Summer doesn’t officially start for another two weeks, but this weekend’s soaring temperatures have the National Weather Service calling an excessive heat warning. The NWS cautions everyone in the Las Vegas Valley—and especially those sissy tourists—to drink fluids regularly and try to venture outside only in the morning and evening. With that in mind, here are four cool suggestions to keep you healthy, hydrated and entertained all weekend long.
1. Although there are no natural-born beaches here in Southern Nevada, don’t let geography get in the way of a good time. Mandalay Bay Beach boasts 2,700 tons of imported sand ready for you to dip your toes into. Go barefoot as Grace Potter & The Nocturnals play a poolside set on a “Hot Summer Night.” (At Mandalay Bay, 9 p.m. Saturday, $40 and up, MandalayBay.com.)
2. Is it a snow cone or is it ice cream? It’s something in between! The newest sweet spot in Chinatown is called Kuma Snow Cream, and these temperatures present the perfect opportunity to taste the fluffy frozen confection. Take your pick of flavors and toppings or go for a Kuma combo like the tangy Mangozilla: Mango-flavored snow cream with mochi, strawberries, Cap’n Crunch and mango sauce. Yum! (3735 Spring Mountain Drive, $5.50 and up, KumaSnowCream.com.)
3. We’ve been talking about temperature, but we know that for sports fans “Beat the Heat” brings basketball to mind. Lily Bar & Lounge hosts a viewing party as the Miami Heat take on the San Antonio Spurs. Go ahead and cheer for your team from the comfort of your booth, cocktail in hand. (In Bellagio, 5 p.m. Sunday, Bellagio.com.)
4. Ready to roam the neighborhood after an afternoon cooped up in your air-conditioned apartment? The Vegas StrEATS festival takes over El Cortez’s Jackie Gaughan Plaza for a night of food trucks, live music and street style. (600 Fremont St., 6 p.m. Saturday, VegasStreats.com.) After sunset, head to Commonwealth for the official festival after party. DJ Zo and Air Stegosaurus fill the rooftop with sound while Plo keeps the party going in the main room. (525 Fremont St., 10 p.m., Commonwealthlv.com.)