This is the biggest sports weekend in Las Vegas with the Super Bowl happening this Sunday. The excitement and aren’t confined to the sports book. There are parties in just about every restaurant, bar and casino. The bars and restaurants that aren’t having parties have drink specials. If you’re in Las Vegas this weekend without plans check out this constantly updated list of Big Game parties and specials from Vegas Chatter.

Super Bowl weekend is still the busiest sports weekend in Las Vegas but it’s only one game on one day. March Madness may be overtaking Super Bowl weekend with 16 games on the first two days (March 20 & 21) and 8 more games on March 22 and 23. 48 basketball games in two days is intense and sportsbooks overflow with people. If you’re thinking about visiting Las Vegas between March 20 and 23 you might want to book your hotel rooms now. Room rates are already high.

If you prefer music to sports you might be excited with some music news this week in Las Vegas. The Life Is Beautiful festival set its dates for this year. The music, art, food festival will take place October 24-26 in Downtown Vegas. If you’re remotely interested in going to the festival you might want to put a Downtown Vegas hotel room on hold now. Parking for the event was $40 last year so getting a hotel room close to the festival may be the most economical way to enjoy the weekend.

When The Linq opens all of it’s venues they will be adding a new music venue to Las Vegas. Brooklyn Bowl will have its first concert March 7. You can find the extensive lineup for the 2,000 capacity venue on the Caesars Entertainment blog. There are already concerts listed into August! Brooklyn Bowl will have 32 lanes for bowling (that’s where half the name comes from) and a Blue Ribbon restaurant.

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has added a dome over part of the pool complex for Marquee Dayclub and will begin having day parties. You’ll find party listings on Marquee’s Facebook page.

If you like partying in the club you might be stoked to hear that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have signed up for residencies this summer with Encore Beach Club and Surrender Nightclub at Wynn. MTV.com has dates.

Speaking of Wynn, Sony wants to film the sequel to Mall Cop at Wynn. The title might be a little different since Wynn’s shopping area is called an esplanade, not a mall. Nothing is confirmed yet but Las Vegas Sun has details about the potential for Esplanade Cop.

When you’re hanging out on the Vegas Strip do you ever have a hankering to see a movie? Well, you may have that opportunity soon. Crystals mall at Aria looks like they’ll be adding a high end movie theater. The Cinetopia movie theater chain is not the kind of movie theater you’re probably used to. Vegas Chatter has more information and links to learn even more.

The Tropicana just introduced the Sky Villas suites. The photos and description look great. See for yourself.

Bobby’s Burger Palace opened this week at Mandarin Oriental. BBB is Bobby Flay’s burger chain with restaurants all over the country. I am a big fan of Flay’s southwestern cooking influence on traditional American cuisine. I can’t wait to grab a burger here. Las Vegas Sun has a nice photo roundup of opening day where you can see burgers, the restaurant and politicians.

Last but not least if you’re a casino chip collector you may have heard that the $8 chips casinos used to have for Chinese New Year won’t be allowed this year. However, some casinos have taken steps to keep the tradition alive and have different kinds of commemorative chips available. Las Vegas Advisor has all of the details at the bottom of this page.

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