Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 | 6 p.m.
This weekend has something for everyone, from superstar pop singers to political comedians to community garden events. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
Friday-Sunday: Pure Aloha Fall Festival at the Rio
Enjoy the Pure Aloha Fall Festival has a new home at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The event features a one-of-a-kind Hawaiian festival and concert series. The festival includes more than 100 island craft and merchandise booths, authentic food vendors and amusement rides. Guests can eat and shop while listening to local halau performances and bands. General admission tickets for the festival are $8, while seniors, military with ID and children age 5-10 are $6. The concert series will host J Boog & Hot Rain on Friday and Willie K & Kalama Brothers on Saturday. Concert tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. The event runs 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.
Friday-Saturday: Dennis Miller at the Orleans Showroom
Comedian and political activist Dennis Miller is on par with the comedy greats and knows to always cover his bases after controversial statements with quips like, “Of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong." Catch him at the Orleans Showroom. Tickets are $50-$80 and shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Saturday: UNLV vs. UNR at Sam Boyd Stadium
Get your tickets, plan your tailgate party and come out to support UNLV as they take on their northern rival at Sam Boyd Stadium. One team will walk away with bragging rights and the Fremont Cannon. Tickets are $25-$105 and kickoff is at noon.
Saturday: Bret Michaels at the D's grand opening
To celebrate the opening of the D in downtown Las Vegas, Bret Michaels takes the stage for a free concert at the 3rd Street Stage on the Fremont Street Experience. The Poison frontman and solo artist is known for hits like “Talk Dirty to Me," "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" and "Something to Believe In." The concert begin at 10 p.m. Saturday.
Saturday-Sunday: Madonna at MGM Grand Garden Arena
The Madonna 2012 North American Tour visits the MGM Grand Las Vegas. Over her storied career, Madonna has had a record-breaking 37 Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Chart along with a record-breaking 40 No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Dance/Club Play Song Charts. She'll perform along with Martin Solveig and Nero.
Friday-Saturday: Hispanic Heritage Month events
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a mariachi concert in the Main Theater at the Clark County Library. Enjoy an evening of mariachi favorites performed by the talented young musicians from the Clark County School District's award-winning Mariachi Music Instructional Program. The event is free and starts at 7 p.m.
The 12th Annual Hispanic International Day Parade and Festival takes place on Water Street in downtown Henderson. The event is dedicated to returning military troops and will be led by the U.S. Air Force Marching Band of the Golden West. The free event begins at 10 a.m. and concludes with a concert at Water Street Park.
Saturday: Pawcasso Charity Art Auction at Pet'ographique Studio
The Vegas Pawcasso Charity Art Auction is a fundraiser to support the efforts of area animal rescue organizations in their mission to save animals in the local community. Enjoy silent and live auctions, entertainment, food and drinks. Tickets are $10 and the event begins at 6 p.m. at the Pet'ographique Studio at 2525 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway in Henderson.
Saturday-Sunday: George Balanchine's "Jewels" at the Smith Center
Nevada Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Ballet West will join forces to perform George Balanchine's three-part masterwork Jewels, inspired by the beauty of emeralds, rubies and diamonds. Tickets are $35-$128 and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Smith Center.
Saturday: One Drunk Puppy at the Silverton
The Silverton presents One Drunk Puppy, a wine, sake and beer tasting to benefit Noah’s Animal House, an organization that provides temporary boarding for pets of Shade Tree Shelter clients. The event includes live music and a silent auction as well. Tickets are $45-$50 and the event begins at 6 p.m.
Saturday: Taste & Toast community garden event at the Vegas Roots Community Garden
Join in a harvest celebration at the Third Annual Taste & Toast community garden event with an evening of wine and cheese tasting, displays from local artists and vendors and live music. All proceeds from this event will benefit the 2013 growing season and keep the garden stocked with seeds, soil and water at the Vegas Roots Community Garden. Tickets are $15-$20 and the event begins at 5 p.m.