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13 Las Vegas Shows You Can’t Miss

Want to watch a show in Las Vegas? Here are the best ones to see!

If you’re visiting Vegas, you should absolutely make time to see a show. We did as visitors, and as a local, we still try to check out what’s new at least once a month. Since there’s a constant flow of big names coming through and some who have made Vegas a home base, it’s easy to find a fun new show, even if you feel like you’ve been there and done that.

Since there are so many different types of shows, to keep them organized, here are our top 13 Las Vegas shows so far. Then, below that, we have complete lists for each category.

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Last Updated: March 29, 2024

Your Complete Guide to the Best Las Vegas Shows

We’re making our way through as many shows as possible, and so far, here’s a list of our favorites. Check back for our newest reviews and tips on how to get the best ticket prices.

13 Best Las Vegas Shows You Can’t Miss

What show should we see next?

1. Cirque du Soleil →

If you’re in NY, you go to Broadway; if you’re in Vegas, you see a Cirque show. Cirque du Soleil is the way to go, especially if it’s your first time and you only have time for one show. The production quality and talent never fail to amaze us. We’ve seen all the Cirque shows and some multiple times. Below, we have ranked them from our favorite to least favorite.

O at Bellagio →

  • Synopsis: Weaving a tapestry of artistry, surrealism, and theatrical romance, “O” pays tribute to the beauty of theatre. Inspired by the concept of infinity and the elegance of water, world-class acrobats, synchronized swimmers, and divers create a breathtaking experience.
  • Our Thoughts: As far as the stage design and performances, O is the most impressive. It was the first Cirque show we watched in Vegas, and it held the bar high for the others.

Ka at MGM Grand →

  • Synopsis: Gravity defied, enemies confronted, and noble combat becomes acrobatic. War has never been fought this way. A colossal, moving stage is the battlefield. Up is down, the land becomes sky. These dimension-bending confrontations redefine what it means to fight.
  • Our Thoughts: Jacob loved the set design for this show most, and it fits well in the Las Vegas desert climate.

Mystere, Treasure Island →

  • Synopsis: Inside the imagination is a playful place to be. This world is a jaunty, music-stuffed adventure bright with color, athleticism, and bubbly buddies. Silliness, insane acrobatics, and gut-busting gags abound. It’s a joyous funhouse…and you’re at the front door.
  • Our Thoughts: This is the first Cirque show to make its home on the Strip and is the longest-running show. A true classic. It might not be as elaborate as the others, but if you’ve seen the other shows, this is an excellent follow-up to see how it all began in Vegas.

The Beatles LOVE, The Mirage →

  • Synopsis: The three-time Grammy Award-winning LOVE is a Rock ‘n’ Roll poem inspired by the poetry of the lyrics and brought to life by a cast of world-class aerialists, acrobats, and dancers. Music Director Giles Martin, son of the legendary Beatles producer, Sir George Martin, has heightened LOVE’s listening experience with a completely remixed soundtrack, noting, “The show is the closest anyone can get to being in the studio with the band.”
  • Our Thoughts: This is the most immersive Cirque show. It’s enjoyable, especially if you love Beatles music. We did the behind-the-scenes tour and loved getting insight into how much work goes into the production. Watching the show, a lot is happening with tons of easter eggs for hardcore Beatles stans. If it weren’t for the behind-the-scenes, I would have missed vital story points.

Mad Apple at New York New York →

  • Synopsis: Mad Apple is a delicious Cirque du Soleil cocktail of high-flying acrobatics, music, dance, comedy, and magic celebrating the city that never sleeps. Close Starring comedian Brad Williams, Mad Apple is a nonstop New York thrill ride from the moment you step into the theater. From pre-show magic and boozy libations at the stunning stage bar, to the band playing the biggest musical hits inspired by the city, Mad Apple blurs the lines between circus, live entertainment, and New York nightlife culture.
  • Our Thoughts: This is the show that replaced Zumanity in NYNY. The format feels less like traditional Cirque shows and closer to the variety shows put on by Spiegelworld. We noticed they also poached the sword swallower from Opium. Overall, it’s a fun show with a good mix of acts. I never expected to see a comedian as a Cirque act. We arrived early so we could enjoy drinks at the stage bar.

Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay →

  • Synopsis: Hailed by Rolling Stone as “A virtual parade of ‘wow’ moments,” Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil is an electrifying fusion of acrobatics, dance, and visuals, immersing the audience into the world of Michael’s music. 
  • Our Thoughts: The show was entertaining but different from what we expected. If you want a classic Cirque experience, this one doesn’t have as much of the acrobatics that one might expect. Instead, the focus is on the nostalgia for Michael Jackson’s music and life, including great dance performances. We don’t want to give away the reveal, so we’ll say there’s a fun surprise at the end.

Permanently Closed – Zumanity at New York New York (18+), R.U.N. at LUXOR

Pro Tip: Even if you’ve seen a traveling Cirque show, you should check out the ones in Vegas. They can do much more with the stage when it’s permanent, especially with O and KA.


2. Spiegelworld Shows

Having seen most of the shows on the Strip, as a local, we prefer Spiegelworld shows over Cirque ones for rewatchability. Cirque shows are classic, and we’re always in awe of their acrobatics, but we love the humor and have the best time at Spiegelworld shows. All of them are themed variety shows.

Absinthe, Caesars →

  • Synopsis: Hosted by the filthy rich (and just plain filthy) Gazillionaire and inspired by the absinthe-drenched cabarets of late 19th century Europe, Absinthe is an intoxicating cocktail of circus, burlesque, and vaudeville for a 21st-century audience. “Imagine Cirque du Soleil as channeled through The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” said The New York Times. Absinthe is for ages 18 and above.
  • Our Thoughts: This variety show is a lot of fun. They do a great job of mixing humor with jaw-dropping skills and talent. We found ourselves laughing the entire time. We saw this in 2023 and 2014 and loved the addition of the character Joy Jenkins, who gives Kristen Schaal vibes.

Atomic Saloon, The Venetian →

  • Synopsis: Atomic Saloon Show is Spiegelworld’s riotous and raunchy romp through the wild, Wild West as it never was, with drop-dead sexy acrobats and ridiculous comedy mayhem from a cavalcade of cowboys, showgirls, nuns, lawmen, and layabouts. It takes place inside Madame Boozy Skunkton’s rowdy saloon, boasting the most delicious cocktail menu on this side of the Mississippi.
  • Our Thoughts: This is our favorite now that we’ve seen all three Spiegelwold shows. The set design immerses you in an old Western saloon when you enter. The show had us laughing so hard. If you don’t love raunchy humor, then you may want to look elsewhere. Otherwise, get tickets here.

Local Tip: We love the Venetian and Grand Canal Shoppes. Check out our guide for other things to do and places to eat.

Opium, Cosmopolitan →

  • Synopsis: Journey to a new dimension of entertainment with OPIUM, the adults-only show at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas from Spiegelworld, the creators of Absinthe. On a wild ride aboard the OPM 73 from Uranus to Las Vegas, the spaceship’s twisted crew is at your service, with in-flight entertainment provided by the galaxy’s most talented variety of performers and other space oddities.
  • Our Thoughts: Before seeing the show, we had only seen vague ads of what it might be about but still had no clue what we were getting ourselves into. It’s similar to Absinthe being a quirky, sexy, and funny variety show, but this time set in space. Our favorite act was the bubble guy!

Local Tip: If you’re looking for food before the show, they just launched Superfrico, a new immersive dining experience. We’ll report back once we can check it out ourselves.


3. Mat Franco Magic Reinvented Nightly →

The LINQ | 3535 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, map

Synopsis: Voted “Best Magic Show in Las Vegas” for two-years running by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Mat Franco’s immersive live show leaves audiences awe-struck with his unique feats of illusion. America’s favorite magician is redefining the genre with his signature interactive magic as seen on TV, and never-before-seen creations.

Our Thoughts: We’ve seen his show twice. Once before the pandemic and again after. He reworked the show during the downtime and it’s really fun! The show is fun for the whole family and even more remarkable that he does some illusions that are very specific to the night he shares with you, the audience. They also remodeled the stage so the whole show feels even more polished. Right now, it’s our favorite magic show in Vegas!

See Related: The LINQ Promenade – What to Eat, See, and Do


4. Jersey Boys →

The Orleans | 4500 W Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89103, map

Synopsis: “Jersey Boys” is the musical phenomenon that takes audiences behind the scenes – and the music –
of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. As the 13th longest-running show in Broadway history – running for 11 years and 4,642 performances – more than 30 million people have seen “Jersey Boys” worldwide as of September 2023.

Our Thoughts: We’ve seen Jersey Boys four times now. Once in NYC, twice during the previous run in Las Vegas, and once with the new cast. We love the show! It does an amazing job with pacing and humor, and we find ourselves singing the songs for weeks after seeing it. Should we go back one more time to make it a nice round 5 times that we’ve seen it?


5. Blue Man Group →

Luxor | 3900 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, map

Synopsis: Blue Man Group will rock your world, blow your mind, and unleash your spirit. Leave your expectations at the door and let three bald and blue men take you on a spectacular journey bursting with music, laughter and surprises.

Our Thoughts: We’ve seen Blue Man Group a few times, and it’s always a good time. It’s a great show because it crosses language barriers and engages the audience.

Pro Tip: If you’re looking for photo ops, do the meet and greet or behind-the-scenes tour, where you get to test out some of their instruments. They also stay in character which makes it fun for me (and scary for me since I’ve never had a blue man stare so intently into my eyes).

See More: Behind the Scenes at Blue Man Group Las Vegas

6. Shin Lim →

Mirage / Hard Rock | 3400 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, map

Synopsis: LIMITLESS is the newest and most exciting magic show in the world. Starring Shin Lim, the only person ever to win ‘America’s Got Talent’ TWICE, you will be mesmerized by his incredible sleight of hand and his ability to manipulate objects like a modern-day wizard.

Alongside Shin is special guest ‘AGT’ finalist Colin Cloud – The Real Life Sherlock Holmes, who guarantees to repeatedly blow your mind with his astonishing feats of mind reading. The show is perfect for the entire family and you will all get to experience the magic in your win seat. It sells out nightly – so get your tickets now!

Our Thoughts: We’ve seen Shin Lim’s acts online and weren’t sure how the close-up magic would play out in person. I’m skeptical and not the ideal audience for a magic show, but we all found it entertaining. Shin Lim does some of his most iconic illusions and seamlessly tells the story of his journey. Intertwined throughout the act, Colin Cloud does an amazing job working with the crowd as a mentalist. He brings a different energy to the show, balancing well with Shin Lim’s more mysterious persona.

7. Jabbawockeez Timeless →

MGM Grand, 3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, map

Synopsis: Jabbawockeez mesmerizes and entertains with its dynamic mix of awe-inspiring choreography, pulse-pounding music, and stunning special effects in their new show at MGM Grand Las Vegas. This high tech production will bring the audience up close and personal as never before with their signature white masks and intricate dance moves that have positioned the group as the world’s most influential dance crew. Voted “Best Family Show” and “Best All Ages Show” for three years in a row, Jabbawockeez at MGM Grand is laugh out loud cutting edge entertainment at its best.

Our Thoughts: We saw the show a few years ago and had fun. The new show has even more crowd-pleasers and will have you dancing in your seat. Every time we watch the show it makes us wish we could dance. Is it too late to learn?

Local Tip: If you love collecting tickets, they even have an NFT ticket where you’ll have a keepsake forever. Check it out on the Yellowheart app!

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8. Zombie Burlesque →

3663 S Las Vegas Blvd Suite 360, Las Vegas, NV 89109, map

Synopsis: Zany musical zombies from the atomic era take to the stage with variety acts, comedy, a live “big band” and an award-winning cast of characters in this Las Vegas show.

Our Thoughts: We had no idea what to expect from this show and had a lot of fun at it. It’s a variety show with some burlesque acts, plenty of laughs, and even some surprises. Get a preview of it on our Reel here.

9. Popovich Comedy Pet Theater →

3663 S Las Vegas Blvd Suite 360, Las Vegas, NV 89109, map

Synopsis: The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is entertainment for the whole family, featuring the unique blend of comedy and juggling skills of circus performer Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. His entourage consists of world-class jugglers, Diamond the Shetland Pony and over 30 performing pets including house cats and dogs (all rescued from animal shelters!), geese, white doves and parrots and the New Star Mini-Pig LUCY!

Our Thoughts: This is probably the most adorable show on the strip. If you love animals, then you should see Popovich Comedy Pet Theater. We were constantly oohing and ahhing and what he trained the animals to do. Plus, if you stay after the show, you can meet Popovich himself with some of the animals in the lobby. Get a preview of it on our Reel here.

10. Iluminate →

The STRAT | 2000 Las Vegas Blvd S, 89104, map

Synopsis: From the moment the lights fade to darkness, you’re transported into another world…another dimension, where the music moves you and the visuals are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Welcome to the world of iLuminate. Named “Best New Act in America” by America’s Got Talent, the brilliant cast of the country’s top dancers and choreographers, along with energetic music, creates a mind-blowing, multi-sensory live show experience. As the show progresses, each scene creates a new “room” inside “Club iLuminate” where an exhilarating blend of music, dance, illusion, technology and comedy comes to life for an experience that’s sure to be the most fun you’ll ever have in the dark.

Our Thoughts: The show was fun! There is an over-arching story that is a bit lacking, but they cover a wide range of music from present-day hits to some of our faves from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. It was really cool to see how they used the technology too.

11. Chippendales →

Rio | 3700 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103, map

Synopsis: The Chippendales Las Vegas Show at the Rio is the sexiest display of live entertainment and the men are bringing you the heat. Get fired up because these guys are gonna make you melt. It’s 75 minutes of energy and entertainment as the men dance, strip and sing. That’s right ladies… the most doable men in show business also perform sweet, sweet serenades.

Our Thoughts: We have a friend who dances in Chippendales, so obviously that’s the reason we had to go see it. ;) While a couple of girlfriends were in town, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to go (Jacob included). It was a fun time. Even Jacob said he found it entertaining and less awkward than he had expected.

Local Tip: Bring some earplugs just in case. This goes for all the shows that are going to attract bachelorette parties and screaming ladies. One of them behind us in particular had an unbearably high pitched scream.

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12. Gospel Brunch at House of BLues →

Mandalay Bay | 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, map

Synopsis: This is an all ages event. Join us on Sundays for The Sunday Gospel Brunch, House of Blues legendary dining and live music show. Featuring a rotating cast of the area’s biggest and brightest gospel and R&B talents, you’ll enjoy traditional and contemporary gospel songs. Treat yourself to an amazing all-you-can-eat buffet featuring breakfast favorites, plus tender carving stations, southern specialties and mouth-watering desserts. Don’t miss our signature chicken and waffles! And, if you’re in the mood, you might end up on stage waving a napkin and dancing off some of that delicious cuisine.

Our Thoughts: If you prefer food with your entertainment, check out the Gospel Brunch at House of Blues. There is a massive spread of food and the choir is top-notch. They do a great job of getting everyone involved during the show and keeping it lively.

Pro Tip: House of Blues also has a full-on concert venue at the same location. We went to see Hanson perform and got seats on the second balcony.

13. Comedy Cellar →

Rio | 3700 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103, map

Synopsis: After 36 years of selling out every show, the Comedy Cellar has now opened its first West Coast location here at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. “The Cellar,” as insiders call it, brings its unique vibe from the iconic, underground, Greenwich Village, “brick wall and stained glass,” low ceiling design and feel —to its new, intimate 300-seat club at Rio. Even the menu is entertaining, as the food and bar service is provided by Rio’s world-class chefs and bartenders.

Our Thoughts: While living in NYC, we had fun checking out its comedy scene. We visited a few different comedy clubs including Comedy Cellar and only realized after moving back to Vegas that they had a location here too. The one in Vegas had a very similar setup and vibe. We thought the talent happened to be better here than in NYC, but we also could have been lucky with the lineup. Our theory, though, is that they have to be pickier with who they choose here since they are paying to bring them into Vegas vs a lot of them live in NYC.

Local Tip: Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club at the LINQ Promenade is another great option for stand up. We recently saw Steve Byrne and had a great time at the show.

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photo: Edison Graff

BONUS: Awakening →

3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109, map

Synopsis: Awakening, the new show at Wynn Las Vegas, invites the audience to join the quest of our beautiful heroine and her two fellow travelers as they restore beauty and love to the world. Travel with them and experience worlds never before seen on their journey in a 360-degree theater custom-designed for Awakening. Infused with modern-day myth and magic, Awakening comes to life through a combination of dramatic choreography, technology, fantastic creatures, and a custom sound system designed to showcase its breathtaking original musical score.

Our Thoughts: The stage, puppetry, and artistry of this show are amazing. There were a lot of moments when we were in awe of the creativity of how they showed characters or how they transformed the stage. The overall story was lacking, though, and it dragged on too long in certain portions. If they work on the story, this show will surely be a hit.

Note: Because of the negative reviews, they recently reworked the show. but it stayed roughly the same. The pacing of the story slightly improved, and they added a couple of clowns to help, but the highlights are still the stage, puppetry, and artistry.

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Next Show We’re Seeing: David Blaine Impossible →

Wynn | 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109, map

Synopsis: David Blaine will return to his roots at the intimate Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas, presenting awe-inspiring close-up magic and new adrenaline-pumping acts that have awarded him worldwide acclaim and fandom for decades. David Blaine: IMPOSSIBLE will feature his record-breaking stunts and mind-bending close-up magic, promising a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Our Thoughts: If you enjoy David Blaine’s magic from YouTube or TV, then you’ll love this show. He does some of his most well-known acts and tells stories along the way. There were a lot of moments that amazed us and it’s impressive how he’s trained his body to do things we didn’t know were possible.

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11. Terry Fator →

New York New York, 3790 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, map

Synopsis: Terry Fator is a singer, comedian, ventriloquist and celebrity impressionist who burst onto the national scene after winning “America’s Got Talent” in 2007 (despite the fact Winston said he won it for Terry). A native of Texas, Terry spent over 20 years on the road performing at everything from schools to county fairs before becoming a Vegas headliner.

Our Thoughts: Terry Fator was the first ventriloquist we’ve seen and we were amazed by how many characters and voices he does spot on. We had the chance to meet him before the show, and he talked about how he’s always changing acts in the show to keep things fresh. It was also cool to see that a portion of his profits goes to various charities. Since we saw him, his show has moved to New York New York but I’m sure it’s just as good.

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A Full List of CUrrent Las Vegas Residencies (Updated)

Vegas attracts a lot of talent, and many artists come in for a residency, whether it’s a week-long or an entire year. We’ve seen Mariah Carey perform, Britney Spears (the most disappointing show I’ve seen), and Lady Gaga (my favorite so far).

Current Artists

Local Tip: Depending on the length of their residency, tickets can go fast! As soon as you see someone you’re interested in seeing, get tickets so you don’t miss out. Gaga tickets were gone so fast!

See More: The Truth Behind the Mariah Carey Las Vegas Show


Complete List of Musicals and Broadway Shows in Las Vegas

Get tickets to the Smith Center shows here.

  • Chicago (January 2024)
  • Funny Girl (March 2024)
  • Come From Away (May 2024)
  • Girl From the North Country (June 2024)
  • Peter Pan (June 2024)

See More: Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Broadway Musicals and Shows

Essential Tips for Las Vegas Shows

  • Check to see if you have assigned seats or if it is general admission. General admission tickets are first-come, first-serve. You should arrive at least half an hour before the show.
  • A lot of classic or smaller Vegas venues have tables and booths. Booth seats typically sit four to a booth, and you may be seated with others. Tables are set up with the short end facing the stage, so you are sitting at the table facing each other.
  • Remember to give yourself enough time to park, walk through the casino, and find the venue. Casino layouts can be confusing, so it may take longer than you expect.
  • If you have to go to Will Call, don’t forget to bring your ID.
  • A lot of shows offer meet and greets or behind-the-scenes tours if you’re a big fan of the act.
  • If you get cold easily, bring a jacket. Most theaters will keep temperatures lower to ensure all the guests are comfortable.
  • If you like discounts or free tickets, download myVegas or Tetris by Playstudios. They are free to play and you can earn points to redeem for discounts and free tickets to shows like Cirque and Blue Man Group.
  • Some theaters offer a booster seat. During the latest Cirque show we watched, they saw me struggling to see over the person in front of me and offered me an extra cushion. It never hurts to ask ahead of time if you’re worried about being able to see.
  • Most theaters don’t have a dress code. As long as you have shoes and a shirt, you’re good to go. If the show is in a lounge, they may ask you to dress for the occasion.

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Have you seen any of these Las Vegas shows? Which one has been your favorite so far? I’m sure your wallet will thank you for the break from gambling. You may have to dish out some extra money, but at least you won’t feel as bummed about it after.

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