Thursday, June 7, 2012 | 6 p.m.
Expect a lot of tutus and neon tights in the hotels this weekend as electronic dance music fans swarm Las Vegas for the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. As if that wasn't enough, fight fans will also descend as Manny Pacquaio defends his title against Timothy Bradley. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
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Saturday: B-52s at The Joint
B-52s perform at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The band has been performing together for more than 30 years. Look forward to hits like “Rock Lobster,” “Planet Claire,” “Love Shack” and “Roam.” The show begins at 9 p.m. and tickets are $37.50.
Saturday: Junefest at South Point
Radio station 96.3 KKLZ presents Junefest at the South Point Hotel & Casino. The show features music from the Commodores, Eddie Money, The Romantics, Yellow Brick Road and The Wedge Brothers. Tickets are $25 to $40, and the show starts at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: One Direction at Planet Hollywood
One Direction is a group made up of UK and Irish singers who auditioned for the UK "X Factor" then, at the suggestion of Simon Cowell, joined forces as a group. One Direction has been topping the UK charts with songs like "What Makes You Beautiful," "Gotta Be You" and "One Thing." They’ll perform at the Theater for the Performing Arts at Planet Hollywood. Tickets are $36 to $69. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: Michael Grimm at Ovation
“America's Got Talent” winner Michael Grimm returns to his Las Vegas roots, performing at Ovation at Green Valley Ranch. Tickets are $5, and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Saturday: Fire and Rain Bachelor Auction at Rain Nightclub
The Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation and the University Medical Center Burn Center Wish List will join for their annual Fire and Rain Firefighter Bachelor Auction at Rain Nightclub in the Palms. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation and UMC Burn Center Wish List. Pre-sale tickets are $40 for women and $80 for men, and can be purchased online at burnfoundation.org. Tickets at the door will be $45 for women and $85 for men. The event starts at 6 p.m.
Sunday: Idina Menzel at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Tony Award-winning actress, singer and songwriter Idina Menzel performs at The Smith Center. The star of Broadway's "Wicked" and the original stage production of "Rent" has found a new audience with her performances on the TV show "Glee." Tickets are $42 to $141; the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: Walk Your Dog Day at Springs Preserve
Explore the Springs Preserve's trails and gardens with your canine friends. Gates are open to families and their dogs for Walk Your Dog Day. With more than three miles of trails and eight acres of gardens, there's plenty of space for you and your furry friends to stretch your legs. There will be water stations set up around the property to keep Fido cool. Members enjoy early entry beginning at 8 a.m., and the event officially opens at 10 a.m.
Friday-Sunday: Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
On the heels of a crazy Memorial Day Weekend comes the Electric Daisy Carnival. Hear music from the best electronic dance music DJs from across the world at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The event runs June 8-10, 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. each day. But unless you planned ahead, this best bet is a missed opportunity. The event is sold out.
Saturday: Pacquaio vs. Bradley at MGM Grand
Eight-division world champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquaio and undefeated two-time unified junior welterweight champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley Jr. will go head to head for the world welterweight championship at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Tickets are $150-$1,200; doors open at 3 p.m.