Indulge in exquisite delights with a gorgeous background, poolside of the Palazzo during the gourmet event of the year, the Las Vegas Epicurean Affair. Beginning at 6 p.m., guests are invited to tantalize their taste buds with samplings and cocktails from some of the Strip’s most famed restaurants such as Max Brenner, Dos Caminos, Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro and more. Try the Las Vegas Epicurean Affair package, which includes a Luxury Suite at the Palazzo or Venetian, two tickets to the event and complimentary entrance to Lavo nightclub, as well as drink and gondola ride specials. (Visit NVRestaurants.com.)
Gals and greasers, start your engines, because the Rockabilly Rod Reunion (1) is back in town at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Beginning this morning at 11 and running through May 29, the weekend will features “Test’n’ Tune” sessions, pro shows, rockabilly bands and DJs, pinup girl contests and car show awards. (For tickets and a complete lineup, visit RockabillyRodReunion.com.) Hit Fremont Street to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the El Cortez (2). Sample more than 30 wines from exquisite and international locations while the classic hotel screens a Vegas favorite, Bugsy. Tickets are $20, and the event begins at 7 p.m.
It’s National Hamburger Day (3), and Islands Restaurant has partnered with the Children’s Miracle Network to offer the Miracle Menu, beginning today through June 12. Ten percent of the proceeds from each item ordered will be donated to St. Rose Dominican Hospitals toward its $100,000 donation goal. (10810 W. Charleston Blvd.) Cel-e-brate good times, c’mon, with Skip Martin, former lead singer of Kool & the Gang, as he performs his hits during Gimme Shelter, the annual fundraiser for the Heaven Can Wait Animal Society. The event will also feature live music from U2 tribute band Arms of America. (6 p.m., Village at Lake Las Vegas, $20, HCWS.org.) For a real good time, visit the Colosseum at Caesars Palace where the loud-mouthed Chelsea Handler (4) performs stand-up along with Chelsea Lately cast mates and comedians. (8 p.m., tickets at Ticketmaster.com.)
Head down to Sonrisa Grill at the Village at Lake Las Vegas where Back Bar USA presents Tacos & Tequila, a culinary competition where the area’s best restaurants showcase their tacos, guacamole and salsa. Festivities also include live entertainment featuring a Mariachi band, a Mexican Artist Exhibition and La Plaza de la familiar, an area designated for families with dogs, clowns, rides and taquitos. (Noon-6 p.m., free with 10 tastings of tequila or tacos for $25 at the door or advance tickets at TacosAndTequilaFestival.com.) Members of the Dropkick Murphys and fans and participants of Punk Rock Bowling are teaming up with Flightlinez to raise money for the Claddagh Fund, a charitable organization created to improve the quality of life of children and veterans. From 4-6 p.m., each $15 you spend on Ziplinez rides at the Fremont Street Experience goes to the cause.
Though the barbecues are grillin’, the kids are in the pool and everyone’s enjoying the day off, don’t forget the real meaning behind Memorial Day–to commemorate and honor soldiers who gave their lives while fighting for our country. You can pay tribute at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, where Gov. Brian Sandoval will speak along with other special guests. There will also be a presentation of colors and performances by the Nevada Opera Chorus and Myron Heaton Chorale. The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. in the chapel, 1900 Buchanan Blvd. You can also pay tribute to the veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan war from 5:30-7:30 p.m. during the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Las Vegas Hilton.
See the winning work from the Contemporary Art Center’s 22nd annual Juried Show (5). Winners included Phillip Denker (best of show), Kim Fink (first prize), Matthew Couper (second) and Suzan Shutan (third). The art will be exhibited through June 18. (Noon-5 p.m Tue-Sat and 6-10 p.m. First Friday, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 120.)
You don’t have to travel overseas to hear preaching and teachings from one of the great leaders in Buddhism. Lama Ole Nydahl, one of the few Westerners qualified as a lama and meditation teacher in the Karma Kagyu Buddhist tradition, visits Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, from 8-10 p.m. with a $10 suggested donation. Lama Ole is a world-renowned lama, establishing more than 600 Diamond Way Buddhist centers in 33 countries around the world, including one here in Henderson. Visit DiamondWay.org to learn more.