Las Vegas doesn't quite feel complete unless somebody's getting into a fight -- whether it's in a casino or at the T-Mobile Arena. After being out of action for more than a year, Conor McGregor is back in Sin City for a high-profile UFC showdown with Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone. That means the Strip will be packed, clubs will be busy, and heavy pours of Proper No. Twelve will be enjoyed in bars all over town. The fight is just one of several big events taking place in Las Vegas over the weekend. Plan everything out over the next few days.
Friday, January 17 Silverado Ranch Stop by Slater's 50/50, where Dogfish Head Brewery is throwing a release party for its Fruit-Full Fort Ale from 6-8pm. The brew is strong, but fruity with heavy doses of raspberry, blackberry, boysenberry, and elderberry. Try it as part of a flight and compete for prize getaways. Cost: Free admission
Friday, January 17 Four Seasons Charlie Palmer Steak is hosting the latest edition of its Global Steak Pairing Dinner Series. This time around, the cuisine will focus on the style and flavors of Australia with wine pairings included. The main course is a combination of grass-fed strip, ribeye, and skirt steak from Cape Grim. Save room for a slice of Lamington Cake for dessert. Cost: $95 per person
Saturday, January 18 Henderson Crafthaus is throwing a party from 12-3pm to celebrate the tapping of a new limited-edition beer. StationHaus, a smoked red lager to benefit the Trauma Intervention Program of Southern Nevada, will be revealed with the help of Henderson's mayor and local firefighters. Try a few sips, order some bites from the Black Tiger BBQ food truck, and snap selfies on the fire engine parked out front. Cost: Free admission
Saturday, January 18 Northwest Big Dog's Brewing Company doesn't like to let a few months go by without an on-site beer festival. The latest example is Big Dog's Winterfest -- an annual tradition that doesn't take itself too seriously. Just show up, buy an official commemorative pint glass and get to work refilling it with more than 50 pours of locally produced craft beer. The party runs from 3-7pm with live music and a chance to win raffle prizes. Cost: Free admission, tokens begin at 10 for $10
Saturday, January 18 Henderson The Vegas Valley Winery is celebrating two years as the only winery in town with a party from 6-10pm. The fun includes live jazz music, food specials, and a glass for sampling every one of the winery's creations. A more intimate VIP party begins early at 4:30pm. Meet the producers, learn about how the wine is made, and pick out a few favorites. Cost: General admission $35; VIP $55
Saturday, January 18 T-Mobile Arena It could be the biggest UFC fight of the year -- and there isn't even a title on the line. After tapping out and setting off a riot during his last Vegas appearance, Conor McGregor is back at the T-Mobile Arena to square off against Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in the main event of UFC 246. See the event in person or catch a viewing party at places like Mabel's, 7th & Carson or The M Resort. (Either way, check out the free live weigh-in a day earlier at the Park Theater.) On the same night, On the Record will celebrate its two-year anniversary and host the official after-fight party for Cerrone. McGregor will host his own official after-fight party at Encore Beach Club with plenty of his Proper No. 12 whiskey ready to pour. It's a night to party, no matter who wins. Cost: Tickets begin at $270, weigh-in is free, after-fight party at On the Record begins at $30, after-fight party at Encore Beach Club begins at $25
Sunday, January 19 Venetian Tao, a restaurant and nightclub rolled into one, is one of the biggest party spots on the Strip. Take things down a notch with the latest dinner in a monthly omakase series. Book a seating at either 6pm or 9pm and enjoy a multi-course menu of sashimi, nigiri, and other Japanese dishes personally prepared by Chef Jun Hiroshima and his kitchen team. Add on an optional sake pairing for a full experience. These dinners tend to sell out fast, so book a reservation early. Cost: $150 per person
Monday, January 20 Downtown It's Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Las Vegans will honor the civil rights icon with a parade through the heart of Downtown. This year's theme -- "Living the Dream: The Time is Right to do What's Right" -- no doubt refers to some of the modern-day political chaos facing our country right now. The parade begins at 10am and runs on 4th Street between Gas and Ogden. Cost: Free to watch
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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.