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For Labor Day 2013: Brad Paisley and 9 other fun things in Las Vegas

August 21, 2013|By Jay Jones
  • The patio at Cabo Wabo Cantina will provide excellent people watching over the upcoming Labor Day weekend.
The patio at Cabo Wabo Cantina will provide excellent people watching over… (Cabo Wabo Cantina )

Labor Day weekend in Las Vegas will be witness to a flurry of special activities -- concerts, comedy and, yes, cocktails. They’re timed to mark the unofficial end of summer.

Here are 10 events that may pique your interest:

Black Sabbath: The group that helped define heavy metal and boasts a quadruple-platinum album (“Paranoid”) performs Sunday, Sept. 1, at 8 p.m. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Tickets from $39.50 to $129.50 available through Ticketmaster, (800) 745-3000.

Cabo Wabo Cantina: Sammy Hagar’s place at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood plans a weekend-long party starting at noon Friday, Aug. 31, and running through Monday, Sept. 2. The four-day fiesta features specials such as $19 buckets of Dos Equis. The people-watching is great from the patio overlooking the Strip. Info: (702) 385-2226.

Cruisin’ Classics – A Night at the Diner: Hits from the early days of rock 'n' roll -- 1955 to 1963, to be precise -- make up the soundtrack for this live performance by boys in letter jackets and girls in poodle skirts. Friday, Aug. 30, through Sunday, Sept. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Suncoast in suburban Summerlin. Tickets, priced from $17.50 to $44, are available online or by calling (702) 636-7075.

Flavors Buffet: This moderately priced buffet inside Harrah’s will be putting some special dishes on the menu just for the holiday weekend. They include cola-glazed bone-in ham,  shrimp and artichoke salad and slow-roasted pepper crusted roasted prime rib. Prices vary by time of day and day of the week. Info: (702) 369-5000.

Whoopi Goldberg: The Oscar-winning actress and star of ABC’s “The View” will be showcasing her comedic skills during an evening of stand-up at 9 p.m. Aug. 30 at Treasure Island. Tickets  from $58 to $99 can be purchased online or by calling (866) 712-9308.

Hip Hop’s Hottest at the Palms: The music genre’s biggest names -- including Ashanti, LL Cool J and Shwayze -- will be appearing both at the Palms Pool and Moon Nightclub  Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. The full lineup, along with prices and ticket info, is available online.

Brad Paisley: The award-amassing country singer-songwriter brings his “Beat This Summer Tour” to the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Aug. 31. Tickets to the 8 p.m. performance are $45 to $85. They’re available through Ticketmaster, (800) 745-3000.

Park on Fremont: This beer garden and restaurant -- in the increasingly-popular Fremont East entertainment district of downtown Las Vegas -- will celebrate the blue-collar labor lifestyle Friday through Monday. With the purchase of any burger, patrons will get a free 16-ounce can of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. The fried chicken-and-waffle sandwich is another taste tempter. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.

The Pool at Monte Carlo: Actually four pools (including a “lazy river” and a wave pool), this outdoor venue will be barbecuing tasty snacks. They include borracho bratwurst, grilled beef skewers and Jack Daniel’s BBQ pork sandwiches, and all are priced under $10. Access is free for guests of any MGM Resorts property; otherwise admission is $10.

Rhumbar: This Caribbean-themed bar, near the main entrance at the Mirage, will be pouring the Scorpion Bowl, a  drink large enough to last the entire weekend. OK, not quite, but the 60-ounce -- that’s nearly 2 quarts -- adult beverage features three types of rum and gin as well. It’s served with plenty of straws so that the whole gang can share the sting.

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