Things to Do in Las Vegas This Weekend

A sushi binge is in your future.

With the weather warming up, you may want to hop in the car for a good old fashioned road trip. Drive south to Laughlin or Lake Havasu, or head north and explore all the beauty Nevada has to offer. Or maybe… cross the state line into California and spend the night in an Airbnb that looks like a UFO. But if you'd rather save money on gas, there's plenty to do right here in Las Vegas. We've got new restaurants, food trucks, drive-in movies, and more this weekend. Be safe and wear a mask. Sin City is starting to feel at least a little bit like its old self again—and we don't want to blow it.

Grab a bite at Brera Osteria

The Venetian
You can never have too many Italian restaurants in Las Vegas, and now there's another one to cross off your list. Sixth+Mill is now under the name Brera Osteria with an all-new menu at the Grand Canal Shoppes. No dining room needed as all seats are on a patio in St. Mark's Square. Highlights include charred octopus with spicy garbanzo beans, potato gnocchi with arugula pesto, and pizzas wood-fired in custom-made Italian ovens. 
Cost: Prices vary    

Escape the Strip with virtual reality

Friday, February 26
After closing nearly a year ago due to the pandemic, Virtual Reality Adventures is back open at The LINQ promenade. Don your goggles and enter computer-generated worlds that include a safari on the "Jungle River Raft," a ride on the "Haunted Elevator," a hot air balloon "Trip Around the World," and more. Each experience is about five minutes, so have a go at a few different ones.   
Cost: Experiences begin at $20 for adults (or 2 for $30) and $15 for kids 13 and under.

Have all the sushi you want… and then some

Friday, February 26
All-you-can-eat sushi has come to Fremont Street. Sushi Ichiban is now open in the Emergency Arts Building next to the historic El Cortez casino. Many of the rolls have local themes like the Golden Knight Roll with soft shell crab, crunchy onions, and peanut butter (!), or the Jackpot Roll with shrimp tempura, cucumber, eel, and spicy crab meat. Of course, you can also keep things simple with nigiri topped with yellowtail, uni, red snapper, and other seafood. 
Cost: $27.95 per person for all-you-can-eat sushi (with a la carte items priced individually).

Start the day NOLA-style and help a good cause

Saturday, February 27
North Las Vegas
Chef Jeff Henderson is launching a weekly Saturday morning pop-up with New Orleans-inspired jambalaya, beignets, and chicory coffee at his Underground Kitchen (2987 N. Las Vegas Blvd., #9) in North Las Vegas. The effort is part of the Chef Jeff Project, which provides mentorship and culinary training to at-risk youth, the formerly incarcerated, and others looking for a second chance in the dining industry. Food is served 8-11 am.     
Cost: Prices vary

See a science fiction double feature

Saturday, February 27
Off the Strip
The drive-in movie trend continues in Las Vegas. The Sci Fi Center east of the Strip is hosting a double feature of science-fiction classics from two very different eras. First up—Tim Burton's campy "Mars Attacks" (which actually filmed the real-life implosion of the Landmark hotel for the movie) at 7 pm, followed by John Carpenter's "The Thing." Watch from the safe confines of your car with snacks available from local food trucks. Just make sure to buy your ticket in advance to ensure a space. 
Cost: $15 per car

Eat, drink, and play pinball

Sunday, February 28
East Valley
After a string of successful food truck events, the Pinball Hall of Fame is hosting a Bonus Round Food Truck Rally this Sunday from 12-6pm. Order bites from Matsuri, Raging Tacos, Signora Pizza, and Nic’s Shrimp House with a portion of sales benefitting the nonprofit's upcoming move to a new location on the Strip. Food purchases earn a raffle ticket to win free play and other prizes. 
Cost: Food prices vary and admission to the Pinball Hall of Fame is free (as always).  

Save money on wine and small bites at Jing

Tuesday, March 2
Downtown Summerlin
Jing now has regular wine tastings every Tuesday 4-8 pm, paired with small bites. The idea is to mix and match and create a boozy little meal out of it. This time around, Notorious Pink is the featured wine. Try a grenache with sushi, cabernet blanc with scallop en croute and butter lettuce cups, or cabernet noir with a filet mignon skewer and duck breast. 
Cost: Each glass of wine and pairing plate is $8.

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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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