Vegas Weekender: Enjoy wacky magicians and comedians complemented by great music acts, car shows and dining delights

For a weekend full of randomness, look no further than Las Vegas. From rock shows and tribute bands to a motorcycle festival downtown and Halloween festivities, you’ll be sure to party until the sun comes up.

Shows and concerts

Funny man Tim Allen brings the laughs to Venetian this weekend.

If you’re looking to while away time in the afternoon, “The Mac King Comedy Magic Show” at Harrah’s is a real treat. The  performer does an array of different magic tricks while incorporating his quirky humor. Show times are 1 and 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Rock Vegas, a two-day rock music festival, brings the party to the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Sept. 28 – 29. The rock extravaganza includes performances by Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson and Godsmack, among others. Show starts at 2:30 p.m. both days.

Teen sensation Justin Bieber brings his North American tour to the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sept. 30. See Carly Rae Jepsen and other surprise guests. Show starts at 8 p.m.

“Home Improvement” star Tim Allen delivers his hilarious standup routine at The Venetian, Sept. 28 – 29. Show begins at 9 p.m.

Funnyman “Tosh.0” host Daniel Tosh brings his one-of-a-kind humor to Vegas as part of the 2012 Aces of Comedy series. See him at The  Mirage, Sept. 28 – 29. Show starts at 10 p.m.

The laughs continue with comedian Amy Schumer at the Riviera, Sept. 28 – 30 at 10:30 p.m.

Legendary rocker Rod Stewart sings his hits at The Colosseum inside Caesars Palace, Sept. 29 – 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Fans of music legend Roy Orbison are in luck: Australian singer John Stephan performs all the hits at “You Got It! A Salute to Roy Orbison.” In addition, Orbison’s oldest son Wesley gives a personal narrative of his father’s life. The show plays at The Orleans on Sept. 28 – 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate everything you love about the Eagles! Sing all your favorite songs during “The Long Run – Experience the Eagles” tribute show at LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. The show is part of the resort’s Rock-N-Wheels Weekend celebrating classic rock and classic cars.

Pink Floyd fans can watch Australian Pink Floyd at the Pearl theater inside the Palms on Sept. 29. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Punk and hardcore rock Strung Out takes the stage with special guests The Swellers, Such Gold and The Sheds on  Thursday, Sept. 27 at Vinyl inside the Hard Rock Hotel. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

The punk rock festivities continue with Blink 182 (pictured right), playing at Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool on Friday, Sept. 28. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Silverton celebrates the end of Sway Pool Lounge’s summer concert series with Authority Zero. Guests can sip on cocktails and rock out poolside one last time on Sept. 29. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Special events

Golden Nugget revs up the fun by welcoming thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to Fremont Street from Sept. 27 – 30. During the 12th annual Las Vegas Bikefest, the resort will give away a 2013 Harley-Davidson. The drawing will be on Sept. 29 at 9:15 p.m. Riders must be present to win.

Guests looking for more excitement can head over to Gold Diggers, where the club will be hosting a bikini contest. Visitors can view and judge their favorite contestants on Sept. 28 – 29 starting at 11 p.m. each night.

In addition, Fremont Street Experience brings the heat with Bikefest Rockfest, a series of free concerts. From Sept. 27 – 30, see some of the world’s best rock tribute bands – including Yellow Brick Road, Ultimate Stones, Pyromania and Kaos X – appearing from 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. on all three stages.

Hockey fans can watch Frozen Fury 15 at MGM Grand on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. The 2012 Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings play a special National Hockey League pre-season game against the Colorado Avalanche.


This Halloween, Zombie fans can enjoy Ward of the Dead at Fright Dome inside Circus-Circus.

Las Vegas gets into the spirit of Halloween with the opening of the Fright Dome in The Adventuredome theme park at Circus Circus on Sept. 29. Fright Dome will give visitors the scare of their lives with this year’s zombie theme. It opens at 7 p.m. and runs until midnight.

If you really love gore, the grand opening of Eli Roth’s Goretorium is Sept. 27. Featuring a multilevel maze within a mythical hotel and casino, The Delmont, the $10 million Goretorium is located on the Las Vegas Strip (across from CityCenter and The Cosmopolitan), right above the Walgreens in the Harmon Corner plaza. Since this 15,000-square-foot attraction is open year-round, it’ll be like celebrating Halloween every day.


Calling all foodies and football fans: Are you ready for some football? Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops offers food and drink specials during all the games played Saturday through Monday – including $5 shots of Jose Cuervo Black, $21 buckets of domestic beer and $5 nachos.

Fans of seafood can enjoy a new succulent happy hour menu at RM Seafood inside Mandalay Place. Offered Tuesdays – Saturdays from 7 – 10 p.m., the special menu features fresh and sustainable seafood bites for under $10. Highlights include crab cake sliders, spicy shrimp lettuce wraps, Thai prawn shrimp cocktails and Rhode Island-style calamari.

Also at Mandalay Place, guests can celebrate Arthur’s Day at Rí Rá Irish pub. Partake in a worldwide toast on Sept. 27 at 5:59 p.m. in honor of Arthur Guinness, creator of the Guinness beer brand. At 8 p.m. Rí Rá will give away commemorative Arthur’s Day Guinness glasses to the first 50 guests who order a beer from the pub’s Victorian bar. In addition, Guinness drafts, Guinness black lager and Guinness foreign extra stout will be available for $5 all day.


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.