Vegas Weekender: Madness continues in Vegas

This weekend in Vegas offers an eclectic line up of exciting events.

March Madness continues at Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo where fans can watch the college basketball tournament and hear commentary from basketball legends Bobby Knight and Billy Packer.

Also on the agenda: Take a sip for a good cause at The Village Wine Walk at Lake Las Vegas, party poolside at some of the pool clubs on the Las Vegas Strip, laugh the night away with Jay Leno or see legendary rock group Chicago.


There’s no sour grapes at the Wine Walk

Enjoy an evening of jazz music and wine at The Village Wine Walk, located at MonteLago Village at Lake Las Vegas. Guests can sip on a variety of wines as they stroll through 20 different tasting stations throughout The Village. Local jazz artist Ronnie Rathers will perform a free “Jazz on the Lake” concert during the event. Proceeds from the Wine Walk benefit New Vista Community. The Wine Walk takes place on April 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 for two people.


College basketball: the madness continues

College basketball fans won’t want to miss “Knight-Packer College Experience” at Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo. Basketball legends Bobby Knight and Billy Packer will be there to engage in pre- and post-game commentary during the March Madness basketball tournament. This free event will take place on April 3 at 3 and 9:30 p.m.

Keeping your cool, literally, at Minus 5

While things heat up on the basketball court, fans keep their cool at Minus 5 Lounge at Mandalay Bay. Chill, parka-style in constant negative five degrees Celsius temperature. During March Madness, guests who sink consecutive shots in an arcade-style basketball hoop receive prizes like free drinks. Afterwards, guests can warm their core temperature at Minus5 Lodge with the help of a few drink specials. Minus5 Experience is open daily from 11 – 3 a.m.

Cabo Wabo goes mad over basketball

Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina, located in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, features slam-dunk food and drink specials, and 10 big screen televisions showing all the college basketball action through April 5. Drink specials include $4 Dos Equis Lager and Coors Light draft beers and an unlimited draft beer package for $25. During the final playoffs, Cabo Wabo will add a 20 percent discount for guests rooting their teams to victory.

Bare pool club at the Mirage



Bare pool club at the Mirage


Make a splash at a Vegas pool club

Occupying 53,000 square feet, the pool at MGM Grand is a destination unto itself. It’s also home to the pool club Wet Republic. Guests can relax in various lounge chairs located in the water and on the deck or sip on tropical frozen drinks from the bar daily from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tricked out in the best Tahitian-style finery, Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria looks like one of those happening pool parties you’ve seen in a movie and wished you could attend. Well, now you can. With 85 plush, oversized chaise lounges, 35 daybeds and 16 private cabanas the pool lounge is open Thu. – Sun. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Bare Pool Lounge offers a slice of poolside paradise located in the tropical Mirage pool area. The hip and contemporary deck furniture, paired with the not-too-loud, yet still dance-inspired party mix spun by the poolside DJ, create a Miami Beach vibe, Thu. – Mon. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Headliners take the stage in Vegas

Chicago performs at 8 p.m. April 2 – 3 at the Las Vegas Hilton.
Famed magician David Copperfield has audiences spellbound in the intimate Hollywood Theater at MGM Grand at 7:30 and 10 p.m. nightly; plus 4:30 p.m. Sat. April 1 – 5.

See comedian Jay Leno live in Vegas at 10 p.m. on April 2 – 3 at the Mirage.

Thunder from Down Under bares almost all at 9 p.m. nightly, plus 11 p.m. Fri. – Sat., at the Excalibur.

Rock singer Melissa Etheridge treats audiences to a night of hits on April 3 at 8 p.m. at Buffalo Bill’s.

Combine seven talented male performers with “American Idol” star Jasmine Trias and you have Society of Seven at 7 p.m. Fri. – Sun., April 2 – May 30 at the Gold Coast.

Rock out with Alkaline Trio and special guests Cursive and The Dear and Departed at 6:30 p.m. on April 3 at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.