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. Vegas residencies are back:
At the forefront of the concert world is the Las Vegas residency, and they are back with a vengeance. The star-studded lineup includes familiar faces such as Bruno Mars at Park Theater at Park MGM; Gwen Stefani and Shania Twain at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino; Adam Lambert at The Venetian Theater at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas; and Barry Manilow at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. And don’t forget the new shows from Usher at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace and the litany of big names at Resorts World Las Vegas (see No. 3)
2. Visit a star-studded stadium:
Home to the Las Vegas Raiders, Allegiant Stadium on the south end of the Strip is ready to welcome fans inside for concerts and events for the first time. EDM star Illenium will be the first-ever concert at the stadium July 3, performing three sets in one night, followed by country music legend Garth Brooks’ stadium tour stop on July 10, and Guns N’ Roses will be the first rock show at the stadium on August 27. Keeping with the sports theme, the 2021 Concacaf Soccer Gold Cup Final will be held Aug. 1, followed by the Raiders first preseason game on Aug. 14. The walls are sure to get loud with the call of fans.
3. The newest resort and theater for the hottest acts:
If you haven’t heard about Resorts World Las Vegas in the last few months, you’re truly missing out. The newest resort to open on the Strip in more than 10 years is set to unveil itself on June 24 with a cadre of dining, day and nightlife, shopping and entertainment options. But the biggest draw is the slew of huge-name residencies at the 5,000-seat Theater at Resorts World starting in November: Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. Resident DJs Zedd and Tiësto are also in the mix performing at Ayu Dayclub and Zouk Nightclub this fall. Run, don’t walk, to experience all this newness
4. Laugh till your cheeks hurt:
Headlining comedians have come flooding back to provide some much-needed comedic relief. You can see performances from well-known acts such as Dave Chappelle at MGM Grand Garden Arena; Bill Burr at The Chelsea The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; Jim Gaffigan and Jo Koy at Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas; and the always hysterical lineup of Aces of Comedy at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. 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 punch back to life:
Vegas has long been known as a top destination for boxing and UFC, and fighters are stepping back into the ring and the Octagon. Top Rank, one of the biggest promoters in boxing, has set up shop at The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas for its summer boxing series through the end of June. Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor will battle it out for the third time on July 10 at UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena. Allegiant Stadium is getting into the action when it hosts WWE Summer Slam on Aug. 21. And the highly anticipated rematch of Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder III for the heavyweight unification match is tentatively set for July 24 in Las Vegas.
6. Cirque du Soleil returns:
A staple of the Las Vegas entertainment landscape, the magic, joy and creativity of Cirque du Soleil is back on stage. Blue Man Group brings the percussion and hilarity back to Luxor Hotel and Casino on June 24, the thrilling acrobatics of Mystère returns to the stage at Treasure Island Las Vegas on June 28, and “O” plunges into its first performance on July 1 at Bellagio Resort & Casino.
7. Downtown Rocks again:
Get ready to let loose in Downtown Las Vegas. Fremont Street Experience is the best place 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. This year’s list includes Chevelle; Plain White T’s; Tonic with Sister Hazel; 3 Doors Down and Seether; and more.
8. MAGIC MIKE LIVE on the Strip:
Billed as Vegas’ hottest show, MAGIC MIKE LIVE Las Vegas returns and heads to the Strip for the first time ever to perform inside the all-new Magic Mike Theater at SAHARA Las Vegas. Beginning Aug. 27, the revamped male revue will feature new routines and technologies, a lush cocktail lounge for pre- and post-show magic, a poolside VIP meet and greet experience, and more steamy fun.
9. So many festivals, so little time:
You’ve been craving live music and Las Vegas has just the fix – festivals are back and ready to bring you and thousands of your closest friends together. 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. Downtown Las Vegas Events Center brings three events for music lovers of all genres with Excision, Lost in Dreams, and the always popular Punk Rock Bowling. No one can forget that Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) blooms again in late October at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
10. Dayclubs and nightclubs are in full effect:
Las Vegas nightclubs and the record-spinning celebrity DJs – Steve Aoki at Omnia at Caesars Palace, Kaskade at WET REPUBLIC at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, The Chainsmokers at XS Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas and DJ Vice at Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, to name a few – are back again and calling you home. 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. Stars are back on the big stage:
Concerts are taking center stage once again and the biggest acts are ready for the curtain to rise. 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 Justin Moore at Sunset Station Hotel & Casino; RISE AGAINST at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; Carlos Santana at House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino; Gary Clark Jr., Machine Gun Kelly, Lady A and more at The Theater at Virgin Hotel Las Vegas; REO Speedwagon at Red Rock Resort, Casino & Spa; Marc Anthony at Michelob Ultra Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino; John Fogerty and Bryan Adams at Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas; Rakim and DJ Jazzy Jeff 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.