Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 | 6 p.m.
This weekend has something for everyone, from tasty charity events to the always entertaining annual Jimmy Buffett concert and pre-parties. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
Friday: Harvest for Hope at World Market Center
Communities In Schools of Nevada hosts the second annual family benefit Harvest for Hope where families can enjoy an evening of fun together plus bid on exclusive auction items presented on one-of-a-kind, handmade scarecrows. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will provide an all-inclusive dining experience with food booths from its restaurants as well as specialty cocktails from Comme Ça and the Chandelier Bar. Tickets are $50 for children, $175 for adults, or $2,500 for a table of 10. All proceeds benefit Communities in Schools of Nevada, the local affiliate of the dropout prevention organization.
Saturday: Cheers to Chocolate at Tivoli Village
Easter Seals Nevada hosts the second annual Cheers to Chocolate wine and chocolate tasting to benefit nearly 7,000 Nevadans living with disabilities. Chocolates will be provided by notable vendors around Las Vegas as Total Wine & More supplies samplings of more than 35 wines. This year’s event will feature musical entertainment from a special performance by Phat Pack, the singing trio who were former Phantom-The Las Vegas Spectacular cast members. A silent auction will include designer jewelry, original artwork, show tickets, a custom-made guitar and more.
Chocolate Vendors include Vosges Haut Chocolate, Popcorn Girl, Godiva Town Square, CupKates, Leone Café, Edible Arrangements, Nothing Bundt Cake, Vons, Marcello’s Biscotti, Parmida, Cucina Olive Oil, TASTE, View Bar & Kitchen and Brio Tuscan Grille. Tickets are $35 and the event begins at 7 p.m.
Saturday: Monster Energy Cup at the Thomas & Mack
The Monster Energy Cup features the top riders competing in three main events on a hybrid supercross/motocross track. Last October, Ryan Villapoto shocked the crowds by winning all three main events and became the first rider ever to win $1 million in the inaugural Monster Energy Cup. See if he can pull off that amazing feat again and find out who the next rising star will be. Tickets are $50-$60 and the event begins at 7 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: Jimmy Buffett concert and pre-parties
Jimmy Buffett returns to the MGM Grand Garden Arena for his annual parrot head pilgrimage with shows on Oct. 20 and 27. Tickets are $69-$211 and the shows start at 7 p.m.
Kick things off a little early with the Last Man Standing party at Tommy Rockers from 4 p.m. until midnight, or when the last man is no longer standing. The event features food, drinks and music from Tommy Rocker and Conched Out plus various other bands. Admission is free and food and drink items are individually priced. On the day of the show, head to the Flamingo Pool for the “Lounging at the Lagoon” official pre-concert party. Typically held in the street outside Margaritaville, this year, the party heads to the pool and features interactive games, food and drinks, live entertainment by Tommy Rocker and giveaways from Margaritaville including sunglasses, flip flops, frozen concoction makers and Jimmy Buffett concert tickets.
Saturday: Downtown Brew Festival at the Clark County Amphitheater
Motley Brews presents the 2012 Downtown Brew Festival, a new fall event featuring live music and more than 125 specialty-crafted beers from Las Vegas and other regional breweries. The event takes place at the Clark County Amphitheater. VIP ticket holders ($52) can gain early entry at 1 p.m., while regular ticket holders ($32) can enter at 2 p.m.
Saturday: Don Felder at the Pearl
Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder performs at the Pearl at the Palms. The musician is known for his fancy fingerwork on hits like "Hotel California" and "New Kid in Town." Tickets are $40-$80 and the show begins at 8 p.m.
Saturday: Scooby Doo film showing at the District
Green Valley Ranch's Outdoor Picture Show will be screening weather permitting "Scooby Doo." Guests can bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic to enjoy. Popcorn will be provided. The event is free and the movie starts at 7 p.m.
Saturday: the Family, Fur & Fun Festival at Exploration Park
The Family, Fur & Fun Festival is an outdoor event designed for companion animals and their people, held at Exploration Park in Mountain's Edge. The event is family friendly, leashed pets are welcome, and there will be food available for purchase. There will also be animal adoptions for those who want to take home a new friend. The free event begins at 10 a.m.
Saturday: Southern Highlands Fall Festival
Southern Highlands will host its eighth annual Fall Festival at Stonewater Park and will debut its new fitness challenge, which includes a fitness course suitable for all fitness levels and a competition zone. The event features a pumpkin patch, kids’ zone, carnival games, raffle prizes, costume contest, coloring contest, trick-or-treating, food and drinks and other activities for the entire family. Fitness challenge registration is $20 for adults and $10 for children 13 and under. Proceeds benefit Southern Highlands Boys & Girls Club and Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada. The event is free and begins at 10 a.m.
Sunday: Second Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying at Tivoli Village
The Second Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying is a 5k run or 1.5 mile walk/roll for all ages, even those in strollers, taking place at Tivoli Village with individual and team prizes. Children under the age of 6 are free and registration is $15 for the 1.5 mile course and $25 for the 5k. Onsite registration begins at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m.