Entertainment and activities
Security Protocols: The curtain on entertainment in Las Vegas was finally lifted in October, but capacity restrictions have kept many theaters dark until now. Several long-running productions, including Le Rêve at Wynn Las Vegas, Australian vocal quartet Human Nature in Las Vegas, Venetian, and Chippendales in Rio, announced they would not be returning – although the handsome guys on the strip revue recently haven’t made a return to one had annoyed – place to be determined.
During the pandemic, Finger Licking Foodie Tours began (and will continue to do) to offer self-guided, socially distant dining experiences in downtown Las Vegas and Chinatown, as well as at the Venetian and Wynn on the Strip and Green Valley Ranch in Henderson.
What’s new: Area 15 filled with new dining options, plus a selfie museum with an upside down room and emoji pool (opening June 1st) on Linq Promenade. Circus Circus has since released an update for its halfway icon, adding 30 new games, including the latest and greatest in demand crane machines and virtual reality games. Free hourly circus performances are also back.
And opened last year – with no fans in the stands for the inaugural season – is the elegant Allegiant Stadium with 65,000 seats and nearly $ 2 billion. The stadium, home to the city’s new NFL team, the Raiders, is expected to be full of fans for the upcoming football season.
In a nutshell: The popular music, arts and food festival, Life Is Beautiful, which fell victim to the pandemic last year, will return to downtown Las Vegas in September.
Although the modern circus company Cirque du Soleil filed for bankruptcy protection last June, the long-running Vegas game will reopen in July at the Bellagio Hotel-Casino and Treasure Island Hotel-Casino Mystere. The Blue Man Group is also returning to the Luxor Hotel and Casino. Downtown Las Vegas is back to free live music at the Fremont Street Experience.
The stars are also returning. Usher has already added six dates to his residence, beginning in July at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace; Legendary Donny Osmond starts a solo residency at Harrah’s in August. Also in August, the Jonas Brothers will begin their 44-day tour at the Park Theater in Park MGM. Resorts World also unveiled a legendary series of headliners for its 5,000-seat theater, starting with Celine Dion in November.
The Las Vegas Monorail returns in time for Memorial Day weekend.
Then there is the Vegas Loop – an ambitious project by Elon Musks The Boring Co. It will begin as a fleet of autonomous Teslas transporting visitors through an underground tunnel to either end of the vast Las Vegas Convention Center. (Test drives are now underway.) Eventually, the loop is to be expanded into a people mover that will circulate between several Strip properties and downtown Vegas.
Editor’s Note: This story was originally published September 25, 2020. It has been updated to reflect new openings and security procedures in Las Vegas.