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Weekend best bets: Eric Church, Great Las Vegas Festival of Beer, Best in Show, ‘Vagina Monologues’

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Eric Church performs at Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, March 31, 2012.

The sun is out, and festival season is upon us. Las Vegas will host two very different gatherings this weekend — one celebrating beer, the other pirates — among a clutch of other hot ticket events.

Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:

    • So much beer, so little time to drink it -- a good problem to have at this year's Great Vegas Festival of Beer.

      Saturday: Great Las Vegas Festival of Beer at Fremont East Entertainment District

      Motley Brews’ annual celebration of craft brews returns for a fourth year. This weekend’s fest for the first time at downtown’s Fremont East features 14 Nevada craft breweries and more than 80 guest breweries, Brew Logic demonstrations and tastings, the Gastropub culinary experience, The Human Arcade at Fremont Country Club and local bands Rusty Maples and Crash Kings. The event is 4 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $50 for early entry.

    • Eric Church performs at Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, March 31, 2012.

      Saturday: Eric Church at the Cosmopolitan

      Country king Eric Church brings his “Blood, Sweat and Beers” tour to the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan on Saturday, playing songs off his latest record “The Outsiders,” as well as hits like “How Bout You” and “Guys Like Me.” The show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $75.

    • Holly Madison at 2013 "Best in Show" at The Orleans Arena on Sunday, April 28, 2013.

      Sunday: Best in Show at Orleans Arena

      The Animal Foundation’s 11th annual Best in Show at Orleans Arena features 50 canines, with Quad headliner Jeff Civillico as MC of the parade of pups that ends with a nearly 100 percent adoption rate.

    • Tonight - Saturday: ‘Vagina Monologues’ at Inspire Theater

      Downtown’s Inspire Theater takes on Eve Ensler’s off-Broadway smash celebrating female strength and sexuality with a run this weekend benefiting Shade Tree. Saturday’s performance will conclude with a black-and-white gala. Tonight and Friday’s shows start at 7:30 with tickets $10 to $15. Saturday’s performance begins at 6 p.m. and is $25 to $35.

    • Friday - Sunday: Pirate Fest LV at Lorenzi Park

      Grab your eye patch and peg leg — Las Vegas’ annual Pirate Fest is back! The swashbuckling gathering also celebrates Steam Punk and fairies, so feel free to dress accordingly. The event also features a cardboard ship regatta, games, entertainment, a beer garden and more. Pirate Fest runs from noon to 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 to $12 for a single day and $15 to $20 for the weekend.

    • Is Primarily Prime Rib the best restaurant name ever?

      Sunday: Prime Rib Challenge at Jerry’s Nugget Casino

      Celebrate National Prime Rib Day with savory gusto at Jerry’s Famous Coffee Shop, which will hold its Prime Rib Eating Challenge all day long. Finish a 48-ounce slab with trimmings, plus a banana split, in 45 minutes, and the chow is on the house. (The meal otherwise costs $41.89.)

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