Vegas Weekender: October scares in the Halloween fun

With Halloween just two weeks away, the festivities and parties in Vegas are non-stop. Top it off with headliner acts and hot nightlife, and it’s time to pack your suitcase for Vegas.

Shows

Vocal Heartthrobs Goss and Timberlake on stage

Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival at Springs Preserve

See international singing sensation Matt Goss at the Palms. More than just a handsome face, Goss has the vocals to back up his looks. Backed by a live seven-piece band and his seductive dancers (The Dirty Virgins), Goss takes the stage with hits of his own as well as other popular songs. Known as “The Voice,” Goss rose to fame as the lead singer of the British pop group Bros. Catch him every Friday and Saturday night at 10 p.m.

In addition to hosting this year’s PGA tour, Justin Timberlake takes the stage at Mandalay Bay Events Center Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. along with Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, Ciara and TLC.

Laugh out loud with Clay, Lopez, Leno, Caliendo

If you’re ready to laugh your face off, enjoy the raunchy humor of Andrew Dice Clay at the Riviera Oct. 15 – 20. George Lopez brings his comedy to the Las Vegas Hilton Oct. 16 – 17. Jay Leno performs Oct. 16 – 17 at the Mirage. “MADtv” followers can catch Frank Caliendo at the Monte Carlo, appearing daily (with the exception of Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday).

Carmen Electra electrifies Crazy Horse Paris

If you dig Carmen Electra, see her perform with MGM Grand’s Crazy Horse Paris Oct. 16 – 17.

They can do it on television, they can do it live

Instead of just watching it on television, audiences can experience America’s Got Talent Live at Planet Hollywood from Thursday – Sunday. Host Jerry Springer introduces fan favorites like Kevin Skinner, Acrodunk, Barbara Padilla, The Texas Tenors and more.

Rock out this weekend in Vegas at a concert

At Mandalay Bay’s House of Blues, see Viva Rock Vegas featuring Save The Hero on Oct. 15 and Moby and Kellii Scar on Oct. 16.

For some good, old-school music, Kool & The Gang as well as The Commodores perform Oct. 16 at Buffalo Bills. On Oct. 17, see Frankie Vallie & The Four Seasons sing all their hit songs from the ’60s. Bob Dylan is playing at the Hard Rock Hotel at The Joint Oct. 18 at 8 p.m.

At the Hard Rock, Wasted Space Rock Bar features plenty of indie favorites such as Fountains of Wayne on Oct. 15 and Framing Hanley with The Veer Union, Janus and Transmit Now on Oct. 17.

At House of Blues, check out Acoustic Strip Thursday nights at 9 p.m. Admission is free and open to all ages. On Sundays, catch Motown Rhythm & Blues at 9 p.m. or Maison de Burlesque, a jazz burlesque show at Mandalay Bay’s Foundation Room.

Halloween

Harvest festival to haunt the Springs Preserve

The Haunted Harvest Festival at Springs Preserve is back with more festivities than ever. This event is fun for the entire family.

Journey to Dracula’s Castle and join your favorite costumed character as they dance the Monster Mash. You’ll also get a chance to walk through the Midway of Madness Carnival and play games. Over at the botanical gardens, kids can trick or treat at Scarecrow Row.

In the Gardens Amphitheater, you can volunteer to be the subject of a Mad Science experiment. During the Haunted Hayride, listen as the Miner Ghost reveals eerie stories of Las Vegas past. Treats are available at the Wolfgang Puck Springs Café.

The Haunted Harvest takes place from 5 – 9 p.m. during the following dates: Oct. 16-18, 23-25 and 29-31. Costumes are strongly encouraged.

Scream so loud they’ll hear you in Texas – at the Texas

At Texas Station, those who dare can step into “Texas Screams.” For the first time, the haunted houses, “The Asylum” and “Hotel Fear” (both ranked in the Top 13 Haunts in the country by “Hauntworld Magazine”) combine into one single event. Each haunted house has its own unique history and storyline, but the plot ultimately connects with original characters, plots and effects.

The haunted houses will be open through Nov. 1. The attraction is open Thursdays and Sundays from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. as well as Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30 p.m. – midnight. Tickets start at $12.

Events

Hawaiian fun with exotic birds in Henderson

If jumping and screaming is not your thing, then check out this year’s Hawaiian festival in Henderson.

The Las Vegas Avicultural Society (simply known as “The Bird Club”) presents its Hawaiian Festival and Tropical Bird Expo on Sunday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The event features live, authentic Hawaiian music, dancing and a variety of island foods for purchase. In addition, attendees will see many tropical birds as well as cages, bird toys and novelty items for sale. The event will feature hourly raffles with multiple winners and a grand prize drawing.

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