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Everything You Must Do in Las Vegas This Summer

Updated On 06/20/2018 at 05:36PM EST Updated On 06/20/2018 at 05:36PM EST
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Thursday - Sunday
Jun 14-Jul 15
Various locations
After four long years of waiting, the 2018 FIFA World Cup is finally here! The US may not be in the competition this year, but that doesn't mean that the games in Russia won't be a blast to watch. We've rounded up all the best bars in Las Vegas to watch the fĂștbol magic play out.
Cost: Varies by location.
Monday - Friday
Jun 18-29
Multiple locations
Restaurant Week is back -- an annual event (that's actually two weeks long) in which the top restaurants in Vegas offer reasonably priced prix fixe menus to benefit Three Square Food Bank. The list of participating restaurants really does feel endless, but some of the best deals include a $50 four-course Japanese meal at Nobu, $50 surf-and-turf at Charlie Palmer Steak, and $30 lunch at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant where the views don't cost a penny extra.
Cost: $30-80 per person
Wednesday
Jun 20
Rio
There's something in the water. VooDoo Beach will host a special Wednesday night screening of Jaws, the movie that made everyone terrified of going to the beach in the '70s. There will be giant inflatable sharks and a themed menu that includes a blue raspberry and cherry Shark Attack Slushy. It could be the most fun you'll have during the Dive-In Movie series that lasts all summer long at the resort. Viewings are free and get underway at sunset. And it's the Rio, so even the parking's free.
Cost: Free
Wednesday
Jun 20
Downtown & The Strip
There's a new tour in town. After a series of previews, the Vintage Vegas Dive Bar Tour is officially open for business. Here's how it works. You and your party will be driven around to five of the coolest dive bars in town -- places like Frankie's Tiki Room, Atomic Liquors, and the Peppermill -- over a period of about three hours. You'll enjoy drinks (including one on the house) and learn a thing or two about Las Vegas history along the way.
Cost: $70
Thursday
Jun 21
Southeast Valley
Participate in the "World's Largest Swimming Lesson" -- and help set a world record with simultaneous participants in more than 20 countries. It takes place at 9:45am at Wet'n'Wild and when it's over, you can spend the day at the waterpark. Not a bad deal, right?
Cost: Free
Thursday - Saturday
Jun 21-23
Mesquite
Who's the best Elvis Presley impersonator of all? More than 20 participants will face off in rounds covering the '50s, '60s, and '70s in Elvis Rocks Mesquite, a competition at the Casablanca Resort. Book a room and make a weekend of it with performances during the day and poolside movies at night, not to mention late-night karaoke parties. It's really all the Elvis you can handle. The celebrity judging panel is led by master impressionist Rich Little, begging the question: Despite being about an hour north of the Strip, is there anything more Las Vegas than this?
Cost: Tickets begin at $15 in advance (poolside movies are free)
Friday
Jun 22
SLS Las Vegas
Bazaar on the Roof is a late-night celebration of food (10pm-1:30am) at the rooftop Retro Pool Lounge. Hosted by Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres, the event will feature stations serving an eclectic lineup of dishes in a dine-around format. So expect exotic meats like jamon iberico and a whole suckling pig to be balanced out with vegetable paella, a traveling dessert cart, and of course, the restaurant's famous foie gras cotton candy. Drinks include wine, beer, and summer cocktails.
Cost: All-inclusive tickets begin at $75 (although if you shell out extra for a cabana, a bottle of Dom and premium liquor are also included)
Saturday
Jun 23
Mount Charleston
Lee Canyon is known for skiing and snowboarding during the winter (and yes, we get in snow in Vegas if you find a mountain tall enough), but it's also got plenty of fun in the summer as well. Mountain Fest is a good example -- with local bands, food, a beer garden, and outdoor activities. (We were fans of the log cutting event last year). The day begins bright and early at 8am with Birdies & Beer, an 18-hole disc golf competition.
Cost: $25 general admission, $35 VIP with a commemorative cup, and $35 to enter Birdies & Beer
Saturday
Jun 23
Henderson
Life Time Athletic Green Valley is throwing a "Havana Nights" party by the pool 7:30-11:30pm. Chow down on Cuban-inspired appetizers while a live DJ and fire dancers provide the entertainment. The event is open to both members and non-members of the club.
Cost: Free
Saturday
Jun 23
Downtown
Some of the best chefs in Vegas will square off in a high-stakes taco competition with categories that include best beer-infused taco, most creative taco, and best dessert taco. (Tacos for dessert? Say no more.) Best of all, you get to try it all for yourself. The tickets for Motley Brew's Hopped Taco Throwdown are all-inclusive and also feature unlimited beer samples from local breweries. It all takes place 8-11pm in the outdoor courtyard of Zappos' Downtown headquarters.
Cost: $60 general admission ($85 VIP for early entry, exclusive tacos, and "upgraded glassware")
Saturday - Saturday
Jun 23-Aug 25
Downtown
You already know the Boneyard at the Neon Museum as the place where vintage neon marquees go to retire in Las Vegas. Now it's also hosting hot yoga sessions on the patio for nine Saturdays throughout the summer. The session are between 4:30 and 5:30pm and although the temperatures will be around 100 degrees or higher, at least you'll be in the shade. Bring your own mat and lots of water.  
Cost: $18 ($13 for Neon Museum members)
Sunday
Jun 24
SLS Las Vegas
Performers from the Strip's top shows will join together for a one-night-only production of The Show Must Go On at the Foundry inside the SLS to benefit Golden Rainbow and the Ribbon of Life. The original show is influenced by classic Broadway musicals and the British Invasion, so expect a unique mixture of genres. An after-party will be held at the Sayers Club.
Cost: Tickets start at $45
Wednesday
Jun 27
Planet Hollywood
The (former?) No Doubt singer kicks off a Las Vegas residency booked to run through at least March of next year. The show "Gwen Stefani -- Just a Girl" was custom-designed for the Zappos Theater, so expect some cool design elements and a change-up from what you saw on her last arena tour.
Cost: Tickets start at $59
Thursday
Jun 28
Palace Station
The Charcoal Room at Palace Station is hosting a five-course dinner 6-8pm with pairings from Duckhorn Vineyards, a Napa Valley winery. Dishes include a chai-infused clam chowder and Kansas City strip loin. A wine expert will guide guests through the meal with information about each pairing. Call ahead to book a reservation. The dinner is also a good excuse to check out all those new renovations at the Palace Station.
Cost: $80
Saturday
Jun 30

Celebrate Independence Day early with a dinner or a pool party

Celebrate Independence Day early with a dinner or a pool party

Multiple locations
The Saturday before July 4 will have a few fireworks displays around the Las Vegas Valley. Check out the views over the Strip with a private five-course dinner at VooSteak at the Rio that includes a Champagne toast, reception, and patio views from the 50th floor for $150 per person. Meanwhile, the Plaza will host a free rooftop pool party beginning at 7pm that includes a Coney Island-style hot dog eating contest, drink and food specials, and views of the fireworks going off around 10pm.
Cost: $150 for VooDoo Steak, free for the Plaza
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Wednesday
Jul 4
Multiple locations
With so many people setting off fireworks from their backyards Las Vegas almost looks like a war zone on July 4. But if you want to let the pros handle it, Station Casinos has you covered. In addition to their traditional shows at Red Rock Resort in Summerlin and Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, the rockets red glare will be seen with a new display between the neighboring Fiesta Rancho and Texas Station casinos. Expect nine minutes of fireworks to shoot off around 9pm. For the best seats at Green Valley Ranch, RSVP in advance for wristbands.
Cost: Free
Wednesday
Jul 4
Celebrate America with free stuff. Locals with Nevada ID can visit the observation deck for free at the top of the 1,149-foot-tall Stratosphere 10am-6pm -- and chow down on buy-one-get-one-free meals at Crafted Buffet. Stick around until 9:15 when the tower will erupt in a fireworks show. The best vantage point is a viewing party at Elation rooftop pool with doors opening at 8pm.
Cost: Free with Nevada ID

 
Thursday
Jul 5
Caesars Palace
Remember when Mariah Carey announced the end of her residency? Didn't seem that long ago. Well, the pop diva is back with another one. And while her first run was limited by a format that stuck to No. 1 singles, "The Butterfly Returns" should dig deeper into some not-so-obvious hits.
Cost: Tickets begin at $55
Sunday
Jul 8
Caesars Palace
Ever want to see history repeat itself, but with better results? That's the idea behind "Evel Live," in which X Games champ Travis Pastrana will attempt to recreate three of Evel Knievel's famous jumps, including a failed attempt over the Caesars Palace fountain that left the daredevil in the hospital back in 1967. The other jumps will be over 50 cars and 14 buses. The whole thing will be televised live on the History channel, but just head down to the Strip and watch the spectacle in person -- if you dare.
Cost: Free
Friday
Jul 13
Palazzo
Carnevino is hosting a four-course meal, in which each dish is not only paired with whiskey from Westland Distillery, but also a cigar from La Palina. Each guest will also get extra cigars to take home. Think of it as an extra-macho way to enjoy dishes like dry-aged beef tortellini in Parmesan brodo and juniper-rubbed beef belly.
Cost: $135 per person
Saturday
Jul 14
Downtown
Need to hear "Fire Woman" one more time? The Cult will perform a free show on Fremont Street at the Third Street Stage at 9pm. It's just one of 12 shows in the Downtown Rocks summer concert series. Check out the lineup for more acts throughout the season. Sometimes a rock show is more fun surrounded by neon marquees. (It's also more fun when it's free.)
Cost: Free
Saturday
Jul 14
Downtown
Boombox Cartel leads a loaded lineup of DJs at Foam Wonderland inside the World Market Pavilions. The late-night foam party runs 8pm-3am. Expect to get wet, so dress appropriately and keep track of your cell phone.
Cost: Tickets start at $30
Saturday
Jul 21
North Valley
Is there anything that says "summer" more than reggae and beer? Both will be in heavy supply during Big Dog's Summer Beer Fest at Big Dog's Brewery on the north end of town. More than 50 craft beers will be available, including some new seasonal brews for summer.
Cost: Admission is free but tokens will be sold for food and drink items
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Voodoo Steakhouse
Wednesday - Saturday
Aug 1-18
The LINQ
Las Vegas is all about quickie weddings, and if you're going to get married here, at least make it an easy date to remember. The High Roller observation wheel is taking reservations on special weddings in the sky for the palindromic dates of August 1 (8/1/18), August 8 (8/8), and August 18 (8/18/18). You can even enter a contest for a chance to be the first wedding on August 1 and get the costs covered.
Cost: Packages begin at $995
Tuesday - Sunday
Aug 7-12
Downtown
School of Rock: The Musical (which is actually produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber) comes to the Smith Center for six-date run. The energetic show about students starting a rock band proves there's more to music than being a DJ. If you couldn't score Hamilton tickets earlier in the year, this is a good Plan B.
Cost: Tickets start at $29
Saturday - Saturday
Sep 1-22
Park MGM
As if blink-182, Gwen Stefani, and Mariah Carey weren't enough, Las Vegas is getting yet another high-profile residency. Queen + Adam Lambert are bringing "The Crown Jewels" to the Park Theater throughout the month of September -- taking advantage of the venue's relatively small size and high-tech features. There probably isn't a better way to round out the end of summer than by listening to "Fat Bottomed Girls" and "Radio Ga Ga."
Cost: Tickets begin at $79