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

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.

<h2><strong>Four Basic Things to Know About Vegas</strong></h2><p><strong><img alt src="https://images-production-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5b4c82e8aa35fe00adec3d90/original-las-vegas-map" style="width:600px;height:509px" /></strong></p><p>1. <strong>McCarran International Airport </strong>(5757 Wayne Newton Boulevard) is 12.9 miles south of the Golden Nugget (Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. 129 E. Fremont Street).</p><p>2. The state of <strong>Nevada </strong>is currently in the <strong>Pacific Daylight Time Zone </strong>-- 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.</p><p>3. <strong>Temperatures in Southern Nevada </strong>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:</p><p><img alt src="https://images-production-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5b4c83364afd5b008dc95558/original-las-vegas-temps" style="width:600px;height:431px" /></p><p>4. The world famous <strong>Las Vegas Strip </strong>— 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) <u><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welcome_to_Fabulous_Las_Vegas_sign">Las Vegas Sign</a> </u>— 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.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Concerts in Las Vegas From August 24-26</strong></h2><p><strong><img alt src="https://images-production-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5b4c8369aa35fe00adec3d91/original-las-vegas-concert" style="width:600px;height:340px" /></strong></p><p><strong>Phillip Phillips and Gavin DeGraw:</strong> Pearl Concert Theater at The Palms; August 24</p><p><strong>Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie (Twins of Evil):</strong> MGM Grand Garden Arena; August 25</p><p><strong>Lionel Richie (All the Hits):</strong> Zappo’s Theater, Planet Hollywood; August 24-26</p><p><strong>Reba, Brooks and Dunn:</strong> Colosseum at Caesars Palace; August 24-25</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Quality Las Vegas Shows</strong></h2><p><strong><img alt src="https://images-production-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5b4c83bdaa35fe00adec3d92/original-blue-man-group" style="width:600px;height:310px" /></strong></p><p><strong>The Beatles Love Cirque du Soleil</strong></p><p>Mirage Hotel and Casino, 3400 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, 89109</p><p><em><u><a href="https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/beatles-love">The Beatles Love Cirque du Soleil website</a></u></em></p><p><strong>Blue Man Group</strong></p><p>Luxor, 3900 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, 89119</p><p>Nightly 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.</p><p><em><u><a href="https://www.luxor.com/en/entertainment/blue-man-group.html?medium=paid-search&amp;utm_source=google&amp;utm_content=Expanded-Text-Ad%7crsd_bluemangroup_us_lasvegas-nv__b_en_ci%7cticket-sales%7cpmg%7c%7c%7c%7crsd&amp;utm_campaign=bluemangroup_lasvegas-national_2017%7cresidentshow%7cbmg%7cUS-US-US%7c2017%7c%7c&amp;gclid=CIC9oMHfotwCFUangQodAY4Aag&amp;gclsrc=ds">Blue Man Group website</a></u></em></p><p><strong>"O" by Cirque du Soleil</strong></p><p>Bellagio, 3600 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, 89109</p><p><em><u><a href="https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/o?kbid=2584521&amp;cvosrc=ppc.google.o%20by%20cirque%20du%20soleil%20las%20vegas&amp;cvo_crid=270373035767&amp;Matchtype=e&amp;cid=ps:ooo_us-nv-01_multi:phd-o-google-search:Phd:Google%20Search:tks:phd&amp;adsrc=Phd&amp;adcnt=Google%20Search&amp;bu=rsd&amp;utm_medium=paid-search&amp;utm_source=Phd&amp;utm_content=Google%20Search%7c%7cticket-sales%7cphd%7c%7c%7c%7crsd&amp;utm_campaign=phd-o-google-search%7cresidentshow%7co%7cLAS-VEGAS-NV-US%7cmulti&amp;gclid=CjwKCAjw4avaBRBPEiwA_ZetYmNGTewUyDbSwYXQ0NhDj9ziadnPAvcLRNobOIOgcr7NpmjZcPzNThoCDJ8QAvD_BwE&amp;gclsrc=aw.ds">”O" by Cirque du Soleil website</a></u></em></p><p><strong>Penn and Teller</strong></p><p>Rio (Hotel and Casino), 3700 West Flamingo Road, 89103</p><p><em><u><a href="http://www.pennandteller.com/wordpress/">Penn and Teller website</a></u></em></p><p><strong>Mystère by Cirque du Soleil</strong></p><p>Treasure Island, 3300 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, 89109</p><p><em><u><a href="http://www.treasureisland.com/shows/2/mystere-by-cirque-du-soleil">Mystère website</a></u></em></p><p> </p><h2><strong>Significant Sin City Sites</strong></h2><p><strong><img alt src="https://images-production-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5b4c83f14afd5b008dc95559/original-las-vegas-wheel" style="width:600px;height:400px" /></strong></p><p><strong>The (Welcome to) Las Vegas Sign</strong></p><p>5200 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, Paradise, 89119</p><p>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.</p><p><strong>Las Vegas Observation Wheel (High Roller)</strong></p><p>3545 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Paradise, 89119</p><p>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.</p><p><strong>Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat</strong></p><p>Mirage Hotel and Casino</p><p>3545 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Paradise, 89119</p><p><em><u><a href="https://www.mirage.com/en/amenities/siegfried-roys-secret-garden-and-dolphin-habitat.html">Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat</a></u></em></p><p> </p><h2><strong>Four Cool Las Vegas Shopping Destinations</strong></h2><p><img alt src="https://images-production-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5b4c84274afd5b008dc9555a/original-bonanza-vegas" style="width:594px;height:435px" /></p><p><strong>Bonanza Gift Shop (World’s Largest Gift Shop)</strong></p><p>3960 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, 89119</p><p><strong>Telephone: </strong>(702) 693-8181</p><p><strong>Website:</strong> <u><a href="https://www.worldslargestgiftshop.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjw4avaBRBPEiwA_ZetYjEMCkbCnpXbZtUY7LbA6gxjUKpcLam1TMa4AMWmNiaxQWyh0DXuPxoCFUMQAvD_BwE">World's Largest Gift Shop</a></u></p><p><strong>M&amp;M'S<sup>®</sup> World Las Vegas</strong></p><p>Showcase Mall, 3785 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, 89109</p><p><strong>Telephone: </strong>(702) 740-2504</p><p><em><u><a href="https://www.mymms.com/category/mmw/locations.do">M&amp;M's World Las Vegas website</a></u></em></p><p><strong>The Forum Shops at Caesars</strong></p><p>3500 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, 89109</p><p><em><u><a href="https://www.caesars.com/caesars-palace/things-to-do/forum-shops">The Forum Shops at Caesars website</a></u></em></p><p><strong>The Gambler’s (General Store) Book Club</strong></p><p>300 S. Main Street, 89101</p><p><strong>Telephone: (702) 382-7555</strong></p><p><em><u><a href="http://gamblersbookclub.com/">Gambler's Book Club website</a></u></em></p><p> </p><h2><strong>Public Golf Links Near Downtown</strong></h2><p><strong>Las Vegas National Golf Course</strong></p><p>1911 E. Desert Inn Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (866) 695-1961</p><p><em><u><a href="http://www.lasvegasnational.com/">Las Vegas National Golf Course website</a></u></em></p><p> </p><h2><strong>For the Women, Weed and Whiskey Fans</strong></h2><p><strong><img alt src="https://images-production-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5b4c84694afd5b008dc9555b/original-spearmint-rhino" style="width:600px;height:333px" /></strong></p><p><strong>Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen's Club Las Vegas</strong></p><p>3340 S. Highland Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89109</p><p><strong>Telephone:</strong> (702) 796-3600</p><p><strong>Whisky Attic Las Vegas</strong></p><p>780 W. Harmon Avenue #12, 89103</p><p><strong>Telephone:</strong> (702) 217-6794</p><p><em><u><a href="http://whiskyattic.com/">Whisky Attic Las Vegas website</a></u></em></p><p><strong>NuWu Cannabis Marketplace</strong></p><p>1235 Paiute Circle, 89106</p><p><strong>Telephone:</strong> (702) 844-2797</p><p>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).</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Sports Gamblers Contest Tipoffs</strong></h2><p><img alt src="https://images-production-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5b4c84aaaa35fe00adec3d93/original-nfl-super-contest" style="width:600px;height:187px" /></p><p><strong>NFL SuperContest at Westgate SuperBook</strong></p><p>Westgate Las Vegas Resort &amp; Casino SuperBook</p><p>3000 Paradise Road, 89109</p><p><em><u><a href="https://www.westgateresorts.com/hotels/nevada/las-vegas/westgate-las-vegas-resort-casino/">Westgate Las Vegas website</a></u></em></p><p>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 <u><a href="http://www.vegasfootballproxy.com/the-supercontest/?gclid=CjwKCAjw4avaBRBPEiwA_ZetYk00mLfFy6eZYTkDI1J_rabQuFvYy0vYf8bsVepne90pJuEf0whkuBoCcSMQAvD_BwE">proxies</a></u> available to put your weekly 5 picks ATS in in the SuperContest.</p><p><strong>Ultimate Football Challenge at Golden Nugget</strong></p><p>Golden Nugget Casino Sportsbook</p><p>129 S. Fremont Street</p><p><em><u><a href="https://www.goldennugget.com/">Golden Nugget website</a></u></em></p><p>Tony Miller is the esteemed Race and Sports Book Director at the <u><a href="https://www.goldennugget.com/las-vegas/casino/race-and-sports-book/">Golden Nugget</a></u> 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 <u><a href="https://www.vsin.com/golden-nugget-unveils-ultimate-football-handicapping-contest/">Ultimate Football Challenge</a></u>. The entry fee is $1,000. Registration has been open since May 29 and will will end Sept. 4.</p><p><em><u><a href="http://goldennugget.com/lasvegas">Ultimate Football Challenge Contest Rules</a></u></em></p><h2 style="text-align:center"><em><u><a href="https://bestoflasvegas.com/2017-results.html">2017 Best of Las Vegas website link</a></u></em></h2><p style="text-align:center"><em><u><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nfl/ifbc-vegas-bash-itinerary-details-ex-giants-coach-jim-fassel-added/86280" rel="nofollow"><img alt src="https://images-production-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5b7ac0ef21b3bb008edf2ed9/original-ifbc-conference" style="width:728px;height:90px" /></a></u></em></p><div align="center"> </div>
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