Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Thursday, March 28, 2013 | 6 p.m.
March Madness is in its second weekend and Easter is Sunday, so of course it will be another busy weekend in Las Vegas. Check out family-friendly Easter events at Tivoli Village and the Ethel M Chocolate Factory or head to the Strip for some laughs with comedian Gabriel Iglesias. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
Thursday-Saturday: Viva Las Vegas classic car show at Orleans
A highlight of the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender held at the Orleans is the annual car show featuring pre-1963 beauties. Last year, 700 cars were registered for the event. Tickets for the VLV weekend are sold out, but tickets to the car show are still available for $30. Doors open at 10 a.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Friday-Saturday: Easter petting zoo at Tivoli Village
Tivoli Village welcome spring with an Easter petting zoo and photography sessions with real baby animals. Children will have the opportunity to sit on real grass within white picket fencing, pet bunnies, chicks and ducks and have their photos taken. Several picture packages will be available for purchase. Children can enjoy goodie bags compliments of Summerlin Hospital with a picture package purchase. Children can also visit the petting zoo for free without picture packages. The event runs from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Friday: Chick Corea and Bela Fleck at the Smith Center
Two master songwriters, musicians and band leaders join forces at the Smith Center to showcase their piano and banjo skills. The Grammy-winning duet will combine Chick Corea and Bela Fleck’s most recognizable tunes with the music from their Latin Grammy-winning album "The Enchantment!" Tickets are $26-$99 and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
Friday: Adam Carolla at Lee's Discount Liquor
“The Man Show" co-host Adam Carolla does a bottle signing of his new product, Mangria, at Lee's Discount Liquor (4230 S. Rainbow Blvd.). Enjoy a tasting and meet the star in person. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Friday-Saturday: Gabriel Iglesias at Mirage
Come enjoy Latino comedian and actor Gabriel Iglesias as he brings his hilarious stand-up routine to the Mirage. The “fluffy” comedian has been on a weight loss kick lately but he won’t be light on laughs. Tickets are $50-$60 and the show starts at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Saturday: Extreme Thing at Desert Breeze Park
The Extreme Thing Sports & Music Festivalfeatures two main stages and two side stages for bands including Mindless Self Indulgence, Asking Alexandria, Youngblood Hawke and New Found Glory. Two hundred regional amateur skateboard and BMX competitors will descend on Las Vegas for a stop on the nationally recognized Vegas Am Jam Competition Series. Plus, guests will see the return of the Ricardo Laguna Pro Dirt Challenge, the Frequency Dubstep Stage and tons of industry related vendors on site. Tickets are $17-$20 and the doors open at 10 a.m.
Friday-Sunday: Spring Spectacular at Ethel M
Ethel M invites families to hop on down to their annual Spring Spectacular which features free photos with the Easter Bunny along with complimentary face painting and balloon art. Families are encouraged to take advantage of the free factory tour, complimentary chocolate samples, peruse the retail shop and stroll the blooming 3-acre Botanical Cactus Garden that sits adjacent to the factory. The free event runs from 1-5 p.m. Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Saturday: Jay Cutler Desert Classic at the Palms
Palms Casino Resort and Fine Chiropractic present the Sunkissed Tan 2013 NPC Jay Cutler Desert Classic. The competition, featuring contestants from around the country, consists of body building, men’s and women’s physique, fitness, women’s figure and women’s bikini.
The third annual classic begins with a prejudging event at 10:30 a.m. Tickets for the prejudging event are $24, plus any additional service fees for general admission seating. The finals will take place at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are priced as $34 and $39 for VIP seating.
Making a special appearance, the four-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler will be in attendance for a meet-and-greet and to sign autographs. Multiple vendors specializing in supplements and apparel will also be on hand during the event.