Vegas Weekender: Are you ready for fight week?

A fight is breaking out in Vegas this weekend – and it’s a big one! UFC 148 is coming to town and bringing festivities that will include everything from pool parties and pub crawls to open workouts, a weigh-in and the big event. Plus, as part of the inaugural International Fight Week, which is expected to attract thousands of fans from around the world, you can check out the Octagon Nation Tour and UFC Fan Expo. Both are guaranteed to be knockouts. There’s also a lineup of great entertainers and parties that will  pack a punch in Sin City, and you’ll get a bang out of the continuing Independence Day celebrations!

Fireworks at Caesars Palace

Expect on awesome fireworks display courtesy of Caesars Palace on July 7.

Fourth of July: Red, white and blue festivities in Las Vegas

Red, white and blue festivities in Las Vegas Even though the Fourth of July holiday has officially passed, there’s no need to stop celebrating America’s birthday. Since Independence Day fell in the middle of the week, Caesars Palace decided to delay their fireworks show until July 7. Expect a spectacular display kicking off at 9:15 p.m. from the roof of the Roman Tower.

Azure, the adults-only pool on the third floor of The Palazzo, is also promoting Fourth of July weekend revelry. Guests can feast on a barbecue spread July 7 – 8 from noon – 5 p.m. The city’s hottest DJs will supply the music beginning at 11 a.m. daily. The lineup includes DJ Mika Gold on July 6, Hed Kandi on July 7 and DJ Roman on July 8.

Click here for a complete list of Fourth of July happenings (note: some events are spilling over into this weekend) in Vegas.

UFC 148: International Fight Week

Fight fans have a lot to be excited about this weekend. The Ultimate Fighting Championship organization has partnered with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to create the ultimate weeklong experience as part of the hottest ticket of the season: UFC 148.

Through July 7, the UFC Octagon Nation Tour, a free mobile fan experience, takes place on Fremont Street from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

UFC Fan Expo

Fans came in droves to the UFC Fan Expo event held in Las Vegas in 2010.

Support your favorite fighter on July 5 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. during open workouts held in XS at Wynn Las Vegas. Also on July 5, you can party with the Octagon Girls from 1 – 6 p.m. at the Palms Pool & Bungalows and then join in a pub crawl from 6 – 8 p.m. with UFC fighters in downtown at The D Las Vegas, Golden Nugget, Golden Gate and El Cortez resorts.

Check out the UFC Fan Expo on July 6 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and July 7 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Expect the largest collection of UFC fighters ever to appear in one location, exciting special events, training seminars and more! Plus, on July 6, the UFC 148 Weigh-In will occur at 4 p.m. at Mandalay Bay. It will be followed by the Fan Beach Party at Mandalay Beach from 8 p.m. – midnight.

The UFC 148 event takes place July 7 in the Grand Garden Arena. Doors open at 3 p.m., with the first bout scheduled for 4 p.m. If you can’t get tickets, you’ll find viewing parties starting around 6 p.m. at the Golden Nugget, Palms, Mandalay Bay and Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo.

Entertainment: Shows and stars abound this weekend in Vegas

"Jersey Boys" at Paris Las Vegas

"Jersey Boys" at Paris Las Vegas features (from L to R) Jeff Leibow, Graham Fenton, Rob Marnell and Deven May. Photo by Joan Marcus

The Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys” recently moved to Paris Las Vegas, which seems appropriate since the show opens with “Ces Soirées-Là,” a French rendition of one of the group’s most popular songs “Oh, What a Night.” And that’s not all you’ll hear. Look forward to toe-tapping, high-energy performances of such classic hits as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man” and “Working My Way Back to You.” Shows are presented in Le Théâtre des Arts on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays – Fridays and Sundays at 7 p.m.

Laugh it up with comedian Ralphie May in The Showroom at South Point on July 6 – 8 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Beloved since appearing on the first season of NBC’s reality series “Last Comic Standing,” he combines elements of hip-hop with topical humor.

You’re sure to hoot and holler when “Saturday Night Live” regular Seth Meyers comes to the Terry Fator Theatre in The Mirage on July 6 as part of the Aces of Comedy series. The next night, July 7, “The Tonight Show” host Jay Leno takes the stage. Both shows begin at 10 p.m.

Reverend Horton Heat, aka Jim Heath, turns up to rock the House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay on July 6 at 8 p.m. In tow with him are Dave Alvin, Supersuckers and the Goddamn Gallows.

Country fans can expect a big show from the Oak Ridge Boys because the band has four decades of hits to draw from. They’ll be in the Gordie Brown Showroom at the Golden Nugget on July 6 – 7 at 8 p.m. nightly.

Otis Williams of The Temptations

Otis Williams is the only living original member of The Temptations.

Feeling nostalgic? The Temptations are bringing their classic Motown tunes to the Orleans Showroom at The Orleans on July 7 – 8 at 8 p.m. nightly.

Fans of The Beatles will want to pay tribute to the legendary foursome by attending “The Stars of Beatlemania.” This acclaimed music experience will thrill audiences at the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on July 6 – 7 at 8 p.m. nightly.

If you want to enjoy some music under the stars, go to Sunset Station this weekend. The resort’s outdoor Sunset Amphitheater welcomes hard rockers Great White and Slaughter on July 6 at 8 p.m., followed by Foreigner led by British artist Mick Jones on July 7 at 7 p.m.

Fans of the fast-rising band Foster the People can see them perform al fresco by The Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool. The L.A.-based trio is appearing with special guest Kimbra on July 7 at 9 p.m.

Nightlife: From sophisticated to boozy fun, Vegas has it all!

The swanky club Hyde Bellagio, overlooking the iconic Fountains of Bellagio, recently launched a weekly Friday evening event called Fountains at 5. It begins at 5 p.m. At the sexy cocktail party, you can sip on creative concoctions – like Strawberry Basic Lemonade – while listening to a live DJ.

The partying is nonstop in Vegas – even on Sunday nights. Vanity Nightclub at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will jumpstart your week with its SIN on Sunday event. On July 8, DJ Pauly D will be on hand. Doors open at 10 p.m.


I’m a Las Vegas native. By profession, I write at Mostly about the city’s hotels, but on other topics – gaming and transportation – too. I really love staying at hotels. And the ones here are among the biggest and best in the world. Some key things I’ve learned: Resort fees are inescapable (frustrating but true), a friendly attitude at the front desk may score you a great view and over-the-top room amenities – bath butlers, Japanese tea service, menus with “intimate” items – do exist. What else should you know about me? Well, I’m comfortable at a blackjack table. And I like eating late-night pancakes in hotel coffee shops. A lot. Follow Renee on Google+.