Vegas must dos for May 2016

May is the unofficial beginning of summer and we can’t think of a better place to celebrate than Vegas. May is packed with things to do from Cinco de Mayo fiestas to Kentucky Derby watch parties to the three-day Memorial Day weekend. Oh, and in between all of that we’ve also got boxing, UFC fights and about a million great concerts. No matter what week you visit Vegas this month you’ll be busy. Here’s what’s going on:

Belinda Carlisle brings all of her hits to the Orleans, photo courtesy of Vegas.com.

Belinda Carlisle brings all of her hits to the Orleans, photo courtesy of Vegas.com.

Belinda Carlisle – May 1 at Orleans Showroom
Pop singer Belinda Carlisle has had a successful career both as lead singer of The Go-Gos and as a solo artist. Catch her concert at the Orleans and you know you’ll be singing along to hits like “Mad About You,” “I Get Weak” and “Heaven is a Place on Earth.”

Eric Church rocks The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, photo courtesy of Vegas.com.

Eric Church rocks The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, photo courtesy of Vegas.com.

Eric Church – May 1 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel
Eric Church
has been one of the top-selling country music artists of the past few years. He’s also had a ton of award nominations and wins. A self-described outlaw rebel, Church has topped the charts with songs like “Springsteen” and “Drink in My Hand.” Other hits include “Homeboy,” “Like Jesus Does” and “Creepin.’”

Internationally renowned Kabuki masters will take the stage at MGM Grand, photo courtesy of MGM Grand.

Internationally renowned Kabuki masters will take the stage at MGM Grand, photo courtesy of MGM Grand.

KABUKI LION Shi-Shi-O: The Adventures of the Mythical Lion – May 3 – 7 at MGM Grand
Internationally renowned Kabuki masters will take the stage in the David Copperfield Theater at MGM Grand for six special performances. The visual spectacular, produced by Japan’s leading entertainment company Shochiku, stars Ichikawa Somegoro, the world’s most celebrated Kabuki artist, and brings to life one of Japan’s national treasures. Tickets start at $65.

Get your Cinco de Mayo party on at Cabo Wabo Cantina, photo by Brian Brow, courtesy of Cabo Wabo.

Get your Cinco de Mayo party on at Cabo Wabo Cantina, photo by Brian Brow, courtesy of Cabo Wabo.

Cinco de Mayo – May 5
Cinco de Mayo is always a big party in Vegas. The margaritas will be flowing at bars and restaurants all over town. Cabo Wabo Cantina, located inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, will celebrate with drink specials, live music and more on its Strip-side patio.

Social media personality and international model Jessa Hinton will host T&T’s “Sexy de Mayo Très” fiesta in honor of Cinco de Mayo from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 5. The celebration will include a variety of food and drink specials, interactive games and more throughout the evening.

Check out our full list of Cinco de Mayo parties in Vegas.

Selena Gomez – May 6 at Mandalay Bay Events Center
Music superstar Selena Gomez will be bringing her “Revival” tour to Mandalay Bay. She released her first solo album “Stars Dance” in 2013 and scored hits like “Come & Get It.” Her current “Revival” album debuted at No. 1 on the charts and features songs like “Same Old Love” and “Hands to Myself.”

Popular comedian and actor Tracy Morgan will be making audiences laugh at The Mirage, photo courtesy of Vegas.com.

Popular comedian and actor Tracy Morgan will be making audiences laugh at The Mirage, photo courtesy of Vegas.com.

Tracy Morgan – May 6 – 7 at The Mirage
Comedian and actor Tracy Morgan is bringing his wild and unpredictable stand-up comedy to Las Vegas as part of the “2016 Aces of Comedy” series at The Mirage. For seven seasons, he starred on “30 Rock” as Tracy Jordan. In 2009, the “30 Rock” cast won the Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.” Morgan also received his first Emmy award nomination for his role. Before his success on “30 Rock,” Morgan spent eight seasons making people laugh as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.”

AMSOIL Arenacross Finals – May 6 & 8 at Orleans Arena
For the first time, the AMSOIL Arenacross Finals and AMSOIL AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championships are coming to the Orleans Arena. The AMSOIL Arenacross Finals take place May 6. Riders will compete for the title on a narrow, Supercross-style course. The AMSOIL AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championships will take place on May 8 and will feature the top amateur Arenacross riders from around the country competing for an American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) National Championship.

Kentucky Derby Viewing Party – May 7
It’s time to run for the roses. Join El Cortez for a Kentucky Derby viewing party from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Feel like you are watching the race from the infield with $5 traditional mint juleps. The party will be located in the Fiesta Room and admission is free.

Sip on a Kentucky Mule at La Cave while you watch the Derby. Photo courtesy of La Cave.

Sip on a Kentucky Mule at La Cave while you watch the Derby. Photo courtesy of La Cave.

La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn Las Vegas will celebrate Kentucky Derby tradition with a signature “Kentucky Mule,” debuting on May 7. The “Kentucky Mule” is made with Eagle Rare Bourbon Whiskey, Fever Tree ginger beer, mint leaves and lime wedges served in a chilled copper mug, priced at $16.

Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa will offer food and drink specials in honor of the Kentucky Derby May 5 – 8. Head to the race and sports book for a prime rib slider cart, $3 mint juleps, $2 beers and $3 Jack Honey, Jägermeister or Fireball shots with purchase of any beer (available only on May 7).

Country music sensation Jennifer Nettles will make a stop in Vegas for a solo show, photo courtesy of Vegas.com.

Country music sensation Jennifer Nettles will make a stop at The Palms for a solo show, photo courtesy of Vegas.com.

Jennifer Nettles – May 7 at The Pearl at The Palms
Country music sensation Jennifer Nettles will make a stop in Vegas for a solo show. Nettles is one half of the duo Sugarland. Best known for songs including “Stuck Like Glue,” “Stay” and “Baby Girl,” Nettles has won five ASCAP awards for her songwriting abilities, and in 2008 individually received a GRAMMY Award, ACM Award and CMA Award for penning the platinum-selling No. 1 hit “Stay.”

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Amir Khan – May 7 at T-Mobile Arena
Amir Khan (31-3 KO19) will challenge Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1 KO32) for his WBC middleweight title at the T-Mobile Arena. It will be the first time Khan has fought above welterweight. The 29-year-old Khan, a former Olympic silver medalist and light-welterweight world champion, will be Alvarez’s first opponent since he beat Miguel Cotto on a unanimous points decision in Vegas in 2015 to claim the then-vacant WBC title. Tickets range from $150 – $1,500.

Mother’s Day – May 8
You’d better be taking your mom out for Mother’s Day and there are plenty of restaurants in Vegas that can help you make her day memorable.

Celebrate mom with a special three-course brunch at db Brasserie for $42 including the Dungeness crab salad and ruby red grapefruit with asparagus, avocado mousse and Meyer lemon vinaigrette; Maine lobster eggs Benedict served on English muffins with spinach and tomato hollandaise; and strawberries and cream with vanilla panna cotta, strawberry gelee, shortbread and mascarpone gelato.  The lobster eggs Benedict is also available à la carte for $20 and includes a complimentary glass of Freixenet Brut sparkling wine.

Carmine’s at the Forum Shops at Caesars will feature a prix-fixe menu that serves six to eight people and is priced at $175.95. The menu includes: misti salad, pappardelle pasta, chicken scarpariello and the Titanic Sundae – Carmine’s homemade chocolate torte topped with vanilla and chocolate ice cream, bananas, roasted pineapple, strawberries, nuts, cookies and hot fudge.

Indulge Mom with a meal at Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar. Ferraro’s will offer a prix-fixe, four-course meal for $49.95. The regular dinner menu will also be available. Each guest can choose one antipasto selection, one pasta and one main course. Dessert is a sampling of Ferraro’s favorites. All mothers will also receive a fresh, long-stemmed red rose.

Treat Mom to pancakes for Mother's Day brunch at The Barrymore, photo courtesy of The Barrymore.

Treat Mom to pancakes for Mother’s Day brunch at The Barrymore, photo courtesy of The Barrymore.

The Barrymore inside Royal Resort will open for a special Mother’s Day brunch. Choose from savory appetizers including lobster mac & cheese ($14), smoked salmon lox ($18), and roasted artichoke with salsa verde ($14). Brunch entrée options include The Barrymore eggs Benedict with avocado and sundried tomato ($22), endless pancakes ($15) with options to add blueberry, strawberry or chocolate chips, lobster omelette ($25) and steak & eggs, with a 4-ounce filet mignon ($32) or 7-ounce NY strip  $30). Finish with a variety of sweet pastries like the lemon scented cheesecake ($8.50) and pistachio-vanilla bean swirl creme brûlée with raspberries ($8.50).

Atlas Genius will rock Our Big Concert at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Atlas Genius will rock Our Big Concert at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

X107.5’s Our Big Concert  – May 12 at The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Like alternative music? Then you’ll want to get yourself to the Boulevard Pool for Our Big Concert. The show will feature performances by Panic! At The Disco, Atlas Genius, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, BØRNS and Andrew Watt.

Winefest – May 13 – 14 at the Golden Nugget
Calling all oenophiles! Golden Nugget Las Vegas will be bringing the best of Napa and Sonoma wines to Downtown Las Vegas with the eighth annual Winefest. Guests will be treated to several events throughout the weekend with a portion of the proceeds benefitting The Animal Foundation. Things kick off Friday at 8 p.m. with a poolside reception. This event is priced at $45 per person. On Saturday there’s a wine comparison seminar, Napa vs. Sonoma Red Blends at 1 p.m. This seminar is hosted by Master Sommelier Guy Stout and is $35 per person. At 3 p.m. there’s a blind tasting seminar featuring a complete “how-to” guide to blind tasting. Hosted by Master Sommelier Guy Stout, guests will be able to learn the art of deduction. This seminar is priced at $35 per person. Things wrap up on Saturday night at 7 p.m. with the Grand Tasting and silent auction. There will be more than 100 selections from Napa and Sonoma Counties’ most prestigious wineries. This event is $89 per person.

The Scorpions will be rocking The Joint, photo courtesy of Vegas.com.

The Scorpions will be rocking The Joint, photo courtesy of Vegas.com.

Scorpions Blacked Out in Vegas with special guest Queensrÿche – May 13 – 14, 20 – 21 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel
The Scorpions
are ready to rock you like a hurricane at the Hard Rock Hotel. Throughout the ’80s the Scorpions amassed multiple Top 10 singles including “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and “No One Like You,” as well a string of successful singles such as “Send Me an Angel” and “Still Loving You.” Just when the Scorpions’ popularity seemed as if it might come to an end, the band came back with their biggest hit yet in 1990, “Winds Of Change.”

Helldorado Days – May 13 – 14 at Las Vegas Village
Cowboy up! It’s time for Helldorado Days. With its roots starting in 1934, Helldorado Days is the longest running civic event in Las Vegas. It was originally created to encourage tourism to the city upon completion of Boulder Dam. Now, with an audience of more than 15,000, Helldorado Days features a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeo, a locals rodeo, a parade, carnival, Whiskerino (facial hair) contest, golf tournament, poker tournament, art show, art auction, exhibits, and food and beverages. As a non-profit fundraising event, 100 percent of the profits from Helldorado Days help local children and veterans.
Las Vegas Helldorado Days will take place within the Las Vegas Village, the outdoor venue directly across from the Luxor Hotel & Casino as well as various locations downtown.

Second Chance Prom – May 14 at Orleans Arena
Get out your scrunchies and hoop earrings and take a trip back to the ’80s and ’90s with the Second Chance Prom concert starring some of the hottest acts of those decades. Scheduled to perform are En Vogue (“Free Your Mind,” “Hold On” and “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)”), Exposé (“Point of No Return”), Tiffany (“I Think We’re Alone Now”), The Jets (“Crush on You,” “You Got It All,” “Make It Real”), Club Nouveau (“Lean on Me”), Nu Shooz (“Point of No Return,” “I Can’t Wait”), Taylor Dayne (“Love Will Lead You Back,” “Tell it to My Heart”),  and Timmy T (“One More Try”).

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $35.

Night Ranger – May 14 – 15 at Orleans Showroom
Night Ranger
will bring smash hits like “Sister Christian” to The Orleans Showroom. The group earned international acclaim in the early ‘80s with the release of its debut album “Dawn Patrol” and its hit single, “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me.” Their follow-up effort, 1984’s “Midnight Madness,” contained Night Ranger’s best-known hit, “Sister Christian,” as well as “When You Close Your Eyes” and “Rock in America.” Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $34.95 plus tax and fees

Lukas Graham will be singing their big hit, "7 Years" at the SPF Concert.

Lukas Graham will be singing their big hit, “7 Years” at the SPF Concert.

CBS Radio’s SPF Concert – May 15 at Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Pop music fans will enjoy a great night filled with some of today’s top artists at the SPF (Sun. Pool. Fun.) concert. The show will feature performances by Iggy Azalea, Alessia Cara, Lukas Graham, Fifth Harmony, Kygo and Mike Posner.

Craft Beer Dinner – May 17 at Slice of Vegas
What’s better than beer? Beer paired with amazing food. Slice of Vegas in The Shoppes at Mandalay Place will serve a craft beer dinner hosted by Founders Brewing Company & Ninkasi Brewing for $45 per person. The five-course menu will be paired with six beers. Course one is Founders Mango Magnifico & Ninkasi Hop Cooler paired with freshly made chips, salsa fresca and mango habanero guacamole. The second course is Ninaski Tricerahops paired with yellowtail tiradito con leche de tigre. The third course is Ninkasi Dawn of the Red Ale paired with sope of duck confit. Course four is Founders Dirty Bastard paired with bison raspberry mole. Dessert is Founders Porter paired with churro bread pudding with banana. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.

JEWEL nightclub opens as Vegas' newest hot spot, photo courtesy of ARIA.

JEWEL nightclub opens as Vegas’ newest hot spot, photo courtesy of ARIA.

JEWEL Nightclub opening weekend May 19 – 23 at ARIA Resort & Casino
Las Vegas’ newest nightclub JEWEL, opens this weekend at ARIA with Jamie Foxx on May 19, The Chainsmokers on May 21 and Lil Jon on May 23. JEWEL’s 24,000-square-foot space was designed by the Rockwell Group and features two intimate spaces, the main club and a mezzanine level with five exclusive VIP skyboxes. Throughout the year, JEWEL Nightclub will welcome live performers and headlining DJs.

The Cure – May 19 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Formed by lead vocalist and guitarist Robert Smith, The Cure released its debut album “Three Imaginary Boys” in 1979 to great acclaim. The Cure became known for its change of sound, ranging from punk and goth rock to pop and electronic dance music. Over the years the group turned out many hit songs like “Friday I’m in Love,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Just Like Heaven,” “Pictures of You” and more. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets to this one are sold out, but this is Vegas – we’re sure you’ll find a way to get your hands on some.

David Cook – May 20 at Sunset Station
“American Idol” champion David Cook is returning to Las Vegas for a performance at Sunset Station. Cook, who won season seven of the popular singing competition, will perform at 8 p.m. inside Club Madrid at Sunset Station. Tickets are $20, $30 and $40 plus tax and fees. After auditioning for “American Idol” on a whim in 2008, Cook wound up winning the competition and later released his self-titled major label debut album, which sold more than one million copies. His most recent album, the critically-acclaimed “Digital Vein,” was released in 2015.

Keep Memory Alive’s 20th annual Power of Love Gala – May 21 at MGM Grand Garden
Musical icons from all genres will join the celebration of legendary performer Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday on May 21 for the Keep Memory Alive’s 20th annual Power of Love Gala. In honor of Bennett’s milestone birthday celebration, musical stars will perform some of the timeless hits Bennett has recorded in his 70-year career. Joining the lineup are: Chris Botti, James Corden, Andra Day, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Diana Krall, Dan Orlando, Darius Rucker and Steven Tyler.

The gala will also highlight artists from multiple mediums as an extensive array of painters, sculptors, and more join the celebration. In addition, the night will feature wine, cocktails, and delectable cuisine prepared by a trio of celebrity chefs. Wolfgang Puck will return once again to create a one-of-a-kind menu alongside notable chefs Mario Carbone and Nobu Matsuhisa, of Nobu Restaurants and Matsuhisa International.

The Power of Love Gala, began in 1996 as an evening dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s disease with the founding of Keep Memory Alive by Larry Ruvo in honor of his father.  Since that night it’s blossomed into an evening of philanthropy, while raising awareness and funds for Keep Memory Alive in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.  Tickets are on sale at keepmemoryalive.org/pol.

Billboard Music Awards – May 22 at T-Mobile Arena
Music’s top artists will gather at the T-Mobile Arena for the Billboard Music Awards hosted by Ludacris and Ciara. The Weeknd tops the list of nominated artists with 16 nominations. Justin Bieber follows with 11 and Drake and Fetty Wap both have 10.

Fantasia and Anthony Hamilton – May 22 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel
Grammy-Award winning recording artists Fantasia and Anthony Hamilton are co-headlining a tour that will stop at The Joint. Fans can expect to hear all of their hits plus new music as each is set to release new albums this spring.

Ozomatli and Dilated Peoples – May 27 at Hard Rock Hotel Pool
The Friday Night Live at the Pool concert series returns to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino May 27 with multi­cultural, Grammy-winning band Ozomatli and hip-hop group Dilated Peoples. Tickets start at $20.

Matinee Las Vegas – May 27 – 30 at Rumor Hotel
Las Vegas welcomes the largest gay dance festival of the summer, Matinee Las Vegas, May 27– 30. The festival is celebrating its sixth year and the festivities will take over Rumor Hotel for four days of revelry. Matinee Las Vegas features sizzling parties and DJs and welcomes thousands of LGBT partiers.

Party it up over Memorial Day at Hyde Bellagio. Photo courtesy of Hyde.

Party it up over Memorial Day at Hyde Bellagio. Photo courtesy of Hyde.

Memorial Day Weekend – May 27 – 30
Memorial Day is hot in Vegas. Both the temperature and the level of partying. The pool clubs and nightclubs will be full of all the hottest DJs and celebrities.

Catch Joe Jonas doing a DJ set at Hyde Bellagio on May 27 or Steve Aoki spinning at the new JEWEL nightclub on May 28. 50 Cent will have everyone dancing over at the new Sky Beach Club at Tropicana on May 29.

The parties are endless. Check out our full list of Vegas Memorial Day events.

I Love the ’90s Concert  – May 29 at Mandalay Beach
Relive the glory days of the ‘90s as multiple performers bring the decade alive once again. The lineup includes Salt-N-Pepa, Tone Loc, Kid ’n Play, Rob Base, Young MC and Kool Moe Dee. Fans can count on a fun-filled evening grooving to hits such as “Push It,” “Shoop,” “Whatta Man,” “Wild Thing,” “Funky Cold Medina,” “Rollin’ With Kid ’n Play,” “It Takes Two,” “Joy and Pain,” “Bust A Move,” “I Go to Work” and more. Tickets start at $52.50 (not including applicable service charges).

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – May 28 at Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street Experience’s Rock of Vegas concert series will kick off the summer this Memorial Day weekend with a free concert featuring Joan Jett & The Blackhearts at 9 p.m. on the 3rd Street Stage. Celebrating its eighth season, the free concerts have become one of the most popular summertime events in Las Vegas.

Comedian Chris Tucker will have audiences laughing at The Palms. Photo courtesy of Vegas.com.

Comedian Chris Tucker will have audiences laughing at The Palms. Photo courtesy of Vegas.com.

Chris Tucker – May 28 at The Pearl at The Palms
You’ve probably seen Chris Tucker in movies like “Rush Hour” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” Now’s your chance to see him do his stand-up act at The Palms. Tucker was a frequent performer on Def Comedy Jam in the 1990s, and he capitalized on his success on the stage to secure roles in hits like “House Party 3” and avant-garde flick “The Fifth Element.” He also played Smokey in the stoner comedy “Friday.”

The Who – May 29 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Legendary rock band The Who will be taking over The Colosseum for a night of classic hits with their The Who Hits 50! tour. Expect to hear Roger Daltrey belting out songs like “Who Are You,” “I Can See for Miles,” “My Generation” and “Baba O’Riley.”

UFC Fight Night – May 29 at  Mandalay Bay Events Center
Unbeaten fighters Thomas Almeida and Cody Garbrandt face off in a bout that pits fighters with a combined 29-0 (23 KOs) record against each other. The co-main event for the UFC Fight Night 88 will be between former 135-pound champion Renan Barao and Jeremy Stephens. That fight will be contested at 145 pounds, Barao’s first foray into the featherweight division. Bouts begin at 3 p.m.

The Boulevard Pool will host Dive-In movies this summer. Photo courtesy of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The Boulevard Pool will host Dive-In movies this summer. Photo courtesy of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Dive In Movies – May 30 at The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Entering its sixth season, Dive In Movies will transform the 65-foot digital marquee overlooking the famed Las Vegas Strip into a colossal movie screen on Monday nights at 7:30 p.m.  Dive In Movies allows visitors to take a dip or lounge poolside while sipping specialty cocktails and enjoying traditional movie snacks under the stars. Tonight’s movie? “Jaws.” We dare you to get in the pool. Movies are $5 for non-hotel guests.

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