Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 | 6 p.m.
This weekend is filled with a plethora of fun community events in addition to the customary entertainment offerings. Get your golf on at TPC Summerlin for the 2012 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open or see "Batman Live" at the Thomas & Mack. If art is more your speed, check out Art in the Park in Boulder City. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
Thursday-Sunday: Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin
The 2012 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is part of a partnership between Timberlake and Shriners Hospitals for Children to continue a PGA Tour event in Las Vegas. A variety of well-known golfers will participate in the competition and help support Shriners Hospitals for Children. The 2012 tournament is October 1– 7, at TPC Summerlin. Join in the celebration marking 30 years of PGA Tour golf in Las Vegas and 90 years of care from Shriners Hospitals for Children. Click here for the daily schedule of events.
Thursday-Sunday: 'Batman Live' at The Thomas & Mack
"Batman Live" is the unique action-packed live arena show coming to Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center for eight performances. Two and a half years in the making, "Batman Live" brings Batman, a host of iconic characters and the settings from the famed world of DC comics to the stage. Tickets are $19-$79.50 and shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 12 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday.
Friday: First Friday 10 year anniversary in the Arts District
Join local artists and musicians in downtown Las Vegas for the October First Friday where galleries will be open in the evening for patrons to peruse local masterpieces and mingle with the artists. This month's festivities celebrate the 10th anniversary of the arts event. In the Kids Zone, the public will be invited to help break 10 world records involving pumpkins in a single day. The second annual "Pumpkins Mean Business" pumpkin decorating competition will offer prizes for the top 10 entries. Be sure to visit the Hub - First Friday’s newest meet-up point and central hang-out on Casino Center and Colorado. Inside the Hub you’ll find places to sit and chill, interesting art exhibits, music and poetry readings, and more.
In the midst of this 10 year celebration, the First Friday Foundation will be born. The foundation will be a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing local artists and inspiring civic art in Las Vegas. Stay tuned for upcoming details and opportunities to get involved.
Friday-Sunday: 'Romeo & Juliet' at UNLV
The Nevada Conservatory Theatre at UNLV opens its 10th anniversary Main Stage season with William Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” in the Judy Bayley Theatre. Paul Barnes directs this classic Shakespearean tale of star-crossed lovers. Tickets are $20-$30 and the show begins at 8 p.m. Oct. 5, 6, 11-13 and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 7 and 14.
Friday: Imagination Movers at Henderson Pavilion
The Emmy-winning Imagination Movers are bringing their high-energy rock concert for families to the Henderson Pavilion. The Disney Junior stars (Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty) thrill audiences by combining catchy power-pop songs with a knack for inspiring audience participation as well as a healthy dose of onstage silliness inspired by the Movers' real-life experiences as fathers of young kids. This is live musical event that will engage the littlest of kids along with their older siblings, parents and grandparents. Tickets are $10 and the show starts at 7 p.m.
Saturday: Grapes & Hops Festival at Springs Preserve
Sample fine wines and beers and food from some of Las Vegas' finest restaurants like Fleming's, El Segundo Sol and Mon Ami Gabi, while helping to raise money for a good cause at the Springs Preserve's third annual Grapes & Hops Festival. The event benefits Par for The Cure, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research. Guests can enjoy Afro-Cuban and salsa music by Rick Arroyo and the Latin Percussion Ensemble, as well as a silent auction. Wine offerings include samples from the Dreaming Tree, Francis Coppola, Klaus Dillman, Elsa and Skinny Girl, as well as beers from such brewers as New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head, North Coast, and Speakeasy, plus Moa from New Zealand. Tickets are $36-$61 and the event begins at 5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Don Rickles
Legendary comedian Don Rickles will perform at the Orleans Showroom. The veteran of the "Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" and many film roles is most known for his work as an insult comic. Rickles earned the nickname "Mr. Warmth" as a result of his insult comedy. Tickets are $74.95-$99.95 and the show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday: Cowboy BBQ of Henderson at Henderson Events Plaza
The inaugural Cowboy BBQ of Henderson takes place in the Henderson Events Plaza. This will mark Henderson’s first barbecue cook off competition and festival featuring the best barbecue vendors from across the nation. Previous notable award winners and locals will gather to sell award-winning ribs, chicken, sausage, pulled pork and other mouthwatering dishes. Enjoy music and entertainment all three days plus carnival rides, which require a separate carnival ticket purchase of $22-$30. Click here for the full schedule of entertainment. General admission is free and food items range in price from $2-$25. There is a VIP Rib Village for $75 for adults, $20 for young adults ages 12-16 and $10 for children up to age 11.
Saturday-Sunday: Art in the Park
Art in the Park, benefiting Boulder City Hospital Foundation, celebrates its 50th year. The event is one of the largest juried outdoor art festivals in the southwest. The festival area includes Wilbur Square, Bicentennial Park and North and South Escalante Parks, as well as Arizona and Colorado Streets. There is no cost for admission and doors open at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday-Sunday: Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival at Silver Bowl Park
A medieval kingdom will take over Silver Bowl Park with lavishly costumed knights, knaves, fine ladies and wenches for the weekend at the Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival. Several stages will feature entertainment with costumed performers presenting more than 50 shows per day along with historical re-enactments, jousting tournaments, medieval pageantry and more than 100 artisans — including blacksmiths, stained glass designers, jewelers, wood workers, toy makers, perfume blenders, stone carvers and sword, dagger and armor craftsman — to demonstrate and sell their wares. Authentic food, from fish and chips to an English feast, also will be available as well as beer and ales for adults with proper identification. Tickets are $5-$35 and hours are Friday and Saturday from10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.