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Here's where we'll tell you about entertainment happenings in Las Vegas.  We'll update the events as we find out about them, so check back often.  Also see our Vegas Regional Happenings page by clicking here for other information about other Southern Nevada cities.

NEW EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS FOR LAS VEGAS FOR YEAR-END 2017 AND 2018

The Electric Daisy Carnival will have new dates and experiences in 2018. The event will move to May in 2018 according to organizers, and will be held from May 18 to May 20. There will be new events as well.

 
 
   
   
 

Toyota NHRA Brings Nonstop Action to Las Vegas Motor Speedway

 
   
 

All the best NHRA racers will be live Oct. 26-29 when the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series returns to The Strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This highly anticipated event could determine NHRA world championships in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle. This is the fifth race of the Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s six-race playoffs. 

 
   
 
   
   
 Award-Winning New York Burger Joint Black Tap to Open at The Venetian Las Vegas 
   
 Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer will open its newest location this winter at The Venetian Las Vegas, bringing award-winning burgers and viral milkshakes to the Las Vegas Strip. The opening marks Black Tap’s first expansion in the U.S. beyond its four New York locations. Since opening in New York’s SoHo neighborhood in 2015, Black Tap has received worldwide acclaim for its burgers and signature CrazyShakes™. The restaurant is helmed by Michelin-starred chef Joe Isidori and lauded restaurateur and nightclub developer Chris Barish. Black Tap Las Vegas will be located adjacent to The Venetian Poker Room, and will feature patio dining that overlooks the resort’s scenic outdoor canals. The burger and beer joint will offer a casual vibe reminiscent of a classic American luncheonette with a distinctly New York feel.
 
   
 
   
   
 

Sundance Helicopters and Las Vegas Outdoor Adventures Launch Exclusive Tour

 
   
 

Sundance Helicopters,Inc., the most experienced and highest-rated experiential tourism company in Las Vegas, has partnered with Las Vegas Outdoor Adventure for “Sundance Heli & Outdoor Adventures,” tours geared towards adventure seekers. The trip includes pickup from various Strip and Downtown hotels, photo-op at Hoover Dam, and an adventure upgrade to ATV tours of the Colorado River and/or shooting activities. Guests will then board a state-of-the-art helicopter to experience majestic, sweeping views of Lake Mead, the Mojave Desert and the Grand Canyon.

 
   
 
   
   
 

Golden Gate Hotel & Casino Completes Major Expansion

 
   
 

Las Vegas’ original hotel, Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, has completed a major expansion project, marking a new chapter in the 111-year-old Downtown Las Vegas property’s elaborate history. Featuring a modern yet timeless design from Dez Motif and architecture by MOSER Architecture Studio, the renovation includes a casino floor nearly doubled in size, a majestic grand entrance, an extension of its outdoor bar, OneBar at One Fremont Street and more. Spanning 5,000 square feet, the updated casino space has introduced 91 new slots to the gaming floor. The centerpiece is an eye-catching 360-degree, 24-foot tower of televisions, artfully displayed as though the TVs are emerging from a fountain. Mixing the nostalgia of vintage Vegas glitz with Art Deco style, Golden Gate has introduced a redesigned façade, including a glamorous 500-pound golden velvet drapes to create an unforgettable casino entrance. Inspired by the Jazz Age, the drapery is adorned with exquisite gold medallions, serving as a grand arrival to the casino’s marble-floored rotunda.

 
   
 
   
   
 

Rampart Casino Unveils New Race & Sports Book

 
   
 

Just in time for football season, Rampart Casino has unveiled its newest property renovation project – Rampart Casino Race & Sports Book. The newly constructed space, which replaced JC’s Irish Pub, spans nearly 6,000 square feet just off the main casino floor, and boasts 138 seats, including 57 private carrels for race bettors. The Race & Sports Book is also home to a new Race & Sports Bar – a 50 person-capacity bar and lounge featuring 10 bar-top gaming machines and plenty of televisions surrounding the bar for fans to keep up with all the action.

 
   
 
   
   
 

LINQ Promenade to Debut New Outlets this Fall

 
   
 

This fall will mark the debut of an iconic eatery and two tempting new shopping options at The LINQ Promenade—Caesars Entertainment’s open-air dining, entertainment and retail district located at the center of the Las Vegas Strip. The new outlets include, Canter’s Deli, Kappa Toys and Nectar Bath Treats. The much-anticipated Los Angeles import, Canter’s Deli, will open its first Las Vegas Strip location. The restaurant is renowned for its authentic deli-style experience and its proud history of celebrity clientele. This is Kappa Toys’ second location in Las Vegas. Known for its vintage toys, the family-owned store carries an array of unique playthings in a bright, bustling atmosphere. Items range from nostalgic favorites such as the classic Slinky to interactive 3-D art kits. As the brand’s sixth location, Nectar Bath Treats’ charming bakery-style shop uses natural ingredients to hand-make bath and body treats that look good enough to eat.

 
   
 
   
   
 Mermaid School Opening in Las Vegas in October 2017 
   
 

Las Vegas’ first mermaid school, Aquamermaid, will be opening Oct. 13. The swimming school will teach kids and adults how to swim with a mermaid tail. Students make their dreams come true and get a great core workout. Aquamermaid is also a unique activity for bachelorette parties. For more information, contact Marielle Chartier Henault, Aquamermaid, marielle@aquasirene.com

 

SOME CHANGES AT GORDON RAMSAY STEAK AT PARIS LAS VEGAS

Update February 17, 2017  There has been a very significant and welcomed change at Gordon Ramsay Steak -- the upscale and delicious steak house at Paris Hotel and Casino on the Vegas Strip. The change isn't about the menu or the decor or the service. The menu is exceptional with all the great tastes from the celebrity chef that diners have enjoyed since Steak opened. The decor hasn't changed either -- you still enter thru a Vegas version of the Chunnel and as your hostess escorts you to your table she reminds you of that. And the service is still exceptional and not only does the waiter go to great detail explaining the dishes and the cuts of steak from the "steak trolley" but as each dish is served (starting with the bread basket with various kinds of interesting breads) the server describes each item.

So what changed? The music isn't as loud as it used to be. I've dined at Steak at least half of a dozen times over the last couple of years and each time it was difficult to carry on a conversation, even with a dinner date who sat next to me. And it was impossible to carry on a conversation with anyone sitting across from you at a larger table. About a year or so ago I wrote a review about Steak and suggested that if you wanted to have a conversation you should ask to sit on the second level of the restaurant where the piped-in music wasn't as loud and there were even private dining areas.

Now the music has been turned down, and you can actually have a conversation with your dinner date. It was pleasant to have conversation again with a fantastic meal. And with the music lower, you could actually listen to and take in the rich descriptions of the food before you ordered and when it was served. Bravo for turning down the volume.

I was curious why the music was turned lower and why it was so loud before? One of the staff told me that a previous manager came from the "club business" and he tried to bring a club atmosphere to the restaurant with loud music. It seems that manager is now gone and so are the decibels. But the fantastic service and food selections are still there for complete enjoyment.

But beware, the prices are not cheap. Dinner for two including a shared dessert and two cocktails could easily set you back $250 or more and that's before adding on appetizers and ordering lots of sides. Because Steak is actually owned by Caesars which operates the Paris Hotel and Casino, diners can use their Caesars Total Rewards reward credits or comp dollars as well as their anniversary dining certificates if they are Diamond or Seven Stars players. Below are some photos of some of the dishes including a beef cap steak, a seafood plate and a side of grits with seafood. The portions might look small but they were big enough that there was something to take home if you were a Vegas local or to your room if you wanted a snack later. My date and I barely made a dent in the grits because the serving was big enough for four to share.

A couple of notes about the beef cap steak if you are not familiar with it. The cap is the darker meat that surrounds a delicious slice of roast beef. And the beef cap steak is made when the cap is sliced off of the roast beef as a single large cut. If you are a roast beef eater, you will love the beef cap steak.

Beef cap steak at Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris.
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The best part of roast beef served as a steak.

Magnificent seafood at Gordon Ramsay Steak.
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The serving looks small but it will fill you up.

Grits with seafood at Gordon Ramsay Steak.
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Not the grits you had in the south. Enough for four.

HOW THE MONTE CARLO RESORT AND CASINO IS CHANGING

Update July 1, 2016  MGM Resorts International and New York-based Sydell Group have announced a partnership to reimagine and rebrand Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. The approximately $450 million transformation, which will touch every element of the property, will include two distinct hotel experiences: A Las Vegas version of Sydell's widely acclaimed NoMad Hotel, and the launch of a new luxury hotel named Park MGM. In addition to fully redesigned and renovated hotel guest rooms, each hotel will feature innovative and exciting food & beverage experiences unique to the Las Vegas market, including the award-winning NoMad restaurant by Chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara; and Eataly's vibrant Italian marketplace with cafes, to-go counters and full-service restaurants interspersed with high-quality products from sustainable Italian and local producers. Park MGM and The NoMad Las Vegas become the final pieces of MGM Resorts' complete neighborhood redesign of the central Las Vegas Strip neighborhood, which began in 2009 with the introduction of CityCenter and saw the recent unveiling of The Park, a spectacular outdoor dining and entertainment district, and the stunning new T-Mobile Arena.

THE T-MOBILE ARENA AND WHERE YOU SIT COULD BE HAZARDOUS

Update May 2, 2016  There are as many as 20,000 seats in the new T-Mobile Arena near The Strip in Las Vegas and some of those seats could be hazardous. I got a look at just what the dangers were during the Billy Joel live concert on April 30th. The new T-Mobile Arena is beautiful and big and packed with seats. It has about five-times more seats than the Colosseum in Caesars Palace, for example, but unlike the seats at the Caesars facility some of the seats at the T-Mobile Arena have narrow leg room which means there is little space to walk, and the seats in the upper deck are stacked at a very sharp angle which makes walking the staircase scary if not absolutely dangerous.

Inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Steep, sharp angle from the upper deck seats.

Before the Billy Joel concert started I watched as many people hesitantly walked down the staircase in the upper deck to take their seats. The steps on the staircase appeared to be narrow, or perhaps it was just the view from the top of the upper deck and the height, that made concertgoers nervous and maybe even dizzy as they walked down the stairs to take their seats. When I checked out the seats and the stairs before the concert started I was not only nervous about walking down the stairs, I made sure I was holding the railing to reassure myself I wouldn't fall. When the concert was going on and the house lights were dimmed, some patrons said they tripped on the stairs. And leaving the Arena at the end of the concert wasn't easy either because the steps were steep and even I felt a "burn" in my legs as if I had been working out on a stair-climbing machine at a gym.

There were also instances where patrons who had too much to drink were stumbling and falling over into the patrons sitting in the row below.

The sharp-angled stairs might not be a problem for younger patrons, but I saw folks in their 60s and 70s at the Billy Joel concert who felt relieved once they got down the stairs and into their seats. Younger patrons might not give the angle of the stairs a second thought at the end of an event, but older fans at the Billy Joel event exited the event a bit cautiously and I can't blame them because I was one of them.

As many as 20,000 seats in the T-Mobile Arena.
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Just how many "good seats" can there be?

Looking at the arena you have to wonder if it's just too big and few people could actually see the performers on stage. And if a sporting event is taking place can anyone more than thirty feet from the action really see who has the ball or the puck? Seeing the size of the Arena makes me believe that watching any event on TV would be the best way to see anything. And I wasn't surprised to see most of the people at the Billy Joel concert watching the projections on the big screens in the arena instead of watching the ants at the far end who happened to be the performers on stage.

Airlines have been putting extra seats in their planes by decreasing leg space between rows. But when airline passengers move to get into their seats they walk on level space. That makes the narrow legroom on airliners uncomfortable but less dangerous than cramped seating in the T-Mobile Arena upper deck with its sharp-angled staircase.

CHECK YOUR PLAYERS CLUB FOR NEW RULES FOR 2017

Update February 17, 2017  Now is the time to check with your casino players club for any rule changes or new rules for 2017.  Be sure you know when certain "points" or benefits earned in 2016 expire.  In some cases rules might change about how points are acquired, and what points are needed for certain benefit levels.  Below are photos of a Great Gift Wrap Up event which is a perk offered to members of the Caesars Total Rewards Players Club. 

Great Gift Wrap Up
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First Session at The Flamingo.

Sports Memorabilia at the Great Gift Wrap Up.
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Autographed football helmet and ball, authenticated.

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