1. Street Boys
Backstreet, as they say, is back. The Backstreet Boys kick off their “DNA World Tour 2022” with a sort of mini-residency. The group, now in its 30th year, performs four shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. See you at BSB at 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and April 15-16. Tickets start at $80.
2. Sips, bites, jazz
From 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Downtown Container Park presents Spring Thru the Vine, an all-you-can-eat wine walk featuring more than a dozen wines from Foley Family Wines in Sonoma County, as well as wines from local vineyards and regional. Food from container park vendors at an additional cost. Live music on the lawn from the Moonshiners, a jazz band from Las Vegas. Tickets: $30 at eventbrite.com.
—Johnathan L. Wright
3. Free 1920s Party
From 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, The Underground speakeasy and distillery inside the Mob Museum celebrates its fourth anniversary with a Roaring Twenties party. The event features a homemade moonshine tasting, cocktails and other beverages. Live jazz performance by Amanda King and Her Prohibition Three. Guests are encouraged to wear 1920s clothing. Details: themobmuseum.org or 702-229-2734.
—Johnathan L. Wright
4. Parties on Wheels
This weekend there are snack trucks galore as the Great American Foodie Fest returns to town. Arrive hungry at the Galleria at Sunset mall parking lot for a wide array of mobile snack foods. You can keep your meal local with treats from local vendors like Signora Pizza, Get Lit Wings, and Milkshake Wasted. Admission is $7 per person. Info: greatamericanfoodiefest.com.
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6. ‘The metal tour of the year’
Heavy metal is all about exaggeration – everything has to be louder than everything else! – which extends to tour names, apparently. But this release is a strong contender to live up to its title, headlining thrash veterans Megadeth and featuring powered metalheads Lamb of God, heavyweight Trivium and Swedish melodic death metal pioneers. In Flames, whose sound has become decidedly more radio-friendly. during the last years. See you Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Michelob Ultra Arena. Tickets start at $29; axs.com.
7. Las Vegas Bluegrass Fest
Dig some bluegrass on the green grass of Centennial Hills Park when the Las Vegas Bluegrass Festival returns at 11 a.m. Saturday. Featuring local aces like The Unwieldies and The Rhyolite Sound alongside the ascendant Bella White Trio, Americana string band Old-Salt Union and others, the festival also includes a picking tent experience with Sonic Rodeo and the Nevada Old-Time Fiddlers Association, a craft market and kids’ space with do-it-and-go projects and activities. The event is free.
8. America’s Great Bounce
Get ready to jump around like you’re at a House of Pain show in 1992. The Big Bounce America brings the world’s largest bouncy house, spanning over 16,000 square feet, to the valley. In addition to this behemoth, which features slides, ball pits, basketball hoops and a DJ stage, three other massive inflatables will feature a sports arena, obstacle course and space-themed attraction. . Events are organized by age group, with sessions for 3-and-under, 7-and-under, 15-and-under, and 16-and-over. You can bounce Friday through Sunday at Craig Ranch Regional Park. Tickets start at $19 at thebigbounceamerica.com.
9. Lady Gaga and Brian Newman
Fresh off of a moving performance – and scooping her 13th award – at the Grammys, Lady Gaga resumes her “Jazz & Piano” residency at Park MGM. Brian Newman, her bandleader and trumpet player with whom she shared the Grammys stage, is also returning to her “After Dark” residency at the hotel. Find them together in “Jazz & Piano” at 8 p.m. Thursday and April 16 and 17 in Dolby Live. Tickets start at $175. Newman’s “After Dark” is slated for Thursday through April 17 at NoMad Library. Tickets start at $44.95.
10. Celtic Festival and Highland Games
Take your kilt out of storage and stock up on haggis: the Las Vegas Celtic Festival and Highland Games are back. Now in its 16th year, the festival will feature live music, bagpipe and dancing competitions, food vendors and sports including rock throwing and caber throwing. It is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Floyd Lamb Park. As part of a food drive to support the SafeNest Food Pantry, attendees will receive $1 off tickets by donating a non-perishable food item. Tickets, available at the door, are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, $5 for ages 5 to 12, and free for children under 5.