Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 | 7 p.m.
With Halloween behind us, Las Vegas can look forward to a mellower string of events this weekend.
Kick back and enjoy entertainment offerings ranging from dance performances to pop concerts to cooking competitions.
Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Tonight - Sunday: World Food Championships at Fremont Street Experience
Gentlemen, start your grills! Join hundreds of chefs, home cooks and food aficionados at Fremont Street Experience as they compete in categories ranging from bacon fries to chili to sandwiches to barbecue. All competitions are free to attend, although special events like the Ultimate Bacon Experience on Saturday require separate ticket purchases.
Saturday: Selena Gomez at Mandalay Bay
Come and get her — pop starlet Selena Gomez brings her Stars Dance tour to Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday night for an evening of infectious hits from the triple threat “Spring Breakers” star. Emblem3 and Christina Grimmie open. Tickets are $30.50 to $66.50. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Friday: ‘Firebird’ by Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater at Smith Center
Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater takes on the ballet classic with a new interpretation of the storybook tale featuring music by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by LVCD founder and Artistic Director Bernard H. Gaddis. Tickets are $24 to $79. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: Paul Williams at South Point
Singer, songwriter and composer Paul Williams brings his pop-country tunes to South Point Showroom this weekend for two nights of original songs made famous by the likes of Garth Brooks, The Dixie Chicks and Barbra Streisand. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20.
Friday - Saturday: Lewis Black at the Mirage
Rage-filled “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” funnyman Lewis Black stops by Terry Fator Theater at the Mirage this weekend with his Grammy-winning rants on the absurdities of politics, history and everyday life. Tickets to see the “Root of All Evil” standup are $60 to $80. Shows start at 10 p.m.
Sunday: Judy Collins at Smith Center
Eclectic singer-songwriter Judy Collins is at Reynolds Hall this weekend to perform her renditions of traditional and contemporary folk standards culled from her 50-album body of work. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $37 to $99.
Located South of the Strip, South Point is a hot spot frequented by locals. The hotel-casino is decorated in a Pacific Coast feel, with golds, reds and browns, mixing an island feel with the ambiance of Southern California.
Guests rooms feature 42-inch flat screen TVs, iPod docking stations and plush linens. Outside, the property features landscaped gardens, a hospitality to entertain poolside and a sand volleyball court.
When it comes to gaming, the South Point has more than 120,000 square feet of casino games, as well as a separate race books and sports books, a bingo and poker room. South Point also has some family friendly features, like a 64-lane bowling center, an arcade and a 16-screen movie theater.
Dining options range from an upscale meal at Michael's Gourmet to ice cream at Kate's Korner. The 24-hour Coronado Cafe is the perfect spot for a late-night craving, which include six midnight to 6 a.m. "graveyard" specials. Other restaurants include the Big Sur Oyster Bar, Don Vito's, Garden Buffet, Seattle's Best Coffee House and the Del Mar Deli.
One of South Points more unique features is the Equestrian Center and Arena, a first for Vegas. The Equestrian Center holds a variety of events, from college basketball to Championship Bull Riding.