 11

Don’t worry… about a thing… because every little thing is gonna be alright! Take the wise words from Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” because this is your day to chill, relax and repeat. Back for its 15th year in Vegas, Reggae in the Desert will be held in the Clark County Amphitheater (500 S. Grand Central Parkway) from noon – 11 p.m. Things you can bring include a picnic blanket, one bottled water, sunscreen and a still camera is fine (just no video). What NOT to bring: cans or bottles; alcohol; coolers; weapons; blow horns; balloons; umbrellas; lawn chairs; water guns; video equipment; animals; or any promotional items or merchandise.

Now that we got all that out of the way, let’s move on to the fun stuff. Performers at this year’s festival include Capelton; Don Carlos; Israel Vibration; Fortunate Youth; Junior Marvin; and New Kingston. Tickets are $40 in advance and $120 for VIP. Children 5 and younger are free. Come hungry because Reggae in the Desert will serve Caribbean-style cuisine like jerk chicken and fried plantains.


After a few glasses of wine, you’ll be BFFs with the praying mantis, pictured here. Photo by Downtown Container Park.

Summer Wine Walk at Container Park: June 11

Wine and dine in downtown? Hey, wine not? Doors open at 6 p.m and event goes until 9 p.m. Tickets range from $20 – $25, which is pretty much what you’d pay for a glass of wine anyway. We predict that animatronic praying mantis (pictured above) will be talking to you by the end of the night.


Get ready to trip out to good music with Alison Wonderland. Photo courtesy of

Alison Wonderland & Friends, June 16

Put your dancing shoes on: Australian electronic musician and producer Alison Wonderland heads to The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Thursday, June 16. Show starts at 10 p.m. Wonderland’s first album, “Run” debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Electronic Billboard charts. She’s also performed at massive music festivals such as Electric Daisy Carnival and Lollapalooza. Her concert will also feature artists Valentino Khan, Mija, Stooki Sound and Vincent.

Slipknot with Marilyn Manson: June 17

Rock out with Slipknot and Marilyn Manson on Friday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. inside MGM Grand’s Grand Garden Arena. Slipknot is known for singles like “Wait And Bleed,” “Spit It Out” and “Duality.” The group’s single, “Before I Forget” won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2006.  Marilyn Manson is popular for songs like “The Dope Show,” “Rock Is Dead,” “The Fight Song” and “The Beautiful People,” among many others.


We’re sure you’ll see at least 50 of these artists. Maybe more. Digital flyer courtesy of EDC.

Electric Daisy Carnival: June 17 – 19

Can you believe it’s EDC’s 20 year anniversary? That would mean most of DJs headlining here were either babies or just learning how to fiddle with an instrument when it started. In celebration of two decades of electronic music, you better believe Vegas will go all out. Plus, with 250 artists (including some of our favorites like Alison Wonderland, Hermitude and Giraffage), EDM fans worldwide are already going bananas over this lineup. This is the sixth one in Vegas and we expect more than 300,000 dance heads at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Are you one of the lucky 300,000? Make sure to check out our EDC Vegas guide page.  Our No. 1 tip: Pace yourselves. With so many things to see and do, it can be overwhelming. Have a plan (seeing your favorite artists is a must) and don’t overdo it with the alcohol. This is a weekend you’ll want to remember forever. Also, make a little effort to dress up, even if it’s just a rainbow-colored tutu you’re borrowing from your BFF or sibling. Aside from a huge music fest, it’s going to be one big costume party.

Don’t forget: Tons of DJs performing at EDC will also bring their talents to the Strip. Nightclubs like XS, Marquee, Omnia and more will be hosting.

NEW YORK - MARCH 31: Jazz, Tao, Nokio and Sisqo of Dru Hill backstage before performing at the Amateur Night Show Off Quarter Finals at The Apollo Theater on March 31, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/Getty Images)

Photo by Shahar Azran / Getty Images.

Dru Hill: June 18

Tell me what you want… tell me what you need! How about a Dru Hill concert in Vegas? Done. On Saturday, June 18 at 9 p.m., see the popular ’90s R&B group sing all their hits including “Tell Me” and “In My Bed” at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas (inside The LINQ Promenade). We’re pretty sure since Sisqo’s  here, you’ll be hearing that infectious “Thong Song” too.

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Photo courtesy of Crush.

Father’s Day: June 19

Father’s Day falls on one of the craziest weekends of the year. Unless Dad is all about EDM, we’re sure you’ll have a much calmer weekend. Here are a couple of delicious food choices Dad can devour on his special Father’s Day:

La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn Las Vegas: Enjoy American Wagyu skirt steak with baby zucchini and truffle gremolata; mushroom grits made with pecorino cheese; and a Rolls Royce cocktail, made with Bulleit Rye whiskey, Bénédictine and Carpano Antica vermouth — each of which have been aged in a lightly-toasted French oak barrel for two months. The cocktail is garnished with brandied cherries. La Cave’s Father’s Day menu and cocktail pairing will be priced at $49.

Crush at MGM Grand: Feast on grilled-to-order, six-ounce cut of filet mignon topped with a four-ounce fresh lobster tail drizzled with chimichurri vinaigrette; and a 16-ounce Stella Artois pint. This Father’s Day special is priced at $49.


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Steely Dan: June 19

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame music duo Steely Dan is bringing their hits to Vegas at The Colosseum inside Caessars Palace on Sunday, June 19 at 7:30 p.m. You’ll hear chart-topping singles including “Hey Nineteen,” “Babylon” and “Reelin’ in the Years” to name a few. Steely Dan sold more than 40 million albums to date.

WWE: Money in the Bank: June 19

Since 2010, Money in the Bank has been one of WWE’s most anticipated cards of the year. It showcases the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, in which the winner earns a guaranteed chance to face the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Tickets start at $25. Show starts at 4:30 p.m.


The realness. Pete Rock and CL Smooth, photo courtesy of

The Movement Presents Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth: June 19

They reminisce over you… If you dig old-school / ’90s hip-hop as much as we do, you can’t miss this duo performing The Vinyl inside Hard Rock Hotel. Well-known songs include “T.R.O.Y.,” “All The Places” and “Act Like You Know.” Show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets start at $25.


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2016 NHL Awards at Hard Rock Hotel: June 22

Head to Hard Rock Hotel and watch the NHL Awards. The awards show honors the world’s best regular-season hockey players and the top performances of the season. Categories include Most Valuable Player, Outstanding Goaltender, Outstanding Rookie and the Ted Lindsay Award, presented annually to the Most Outstanding Player. Funnyman and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” star Will Arnett will host this year’s event.


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George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic: June 22

Why must I feel like that, oh why must I chase the cat? After all these years, George Clinton is still laying down the funk. Clinton is best known for his classics “Atomic Dog,” “Flashlight,” “Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off)” and “Bop Gun.” The Parliament Funkadelic joins The Godfather of Funk at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at The LINQ Promenade. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25.


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Cheech and Chong: June 24

If your side didn’t hurt after watching “Born in East L.A” then we don’t know what to tell you. And if you haven’t watched the 1985 classic yet, you have until June 24 to do so. The famous comedy duo Cheech and Chong formed in the ’70s and returned to touring together in 2008. And once you’re familiarized with “Born in East L.A” (or watched it again for old time’s sake), you’ll be singing its catchy tune in no time.


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Carlos Mencia: June 24 – 25

Hey, if you watch Cheech and Chong on the June 24, you can catch Carlos Mencia the day after. Mencia will perform in Vegas for two nights at the Orleans Arena (8 p.m. both nights). Mencia is famous for addressing race, culture and social class topics, all in a funny way. He’s also popular for his man-on-the-street interviews. Get ready for a fun-filled, laugh-out-loud weekend with this hilarious stand-up comedian.


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Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood: June 24 – 25

See the Grammy Award-winning country superstars live in concert at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday, June 24 and Friday, June 25. The concert starts at 7 p.m. both nights. Garth Brooks has a mountain’s worth of hits, including “Friends In Low Places,” “The Dance” and “Unanswered Prayers.” His wife Trisha Yearwood is popular for her singles “The Song Remembers When” and “Walkaway Joe.” Tickets start at $85.


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Cage the Elephant with special guests Portugal, The Man and Twin Peaks: June 25

This famed rock group has performed alongside the likes of The Black Keys, Foo Fighters, Muse and Queens of the Stone Age. The band is known for their unique mix of blues, rock and punk. Hit singles include “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” and “Back Against The Wall,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. The show starts at 6 p.m. at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel.

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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.