Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 | 6 p.m.
It's a stacked concert weekend with Blink-182 at the Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool, a slew of metal bands at Rock Vegas and pop rock favorites at Bite of Las Vegas. There's also the Taste of Asia food fest and Las Vegas BikeFest, featuring all things motorcycle. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
Thursday-Sunday: BikeFest at Cashman Center
Bikers from more than 13 countries and 40 states will converge in Las Vegas for the 12th annual Las Vegas BikeFest, a four day rally and celebration “of all things motorcycle.” The Vendor Village at Cashman Center will hold more than 250 vendors of motorcycles, motorcycle parts, accessories, apparel, jewelry and riding gear. Guests can also enjoy non-stop musical entertainment from a centrally located stage in the Vendor Village.
Friday-Saturday: Rock Vegas at Mandalay Bay
KOMP 92.3 presents Rock Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Friday's schedule includes Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, P.O.D., Adelitas Way, Deuce and Redlight King. Saturday's schedule includes Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Stonesour, Buckcherry, All That Remains, Art of Dying, New Medicine and local favorite Otherwise. Tickets are $79 for individual days and $158 for a two-day pass. For the full lineup and individual set times, go to rockvegasfest.com.
Friday-Saturday: Blink-182 at the Boulevard Pool
Punk band Blink-182 has been cranking out the hits like "All the Small Things" for nearly two decades. Catch them at two nights of shows at the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan. Tickets are $55 for standing room and cabanas are available for an additional cost. Shows begin at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Friday-Sunday: Taste of Asia Food Festival at the Galleria at Sunset
The 2012 Fuzion Taste of Asia Food Festival takes place at the Galleria at Sunset mall. The festival features 20 food vendors, a carnival, 70 exhibitors and live entertainment. Tickets for entry are $5, children under 5 are free and military members and seniors are $3. The event runs noon to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Saturday: Magic Johnson autograph signing at the Miracle Mile Shops
Basketball Hall of Famer and five-time National Basketball Association champion Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. will visit TRISTAR Sports Memorabilia inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for a meet and greet. Johnson will be available to meet with fans and sign autographs. Fees apply for autographed items and a free photo with Magic is included with the purchase of all items to be autographed. The event runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: Fright Dome at Circus Circus
Fright Dome, the haunted attraction at Circus Circus, is celebrating a decade of terrifying fans. Beginning Saturday, Fright Dome takes over the Adventuredome at Circus Circus and will partner with iconic horror film producer and zombie expert George A. Romero to theme one of its five haunted houses. Romero is best-known for horror films like "Night of the Living Dead." Opening night features a black carpet with celebrities including the Queen of Halloween Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Megan Massacre from NY Ink and Joe Letz of Combichrist. Discount admission coupons can be found at participating Albertsons, Del Taco, Terribles, GameStop and Fabulous Freddies locations. Doors open at 7 p.m. on opening night and tickets are $37.95 to $52.95. Click here for the full schedule.
Saturday: Bite of Las Vegas at Desert Breeze Skate Park
The annual Bite of Las Vegas food and music festival features music from Matchbox 20, Counting Crows, Tristan Prettyman and Phillip Phillips, among others. Enjoy food from more than 40 vendors. Tickets are $15 for entry, free for those under 6 and once inside, food and beverages are priced individually. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: Rock 'n Brew at Chateau
Rock ‘n Brew and Chateau Nightclub have joined forces to present the third edition of Rock 'n Brew, an event that is half beer festival and half music experience. Taste beers from more than eighty different local and national breweries. Proceeds from ticket sales go to the UNLV Beverage Management Club. Tickets are $30 and the event begins at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday: Justin Bieber at MGM Grand Garden Arena
Bieber Fever is taking the world by storm yet again. Justin Bieber brings the “Believe” Tour to the MGM Grand Garden Arena along with pop phenom Carly Rae Jepsen as his special guest. Tickets are $39.50 to $89.50 and the show starts at 7 p.m.
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