Las Vegas is filled with artistic fervour and distinction, and music, dance, theatre, fine arts galleries and fascinating museums are everywhere. Don’t miss the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art or the chance to watch artists in residence at P3 Studio at The Cosmopolitan.
Shows: The Vegas art form
Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil has no less than eight ethereal shows in residence at various hotels along the Strip, including Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay; Mystere at Treasure Island; the aquatic "O" at Bellagio; The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage; and Zumanity at New York-New York.
Rock of Ages at The Venetian
Head back to the eighties on this worldwide smash hit musical that features 28 tunes woven into a feel-good love story. Join in and sing at the top of your lungs to Every Rose Has Its Thorn and I Wanna Know What Love Is. Air guitar included in the admission price.
Human Nature: The Motown Show at The Venetian
Backed by a six-piece band, the Australian foursome nail classics like Baby I Need Your Lovin’ by The Four Tops and The Way You Do the Things You Do by The Temptations. It's endorsed by Smokey so it must be cool.
Even more shows
There’s pop icon Britney Spears’ Britney: Piece of Me at Planet Hollywood; Blue Man Group at Luxor; the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas; or Sinatra tribute FRANK – The Man The Music by renowned impressionist Bob Anderson and a 32-piece band at the Palazzo Theatre.
Other Vegas regulars include Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, David Copperfield, Donny and Marie Osmond and illusionists Penn & Teller and Mat Franco. Search for your favourite touring artists at Bandsintown to see if they'll be in Vegas when you are.
Or you may prefer the traditional feathers, sequins and silicon at the topless revue Jubilee at Bally’s – the only remaining showgirl production in Las Vegas.
Those that are ‘So Vegas’
Check out Wayne Newton’s Casa de Shenandoah mansion, the Liberace Museum, Atomic Testing Museum, the Pinball Hall of Fame, where you can play every machine and video game, and the self-explanatory Erotic Heritage Museum.
Spectacular neon lights and signs were once the defining image of Las Vegas and many have found their way to a poignant section of the Neon Museum the call the ‘Boneyard’. The 150 signs each have colourful and illuminating backstories and you’ll hear the tales of the personalities behind the signs on the one-hour guided tour.
Get your Motor Running
Petrol heads will love Penske Wynn Ferrari Maserati at the Wynn; the Hollywood Cars Museum, home to the DeLorean from Back to the Future, KITT from Knight Rider and the General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard; and The Auto Collections at The LINQ, where each of the 350 items is for sale.
18b – aka the Las Vegas Arts District – is an edgy mix of vintage clothing boutiques, antiques stores, art galleries and restaurants in Downtown. The "First Friday" Art Walk is a monthly arts and cultural event on the first Friday evening of each month showcasing food, music, visual performances and artists, artisans and craftspeople displaying their work.