Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Fall is finally here, but it’s still far from sweater weather in Las Vegas. Get out and enjoy the sunshine with a variety of concerts, festivals and other events across town.
Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Tonight - Sunday: 42nd Annual Las Vegas Greek Food Festival at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
The Greek word “kefi” means passion, enthusiasm and high spirits, and that’s what you’ll get at the Greek Food Festival. One of the valley’s longest-running cultural gatherings, it brings the sounds, sights and flavors of Greece to Las Vegas. This year’s fest includes folk dancing, traditional music, shopping, raffles, church tours, a kids area and, of course, authentic Greek cuisine. You might even see some plates get smashed. Opa! Tickets are $6 for a single day and $10 for a four-day pass. Event times vary; visit LasVegasGreekFestival.com for more information.
Friday: Katy Perry at MGM Grand Garden Arena
Come for the hits, stay for the spectacle: Katy Perry brings her Prismatic World Tour to Las Vegas this weekend packed with tunes from her latest album “Dark Horse,” over-the-top set pieces and more costume changes than you can shake a stick at, music fans. Tickets are $30 to $154. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: Spellbound at the Smith Center
Beloved Las Vegas vocalist Kristen Hertzenberg — formerly of “Phantom — the Las Vegas Spectacular” at the Venetian — returns for a night not to be missed at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center with an eight-piece band in tow. The evening will feature haunting, soulful love songs than run the gamut from blues to Broadway. Tickets are $29 to $45. Shows are at 5 and 8 p.m.
Saturday: This One’s For the Boys charity run at UNLV
Get in some cardio for a cause this weekend with this 5k run/walk to shed light on the more than 230,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. Proceeds from the event will go to provide economic assistance for those living with it. Participation is $25 to $30. Registration opens at 8:15 a.m. at UNLV’s Myron Partridge Track Stadium.
Saturday: Asian Heritage Celebration at Springs Preserve
Previously known as the Asian Harvest Moon Festival for the autumnal equinox observed in China and Vietnam, this annual event has expanded to represent all East Asian heritage. The festival will feature Japanese taiko drumming, Chinese lion dances, a children’s lantern parade, karaoke and plenty of tasty traditional foods. The event is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children.
MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.