With so many entertainment options to choose from in the Entertainment Capital of the World, it’s hard to figure out where to start. Check out these can’t-miss experiences to get you rolling into entertainment nirvana.
1. SEE A VEGAS RESIDENCY SHOW
At the forefront of the concert world is the Las Vegas residency, which is why today’s top artists are headlining the destination’s world-class theaters. From pop and country to rock and R&B, the star-studded lineup includes Bruno Mars and Jason Aldean at Dolby Live at Park MGM. Usher; Sting; Rod Stewart; Van Morrison; and Reba, Brooks & Dunn perform at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Shania Twain and Scorpions appear at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Chicago; Earth, Wind & Fire; Styx; and Foreigner are at The Venetian Theater at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas. There’s also Carlos Santana at House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay Las Vegas; Donny Osmond at Harrah’s Las Vegas; and Barry Manilow at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. And don’t forget the litany of big names at Resorts World Las Vegas (see No. 3).
2. VISIT A STAR-STUDDED STADIUM
Home of the Las Vegas Raiders, Allegiant Stadium on the south end of the Strip also regularly welcomes fans inside for concerts featuring the best and brightest names in entertainment like The Rolling Stones. Catch a show from iconic names like, Billy Joel, Metallica and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. And when the Vegas Golden Knights aren’t on the ice down the street at T-Mobile Arena, the space is putting on massive concerts from A-list acts like George Strait, Justin Bieber, Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, and more.
3. THE NEWEST RESORT AND THEATER FOR THE HOTTEST ACTS
Resorts World Las Vegas opened in June 2021 with one seriously impressive lineup of resident performers. And now, those residencies are taking the stage at the 5,000-seat Resorts World Theatre. In addition to the resident shows from Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, superstar DJs Zedd and Tiësto are also in the Resorts World entertainment mix at Zouk Nightclub.
4. LAUGH TILL YOUR CHEEKS HURT
Comedy’s very best can be found serving up knee-slappers at showrooms any night of the week. Get a good dose of comedic relief with well-known acts such as Bill Burr and Letterkenny Live! at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas or the always hysterical lineup of Aces of Comedy at The Mirage Hotel & Casino, with regular acts like Tim Allen, Bill Maher, Wayne Brady, Daniel Tosh, Ron White, Steve Trevino, Amy Schumer, Gabriel Iglesias, Tom Segura, Ray Romano and David Spade. Oh, and don’t forget the hilarious headliners at Wynn Las Vegas, including comedy heavyweights Sebastian Maniscalco, Whitney Cummings, Nate Bargatze, Jim Gaffigan, and Trevor Noah with additional sets from Chris Distefano, Andrew Santino, Taylor Tomlinson, Tom Papa and Demetri Martin. Also, watch for up-and-coming acts at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino; Comedy Cellar at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino; and The Laugh Factory at Tropicana Las Vegas. Let the hilarity ensue.
5. FIGHT NIGHTS bring the excitement
T-Mobile Arena regularly plays host to highly-anticipated UFC fights. Catch two title fights at the Strip-side space when Oliveira vs. Poirier and Nunes vs. Pena top the ticket in UFC 269. And boxing is synonymous with Las Vegas, so it’s no surprise that several title fights have also made it onto the calendar. Championship bouts in the Entertainment Capital of the World include Crawford vs. Porter at Mandalay Bay’s Michelob Ultra Arena and Canelo vs. Plant at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
6. THE CIRQUE DU SOLEIL SHOW GOES ON
A staple of the Las Vegas entertainment landscape, the magic, joy and creativity of Cirque du Soleil is an experience like no other. Blue Man Group brings its signature percussion and hilarity to the stage at Luxor Hotel and Casino, while the thrilling acrobatics of Mystère astound almost nightly at Treasure Island Las Vegas. There’s also the epic storytelling of KÀ at MGM Grand Las Vegas, and the aquatic “O” plunges into breathtaking performances at Bellagio Resort & Casino. And don’t forget The Beatles LOVE, bringing the music of The Fab Four to life at the Mirage Las Vegas.
7. DOWNTOWN REALLY ROCKS
Get ready to let loose in Downtown Las Vegas. Fremont Street Experience is one of the best places to enjoy free, live music with three stages and a rotating schedule of nonstop talent nightly. And the highlight of the free entertainment is the Downtown Rocks Concert Series featuring a stellar lineup of some of the most recognizable names in music.
8. EXPERIENCE AREA15
There’s so much to take in at the experiential art and entertainment complex, from immersive activations and massive art installations to bars, eateries and retail. Take a stroll through Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart and sip on cocktails at Oddwood while exploring all the other offerings at AREA15, just a short drive from the Strip. There’s always something new at AREA15, which also features rotating art exhibitions and special events.
9. SO MANY FESTIVALS, SO LITTLE TIME
Music festival season is year-round in Las Vegas, with annual events happening throughout the year in the destination. On the same music-packed weekend in September, you’ll find an amazing artist lineup at Life Is Beautiful Downtown, and the biggest pop stars of the year at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena. The Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) followed in 2021, celebrating 25 years of partying “under the electric sky” in October at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Other events include Punk Rock Bowling, Psycho Las Vegas, Day N Vegas, and the Lovers & Friends Festival.
10. PARTY AROUND THE CLOCK
The Las Vegas nightclub scene has something for every party personality — and the record-spinning celebrity DJs keep the party going all night long! Catch sets from superstar spin masters like Steve Aoki at Omnia at Caesars Palace, Lil Jon at Hakkasan Nightclub at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, The Chainsmokers at XS Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas, and DJ Pauly D at Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas — and that’s just to name a few! Soul-pumping beats, dance floors filled with people, and heaps of confetti are in plentiful supply at any of these nonstop party spots. No matter what kind of experience you’re looking for, from chic cocktails at high-end lounges to rocking dance clubs perfect for busting out your signature moves, you won’t want to stop until the sun comes up.
11. THE BIGGEST STARS PLAY THE VEGAS STAGE
The Entertainment Capital of the World delivers a concert calendar that is truly unparalleled. There is no shortage of artists performing throughout the destination — from rock to country and everything in between. You won’t want to miss big names such as John Mayer at MGM Grand Garden Arena; 311 at Dolby Live at Park MGM; Smokey Robinson at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas; Deftones at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; Little Big Town at The Theater at Virgin Hotel Las Vegas; J Balvin at Michelob Ultra Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino; Brian McKnight at Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas; Dinosaur Jr. and Built to Spill at Brooklyn Bowl; and many, many more.
Here’s to exploring all the must-experience entertainment there is to be had in the destination that has it all!