Don’t forget to pack your cowboy boots and Stetson hats for your next trip to Las Vegas! The destination is home to country entertainment throughout the year, boasting concerts, special events and honky-tonks ideal for everybody. Yeehaw!
Country Entertainment Takes Center Stage in Las Vegas
The Entertainment Capital of the World routinely hosts country entertainment’s brightest stars. No matter the time of year or day of the week, visitors have their pick of country concerts in Las Vegas.
The destination is home to resident performers with shows that will get boots scootin’ from the opening track. Even the “King of Country” calls Las Vegas home for a number of weekends a year, as the legendary George Strait holds down his “Strait to Vegas” residency at T-Mobile Arena.
Another act that should make any fan’s itinerary is Luke Bryan, the five-time ACM Entertainer of the Year award winner who routinely takes the stage at Resorts World Las Vegas. And the latest country act to headline the Strip, Miranda Lambert, who is the most decorated artist in Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM) history. Catch her “Velvet Rodeo” residency at Bakkt Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. GRAMMY Award-winning superstar Keith Urban has a residency at that same venue, where he’ll no doubt play numerous chart-toppers from his 20-plus-year career.
The destination also features regular shows from acts any country fan wants to be front-row for, including limited engagements from bands like Southern blues rockers ZZ Top at The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas and comedian Ron White, who delivers country-inspired laughs with the Aces of Comedy series at The Mirage Hotel & Casino.
Country Events and Experiences That Will Make You Yeehaw
Country music is a sure bet in Downtown Las Vegas, with the Country Throwdown at Downtown Container Park. The open-air mall in the Fremont East Entertainment District puts on this country music night the second Saturday of the month. Enjoy the entertainment in between checking out the boutiques and chowing down on the venue’s fantastic fare.
Every December, cowboys and cowgirls flock to Las Vegas for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR), held at Thomas & Mack Center. Known as the championships of rodeo, the event features the globe’s top rodeo contestants in a multiday competition seeking a share of the $10.9 million purse (and some serious bragging rights).
There’s even more rodeo in Las Vegas, as The Greatest Arena on Earth™ puts on multiple events. Fans can also get a taste of bull-riding action with PBR in Las Vegas during November at the Professional Bull Riders Team Series Championship at T-Mobile Arena.
Las Vegas is also known as a shopping mecca, which is why it’s no surprise that the Cowboy Channel’s Cowboy Christmas gift show takes place every December at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Coinciding with the NFR, the annual event features over 350 exhibitors selling unique products — from western wear and jewelry to furniture and original art.
Want to get hitched in cowboy fashion? Bliss Beyond the Neon offers wedding packages at Nelson’s Landing, an abandoned mining town of the wild, wild west. Celebrate your special day in this ghost town surrounded by the Southern Nevada mountains, all while taking in an experience that highlights Nevada’s oftentimes lawless history.
Honky-Tonks You Won’t Want to Miss
Las Vegas is situated right in the middle of the wild west, so of course, there are going to be several saloons in the destination.
Find an authentic cowboy cocktail experience at Pioneer Saloon, which was established in 1913 in Goodsprings, Nevada. Situated 30 minutes or so from the Las Vegas Strip, the traditional western bar has doubled as a Hollywood movie set and offers a food menu of country, barbecue and southwestern favorites.
Looking for some live country music? Want to wrangle a mechanical bull? Las Vegas Boulevard has two options, each boasting live entertainment you won’t want to miss. Stoney’s Rockin’ Country at Town Square Las Vegas has beer pong and a dance floor that’s always on fire. Meanwhile, Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que at Treasure Island – TI Hotel & Casino features Strip views and an extensive BBQ menu. Catch an inside view from the VEGAS ON team below.
Country fans can also find down-home hospitality and live music at Losers Bar at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino; and drink-slingers dancing on the bar top at Hogs & Heifers Saloon at Downtown Grand.
If you find yourself in Downtown Las Vegas, head to the Horse Trailer Hideout on Main Street in the vibrant Arts District. Enjoy craft cocktails, wines and beers at its industrial, country-chic trailer!
While you’re deciding where to two-step or grapple a mechanical bull, be sure to check out all of the great places to dine in Vegas— plus all the fantastic resorts where you can hang that Stetson hat!