Vegas Weekender: Vegas still full of excitement after summer

Summer officially came to end earlier this week and with that means the three-day weekends grind to a halt for awhile and temperatures begin to drop off. But while that may affect people in other parts of the country, it does little to deter the excitement in Vegas.


Cher returns to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace after a brief hiatus. The celebrated singer will take fans through her hits spanning four decades in a 90-minute show that features choreographed routines and plenty of special effects. Show times are Saturday – Sunday and Tuesday – Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $117.

Vegas the Show

VEGAS! The Show

Also returning to the stage is Barry Manilow, who brings back his songs that make the whole world sing. The former jingle writer and multi-platinum recording artist brings his show to Paris Las Vegas Friday – Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $95.

Comedic mainstay Joan Rivers takes the stage at the Venetian where she will make six appearances over the next two weekends, beginning Thursday at 9 p.m. Her first stint ends Saturday and she returns Sept. 30 – Oct. 2. Tickets begin at $75.75.

Controversial comedian Bill Maher brings his political banter to the Orleans on Saturday and Sunday night at 8 p.m. Maher currently hosts HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” and is ranked 38th among Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. Tickets start at $60.50.

For even more laughs, head to the Mirage to see actor and comedian Jim Gaffigan. Show time is 10 p.m. Sept. 24 – 25 and tickets are priced from $72.40.

Hip-hop enthusiasts can catch Big Boi, member of the legendary group OutKast, at the Palms on Friday at 10 p.m. Before his show at the Palms Pool and Bungalows you can catch the last Ditch Fridays party of the season. Tickets start at $40.15.

Train, known for hits like “Hey, Soul Sister,” “Drops of Jupiter” and “Calling All Angels” will rock the pool area at Red Rock Resort Casino and Spa on Friday at 9 p.m. Tickets are $49 and up.

Chart-topping country singer John Michael Montgomery comes to Buffalo Bill’s in Primm on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $29.20 and up.

Alternative rockers Pixies will play at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Saturday at 8 p.m. Their 11-city tour will extend the 20th anniversary celebration of the release of the band’s classic 1989 album, “Doolittle.” Tickets are priced from $33.50.

Mandalay Bay throws guests back into the ’80s and ’90s with British reggae band UB40 on the stage at Mandalay Beach on Friday. Tickets are $42.50. Third Eye Blind steps on the stage Saturday at 7 p.m. as part of the Fifth annual Wine Amplified Festival where there will be more than 150 wines available for tasting. Tickets are $65.


If you’re looking for a little history on your trip to Vegas, there are plenty of places to see. There is downtown Las Vegas where everything started, a handful of museums and of course countless tribute shows. But there is only place in town where you can see nearly all of Vegas’ history in one place: “VEGAS! The Show.” This production show takes place inside the Saxe Theatre at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. With song and dance, this new show brings life back to the neon lights of the past and provides new interpretations of iconic Vegas performers like the Rat Pack, Elvis and Elton John.

Vegas the Show

VEGAS! The Show

“VEGAS! The Show” takes you through the history of Las Vegas decade by decade beginning in the 1950s with a classic showgirl act. The show then weaves its way through the 1960s with the Rat Pack.
Guests will enjoy a classic Vegas production show where the excitement is based on the talent of the performers, not any special effects or props. While it is a tribute show of sorts, don’t expect to see everyone look just like the performer they are emulating. After all, the same performer plays both Sammy Davis Jr. and Sonny Bono.

But by the time Elton John rolls onto the stage playing “Rocket Man,” while you see clips of old Vegas and the original casinos being imploded, you’ll long for the days of the Copa Room too.

“VEGAS! The Show” runs twice nightly Friday – Wednesday with shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. General admission tickets start at $87.99 and VIP seating with dinner included at one of four restaurants inside the Miracle Mile Shops are $129.99.


While you can always find a party in Vegas, this weekend begins the countdown for Las Vegas pool clubs. Aside from Ditch Fridays shutting down for the year, Encore Beach Club at Encore Resort and Casino will close down for the season on Sunday. VIP admission starts at $44.

Dania Ramirez, who plays Alex on HBO’s “Entourage,” hosts Saturday at Wet Republic at MGM Grand.