Las Vegas is so chock full of free things to do that you will never ever be both bored and broke. You’ve probably lost your shirt already, but you will still have a blast, guaranteed. So, mope for a while and jumpstart your vacation with the following free attractions, some of which may also lead to free booze to drown your sorrows.
Everyone loves a good circus, and this permanent Las Vegas circus is free every day beginning at 11a.m. You’ll see acrobats, acrobalancers, magicians, clowns, hat jugglers, trapese artists and more. The buzz on the internet indicates that the hotel itself is not the most upscale in town, but the show is spectacular. Stop by Circus Circus Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109, (702) 734-0410.
Rio Masquerade Show in the Sky.
Do you enjoy young ladies dancing around in skimpy Victoria’s Secret outfits for free? Join some of these beauties Thursday through Saturday from 6p.m.-11p.m. If you want a balcony view, you can ride one of the fantasy floats that hover over the show. This VIP seating requires tickets which you can get at least one half-hour before every hourly show. Make sure to call first because they do take brief breaks throughout the year. See the show at the Rio Casino, 3700 West Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV, 89109, (866) 746-7671.
The Arts Factory is an old warehouse hosting numerous art galleries as well as a meeting space for a variety of events. Free events include concerts, theater, poetry readings, fund raisers, classes and more. The Factory is located in the heart of the Las Vegas arts district, which is home to the First Friday Art Walk Festival. Art walks are always good for free drinks and fascinating alcohol fueled conversations about topics such as the death of the postmodernism movement post-911. This art walk takes place the first Friday of every month from 6p.m.-9p.m. The galleries within this historic building are also open every day between the hours of 9a.m. and 6p.m. The Arts Factory is located on Boulder Avenue near the corner of Charleston Boulevard and Art Way. Give them a call at (702) 383-3133.
Grand Canal Street Performers.
How would you like to browse around a fancy shopping center without being compelled to blow your money and be entertained by jugglers, stiltwalkers, puppets and magic shows all day long? The Venetian Hotel and Casino’s Grand Canal Shoppes hosts ongoing eye candy all day long. Really, no one will notice you haven’t bought a thing as long as you’re not carrying a hobo sack and generally look like a tourist. Vegas can be quite snobby if you look broke, so don’t do it. Check out the scene at the Venetian Hotel, 3355 South Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV, 89109, (702) 414-4500.