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Cowboy Up! It’s time for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Vegas

Last updated: November 22, 2016 at 9:36 am. Posted by in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Hotels, Nightlife, Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on Cowboy Up! It’s time for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Vegas.

You’ll see thousands of people dressed in cowboy hats and boots walking around Las Vegas this December. No, we’re not filming Hollywood’s next big Western here, we’re hosting the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Dec. 1 – 10.

Vegas goes country every December as the rodeo hits the Thomas & Mack Center to determine who’s the best in roping, bull riding, barrel racing and more. That means Las Vegas is full of cowboys and country music fans. We like to welcome them all with parties, drink specials, shows and food.

Here’s where you can enjoy NFR activities in Vegas:

Shows/Entertainment

Reba, Books & Dunn at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Country fans don’t have to look far to find things to do in Las Vegas this December. We’ve got everything from top country headliners to sexy adult shows with a country music soundtrack.

Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas at Caesars Palace

7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 , Dec. 2, 3, 7, 9, 10

Three of country’s biggest performers come together in one blockbuster show at Caesars Palace.

Fans know Reba McEntire from her career spanning music, TV and film. Over the years she has earned 35 No. 1 singles and has sold more than 56 million albums worldwide. You’ll recognize her hit songs like “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” “Does He Love You,” “Fancy,” “Turn on the Radio” and many more.

Popular country duo Kix Brooks & Ronnie Dunn released their first album in 1991 and have enjoyed a string of hits ever since including “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” “My Maria,” “Only in America,” and “Hillbilly Deluxe.” The duo has amassed more than 80 industry awards, making them the most-awarded act in ACM history.

Expect to hear all of the greatest individual hits from both artists during the show as well as some cool performances from all three singers together.

Legends in Concert at Flamingo Las Vegas

4, 7:30 and 9 p.m. daily

Garth Brooks might not be in town during NFR, but if you’re a fan you can see a pretty amazing tribute to him at Legends in Concert. The show features a variety of music tribute artists who look, act and sound just like the originals.

Dean Simmons is a third generation country singer who portrays Brooks in the show. He started playing at age 7, started his first band at 21 and in 1992, after playing for American troops overseas with his own band, started listening to Brooks’ music. People started telling him that his renditions of the famous country singer were spot on and the rest is history.

X Country Las Vegas Show at Harrah's

Photo by Edison Graff

X Country at Harrah’s Las Vegas

Thursday – Tuesday at 10 p.m.

If you’re looking for an adult show with a country twist, X Country at Harrah’s fits the bill.

Billed as “A Kick’n Topless Revue,” X Country features sexy dancers strutting their stuff to both traditional and contemporary country music.

There are more than 20 steamy numbers in the show with music from Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton.

Bars/Nightlife

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill Las Vegas Restaurant Waitresses

Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill at Harrah’s Las Vegas

Country superstar Toby Keith’s restaurant and bar at Harrah’s is a great place for country fans to hang out, grab a beer and a burger and enjoy live country music. The restaurant features free live entertainment nightly beginning at 9 p.m.

Drink Specials

Several bars will be running drink specials during NFR Dec. 1 – 10.  Fuel up on these Jack Daniel’s cocktails, beer and more at Piano Bar at Harrah’s, O’Sheas, Montecristo Cigar Bar and Spanish Steps at Caesars Palace, All-American Bar and Grille, Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub and Lounge, iBar and Masquerade Bar at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and Extra Lounge at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. (Each bar has other signature drink specials as well.)

  • Jack Daniel’s or Tito’s – $7 You Call It
  • Jack Honey – $7 You Call It
  • JD Single Barrel – $14
  • Gentleman Jack – $13
  • Tito’s & Red Bull – $12
  • Coors Banquet & Coors Light – 16oz aluminum 5 for $24

Ride the Bull at PBR Rock Bar in Planet Hollywood

PBR Rock Bar & Grill at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood

PBR Rock Bar is a popular place for the rodeo crowd. Monday is country night with a live band and bull riding. On Sundays at 9 p.m. there’s live music and a bull riding competition for those aspiring cowboys.

Dining

There are lots of restaurants in Las Vegas where hungry rodeo fans can satisfy their appetites. Here are some dining specials being offered during NFR:

Mesa Grill

Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill is serving up the Ultimate Cowboy Experience prix fixe dinner for $75 during NFR.

The first course is a choice of Gala Apple salad, jumbo lump crab cake or venison chili. The second course is a choice of fire roasted venison chop, double cut pork chop or shrimp and grits.

For dessert, enjoy a pecan tart with bourbon ice cream and bourbon salted caramel sauce.

Steak at Old Homestead Steakhouse at Caesars Palace.

Steak at Old Homestead Steakhouse at Caesars Palace.

Old Homestead Steakhouse at Caesars Palace

East Coast-style steakhouse Old Homestead is offering a special menu during NFR. The three-course meal is $80 and starts with a choice of classic Caesar salad or French onion soup. The main course is a 12-ounce herb crusted prime rib with Yukon gold potatoes, wild mushrooms and truffle au jus. If you have a heartier appetite, you can upgrade to a 24-ounce cowboy cut for an additional $20. For dessert, choose between chocolate blackout cake with chocolate mousse and chocolate olive oil gelato or vanilla bean crème brûlée.

We know cowboys always love a good steak, so check out these other Las Vegas steakhouse options.

Wrangler National Finals Las Vegas

Live Rodeo Feeds

If you’re not lucky enough to get a ticket to the rodeo, you can still watch all of the action on live feeds at bars around town. Here’s where to go:

  • Montecristo Cigar Bar
  • Alto Bar
  • Slice Bar inside Forum Food Court
  • O’Sheas
  • Garden Bar
  • 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar
  • Extra Lounge

Shuttle Buses

If you’re planning to attend the rodeo in person, there will be shuttle buses available to the Thomas & Mack Center from the LINQ Promenade (adjacent to High Roller), Bally’s Las Vegas (North Entrance) and Caesars Palace (tour bus area).

For full details check out: http://www.nfrexperience.com/home/shuttle_faq

There will also be a shuttle to the Cowboy Christmas gift show with daily round-trip service from Caesars Palace to the Las Vegas Convention Center from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cowboy Autograph Sessions

Harrah’s
Thursday, December 1, 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Piano Bar
Thursday, December 1, 11 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Toby Keith’s
Friday, December 2, 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Piano Bar/Carnaval/Toby Keith’s: Beau Hill
Friday, December 9, 10 p.m.to 11 p.m. at Piano Bar
Friday, December 9, 11 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Toby Keith’s

Planet Hollywood
Thursday, December 1, 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. at  Extra Lounge: Beau Hill
Friday, December 2, 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. at  Extra Lounge

Caesars Palace
Friday, December 2, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Montecristo: Rocky McDonald & Beau Hill
Saturday, December 3, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Montecristo: Rocky McDonald & Beau Hill
Saturday, December 3, 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Montecristo
Saturday, December 10, 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Montecristo

The LINQ
Saturday, December 3, 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. at O’Sheas: Beau Hill
Thursday, December 8, 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. at O’Sheas

Flamingo
Saturday, December 3, 11 p.m. to 12 a.m. at 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar: Rocky McDonald
Thursday, December 8, 11 p.m. to 12 a.m. at 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar

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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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