Cirque du Soleil and LE RÊVE get a lot of acclaim on the Las Vegas Strip – and rightfully so. The former is a Las Vegas institution with six different productions in Las Vegas. The latter is an aquatic ballet at the Wynn that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. These iconic shows, along with other award-winning productions like Absinthe and pop star residencies are certainly worth splurging on, but for those nights when you’d rather lose your money gambling, there are a number of inexpensive options.
From off-Strip magic shows in small theaters you’ve never heard of to under-hyped productions right on Las Vegas Blvd., these 12 shows are the perfect way to save money and still take in some great entertainment:
Piff the Magic Dragon
This daily show at the Flamingo features illusion, laughter and the world’s only magic performing chihuahua. Piff garnered acclaim during his time on America’s Got Talent, and now he dons a dragon costume and entertains audiences with his trusty four-legged companion, Mr. Piffles.
Sure, you can go to a strip club while you’re in Las Vegas, but why not consider a risqué performance from zombies? Head to the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood for this scinitllating, irreverent musical show that’s as sexy as it is freaky.
Legends in Concert
Want to see Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston and Lady Gaga for under $100? At Legends in Concert, you can. Matinee and evening performances are available for this musical tribute show at the Tropicana.
Friends! The Musical Parody
We may never know whether Ross and Rachel were truly on a break, but it’s still possible to relive the days of Central Perk at Friends! The Musical Parody. Join Monica, Chandler, Joey, Rachel and Ross at the D Las Vegas Showroom for an evening that will take you back to the ‘90s.
Defending the Caveman
Defending the Caveman is a fun show that’s been on the Vegas scene since 2003. This one-man show is a lighthearted look at men, women and the Stone Age.
Mike Hammer’s Comedy Magic Show
Fair warning: if you don’t like audience participation, this is not the show for you. If you are okay with being plucked from the crowd and brought onstage, you’re going to love Mike Hammer’s Comedy Magic Show. Set in an intimate theater at the Four Queens, this show features daring stunts, how-did-he-do-that tricks and lots of laughs.
Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man
Date night? Girls night out? This show is great for both occasions. This Broadway-style show about a demure woman learning to channel her sexual side with a little help has made a splash in Las Vegas thanks to the quick wit and chemistry that the two lead roles always bring. It’s silly, it’s wild and you can catch it nightly at Paris.
Late afternoon in Las Vegas is the perfect time for taking in a show. You’re done lounging at the pool, you’re not ready for dinner and you’re looking for something to do. If you find yourself in this situation, check out Laughternoon. This family-friendly show at The D is one of the cheapest options on this list. It features magic, comedy and a lot of rubber ducks.