Vegas Shows You Need to See Before They’re Gone Forever

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden

The Strip

After announcing during peak pandemic times that the beloved Bellagio Conservatory would be scaling back its number of annual exhibits from five to four, it’s back up to five for 2022, and the last year and a half have seen some of the most extraordinary exhibits they’ve put out in years.

As a free attraction and one that’s so iconic, the Bellagio Conservatory is something you should always make time for regardless, but the displays have just been so good lately, it’s really something not to miss.

The Beatles LOVE, Shin Lim: Limitless, and Aces of Comedy

The Mirage

The Mirage Theatre is a great place to catch a headlining comedy act—Amy Schumer, Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, and Wayne Brady all have shows coming up—but you might want to do so with a sense of urgency: it was announced at the end of last year that Hard Rock International has purchased this iconic Vegas property for over $1 billion and will transition it to the Hard Rock brand over the next three years, eventually building a guitar-shaped resort tower in front of the current property.

RIP, Vegas volcano.

Las Vegas Philharmonic 2021-22 Orchestral Series

The Smith Center

For its 2021-22 season, the Las Vegas Philharmonic is celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday by performing all nine of his symphonies, with each performance showcasing one or two alongside a selection of other works chosen by symphony conductor Donato Cabrera.

You will never see another conductor who brings so much joy to his work onstage.

An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live

House of Blue Las Vegas

Guitar legend (that word again!) Carlos Santana has been a resident Las Vegas performer (and resident of Las Vegas) for most of the last decade, so there’s no reason to think he’s going anywhere anytime soon, but he’s also 74 so AGAIN: see the legends while you can.

John Legend “Love in Las Vegas”

Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood

Speaking of legends, this guy’s actual name is Legend, and he is also a history-making EGOT—as in, a member of the extremely rare group of artists that have won an Emmy, GRAMMY, Oscar, and Tony award—as well as the first Black man to earn the prestigious honor.

If that’s not reason enough alone to go see this show, then imagine the date night bonus points you’ll immediately earn with your significant other the moment he starts playing “All of Me.”

Barry Manilow – The Hits Come Home!

Westgate International Theater at Westgate Resort & Casino

Hear us out: This guy is a LEGEND. Legendary Barry returns to Las Vegas playing all his hits—there are many!—at the Westgate. Will there be a lot of old people in the audience?

Yes. But the guy is almost 80 and, you know, see the legends while you can.

Also, he’s been playing Vegas for longer than the average Thrillist reader has been alive

Lionel Richie: Back to Las Vegas

Encore Theater at the Wynn

Before Adele sang “Hello from the other side,” Lionel Richie asked, “Hello, is it me you’re looking for?” Depending on your age, you will know Richie best as (a) singer for The Commodores, (b) 1980s pop and R&B multi-platinum hit machine, (c) father of Nicole Richie, or (d) American Idol judge.

His limited engagement of just six shows runs March 30 to April 9.

Shania Twain “Let’s Go!” The Vegas Residency

Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood

Before there was Taylor Swift, there was country-pop crossover superstar Shania Twain.

Even if you’re not a superfan, you’ll recognize many of her songs and appreciate the elaborate sparkly costumes, saucy choreography, and immersive digital set pieces.

If you’re not in it for love, be in it for the absolute visual spectacle of some of her most iconic music video moments brought to life onstage

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