January is definitely a chilly time to visit Vegas, with lows in the 30s and an average high temperature of 57 F. Which makes it the perfect time to get cozy in our casino and just have fun playing some games, followed by a show or two. If you’d like to get out of the city for a spell, consider a tour of Hoover Dam or a visit to Springs Preserves before their special show, Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders, closes.
At the Riveria Casino and Hotel in January
ILLUSIONS Starring Jan Rouven
If the cold weather has left you shivering, warm up with one of the hottest shows on the Strip: ILLUSIONS Starring Jan Rouven. We highlighted this show back in October, and with death-defying acts like the Fire Spiker, this is a spectacle that’s sure to chase the chill away.
Still looking to heat things up? Look no further than Vegas’ sexiest topless revue, Crazy Girls. Their sizzling performance blends beauty, music and comedy in the perfect proportions.
The International Consumer Electronics Show
January 10–13, 2013 at the Las Vegas Convention Center
The International CES is “the world’s largest annual innovation event.” In other words, it’s the place to check out new products and gadgets, like the newest in 3D TV sets or gaming systems. Unfortunately, tickets can be hard to come by, as the show isn’t open to the public. But considering the show brings with it some 150,000 attendees, even if you’re not one of them, chances are good you’ll run into some pretty cool CES folks out-and-about in the area.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
Monday, January 21, 2013 at 10 a.m. in downtown Vegas
Our annual celebration of MLK Jr. helps keep Dr. King’s dream alive in the Las Vegas community. The 2013 theme is “Living the Dream: Dream with a Vision, Live with a Purpose.” The parade is a wonderful way to join in; it starts at Fourth Street, from which it heads north to Ogden. Other events in the weeklong celebration of Dr. King’s life include an Annual Scholarship Gala. Visit the website for more details.
Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders
Through January 13, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Springs Preserve
Catch it while you can: this special exhibit will be closing mid-month. Where else can you experience the luminous horror of scorpions that glow in the dark or the terrifying goliath bird-eating tarantula? Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders showcases marvels of the insect (and arachnid) world in an old-fashioned circus-style sideshow. In all seriousness, it’s truly spectacular to witness the sheer diversity of the just-plain-weird lifeforms that call our planet home.
If you’re a Bank of America cardholder, you might try to visit on January 5 or 6, when you get free admission (see below for more details).
Bank of America Museums on Us® (Free)
January 5 & 6, 2013
Are you a Bank of America debit or credit cardholder? Then you have automatic free admission the first full weekend each month to several museums and attractions in the Las Vegas area.
Participating museums in the BofA program include:
First Friday Art Celebration (Free)
Friday, January 4, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Downtown Arts District
Vegas celebrates its arts community the first Friday of every month. It’s a fun and family-friendly event that includes artists, vendors and activities. It’s also free, but you may want to bring along some cash if you plan on purchasing any art or taking advantage of the many, many food trucks. The celebration also usually features multiple live bands and live performance “paintings.” It’s one of our favorite events to take the family, get away from the Strip for an evening and discover a cornucopia of artisans specializing in all kinds of media, like painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and more.
For more information about getting there and what it includes, visit their website.