If you’re getting tired of the splashy hotels and casinos, Las Vegas events and shows will keep you thoroughly entertained. Whether it’s a basketball game, Broadway musical, or Las Vegas convention that intrigues you, Las Vegas has it all in spades. In fact, it can feel a little “much.” In addition to this handy Las Vegas events guide, the Las Vegas Convention Center is dedicated to helping you make the best of your vacation. While it's important to buy tickets to your favorite events and shows ASAP, it's even more important that you have a great, affordable place to stay once you get to Vegas. So, take a look at our Las Vegas vacation rentals!

Top Las Vegas Events

Nascar Weekend Las Vegas

NASCAR Weekend

February 27 – March 1, 2009
Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Race to Vegas for this five-day NASCAR love fest.

Fremont Street Mardi Gras

February 29, 2009
Fremont Street

Live entertainment, parades, and plenty of partygoers make Mardi Gras a hit in Vegas every year.

Las Vegas World Cup

Rolex FEI World Cup Finals

April 15-19, 2009
Thomas and Mack Center

Find out who’s best in show at this equestrian competition, which highlights European riders and their horses.

NCAA Basketball

It's easy to get caught up in college basketball here. The University of North Las Vegas Rebels play during January, September, and November. However, if you’re visiting in the summer, you can watch the Summer League hit the court July 11 – 20. 2009.

Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz and R&B Festival

April 25, 2009
Hills Park

Of all these events, Las Vegas’ tribute to jazz and R&B is one of the most beloved. The 16-year-old music festival has featured Paul Taylor and the Jazz Crusaders.

World Series of Poker

May 26 – July 15, 2009
Rio Hotel and Casino

Watch the gambling pros go head to head at the “WSOP,” which is sure to be Sin City’s most suspenseful event.

Cinevegas Film Festival

CineVegas International Film Festival

June 1 – 15, 2009
Palms Resort and Casino

This budding film festival features fascinating films (and their stars) that don’t get as much attention at other more well-known venues.

Official Star Trek Convention

August 6 – 9, 2009
Hilton Hotel

The title speaks for itself… trekkies from all over the world will gather to meet their icons, including William Shatner, at this year’s Las Vegas convention.

Blue Sky International Film Festival

TBD – probably September 2009
Regal’s Village Square Cinema

Film buffs and aspiring filmmakers will love this interactive and international film festival.

Las Vegas Odyssey

Around Vegas

Cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and even art define the Las Vegas Odyssey, a city-wide event.

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Mid-December, 2009
Thomas Mack Center

Bull riding in Las Vegas? Absolutely… at least at the National Finals Rodeo!

Las Vegas Marathon

TBD – probably December 2009
Around Vegas

Is there anything more entertaining than watching an Elvis impersonator run a marathon?

New Year’s Eve on the Strip

December 31st, 2009 to January 1st, 2010
The Strip

It could be one of the world’s biggest parties. Sin City sure knows how to bring in the New Year. The Strip doesn’t have a total monopoly on New Year’s Eve fun, though; head downtown for even more revelry.

Top Las Vegas Shows

Las Vegas shows Magic

Cirque du Soleil

Various hotels

Las Vegas is the home of Cirque du Soleil. Four shows – O, Love, Ka, Mystere, and Zumanity – are spread among some of the most popular Vegas hotels – Bellagio, Mirage, MGM Grand, Treasure Island, and New York New York (respectively). And each one is sure to blow you away!

Penn and Teller

Rio Hotel

Magic and comedy is a crowd-pleasing combo at this staple show in Vegas.

Phantom of the Las Vegas Spectacular

Venetian Hotel

The beloved Broadway music gets a lavish makeover for this spectacular and enchanting 95-minute production.

Danny Gans

Wynn Hotel

Danny Gans is more than just a “funny man;” he’s an impressionist, singer, and all-around gifted joke teller. Not only that, but he’s considered Las Vegas’ very best entertainer! And in the Entertainment Capital of the World, that’s quite an honor.

Blue Man Group

Venetian Hotel

They’re a household name for a reason; this cutting-edge show blends together technology, music, comedy, and creative performance art, for one of Vegas’ most endeared shows.

Barry Manilow

Las Vegas Hilton

Manilow is one of Vegas’ top headliners and his critically acclaimed show, “Ultimate Manilow: The Hits,” will take you through his incredible music career.


Bally’s Hotel

The million-dollar stage show is everything you’d expect from Vegas – extravagant costumes, singing and dancing, acrobatics, the sinking of the Titanic (yes, really), and of course, the signature Jubilee! showgirls. The family-friendly production, in which all the girls don tops, shows once every Saturday night.

Le Reve

Wynn Hotel

Is Le Reve the “greatest show on earth,” as it claims? We’ll let you be the judge of that. Whatever the case, you’re in for a lot of overstimulation at this huge, high-energy, hybrid show, which uses water, light, music, gymnasts, costumes, and a slew of other techniques to “wow” every attendee.

Fab Four Live Las Vegas

Fab Four Live

Planet Hollywood Resort

It’s always Beatles mania in Vegas, thanks to this show, which celebrates John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and the 60s.

Amazing Jonathan

Planet Hollywood Resort

While it's not for everyone, this magic comedy act has been a favorite Vegas attraction for years.


Rio Hotel

This male revue is perfect for girls’ weekends and bachelorette getaways.

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