What Are the Top Shows In Las Vegas For 2021?

The concept of Las Vegas shows nowadays feels so foreign. With COVID-19 rocking Sin City – and the rest of the world in 2020 – everything has been shut down. The only glimpse we get are from Las Vegas TV shows; nothing in-person.

However, when things do eventually open up again (and they slowly already are), we’ve compiled a list of the must-see shows you have to check out. Las Vegas is the ideal adult playground with incredible hotels, restaurants, casinos and pool parties. And these are the shows you should put on your itinerary.

Bellagio Water Fountain

Cirque Du Soleil ‘O’

Location: Bellagio

There are many Cirque Du Soleil shows in Las Vegas but this one is the cream of the crop. The main reason for it is because it’s held at the prestigious Bellagio, which is known for its plush water themes. Of course, the best-known water theme in the hotel is the fountains out front, but the Cirque Du Soleil show is water-based as well.

The show is run on top of a stage that transforms into a deep pool throughout parts of the performance, so it’s acrobatics meets aquatics. The music is fantastic and the story is fun. Don’t sit too close or you might just get wet!

Michael Jackson One (By Cirque Du Soleil)

Location: Mandalay Bay

Cirque Du Soleil has some fantastic productions in Las Vegas. From the aforementioned water-based O to the sultry Zumanity to more musical acts like Michael Jackson One. This show, housed in the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort, is ideal for anyone who is a big fan of King of Pop’s catalogue of music.

The show features all of his greatest hits and as the music is played, the performers deliver all sorts of incredible acrobatics, dance and more. You’ll be amazed at how well they sync up on the songs and the moves together. While the other Cirque shows feel more like theater, this is one of the few shows that feels like a music concert and a theatrical performance all in one.

Love (By Cirque Du Soleil)

Location: Mirage

Following the same theme as Michael Jackson One, Love by Cirque Du Soleil also goes through the entire database of songs from a famous musical performer and choreographs the moves with the tunes. In this case, this show is all about the legendary band, The Beatles.

Of course, with The Beatles music being a little older now, the feel of the show definitely adds in some costumes, sets and performances that feel like a bit of a throwback. It’ll definitely feel like you’ve time traveled a little bit back to the 1970’s.

If The Beatles are more your flavor than Michael Jackson, check out Love. Or if you’re into both, you can’t go wrong with doing one show on Friday and the other on a Saturday.

Blue Man Group

Location: Luxor

It’s not just fans of Tobias Funke and Arrested Development that love this show. If you’re in Sin City, the Blue Man Group is always a fun night out.

If you’re not familiar, this is a trio of – you guessed it – men who are painted blue. Where the fun starts is the show is dark with a black backdrop, and they’re also wearing black, so you mostly only see their head and hands at times. They use these visual effects as part of the show in various ways. From tossing up marshmallows to catch with their mouths to banging drums as neon-colored paint splatters, it’s a visual masterpiece. It’s also fun for all ages, so it’s the perfect family show to check out.

Criss Angels

Location: Planet Hollywood

There are many different options for show themes in Las Vegas. There are musical acts, there are performers and there’s also magic. At the top of the heap in the magic realm is Criss Angel, who was lauded as the greatest magician of all time by Vanish Magazine.

As you can imagine, Angel does all sorts of mind-bending tricks in his show that will have you wondering what exactly is happening. He mixes in a number of his classics that he’s best-known for followed by some new illusions he’s been working on. At the end of the night, you’re going to leave being both satisfied and perplexed as to how he pulled some of those things off.

Lady Gaga

Location: Park MGM

When the Park MGM rebranded from Monte Carlo, one of the first things they did was bring in Lady Gaga to be the in-house performer. Obviously, she’s a busy lady these days as she’s one of the hottest acts in the world. She’s not performing in Las Vegas on a nightly basis, so don’t assume she’ll be there. However, she’s there with frequency and if you have an opportunity to go and be one of the little monsters in the crowd, it’s well worth it.

Of course, Lady Gaga is well known for her wild outfits and her sometimes outlandish hairstyles, which are always a treat, but what makes this show special is being in a relatively small theater with one of the best crooners in the world. Her incredible voice takes you on a journey from solemn slow songs like Speechless to poppy hits like Poker Face to tunes that will move like Edge of Glory. She’s a really hot ticket these days but if you have a chance to catch her, don’t miss out.

Tiesto Las Vegas

Location: MGM Grand

You won’t find many DJ’s that hold residency in Las Vegas but Tiesto is blazing a trail. As a matter of fact, after he started doing it, we started to see more and more DJ’s hit The Strip and headline different pool parties.

Hosted at the Hakkasan or Omnia night clubs in MGM Grand, Tiesto is an incredible electro show. Not only does he charge the room full of energy with his catalogue of hits, the light show makes you feel you’re at the main event of an epic music festival.

He has a hectic, global travel schedule but when he’s in Vegas, he’s well worth checking out.

Bellagio Fountain Show

Location: Bellagio

While all of the other shows might cost you a pretty penny, this is one show that you can watch over and over for free. And the best part is that it’s definitely worth watching it over and over.

The Bellagio Fountains are a free show in front of the Bellagio hotel. Every 15 minutes (only certain hours of the day), the fountains pop up and dance to a song. It’s all choreographed together very well, so when you hear the different beats or notes of the songs, the fountains dance accordingly.

Pro tip: it’s sometimes uncomfortable to just stand and watch for an hour or so in front of the hotel. There’s usually lots of people around and sometimes, you might not get a great vantage point. There’s also the challenge of what do you do in between the shows. So, if you’re looking for a good alternative, grab a table on the patio at Picasso restaurant (or any of the other venues in the hotel with a front row seat of the fountains) and just sit and have a meal or a drink. That way you can comfortably enjoy multiple shows as they happen.

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Dave Golokhov

Dave has a long history in the media. His career began at The Score Television Network. He’s since been a radio host on Sirius Satellite Radio, made numerous television appearances as a panelist, and has written for publications like FOX Sports, Playboy.com and The Baltimore Sun. He’s interviewed hundreds of celebrities in both sports and entertainment, ranging from Shaquille O’Neal, to Floyd Mayweather, to The Mannings.

As a travel/adventure writer, Dave has written a number of destination stories covering some of the most unique destinations, such as Bilbao (Spain), Tel Aviv (Israel) to Iceland. He’s also (been lucky to) had the opportunity to review the experience of eating at some of the world’s best restaurants, including Noma (Copenhagen), Amber (Hong Kong) and Eleven Madison Park (New York). All of those stories can be read on AskMen.com, The Daily Beast and The Globe & Mail.

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