Must See Las Vegas Shows

Comedy, Circus Acts, Music, and More

Artists From Cirque du Soleil's 'TORUK - The First Flight' At 'Party At The Park'
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With so many shows in Las Vegas, it can be difficult to find a general consensus on what is the best. These Las Vegas shows consistently come up in conversations as the top of the heap so plan your vacation and include at least one of these performances. Use Best of Vegas to compare prices on Las Vegas shows before you get into town.

If you are looking for a cheap show (under $50), there are some options or you can see if you can score half-price tickets when you get into town.

Remember to exhibit patience. Do not be in a hurry to buy your show tickets. Start checking prices before you leave for Las Vegas and if you find a good price after you have done some comparison shopping then go ahead and buy the ticket. It does not make sense to buy first. Call the hotel where the show is appearing and see what their price is. If after you do a little searching and you know you have found a good deal, then that is when you make the final purchase. Patience might save you some money.

If you still have to book a hotel or are not sure what to do while there, the options are seemingly endless.

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The Beatles "Love" at the Mirage

'LOVE': Cirque du Soleil Celebrates the Musical Legacy of The Beatles - Party and Show
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Stand outside the theater as ​The Beatles "Love" at the Mirage lets out and that should be an indication to you as to how good this show is. It is the perfect combination of good music and stunning performers. If there is only one show in Las Vegas that you will see, you will not be disappointed if you choose "Love." Plenty other Las Vegas shows will entertain you, but this show will move you.

The music alone makes this a great show, but then the performers bring the music to life. The personalities of the iconic band seem to be transported into the room, into the energy of the performance and into the audience. You do not have to be a fan of The Beatles to enjoy this show. One thing you will realize when you leave this performance is that their music is very familiar and holds up very well. People love this show because it is hard not to. 

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Absinthe at Caesars Palace

The Skating Aratas at Absinthe at Caesars Palace
Tom Donoghue

Absinthe is one of the best shows in Las Vegas for its comedy, thrilling acrobatics, and adult themes that remind you that you are in Sin City and not Disney World. The seating in the small theater will have you so close to the action you will feel like you are part of the show.

To save money for this show, make sure you check ticket prices at the Caesars Palace ticket booth before you buy online. Sometimes those tickets are discounted. When you walk past the giant tent in front of Caesars Palace, look for the people who are handing out discount coupons. They are there most days and you can save a good chunk of money on your tickets.

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Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah's

Mac King Comedy Magic Show In Las Vegas
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The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah's is a must-see. For the money, it is hard to beat this kind of entertainment. It should go without saying, but please do not start eating goldfish after seeing this show.

Compared to other Vegas shows, it is a bargain with normal prices about $30 to $50. And, if you have kids, it's even more fabulous because it's good, clean fun for everyone. This afternoon show is better than plenty of evening shows on the strip. His act is reminiscent of something that was once so common but is now a lost art. See him and try not to like it. You won't be able to.

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Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay

Smooth Criminal Michael Jackson ONE Las Vegas
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You don't have to like Michael Jackson to love this show. You will leave the show with an appreciation for the music and a fascination for Cirque du Soleil. The effects and performers are impressive and the music is catchy. Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay will surprise you so do not be shocked when you start singing at the top of your lungs. It is a journey through Michael Jackson's music as well as a walk down memory lane. 

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Blue Man Group at the Luxor

Blue Man Group
Denise Truscello

Some Las Vegas shows are not for everybody. The Blue Man Group is. This is a Las Vegas show that can work for the entire family.

You'll be entertained like never before, you'll surprise yourself with the need to tap your feet, and you'll engage your senses with a desire to experience it all. The Blue Man Group has been in Las Vegas for quite some time so you can bet they are doing something right. 

Once the show begins you’ll understand why there is so much excitement as you are treated to a bombardment of lights and sounds. Very little is needed to convey the energy from the performers to the audience as the sensory experience will enthrall every ounce of your attention. Blue Man Group is filled with laughter, rhythm, and activity. This show is perfect for anyone who enjoys quality entertainment, and you do not have to worry about inappropriate or racy suggestive behavior. The real show starts before the performance when the performers dance through the casino. Get in early and get the full effect of the sensory experience as the showroom is alive way before the real show starts.

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Mystere at Treasure Island

Mystere by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas
Matt Beard

Mystere at TI is the first Cirque du Soliel show to hit Las Vegas. There is a storyline and the pre-show entertainment is worth getting to the showroom 30 minutes early. The drums set the tone and the visual display of athleticism is worth every penny. This is one of the longest running Las Vegas shows and it works for all ages—children, seniors, and everyone in between love this show. This is pure Cirque du Soleil, and it is one of the best shows in Las Vegas simply because it has lasted this long and continues to pack people in.

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Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas

Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas takes you beyond the ordinary and welcomes you into the sublime. From any seat in the Wynn Theatre you get a view of the more than 80 athletes and entertainers as they engage your imagination with a performance that borders the space between imagination and reality. "Le Reve" (the dream) allows you to escape into the world created by your mind as your subconscious takes over and you drift off into a dream.

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Jeff Civillico at Paris

Jeff Civillico Comedy in Action in Las Vegas

Go in to see Jeff Civillico "Comedy in Action" at Paris Las Vegas with an empty bladder because you will laugh so hard that soon enough you'll embarrass yourself. His clean comedy act has been voted "Best of Las Vegas" three years in a row by the Las Vegas Review Journal. His accolades are numerous. He's been named entertainer of the year by Vegas, Inc., and the Total Vegas Guide has listed it among the top 10 things to do when visiting.

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Bellagio Fountains

Bellagio fountains
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For sure, this is the best free show in Las Vegas. No one will disagree. The iconic Bellagio Fountains show continues throughout the day and it changes from performance to performance.

Catch the show every 30 minutes from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight. On Saturdays and holidays, the shows start at noon every 30 minutes and changes to every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight. On Sundays, the show starts at 11 a.m. every 30 minutes until 7 p.m. when the show goes on every 15 minutes until midnight. 

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"O" by Cirque du Soleil at Bellagio

MGM National Harbor Grand Opening Gala
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"O" by Cirque du Soleil at the Bellagio Hotel is continuously hailed by critics as one of, if not the best, show in Vegas. This Cirque du Soleil show mixes intrigue with daring water acrobatics. The price tag can be high but the entertainment value is just as high. 

It's classic Cirque du Soleil, and it is on the water, in the water, and under the water. Take what you have heard about this French Canadian circus and then multiply those accolades tenfold. It's acrobats that defy gravity plus the motion of a stage that makes you hold your breath with anxiety.

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Fremont Street Experience

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This is a great, free show that runs the length of Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. The Fremont Street Experience is now synonymous with Las Vegas and you must see it at least once in your life. As shows in Las Vegas go, this is a feast for the eyes, and the best part, it's free.

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Terry Fator at the Mirage

From the moment you meet Winston, Terry Fator’s talking turtle, you get a feel for the kind of evening you will be having. By the time you meet Vicki, you‘ll have experienced a Las Vegas show that is good, clean fun for everyone and worth every penny you spend. Terry Fator at the Mirage is the same act that was the season two winner of "America's Got Talent." 

His ability to change voices is impressive enough, but when you couple that talent with the fact he is no longer moving his lips and engaging a puppet in comedic behaviors you become mesmerized.

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Donny and Marie at the Flamingo

Donny and Marie in Las Vegas
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Donny and Marie is an upbeat, feel-good show with a little of Las Vegas added in. If you were a fan of this duo, then you’ll be in heaven. It's never too late to become a fan now, just check them out and try not to sing too loudly. You’ll get to hear all their hits, and the show is a fast and fun 90 minutes.

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Circus Acts at Circus Circus

The free circus at Circus Circus is still high on the list of shows that you must see when visiting Las Vegas. Yes, the hotel is a bit out of the way and this resort might have a few years under its belt, but Circus Circus is a Las Vegas icon—it’s exciting, it’s entertaining, it’s free, and it’s air-conditioned. Circus Circus calls it “The World’s Largest Permanent Circus.” 

The Circus acts run the gauntlet from your basic silly clown show to incredibly athletic acrobatic displays. You can expect a steady stream of acrobats, gymnasts, clowns, contortionists, jugglers, trapeze artists, balancing acts, and animal shows.

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