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
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
Live entertainment, parades, and plenty of partygoers make Mardi Gras a hit in Vegas every year.
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.
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
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 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
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
Cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and even art define the Las Vegas Odyssey, a city-wide event.
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
Thomas Mack Center
Bull riding in Las Vegas? Absolutely… at least at the National Finals Rodeo!
Las Vegas Marathon
TBD – probably December 2009
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
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
Cirque du Soleil
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
Magic and comedy is a crowd-pleasing combo at this staple show in Vegas.
Phantom of the Las Vegas Spectacular
The beloved Broadway music gets a lavish makeover for this spectacular and enchanting 95-minute production.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Planet Hollywood Resort
While it's not for everyone, this magic comedy act has been a favorite Vegas attraction for years.
This male revue is perfect for girls’ weekends and bachelorette getaways.
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