Fun Things to Do in ‌Las‌ ‌Vegas‌ this Weekend

Cocktails, views, romantic lights, free frozen custard, and a new kind of Pro Bowl are on this week’s list of fun things to do in Vegas.

You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone. This week, Rail Explorers announced it was ceasing operations immediately after failing to secure a new agreement with the state of Nevada. While there are still plenty of cool things to do in Boulder City, let this be a lesson learned: don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today. And that's especially true when having fun in Las Vegas. As we get ready to shift from winter mode to the warm weather of spring, enjoy everything Sin City has to offer this weekend. There's a lot of cool stuff to do all over the valley.

Friday, February 3
Summerlin
Nielsen's Frozen Custard, a Henderson favorite for more than 40 years, is opening a new location at the Red Rock Resort food court. To celebrate the grand opening, the first 100 people in line will receive a free cone, beginning at noon. Nielsen's takes pride in using only fresh ingredients with no artificial sweeteners or preservatives. The custard is made on site throughout the day and served at a perfect 26 degrees to not overwhelm the taste buds with an overly frozen temperature.
Cost: A cone is free for the first 100 customers. Otherwise, prices vary.

Friday, February 3
Henderson
It's the debut weekend for Azzurra Cucina Italiana, a new restaurant on the south end of Henderson's revitalized Water Street district. Owned and designed by an architect who wanted a great Italian dining experience near his workplace, the intimate space has a stylish, boutique feel with an outdoor patio and an entrance lined with olive trees. Fans of the sorely missed Bratalian will appreciate the food of Chef Alessandra Madeira, whether it's pastas like penne vodka and gnocchi bolognese or proteins like lemon chicken and pan-seared salmon.
Cost: Prices vary.

Friday, February 3
Henderson
The Ethel M Chocolate Factory's three-acre botanical cactus garden transforms into Lights of Love with a half-million lights displayed in romantic, colorful designs of red, purple, pink, and white. The walk-through exhibit runs 5-10 pm nightly through Valentine's Day. For an extra romantic touch, book a chocolate tasting (with optional wine pairings) to sample some of Ethel M's best treats.
Cost: A $1 entry fee will be donated to Three Square food bank and HELP of Southern Nevada.

Friday, February 3
Downtown Arts District
The monthly block party and artist showcase known as First Friday is back 5-11 pm. This time around, the event is emphasizing a "Down for Anything" theme to showcase the diversity of Downtown. The tagline, part of a marketing campaign by the City of Las Vegas, will be showcased on a digital billboard with merchandise available in adjacent booths. As always, visitors can take part in an Art Walk on Boulder Avenue, enjoy bites from more than 200 food trucks, and maybe grab a drink here and there. This month's featured artist is the Bohemian Boro glass-blowing team.
Cost: Free admission.

Friday, February 3
Mandalay Bay
The TAG Global Spirits Awards wraps up a week of events with its annual Pink Tie Party at Skyfall Lounge, beginning at 7:30 pm. Ticket holders will soak in beautiful views of the Strip from the top of the Delano resort while enjoying light bites, live entertainment, and spirits from more than 20 stations. TAG promotes education in the spirits and cocktail industry, while raising funds for the Helen David Relief Fund to battle breast cancer.
Cost: Tickets $125.

Saturday, February 4
Downtown
Circa's Stadium Swim rooftop pool–yes, it's heated–hosts its third and final Winter Swim signature event 12-4 pm. Bundle up in a comfy robe (or your temperature-controlled cabana) and soak in the scenery of Winter Swim's Inaugural Bikini Contest with 50 competitors invited to brave the elements in barely-there swimwear. This is serious stuff. Cash prizes are at stake. The event showcases an apres-ski theme with a pop-up ski lodge serving samples of High Noon vodka and seltzer. You'll also want to try seasonal cocktails like a Baileys White Russian, Pumpkin Spiced Mule, or Spiked Hot Chocolate.
Cost: General admission begins at $30.

Saturday, February 4
Off the Strip
Planet 13, one of the best cannabis dispensaries in Las Vegas, is throwing a massive launch party 3-9 pm for LP Exotics, a new brand by Lamborghini Princess Marianna. A lineup of DJs, led by DJ Snoopadelic (the alter-ego of Snoop Dogg), will provide the entertainment. The event also includes exotic car displays, food vendors, giveaways, and behind-the-scenes VIP tours of the Planet 13 operation.
Cost: Purchase $100 of LP Exotics or VVG Products in person (or online) to receive a general admission ticket. Spend $400 if you want a VIP ticket.

Saturday, February 4
Off the Strip
Here's a new way to do a dinner and show in Las Vegas. '80s pop star Tiffany performs an intimate acoustic concert at The Space at 9 pm. VIP ticket holders get a fun bonus: a meet-and-greet with the singer at 6 pm, followed by a meal of tapas and light bites by Chef Alicia Shevetone.
Cost: $60 (show only), $150 (VIP experience and dinner).

Sunday, February 5
Henderson
Pasta Cucina is launching a new brunch that takes place on the first Sunday of the month from 10:30 am to 2 pm. The restaurant is inside Sunset Station with columns, brick decor, string lights, and trees to simulate an Italian courtyard indoors. Feast on pastries, antipasti, one of three flatbreads, and traditional brunch favorites like lemon and blueberry ricotta pancakes, chicken and waffles, two takes on an Eggs Benedict, and more.
Cost: Prices vary.

Sunday, February 5
Off the Strip
The Pro Bowl Games take place at Allegiant Stadium with a series of skill challenges capped by a few rounds of flag football. Traditionally billed as an all-star game of the NFL's best, Pro Bowl players were often criticized for going easy on each other over the years. This time around, the NFL is doing away with tackling altogether, opting for three seven-on-seven games of flag football between the AFC and NFL on a smaller field with two 10-minutes halves. Still, it should be a fun afternoon at Allegiant Stadium with a price that won't break the bank.
Cost: Tickets begin at $20.

Monday, February 6
The Venetian
It's about damn time. Madame Tussauds is debuting a wax figure of Lizzo, inspired by the star's appearance at the 2020 Grammy Awards in a white Versace gown. The lifelike statue took six months to create by a team of artists in London. The real Lizzo gave a sneak preview of the exhibit last week on TikTok.
Cost: Admission begins at $36.99.

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Rob Kachelriess has been writing about Las Vegas in Thrillist for more than eight years. In addition, his work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, Leafly, Supercall, Modern Luxury, and Luxury Estates International's seasonal publication. Follow him on Twitter @rkachelriess.