Vegas Weekender: Knock-out weekend in Vegas

Whether you’re here to satisfy your funny bone, watch fighters try to break each others bones or just catch a great concert or show, Vegas is the place to be this weekend.



Sheryl Crow performs at the Hard Rock on Sunday, Nov. 14.

See superstar Sheryl Crow croon at the Hard Rock this Sunday, Nov. 14. The show starts at 8 p.m.

Sing your heart out to the powerhouse rock ballads of Heart this Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Las Vegas Hilton at 8 p.m.

Usher with special guests Trey Songz and Miguel perform their chart-topping R&B hits at Mandalay Bay Evnets Center on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Also at Mandalay Bay, see The Hold Steady with Company of Thieves on Friday,Nov. 12 at the House of Blues.

Keep on rocking with music at the Hard Rock Café on the Strip. Catch Aaron Stewart Thursday, Nov. 11 and Particle on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Laugh until your gut hurts with the hilarious Jo Koy performing at the Mirage Saturday, Nov. 13 at 10 p.m. Fans of Whoopi Goldberg can catch her Friday, Nov. 12 (7 or 9:30 p.m.) at Treasure Island.

See Andrew Dice Clay Nov. 11 – 14 at the Las Vegas Hilton. Keep the laughs going with“Hanging with Mr. Cooper” star Mark Curry (also at the Hilton) this weekend at 9 p.m.

See legendary diva Diana Ross sing her Motown hits inside the Colosseum at Caesars Palace Nov. 12 – 13 at 8 p.m.

Rocker Rod Stewart takes over the Colosseum Nov. 14 for a night full of hits.


See Jo Koy this Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Mirage.

While the Manny Pacquaio vs. Antonio Margarito boxing match on Nov. 13 won’t be in Vegas, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the action. Come and grab a seat at Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo. Enjoy top-notch bar food and drinks while catching the action on more than 100 flat-screen televisions. For a more upscale environment, you can also watch the fight at Palazzo’s Laguna Champagne Bar. Here you can enjoy the fight while sipping on luxurious libations.

If you want to get in the knock-out spirit early, watch former featherweight champion “The California Kid” Urijah Faber fight against Japanese fighting sensation Takeya Mizugaki for World Extreme Cagefighting this Thursday, Nov. 11 at the Palms at 3 p.m.

Coming here with your mate and can’t agree on a show? If you’re looking for a show that’s sultry and romantic as well as action-packed and humorous, make sure to check out “Le Rêve” at Wynn. Where else can you see ballroom dancing in the water? Show times are daily (except Wednesday and Thursday) at 7 and 9:30 p.m.


For something fun and outdoorsy without driving too far from the Strip, check out Springs Preserve’s “Wings over the Springs” show. Here you can enjoy live, face-to-face interaction with hawk eagles, falcons, owls, and more. You’ll also learn the role these birds play in our environment. Catch this show Nov. 11 – 12 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and the remaining Saturdays and Sundays in November. Entry is free for those who purchase general admission tickets.


Hello Kitty mobile truck comes to Town Square this weekend, Nov. 13-14.

Fans of Hello Kitty are in luck: On Saturday, Nov. 13 and Sunday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., take a trip to Town Square for Sanrio’s 50th Anniversary Pop-Up mobile tour. Visit two decked-out trailers with Sanrio graphics and enjoy games, enter contests and even take a picture with your favorite Sanrio character. You’ll also be able to buy products featuring your favorite characters.The first 50 people to show up will get a goody bag. Fun for the kids (and the kids at heart), this event is free and open to the public.


If you choose to extend your weekend, make sure to stop by Rock & Rita’s at Circus-Circus. Every Tuesday night, enjoy all-you-can-drink draft beer and exciting beer pong tournaments starting at 10 p.m. For $25, pong players receive unlimited draft beer and entry into Rock & Rita’s beer pong tournament. The final team wins cash and prizes. If
you’re not very good at sinking the cup, you can still get all-you-drink draft beer until 1 a.m. If you get the munchies, Rock & Rita’s late night menu is from 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. and features items including soft pretzels, Spin’ Dip, nachos, sliders, quesadillas, pulled BBQ pork or beef dip, for only $5 each. Two-for-one drinks and cocktails are available from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Thursday through Saturday, Kahunaville at Treasure Island features live karaoke and performances by Rock the Mic starting at 10:30 p.m. This group gets the party jumping with exciting performances, while encouraging you and your friends to perform alongside the five-piece band. But be warned: if you can’t carry a tune, you’ll be pulled off stage.

Calling all soldiers: If you’re in town Thursday, Nov. 11 Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub at Imperial Palace offers free drinks for current military members and veterans. Those with a military ID receive drinks on the house from 10:30 p.m. – midnight. And whether you don a uniform or not, ladies also receive complimentary alcohol from 10:30 p.m. – midnight. Party the night away with resident DJ Joey Da Juice as he spins upbeat mash-ups sure to get you on the dance floor.


Are you ready to treat yourself to a fun fall time treat? Just in time for Thanksgiving, enjoy a pumpkin spice manicure and pedicure at the spa at New York-New York. This service comes with a sweet pumpkin spice soak, followed by an application of hydrating sweet pumpkin spice lotion. The 50-minute service is $75.


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.