Las Vegas is a mecca for world-class entertainment. Therefore, it’s no surprise that so many performers choose to make Vegas their home. From Katy Perry to Donny Osmond and all the unique, exciting, and mesmerising talent in between, there is something for everyone! This list explores what is possible on any budget. Whether you want to splurge or are hoping to snag a bargain you won’t be disappointed! Here are the best shows in Las Vegas on any budget…
Best Show in Las Vegas Under $200
Cirque du Soliel has found a spiritual home in Las Vegas with 6 sensational shows to choose from!
Renowned for their otherworldly performances, showcasing superhuman strength, unbelievable acrobatics, and theatrics, watching a Cirque show should be on EVERYONE’S bucket list!
For a complete review and analysis of each show, check out the post linked below.
What Cirque du Soleil show should you see in Las Vegas in 2023
The two Cirque shows we would recommend are KÀ and Mystère.
Despite being part of the same company these two shows couldn’t be more different, with the only similarity being the performers’ extraordinary skill, power, and artistry!
KÀ can be found at the MGM Grand with prices ranging from $69-$239. Due to the theatre being specifically designed for the show, every seat has a good view. However, we recommend paying the premium to be seated in the middle section.
KÀ is a high-octane fight-to-the-finish performance. It follows the ‘imperial twins’ who are split up and spend the duration of the show trying to find each other.
This show has a bit of everything, from archery to baton twirling, to the aptly named wheel of death! Your eyes won’t know where to look with so much happening at once.
This show is one of our all-time favourites due to the unbelievable ‘sand stage’. This stage is a feat of engineering as it rotates, lifts, and moves in any way imaginable. It can even stand vertically! You really have to see it to believe it. This unique stage gives the audience a new perspective as battle scenes are played out on an almost vertical stage- a completely unique perspective!
TOP TIP – there is a free behind-the-scenes tour that operates twice a week. This tour gives you an inside look at the stages, the audio, and little nuances to look out for during the show!
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Mystère is found at Treasure Island with prices ranging from $75-$136. Much like our recommendations for KÀ, we would advise paying a little bit extra to sit in the middle section.
Mystère is the first (and perhaps best) Cirque du Soleil show to have a residency in Vegas. This Cirque show has the most similarity to what you would expect from a traditional circus – but on steroids!
There are clowns, dancing, and amazing acrobatics throughout, including stilts, hand balancing, Chinese poles, and a plethora of other circus specialities.
Even with all this talent, spectacular staging, and costuming, the highlight of the show was the clowns. Most people hear the word clown and cringe, but like with everything in Cirque du Soleil, they are on another level! You won’t be squirming and looking away when these clowns come on stage… you will be hooked!
One clown is a fully grown, reasonably large man dressed as a baby. No amount of praise can do this man justice! Our bellies hurt from laughing as he interacted with the audience, even picking on a poor man to who he took a liking to!
Mystère is very family-friendly and an experience that can be enjoyed by all! If you only plan on seeing one Cirque Du Soleil show, this is the one to see!
Best Show in Las Vegas under $100
David Copperfield is found at the MGM Grand, with ticket prices ranging from $71-$220 ($220 includes a meet and greet). If you buy your tickets from the box office in the MGM Grand, the tickets will generally be less expensive. We bought tickets for $88 which would have cost $122 if we bought them online.
David Copperfield is the KING of magic, and his show is nothing short of spectacular.
It’s magic, but the grandest of scales. Many of the tricks he does are amongst the audience, confusing us even more as he vanishes mere centimeters from your seat!
If there is one thing David Copperfield is known for it is large-scale illusions, and boy oh boy does he deliver in this show. From vanishing cars to UFOs and aliens, this show has something for everyone.
My one critique is the EXTREMELY STRONG underlying message of love, which was a bit corny. Especially if you are as emotionally adverse and stunted as us!
Best Free Show in Las Vegas
It would be rude not to mention the Bellagio fountains when discussing iconic Las Vegas shows.
The Bellagio fountains consist of over 1,000 powerful fountains that dance, illuminate, and shoot 460 feet into the air, dwarfing everything around them. They are truly a spectacle that cannot be missed.
The Bellagio fountains typically operate every 15 minutes and lasts for the duration of a song, so you won’t be hanging around long to catch a glimpse of them
If you are mega-rich and want to make the Bellagio fountains show a whole lot more exciting, you should consider purchasing the uber VIP experience of taking control of the fountains – however, this doesn’t come cheap. Totalling $250,000, you will get to select the song the fountains dance to and hit a red button to activate them. Furthermore, this experience also comes with a 3-foot-tall bottle of Ace of Spades Champagne which typically retails for between $130,000 – $250,000 – so I hope you’re thirsty!
- Penn and Teller – Rio
Perhaps the best magic show in Vegas with lots of opportunities to get on the stage – which we love!
- SIX – Venetian
This musical is coming to the Venetian in March after having extreme success on the West End and Broadway.
- Paranormal Mind Reading Magic Show – Ballys
An intriguing combination of mentalism, hypnotism and magic will leave you perplexed and confused!
Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world – and quite rightly so. Whoever you are, whatever your age, there will be something for you. From comedy to magic to musical headliners you won’t be at a loss for something to do in Sin City.
The shows listed above are a mere cross-section of the best shows in Las Vegas. It really is subjective. But if you are anything like us then you are guaranteed to love them!
Let us know what you think the best shows in Las Vegas are in the comments below. We would love to hear from you, as it’s only a matter of time before we will be hitting up the strip again!
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