Vegas Weekender: Music, sports and comedy on tap for Cinco de Mayo weekend

What’s more caliente than the temperatures in Vegas? If you’re coming to town this weekend, get ready for a trip filled with headlining acts, pool party grand opening celebrations and savory, sizzling entreés and drink specials to kick off the holiday. Arriba!


Nathan Burton Comedy Magic provides an afternoon treat for all ages. See this witty comedian use funny props, audience participation and breathtaking illusions. Catch him Tuesday through Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Flamingo.

Boxing superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather (pictured right) challenges three-division world champion Miguel Cotto for the World Boxing Association Super Welterweight World title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Saturday May 5. The fight begins at 6 p.m.

“Home Improvement” star Tim Allen takes the spotlight Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 at the Venetian at 9 p.m.

Comedian and actress Whoopi Goldberg will have audiences laughing at the TI May 4. Show time is 9 p.m.

Dynamic duo Kevin James and Ray Romano bring the laughs to The Mirage, Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

“Politically incorrect” comedian Bill Maher performs Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 at the Orleans. The
show begins at 8 p.m.

Blending a smooth mix of hip-hop, funk, rock and electronic sounds, J*DaVeY performs free shows at The Cosmopolitan’s Book & Stage lounge from Thursday, May 3 through Saturday, May 5. Show times are 10 p.m. and midnight.

Sacramento indie duo Middle Class Rut rocks the stage at Silverton’s Sway Pool Lounge on Saturday, May 5. The show starts at 6 p.m.

Thrice performs at the Hard Rock Café on the Strip on Saturday, May 5. Show time is 5 p.m.

Relive the ‘80s with REO Speedwagon on Saturday, May 5 at Planet Hollywood. Special guests include Styx and Ted Nugent.

See a live performance of Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano. The Rocket Man is back as a headlining
act at The Colosseum inside Caesars Palace. See him May 4 – 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Luxor’s Tacos & Tequila celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Latina “Fantasy” starlet, Lorena Peril (right). Peril hosts the fiesta at 7 p.m. Partygoers can enjoy a live DJ set from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

For those wanting to start the festivities early, T&T offers its signature Mariachi Brunch from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The feast features a high-energy Mariachi band, two-for-one house margaritas and bloody Marias, the Mexican version of a bloody Mary. The T&T signature bloody Maria contains Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila and chipotle Tabasco, topped with fresh cucumber and olive juice. The drink is topped with a green olive, Panela cheese and tomato skewer in a salted rim glass.

In addition to the Mariachi brunch, partygoers can enjoy an all-day Cinco de Mayo $5 happy hour menu from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m, featuring chicken quesadillas, habañero wings, flautas, guacamole and more.

The buffet at Monte Carlo offers a variety of Mexican fare on Cinco de Mayo, including huevos rancheros, carnitas, tequila lima pasta con camarones, churros and pepita rice pudding.

Cabo Wabo Cantina, located inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a patio party. Partygoers can have fun in the sun drinking Waboritas, $15 pitchers and $25 buckets of Coors Light. A mariachi band kicks off the day’s festivities and DJ-spun music keeps the party going at night. The all day fiesta starts at 8 a.m.

Infusing Latin salsa, hip-hop and jazz funk, L.A. band Ozomatli (pictured right) brings its energy to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, May 5. The show starts at 9 p.m.

Santana brings his Greatest Hits Live show to House of
at Mandalay Bay May 4 – 6. Show time is 7 p.m. May 4 and 6 and 9 p.m. May 5.

Mexican party hot spot Señor Frog’s opens a branch in Las Vegas on Cinco de Mayo inside the TI. Entertainment will feature contests, shot girls, conga lines and a DJ.

For more information on Cinco de Mayo parties and dining specials, visit here.

Nightlife/Pool Clubs

Get your groove on this weekend at Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan with Audrey (Friday, May 4), EDX (Saturday, May 5) and Markus Schulz and Cazzette for the pool club’s Sunday series, “Wet Wonderland” (Sunday, May 6).

Celebrate the opening of Tao Beach Saturday, May 5 with a DJ set by legendary hip-hop artist Q-Tip. Also to perform is Samantha Ronson. The party runs from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Palms Pool Saturdays presents its launch party Saturday, May 5 with a special appearance by Roger Sanchez and Zen Freeman. The event runs from noon to 6 p.m.

The party continues once the sun sets. Marquee Nightclub features sizzling music acts: Catch Cosmic Gate, EDX and Nadia Ali (Friday, May 4), Erick Morillo (Saturday, May 5) and Eric D-Lux (Monday, May 7).

Hip-hop artist Common performs at The Bank inside Bellagio Saturday, May 5.

Iconic bombshell Carmen Electra (right) celebrates her birthday with a toast at Crazy Horse III and Posh Boutique Nightclub Saturday, May 5.

“Jersey Shore’s” DJ Pauly D spins at Vanity inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Saturday, May 5. Doors open at 10 p.m.

Diplo performs at XS inside Encore Monday, May 7. Doors open at 10 p.m.


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.