The Best Las Vegas Shows for 2024

Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, with fantastic casinos and a wealth of concerts, events, and shows. This guide is going to focus on the latter, and highlight the best Las Vegas shows for 2024 and beyond.

Keep reading to find out more about the best shows in Las Vegas, where they’re located, the showtimes, and average ticket prices.

Absinthe at Caesars Palace

Absinthe at Caesars Palace
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Absinthe is an adult-only circus show that combines a number of thrilling – and strange – acts. These range from burlesque shows to crude humor, acrobatics and more.

The show has been collecting rave reviews since it opened in 2011. HuffPost even called it the greatest show on Earth. 

Absinthe is played in the Spiegeltent outside Caesars Palace. This small setting makes the acts, especially those doing stunts, even more exciting. In between acts, host Gazillionaire makes lewd and offensive jokes that may not be to the taste of everyone.


  • Monday – Thursday and Sunday: 8pm and 10pm
  • Friday – Saturday: 7pm, 9pm and 11pm

Ticket price:

Tickets range from $120 to over $200 depending on show and seat selection.

KÀ by Cirque du Soleil at MGM Grand

KÀ is a production by popular entertainment company Cirque du Soleil. The 90-minute show tells the story of twins who are separated in a shipwreck and pursued by a host of archers and spearmen. 

The show features the gravity defying acrobatics expected from any Cirque du Soleil production.

What makes standout is the incredible stage which, thanks to hydraulics, lifts and turns 360 degrees. Add to this incredible props and costumes, and it’s not hard to see why KÀ has been a fan favorite for years. 


Saturday – Wednesday: 7:00pm & 9:30pm (further shows are added frequently)

Ticket price:

Tickets range from $69 to over $130 depending on show and seat selection.

Piff the Magic Dragon at The Flamingo

Piff The Magic Dragon
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Piff the Magic Dragon is a family friendly magic and comedy show starring John van der Put and his chihuahua Mr. Piffles.
Lasting 75 minutes, Piff the Magic Dragon includes a range of impressive magic routines that involve Mr. Piffles being levitated, laminated and even shot out of a cannon.
While he is not a comedian, van der Put is a hilarious magician whose routines have had guests laughing aloud at the Flamingo for over five years. His show is excellent value for money and will definitely be a highlight of anyone’s trip to Vegas.


Monday, Thursday-Sunday: 7:00pm

Ticket price:

Tickets range from $49.50 to around $80 depending on show and seat selection.

O by Cirque du Soleil at The Bellagio

Another of Cirque du Soleil’s six Las Vegas shows to make our list is O. Unlike KÀ, O is not completely driven by a storyline. Instead, the show is used as a platform to demonstrate the incredible skills of the cast.

These performers must excel in both acrobatics and aquatics as water-based performances, including dives and dance routines, form a large part of the show.

The opera style theater features a stage filled with 1.5 million gallons of water.

This amazing setting is combined with the work of 122 technicians who manage the lights and sound. The end result is astounding. 


Wednesday – Sunday: 7:00pm and 9:30pm. 

Ticket price:

Tickets range from $79 to over $200 depending on show and seat selection.

Shin Lim: Limitless at The Mirage

Shin Lim is a Canadian American magician who was the first act to ever win the hit TV show “America’s Got Talent” twice.

These victories, combined with a couple of excellent appearances on “Penn and Teller’s Fool Us” made Lim a star.

Lim was officially announced as a Las Vegas headliner in 2019. His show, Limitless, is based on close-up card magic and is supported by Colin Cloud, a well-known mentalist. This duo constantly amazes guests and should not be missed.


Monday, Thursday – Sunday: 7:30pm.

Ticket price:

Tickets range from $49.99 to over $200 depending on show and seat selection.

Tournament of Kings at The Excalibur 

Tournament of the kings
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Tournament of Kings has been shown at the Excalibur for an incredible 33 years. This makes it one of the longest running, and most loved, shows in Las Vegas. 

A family show, Tournament of Kings tells the tale of a knight’s tournament involving fighting, jousting and even racing.

Fans are separated into sections and cheer for their own knight. Every guest is served a meal of roasted Cornish game hen which they are encouraged to eat with their hands!


  • Monday and Friday: 6:00pm
  • Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: 6:00pm and 8:30pm

Ticket price:

Tickets range from $49.99 to over $200 depending on show and seat selection.

V The Ultimate Variety Show at Planet Hollywood

V The Ultimate Variety Show
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Variety shows have been popular in the United States since the 1800s. V The Ultimate Variety Show builds on this history while also making the format feel fresh and exciting. 

A dozen speciality acts feature in the show on a rotating basis. These include acrobats, contortionists, magicians and strongmen. Many of these acts have appeared on shows such as “America’s Got Talent.”

Each segment is knitted together by host Wally Eastwood, a comedic juggler who guests adore.


Monday – Sunday: 7:00pm (some select shows are at 8:30pm)

Ticket price:

Tickets range from $59.99 to $79.99 depending on show and seat selection.

Penn and Teller at Rio Hotel and Casino

Penn and Teller, Rio Hotel and Casino

Much like Tournament of Kings, Penn and Teller are a respected, long-serving part of Las Vegas’ show industry.

The duo have been performing at the Rio for over 20 years and have no plans to stop soon, signing a new deal that will take them through to 2026.

Penn and Teller are two icons of American magic having won multiple Emmys and even boasting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Their show combines tricks from their 40-year career making it a must see for any magic lover. 


Thursday – Sunday: 9:00pm (some select shows are on Monday at 9:00pm)

Ticket price:

Tickets range from $76 to over $200 depending on show and seat selection.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! at The Flamingo

RuPaul’s Drag Race Live
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RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! Is an original production based on the hit TV series. As with the series, RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! promises drama, fabulous outfits and lip sync battles to die for. 

The cast is star-studded featuring the likes of Jaida Essence Hall, Aquaria and Asia O’Hara. These queens thrive on the big stage, making this one of the most enjoyable shows in the whole city. 


  • Monday, Thursday and Sunday: 9:30pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 7:00pm and 9:30pm

Ticket price:

Tickets range from $59 to $145 depending on show and seat selection.

Jabbawockeez at MGM Grand

Jabbawockeez at MGM Grand
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Jabbawockeez have been America’s favorite dance troupe for years. At the MGM Grand, their show features excellent music, quality dancing and perfect choreography.

The show has been voted “Best Family Show” and “Best All Ages Show” for three years in a row. In other words, it’s one of the best shows Las Vegas has to offer.


Monday, Wednesday – Sunday: 7:00pm and 9:30pm

Ticket price:

Tickets range from $49.99 to $110 depending on show and seat selection.

The roundup

Just looking for a quick summary? Here’s a roundup of our favorite shows in Vegas for 2024:

  • Absinthe
  • KÀ by Cirque du Soleil
  • Piff the Magic Dragon
  • O by Cirque du Soleil
  • Shin Lim: Limitless
  • Tournament of Kings
  • V The Ultimate Variety Show
  • Penn and Teller
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race Live!
  • Jabbawockeez

Las Vegas Sands Q3 2023 Results, Nearly Back to Pre-Pandemic Levels

October 20, 2023

Las Vegas Sands, the U.S-based global casino operator, has reported strong financial figures in Q3 2023. But the company has not recovered as quickly from the COVID-19 pandemic as many U.S. operators have.

That’s because it sold its Nevada casinos venues in Las Vegas in 2020, and currently only runs casinos in Asian markets, such as Marina Bay Sands (pictured). Those countries took longer to ease pandemic restrictions than the U.S. did.

Nevertheless, Las Vegas Sands is finally rebounding. For the third quarter of this year, the operator pulled in $1.12 billion in adjusted property earnings and $2.8 billion in revenue. That’s nearing pre-pandemic levels, with adjusted earnings only off by 6% from the same period in 2019.

Revenues are also up significantly on the $2.54 billion the company posted in Q3 2023.

The company announced earnings of 55 cents per share on that revenue figure, with earnings in line with expectations and revenue slightly topping estimates.

“We were pleased to see the recovery in travel and tourism spending in both Macao and Singapore progress during the quarter.  We remain deeply enthusiastic about our opportunities for growth in both markets in the years ahead,” said Sands chairman and CEO Robert G. Goldstein, in a press release.

Singapore and Macao Rebound

In Singapore, the Marina Bay Sands is posting numbers that have surpassed pre-pandemic levels in gaming, retail shopping, and other spending, even though visitation is still lower.

Profit margins at the architecturally impressive casino resort have reached more than 48%. Sands has also invested in improving the luxury suites at the hotel, as well as airlift helicopter services for high-end guests arriving from China.

“In Singapore, Marina Bay Sands again delivered outstanding levels of financial and operating performance. Our new suite product and elevated service offerings position us to deliver future growth as airlift capacity continues to improve and the recovery in travel and tourism spending from China and the wider region continues,” Goldstein said.

In Macau, where visitation is still off about 15% from pre-pandemic levels, Sands reported that its occupancy in the third quarter was 96% higher than before Covid lockdowns, and customers are spending more per person.

Across the Macau market, mass gaming revenue reached 92% of 2019 third-quarter levels, or $5.1 billion. Las Vegas Sands CEO Rob Goldstein predicted that the destination could hit $40 billion annually in the near term.

As cash flow increases, Las Vegas Sands is laying out new priorities for capital expenditures. It will continue its remodel of Marina Bay Sands, resulting in nearly four times the number of suites, which command greater prices. In Macau, the second phase of construction begins on British-themed casino The Londoner Macau, the newest offering in the portfolio.

Shares and Future Plans

Las Vegas Sands also announced a $2 billion share repurchase plan through 2025. Patrick Dumont, Las Vegas Sands president, indicated that the company has shifted how it wants to return capital to shareholders, relying more on buybacks than on the dividends embraced by his late father-in-law, Sheldon Adelson.

Goldstein says that the shares are trading behind recent updates, providing buying opportunities, especially when Sands is sitting on $5.6 billion in cash.

In terms of future plans, Las Vegas Sands has proposed a return to the U.S. casinos market with a planned $5 billion casino resort in Nassau County on Long Island, New York.

The company’s competitors in the race for three licenses to open new downstate New York casino venues include Caesars and Jay-Z, local real-estate tycoon Larry Silverstein, Bally’s golf course venue in the Bronx and Wynn Resorts at Hudson Yards.

New York gambling regulators recently answered two batches of questions from interested operators regarding the licensing application process, although there’s no firm date on when that will begin as of yet.

In the meantime, Las Vegas Sands’ owner Miriam Adelson, widow of the late Sheldon Adelson, remains the richest casino owner in the world, with some $35 billion in personal fortune.

Water Activities Near Las Vegas to Make a Splash

Summers in Las Vegas are notoriously hot. One of the best ways to cool off? Getting in the water! Pools, kayaks, lakes, and more have all become popular activities on the hottest days in Las Vegas. Whether you want to stay in the city at Las Vegas pools or are looking to take a road trip to some lakes and waterfalls, read on for your guide to making a splash in Las Vegas so you can cool down on your summer vacation to the city.


Circa Stadium Swim®


If you’re staying in the city, Stadium Swim is the spot for a stylish summer cool down. This rooftop poolscape is a stunner, boasting six pools on three different levels, all sitting in front of a massive 40-foot-tall LED screen playing the sporting events of the day. You can chill in one of the 370 chairs lined up around the pools, but for those who want to party in style with some space, there are options like lily pads, daybeds, and cabanas for reservation.

What makes this pool stand out is its unique concept, unlike anything else you’ll find in Las Vegas. It’s like a sportsbook, complete with stadium-style seating, but with the bonus of swimming pools to jump into when the heat or the game gets too intense. Stadium Swim is open every day, all year round. Even better, guests at Golden Gate Las Vegas get free access to Stadium Swim to make your summer even cooler.

In a nutshell, this spot is perfect for sports fans who want to soak in some poolside action and have a blast. It’s a lively party scene, so don’t expect to be too focused on the game all the time – just enjoy the fun vibes, great company, and stunning views of the Fremont Street Experience!


Lake Las Vegas for Las Vegas Water Activities


Lake Las Vegas


Located in Henderson, just 15 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, Lake Las Vegas is a hot destination for Las Vegas water sports! Embark on an elegant cruise aboard your very own private yacht, complete with a crew and two fully-stocked bars for your enjoyment. Guests also have the option to rent paddle boards or kayaks on an hourly basis. For those looking to stay dry, a selection of electric boats is available for leisurely cruises on the sparkling water.

Thrill-seekers will love the on-lake Aqua Park and pulse-pounding water jetpack experiences, a surefire way for an invigorating adventure. For those seeking a comprehensive day of entertainment, Lake Las Vegas offers various adventure packages that feature yacht cruises, delectable dining, an exhilarating helicopter tour of the Hoover Dam, and more.


Lake Mead


For an escape packed with natural beauty, head to Lake Mead, where the views are expansive and the waters are refreshing. When it comes to lakes near Las Vegas, Lake Mead is the local favorite. It’s perfect for those who like to participate in watersports like boating, water skiing, and tubing. There are tons of options for scenic hikes and nature walks around Lake Mead that will help you break up the water fun and see the beautiful landscape from a different perspective.

If you want something a little more relaxed, a cruise might be the perfect way for you to enjoy the area. You won’t be getting in the water, but you’ll still be able to enjoy being on the lake. The Lake Mead cruise is a Mississippi-style paddlewheeler that offers a climate-controlled environment, and even offers fun champagne brunch and sunset dinner cruises to make for a truly unique way to see the lake.


Friends Kayaking the Black Canyon Water Trail Near Vegas


Black Canyon Water Trail


If you like adventure, look no further than the Black Canyon Water Trail! Located about 45-minutes outside of Las Vegas, this route flows along the Lower Colorado River through Lake Mead National Recreation Area between Hoover Dam and Eldorado Canyon. As you float along, keep your eyes peeled to spot tons of wildlife. You might even see bald eagles, coyotes, and bighorn sheep along the rocky walls and canyons. It’s a real wild wonderland!

Picture this: you’re on a kayak or canoe, floating along the Colorado River, with massive cliffs shooting up on both sides. The water is green and refreshing, and the skies are an endless blue. Can you believe this cool retreat is just a hop away from the glitzy Las Vegas Strip? You can paddle up to 30 miles of pure wilderness and solitude, with sandy beaches, cool caves in vibrant colors, and plenty of hidden coves and secret hot springs to explore. Plus, there are some excellent hiking trails like Gold Strike Canyon and Boy Scout Canyon if you’re up for some extra adventure.


Mount Charleston & Mary Jane Falls 


Looking to escape that scorching heat? Try Mount Charleston, a laid-back community just a 45 minute drive from Las Vegas. It’s like a breath of fresh air up there, literally! You’ll feel the temperature drop around 20 degrees, making it the perfect getaway from the skyrocketing temperatures on the strip. Hike your way up to some stunning scenic overlooks, ancient pine trees, and the famous Mary Jane Falls. It might not be the biggest waterfall in the summer, but you can still enjoy the peaceful babbling brook during the low season. 


From Las Vegas lakes to Las Vegas pools, there are tons of ways to stay cool in the desert heat. Whether you’re a sports fan looking for a party atmosphere, an adventurer seeking nature’s best, or simply someone wanting to beat the heat, the Las Vegas area offers a range of incredible experiences for every taste. Don’t let the heat stop you, get out there and make the most of your Las Vegas getaway! Book your room at Golden Gate Las Vegas to enjoy your summer vacation to the fullest.