10 best things to do in Las Vegas this weekend — Mar. 2-4

Get a bite

Start your weekend off right with an indulgent breakfast. Cinnamon’s serves Hawaiian favorites including signature pistachio cream pancakes, guava chiffon pancakes, various loco mocos and eggs with kalua pig. See four more of Southern Nevada’s best breakfast spots.

Grab a drink

Friday is National Blackjack Day because it’s 3/2, which is what you traditionally get paid for drawing 21 on your first two cards. To celebrate, Rampart Casino has created a special Blackjack Cocktail, which it’s offering for $3.20 that day. See how to make it yourself.

Rock out

Demi Lovato’s big-voiced pop is largely posited on perseverance and romance nowadays — the former often a prerequisite for the latter — her songbook as mood-enhancing as an open bar.

But Lovato is such a good person that she makes Gandhi look like a kitten puncher by comparison. See her along with DJ Khaled at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena. See three reasons why she’s a better person than the rest of us.

See a show

Earl Turner has been playing Las Vegas for almost 30 years — as well as venues on land and at sea all over the world — and working in lounges, headlining in showrooms and performing everywhere in between. In doing so, he became that now-rarity: The all-around classic and classy entertainer who sings, dances and tells a few jokes and a story or two. Turner is bringing his lifetime of show business expertise to his latest gig, “Soundtrack: Your Songs, Our Stories, The Show,” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Westgate. Read more about Earl Turner’s performance.


Three NASCAR races will take place beginning Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Tickets for NASCAR weekend are available at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway website (lvms.com/tickets), which partners with Ticketmaster. See more sports events happening in Las Vegas this weekend.

Golden Knights

The Golden Knights will host the Ottawa Senators at 7 p.m. Friday at T-Mobile Arena. Lower level tickets for the Golden Knights’ game against Ottawa start at $200 and are available through the team’s website. See more sports events happening in Las Vegas this weekend.

First Friday

From global warming to safe spaces, contemporary life offers plenty of issues to ponder. Which explains First Friday’s theme for March: “Think.”

The downtown arts district event, which runs from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, presents a variety of programs designed to spark ideas and dialogue. See the full lineup for March’s First Friday festival.

Queen Esther

Last year was a tough one financially for The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada.

But things are looking up in 2018, and what better way to celebrate than to throw a party? On Saturday, The Center will host the inaugural Queen Esther’s Ball in celebration of Purim, the Jewish festival, which this year runs from Feb. 28 to March 1. Proceeds from the event will go to The Center. Find out more about The Center and Queen Esther’s Ball.

Rugby in Las Vegas

USA Rugby Sevens is the largest rugby competition in North America. On Friday, the three-day USA Sevens Rugby tournament will begin at 3 p.m. at Sam Boyd Stadium. See more sports events happening in Las Vegas this weekend.

One Night for One Drop

The music and life of singer Jewel inspire the sixth annual “One Night for One Drop” at Mandalay Bay. The benefit show, featuring Cirque du Soleil performers, raises funds for safe water access programs around the world. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Las Vegas community. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Michael Jackson One Theatre. Tickets are $125 to $325. VIP tickets start at $1,500 and include an after-party with food and drinks. For details, visit onenight.onedrop.org. See more about “One Night for One Drop.”

Artists from Cirque du Soleil contribute art to Las Vegas art exhibit
Artists from Cirque du Soleil contribute art to Las Vegas gallery exhibit
Red Plate on the Las Vegas Strip serves a cocktail made with blooming jasmine tea
Red Plate on the Las Vegas Strip serves a cocktail made with jasmine tea
Benny the Ice Skating Dog
Benny is a Las Vegas Labrador who was rescued by former pro skater Cheryl Del Sanyo, and trained to ice skate. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Nevada State Museum
The Nevada State Museum of Las Vegas, located at the Springs Preserve, covers all eras of the state, from prehistoric to today.
Throw a better dinner party
Cash appears at Baseball Winter Meetings
Lights FC mascot Cash plays the electronic drums at the EZ Inflatables’ booth on Tuesday at the Baseball Winter Meetings trade show at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
5 albums to soundtrack your holiday gatherings in style
1. Various Artists, “Holidays Rule," with Rufus Wainwright, The Shins, Calexico and more. 2. Various Artists, “We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year," with Lemmy Kilmister, Alice Cooper, Chuck Billy and others. 3. Various Artists, “Christmas on Death Row," featuring Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg to name but a few. 4. Bright Eyes, “A Christmas Album.” 5. Various Artists, "The Motown Christmas Album." (Jason Bracelin/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Inside the kitchen at Springs Preserve
The staff of Divine Events do party preparation in the kitchen at Divine Cafe at Springs Preserve. With nine parties the following day, this is a particularly busy time for the crew. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
WinterFest in Henderson.
Miss Rodeo America Fashion Show
The 28 women contestants of Miss Rodeo America compete in a fashion show at the Tropicana on Dec. 7, 2018.
Tournament Of Kings Holiday Show
Wizards and warriors are ready for the holidays at Excalibur's Tournament of Kings Holiday Dinner Show.
Take a dive with the Silverton mermaids
A visit to the Silverton Casino Hotel is not complete without taking in the popular, and very unique, mermaid show.
Cowboys and western aficionados can buy virtually anything at Cowboy Christmas
Vegas Golden Knights Christmas Display
In the Las Vegas Valley, the chances of getting a white Christmas are slim. But this year, you can have a “Knight” Christmas. A Henderson resident has a Christmas lights display that is synchronized to the entrance music for the Golden Knights. GG Misa’s Knights light show is played every 30 minutes from 5 to 10 nightly. His light show consists of two songs: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and the entrance music, “Le Castle Vania,” from the movie “John Wick.” The display is located at 730 Bollons Island St. (Richard Brian/Las Vegas Reivew-Journal)
Holiday Hooch At El Cortez is Just in Time For Repeal Day And Christmas
Holiday Hooch At El Cortez Is Just In Time For Repeal Day And Christmas. Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal
TV's LGBT superheroes
Green Valley Ranch's Winter's Village
The Mob Museum
Best Friend Menu Reveal Wednesday
Chef Roy Choi tells us what to expect from Wednesday’s Facebook Live Menu Reveal for his new Park MGM restaurant Best Friend. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Quick Chat With Criss Angel
James D. Gish and Susan Anton rehearse
Susan Anton will be special guest at James D. Gish’s holiday concerts Dec. 7 at Summerlin Library and Dec. 9 at Clark County Library. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Bellagio Winter Wonderland
"Majestic Holiday Magic" at the Bellagio Conservatory.
Underwater Santa At The Silverton
Santa takes a dive Sunday, December 2, at the Silverton Casino Hotel. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Cowabunga Bay Christmas Town
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Las Vegas Natural History Museum, which opened in 1991, has exhibits of mechanical dinosaurs and taxidermied animals, along with live snakes, fish and sharks. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Magical Forest Lights
Cirque Du Soleil Performers Team Up For New Show "Kinekt"
Through dance, acrobatics and aerial arts, “Kinekt” tells a story all too familiar to modern families: how to maintain a human connection in the digital age. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Ethel M Holiday Cactus Garden
The Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas
The Pinball Hall of Fame was created by Tim Arnold and opened in 2006. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas
Trainer Lou “Mack” McCammon guides several rescue dogs through a series of tricks and jumps two shows a day weekends through December at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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