Las Vegas is known to many as the Entertainment Capital of the World, so no trip to Vegas would be complete without seeing at least one of the world-class shows this city has to offer. But what if you can’t make up your mind about what kind of show to see? Easy: go to see one of the fabulous variety shows in Vegas! These have a little bit of everything, from dancing to magic, acrobatics to comedy, all in one show. Here is our list of the top 7 best variety shows in Las Vegas.

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1. Mad Apple by Cirque du Soleil

In a sentence: A tour of underground NYC by Cirque du Soleil. (18+)

The newest and hottest show by Cirque du Soleil is an adults-only romp through New York City’s vibrant nightlife… except in Vegas. Taking everything cool about NYC culture, Mad Apple combines elements of entertainment you wouldn’t expect to see grouped together. Stand-up comedy, an awesome live band, fashion parades and slam-dunk tournaments all come together in one great night out.

This exciting show is basically like a party on a stage, and you’re invited. You’ll see what we mean the moment you arrive, because there’s a pre-show bar on stage. Mad Apple fittingly performs at New York New York.

Mad Apple by Cirque du Soleil from $69

2. Absinthe

In a sentence: A spectacular and sexy trip to another dimension. (18+)

This wild and weird adults-only extravaganza has been considered Las Vegas’ best variety show for a long time – we even named it in our Top 10 Best Shows in Las Vegas. Think of it as “Cirque du Soleil as channeled through The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, because that’s how New York Times has described it.

Absinthe performs in a centuries-old circus tent at Caesars Palace, a venue that gets you up close to the hilariously bizarre performances on stage. Raunchy and risqué acts are hosted by Gazillionaire, a filthy rich man with a filthy vocabulary. This is the kind of show that could only ever exist in Vegas, so be sure to see it while you’re here!

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3. America’s Got Talent: Live!

In a sentence: See the winners of your favorite TV talent show, live on stage in Vegas.

You don’t have to be a devoted fan of the NBC show, America’s Got Talent, to get absolute joy from this live version of the ultimate talent show on earth. The winners of the TV talent show won for a reason: they’re incredibly impressive at what they do. Now they perform live in Las Vegas, and here’s your chance to experience them for yourself.

America’s Got Talent Live! gives you more than 2 hours of stunning acts from performers including singer-songwriter Kodi Lee, LED dance troupe Light Balance, acrobatic couple Duo Transcend, and magician-mentalists The Clairvoyants. Seeing this much talent in one spot rarely happens, but it happens at The Luxor.

America's Got Talent Live! from $61

4. Amystika: The Mindfreak Prequel

In a sentence: A thrilling, high-production variety show telling the story of Criss Angel’s life. 

This mindblowing variety show is the creation of master magician Criss Angel and Cirque du Soleil director Frank Dragone. Intended as the prequel to Criss Angel’s Mindfreak, the show tells the story of a young Criss Angel’s journey towards becoming who he is today. The show features stunning acts from a variety of talented performers that Criss Angel picked out himself.

Amystika has everything you could want and more in a variety show, including death-defying stunts, fire spinning, magic, and hilarious comedy by Mike Hammer. The dark, immersive experience can be a bit scary for young kids, but great for families with older kids. Amystika performs at Planet Hollywood.

AMYSTIKA: The Mindfreak Prequel from $68

5. Atomic Saloon Show

In a sentence: Time travel to an old west saloon where the show happens around you. (18+)

From the creators of Absinthe comes a show unlike anything you’ve seen before – an immersive adults-only experience that takes place in an old western saloon. Go ahead, order a themed cocktail from the saloon bar, because you might need a drink to handle the bold and raunchy humor of this show, which happens all around you.

This show at The Venetian features impressive performances that include comedy, dancing, circus sideshow acts and acrobats. The Times of London calls Atomic Saloon Show “a ridiculously enjoyable show”, and we can’t help but agree.

Atomic Saloon from $99

6. V – The Ultimate Variety Show

In a sentence: a fun, family-friendly variety show with dancers, circus acts and more.

Get the whole family together for this upbeat variety show at Planet Hollywood, which in the true spirit of Vegas variety shows, has something for everyone to enjoy. V – The Ultimate Variety Show is different every single night due to its rotating roster of performers, so it’s a total surprise what you’ll get to witness on stage. What we can guarantee is that you’ll be blown away by the world-class performers that are chosen from across the globe for this show.

Hosted by the charming Wally Eastwood, the fastest juggler in the world, this fast-paced show will have you thoroughly entertained from beginning to end. If you’re looking for the classic family-friendly variety show in Vegas, this is it. In fact, we included this show in our list of the Top 10 Shows in Las Vegas.

V - The Ultimate Variety Show from $44

7. Opium

In a sentence: All aboard for an interdimensional flight with a weird and wacky crew. (18+)

Another winner from Spiegelworld, the warped minds who created Absinthe and Atomic Saloon Show, this show has all the delightful weirdness of its sister shows with a completely unique concept of its own. You’re invited on an interdimensional flight to Uranus aboard the OPM 73 for an experience that pays homage to B-rated science fiction movies from the 60s and 70s.

Be prepared to laugh your butt off, because the crew members of this long-distance flight are more than a little unusual, and the in-flight entertainment is truly off the wall. Las Vegas Journal describes Opium as featuring “wild musical numbers, raunchy comedy and unique side acts”. It’s the ultimate adults-only night out, performing at The Cosmopolitan.

Opium from $99

8. WOW – The Vegas Spectacular

In a sentence: An exciting family-friendly variety show featuring a fabulous water stage.

This extravagant variety show is aptly named, because it goes all out to give audience members of all ages an exciting night of entertainment. WOW – The Vegas Spectacular performs in a specially-designed immersive theater at the Rio which gets you right up close to the action. The show takes place in and around a water stage, so be prepared to get splashed a bit if you’re in the front row!

Aerialists, acrobats, stunt performers and dancers will wow you with their amazing feats. You’ll get to see a remarkable rollerskating duo, an apple being shot off the top of a woman’s head, and beautiful girls high-diving into a bowl of water. Pair that with the exciting sets, fabulous costumes, and emotive lighting and you’ve got a variety show that’s so over-the-top exciting that it could only exist in Vegas.

WOW - The Vegas Spectacular from $49

9. Extravaganza – The Vegas Spectacular

In a sentence: A truly Vegas-style variety show featuring classic showgirls and circus acts.

This fabulous variety show at Bally’s celebrates Las Vegas’ reputation as the Entertainment Capital of the World, showcasing everything that makes this city shine in one show. The world-class performers on stage include dancers, acrobats, skaters, comedians and more, making Extravaganza – The Vegas Spectacular everything you could possibly want in a Las Vegas show.

The production value of this exciting show is over-the-top, featuring dazzling costumes and an elaborate set with a gigantic LED screen as the backdrop. You’ll get to see real Vegas showgirls, as well as holograms of Elvis and Sinatra.

Extravaganza from $35

10. The Big Little Variety Show

In a sentence: A fun, family friendly variety show with circus acts and comedy.

The Big Little Variety Show packs a whole lot of exciting entertainment into a small, intimate venue at Alexis Park. No two shows are the same, because each night a new lineup of world-class circus performers takes the stage to entertain the whole family. This delightful show combines edge-of-your-seat circus acts with hilarious comedy.

With family-friendly humor and physical comedy, this is a show that’s especially good for families with kids. What’s more, the afternoon showing means you’ll have time to enjoy your night out in Vegas after the show.

The BIG Little Variety Show from $19

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