Thursday, June 13, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Following last weekend's sweltering temperatures, the days ahead offer a welcome respite from the heat with plenty of sports-centric entertainment options suited for families and fight aficionados alike — not to mention spending some quality time with dad on Father's Day. Here's a look at this weekend's best bets:
Thursday - Saturday: The Harlem Globetrotters Skills Clinics
The world famous Harlem Globetrotters return to Las Vegas for a Summer Skills Clinics at local 24 Fitness locations. Kids aged 6 through 12 can participate in two hour clinics throughout the weekend, where they'll hone their chops firsthand in with Globetrotter stars. All skill and experience levels are welcome. Space in each clinic is limited to ensure a personal coaching experience. Registration is $59 per session and comes with a free ticket to see the Globetrotters live in 2014. Parents can find more information and purchase clinic spots at harlemglobetrotters.com/clinics.
Friday - Sunday: The Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con! This weekend, the South Point hosts three days of guest speakers, exhibitors and comics-centric programming sure to please casual fans and hardcore enthusiasts alike. Among the featured speakers are Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, Greg Capullo, Gerry Duggan and Tony Fleecs, among others. Tickets range from $25 to $150. Children ten and under are free with a paid adult.
Friday - Sunday: "American Idiot" at the Smith Center
Broadway's "American Idiot" wraps up the North American leg of its current national Broadway tour with a slate of performances this weekend at Smith Center's Reynolds Hall. Set to the music of Green Day's multi-platinum album of the same name, "American Idiot" tells the story of three suburban youths who leave to pursue their big city dreams, only to be disillusioned by what they find. Tickets range from $24 to $129. For showtimes and more information, visit the Smith Center website.
Friday: World Series of Fighting 3 at the Joint
Top fighters including headlining welterweight opponents Jon Fitch and Josh Burkman will face off in this loaded world-class mixed martial arts event Friday night at the Joint inside the Hard Rock. The competition gets underway at 5 p.m. and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network. Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased via Ticketmaster or at the Hard Rock Box Office.
Thursday - Sunday: Ringling Bros. "Built to Amaze!" at Thomas & Mack Center
Circus kings Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey present the 143rd edition of "The Greatest Show on Earth." From exotic animals to aerialists to clowns, this traveling circus continues to amaze audiences the world over. Tickets range from $15 to $80. For showtimes and purchasing info, visit the UNLVTickets website.
Saturday: Seth Meyers at the Mirage
Get your "Weekend Update" in person Saturday with a signature night of standup from "Saturday Night Live" head writer Seth Meyers, who performs as part of the Mirage's Aces of Comedy series in the Terry Fator Theater. Meyers takes the stage at 10 p.m. Tickets range from $46 to $66 and can be reserved online through the Mirage website.
Thursday - Sunday: Las Vegas 51s special events at Cashman Field
Come cheer on the 51s this weekend with a special offering at each game. Thursday night kicks off Budweiser Dollar Beer Night, following by a dazzling post-game fireworks show Friday night presented by the Nevada Department of Wildlife. Saturday will feature a Kids Carnival presented by Goodwill of Southern Nevada from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., free with the purchase of a game ticket. On Sunday, come toss the ball around with your old man from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on the field for a pre-game celebration of Father's Day. The first 1,500 fans through the gates for the noon game will receive a barbecue set presented by Findlay Volkswagen and Findlay North Volkswagen.
Saturday - Sunday: Reggae in the Desert Festival at Clark County Amphitheater
Las Vegas' largest reggae festival returns for a 12th year, expanding to a two-day run featuring a lineup of both new and long-revered acts such as Marcia Griffith and Wailing Souls. In addition to music, the festival celebrates Carribean culture with a variety of culinary offerings as well as specialized arts and crafts. Advanced tickets cost $35 for one day or $60 for two; tickets purchased the day-of the festival cost $40.