Vegas Weekender: Food, fun and Foster the People

This weekend in Vegas, it’s all about a good time. The fun starts at 5 o’clock–just make sure your fins can go to the left and to the right at the Jimmy Buffett concert. Continue the weekend and sing along to Motown favorites with Human Nature. Finally, eat and drink ’til your hearts content at the Food & Wine All-Star Weekend.

From Parrotheads to party goers, there’s something for everyone this weekend in Vegas.


You won’t be able to help singing along with Human Nature at the Imperial Palace this weekend. The Motown-style singing group from Australia sings, dances and harmonizes live at the Imperial Theatre Sat. – Wed. Human Nature – The Ultimate Celebration of the Motown Sound presented by Smokey Robinson” starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are priced from $59.52.

Human Nature at Imperial Palace.

Human Nature at Imperial Palace.

Calling all Parrotheads, it’s five o’clock right here in Vegas. Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, who have more than 30 records and legions of loyal fans, come to the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Oct. 22. Buffett’s entertaining show starts at 8 p.m. His hits include “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Margaritaville” and “Bama Breeze.” Tickets start at $69.25.

Few things beat poolside performances, so head to the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan this Thursday, Oct. 20. The indie pop band, Foster the People with special guest stars Reptar will be performing under the stars. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30.80.

Funny lady Joan Rivers will be at the Venetian showroom Thursday, Oct. 20 – Saturday, Oct. 22. Rivers’ outlandish comedy starts at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $55.75.

Crooner k.d. lang comes to the Pearl at the Palms this Saturday, Oct. 22. The Grammy Award-Winning lang is known for singing hits like “Constant Craving” and “Full Moon Full of Love.” Tickets start at $45.50 and show time is 8 p.m.

Leon Russell will be coming to the Orleans Showroom this Saturday Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 23. Russell’s hits include “Delta Lady” sung by Joe Cocker and “Superstar” sung by Rita Coolidge. Show time for both performances is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $33.

Ron White is known for having a cigar in one hand and scotch in the other. The comedian’s relaxed style of comedy made him a hit with the “Blue Collar Comedy” crowd. Now, White brings his unique brand of comedy to the Mirage Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22. Show time is 10 p.m. Tickets start at $84.49.

Parties and nightlife


Chateau at Paris Las Vegas has special guest Adrien Grenier this Friday.

Head to Food & Wine All-Star Weekend at Bellagio and Aria for fabulous food, celebrity chefs, top sommeliers and a fantastic time, Oct. 21 – 23. Events include an opening party on Friday, Oct. 21 with Gail Simmons, the All-Star Tasting with samples of Bellagio and Aria’s top restaurants and a Champagne and caviar brunch overlooking the Fountains at Bellagio. Tickets to each event start at $75.

There are a few stipulations to be the guest of honor at this celebration. First, you have to be one half of a twin. Second, your birthday has to be in October. If you are a twin or an October baby, you’re in luck. You can drink free from 10 p.m. – midnight at McFadden’s in the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. If you aren’t either of the above, you can still have fun with drink specials and raffle prizes.

Adrian Grenier, star of HBO’s “Entourage,” will return to Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas on Friday, Oct. 21, for a second screening of his acclaimed documentary, “Teenage Paparazzo.” The evening will begin with a complimentary screening at Chateau beginning at 8 p.m., followed by a Q&A session led by Grenier. There will also be an art exhibit on display in the Chocolate Lounge at Sugar Factory American Brasserie during the event. Following the event, the nightclub will open for a post-screening celebration. Grenier’s “Teenage Paparazzo” examines first-hand the volatile relationship between celebrities and the people who make a living selling their images.

Chateau at Paris Las Vegas keeps the party going with “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” co-star, Dana Wilkey. Doors open at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. Cover charge starts at $20 for ladies and $30 for men.

Head to Surrender nightclub at Encore Oct. 22 for Ne-Yo’s official birthday celebration. There will also be a set from DJ Mighty Mi.


Madame Tussauds Las Vegas hosts “After Dark,” an interactive, dark and haunted experience that takes over the wax museum Oct. 21 – 23 and 28 – 31 from 9 p.m. to midnight. Visitors who dare attend will see, hear and feel the mysteries and supernatural activity surrounding Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, which was recently featured on Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures.” General admission to After Dark is $20.

Fremont Street Experience is hosting the third annual OktoberFrightFest now through Oct. 31, the ultimate festival that combines Oktoberfest and Halloween for a month-long street party. Fremont Street Experience will transform itself into the ultimate adult playground with Viva Vision light and sound shows themed to “Time Warp” and “Monster Mash,” outdoor bars featuring beer and drink specials and three free Halloween-themed stage shows.