Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 6 p.m.
The sun is out, and festival season is upon us. Las Vegas will host two very different gatherings this weekend — one celebrating beer, the other pirates — among a clutch of other hot ticket events.
Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Saturday: Great Las Vegas Festival of Beer at Fremont East Entertainment District
Motley Brews’ annual celebration of craft brews returns for a fourth year. This weekend’s fest for the first time at downtown’s Fremont East features 14 Nevada craft breweries and more than 80 guest breweries, Brew Logic demonstrations and tastings, the Gastropub culinary experience, The Human Arcade at Fremont Country Club and local bands Rusty Maples and Crash Kings. The event is 4 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $50 for early entry.
Saturday: Eric Church at the Cosmopolitan
Country king Eric Church brings his “Blood, Sweat and Beers” tour to the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan on Saturday, playing songs off his latest record “The Outsiders,” as well as hits like “How Bout You” and “Guys Like Me.” The show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $75.
Sunday: Best in Show at Orleans Arena
The Animal Foundation’s 11th annual Best in Show at Orleans Arena features 50 canines, with Quad headliner Jeff Civillico as MC of the parade of pups that ends with a nearly 100 percent adoption rate.
Tonight - Saturday: ‘Vagina Monologues’ at Inspire Theater
Downtown’s Inspire Theater takes on Eve Ensler’s off-Broadway smash celebrating female strength and sexuality with a run this weekend benefiting Shade Tree. Saturday’s performance will conclude with a black-and-white gala. Tonight and Friday’s shows start at 7:30 with tickets $10 to $15. Saturday’s performance begins at 6 p.m. and is $25 to $35.
Friday - Sunday: Pirate Fest LV at Lorenzi Park
Grab your eye patch and peg leg — Las Vegas’ annual Pirate Fest is back! The swashbuckling gathering also celebrates Steam Punk and fairies, so feel free to dress accordingly. The event also features a cardboard ship regatta, games, entertainment, a beer garden and more. Pirate Fest runs from noon to 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 to $12 for a single day and $15 to $20 for the weekend.
Sunday: Prime Rib Challenge at Jerry’s Nugget Casino
Celebrate National Prime Rib Day with savory gusto at Jerry’s Famous Coffee Shop, which will hold its Prime Rib Eating Challenge all day long. Finish a 48-ounce slab with trimmings, plus a banana split, in 45 minutes, and the chow is on the house. (The meal otherwise costs $41.89.)
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.