Vegas Weekender: Brews, food and entertaining shows

There’s no shortage of things to do in Vegas this weekend. Legendary singer Stevie Nicks rocks the Hard Rock Hotel and comedian Whoopi Goldberg keeps audiences in stitches at Treasure Island.

Foodies have their choice of a bacon dinner, French cooking class or a beer tasting festival. No matter what you’re interested in, Vegas has something for you.


When you see Terry Fator at the Mirage, you see a lot more than just him. His cast of characters includes Winston the Turtle, Vicky the Cougar and Walter T. Airedale, the resident cowboy. Fator won “America’s Got Talent” in 2007. Since then, he has become one of the most popular entertainers on the Las Vegas Strip. Fator plays the Terry Fator Theatre Tue. – Sat. Show time is 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $96.94.

If you liked “Lord of the Rings” the movie, you’ll love “Lord of the Rings in Concert” at the Orleans arena. Highlights from the movie’s score, conducted by Maestro Ludwig Wicki, will be performed as clips from the “Lord of the Rings” movies play on a giant screen. Tickets start at $35 and show time is 8 p.m.

Legendary Singer Stevie Nicks takes the stage this Saturday, Oct. 15 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. Nicks is part of the popular band, Fleetwood Mac. Her popular hits as a solo artist include “Landslide,” “Gold Dust Woman” and “Rhiannon.” Tickets start at $49.50 and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Whoopi Goldberg comes to Treasure Island this weekend. Her comedic banter can be seen on TV’s “The View.” Goldberg has also starred in movies like “Sister Act,” “Ghost” and “Rat Race.”  Her show is Friday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $73.85.

Out and about

Join Holly Madison for the party at Gallery nightclub this Friday, Oct. 14. Madison has starred in TV’s “The Girls Next Door” and “Holly’s World.” She can currently be seen on stage in “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood. Gallery’s doors open at 10 p.m. and there is a $20 cover for ladies and $30 for guys. 

Head to the Golden Nugget for their Second Annual Beer Festival. The two-day festival starts Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. with a craft beer tasting. More than 120 craft beer selections are available as well as light bites and live music. Tickets to the event are $50 per person. On Saturday, Oct. 15, head to the Golden Nugget pool (complete with water slide) and enjoy the ultimate beerfest pool party. From 3 p.m. – 9 p.m., try beer, listen to music and munch on German-inspired cuisine. Admission on Saturday is free.

Recently opened in the Flamingo Las Vegas is the Margaritaville Casino. Complete with 22 table games, 220 slot machines and a bar, the themed casino is perfect for Parrotheads and fun-loving guests alike.

Chateau Nightclub

Chateau Nightclub

Party with Nick Cannon Friday, Oct. 14 as he hosts the night at Chateau Nightclub and Gardens at Paris Las Vegas. Cannon is known for his movies like “Drumline” and his television show “Wild ‘n Out.” Cannon is also married to Singer Mariah Carey. Doors open at 10:30 p.m. Cover is $20 for ladies and $30 for guys. 

The Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas turns into a spooky Halloween extravaganza, mixed with the ultimate Oktoberfest. The OktoberFrightFest takes place all month long, with live bands and lots of fun. Catch bands like “Frank & The Steins” and “Alice and Ozzy’s Frightmare” all weekend long on the outdoor stage under the Fremont Street Experience lights.


Indulge your love of pork at Brand Steakhouse this weekend. On Friday, Oct. 14, join Brand as they host “A Tribute to Bacon” dinner. Each course includes an element of bacon. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. and is $65 per person.

If you’ve ever wanted to make French food, but don’t know where to start, head to Mon Ami Gabi this weekend. On Saturday, Oct. 15, Executive Chef Terry Lynch offers his expertise in the French Classics Cooking Class. Dishes being made include braised lamb shank with goat cheese and a pumpkin tarte tatin with fresh whipped cream. The class starts at 10 a.m. and is $50 per person plus tax and gratuity.

In honor of Oktoberfest, Lagasse’s Stadium in the Palazzo gives guests a taste of Germany with a few special additions to the menu. Dishes like bratwursts, mustard-glazed pork loin with beer-braised cabbage and steins of Leinenkugel are available on the patio Thursday, Oct. 13 and Friday Oct. 14.