Remember the first rule of New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas: Wherever you go, there you are.
Crowds and traffic control make getting around the city near impossible, so when you decide which show you’re going to see, you’re making an all-night commitment. Choose wisely.
Fortunately, there’s no shortage of star power on this year’s New Year’s calendar. Here are seven picks for the live music lover in all of us.
Foo Fighters at The Chelsea
When it comes to New Year’s Eve, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is the hotel equivalent of a “hold my beer” meme. They just can’t help but top themselves every year. To send off 2017, the resort called in the Foo Fighters, but that’s only after putting up Duran Duran on December 30. Expect to be talking about this one for years to come. As usual. 10:30 p.m., $150, cosmopolitanlasvegas.com
Bruno Mars at Park Theater
We circled The Return of Bruno (Mars, not the Bruce Willis album) on our calendars months ago. By now, Bruno’s got this New Year’s Eve thing down pat—he christened The Chelsea on New Year’s Eve back in 2013, of course—and he’s posting up at Monte Carlo’s Park Theater on December 30 and 31. By the way, this might your last chance to see whatever’s left of Monte Carlo, as the resort continues its swift transition into Park MGM. 9 p.m., $265–$1,555, montecarlo.com
Maroon 5 at Mandalay Bay Events Center
Speaking of having this New Year’s thing down pat, Mandalay Bay Events Center must be like a second home to Maroon 5. Adam Levine and the boys are back for another round of champagne toasts on December 30 and 31. At least this year they’ve got some new tracks, having dropped their sixth studio album, Red Pill Blues, back in November. 8 p.m., $90–$250, mandalaybay.com
While The Voice fans flock to Mandalay Bay Events Center, punk legends Pennywise are tearing up nearby House of Blues Las Vegas. The evil clown–inspired rockers headline a night that includes opening acts Good Riddance, Strung Out and Mercy Music. When you’re throwing your best New Year’s Eve threads together, be advised: no wallet chains at this show. It says so online. Also, no wallet chains ever; it’s almost 2018. 8 p.m. $29.50–$49.50, houseofblues.com
We’re ringing in 2018, but you’ll feel like you’re ringing in 2002 (and don’t you want to?) at Brooklyn Bowl when Ja Rule and Ashanti take the stage. It’s the Murder Inc. reunion we’ve been craving all year, and once we hear the first beats from “Always on Time,” that whole Fyre Festival thing is forgiven. Only for tha Rule, baby! 9:30 p.m., $75–$1,313, brooklynbowl.com/las-vegas
In case you didn’t get enough of Travis Barker at this year’s Life Is Beautiful festival, the Blink-182 drummer headlines the December 31 festivities at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Barker will beat the drums all the way into 2018 while you’re enjoying a premium hosted bar. Even better, you don’t have to worry about Strip crowds for one night. 9 p.m., $50–$75, hardrockhotel.com
Celine Dion at The Colosseum
Don’t sleep on Celine: She’s still queen of the Strip and one of the few resident headliners with December 31 circled on her calendar. We’re curious to find out if she will drop some of the new tracks she’s been recording over at the Palms, but let’s be honest: It’s the 20th anniversary of Titanic, and we want to hear “My Heart Will Go On” like never before. 7:30 p.m., $95–$750, caesarspalace.com
Britney Spears at The AXIS
So this is it. For four years we had Britney all to ourselves, and on December 31 she hangs it up for good at Planet Hollywood’s AXIS theater. You can make excuses for missing the final Piece of Me performance, tell yourself that no one ever really leaves Las Vegas and place your bet on Britney coming back someday. But why take the chance? 9 p.m., $129–$1,595, caesars.com/planethollywood
Looking for more New Year’s Eve 2017 options? From concerts to family-friendly activities, check out our listings every day this week.