Vegas Weekender: Vegas offers a weekend for everyone filled with magic, bachelorette events, car shows and bird-watching

If you want to enjoy a random weekend in Vegas, now would be the perfect time. This weekend, not only can you watch legendary musicians, magicians and comedians take the stage, but you can also be a part of the world’s largest bachelorette toast, see the car of your dreams or come face-to-face with exotic birds from all over the world.  


Master magician David Copperfield  (pictured right) returns to the MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre with his stage production “An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion,” Sept. 20 – Oct. 21. Shows are at 7 and 9:30 p.m., with 4 p.m. matinees offered on Saturdays only.

Stone Temple Pilots celebrates their 20th anniversary since the release of their debut album, “Core,” at the Palms on Thursday, Sept. 20. Show begins at 8 p.m.

Top-selling duo Daryl Hall & John Oates sing their greatest hits at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel on Thursday, Sept. 20. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Fans of the 1980s can enjoy “LegWarmers – An ’80s Musical” at V Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’s Miracle Mile Shops. Debuting Sept. 20, “LegWarmers” is jam-packed with ’80s hits, from one-hit wonders and new wave sensations to rock classics and pop masterpieces.

Rap artist 2 Chainz (with Cap1) takes the stage at the House of Blues on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m.

See Robert Randolph and the Family Band on Thursday, Sept. 20 at Vinyl inside the Hard Rock Hotel. Also taking the stage at Vinyl this weekend is the hip-hop group Flobots. Flobots perform Saturday, Sept. 22 at 8:30 p.m.

Funny duo Kevin James and Ray Romano bring the laughs to The Mirage, Sept. 21 – 22. Show starts at 10 p.m. nightly.

The comedy continues with David Spade at the Venetian, Sept. 21 – 22. Show starts at 9 p.m.

Veteran rocker Joe Walsh takes the stage at the Palms, Saturday, Sept. 22. Show time is 8 p.m.

Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio presents a two-day music event, marking one of the biggest live concert festivals in radio history. This year’s lineup includes Taylor Swift, Aerosmith, Rihanna, Usher, Bon Jovi, Lil Wayne, Green Day, Swedish House Mafia, No Doubt, Brad Paisley, Pitbull, deadmau5, Miranda Lambert, Enrique Iglesias, Linkin Park, Jason Aldean, Pink, Mary J. Blige and Calvin Harris, among others. Show begins at 7:30 nightly, Sept. 21-22.

Rihanna is one of the superstars performing at this year's iHeartRadio concert event at MGM Grand (photo from People online).

Barrett Jackson’s fifth annual Las Vegas Collector Car Auction takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Sept. 20-22. This three-day event features an assortment of customs, classics, exotics, hot rods, Resto Mods and original collector vehicles available for purchase. This event became one of the premier destinations in Las Vegas for car enthusiasts. Doors open at 8 a.m.

If you want an early start to a pool party, enjoy Rehab Sundays at the Hard Rock Hotel with special guests Paul Oakenfold, Eric D-Lux  and DJ Wellman on Sept. 23.

Tropicana showcases “The Wicked Rocky Horror Show,” a concert performance of Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show” with the theme of the Broadway hit, “Wicked.” Playing Monday, Sept. 24, the show begins at 7:30 p.m.


From Sept. 20 – 23, Tao Nightclub and Tao Beach in the Venetian and Lavo Nightclub at the Palazzo attempt to host the world’s largest bachelorette party weekend. Mayor Carolyn Goodman is proclaiming Sept. 21 as Vegas Bachelorette Day.

Bachelorettes have a chance to score thousands of dollars in prizes and giveaways. Each bride-to-be receives a raffle ticket for a chance to win a honeymoon getaway. Other prizes include lingerie, shoes, jewelry and beauty products. All attendees enjoy complimentary spa services, champagne, a performance by Chippendales, as well as free pole dancing classes from Stripper 101. Each girl participating in the weekend receives VIP bags from The Knot, Yandy, Chinese Laundry, Fashion Show mall and more. The weekend ends with an attempt to break the world record for the “Longest Linked Toast.”

For a schedule of all the events,  check out our blog here.


In celebration of football season, Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer offers “Bones and Beers” specials every Thursday through Monday. Located at Excalibur, guests can enjoy these discounts now through the end of football season. Specials include $5 for Patron tequila shots, $15 for beer pitchers, $22 for chicken wings and a pitcher of beer or $30 for ribs and a pitcher of beer.

Rhumbar at The Mirage also hosts specials Thursday through Monday. Football fanatics can enjoy $6 Coors Light and Bloody Marys, as well as a bucket of Coors Light (with a commemorative Coors Light sack-pack) for $25.

Located one block west of the Palms hotel, Marbella features authentic Spanish, South American and Mediterranean tapas and small plates, along with specialty cocktails, handcrafted sangria and decadent desserts. The all-new happy hour features $3 to $5 drink specials and food specials under $5. These include carne asada taquitos ($3), hummus and pita chips ($4) and empanadas with chorizo ($5), to name a few. Sangria and beer are $4 each, and select martinis are $5. Happy hour specials are from 5 – 7 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday. Night owls can enjoy late-night happy hour specials Tuesday – Thursday and Sunday, midnight – 2 a.m. Marbella also features Turntables & Tapas Tuesdays, Mama Rumba Tapas & Latin Dancing on Friday and late- night entertainment on Saturdays.


If you’re looking to while away time in the afternoon, spend the day seeing rare birds at the Spring Preserve’s  “Wings over the Springs.” Available now through Feb. 24, 2013, check out a variety of birds including the Eurasian eagle owl, African crow raven, African hawk eagle, red-necked falcon and Barbary Saker falcon, to name a few. New to the show are the Harris hawk, yellow vulture, common buzzard and yellow-billed black kites. This exhibit is free with paid admission. For $10, guests can experience a backstage pass, which allows direct contact and interaction with the birds after the show.


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.