A lot of people say Hollywood is the entertainment capital of the world. However, the best live shows can only be seen in Las Vegas, Nevada.
They have a variety of shows available in the afternoons and nights at theatres and hotels throughout the city. These shows are unlike anything you can find anywhere else.
Most people outside of Las Vegas assume that all the shows in the city take place at nighttime. After all, Las Vegas is known for its bright lights and vibrant marques.
But there are several afternoon shows available in Las Vegas which deserve a lot of attention as well. They’re performed by talented people who are dancers, singers, magicians, psychics, musicians, comedians, and so on.
Whether you live in the city or plan to visit there, you should become familiar with all the daytime shows in Las Vegas. Then you won’t miss out on these exciting shows with such talented performers.
Below are the top 17 Las Vegas afternoon shows.
Paranormal is a mind-reading magic show performed by Frederic Da Silva. He is coined as an international mentalist who has advanced mental powers like mind-reading, hypnosis, magic, and other mysterious things.
Not only can he figure out your first name, but he can also tell you the name of someone who is on your mind frequently. How is this possible? Does he really possess special powers? To find out, go to one of his Las Vegas matinee shows at the Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.
If you’re looking for an entertaining family show in the afternoon, then check out Mystere. Both children and adults will be overwhelmed by all the amazing acrobatic stunts performed here. They’ll keep you on the edge of your seats as your eyes stay glued to each move that they make.
Mystere is a production of the Cirque du Soleil entertainment company from Canada. Since 1993, the show has been performed in the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino.
Aside from acrobatics, the performers engage in comedy, music, opera, dancing, and various circus skills. Come check this one out the next time you’re in Vegas.
3) Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
Imagine one clown performing with 25 different animals that were rescued from animal shelters. That is what you will see at Popovich Comedy Pet Theater.
George Popovich plays the clown, and his diva sidekick is a cute white cat named Snowbird. The other cast members include 10 dogs and 15 cats. They do lots of interesting activities together, such as poker playing, scooter riding, and jump roping.
The clown does juggling acts while the animals’ bark and meow in rhythm to his movements. If you love animals, then you will definitely love this afternoon show in Las Vegas.
4) Potted Potter
Fans of the Harry Potter books and movies will be very interested to see the Potted Potter show. The performers attempt to recreate the stories and characters from the entire Harry Potter series in a single afternoon comedy show.
You’ll see them use strange costumes and hilarious props as they attempt to reimagine the magic of the seven Harry Potter books. A fire-breathing dragon even makes an appearance too. You won’t want to miss that.
5) Blue Man Group
You’ve probably heard of the Blue Man Group before. They’ve been the guests on several late-night talk shows before. However, they don’t do much talking because the brilliance of their performance is in their actions.
You can easily recognize the members of the ground by the blue paint on their skin. They entertain people with unusual, but creative comedy and rock music performances.
You’ll see a series of high-tech visual displays, sounds, colors, lights, and movements. It is the perfect blend of mystery, fun, comedy, entertainment, and theatrics. People of any age should attend the show.
6) Murray, the Magician
Murray is a magician who you might have seen on the NBC reality series America’s Got Talent. He made a classic 1918 steam train disappear within seconds, which was the biggest magic trick that was ever staged.
His successful appearance on that TV show earned him his own afternoon shows in Las Vegas. His main gimmick is oversized illusions and magic tricks.
He’s turned showgirls into tigers and caused Ferraris to fly in their air on their own. You’ve got to check him out. His crazy, electric blond hair certain makes him stand out, so you’ll notice him when you see him.
7) The Rat Pack is Back
The classic Rat Pack is back performing Las Vegas matinee shows. Of course, this is not the real Rat Pack, but they’re performers who have a very close resemblance to the classic singers you remember and love.
You’ll see lookalikes of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Sammy Davis Jr. performing classic Rat Pack songs in a venue which looks like it’s from the 1950s.
Although the show is kid-friendly, it is probably more appropriate for adults who’re more familiar with the Rat Pack. They can appreciate the close likeness of the performers to the real ones. You can find this show at the Tuscany Suites Casino.
8) Mac King Comedy Magic Show
Comedy and magic go hand-in-hand in Las Vegas. Performer Mac King has been performing magic in Las Vegas longer than almost anyone else. He adds a lot of unique humor and style to his magic acts which keep audiences spellbound the entire time.
His showmanship is offbeat and corny, but that’s what makes him fun to watch. Some of his favorite acts include rope tricks, live animal appearances, hand shadow puppets, Liberace impersonations, and Elvis impersonations.
9) Legends in Concert
Have you ever wanted to see all the greatest music legends in concert? Imagine a show where you see performances by Frank Sinatra, Barry White, Elvis Presley, Lady Gaga, and many others.
That is what you’ll find at the Legends in Concert which is held at the Tropicana Hotel. The impersonators not only look like the classic legends, but they sound like them too.
Along with their singing are wild costumes, backup dancers, and a fabulous orchestra.
This is one of the best shows in Las Vegas which uses “noon” in its title. Adam London is a comedian and magician who performs his Laughternoon magic and comedy show in the afternoons.
His background in comedy includes performances at the Improve Comedy Club and L.A. Comedy Club. He’s also performed magic acts in Hollywood’s Magic Castle.
In Vegas, Adam does a lot of interesting sleight-of-hand tricks with comedy added to them. He will keep you entertained and engaged in his acts the entire time.
11) Nathan Burton Comedy Magic
Nathan Burton is a magician and comedian who was seen on two seasons of the reality series America’s Got Talent. His big talent is in the magical areas of transformation and teleportation.
If you’ve always wanted to see items dematerialize in front of your eyes or people levitating up from the ground, then you’ll definitely want to catch Nathan Burton’s Comedy Magic act.
He also does other cool things like putting himself in a giant microwave and slicing up innocent showgirls. Meanwhile, he loves giving audiences his clever one-liners to add humor to the event. Between the energetic music and the elaborate props, you won’t be disappointed.
12) Menopause the Musical
By the name of the show alone, you can probably tell what kind of comedy it is going to be. You’ll see eccentric middle-aged female comedians doing musical numbers about topics like hot flashes, weight gain, mood swings, and memory loss.
If you’re a middle-aged female approaching menopause, or already experiencing menopause, then you’ll appreciate the humor of these lovely ladies. They will keep you laughing every minute of this show, which is held at the Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel.
13) Drag Brunch at Senor Frog’s
At the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, you’ll find a room filled with the most attractive drag queens in Las Vegas. You can eat your dinner while enjoying musical performances from glamorous looking drag singers.
There are literally unlimited food choices and an open bar to enhance the experience for the audience. Even if you’re not a big fan of drag queens, this is still a great place to see something different. Isn’t that what going to daytime shows in Las Vegas is all about?
14) World Famous Gospel Brunch at House of Blues
Do you like gospel and blues music? If so, then you’ll want to see the Gospel Brunch choir perform live in Vegas. They provide audiences with the most spirited performances that you will ever see.
Out of every ticket that is purchased to see their show, $1 of it is donated to the Music Forward Foundation. This is a foundation which assists under-resourced youth in developing their career skills with the help of music and arts.
So even if you don’t like gospel music, you’re at least helping people by purchasing tickets to their show.
15) Hans Klok
Hans Klok is coined as the “World’s Fastest Magician and Illusionist.” This refers to his ability to perform multiple magic tricks and illusional acts within a short amount of time.
His record is performing 12 elaborate illusions and tricks within just 5 minutes. His stage performances at the Excalibur Las Vegas Hotel are suitable for audience members 5 years of age and older. If you’ve always wanted to see a speed magician perform, then Hans Klok is the performer to see.
16) The Bronx Wanderers
The Bronx Wanderers is a family of Italian American singers from the Bronx. A father and his two sons perform in this musical group which truly expresses generational synergy and music.
Anyone who is a fan of music from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s will love this music group. They perform songs that were made famous by the Beach Boys, Dion, Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons, and many other groups.
If you grew up in the Bronx during those decades, then you probably listened to these songs in your kitchen. But even if you’re new to the music, it is still electrifying to hear the energy of the rock n’ roll style of these great performers. Check them out at the LINQ Hotel and Casino.
17) The Big Elvis Show
Elvis Presley was not only the King of Rock n’ Roll, but he was also the king of Las Vegas. In the years since his death in 1977, Elvis impersonators have sprung up everywhere in Las Vegas.
You can find several shows in Vegas where Elvis impersonators try to perform like the king by imitating his dancing style and singing voice.
One particular Elvis impersonation show you should watch out for in Las Vegas is The Big Elvis Show. This is one of the most popular Las Vegas afternoon shows to watch. The star of the show is Big Elvis, played by Pete Vallee.
He performs all of Elvis’s famous songs and even performs other popular songs from over the last 60 years. You can find the show inside a place on the Las Vegas Strip called “The Piano Bar.”
Big Elvis loves to talk with members of his audience at all his Las Vegas matinee shows. Not only does he take song requests, but he also invites a few audience members to sing on stage with him.
He’s given over 7,000 Big Elvis performances on the Las Vegas Strip, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to stop anytime soon.
Therefore, if you’re ever looking for some awesome afternoon free shows in Las Vegas, then The Big Elvis Show is highly recommended.
Daytime shows in Las Vegas are not all permanent. Many of the shows listed above are available at different weeks throughout the year in Las Vegas.
You should check with the ticket office to find out the date of their next performance. Then you can schedule your Vegas itinerary accordingly.