Vegas Weekender: October brings GlowRun, pasta month, shows, more to Vegas

It’s October in Vegas, and that means plenty of fall fun to celebrate the cooler temperatures and upcoming Halloween holiday. Get glowin’ for the city’s first GlowRun on Oct. 7 in downtown or indulge in your favorite Italian dish for pasta month specialties being offered at Martorano’s restaurant at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The entertainment lineup includes comedians like Don Rickles and David Spade as well as music headliners like Melissa Etheridge and The Offspring.

Cirque du Soleil's "Zumanity" explores the sexuality with mysterious characters and their tantalizing performances.


Walk on the wild side at Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity.”  The show recently celebrated nine years in Vegas at the New York-New York and continues to delight audiences by exploring different themes of sexuality through stunning imagery, aerialists, comical vignettes and sultry dancing. “Zumanity” performs at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m., Friday through Tuesday.

“Saturday Night Live” alum David Spade takes the stage in Vegas at the Venetian on Oct. 5 – 6 at 9 p.m. Known for his roles in “Tommy Boy” and “Joe Dirt,” Spade makes live audiences laugh with his clever spin on everyday events.

After more than five decades of performing, the legendary rocker Rod Stewart continues to make audiences swoon with his countless hit songs, including “Maggie May,” “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” and “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” See him live in Vegas at Caesars Palace Oct. 6 – 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The Merchant of Venom Don Rickles unleashes his acid tongue Oct. 6 – 7 at 8 p.m. at the Orleans.
Country music star Garth Brooks treats fans to an intimate night of music Oct. 5 – 6 at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. at Encore.

Female rock icon Melissa Etheridge brings her hit songs to Vegas, including “I’m the Only One,” “Come to My Window” and her new single, “Falling Up.” See Etheridge on Oct. 6 at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel at 8 p.m.

Fresh off the release of their new album, “Days Go By,” The Offspring make a stop in Vegas at The Cosmopolitan on Oct. 6 at 10 p.m.


Party all night in Vegas with the hottest DJs in the world. Swedish DJ and eletronic music producer Alesso hits the tables Oct. 5 at Marquee in The Cosmopolitan. Doors open at 9:30 p.m.

“Bounce” over to XSat Encore to see internationally known DJ Calvin Harris on Oct. 6. Doors open at 10 p.m. On Oct. 7 Manufactured Superstars headline at XS for Sunday Nightswim, a weekly party that starts at 10 p.m.

Party like it's the end of the world.

Rap icon Busta Rhymes guest stars in Taoat the Venetian on Oct. 6. Doors open at 10 p.m.

PBR Rock Bar & Grill in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is hosting a countdown to the end of the world starting in October and running through Dec. 21. Each week the Rock Bar features drink specials and a lively atmosphere for revelers to party away their last days on Earth, according to some interpretations of the Mayan calendar. Patrons can check off their bucket lists with the Las Vegas Strip-side destination’s “Beer Bucket List” featuring $19 Budweiser buckets every day. To conclude the countdown, die-hard partiers can attend the “End of the World” party at Rock Bar on Dec. 21.


October is national pasta month and Martorano’s at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is celebrating by offering special menu items throughout the month. Celebrity chef Steve Martorano has created a menu full of unique dishes that feature seasonal vegetables, nuts and several types of pasta. Each dish will be served for only one week in October. To kick-off the month Martorano’s is serving traditional tubetti pasta with fresh San Marzano tomatoes, peas, onions and a Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese ($18). This dish is available Oct. 4 – 7. On Oct. 8 – 14 the featured dish includes Bucatini and cauliflower combined with pistachios, raisins and fresh garlic and topped with toasted Italian bread crumbs and extra virgin olive oil ($25).


The start of October also means the start of Halloween-themed fun in Vegas. Fremont Street Experience brings spooktacular fun to downtown with the Fourth Annual OktoberFrightFest. Along with festive entertainment offered on Fremont Street’s various stages, this year OktoberFrightFest also includes a nationally ranked haunted house, Asylum.

One of the nation's scariest haunted attractions makes its way to Vegas.

Asylum is located on Fremont Street Experience’s 3rd Street North area. It takes guests on a terrifying journey through the story of Meadview Asylum. Guests at the Asylum must navigate dark hallways alone through a horrifying series of fright-inducing rooms including the admitting area, the nurse’s station, patients’ rooms, the therapy room, the morgue and more. The Asylum is open 6:30 p.m. – midnight, Fri. – Sat. and 6:30 – 10 p.m., Thur. and Sun. on the following dates: Oct. 5 – 7, 11 – 14, 18 – 21, 25 – 28 and 30 – 31.

Bust out your glow sticks and illuminated gear and get ready to get glowin’ for the inaugural Vegas GlowRun on Oct. 7. The festivities start at 6 p.m. and the race starts at 7 p.m. This event invites both world-class runners and weekend joggers to wear their best glow-in-the-dark outfits and embark on a 7K run that weaves through the Fremont East Entertainment District. Lining the route will be live music and spectators, all culminating at the finish line with a block party in downtown Vegas. Registration is required for this event.
Insomniac, the same production company behind the Electric Daisy Carnival, is co-producing the event, meaning it’s sure to be an electrifying experience. After the run participants and spectators can stay to party at AfterGlow. The after-run party will feature international music sensation Girl Talk and a costume contest. AfterGlow is a ticketed event. Admission is complimentary for those who race.