You don’t need an excuse to visit Las Vegas. However, it helps to have one. I’ve always found that building a vacation around an event (or events) to be the best way to maximize my time away. I’ve often used to my sports fandom as an excuse to visit various cities around North America that I probably wouldn’t have had an excuse to visit.
 
There’s always something to do in Las Vegas, but building a trip around an event can make for a fun day and night. Once tickets for the event are secured you can plan dinner and drinks before and a night on the town after. This still leaves a day to enjoy whatever Las Vegas throws at you.
 
Last Vegas residencies aren’t quite the same as they used to be. The former long-term engagements today might last as little as a week of shows per year. Since these shows are often recurring events that are exclusive to Las Vegas, they’re still considered residencies. These shows have exploded over the past couple years and there will be even more residencies in Las Vegas in 2017.
 
Hockey fans can look forward to the release of the 2017-2018 NHL schedule to see when the Vegas Golden Knights play their favorite team. Music and comedy fans might want to circle some of the dates below. Here are some new and returning residency events you can plan a trip to Las Vegas around next year.
 
Backstreet Boys (Planet Hollywood)

  • March: 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18
  • June: 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 28, 30
  • July: 1

Billy Idol (Mandalay Bay)

  • March: 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25
  • May: 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13

Britney Spears (Planet Hollywood)

  • March: 22, 24, 25, 29, 31
  • April: 1, 5, 7, 8
  • May: 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20

Bruno Mars (Monte Carlo)

  • December 30, 31
  • March 11, 12
  • September 2, 3

Cher (Monte Carlo)

  • February 8, 10, 11, 14, 18, 19, 22, 24, 25
  • May 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20

Jennifer Lopez (Planet Hollywood)

  • February: 8, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25
  • May: 24, 26, 27, 28, 31
  • June: 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 11
  • September: 6, 8, 9, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, 30
  • October: 4, 6, 7

Journey (Hard Rock)

  • May 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19 and 20.

Keith Sweat (Flamingo)

  • January: 17 – 21, 24 – 28, 31
  • February: 1 – 4

George Strait (T-Mobile Arena)

  • April: 7, 8
  • July: 28, 29
  • September: 1, 2
  • December: 8, 9

Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey (SLS Las Vegas)

  • January: 6, 7
  • February: 3, 4
  • March: 17,18, 31
  • April: 1
  • May: 5, 6
  • June: 30, July 1-4
  • September: 1, 2
  • October: 6, 7, 27, 28

Ralphie May (Harrah’s)

  • January: 26, 27, 28
  • February: 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18
  • March: 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 30, 31
  • April: 1, 6, 7, 8
  • May: 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20
  • June: 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 29, 30
  • July: 1
  • September: 28, 29, 30
  • October: 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 26, 27, 28
  • November: 2, 3, 4

Reba, Brooks & Dunn (Caesars Palace)

  • February 22, 24, 25
  • March 1, 3, 4
  • June 21, 24, 25, 28
  • July 1, 2
  • December 2, 5, 8, 9

Ricky Martin (Monte Carlo)

  • April 5, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15
  • June 23, 24, 27, 29
  • July 1, 2
  • Sept. 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23

Styx and Don Felder (Venetian)

  • January 6, 7, 11, 13, 14

Willie Nelson (Venetian)

  • January: 28, 29
  • February: 1, 3, 4

This isn’t a complete list of Las Vegas residency shows for 2017. These are mostly new or extended shows. If you don’t see an event listed on the dates you’re planning to be in Las Vegas, check pollstar.com. This is a great resource for events taking place in any city in the US.
 

Marc

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