Las Vegas is a lot more than blazing lights, casinos and nightlife. It’s also the epicenter of dazzling shows, from celebrities like Celine Dion and Boyz II Men to the soaring Cirque du Soleil.

For the ultimate Cirque du Soleil experience, don’t miss O at the Bellagio. This aerial water extravaganza features cutting-edge special effects and flying performers. O takes advantage of a motorized stage that rises and descends from a 1.5 million-gallon tank of water for incredible vantage points. Other riveting Cirque shows include Mystere by Cirque du Soleil and The Beatles Love by Cirque du Soleil.

Vegas has long been the stomping grounds of famous musicians, including the four-time Grammy Award-winning Boyz II Men, who take the stage at the Mirage. Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris croon their timeless hits and signature harmonies. Sing along to Boyz II Men classics like “I’ll Make Love to You,” “End of the Road,” “Water Runs Dry” and more when you watch the best-selling R&B group at their highly acclaimed Las Vegas residency. Big names abound in Vegas, including Human Nature and Wayne Newton.

Las Vegas is also the land of magic. Sin City is filled with magic acts, from the legendary David Copperfield to the fascinating Masters of Illusion, based on an award-winning TV show. If you’d like some edge with your magic, check out Penn & Teller in their own theater at the Rio. These two performers have a rapport that’s been built over several decades, and they deftly crack jokes while unveiling elaborate illusions. But magic is only half the show. Penn & Teller are rarely afraid to discuss social topics that are considered too volatile by their colleagues. In short: It’s a night you won’t soon forget.

Love retro music? Vegas is the place. Travel back in time with shows like Rock of Ages at Rio. Get up and dance to rock ballads performed in a Broadway musical that was nominated for five Tony Awards. Other shows that kick it back to earlier decades include Raiding the Rock Vault and Legends in Concert, which features iconic performers, from Elvis to Frank Sinatra to Whitney Houston.

Looking for something out of the ordinary? Don’t miss Blue Man Group. With their faces painted bright blue, these three percussionists are as talented as they are hilarious. Blue Man Group uses light, color and sound for their fun-filled show, and they even cover the audience in toilet paper at one point – keep an eye out! Blue Man Group is a high-paced, high-energy musical treat, only at the Monte Carlo. For acrobatics, feats of strength and sultry escapades, book a night at the memorable Absinthe at Caesars Palace. Watch chilling circus acts performed just a few feet in front of you in this intimate setting. You’ll also get deliciously inappropriate comedy sent your way from the ringmaster Gazillionaire and his sidekick Penny Pibbets.