Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Celebrate autumn this weekend with a variety of festivals and family-friendly cultural events throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
From ice hockey to Hungarian folk dancing, here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Tonight: Hungarian State Folk Ensemble at UNLV
The world-renowned folk dance ensemble returns to Las Vegas for an evening titled “Gypsy Romance” at Artemus W. Ham Hall. The performance celebrates Hungarian culture with a variety of traditional Hungarian folk dances in authentic costumes accompanied by a folk orchestra. The show is from 8-10 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $75.
Friday-Saturday: Frozen Fury XV at MGM Grand
Las Vegas gets a hockey team to call its own, if only for a weekend, as the L.A. Kings are at MGM Grand Garden Arena to play a pair of exhibitions games. The 2012 Stanley Cup champions face off against the New York Rangers on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $36 to $324.
Friday-Saturday: Craig Ferguson at the Venetian
Late night’s funnyman stops by the Sands Showroom in the Venetian for two nights of standup this weekend. The Scottish-American comedian is best known for hosting CBS’ “The Late Show With Craig Ferguson” and as co-star of “The Drew Carey Show.” Shows start at 10 p.m. Tickets are $76.30 to $96.30.
Friday-Sunday: Las Vegas Greek Food Festival Fall
Sink your teeth into some fresh dolmades and spanakopita at the annual celebration of Greek fare at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church. In addition to cuisine, entertainment will be on hand, including traditional folk dancing and music. Entry is $6. The festival is from 3-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-10 p.m. Sunday.
Saturday: Oktoberfest keg tappings at Hofbrauhaus with ‘BeatleShow!’
Celebrate Oktoberfest at Hofbrauhaus with a keg tapping of their signature seasonal brew hosted by the cast of Saxe Theater’s “BeatleShow!,” who will perform an extended set of Fab Four classics. The festivities get underway following the keg tap at 7 p.m. Entry is free.
Saturday-Sunday: Volunteer at Huntridge Theater
Help downtown’s historic Huntridge Theater take its first steps toward refurbishment by joining a group of volunteers this weekend to help apply its first coat of new paint. The event is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days and also includes a farmers market, food trucks and entertainment in the Huntridge parking lot to help celebrate the occasion.
Sunday: Carol Burnett at the Smith Center
Beloved comedienne, actress and author Carol Burnett stops by the Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall on Sunday for an interactive evening with fans. Attendees are invited to bring questions for a night of laughs and spontaneity beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39 to $129.
In the spirit of Venice, The Venetian is a little piece of romantic Italy right here in Las Vegas. The Venetian is an "all-suite" hotel, with rooms accented with plush linens and Italian marble. The 4,027 suites are divided into two towers: The 36-story Venetian Tower that offers guests a taste of luxurious Las Vegas and the Venezia suites, which guarantee 12 floors of high-end elegance. The top five floors are the hotel's highest level of luxury with its private access, concierge lounge, upgraded features and even a dedicated staff.
The flagship of Venetian nightlife is TAO, an ultra-hip nightclub located inside of TAO Asian Bistro. V Bar is The Venetian's super smooth ultra lounge, made by the owners of New York City's club Lotus and Los Angeles' super swank Sunset Room.
The Venetian features 19 restaurants including Thomas Keller's award-winning French restaurant Bouchon, Mario Batali's B&B Ristorante, Aquaknox for fresh seafood and the 42,000 square foot TAO Asian Bistro. There's also the food court inside the Canal Shoppes for those looking for a quick bite.
Guests can float along The Grand Canal Shops in an authentic Italian gondola ride and pass stores like Burberry and Kenneth Cole along the way. And if you haven't caught a real celeb, on the street in Vegas, you can head over to Madame Tussauds to check out a wax version.