Las Vegas: Professional Bull Riders Last Man Standing Tournament


Time to dust off those cowboy boots and make plans for the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Last Man Standing competition. Coming to the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 9th and 10th, this signature event pits man against beast for $200,000 in prize money. Each of 35 of the best PBR riders will get 8 seconds to ride and prove his mettle in a progressive-elimination tournament format. Riders who last those 8 seconds move on to the next round until a winner is crowned.

This ever-popular event draws big crowds to see the world’s toughest cowboys ride some of the meanest bulls in the nation. Professional bull riding is considered to be one of the fastest growing sports in the world, but it is also the most dangerous. Tickets are almost sold out for day 1 of this competition, so if you are interested in going, you’ll need to jump on those tickets soon.

Professional Bull Riders Last Man Standing
: Mandalay Bay Events Center
When: May 9th (8pm) and May 10th (6pm)
Cost: $20/$40/$60/$80/$125
Tickets: Call (800) 745-3000 or via Tickemaster

LAS VEGAS: 14th Annual Latin Grammy Awards Coming to Mandalay Bay


November 21st marks the date that the Latin Grammys come to town to blow the roof off of the Mandalay Bay Event Center. And for those of us not nominated or in the industry, there is the opportunity to attend this swanky event and see some great performances. Currently, a limited number of tickets are available to the public through the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office or Ticketmaster.

The event, hosted by actor/singer Lucero, will include performances by nominees Pablo Alboran, Marc Anthony, Miguel Bose,Jesse & Joy, Natalia LaFourcade, Draco Rosa, and more. Multiple nominees include Carlos Vives with five nominations, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album Of The Year, Best Tropical Song for “Volví A Nacer,” and Best Tropical Fusion Album for Corazón Profundo. Pablo Alborán and Draco Rosa both have three nods, while Miguel Bosé and Natalia Lafourcade have two apiece. Bosé will also be honored as the 2013 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year for his philanthropic and professional accomplishments.

14th Annual Latin Grammys
: Thursday, November 21st
Where: Mandalay Bay Events Center
Cost: $50-600  (Mandalay Bay Events Center box office or Ticketmaster)


Las Vegas: Wine Amplified Festival at Mandalay Bay

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This weekend brings the 8th Annual Wine Amplified Festival to Mandalay Bay. This over-the-top event features over 50 wineries and 150 different wines, spans two days, and tickets include both wine tasting and entertainment.

Kicking the event off on Friday, September 6th is Bubbles and Chocolate, an exclusive champagne and dessert tasting, featuring Mandalay Bay Pastry Chef Christophe Feyt. Hosted by Moet & Chandon, and held at the Moorea Beach Club, festival attendees will indulge in decadent taste, wine, and musical treats, with a concert by Collective Soul and Vertical  Horizon.

On Saturday, the venue changes to the Mandalay Beach, where the wine will flow. Chardonnay, Chianti, Rose, Champagne, Syrah, and Cabernet from around the world will be served up along with $5 taste treats from Aureole, Border Grill, Mix, and StripSteak (VIPS will get a special menu from Rick Noonan and his newly opened Boiler Room). There will also be special performances on two stages from Gavin DeGraw, Austin Brown, Josh Krajciz, and Lady Reiko.

Wine Amplified Festival

Location: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

When: Friday September 6, Saturday September 7

Cost: Friday $55, Saturday $65 (plus tax and fees)