Las Vegas kicks off Oktoberfest celebrations Friday when magicians Siegfried & Roy make a rare public appearance to tap the ceremonial first keg of beer for the traditional German fest.
It all begins at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, which has the vibe of a German beer hall. Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn, longtime entertainers who featured white tigers and white lions in their act, will make an appearance starting at 7:30 p.m.
Horn was critically wounded after a tiger bit him during a show in October 2003. The duo's white tigers, paired with a dolphin habitat, remain a popular tourist attraction at the Mirage.
If you have the stamina to hold your beer without drinking it, the Hofbräuhaus' stein-holding contest might be worth trying. Competitors hold one-liter steins of beer (about 5 pounds when full) straight out from their shoulders for as long as they can. Prizes are awarded to those who can hold their mug the longest.
Traditional food such as bratwurst will be served, as well as brazen, soft pretzels with spicy mustard and pickles; frikadellen, pan-fried hamburgers with boiled new potatoes; and schweineschnitzel, a pork schnitzel sandwich.
Festivities begin daily at 1 p.m. and continue well into the night. Admission is free.
By the way, Oktoberfest in Germany ends earlier on Oct. 3.