Fill your stein, belly at Oktoberfest celebrations

Two Oktoberfest celebrations are scheduled for downtown Las Vegas on Saturday.

The first is from 2 to 9 p.m. at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. Free and open to the public, it will include Alpine music, German folk dancing and yodeling. Face-painting, a magician and a balloon artist will be among the attractions in the kids’ activity area, and food and drink will be available for purchase. Limited free parking is available at the site; parking will be available nearby for $3 per day. For details, visit or or call 702-229-3515 or 702-649-8503.

A more adult celebration will begin at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. for VIP) at Neonopolis on the Fremont Street Experience. The evening will include beer sampling, a stein-holding contest and music. Tickets are $35 (a souvenir glass stein and one fill) or $100 for VIP (a stein and unlimited refills) and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Parkinson Disease Association. For tickets, go to …

The Cowboy BBQ will be smokin’ Friday through Sunday at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water St. in Henderson. It will encompass a vast variety of barbecue and other foods, live music, carnival rides, art and more from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, with food ranging from about $2-$5; a VIP Rib Village ticket for unlimited food and drink is $75 for adults, $20 for ages 12-16 and $10 for 11 and younger. For tickets and more information, go to …

Tacos &Tequila at the Luxor, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. South, will celebrate National Taco Day today with the $17 Mucho Macho Taco Platter, five tacos for the price of three. …

Cocktails &Canvas, a wine and food and collaborative art event for the benefit of New Vista, begins at 5 p.m. Saturday at the JW Marriott and Rampart Casino, 221 N. Rampart Blvd. Food from a number of local restaurants will be served along with specialty cocktails and wine. Art will be created throughout the evening and participants will be able to bid on the works. Tickets, which are $75 per person, are available at or 702-457-4677, ext. 133.

Send information to Heidi Knapp Rinella, P.O. Box 70, Las Vegas, NV 89125. You also can send faxes to 702-383-4676 or email her at

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