Vegas Weekender: Fun things to do for fathers…and everyone else!

Sometimes it can be hard to figure out how to honor your dad on his big day. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to kick back with the man in your life in the Entertainment Capital of the World. And there are plenty of shows, concerts, pool happenings and events sure to please all family members — from adults to teens and tots. So go out and celebrate!

Father’s Day: How to spoil dear ol’ dad Vegas-style

If you’re visiting Las Vegas with your dad during Father’s Day, there are several things you can do to show him your love. What’s the No. 1 way? With food, of course! Take your old man to Tender Steak & Seafood at the Luxor, where he can indulge in a special three-course prix fixe menu. The feast begins with either Texas-style American Kobe chili or Maine lobster bisque. He can choose between barbecue-braised Wagyu Kobe boneless short ribs or a 10-ounce range-fed New Zealand beef ribeye for the main course, and then finish the meal with crème brûlée or the chocolate decadent cake.

If your dad’s a big eater, splurge on the Buffet of Buffets pass. Offered by Caesars Entertainment, this will give him all-he-can-consume access for 24 hours to the buffets at six different properties on and off the Strip: the Flamingo, Harrah’s, Imperial Palace, Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and Rio.

The Queen Victoria Pub at Riviera

Raise a pint to dad in the British-owned-and-operated Queen Victoria Pub at the Riviera.

Bond with your father over a pint in one of the city’s popular British and Irish pubs. The beer is always flowing and the  bartenders are friendly at the Queen Victoria Pub in the Riviera and Nine Fine Irishmen in New York-New York.

Moms aren’t the only ones entitled to a spa day. During the month of June, take pops to Spa Mandalay at Mandalay Bay for the Father’s Day package, which costs $225. It consists of a 50-minute shea butter massage and steam wrap, along with a 50-minute men’s pure energy facial. At Salon Bellagio, dad can enjoy the 45-minute rejuvenating Royal Shave for $60. It includes steamed hot towels, warm shaving cream, alum block and a botanical-based mask.

Does your father like to laugh? Get tickets to Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at the MGM Grand. The marvelous Monique Marvez and brutally honest KT Tatara will tickle his funny bone through June 17. And if you’re in town June 18 – 24, Brad Garrett himself will be taking the stage.

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Shows and concerts: Laugh it up, rock out and be mesmerized in Sin City

Criss Angel "Believe" at Luxor

An illusion spectacular, "Criss Angel Believe" is the resident show at Luxor.

There are two things the Entertainment Capital of the World is best known for – Cirque du Soleil and magic. You can get a good dose of both in “Criss Angel Believe” at the Luxor. Starring the “Mindfreak” magician, this show features mind-blowing illusions woven together with surreal beauty. Performances are Wednesdays – Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 and 9:30 p.m.

On June 14 – 20, country comedian Rodney Carrington brings his down-home humor to the Hollywood Theatre in the MGM Grand. Carrington will take the stage at 8 p.m. nightly.

Kathleen Madigan is appearing as part of the Aces of Comedy series in the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage on June 15 at 10 p.m.

The Hawaiian rock band Pepper, known for their hit single “Give It Up,” will be performing poolside at Paradise Beach at the Hard Rock Hotel on June 15 at 9 p.m. And Canadian rockers Nickelback are making a stop at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 16 at 8 p.m.

Be among the first to see “Surf The Musical” at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Previews of the production, which combines the hits of the Beach Boys with a storyline set in a 1960s Southern California beach community, began earlier this week. Show times are 7 p.m. nightly except Saturdays at 5:30 p.m., with added 9:30 p.m. performances on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Celine Dion returns to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace this week. She’ll be captivating audiences with “My Heart Will Go On” and other hits nightly (excluding Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays) at 7:30 p.m.

Pool clubs: Dive into fun in Las Vegas

Head to Ditch Fridays June 15 at the Palms pool for a performance by Wale.

Wet Republic at MGM Grand

For the hottest daytime experience on the Strip, chill out at MGM Grand's Wet Republic ultra pool.

Every Friday at Wet Republic at the MGM Grand, women can compete for cash and prizes in the Hot 100, a summer-long

BLVD Social Club – Thursdays Live at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas features live music by the pool every Thursday. On June 14, enjoy the sounds of White Denim.

Special events: Enjoy both cultural and mixed martial arts in Las Vegas

Mixed martial arts fans can expect a lot of excitement on June 15 at the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Las Vegas MMA is presenting D Day, which will showcase some of the best amateur fighters in the sport. The main event pits Pat Garnet against Andrew Stramler. Doors open at 6 p.m.

As part of the Carnevale celebration at The Venetian and The Palazzo, June is Mese di Arte (i.e., Art Month). You can see 3-D chalk artist Melanie Stimmel create some amazing displays. She’ll appear daily through June 17 from 1 – 6 p.m. at the interactive Art Walk taking place in the Waterfall Atrium & Gardens at The Palazzo. Plus, each night at 8 p.m., watch the delightful electric light parade. For more information, visit All of these activities are free to the public.




I’m a Las Vegas native. By profession, I write at Mostly about the city’s hotels, but on other topics – gaming and transportation – too. I really love staying at hotels. And the ones here are among the biggest and best in the world. Some key things I’ve learned: Resort fees are inescapable (frustrating but true), a friendly attitude at the front desk may score you a great view and over-the-top room amenities – bath butlers, Japanese tea service, menus with “intimate” items – do exist. What else should you know about me? Well, I’m comfortable at a blackjack table. And I like eating late-night pancakes in hotel coffee shops. A lot. Follow Renee on Google+.