Vegas Weekender: Beat the heat this weekend with these can’t-miss Vegas shows

"Human Nature" will have you dancing in the aisles.

"Human Nature" will have you dancing in the aisles.

The latest Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens summer display is also a lovely tribute to Americana. At the entrance of the Conservatory, a brand new reflective pond showcases an American Bald Eagle made from coconut chips, magnolia leaves and chopped strawflowers, mounted on an over-scale replica of the Liberty Bell. The 11-foot tall carousel and 40-foot full-scale Ferris wheel take on a patriotic look, with displays of the Stars and Stripes. The display runs through Sept. 10.Enjoy a relaxing time on Rhumbar’s cooled Caribbean-style patio at The Mirage. Rhumbar is serving up an extensive selection of hookah flavors for the summer, including classic flavors like vanilla and mint along with unique mixtures like white peach and tangerine dream. The lounge and patio are open from 11 a.m. until midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Comedy and Limited Time Engagements

Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club features Don Gavin this weekend. The “Godfather of Boston Comedy” has toured in every state in the U.S. and in more than 100 countries. Gavin has 8 and 10 p.m. performances Friday and Saturday and an 8 p.m. performance Sunday. Tickets start at $37.40.

Harland Williams has an extensive resume: The Ontario, Canada native has appeared in the films “Half Baked,” “Dumb and Dumber,” “There’s Something About Mary” and “Employee of the Month” in addition to authoring a series of childrens books and being a radio and podcast personality. Williams performs at the Playboy Comedy Club tonight and tomorrow night at 10 p.m., and Saturday night at 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets start at $39.99

Pete Correale, star of Comedy Central’s “The Things We Do for Love” special fills the Las Vegas Hilton’s Shimmer Cabaret with laughs as he finds the humor in everything from marriage, to drinking, smoking and life in New York City. Correale performs at 10 p.m. tonight through Sunday. Tickets start at $38.95.

Jay Leno, the star of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” known for his routines like Jaywalking and Headlines, comes to the Terry Fator Theater in the Mirage Friday night. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets start at $95.49.

Bill Engvall, “Blue Collar Comedy” regular and star of his own sitcom on TBS, comes to Treasure Island Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $62.85.

Broadcast icon Larry King comes to the Mirage Saturday night at 10 p.m., giving fans a look back at his 50 year career, which includes more than 40,000 interviews, political debates and more. This is King’s first stage appearance since completing his triumphant 25-year run on the award-winning CNN program “Larry King Live.” Tickets start at $84.49.


The Gin Blossoms come to the Orleans Showroom Saturday and Sunday night, bringing their classic ’90s alt-rock sound along with some of their newer work from recent albums “Major Lodge Victory” and “No Chocolate Cake.” The concert starts at 8 p.m. both nights, with tickets from $33.00.

Genre-defying rockers The Deftones return to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday at 8 p.m., with guests The Dillinger Escape Plan and Le Butcherettes. Tickets start at $30.50.


“Human Nature – The Ultimate Celebration of the Motown Sound” is a trip through Motown’s greatest hits that has audiences clapping their hands, stomping their feet and dancing in the aisles. Human Nature is one of Australia’s most popular acts and the quartet is the first Australian group to have their own show on the Las Vegas Strip. The group once approached Motown legend Smokey Robinson for permission to perform one of his songs on their new album. The end result of that request: Robinson became an instant fan and their Vegas show is “presented by Smokey Robinson.” Human Nature goes on at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with tickets starting at $59.52.

“VEGAS! The Show” takes decades of Vegas history and puts it all together in one very entertaining package. David Saxe’s creation celebrates the stars of Las Vegas, past and present, featuring more than 40 singers and dancers and 11 musicians. “VEGAS! The Show” is a spectacle that celebrates everything that made this city great over the years, including tributes to the Rat Pack era, Elvis, Sonny and Cher, Elton John and more. Showtimes are 7 and 9 p.m. nightly. Tickets start at $59.99.

Nightlife and Pools

Pop and R&B favorite Ciara takes over Chateau Nightclub & Gardens Friday night when she makes a red carpet appearance at the club.

McLovin himself, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, celebrates his 22nd birthday at Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood on Friday.

DJ Scene spins at Palms Place’s weekend pool party, The Sunday Scene from noon to 5 p.m. Cover starts at $40, with ladies entering for free.