10 best things to do in Las Vegas this weekend — Sep. 8-10

Updated September 8, 2017 - 4:55 pm

Have a virtual weekend in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas’ first “free roam” virtual reality lounge opens today. Level Up at MGM Grand allows users to roam a 2,000-square-foot room while exploring a new world through VR goggles.

The creator of the world’s biggest song hits Las Vegas Friday night. Hear Luis Fonsi perform “Despacito” live.

The highly anticipated horror movie “IT” premieres this weekend, and it’s guaranteed to thrill.

Here are your top picks for what to see, eat and do this weekend in Las Vegas.

Grab a bite

If this isn’t pineapple paradise, we don’t know what is: A pineapple half is layered with coconut ice cream, passion fruit coulis and pineapple chunks roasted with rum and vanilla bean, then topped with piped pineapple sorbet and fresh fruit. The Pineapple Paradise is served at Jardin at Wynn Las Vegas, where it’s $19. See more about the pineapple paradise here.

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Pineapple Paradise is served at Jardin at Wynn Las Vegas. Wynn Las Vegas

Get a drink

It’s a bold move to spice up the sharp bite of tequila with a raw in-your-face, spice-like chili flakes. But a touch of sugar and the coolness of cucumbers temper the aggression of those two main flavors just enough to make the Angry Cucumber at 107 Skylounge at the Stratosphere an enjoyable end-of-summer treat. Learn how to make it yourself here.

Rock out

It’s inescapable, like death, but with dancing hair in place of toe tags.

“Despacito.”

You’ve most likely heard it even if you don’t know it. The reggaeton-pop hybrid by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi has, in the span of eight months, become the biggest song of all time.

Released in January, “Despacito” has topped the charts in 39 countries, from Luxembourg to Lebanon, Portugal to Paraguay. It took but six months for it to become the most streamed song ever at 4.6 billion hits and counting.

Hear Luis Fonsi perform “Despacito” live at 8 p.m. on Friday at The Palms. Read more about the show here.

See a show

Nineteen years ago, two young men were murdered, their lives lost to the hate they combated.

The killings sent shock waves throughout the Vegas music scene, where Lin “Spit” Newborn, who fronted the band Life of Lies, and Daniel Shersty were fixtures.

Nearly two decades later, the Newborn Peace Festival was born.

Taking place Friday and Saturday at Backstage Bar & Billiards, the fest will pair a diverse array of Vegas bands, including punk troupe Wolfhounds, hard rockers diM, soulful duo Pure Joy People and numerous others, with poets and speakers like Danielle Ford. All proceeds from the fest will be donated to The Just One Project and the Human Rights Campaign. Read more about the Newborn Peace Festival here.

Catch a movie

Director Andy Muschietti’s (“Mama”) adaptation of the first half of Stephen King’s classic novel is most obviously influenced by “Stand By Me,” another King adaptation, and “Stranger Things.”

Much like in “Stand By Me,” there’s some wickedly funny humor that only boys full of false bravado can provide. And, just like in “Stranger Things,” there’s a genuine joy in seeing a posse of bicycle-riding kids charging in to fight a monster.

“IT” mostly eschews jump scares in favor of scenes that will wake you up in the middle of the night screaming a couple of weeks later. And, unlike traditional horror movies, its characters aren’t making horrible decisions for no good reason. They’re making horrible decisions for the greater good.

Read the full review of “IT” here.

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Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise in horror thriller “IT,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Brooke Palmer

Blast the undead

Blasting undead intruders is strangely cathartic. Now that catharsis has a new outpost at the MGM Grand’s Level Up lounge beginning Friday, as the resort unveils its new — and Vegas’ first — “free roam” virtual reality arena, featuring “Zombie Survival” and two other scenarios.

You’re free to roam around the 2,000-square-foot room — an obstacle-free space, void except for the grid-patterned floor and motion-tracking cameras while equipped with a wearable backpack computer, headphones and goggles.

Experience the virtual reality lounge daily from 10 a.m. to midnight. See more about the experience here.

World’s largest cucumber slicer

What’s being billed as the world’s largest and utterly inefficient cucumber slicer is touring Las Vegas this weekend. The Rube Goldberg-style contraption — known as the Grand Garnisher — is brought to you by Hendrick’s Gin. It takes up an entire truck and is powered by a man on a penny farthing big-wheel style bicycle. See it from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at Park on Fremont. See more downtown events here.

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Utterly inefficient but completely cool garnishing tool. Hendrick’s Gin

Karaoke

Itching to unleash your inner showstopper but too shy to try? Among nearly 100 showcases around town, Dino’s is a longtime locale, due largely to its ebullient karaoke impresario, Danny G. From 10 p.m. until the pre-dawn hours, Vegas’ cuddliest rock ‘n’ roll teddy bear presides over karaoke nights. Up against his simpatico gaze, warm praise and soft shoulder strokes, those stage nerves are toast. Read more about karaoke with Danny G here.

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Karaoke disc jockey Danny G sings as he hosts karaoke night at Dino’s Lounge in downtown Las Vegas. Richard Brian Las Vegas Review-Journal

Las Vegas Philharmonic season opener

Mykola Suk’s a pianist, not a psychologist.

So he can’t really explain why he feels “extra psychological pressure to perform at home.”

That won’t stop him from making his Smith Center debut Saturday, when he performs Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Las Vegas Philharmonic as part of the orchestra’s season opener in Reynolds Hall.

During the concert, Suk will play alongside many friends and colleagues in the Philharmonic — some of whom are colleagues at UNLV, where he’s an associate professor. See the Las Vegas Philharmonic 19th season concert opener at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Read more about the concert here.

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Las Vegas Philharmonic

Tao Anniversary

Tao Nightclub will celebrate its 12-year anniversary with DJs Vice and Eric DLux at The Venetian. Doors open at 10:30 p.m. Locals’ open bar is from 10:30-11:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 for women and $25 for men. Free admission for locals.

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Tao Nightclub

Jerry Seinfeld

Before his new Netflix comedy special “Jerry Before Seinfeld” debuts Sept. 19, see Jerry Seinfeld live at Caesars Palace on Friday and Saturday. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in the Colosseum. Tickets are $82.50 to $165; call 866-320-9763.

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Jerry Seinfeld

Entertainment
Celebrate Margarita Day with the Hot Damn Margarita
Celebrate Margarita Day With The Hot Damn Margarita (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas Yard House margarita changes color in the glass
The cocktail, as made by lead bartender Taylor Cole at Town Square in Las Vegas, changes from deep blue to magenta because of a chemical reaction between its butterfly pea flowers and citrus agave. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
Black History Month Festival
Las Vegas residents gathered on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd, to celebrate Black History Month. (Katelyn Newberg/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
You Can Design With 3D Printers, Laser Cutters And Ceramics At Discovery Children's Museum
You Can Design With 3d Printers, Laser Cutters And Ceramics At Discovery Children's Museum (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Champagne vending machine at Waldorf Astoria in Las Vegas
One of only a few in the country, the Moët & Chandon machine at the Waldorf Astoria in Las Vegas is stocked with Imperial Rose for Valentine’s Day. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
Las Vegas Valentine’s Day desserts
Mio Ogasawara of Sweets Raku and Rebecca Bills of Gen3 Hospitality in Las Vegas create elaborate Valentine’s Day desserts. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal
One Night For One Drop
Cirque du Soleil cast and crew donate their time and talent to this year's "One Night For One Drop" performance at the "O" Theatre in the Bellagio. The event takes place March 8, 2019, and benefits the One Drop organization. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Chinese New Year Parade
Chinese New Year parade takes place on Fremont Street. (Bill Hughes/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
New Manzo restaurant a key part of Eataly
Nicole Brisson, executive chef of Eataly, at Park MGM in Las Vegas, talks about new restaurant.
Designer Makes Festival-style Crowns
Designer at MAGIC trade show Makes Festival-style Crowns (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Excalibur Raises tent that will house "Fuerza Bruta" show
Workers at Excalibur raised a tent, which will be the home of "Fuerza Bruta," a temporary show that will run from March 7 to September 1, 2019. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Roc Boots Make For Glittery Festival Wear
With 3-inch-tall chunky heels, cleated platforms, and sparkly glitter, you’ll want to wear these to dance the night away. Sally Cull, product and development for Roc Boots Australia, assures you that you can. (Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Get A Custom-painted Jacket At Las Vegas Fashion Event
On the first of the two-night Commotion event, clothing brands connected with consumers, offering shopping, giveaways and customization opportunities. (Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Venetian Celebrates The "Year Of The Pig"
The Venetian hosted dancers to celebrate the Chinese New Year and "Year of the Pig." The dancers performed a traditional eye-dotting ceremony and lion dance. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Pepe the truffle-hunting dog
Jose Andres knows that quality black truffles can also be found in his native Spain. He’ll be sharing some with the world for a week, starting Monday. From Feb. 11-17, his Cosmopolitan restaurant Jaleo will be showcasing four special dishes made with Spanish truffles discovered by the truffle-hunting dogs of his friend Nacho Ramírez Monfort. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Tony Abou-Ganim mixes drink at Libertine Social
Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist, helped change the cocktail culture in Las Vegas. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Masaharu Morimoto talks ramen in Las Vegas
Masaharu Morimoto talks about bringing a ramen restaurant to Las Vegas. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Morimoto considering full-time Las Vegas ramen spot
Morimoto talks about a full-time ramen spot in Las Vegas. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign moves to new home at Neon Museum Boneyard
The famous and newly restored, Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign is working it's way to a permanent home at the Neon Museum Boneyard in downtown Las Vegas. It will be moved in six pieces and take five days for reconstruction. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign moves to Neon Museum Boneyard
The famous and newly restored, Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign has been moved to its permanent home at the Neon Museum Boneyard in downtown Las Vegas. It will be moved in six pieces and take five days for reconstruction. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign moves to new Las Vegas home
The famous and newly restored Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign has moved to a permanent home at the Neon Museum Boneyard in downtown Las Vegas. It will be moved in six pieces and take five days for reconstruction. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Las Vegas band Otherwise release song and video in tribute to slain cousin
Adrian and Ryan Patrick, brothers in the band Otherwise with drummer Brian Medeiros, talk about the release of a tribute song to their deceased cousin Ivan. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__rae
Artist Joshua Vides created a "White Wedding" chapel for Billy Idol's Las Vegas residency
Artist Joshua Vides created a "White Wedding" chapel for Billy Idol's Vegas residency (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Try the Burning History cocktail at Zuma In Las Vegas
Try the Burning History cocktail at Zuma In Las Vegas (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CES final night showcases Drake at XS Nightclub
Drake performed for CES attendees and club-goers at XS Nightclub in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas in the early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (John Katsilometes Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CES Happy Hour party at Hangover Suite at Caesars Palace
Conventioneers mingled during the Hardware Massive CES 2019 Happy Hour Bash at The Hangover Suite at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
CES 2019 Has A Cordless Hair Dryer
CES Has A Cordless Hair Dryer (Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CES Opening Party in Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace
CES conventioneers packed Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace, and let loose as they danced to DJs into the night. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Print intricate designs, your pet or your face on your nails
Print intricate designs, your pet or your face on your nails (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CES 2019: Panel talks Impossible Burger 2.0
Panel talks Impossible Burger at CES during launch at Border Grill on Monday, Jan. 7. (Ben Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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