2018 IFBC Las Vegas Bash: Concerts, Shops & Sites to Know in Sin City

Kevin Stott

Monday, July 16, 2018 11:22 AM UTC

Monday, Jul. 16, 2018 11:22 AM UTC

When in Las Vegas, California is immediately to your west, the world’s biggest hole (Grand Canyon) is south, the USA’s most mysterious non-location (Area 51) is north and the rest of the planet is to your east.

Four Basic Things to Know About Vegas

1. McCarran International Airport (5757 Wayne Newton Boulevard) is 12.9 miles south of the Golden Nugget (Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. 129 E. Fremont Street).

2. The state of Nevada is currently in the Pacific Daylight Time Zone -- 3 hours behind New York City and Philadelphia (Eastern), 2 hours behind Chicago and Dallas (Central), and 1 hour behind Denver and Albuquerque (Mountain). Las Vegas is in the same time zones and Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix (now) and Seattle.

3. Temperatures in Southern Nevada in late August are generally very warm and can be muggy as it’s monsoon season and record high temps have been set monthly. Hydrating and staying out of the heat for long periods are wise ideas. A forecast:

4. The world famous Las Vegas Strip — Las Vegas Boulevard — is extremely packed with vehicles and a virtual traffic jam from sundown to around 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (it’s considered a scenic route) and quite often not the best route from Point A to Point B. For me, The Strip — which is not actually in the Las Vegas city limits — sort of starts at the south at the world famous (Welcome To) Las Vegas Sign — north of the historic stone pillars of the old McCarran Airport on the east side — and runs 4.2 miles north to Sahara Avenue into Naked City near the Stratosphere where downtown begins. The casinos downtown aren’t on The Strip and “off-The-Strip” casinos include the Rio (home of the just-concluded World Series of Poker), the Palms and Orleans.

Concerts in Las Vegas From August 24-26

Phillip Phillips and Gavin DeGraw: Pearl Concert Theater at The Palms; August 24

Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie (Twins of Evil): MGM Grand Garden Arena; August 25

Lionel Richie (All the Hits): Zappo’s Theater, Planet Hollywood; August 24-26

Reba, Brooks and Dunn: Colosseum at Caesars Palace; August 24-25

Quality Las Vegas Shows

The Beatles Love Cirque du Soleil

Mirage Hotel and Casino, 3400 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, 89109

The Beatles Love Cirque du Soleil website

Blue Man Group

Luxor, 3900 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, 89119

Nightly 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Blue Man Group website

"O" by Cirque du Soleil

Bellagio, 3600 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, 89109

”O" by Cirque du Soleil website

Penn and Teller

Rio (Hotel and Casino), 3700 West Flamingo Road, 89103

Penn and Teller website

Mystère by Cirque du Soleil

Treasure Island, 3300 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, 89109

Mystère website

Significant Sin City Sites

The (Welcome to) Las Vegas Sign

5200 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, Paradise, 89119

In 2008 the city made access to the iconic Betty Willis-designed, Western Neon-erected sign with 12 parking spaces and loading areas for buses and limos as well as a walkway to the much-photographed sign.

Las Vegas Observation Wheel (High Roller)

3545 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Paradise, 89119

In 2014, what is now the world’s tallest Ferris Wheel opened on The Las Vegas Strip. Owned by Caesars Entertainment, a ride on the 550-foot-tall big wheel costs $25 during the daytime, $37 at night.

Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

Mirage Hotel and Casino

3545 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Paradise, 89119

Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

Four Cool Las Vegas Shopping Destinations

Bonanza Gift Shop (World’s Largest Gift Shop)

3960 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, 89119

Telephone: (702) 693-8181

Website: World's Largest Gift Shop

M&M'S® World Las Vegas

Showcase Mall, 3785 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, 89109

Telephone: (702) 740-2504

M&M's World Las Vegas website

The Forum Shops at Caesars

3500 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, 89109

The Forum Shops at Caesars website

The Gambler’s (General Store) Book Club

300 S. Main Street, 89101

Telephone: (702) 382-7555

Gambler's Book Club website

Public Golf Links Near Downtown

Las Vegas National Golf Course

1911 E. Desert Inn Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (866) 695-1961

Las Vegas National Golf Course website

For the Women, Weed and Whiskey Fans

Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen's Club Las Vegas

3340 S. Highland Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Telephone: (702) 796-3600

Whisky Attic Las Vegas

780 W. Harmon Avenue #12, 89103

Telephone: (702) 217-6794

Whisky Attic Las Vegas website

NuWu Cannabis Marketplace

1235 Paiute Circle, 89106

Telephone: (702) 844-2797

Operating on tribal land, this is the largest cannabis dispensary in the world at 16,000 square feet and opened in October of 2017, months after marijuana officially became legal in the Silver State (July 1, 2017).

Sports Gamblers Contest Tipoffs

NFL SuperContest at Westgate SuperBook

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino SuperBook

3000 Paradise Road, 89109

Westgate Las Vegas website

Journey over to the place where Elvis used to live and the world largest sportsbook to enter the most prestigious NFL handicapping contest on the planet, the SuperContest, which had a record 2,748 entrants at $1,500 a pop for a first-place prize of $1,327,284, which was won by “GRANNY’s BOY” who said he will indeed win it again this year so why even try, right? And you don’t have to live in Sin City to get your entries in as there are proxies available to put your weekly 5 picks ATS in in the SuperContest.

Ultimate Football Challenge at Golden Nugget

Golden Nugget Casino Sportsbook

129 S. Fremont Street

Golden Nugget website

Tony Miller is the esteemed Race and Sports Book Director at the Golden Nugget and this year he has come up with something new in terms of football contest, letting entrants combine any 7 NCAAF and/or NFL sides in the first-ever Ultimate Football Challenge. The entry fee is $1,000. Registration has been open since May 29 and will will end Sept. 4.

Ultimate Football Challenge Contest Rules

2017 Best of Las Vegas website link

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