Las Vegas

9 Actually Fun Things to Do in ‌Las‌ ‌Vegas‌ ‌This‌ ‌Weekend‌ ‌

A ‌weekend of yacht rock, BBQ, and Scotch.‌

You know things are getting back to normal in Las Vegas when Strip casinos begin to charge for parking again. MGM Resorts just announced paid self-parking will return by June 1 at the MGM Grand, Bellagio, Aria, and other hotels. Locals get the first three hours free. In more positive signs of progress, The Strat is back to 100% capacity, the Las Vegas Monorail resumes operations on May 27, and pools throughout the Strip are dropping mask requirements for guests who've been vaccinated (although the policy seems to operate on the honor system, at least for now). All of this wouldn't be happening without a good jab. So book an appointment if you haven't done so already. To make an easy process even easier, Texas Station just joined The Las Vegas Convention Center in offering drive-thru vaccinations. Make it a priority before checking out all the other cool stuff to do this weekend.

Admire local art in the middle of a shopping trip

Friday, May 14
The Strip
The Fashion Show Mall unveils "Summertime Happiness," a new pop-up exhibit by Adam Rellah (also known by the name Pretty Done). The Vegas-based artist has been painting the interactive space in full view of mall visitors for the past week. Check out the finished piece on the second level near Neiman Marcus (and remember to snap a few selfies for your Instagram feed). 
Cost: Free 

Feel the anger with Nashville Hot Chicken sandwiches

Friday, May 14
Off the Strip 
Angry Chickz opens its first location outside California, arriving in Las Vegas with a new restaurant on Maryland Parkway near UNLV. Nashville Hot Chicken is the specialty. Spice levels range from Country ("no heat") to Angry ("sign a waiver"). You've been warned. Fries and mac n' cheese also have the option to go "angry" as well. Doors open at 11am. Everyone who shows up on opening day and buys a plate is entered into a raffle to win a 65-inch television. 
Cost: Prices vary  

Meet your creepy favorites during Days of the Dead

Friday, May 14-Sunday, May 16
Downtown 
Days of the Dead… just… won't… die. The three-day tribute to horror flicks and creepy characters is one of the few fan conventions that avoided cancelation in 2020 and returns for another year at the Plaza hotel. Events range from panels dedicated to movies like Halloween, Friday the 13th, and E.T. to photo ops with a wide range of B-movie actors plus a few surprises (like Richard Dreyfuss with a shark prop) and a couple rockers thrown into the mix (specifically, Alice Cooper and Corey Taylor of Slipknot). 
Cost: Admission begins at $30

Take one last bite at Go Vegan Cafe

Saturday, May 15
Spring Valley
After 19 years, one of the best spots in Las Vegas for vegan cuisine bids farewell. It's the last day of operation for Go Vegan Cafe, which earned a loyal following for its smoothies, raw foods, and killer jackfruit enchiladas. The owner is teasing that something new could be in the works, but for now, enjoy the cafe while you still can 10am-7:30pm.  
Cost: Prices vary

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Plan a picnic in the park and stare at the stars

Saturday, May 15
Sky Canyon
The Las Vegas Astronomical Society returns to Skye Canyon Park in the northwest corner of Las Vegas for Skye & Stars at 6pm. The annual event, now in its sixth year, celebrates International Astronomy Day with food trucks, lawn games, music, and stargazing after dark (8am-10pm more or less). Telescopes will be available throughout the park for anyone to use and cleaned between turns. Not sure what you're looking at? LVAS volunteers plan to make good use of a high-powered laser pointer to help explain what's going on. Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy the picnic-in-the-park atmosphere. You may even win a telescope of your own by entering a raffle.  
Cost: Free

Sip on Scotch from Scottsdale

Saturday, May 15-Sunday, May 16
Downtown
Scotchdale, an 8-year blended malt Scotch out of Scottsdale, Arizona, is throwing a Vegas Launch Party this weekend to celebrate the spirit's Nevada-wide distribution. Come by Whiskery Licker Up at Binions on the Fremont Street Experience 7-11pm for a bash that includes a free drink ticket with RSVP. The fun continues Sunday 12-7pm at 18bin in the Downtown Arts District, where you can get another drink on the house with RSVP
Cost: Free to attend

Wolf down BBQ for a good cause

Sunday, May 16
Off the Strip
Jessie Rae's BBQ is hosting a fundraiser for Opportunity Village 11am-5pm. All sales from slow-smoked ribs, brisket, pulled pork, or anything else on the menu benefit the nonprofit's mission to help Southern Nevadans with intellectual disabilities. This couldn't come at a better time, since Opportunity Village had to cancel much-needed holiday fundraising events during the pandemic last year. MasterChef champion Shaun O'Neale will make a guest appearance. 
Cost: Prices vary

Enjoy an evening of pizza, cocktails, and yacht rock

Sunday, May 16
Downtown
Looking for a pizza party with extra "cheese"? The Vegas Test Kitchen is hosting a summertime pizza party featuring live yacht rock by Yachty By Nature, cocktails by Anthony Jamison of the Sand Dollar Lounge, and Fruit Smash hard seltzer. Chris Decker will serve up a pair of island-themed pizzas (pork belly and pineapple chutney or roasted squash with goat cheese and romesco) plus a woodfired prosciutto, fontina, and rosemary skewer appetizer. 
Cost: Tickets are $30

Score a Tax Day deal on pizza

Monday, May 17
Multiple Locations
If you haven't filed your taxes yet… get on it! Tax Day was extended an extra month this year, but time's up. To help ease the financial burden, Grimaldi's is serving up 16-inch coal-fired cheese pizzas for $10.40. The deal is good for dine-in or takeaway at locations at the Palazzo, Boca Park, Green Valley (on Eastern) and Spring Valley (on Rainbow).
Cost: $10.40 

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Rob Kachelriess has been writing about Las Vegas in Thrillist for more than five 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.
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