Las Vegas is almost always set up for visitors taking a break from their daily life. There are often ample entertainment choices. That’s not the case in January.
The new year kicks off with multiple conferences in Las Vegas. Three of the largest conventions and expos take place throughout the month.
CES (formerly Consumer Electronics Show) is the first and largest convention of the year. Tech companies will show off their wares from Jan. 9-12.
Before the Las Vegas Grand Prix and Super Bowl, CES was usually the most expensive week to reserve a hotel room in Las Vegas. Prices are still high but there’s competition for the most expensive hotel room rates.
A couple weeks later the World of Concrete expo and SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) Show. These conferences and expos take place Jan. 23-25 and Jan. 23-26, respectively.
Since Las Vegas casinos and hotels will be somewhat busy without entertainment for the conventions there are fewer entertainment options for those just visiting for fun.
Of course, this being Las Vegas there are still plenty of things to do but not as much as in other months.
Anyone visiting in January should be ready for Super Bowl LVIII preparations. Once again, the view of the Bellagio fountains will be blocked. This time CBS is building a stage that will be used all month leading into the Super Bowl on Feb. 11.
Anyone who plans on visiting Las Vegas for the Super Bowl can claim a free ticket for Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Tailgate Party. The event will have food and entertainment for anyone who attends.
January Las Vegas residencies
The January Las Vegas music residency calendar is much lighter than usual. While most Vegas Strip venues are quiet, The Venetian has a normal month of performers.
- Luke Bryan at Resorts World Las Vegas: Jan. 3, 5, 6
- Christina Aguilera at The Venetian: Jan. 5, 6
- Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons at Westgate: Jan. 12, 13, 14
- U2 at The Sphere: Jan. 15, 16, 26, 27, 31
- Kylie Minogue at The Venetian: Jan. 19, 20, 26, 27
- Adele at Caesars Palace: Jan. 19, 20, 26, 27
- Styx at The Venetian: Jan. 26, 27, 31
As the year ended, there were a few 2024 residency announcements. Jodeci will have its first Las Vegas residency will take place at the House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay. The R&B group will perform in March and July.
The Wu-Tang Clan also announced their first Las Vegas residency. The rappers will play a couple of shows at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas in Feb. and March.
T-Pain will have his first Las Vegas residency at Zouk Nightclub and Ayu Dayclub at Resorts World. He’ll perform a handful of shows from Feb. through July.
Punk Rock Bowling announced the festival will take place in downtown Las Vegas from May 24-27. Shows will take place at numerous venues. Madness, Devo, and the Descendents will headline the big event during the festival.
Las Vegas sports events in January
The Vegas Golden Knights highlight the majority of the January sports calendar in Las Vegas. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see some of the East Coast fans make their way to Las Vegas to see their teams.
- Thu. Jan. 4 vs. Florida
- Sat. Jan. 6 vs. N.Y. Islanders
- Thu. Jan. 11 vs. Boston
- Sat. Jan. 13 vs. Calgary
- Mon. Jan. 15 vs. Nashville
- Thu. Jan. 18 vs. N.Y. Rangers
- Sat. Jan. 20 vs. Pittsburgh
There’s no UFC in Jan. but there is one boxing match that visitors in Las Vegas might want to check out. The Golden Boy Boxing Series match between Vergil Ortiz Jr. and Fredrick Lawson will take place at Virgin on Jan. 6.
Las Vegas news and rumors
There are two new Las Vegas casinos that visitors will be able to enjoy for the first time this month. Fontainebleau on the Vegas Strip is now open.
Earlier this year, we shared the news that Paris Las Vegas was expanding by claiming one of Horseshoe’s hotel towers. Well, the new Versailles Tower rooms are now available.
The Venetian continues to add new amenities. Sala 118 is the new bar located in the hotel lobby.
MGM Resorts properties changed the self-parking fees for all properties. The new prices are $18 from Monday through Thursday and $23 on Friday through Sunday. Nevada residents still receive three free hours of parking before the fee kicks in.
Speaking of MGM Resorts, the company quietly pushed back when The Cosmopolitan will become part of MGM Rewards. It appears as though February is no longer the transition timeframe.
MGM’s deal with Marriott was supposed to launch last year but is tentatively planned for sometime early in 2022. Stay tuned for official dates.
In December, M Resort broke ground on an expansion. The off-strip casino will double how many hotel rooms are available when construction is complete in 2025.
Circa Sportsbook is now live at the Silverton. The unique casino is located a couple of miles south of Mandalay Bay.
Poker players might want to mark May 28 To July 17 on their calendar. This is when the 2024 World Series of Poker takes place in Las Vegas. Specific event dates should be announced later this month.
Fans of the early 2000s TV show “Las Vegas” can now watch all five seasons streaming on Peacock for the first time.
Fans of the Hunger Games might want to catch the attraction at MGM Grand the next time they’re in town. Rumor has it the attraction will be closing.