Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Get out and celebrate the last days of summer with the locals this Labor Day Weekend, with events ranging from a celebration of a beloved Strip performer to a Hawaiian-themed fun run to an up-close-and-personal encounter with Las Vegas nightlife (and we don’t mean the kind inside a nightclub).
Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Friday - Sunday: The Avett Brothers at Brooklyn Bowl
Grammy-nominated quartet The Avett Brothers hit Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq Promenade for a three-night stand featuring their mesmerizing distillation of bluegrass, indie folk and pop. The North Carolina group, who have performed with the likes of Bob Dylan, bring captivating harmonies and raw energy to the stage for a live show not to be missed. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $60.
Friday - Sunday: Vegas Night Life Animal Show at Springs Preserve
Geckos and centipedes aren’t exactly what come to mind when you think of Las Vegas nightlife, but these nocturnal critters are more at home under the desert sky than any clubgoer. Come get to know the Mojave Desert’s nocturnal creatures at this interactive show that ends its summer run Monday. Shows are twice daily at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Attendance is free with general park admission.
Sunday: Keith Urban at the Cosmopolitan
Country king Keith Urban brings his pop-inflected hits to the Chelsea stage Sunday night, playing tracks off last year’s “Fuse” in addition to hits like “Somebody Like You” and “You’ll Think of Me.” Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge open. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $75.
Saturday - Sunday: Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West at Brenden Theaters at the Palms
Local filmmakers Jerry and Mike Thompson bring Planet Hollywood headliner Gregory Popovich and his animal performers to the big screen in this quirky family-friendly comedy, which celebrates its local premiere this weekend. One dollar from every ticket sold will go to the Animal Foundation. Screenings are at 5 p.m. Tickets are $7 to $10.
Sunday: Aloha Hula Fun Run and Festival at the Village at Lake Las Vegas
What’s the best way to end a 3K fun run? In a 150-foot Slip-N-Slide, of course! Come get “lei’d” this weekend at this fundraiser and celebration of Pacific Islander culture benefiting local nonprofit Fighting United. Look forward to Polynesian music, hula dancing, a fire knife show and plenty of tasty food. The event is 4 to 10 p.m. Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger.
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.