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March 4, 2024

The 10 best things to do in Las Vegas this holiday weekend

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Las Vegas is offering up plenty of entertainment this Memorial Day weekend.

With large crowds and great weather expected in Las Vegas for Memorial Day weekend, along with a local events calendar that’s more than a little daunting, the Las Vegas Sun has pulled together the 10 events locals might actually attend.

Find even more events in our comprehensive Memorial Day guide.

    • Barenaked Ladies

      FRIDAY: Barenaked Ladies at Red Rock Resort

      The Canadian band, whose hits include “It’s All Been Done,” “One Week” and “Pinch Me,” perform at Red Rock Resort's pool. The show starts at 9 p.m. with all tickets $30. This is a 16-and-older show. Click here for more details.

    • Bill Cosby
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      Bill Cosby at Treasure Island

      Although known by most for starring in television programs as varied as the ’60s action show “I Spy,” the ’70s children’s television series “The Electric Company” and “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids,” and the 1980s blockbuster, “The Cosby Show,” Bill Cosby actually got his start as a stand-up comedian. Tickets for the all-ages show at Treasure Island's Mystere Theatre, home to the Cirque du Soleil’s act, are $59 to $79, with the show starting at 8 p.m. Friday. Click here for more details.

    • The Riviera
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      Extreme Midget Wrestling at the Riviera

      All right, we admit this isn’t for everyone but you can’t see this on the weekend calendar and not at least mention it. With names like Lil’ Macho Man, Tiny Terminator and Baby Chucky, who cares what the actual wrestling is like? Tickets to this all-ages event are $35.50 to $79.50, with the matches beginning at 8 p.m. in the Riviera Convention Center. Click here for more information.

    • Matt

      SATURDAY: UFC 130 at MGM Grand (watch parties)

      Although the marquee says the headlining fight for UFC 130 at MGM Grand Garden Arena is the bout between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Matt “The Hammer” Hamill (pictured), most Las Vegans are more interested in the fight between local heavyweights Frank Mir and Roy Nelson. However, unless you want to spend really big bucks (think close to $1,000 a seat) to see UFC 130 in person, you’ll be better off watching the action at local bars and casinos. However, unless you want to spend really big bucks (think close to $1,000 a seat) to see UFC 130 in person, you'll be better off watching the action at the local bars and casinos around town. Click here for full coverage of UFC 130. Click here for a guide to UFC watch parties in Las Vegas.

    • Vanilla Ice

      Vanilla Ice at New York-New York

      Vanilla Ice has thawed out his ’90s lyrics and is back in business for the next generation. He will be performing live Saturday at Rok Vegas at New York-New York in a 21-plus show. If you’ve ever been to one of these shows in a Strip nightclub, you know we could never look you in the eye again if we tried to tell you when the show will start. Typically, these shindigs begin whenever the act is damn good and ready. Click here for more details.

    • Chelsea Handler

      Chelsea Handler at Caesars Palace

      The stand-up comedian, television host and best-selling author will bring her comedy show to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The star of E!’s “Chelsea Lately” has held her own against many male comedians and has proved her staying power. Tickets to the all-ages show (although she cusses like a sailor, so we wouldn’t suggest bringing the little ones) are $49.50 to $99.50. Click here for more details about the show.

    • Ravella

      Family pool party at Ravella

      Pool parties in Las Vegas typically are the sorts of things that saucy reality TV shows are made of. But the Ravella — or as some of us know it, the old Ritz-Carlton — is putting a different spin on the Vegas pool party: one for families. Except that it’s being hosted by a reality-TV star who appears topless in two shows on the Strip. “Absinthe” and “Holly’s World” star Angel Porrino and her son, Roman, will host the swimming soiree at Ravella. No word yet on whether Porrino is wearing a one-piece or a two-piece. For more about the family pool parties at Ravella, click here.

    • Green Valley Ranch

      SUNDAY: Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine at Green Valley Ranch Resort

      America’s loudest lounge singer, Richard Cheese, performs swingin’ Vegas versions of rock, rap and Top 40 hits, “swankifying” contemporary songs into traditional “standards” with his snappy jazz trio, his tiger-striped tuxedo and his enormous microphone. Tickets to this 21-plus show at Ovation at Green Valley Ranch Resort are $35 to $99. Find more details by clicking here.

    • My Chemical Romance
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      My Chemical Romance at Mandalay Bay

      Die-hard fans insist My Chemical Romance is the best live band in the world. We’re not quite willing to go there, but any band that covers Dylan and The Damned commands our attention. The rockers, whose hits include “Helena,” “Welcome to the Black Parade” and “Sing,” are at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. Tickets for the all-ages show are $33.50. Click here for more details.

    • Daniel Tosh
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      Daniel Tosh at Mandalay Bay

      Daniel Tosh is eager to prove he can stand on his own two feet as a comedian, even without the ridiculously hilarious Internet videos he makes fun of on his Comedy Central show, “Tosh.0.” Tickets to his all-ages show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center are $34.49 to $65.99. For more details, click here.

    • ALL WEEKEND: The Love Festival at the Palms

      Okay, we lied. We snuck in an 11th thing to do. The Love Festival at the Palms will bring many of the world's most famous DJs into one place as they spin in nearly every one of the nightclubs and pools at the resort over the three-day weekend. Pick a venue on any day and chances are somebody fantastic will be behind the decks. For a glimpse at what's going on at the Palms, click here.

    — Compiled by Rob Curley and Allison Duck

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