Fun Things to Do in ‌Las‌ ‌Vegas‌ This Weekend

A Summerlin food crawl, themed parties, and an after-dark run down the Strip this weekend in Las Vegas.

After a week of rain, snow, hail, and crazy wind in Las Vegas, it's understandable if you just want to cut your losses and stay indoors this weekend. To be honest, things are kinda quiet until March Madness and Spring Break come around, but Las Vegas isn't a total snoozefest this weekend. We're actually closing down the Strip for a big marathon, welcoming the return of big-name residencies, and braving the weather for a new football league. Bundle up. You've still got plenty of cool things to do over the next few days.

See a concert this weekend

Thursday, February 23 – Saturday, February 25
Multiple Locations
It's a busy weekend of shows with Adele, Usher, Katy Perry, Barry Manilow, and Donny Osmond resuming residencies on the Strip. You also have Chicago kicking off an eight-show run Friday at the Venetian Theater and Jack Johnson taking the stage Friday and Saturday at the Wynn's Encore Theater. However, the most fun (and best value) could be Steel Panther at the House of Blues Friday night. The hair metal parody act has the wit and chops to put on a better show than most of the bands they poke fun of. If you want a different kind of nostalgia tribute, Private Eyes plays the music of Hall & Oates Saturday at Club Madrid inside Sunset Station.
Cost: Ticket prices vary.

Friday, February 24
Forum Shops at Caesars
You thought there was too much shopping on the Strip? Guess again. It's the grand opening of the first-ever Vuori store in Las Vegas, which has a prime 3,368-square-foot space inside the Forum Shops at Caesars. The brand was founded by surfer and yoga fanatic Joe Kudla, who wanted to market ethically made activewear to the general public. It's now one of the fastest-growing retail concepts in the country, with shops in nearly 30 cities.
Cost: Prices vary.

Saturday, February 25
Vince McMahon tried to do it twice. Now, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has taken the reins of the XFL in yet another effort to give America a second major professional football league. So head to Cashman Field, where the Vegas Vipers play their first official home game of the season against the D.C. Defenders. The action gets underway at 4 pm.
Cost: Tickets begin at $16.

Saturday, February 25
Fremont East
Here's a different take on a Broadway favorite. The Fremont Country Club hosts A West Side Story Burlesque Show, offering a raunchy spin on the award-winning musical. The dance performance, featuring women in form-defining corsets and men in strapping suspenders, hits the stage at 6:30 pm, promising to draw awareness to International Condom Day.
Cost: Tickets are free, but making an online reservation is highly suggested.

Saturday, February 25
You don't have to wear a dress, but you're definitely expected to dress in red. The Sin City Sisters Red Dress Masquerade runs from 7:30 to 10:30 pm at The Usual Place bar. DJ Axis provides the music for this LGBTQIA-friendly party, which also includes a silent auction and cash bar. Have fun with your fashion and definition of a dress, which can also be a skirt, kilt, kimono, or whatever works for you. The celebration is a fundraiser for the Sisters AIDS Drug Assistance Program.
Cost: Tickets begin at $49.

Saturday, February 25
The 8th Annual Steampunk Ball takes place at the Millenium Fandom Bar at 8 pm. The Real Good Hurt will perform music to match the mood as guests arrive in their best corsets, coats, hats, and other wear that puts a sci-fi spin on Victorian-era fashion. Stick around for a cosplay costume contest at 11:30 pm. Sorry, kids. The event is 21 and over.
Cost: Free admission.

Saturday, February 25 – Sunday, February 26
The Strip & Downtown
The athletic event formerly known as the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon returns to Las Vegas. The Rock 'n' Roll Running Series is a 5K through the streets of Downtown on Saturday, followed by a 10K and Half Marathon Sunday through a course that extends through the Strip, which will be closed to traffic. If you've ever wanted to test your endurance and run through the streets of Vegas surrounded by neon lights, now's your chance. The whole thing is a spectacle with live entertainment (DJs and live bands) on the sidelines, including Blue Man Group at the starting line and the cast of Mad Apple performing the national anthem. Participants can use their wristbands to enter select nightclubs throughout the weekend and an official party at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center from 3 to 9 pm Saturday.
Cost: Online registration is closed, but you can still register at the Health & Fitness Expo at Resorts World. Registration begins at $59 for the 5K, $89 for the 10K, and $99 for the Half Marathon.

Sunday, February 26
Finger Licking Foodie Tours is already one of the coolest things you can do in Las Vegas, but you're getting another way to enjoy a series of great restaurants in one night with a special Summerlin dining crawl. Meet at 5 pm inside the new Lotus of Siam at Red Rock Resort for Thai cuisine, followed by Harlo Steakhouse and Jing for Asian vibe dining at Downtown Summerlin. Along the way, you'll experience the best dishes each restaurant has to offer with no worries about reservations or tipping. Everything is included. The tour is limited to just 35 guests, so book asap.
Cost: $199 per person. $60 for an add-on package covering a pre-selected cocktail at each restaurant.

Tuesday, February 28
Fat Tuesday isn't over yet. Honey Salt is throwing a Mardi Gras Farm Table Dinner at 6 pm. The night begins with a Sazerac welcome cocktail, followed by a series of bites and courses to celebrate the culture of New Orleans. Feast on Cajun cheddar biscuits, fried green tomatoes, barbecue crawfish, blackened redfish, and more. Of course, the night ends with the sweet taste of beignets.
Cost: $72 per person with $28 for optional cocktail pairings.

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