Thursday, June 18, 2015 | 6 p.m.
It's that time of year again — the Electric Daisy Carnival returns for a fifth year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. But if the neon revelry isn't your cup of tea, there are still plenty of other events in town to make your weekend memorable — no raving required.
Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Friday-Sunday: Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Get out your glowsticks: Electric Daisy Carnival is back for a fifth year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Nearly 200 artists will perform at the three-night festival, which is expected to welcome about 140,000 attendees each evening. GA tickets are sold out, although VIP tickets are still available, and many GA passes are still available for purchase through second-party vendors. If you can’t make it to the Speedway, there are dozens of spillover events at venues across the Strip as part of promoter Insomniac’s EDC Week lineup.
Friday-Sunday: The Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con! This weekend, South Point hosts three days of guest speakers, exhibitors and comics-centric programming sure to please casual fans and hardcore enthusiasts alike. Among the featured speakers are superstar comics artists Steve McNiven, Rob Liefeld and George Perez, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” co-creator Kevin Eastman, genre TV favorite John Barrowman (“Doctor Who,” “Arrow”) and many more. Tickets are $25 to $60.
Saturday: Django Vegas! at Historic Fifth Street School Arts Center
It might not involve DJs, but Django Vegas! has become one of the city’s most popular music festivals, drawing an international crowd and regularly selling out. This year’s celebration of Jean “Django” Reinhardt and other gypsy jazz acts features New Hot Club of America, International String Trio and our own Hot Club of Las Vegas, among others. The event starts at 6 p.m. after a 5 p.m. cocktail hour. Tickets are $15.
Friday: Open Container beer tasting at Container Park
Here’s one way to beat the heat: Local beer event crew Motley Brews takes over Downtown Container Park for an evening of seasonal sipping from local and regional breweries. The event, 7 to 9:30 p.m., features more than 20 beers from the likes of Green Flash, Ballast Point, Tenaya Creek and more and also includes a screening of “Strange Brew.” Tickets are $25.
Saturday: Taste and Learn at Ferraro’s
Few local eateries do Italian quite like Ferraro’s, which is why wine lovers won’t want to miss this sampling event featuring five wines from the revered vineyards of Piedmont and Tuscany. To top it off, the fine vinos come paired with small plates of Ferraro’s delectable cuisine — all for a cool $50. The event is 4 to 6 p.m. Call (702) 364-5300 for reservations.
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.