Vegas Weekender: September still sizzles with hot events, headliners and parties

Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t stop any of the heat and excitement in Las Vegas. From legendary performers and Downtown festivities to fashion events and good eats, this weekend in Vegas will satisfy all of your senses.


Get the weekend started with the comedy and magic of Penn and Teller at the Rio. Show begins at 9 p.m. and runs Saturday through Wednesday.

R&B songstress Mary J. Blige and soul singer D’Angelo (pictured right) stop in Vegas as part of The Liberation Tour on Saturday, Sept. 7.  Show starts at 8 p.m. inside The Peart at The Palms.

JC Brooks and soul band the Uptown Sound perform a free show at The Cosmopolitan’s Book and Stage on Sept. 6 at 10 p.m. and midnight and Sept. 7 – 8 at 10:30 p.m.

Gotye performs with Chairlift and Jonti on Friday, Sept. 7 at Mandalay Bay’s House of Blues. The music begins at 8 p.m.

Legendary band Chicago sings all the hits at LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on Sept. 7 – 8 at 8:30 p.m.

Electronic music duo Blaqk Audio (with special guest Hi Deaf) brings its dance floor beats to Hard Rock Hotel’s Vinyl on Friday, Sept. 7 at 9 p.m.

Girl power: Making her “Aces of Comedy” debut, Margaret Cho brings her fearless standup routine to The Mirage on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 10 p.m. Returning to the “Aces of Comedy” lineup, Kathy Griffin displays her rapid-fire wit at the resort on Sept. 8 at 10 p.m.

Late-night talk show host Jay Leno brings his standup act to The Mirage on Friday, Sept. 7.

The laughs continue with Bill Maher, who delivers his “politically incorrect” humor at The Orleans on Sept. 8 – 9 at 8 p.m.


Shopaholics can enjoy Fashion’s Night Out on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 6 – 10 p.m. The third annual Fashion’s Night Out in Las Vegas celebrates style with makeovers, giveaways, freebies and much more. Created in 2009, Fashion’s Night Out truly puts the fun back in shopping. The malls on the Las Vegas Strip feature events, special offers, gifts and activities at various stores.

The Shoppes at The Palazzo features celebrity stylist and co-host of E!’s “Fashion Police” George Kotsiopoulos from 6 – 8 p.m. Highlights include a $1,000 shopping spree, a Q&A with Kotsiopoulos and a chance to win a trip for two to Hawaii.

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace offers tons of makeovers, freebies, discounts and dining specials. Participating stores include 7 For All Mankind, Bebe, Ted Baker London, Juicy Couture, Sephora, Marc by Marc Jacobs and H&M, to name a few.

Crystals at CityCenter will have a live appearance by Patricia Field, the Emmy Award-winning stylist best known for her work with Sarah Jessica Parker in “Sex and the City” and Meryl Streep in “The Devil Wears Prada.”

Other participating malls include the Miracle Miles Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and the Fashion Show mall. For more information, check out our Fashion’s Night Out blog here.

The Las Vegas LGBT community hosts its annual Las Vegas Pride Parade & Festival on Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8 . The parade pre-show begins at 7 p.m. at the Main Stage on the intersection of 4th Street and Bridger Avenue. Special appearances include Margaret Cho, Kathy Griffin and Joan Rivers along with a full cast of local entertainment.

On Saturday, enjoy the festival at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater, just west of Downtown and Fremont Street Experience. Hosted by local news anchor Chris Saldaña, Saturday’s entertainment line-up includes actor/comedian Leslie Jordan (pictured right),  singing duo God-Dess & She, Neon Hitch, Jaymes Vaughan from Rio’s “Chippendales” show, the cast of “Zumanity” and Miss Gay U.S. Icon 2012 winner, Jennifer Warner, to name a few.  The Pride Festival is open to the public from noon – 10 p.m.

On Saturday, Tropicana hotel hosts the Taste of Gay Days event from 6 – 10 p.m. Attendees can sample beers, wines, spirits and food, as well as enjoy music and dancing.


It’s rare that someone makes it to a First Friday and Vegas StrEATS festival (hosted every second Saturday of the month) in one trip. If you’re hanging out in Downtown this weekend, then you’re the lucky one who can catch both.

Downtown’s First Friday festivities begin at The Arts District, located on Charleston Boulevard and Main Street. See local art in various galleries, as well as enjoy other activities. The party continues at the Fremont East District, adjacent to Fremont Street Experience near Neonopolis. Every First Friday, Beauty Bar hosts “The Get Back,” an outdoor dance party with live DJs spinning old-school hip-hop and funk. Other bars in the Fremont East District include Insert Coin(s), The Griffin, Don’t Tell Mama, Vanguard and Downtown Cocktail Room. First Friday’s events at The Arts District are open to all ages. Cost is free to look at art, but fees may apply for specific activities. The bars at the Fremont East District are for party-goers 21 and older (entry fees may apply).

Located in the plaza just outside El Cortez hotel, Vegas StrEATS is a festival featuring local food trucks, artists, musicians and fashion. Food truck options range from sliders and sandwiches to pizza and ethnic treats. Patrons can also enjoy a variety of coffee drinks, smoothies, ice cream and beer. Live music includes everything – like indie rock, hip-hop, dubstep and house music. Stroll through the different booths and see various graffiti art and street wear apparel. This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. Vegas StrEATS starts at 6 p.m. and usually lasts until 2 a.m.


How about a Cap'n Crunch milkshake to go with your burger? (Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Sun.)

Burger fans rejoice! KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers at Harrah’s offers new monthly burger and milkshake combos through the end of the year. Each flavorful burger and shake creation, crafted by chef Kerry Simon, is only available for its designated month. Burgers are $14, shakes are $6 or a combo is $18.

This month, diners can enjoy chef Timothy Davis’ award-winning Angus beef burger with bourbon-caramelized onion, mayonnaise, candied bacon, sharp cheddar, mixed greens and tomato, all served on an onion roll. Accompanying the burger of the month is a strawberry cheesecake milkshake, made with homemade cheesecake ice cream swirled with strawberries and garnished with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.

The upbeat atmosphere at KGB makes for an entertaining evening. Other popular menu items include Kerry Simon’s award-winning sliders featured on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef,” tater tots, cotton candy and KGB’s signature Captain Crunch milkshake.

Here for a long weekend? Fans of Monday Night Football can party at Silverton’s Mi Casa Grill Cantina. On Sept. 10, 17 and 24, the restaurant hosts giveaways and weekly prizes. Food and drinks specials include $2 tacos and quesadillas, $3 Skyy Vodka cocktails and $12 Corona beer buckets. Each week, diners have a chance to enter and win a Man’s Cave (two recliners, a 50-inch plasma TV, Xbox 360, Madden NFL 13 and a Jägermeister bar-top machine) or a Diva’s Den (a custom closet by the Container Store).


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.