Things to Do in Las Vegas This Weekend

Spend time in Tony Hsieh's Downtown.

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Even if you don’t know who Tony Hsieh is and have never shopped on his company's website, you no doubt felt his impact in Las Vegas. The Zappos CEO not only changed the way people buy shoes online, but demonstrated a new model for how corporate entities can treat their employees and leave a city better than how they found it. With the Downtown Project, Hsieh poured millions into revitalizing the City of Las Vegas and gave opportunities to small, locally owned businesses while supporting the idea that art and culture can coexist with casinos and slot machines. Downtown looks and feels a lot different today than ten years ago—and that's definitely a good thing. Maybe the Container Park seems too touristy to you—and that's fine—but it's home to 39 shops, restaurants, and bars without a national chain in sight. So maybe grab a cocktail at Oak & Ivy or a glass of wine at Bin 702 this weekend and raise a masked toast to Tony Hsieh. He's just one of far too many people lost far too soon this year. Value yourself, the people you care about, and those around you. Stay safe. Wear a mask and practice social distancing. It's important to do while enjoying everything that's going on in Las Vegas this weekend.

Attend a virtual retrospective at Rogers Art Loft 

Thursday, December 3–Saturday, December 5
Your house 
Rogers Art Loft is hosting a virtual three-night "Year One Retrospective" to celebrate its ongoing run at The Lucy. Register online for an opening night reception, walk through, and Q&A on Thursday, an artists' roundtable discussion on Friday, and a screening of three video works on Saturday (with a recipe included for an appetizer to prepare at home). All three events begin at 7pm.     
Cost: Free to watch with registration on Zoom.

Enjoy a slice of Good Pie

Friday, December 4
Downtown Arts District
After building a reputation in a smaller space at Pawn Plaza, Vincent Rotolo is fully realizing his vision for incredible pizza as Good Pie celebrates its debut weekend at a new Main Street location. The kitchen is loaded with state-of-the-art equipment to prepare a special three-day fermented dough that's used in Brooklyn, Sicilian, Detroit, and Grandma-style pizzas (the latter has a thin crust with tomato sauce drizzled diagonally on top). With a long New York-style dining room, a stout cocktail bar, and an open kitchen where Rotto can watch over every inch of his operation, the place has a true neighborhood feel. Stick around a while or arrange a contact-free pickup order from the to-go window facing the sidewalk.  
Cost: Full pizzas begin at $13.

Try the new brunch at the Goodwich

Friday, December 4–Saturday, December 5
The best sandwich shop in Vegas is launching a weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am–3 pm. The Goodwich is mixing up the menu with stacked candied-bacon pancakes, a gruyere ham n' egg Croque, and lots more. Drinks include a mimosa flight, champagne bottles (for 20 bucks!), nitro coffee, and CBD tea.
Cost: Prices vary 

Have a few laughs with Kevin Farley

Friday, December 4–Saturday, December 5
Some know him as Chris Farley's brother. Others know him as the exterminator who mistook a dog for a rat on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Either way, Kevin Farley takes to the stage for two nights at The Comedy Works inside the Plaza—one of the few opportunities for catching live entertainment in Vegas right now. The club's capacity is being limited for social distancing with a minimum of six feet between groups. Friday's show is at 9 pm while Saturday's show is at 7 pm. 
Cost: Tickets start at $20.

Pick up holiday decorations for a good cause

Saturday, December 5
The Festival of Trees & Lights is going virtual this year. Family Night viewing for the annual Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada fundraiser runs 6–7:30 pm, offering an up-close look at trees, wreaths and other festive decorations for the holiday season. The items are already up for grabs in an online auction that runs through December 10.
Cost: $10 (with the option to add donations)  

Say goodbye to Pok Pok Wing

Sunday, December 6
The Cosmopolitan
The lease is up and it's the final day of operation for Pok Pok Wing at the Block 16 food hall inside the Cosmopolitan. The counter-service version of Portland's Pok Pok specializes in Northern Thai street food by James Beard Award-winning chef Andy Ricker, but the most popular dish is the Vietnamse-style chicken wings in fish sauce. It's actually your last chance to get any Pok Pok anywhere. The cult favorite's Portland locations already closed permanently this year due to the pandemic. 
Cost: Food $3-15, drinks $5-14

Say hello to Mariposa Cocina

Monday, December 7
Off the Strip
Doors open to the public at 11 am at the brand new Mariposa Cocina, featuring an inventive Latin American menu in the space formerly occupied by Shiraz. This one's a team effort by Executive Chef Robert Lomeli (formerly in charge of the kitchen at Top of the World, Hecho, and the sorely missed Brand Steakhouse) and consulting chefs Antonio Nunez and Lanny Chin, so expect vibrant flavors from the guacamole negro, surf and turf tacos, and empanadas made with huitlacoche, a truffle-like corn fungus. A robust tequila and mezcal program is in the works, although mocktails are the drink of choice until the liquor license is finalized. 
Cost: Prices vary

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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.