Vegas Weekender: Join Vegas in fun, music and laughs – and bring your dog too

It may be the week before St. Paddy’s Day, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with celebrating early. This weekend, Las Vegas features tons of hot comedy stars, world-famous musicians, drink specials and even pampering treatments for your pooch.


Springtime is fast approaching, so what better time to warm your hearts with loads of laughter? This weekend is going to be a ton of fun with a bunch of comedic acts.


See Mac King's afternoon show at Harrah's.

If you like the idea of comedy combined with magic, make sure to catch the Mac King Comedy Show, playing Tuesday through Saturday at Harrah’s. Show times are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 

“Mad TV” alum Bobby Lee tickles your funny bone at the Playboy Comedy Club inside the Palms, March 10-12. 

See “Home Improvement” star Tim Allen performing inside the Venetian, March 11 – 12 at 9 p.m. Also appearing in town March 11 – 12, comedian/actress Wanda Sykes performs at the Mirage at 10 p.m.

If you’re a longtime fan of E! network’s “Talk Soup” or the hit Showtime series, “Queer As Folk,” then actor/comedian Hal Sparks is definitely a familiar face. See Sparks now through March 13 at the Las Vegas Hilton. Show begins at 10 p.m. 

Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club features Butch Bradley and Jeff Altman now through Sunday, March 13 inside the Tropicana. Show times are at 8 p.m., with an additional 10 p.m. show on Friday and Saturday.

While rap artist Afroman might not be deemed as a comedian, his hit song, “Because I Got High” placed as one of the funniest and most popular videos online in 2000. See the Grammy-nominated entertainer sing his hit single for “Monday Night Rocks” inside Rio’s Crown Nightclub on Monday, March 14.


Celine Dion returns to Caesars Palace.

Fans of Celine, rejoice! Celine Dion returns to Caesars Palace starting Wednesday, March 15. Show times are 7 p.m., daily (dark on Monday).

Catch rap act Rick Ross “Hustlin’” this Thursday, March 10 inside the Pearl. Located at the Palms, show begins at 9 p.m.

Come watch the Battle of the Bands 2011 with Jack & The B Fish, MP&Co., Otherwise and Red Abbey inside Hard Rock Café, located on the Las Vegas Strip. The bands start rocking the house at 8 p.m.

Keep on rocking with a performance by Envy Showcase at Mandalay Bay’s House of Blues on Saturday, March 12.

Groove to the sounds of Grammy-award winning rap arist Cee Lo Green, Saturday March 12 at Luxor. Grammy-award winning pop band The Tings Tings joins Cee Lo for this special concert.

Do you believe in love? We know a group who does. See ’80s sensation Huey Lewis and the News sing their chart-topping hits at Green Valley Ranch on Saturday, March 12 at 8 p.m.

He’ll be right here waiting for you. Singer/songwriter Richard Marx performs at The Orleans this Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13. Show begins at 8 p.m. 

College basketball fans are in luck. Celebrate March Madness by watching all your favorite games at one of the many hotel sports books located on the Strip.



Watch DJ Mom Jeans (a.k.a. Danny Masterson) spin at Lavo this Friday.

Spring is in the air, so you know Las Vegas nightlife is about to heat up. Start your wild and crazy night a little earlier than usual with patio parties at Imperial Palace’s Rockhouse. Offered Thursday through Sunday from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., Rockhouse provides drink specials and sexy bikini contests.

Enjoy buckets of six Budweiser Select 55 bottles for just $15, along with two-for-one beers, cocktails and $5 shots. Bikini contests start at 5 p.m. The sexy competition awards the hottest bikini-clad babe with complimentary VIP bottle service.

On Thursday nights, Rockhouse kick off its Ladies Night at 9:30 p.m. with a $200 bikini contest and complimentary drinks on the house for all ladies from 10:30 p.m. – midnight.

From March 14 – 20, college students on spring break can grab a $5 Long Island Iced Tea at Hussong’s Cantina & Taqueria inside Mandalay Place.

For you ladies who really want to step it up, Studio 54 at MGM Grand holds its Knockout Ring Girl competition Thursday, March 10. The winners receive exclusive ring girl contracts at the MGM Grand.

Also on Thursday, R&B sensation Miguel sings his hit “All I Want Is You” at Haze.


Celebrate Common's birthday at Haze this Saturday.

You may know him best as Hyde on “That ’70s Show,” but actor Danny Masterson also has a knack for deejaying. Performing under the name DJ Mom Jeans, watch this star bring his skills to the dance floor at Lavo on Friday, March 11.

Black Eyed Pea’s and DJ Ammo perform a speical DJ set at The Bank on Friday, March 11. Also on Friday, rap artist Twista performs his hit new song, “Make a Movie” live at Jet.

See DJ Spider host “Along Came a Spider” every Friday night at Tryst.

On Saturday, March 12 hip-hop star Common celebrates his birthday at Haze.  Also on Saturday, Kellan Lutz makes an appearance at Pure inside Caesars Palace, while “Jersey Shore’s” Snookie hosts at LAX inside Luxor.


With everyday stress, coming to Las Vegas is a great idea. But after a wild night of partying, a trip to the spa the day after is even better.

At Canyon Ranch SpaClub, indulge in its newest service, Breathe Deep and Relax. Available for couples or as a solo treatment, the treatment takes place in the spa’s conservatory lounge. Begin by taking in all the scents of aromatic essential oils diffused in the air. After your brief neck and shoulder massage, your therapist provides you with neck and eye pillows. Listen to soothing music as your therapist applies a moisturizing leave-in treatment to your hands and feet.
This 25-minute service is $50. Breathe Deep and Relax can also be added to any spa service.



Don't leave your pup at home - take him with you and enjoy spa treatments together at the Trump hotel.

Just when you thought bringing your pet to a Las Vegas hotel was a luxury, the Trump hotel takes it to a completely different level: you can now treat Fido to a Paws Massage Package. This package offers a 30-minute Trump Classic Massage for you and a 30-minute massage for your pooch. Relax and unwind in the comfort of your own suite with your pup for dual treatments performed by one of the hotel spa’s massage therapists. Celebrity dog “Marley & Me’s” Misty is be one of the first pups to receive the pet-friendly service.

To make your dog’s vacation the best ever, the hotel room includes a plush dog bed, gourmet treats and a water bowl with fresh bottled water.


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.