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7 Vegas Shows to See Before Happy Hour

Last updated: September 16, 2016 at 9:24 am. Posted by in Celebrities, Las Vegas Shows, Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on 7 Vegas Shows to See Before Happy Hour.

Sure, Las Vegas can arguably boast that it has the world’s best nightlife. Honestly we think we are selling ourselves short – we’ve also got daytime on lock. Head to an afternoon Las Vegas show sometime – especially since winter is slightly looming. These matinee and early evening shows offer something for every taste, from magic to comedy to music.

Here are some of our favorites:

Great afternoon Las Vegas Show: Mac King Comedy Magic Show

Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s Las Vegas

1 and 3 p.m.

Prices from $35.15

There’s a reason Mac King has been headlining in Vegas for more than 15 years. The popular entertainer’s quirky humor and incredible sleight-of-hand magic make for some good, clean afternoon fun.

Kids will get a kick out of things like King’s hand shadow puppets and crazy tricks with live goldfish. Adults will be wowed by his magic and they’ll get a laugh from his PG-rated jokes and hilarious audience participation.

King has had a long and successful career in magic. He got into the art as a kid because both of his grandfathers were amateur magicians. He has been named “Magician of the Year” by Magic Castle, has appeared on many of “The World’s Greatest Magic” TV specials and performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

Menopause The Musical - Las Vegas Show during the afternoon

Menopause The Musical at Harrah’s Las Vegas

Matinee performance at 4 p.m.

Prices from $54.66

Hot flashes and mood swings are no joke. The only time we can really agree that they’re laughable is when the talented ladies of Menopause the Musical are singing hilarious songs about them.

The songs, like “Stayin’ Awake,” “My Husband Sleeps Tonight” and “Night Sweating,” are sung to the tune of popular ’60s, ’70s and ’80s songs. Throughout the show, the women take turns doing both solo and chorus numbers about the woeful topics of wrinkles, forgetfulness and chocolate binges.

Anyone who sees the show from now through Oct. 1 will get some bonus laughs with a special appearance by celebrity guest host Cindy Williams from the classic TV show “Laverne & Shirley.”

Matinee Las Vegas Show - Mat Franco

Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly at The LINQ Hotel & Casino

Matinee performance at 4 p.m.

Prices from $40.45

“America’s Got Talent” fans already know Season 9 winner Mat Franco, the first magician to win the show’s top prize. Franco now headlines his own Las Vegas show, which showcases his signature close-up, sleight-of-hand magic. Expect to see classic card tricks, objects mysteriously disappearing and reappearing around the showroom and some of the illusions Franco performed on the TV show.

In addition to his magic, Franco narrates his personal journey. Almost entirely self-taught, the Rhode Island native began developing his own shows before the age of 10. When he was 15, Franco worked in a show at the (now a memory) Riviera hotel.

Matinee Las Vegas Comedy Show - Jeff Civillico: Comedy In Action

Jeff Civillico: Comedy in Action at Flamingo Las Vegas

5:30 p.m.

Prices from $44.20

Jeff Civillico is a man of many talents – and a lot of energy. His popular early evening show combines physical comedy, stunts and mind-boggling juggling with some rather unusual objects. We’re talking a 9-pound bowling ball, a knife and an apple – all at once.

You’ll also see him doing crazy things like balancing a 12-foot ladder while riding a unicycle, balancing a bicycle on his chin and spinning plates on his fingers. You’d better make sure your own plate spinning skills are up to par because you never know when he might call you up on stage to assist.

Between tricks, Civillico fills the show with his family-friendly witty banter and comedic personality. Civillico has spent most of his life performing. When he was 7 years old he saw a street juggler and knew that he wanted to be an entertainer. He’s been doing it ever since.

Las Vegas Matinee Show: Legends In Concert at the Flamingo

Legends in Concert at Flamingo Las Vegas

Matinee performance at 4 p.m.

Prices from $57.23

Never got a chance to see Elvis, Michael Jackson or Whitney Houston in concert? You can experience the next best thing – the uncanny tribute show, Legends in Concert. The show, which is the longest-running production in Vegas, features incredible tribute artists that not only look and dress like the real thing, they sound like them too. These artists don’t just lip-sync to the stars’ hits, they actually sing them live.

The award-winning production also features theatrical sets, beautiful costumes, special effects, a talented ensemble of singers and dancers, and a live orchestra.

The lineup for Legends in Concert rotates regularly so you could see a different show each time you come to Vegas. Catch tributes to artists like Prince, Lady Gaga, Tina Turner, Garth Brooks, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and more.

Las Vegas Matinee Shows

PARANORMAL – The Mind Reading Magic Show at Bally’s Las Vegas

4 p.m.

Prices from $59.99

Prepare to have your mind blown by mentalist Frederic Da Silva in his show PARANORMAL. Not sure what a mentalist is? He’ll do things like predict what you have in your pocket, stop a watch at the time that you visualized, or figure out the name of the person you’re thinking about.

See this show and you’ll experience an afternoon of mystery, magic, hypnosis and mind-reading that will leave you wondering how the heck Da Silva does it.

See Million Dollar Quartet Las Vegas Show!

Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah’s Las Vegas

Matinee performance at 5:30 p.m. Sundays and Mondays

Prices from $62.70

It doesn’t get much better than Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins together in one room. Believe it or not, that actually happened in 1956 when the legends ended up together at Sun Records in Memphis for one of the greatest impromptu rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history.

The Tony Award-winning Million Dollar Quartet tells the story of that unbelievable night and features talented artists who look and sound like the music icons. The show has a captivating plotline and a score full of familiar hit songs like “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Hound Dog” and more that will have you dancing and singing along.

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About The Author

Kristine came to Las Vegas more than 20 years ago to escape the frigid weather of Minnesota. Now she soaks up the sun while covering all things Vegas from dining to nightlife to hotels. She has written for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Vegas.com. When she’s not scouring the Strip for stories you can usually find her at a concert, enjoying a nice glass of wine or binge-watching Netflix and HBO.

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