Vegas Weekender: Food and fall attractions await

Autumn has come to Las Vegas and there has never been a better time to visit. You still have time to do holiday shopping and there are plenty of things to do this weekend.

From dueling pianos to dinner (way) above the Las Vegas Strip, it’s all happening this weekend in Vegas.

Bars & dining

Bellagio Conservatory

Bellagio's conservatory

Weekend of dueling pianos, prix fixe meals

Opening just in time for fall, Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar at Town Square will surely attract locals and Vegas visitors alike. The rock ‘n’ roll piano bar will keep you entertained and satiated, pouring plenty of libations nightly. The bar opens Nov. 13. Hours will be Tuesday – Saturday, 4 p.m. – 3 a.m. and the entertainment starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday.

Payard P√Ętisserie & Bistro at Caesars Palace is offering an autumn-inspired prix fixe lunch menu for $19. The three-course menu contains tempting delights like asparagus salad, seared sea bass and a signature Payard pastry. The special is available in the main dining room.

Nove Italiano’s new tasting menu arrives just in time for fall. At $45, the four-course prix fixe menu includes choice of antipasti, pasta, main course and dessert. Sit high above Las Vegas at the Palms with gorgeous views of the Las Vegas Strip and take advantage of this tasting menu, served for dinner, Fridays and Saturdays until 7:30 p.m.


‘Supernatural Santana’ and sensational Sedaka

Travel through the ages with “Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits” and enjoy some of Santana’s biggest hits as he performs live at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel. Rock out to songs like “Into the Night,” “Corazon Espinado” and “Smooth.” Tickets start at $60.50 and show times are at 8 p.m.

Since the age of 13, Neil Sedaka has been wowing us with his catchy songs like “Stupid Cupid,” “Calendar Girl” and “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.” Now, Sedaka is bringing his show to Las Vegas at the Orleans. Enjoy this accomplished artist Nov. 12 – 15. Tickets start at $44 and show times are at 8 p.m.

No shortage of comedy acts in town

This weekend, funny lady Lily Tomlin will be at the Hollywood Theatre in the MGM Grand. The Emmy, Tony and Grammy award winning artist will be entertaining fans at 8 p.m., Nov. 10 – 13 and 15 – 18, with the show starting at 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 14.

Playboy Comedy hosts special guest Paul Gilmartin. The comedian is best known for his work on “Dinner and a Movie” on TBS. The show takes place Nov. 13 at 10:30 p.m. and Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39.99.

Controversial comic Andrew Dice Clay heats things up over at the Riviera Nov. 12 – 15. Showtime is 10:30 p.m. Tickets start at $76.99.

“Saturday Night Live” alum Norm MacDonald brings his stand-up routine to House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 and up.

You might not recognize comedian Frank Caliendo, but you’ll probably recognize his impressions of more than 120 celebrities. John Madden, Donald Trump and Dr. Phil are just a few of the funny man’s spot-on personalities that he channels in his show at the Monte Carlo. Tickets start at $59 and show times are 9:30 p.m. Monday – Tuesday and Friday – Saturday.


Manny ‘Pac Man’ Pacquiano vs. Miguel Cotto

Boxing Writers Association of America’s Fighter of the Year Manny “PacMan” Pacquiano takes on three-time world champion Miguel Cotto Saturday, Nov. 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Doors open at 3 p.m. and tickets start at $150.


Fun from gardens to bumper cars

Stop in the Bellagio’s conservatory to see nearly 14,000 square feet of autumn-themed horticulture. Open 24 hours a day, there are plenty of photo opportunities for guests.

Enjoy a gourmet meal while harnessed into a sky car that seats 22 people and five staffers in the center at Dinner in the Sky, served on Friday and Saturday nights. Hours vary. Tickets start at $169.

Enjoy the “Polar Express 4-D” with action packed adventure as a young boy races to the North Pole, complete with faux snow. Hours are Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. and 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 at the Excalibur’s Fantasy Faire level.

If you feel the need for speed, head over to Pole Position, just a short drive off the Las Vegas Strip at 4175 Arville St. Be the first to cross the finish line in an 18-horsepower racing cart at up to 45 miles per hour at the indoor racing track. Pole Position is open Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. – midnight. Tickets for 2 adult races start at $55 per person.