A group stay in Las Vegas is not complete without an evening at a blockbuster show on the Strip.

 

When the thrill of the slots and tables has run out, first-rate shows never fail to deliver the glitz and glamour you’ve come to expect in the entertainment capital of the universe. The variety of options and line-up of big-name stars are unrivalled anywhere on the planet.

Nearly all Las Vegas shows offer group discounts and packages that enhance the megawatt show experience. Much like all the action in Vegas, most shows take place late into the evening; matinees are rare. Here are some of the must-sees:

Vegas in Wonderland – Cirque du Soleil

Cirque Mystere

Cirque Mystere

Vegas is a city of fantasy and Cirque du Soleil takes that to the next level. The shows play all across the country, but if you are going to see Cirque du Soleil, Vegas is the mother lode. The city has eight different Cirque productions.

See the classics where acrobats spring into action and the visuals are otherworldly in “O” (at the Bellagio), Mystere (Treasure Island), Zarkana (Aria) or KÀ (MGM Grand). Each of these staples has an independent inspiration such as aquatics or fire, so choose wisely. In Criss Angel BELIEVE, an illusion spectacular, the magician brings his 40 mind-blowing illusions to the stage at the Luxor Hotel and Casino. Or celebrate the legacy of two music legends at two separate shows—The Beatles LOVE or Michael Jackson ONE. These shows combine music, visuals, dance and acrobatics to immerse the audience into the musicians’ journey like never before.

Groups of as few as 12 receive special rates, individualized planning and special perks such as pre-show receptions.

Pop Princess – Britney Spears

Britney Spears

Britney Spears

After years of living off the radar, the iconic ’90s pop princess is back in a big way. Britney Spears’ Planet Hollywood show, Britney: Piece of Me, is a smashing success. This show is high-energy, and after 15-plus years in the chart-topping business, the diva still brings it. The Britney classics from “Baby One More Time” to “Toxic” have been revived with super-charged dancing, daring stunts, special effects and even acrobatics. Keep in mind, this show isn’t a sit back-and-relax experience for the audience. The 7,000-seat theater turns into a club-like atmosphere and nearly everyone is on their feet dancing like Spears. After the show, head to the Heart Bar to order your Britney-inspired martini.

Still Going Strong – Olivia Newton-John

Reminisce over some of the greatest hits of the last quarter century at Olivia Newton-John’s Summer Nights show at the Flamingo. Backed by an eight-piece band, her show walks you through her life in music and film, starting with hits from her early career such as “Let Me Be There” and some as Sandy in the movie Grease such as “You’re the One That I Want.” Contact the ticket office for group pricing and information on the exclusive Meet & Greet package.

The Great Illusionist – David Copperfield

The most renowned magician in history still holds his long-running and ever popular Vegas show. Your group will be treated to an intimate evening of wonderment at the MGM Grand. Copperfield’s performance is mystifying and you will be left wondering “how did he do it?” hours after the show. This is a chance to see the legend at work and your group can even meet him face to face with the Meet and Greet Ticket Package. For just over $100, your group can sit in the front row, take a photo with David and have a private magical experience.

The All in One – Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group

Humor, music, special effects—the Blue Man Group does it all. You can see Blue Man Group in several big cities, but the Vegas show is an experience all its own. Performing at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, Blue Man Group has mega-enhanced the musical fusion, the sensational technology and the audience interaction. The show is primal and energized and takes a journey into the network of the human brain. Be sure not to miss the free procession of percussive luminescence (part parade, part dance party) that moves through the casino floor daily at 6:15 p.m. Special group plans include discounts, dinner packages, VIP experiences and even bus services if your group has a little too much fun. Blue Man Group typically has two shows nightly.

Just for Laughs – Comedy Shows

While there aren’t many permanent comedians installed in Vegas, there is a fresh rotation of comedy’s hottest names. Jay Leno, Bill Cosby, Ray Romano, Whoopi Goldberg, Daniel Tosh and Tim Allen are just some of the big-name comedians coming to Sin City in November, for example. Many of these hilarious stand-up routines are one-night installments. Big-name comedians with exclusive performances means prices will run fairly high and sell quickly. But the laughs are well worth the price. Try booking far in advance to score early bird deals.

If you want all the laughs minus the high prices and celebrity names, try the Laugh Factory at Tropicana. Often recognized as the No. 1 comedy club in America, the Laugh Factory offers two shows a night, seven days a week and a chance to see some of comedy’s rising stars. You may not recognize the comedians’ names yet, but for $40 per ticket it’s worth it.

You won’t find another place with so much first-rate entertainment in one strip. Music, comedy and all-out visuals treats—Vegas has it all for your group.

Top Nevada Events

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Las Vegas

Las Vegas immerses itself into the spirit of the West with one of America’s top rodeos, concerts by country music’s brightest stars and a Cowboy Christmas Gift Show featuring more than 400 vendors. (nfrexperience.com)

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Elko

This week-long celebration of rural life in the West includes poetry, storytelling and musical performances, plus film showings, dinner theater, art and photography exhibitions, and displays of cowboy gear. Learn a new skill in cooking, yodeling, dance and rawhide braiding workshops. (westernfolklife.org)

Laughlin River Run

The largest motorcycle event on the West Coast features the self-guided Poker Run to Lake Havasu City, a custom bike show, concerts, free outdoor entertainment, the Laughlin Tattoo Convention and Ms. Laughlin Pageant. (laughlinriverrun.com)

Helldorado Days, Las Vegas

Las Vegas’ longest-running civic event, first held in 1934, is a cowboy-themed festival and tribute to the Wild West. Sponsored by the Elks Lodge, it features rodeo action, a carnival, parade and live music. All proceeds go to local charities. (elkshelldorado.com)

Hot August Nights, Reno

This nostalgia-packed celebration of America’s love affair with cars and rock ’n’ roll includes music from the 1950s and ’60s, drag races and a sock hop. The country’s largest classic car event showcases more than 5,000 vehicles, including restored hot rods and sexy muscle cars. (hotaugustnights.net)

Aloha River Regatta, Laughlin

Thousands of fun-loving water enthusiasts decorate their inner tubes, rafts, kayaks and barges for a float down the Colorado River. Several Laughlin hotels offer float parties. (bullheadregatta.com)

Great Reno Balloon Race  

More than 100,000 spectators come out to see up to 100 balloons in the largest free hot-air ballooning event in the world. (renoballoon.com)

Virginia City International Camel Races

Riding camels, ostriches and emus, jockeys from around the world compete in the arena at Silverland Inn and Suites. Also part of the wild and crazy event is the Camel Hump experience where the humped beasts pop into C Street’s famous saloons to say hello to race attendees. (visitvirginiacitynv.com)