Lucky 7: New Things to Do in Vegas This Summer
BY: Rick Garman/www.vegas4visitors.com
Memorial Day is coming up and that signals the start of the summer travel season as people pack up their suitcases and SUVs and hit the road (literally or metaphorically) to take their annual vacations. The one place most of those people don't go is Las Vegas. June, July, and August are traditionally the slowest months of the year as the convection oven temperatures and a general lack of things to do for the sullen teenagers that are often in the back of those SUVs conspire to keep people away.
The good news for sun-worshipers and those who are either always or temporarily without kids is that low visitation usually brings low room rates. I did a quick check of a handful of hotels and found rates during the week as low as $40 at Luxor and The Flamingo, $80 at Mandalay Bay, and hovering around $100 at Caesars Palace. Those rates are as much as half of what you would expect to pay during busier times of the year.
And if you do decide to take advantage of the low prices to plan a summer trip to Vegas, there are several debuts coming up that you may want to add to your Things to Do list.
The summer festival is back for a second year at The Venetian and Palazzo. Based on the summer festivals at villages around Italy, Carnevale in Vegas will feature live entertainment, food and wine tastings, costumed characters, and a 3-D laser light show projected on to the front of the hotel nightly. It runs from May 27 through September 8.
Michael Jackson One by Cirque du Soleil
The King of Pop returns to the stage in the form of this Cirque spectacle celebrating the music of Michael Jackson. Sneak peeks seem to indicate the show will do for MJ what LOVE did for The Beatles, with remixed and remastered versions of hits like "Billie Jean," "Beat It," "Bad," and "Smooth Criminal" accompanying dance, acrobatics, and eye-popping visuals. Preview performances start May 23 at Mandalay Bay and with the official opening in June.
Speaking of Cirque du Soleil, the first ever Cirque themed nightclub is expected to open Memorial Day weekend, also at Mandalay Bay. The nightclub will feature Cirque-style visuals and performers designed to give it a dream-like atmosphere. The day club will operate at a new pool and will feature DJs, multiple bars, and lots of pretty people in skimpy bathing suits (if the scene at other day clubs is repeated here).
After successful runs at the MGM Grand and Monte Carlo, the hip-hop dance troupe JabbaWockeeZ is getting their own custom built theater at Luxor. The group specializes in "how do they do that" popping and locking done in an irreverent style that is a must for any dance fan. The new show debuts May 18.
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