Vegas Weekender: Cheers to beer festivals this weekend in Vegas

Beer drinkers are in for a treat this weekend in Vegas. Two beer festivals are taking place in downtown Vegas. When it comes to nightlife you can party to beats by world-renowned DJs, including Dada Life, Calvin Harris and Manufactured Superstars. Daytime drinkers can get their fill at Ghostbar Dayclub at the Palms, opening for its second season on Oct. 20.


Groove to the sounds of The Temptations, The Four Tops and The Miracles at “Human Nature – The Ultimate Celebration of Motown Sound presented by Smokey Robinson” at Imperial Palace. Hailing from Australia, Human Nature consists of Toby Allen, Phil Burton, Andrew Tierney and Michael Tierney. Together their dynamic harmonies pay tribute to Motown hits, including “The Tracks of My Tears,” “Baby I Need Your Loving” and other classic songs. Show are presented at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday – Wednesday.

Comical country singer Rodney Carrington takes the stage at 8 p.m. on Oct. 22 – 28 at MGM Grand.

Elton John treats fans to a night of “Rocket Man,” “Bennie and the Jets” and other hits songs in “The Million Dollar Piano” at Caesars Palace on Oct. 18 – 21 at 7:30 p.m. John performs his iconic songs on a custom-made piano with 68 LED screens, creating a stunning visual for the show’s stellar soundtrack.

“American Idol” alumni Taylor Hicks brings his soulful hits to fans at The Indigo lounge in Bally’s at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20 – Nov. 12.

Former Eagles member Don Felder presents “An Evening at the Hotel California” at the Palms on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m.

Singer/songwriter Prince Royce performs in The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m.

Beer festivals

This weekend head to downtown Vegas where the beer flows like wine. The Golden Nugget hosts its third annual Fall Beer Festival on Oct. 19 – 20. The two-day event starts with the All American Craft Beer Tasting on Oct. 19 from 7 – 10 p.m. sponsored by Samuel Adams.

The Golden Nugget's two-day beer festival features a tasting event and Oktoberfest pool party.

The event features more than 120 craft beers, appetizers and live entertainment. Tickets start at $50 and include unlimited tastings and a commemorative glass. The second day of the beer festival features an Oktoberfest Pool Party at The Tank, the property’s award-winning pool and shark aquarium, on Oct. 20 from 3 – 9 p.m. Sponsored by Paulaner, a German brewery, this event is free and more than 150 American craft beers will be available. Guests can mingle by the pool and taste great brews while listening to a mix of both current music and traditional German music.

On Oct. 20 downtown Vegas will also be home to the Downtown Brew Festival presented by Motley Brews and Ballast Point Brewing Company at the Clark County Amphitheater from 2 – 6 p.m. This event features more than 40 local and regional breweries offering more than 150 craft beers for festival goers to taste, including a selection of fall and seasonal brews. In addition to the great beer, this festival also boasts music by international reggae sensation Tribal Seeds. General admission for this event is $32 when purchased in advance and $42 at the door. VIP Pavilion tickets are available for $42 in advance or $52 at the door. VIP Pavilion ticket holders can enjoy entry to the festival one hour before general admission ticket holders, in addition to receiving exclusive food and beer tasting options hosted by Todd English P.U.B. and Redstone Meadery.


On Oct. 19 Dada Life takes over the tables in XS at Encore, followed by Norman Doray on Oct. 20 and Wolfgang Gartner on Oct. 21. Doors open at 10 p.m.

Head to Surrender at Encore on Oct. 19 for Aoki’s House featuring Manufactured Superstars & Michael Woods. On Oct. 20 “Feel So Close” to Calvin Harris also at Surrender. Doors open at 10:30 p.m.

DJ Dirty South brings “The City of Dreams Tour” to revelers at Marquee in The Cosmopolitan on Oct. 19. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. On Oct. 20 the EC Twins spin for the masses. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Happy hour goes to the dogs on Oct. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rumor Boutique Hotel for Yappy Hour, a happy hour for humans and their pets. This month Yappy Hour features a Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular that includes a doggy costume contest, games, prizes, doggie goodie bags and Yappatizer specials for all to enjoy. Prizes for the doggy costume contest include $500 for first place, a two-night stay at Rumor for second place and a doggie goodie basket for third place. There is a $10 cover charge that includes your first drink and entry into the costume contest. A portion of the proceeds will also go to benefit The Animal Foundation.

Daytime debauchery is back with the opening of Ghostbar Dayclub at the Palms on Oct. 20 for its second season. The weekly party starts Saturday at 1 p.m. and invites everyone to don playful costumes and indulge in an afternoon of high-end beer bongs, adult-friendly piñatas, go-go dancers, music by world-renowned DJs and other festive accompaniments. Get ready for some daytime drinking 55 floors about the Las Vegas Strip. GBDC is back in action.


Savor the flavors of fall at Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo. Now through Oct. 31, the restaurant and sports bar by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, features German-inspired cuisine and beer specials in honor of Oktoberfest. Menu items include $5 German potato salad, $10 Munich brat with caramelized onions, whole grain mustard and steak fries, $7 warm apple strudel with vanilla ice cream and $6 Samuel Adams Octoberfest beer.