Thursday, May 24, 2012 | 6 p.m.
This weekend, clubs and pools will be overrun with top DJs and celebrity hosts for Memorial Day weekend. If music or comedy are more your speed, fear not, Punk Rock Bowling, Incubus, Jay Leno and The Beach Boys are in town. And let's not forget the MMA action at UFC 146 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena as local favorite Frank Mir tries to reclaim the heavyweight belt. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
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Friday-Sunday: Punk Rock Bowling
The Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival was started in 1999 to bring the independent music community together for an annual party. It has since grown into a three-day festival in downtown Las Vegas that brings out fans and bands alike from all over the world. Performers include Rancid, NOFX, Pennywise, The Adicts and The Briefs, Sham 69, Hepcat, Hot Water Music, Youth Of Today, Street Dogs, Dead Ending, Street Dogs, Real McKenzies, Old Man Markley, The Beltones, Far From Finished, Toys That Kill, American Heist, Holding On To Sound, The Bots, The Dips and American Werewolves. Bowling will take place at the Gold Coast and Sam's Town, and the concerts will be held in the downtown area's various music venues. Prices and hours vary per event. The Festival runs Friday through Sunday.
Friday-Saturday: Incubus at The Joint
Rock band Incubus performs two shows over Memorial Day weekend at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. The band's decade-long career has churned out top hits like "Drive," "Pardon Me" and "Nice to Know You." Tickets are $65, and the show starts at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Friday: Jay Leno
Talk show host Jay Leno brings his signature blend of late-night humor and stand-up comedy to the stage of the Terry Fator theater at the Mirage. Tickets are $79-$99. The show starts at 10 p.m.
Friday: Merle Haggard at Texas Station
Merle Haggard heads to Texas Station to perform his hits like "Okie from Muskogee," "The Fightin' Side Of Me" and "Mama Tried." Tickets are $40-$80, and the show begins at 8 p.m.
Saturday: The Cult at M Resort
Catch The Cult at the M Resort Outdoor Entertainment Piazza. The UK post-punk band rose through the ranks of the indie music world to achieve global status. The band will play many of its classics as well as numbers from its newest album, “Choice of Weapon,” which came out Tuesday. Tickets are $45, and the show begins at 8 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Mary Poppins at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Mary Poppins is bringing its own brand of Broadway magic to the Smith Center. You won't need a spoonful of sugar to get this down. The top-notch singing and dancing will put a smile on the faces of guests of all ages. Tickets are $24-$129, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. through Sunday with an additional 2 p.m. showing Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday: Vince Neil at Fremont Street Experience
The Fremont Street Experience returns with its free summer concert series Rock of Vegas with an entertainment lineup of legendary rock ‘n’ rollers from the 1980s. The free concert series in downtown Las Vegas will kick off Memorial Day weekend with Vince Neil, legendary singer of Mötley Crüe. The show starts at 9 p.m.
Saturday: UFC 146 at MGM Grand Garden Arena
UFC 146 at MGM Grand Garden Arena features an all-heavyweight main card with five fighters ranked in the top 10 in the weight class. After Alistair Overeem failed a drug test, local fighter Frank Mir stepped in to take on Junior Dos Santos for the heavyweight belt. Tickets range from $75-$800, and doors open at 3:45 p.m.
Sunday: The Beach Boys at Red Rock
The Beach Boys have reunited for a global 50th Anniversary Tour, making a stop at Red Rock Resort. Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks will tour together for the first time in more than two decades. The band, which performed together at the 2012 Grammy Awards, will also release a new studio album and commemorative 50th anniversary catalog. Tickets range from $30-$140. The show starts at 8 p.m.
Sunday: Van Halen at MGM Grand Garden Arena
Van Halen, Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees and one of the most influential rock bands of all time, return to Las Vegas with their 2012 North American tour at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Hits include "Panama," "Hot For Teacher" and "Right Now." Tickets are $36-$163, and doors open at 7:30 p.m.