Like much of the US, March is a transitional month in Las Vegas. The weather and mood start off cool, but when March Madness takes center stage on the sports calendar, everything starts to heat up… especially in Las Vegas.
March Madness in Las Vegas is the kickoff to pool season. Not only are all pools open, but so are the day clubs. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has an easy-to-consume pool season roundup for anyone looking to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year to be outdoors in Las Vegas.
Now we move to April, where pool season is underway, and there’s plenty of daytime action outside during the day and indoors when the sun goes down.
The spring and summer music touring seasons are just underway. It seems as though Las Vegas sees bigger performer names coming to town every month. April starts with the most popular band in the world visiting Las Vegas.
BTS taking over Las Vegas
While the Grammy Awards might be enough for some cities, it’s just another event in Las Vegas. In fact, it’s downright tiny compared to the biggest concerts taking place in Las Vegas this April.
MGM Grand Garden Arena, the same venue where the Grammys will take place on April 3, is showing a live feed for all four nights that BTS performs at Allegiant Stadium just a couple of miles away.
The entire music industry will celebrate itself in a venue that is showing video of a concert to fans. This is not a normal occurrence.
There’s so much love for BTS that concert tickets were never available to the public. Fan club members snapped up all of the tickets for the BTS concerts on April 8, 9, 15, and 16. There may be some seats available to watch the shows at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Coincidentally, the Backstreet Boys are playing shows at Caesars Palace the exact same four nights that BTS is performing at Allegiant Stadium.
Wide range of Las Vegas residencies in April
There is a wide range of residencies in Las Vegas in April. Older music fans might enjoy the classic rock of Foreigner at The Venetian on April 1, 2, 6, 8, and 9. Rock fans looking for a heavier band might want to check out The Scorpions at Planet Hollywood on April 1, 3, 7, 9, 12, 14 and 16
April Las Vegas residencies aren’t just classic rockers. Lady Gaga will perform her Jazz and Piano show at Park MGM on April 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 28, and 30. John Legend will fire up his piano for a residency at Planet Hollywood later in the month on April 22, 23, 27, 29 and 30.
Upcoming entertainment in Las Vegas
The Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) announced the massive lineup of performers for the three-day EDM festival from May 20-22. EDC weekend is a fabulous time to be in Las Vegas, whether you go to the show or not. Everyone attending the show is full of positive vibes, which creates an extra fun time to be in Las Vegas.
Psycho Las Vegas is moving from Mandalay Bay to Resorts World Las Vegas this year. The show will feature a unique lineup featuring numerous members of Wu-Tang Clan to some of the heaviest metal and rock bands. This festival will take place inside and outside of Resorts World from Aug. 19-21.
The Life Is Beautiful festival in downtown Las Vegas also announced its music lineup for the weekend of Sept. 16-18. Expect to see non-music programming for the festival later this summer.
Not all of the recent show announcements are for festivals. Aerosmith is returning to Park MGM for its “Dueces Are Wild” residency. Shows are on the schedule from June through December.
In July, Morrissey is also returning to Las Vegas for five new shows for his Caesars Palace residency.
Las Vegas is returning to normal, and Clark County is bringing back the free ‘Jazz in the Park’ series. The shows are mostly for locals, but anyone can enjoy the free events outside when visiting Las Vegas. There’s no charge for entry, but tickets are required and can be reserved here.
While there are plenty of festivals being planned for later this year, April marks the end of the NHL regular season. The Vegas Golden Knights will play the final games of the regular season at T-Mobile Arena on April 6, 9, 18, 20, and 24.
Is Las Vegas Sportstown, USA?
A decade ago, sports in Las Vegas were limited to UNLV games, minor league baseball, and a few other pop-up events. The city started transitioning into a big-time sports town when the Vegas Golden Knights dropped the puck for their first season in 2017.
Fast forward five years, and Las Vegas is now a global sports town. The Las Vegas Raiders play home games at Allegiant Stadium near Mandalay Bay. The Las Vegas Aces of the WNBA play home games inside Mandalay Bay.
This month, Las Vegas will be hosting the NFL Draft for the first time. The home team won’t be picking until the third round as the Raiders traded their first two picks for wide receiver Davante Adams.
The Draft should be an amazing experience between picking players at Caesars Forum, live performances, and activities, along with players being interviewed on the Bellagio fountains.
There’s another option in Las Vegas during NFL Draft for anyone looking for something different. The Greens Celebrity Golf League will have a golf invitational and poker game.
The Oakland A’s are still flirting with Las Vegas while negotiating to open a Waterfront Stadium District in California. The latest rumor has the A’s possibly buying a plot of land in between Virgin Hotels Las Vegas (former Hard Rock) and Planet Hollywood.
The NBA is still considering Las Vegas for an expansion team in the future. All signs point to a team playing at T-Mobile Arena behind the New York-New York casino. However, there’s a plan to build an arena and entertainment district to host an NBA team a few miles south on Las Vegas Boulevard.
Next year Las Vegas will host the West Regional of the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament for the first time. This will follow the wildly popular first weekend of March Madness and the conference tournaments taking place the week before it.
Now comes word that the NIT (National Invitation Tournament) is considering moving its semi-finals and championship game to Las Vegas.
March ended with a bang as Formula One announced the Las Vegas Grand Prix would take place next November. The 2023 race will be the first of a three-race contract.
Speaking of international sporting events, the rumors persist that El Classico between Real Madrid and Barcelona could take place in Las Vegas next summer. If confirmed, this will be another international soccer match played at Allegiant Stadium.
Soccer fans visiting Las Vegas this summer might want to consider going to a Las Vegas Lights USL game. Tickets are as low as $15, and it’s a fun way to spend time outdoors with the family.
Las Vegas casino news and rumors
The big blue eyesore on the north end of the Vegas Strip known as Fontainebleau Las Vegas has been on hold for years. But the current owners have plans!
This video from Dani Gamutan on Vimeo is a compilation of renderings of what Fontainebleau should look like if it opens under current ownership. The images are beautiful, but we should believe the property will look this way when we see it. Fingers crossed for another good-looking new casino resort.
Station Casinos recently broke ground on a relatively small casino hotel about 15 minutes away from the Vegas Strip. The description of the 200+ room Durango Casino & Resort on the Station Casinos blog sounds like a perfect respite for locals looking for a new casino to visit or tourists looking for a change of pace.
Both Fontainebleau and Durango hope to open before the end of 2023.
The word on the street is that Palms will reopen at the end of April. This lines up with the “spring opening” timeline the new owners have been planning.
When Palms reopens, Mabels BBQ and Scotch 80 Prime steakhouse will also open. The former Lucky Penny Cafe will reopen as Serrano Vista Cafe. Not coincidentally, the rewards club will also bear the Serrano name.
Caesars Palace expanding?
Caesars is planning on selling one of its Vegas Strip casinos. The announcement should happen by the end of this quarter, which would be June.
There have been a number of rumors about which property the casino operator will sell, but there isn’t one particular name that stands out. We’ll keep an eye out for an official announcement.
The new owners and operators of Caesars aren’t risk-takers. If there’s a brand that makes money, they’ll push it as far as they can. This would explain why Caesars keeps opening restaurants from Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay, and Lisa Vanderpump, for example. These are all well-known, best-selling brands for the company.
This could also be the reason rumors have been floating that the company will be building a new tower at Caesars Palace. Generating revenue from unused Las Vegas real estate is something that has been rumored for Caesars Palace and even Bally’s over the years.
The new tower at Caesars Palace will supposedly include hotel rooms and more retail outlets, including dining options. The likely location for the new hotel tower seems as though it will be closer to the casino at Bellagio than Caesars Palace. Stay tuned!
More Resorts World
Resorts World Las Vegas continues to offer new dining options. There are four new places to grab a quick bite in the food hall. It seems as though there’s something new opening or coming to Resorts World every month.
And speaking of Resorts World, let’s end the news and rumors for April with a doozy!
It appears as though the construction outside of Resorts World is because the company is building a water park! Resorts World has not confirmed this, but some of the concepts mentioned could make it the best water attraction on the Vegas Strip. Maybe we’ll hear confirmation on this by the time we’re back next month.