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Things are about to get extreme in Las Vegas this Fourth of July weekend for UFC 148 as Anderson "The Spider" Silva is pitted up against Chael "Gangster from West Linn" Sonnen! Can you handle it?
During the UFC International Fight Week July 4 - 7, get ready to rough it up with four days of exclusive UFC events like free concerts, cool pool parties, open workouts, pub crawls, weigh-ins and access to UFC fighters throughout the city, plus, follow @Vegas for your chance to win UFC 148 tickets and prize giveaways.
The UFC Octagon Nation Tour takes over Fremont Street daily from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. July 4 through July 7 for a free, public event. Meet UFC athletes, play the latest UFC video games, check out cool memorabilia and more!
Be sure to join us for the kick-off party and free 3 Doors Down concert on Fremont Street at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4.
On Thursday, July 5, pop in to check out the UFC 148 open workouts at XS at Encore from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. then hit up the pool party at Palms Casino Resort to mingle with Octagon girls and UFC fighters from 1 until 6 p.m. Afterward, head downtown for the pub crawl at Golden Nugget, El Cortez, The D Las Vegas and Golden Gate Hotel and Casino.
Get an autograph from your favorite UFC fighter, ask your burning questions during the Q&A session, and mingle with thousands of UFC enthusiasts at the UFC Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7. Tickets are $40 on Friday, $45 on Saturday, or get a two-day package for $60.
On Friday, July 6, get up close and personal with UFC fighters during the UFC weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Doors open at 3 p.m. with the weigh-in beginning at 4 p.m. Also plan on stopping by the fan beach party at Mandalay Bay Beach beginning at 8 p.m.
Also on Friday, check out the tamer side of UFC in Downtown Las Vegas with First Friday Art Night. View pieces from the sport's past, present and future while rubbing elbows with UFC stars. First Friday is a monthly art celebration featuring artwork, free music and street side entertainment from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. the first Friday of every month.
All of the festivities come to a culmination when Sonnen goes head-to-head with Silva in the main event on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Doors open at 3 p.m. with the first bout beginning at 4 p.m. See you there!
For more information, check out the UFC International Fight Week page.
Las Vegas is no stranger to jam-packed weekends of entertainment, and this past weekend was certainly no exception, with stars from music and film descending on the city for a weekend packed with excitement.
It began with the official Las Vegas premiere of The Hangover 2 on Saturday afternoon at Planet Hollywood. Stars from the film as well as several Las Vegas celebrities walked the red carpet -- and one even took that a step further. Justin Bartha, who plays Doug, wasn't satisfied with talking about the new flick with the media onslaught. He hopped the carpet rope and went straight through to greet fans along the back wall, taking pictures and high-fiving the crowd.
Las Vegas was the site for another premiere on Saturday: The launch of Glee Live Tour 2011 at Mandalay Bay Events Center. The cast from the hit TV show opened their national tour to a packed house of "Gleeks."
Of course, on the hit program, actors sing the hits from today's top artists as well as from music legends. But on Sunday, the MGM Grand played host to many of the artists themselves as the biggest names in the music industry converged for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. The show featured performances by Beyonce, Britney Spears, Rihanna, the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Antebellum, Cee-Lo Green, Nicki Minaj and more. From the red carpet to "Icon" award recipient Neil Diamond performing to close the show, the Billboard Awards featured the best musicians on Earth in the most exciting destination in the world -- Las Vegas!
From huge arenas to theaters to pools and even beaches -- Las Vegas has no shortage of venues for its world-class entertainment.
When it comes to concerts, the MGM Grand Garden Arena and Mandalay Bay Events Center are known for big shows, and the legendary Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel has played host to some of the greats in the music industry. The Orleans Arena also provides a great place to catch music, sports and more.
Every seat is a great seat at the intimate Pearl Theater at the Palms and the Theater for the Performing Arts at Planet Hollywood. Celine Dion headlines the amazing acts that play the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
There are fantastic outdoor venues, too. You never know who will grace the Fremont Street Experience Stages downtown and you can kick back by the pool and enjoy some great summer concerts at Red Rock Resort's Backyard.
No matter where you see a show in Vegas, you're sure to have a great seat for an amazing night of entertainment!