Everything Fun You Can Do in ‌Las‌ ‌Vegas‌ This Weekend

A pop-up Italian dinner, a vegan brunch, and a parade for Dr. King

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Photo by Meg Blair, courtesy of Rose Rooftop of Resorts World

We want you to have fun this weekend, but if you're feeling COVID symptoms, no matter how mild, please stay at home. Omicron infections are spiking, prompting drive-thru testing sites at Sam Boyd Stadium, Texas Station, and Fiesta Henderson to re-open for the first time since the early days of the pandemic. Fair warning: lines are long, so if you just want to play it safe, stay on the couch this weekend and watch the Raiders take on the Bengals in the playoffs. Otherwise, if you're feeling good, masked up, and ready to hit the town with a booster shot in your arm, here are the top things to do this weekend.

Friday, January 14
Bellagio
Celebrate the Year of the Tiger with an all-new Lunar New Year exhibit at the Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. The display features lotus flowers, gold coins, and silk-lantern chandeliers with an 8,000-pound bronze tiger as the centerpiece among 100 bonsai trees. A pagoda was inspired by a real-life Buddhist temple in Guangzhou that dates back to 537 A.D.
Cost: As always, the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is one of the best free attractions in Las Vegas.

Friday, January 14
West Valley
It's the official debut weekend for Anima, a new restaurant at the Gramercy by the team behind EDO (a restaurant so good, you need to cross it off your bucket list of Las Vegas dining experiences). The concept is a collaboration between EDO's Oscar Amador and Francesco Di Caudo, former executive chef at Ferraro's, with next-level tapas designed for tables to share with a mix of Spanish, Mediterranean, and even Asian influences. You'll see some crossover dishes from the EDO menu, but also cool new stuff like Peruvian scallops crudo, a Catalan-style clam and tomato stew, and the Arroz A La Cazuela combo of duck confit, foie gras, and black trumpet mushrooms. Anima also has a stellar drink list, featuring gin-and-tonics, sherry, amaros, and wine.
Cost: Prices vary.

Friday, January 14-Saturday, January 15
Off the Strip
Bagelmania has two big giveaways this weekend. Earn a chance to win free bagels for a year with the Jewish deli's Instagram contest (details here) when entering by Friday. Come by on Saturday and buy at least a dozen bagels in person and receive a free t-shirt while supplies last. Cinnamon-raisin, onion, egg, blueberry, chocolate chip, everything, even salted caramel—there's more than 20 varieties to suit any taste. Bagelmania is just east of the Strip near the Convention Center.
Cost: Bagels begin at $1.95 each.

Friday, January 14-Saturday, January 15
Resorts World
Escape the chill of winter on the Rose Rooftop of Resorts World, where you can lounge in a private igloo, hang out by a fire pit, and soak in the views of the Las Vegas Strip. Roast s'mores, drink Veuve Clicquot cocktails, and enjoy food from Zuhu. Top bites include miso cod tacos, fried chicken, and crispy tuna. The pop-up experience runs 4:30 pm to 1 am Friday and Saturday nights through February 27.
Cost: Minimum spend of $350 per group.

Friday, January 14-Sunday, January 16
Bellagio
Celebrity chef brothers and Top Chef veterans Bryan and Michael Voltaggio are serving up a special pop-up menu all weekend long at Harvest. The dishes (which include truffle risotto and a dry-aged porterhouse with olive caponata) take inspiration from the brothers' Italian roots as well as the menu at their own steakhouse inside the MGM National Harbor in Maryland.
The menu is available 5-10 pm.
Cost: Prices vary.

Saturday, January 15
Off the Strip
Mr. Daddy's Cabaret isn't for the faint of heart. The show features extreme circus stunts, showgirls, a snake charmer, illusions, and other acts in a spectacle in which the audience should expect the unexpected—often with an erotic twist. The event gets underway inside The Space at 9 pm and is hosted by Stevie Mac (also known as Mr. Daddy).
Cost: Tickets $40-60.

Sunday, January 16
Off the Strip
Veganuary continues in Las Vegas. Head to Starbase (an off-Strip event space) as the Edible Bunch kicks off Plant-Based Sundays, a new meat-free brunch series. Enjoy all-you-can-eat food stations (with vegan charcuterie, chickpea steaks, French toast with berries and coconut cream, butternut squash mac n' cheese, and more) with cocktails, music, and live entertainment hosted by Asia Jade and rapper Dizzy Wright. Balance out all that food with health and wellness activities, a marketplace with plant-based vendors, games, and a raffle to benefit the Heaven Can Wait Animal Society.
Cost: $80 per person, $20 add-on for bottomless mimosas.

Monday, January 17
Downtown
Las Vegas celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a holiday parade through Downtown. Floats, marching bands, dancers, and other performers will line up near 4th Street and Gass, beginning at 10 am to honor the civil rights icon. The event is free and open to the public. Just remember to bundle up. It's the 40th year for the parade, which has returned to an in-person format this year after going virtual in 2021.
Cost: Free.

Tuesday, January 18
Downtown
Filipino food is thriving in Las Vegas. See what the cuisine is all about with a special menu by Mary Dee, chef and owner of O.G. Lola's, at the Vegas Test Kitchen. The seven-dish meal is all-vegan and served Tagalog-style: all hands, no utensils. Lumpia, pancit noodles, garlic fried rice, and other dishes will be served for tables to share on a large banana leaf 5-8 pm.
Cost: $35 per person (includes tax and tip).

Wednesday, January 19
Wynn Las Vegas
The "Hype at Night" party series continues at Encore Beach Club with glow-in-the-dark neon decorations and roaming performers (like dancers and stilt walkers) near the pool deck. Check out the event's "Bling Edition" with Bling Empire star Kim Lee spinning a DJ set. Doors open at 10 pm.
Cost: Tickets begin at $30.

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