By Clint Simone
Las Vegas Beyond the Walls of the SEMA Show
Your Go-To Guide for Things to Eat, See and Do Outside of the SEMA Show
The Las Vegas Strip is home to some of the best dining, entertainment and attractions in the world.
The SEMA Show brings tens of thousands of visitors to Las Vegas annually, making it one of the best-attended trade shows in the world. Attendees of the Show understand that there is a plethora of business-advancing demonstrations, education seminars and exhibit space at the Show, which is more than enough to keep busy during the day. However, once the doors to the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) close, Las Vegas offers some of the best dining, attractions and entertainment available. This is the 2016 guide to seeing and experiencing Las Vegas beyond the walls of the SEMA Show. For more information, please visit www.lasvegas.com.
What: Lago, Bellagio
Lago is Chef Julian Serrano’s new restaurant at the Bellagio. Offering an extensive menu of specialty Italian cuisine, Lago is Serrano’s first Italian eatery—adding to his list of already popular restaurants that include Spanish Tapas at the Aria and Picasso at Bellagio.
What: Mr Chow, Caesars Palace
One of the newest and most exclusive places to dine on specialty Chinese cuisine, Mr Chow is now open at Caesars Palace. The restaurant offers a family-style experience, including signature dishes such as chicken satay, green prawns and hand-made pulled noodles.
What: Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, The Venetian Las Vegas
Yardbird offers exceptional southern dining unique to the Las Vegas strip. Signature offerings include fried chicken, grits and pork ribs in a dining atmosphere that is fun and lively—perfect for a post-Show business meeting.
What: Food Court at the SLS
If you need a quick escape from the LVCC and don’t have the time to wait for a more formal restaurant, the SLS hotel is a quick two stops from the SEMA Show on the Las Vegas Monorail. At the SLS lives a diverse and quick range of food options, including 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, Umami Burger, The Perq and Northside Café & Chinese Kitchen, a casual Asian eatery.
Britney Spears brings her Vegas show “Britney: Piece of Me” to the Planet Hollywood hotel during the SEMA Show.
What: Britney Spears, Planet Hollywood
With 15-plus years of chart-topping hits under her belt, Britney Spears is back in Vegas with her show—“Britney: Piece of Me.” The show is a marriage of fashion and technology housed at Planet Hollywood’s nightclub/theater environment. As an added bonus, “Piece of Me” also includes a preview of Spears’ newly released eighth studio album.
What: Celine Dion, Caesars Palace
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace presents Celine Dion, one of the most immediately and widely recognized performers in pop music. Dion continues her long-standing show, which has been a Las Vegas favorite for years. The Colosseum, which is home to other Vegas favorites such as Rod Stewart and Elton John, will be hosting Dion’s show during the week of the SEMA Show.
What: Steve Wynn’s ShowStoppers, Wynn Las Vegas
The Wynn Las Vegas is the home of Steve Wynn’s ShowStoppers, a collection of dazzling scenery and costumes. The show features music from some of the most celebrated composers and lyricists in American theater and includes a handpicked selection of Steve Wynn’s personal favorite musical numbers, making it a new favorite among Las Vegas audiences.
The High Roller at The LINQ is the tallest observation wheel in the world at 550 ft. tall.
What: Michael Jackson One, Mandalay Bay
The estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil joined forces to create a show based on the music and songs of Michael Jackson. Cirque du Soleil brings its distinct style of performance and flare to a widely recognized set list of Michael Jackson classics.
What: Blue Man Group, Luxor
One of the longest-running sources of entertainment in Las Vegas, The Blue Man Group has now returned to where it began—the Luxor. The move to its new home allowed the show to redesign the entire production into a truly custom spectacle, with the action being closer to the audience than ever before. The Blue Man Group show includes custom designed percussion instruments backed by tangible enthusiasm from the colorful characters.
What: Penn & Teller, Rio
Another longtime entertainment favorite in Las Vegas, internationally renowned comedic magicians Penn & Teller host their show at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. The lively duo has been on stage for years and offers one of the most entertaining, well-rounded shows in all of Vegas.
What: The High Roller
Well on its way to becoming a Las Vegas icon, The High Roller at The LINQ promenade is the tallest observation wheel in the world at an impressive 550 ft. The High Roller provides excellent views of the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding area, including the SEMA Show!
The Richard Petty Driving Experience at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway gives drivers a chance to race around the track in a fully capable NASCAR racing car.
What: Richard Petty Driving Experience
Taking place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Richard Petty Driving Experience is where the need for speed is met. Participants can choose from several NASCAR racing cars and drive the course, working with more than 600 hp.
What: Dream Racing
If you are looking to drive some of the best exotic cars on the market today—including a Ferrari race car—Dream Racing is the place to go. Drivers will sample the latest in performance automobiles by driving the Las Vegas Motor Speedway road course—the perfect day for any adrenaline-seeking gearhead.
What: Dig This!
Dig This! is Vegas’ only opportunity to experience fullsize industrial equipment. Participants work through an obstacle course with trained professionals coaching them along the way.
The only spot in Las Vegas that allows you to drive an excavator or bulldozer, Dig This! is fun for all ages. Tear, dig and rip through the obstacle course, all while being under the supervision of trained professionals. The total experience lasts for 90 minutes.
What: Yoga With the Dolphins, Mirage
The total Fremont Street area spans 175,700 sq. ft., covered entirely by a massive canopy, which is the canvas for the world’s largest graphic display system.
After a day of racing or other high-intensity activities, a little relaxation may be exactly what you are looking for. The Mirage Hotel & Casino offers Yoga With the Dolphins—a one-hour session of stretching and breathing in the viewing area of the dolphin tank. Full spa access is also included with this package.
What: Fremont Street Experience
Downtown Las Vegas’ famous Fremont Street has been converted into a massive foot pedestrian area covered by the Viva Vision canopy, the world’s largest graphic display system. Each hour during the evening the canopy showcases a full light and sound show for patrons, making the experience one to remember. In addition to the canopy area, Fremont Street also offers adrenaline-filled activities such as the SlotZilla zipline attraction.