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The Most Epic Shows & Events in Vegas

Because the mantra of ‘go big or go home’ probably rings more true in Las Vegas than anywhere else, it makes for some epic events. Whether your interest lies in food, music, gadgets big and small, or marking days in memorable fashion, it’s not about to disappoint. But it doesn’t make sense to go in without a plan. Refund Management Services can help you there. We’re in-the-know, so to speak, and can direct you to the most epic shows and events in Las Vegas.

World Series of Poker

This being the gambling capital of the world, let’s start with the cards. While most people think the World Series Of Poker (WSOP) is one tournament, it’s actually an epic series of more than 50 events that include a range of buy-ins and forms of poker. This is no weekend card game at the Rio: it runs from the last weekend in May until the second week of July.

“It’s every player’s dream,” says Brockville’s Mike Fournier.

“The WSOP is the Super Bowl of poker.”

Over the years, he’s played in five Texas Hold’em events where the winners have pocketed several hundred thousand dollars. The tournaments are extremely well-organized and closely monitored to ensure people are adhering to the rules of fair play and etiquette.

“What got me hooked is the excitement of being able to play poker with the best in the world on a fair playing field,” Fournier says.

“The analogy I give people is that if I was a golfer, I could jump in a tournament with Tiger Woods. With the WSOP, I can pay my money (buy-in), and with the luck of the draw, be playing against world champion poker players that you see on T.V. I have and it’s created some awesome memories.”

A poker hand, a straight to the ace, laid down by a World Series of Poker player. Refund Management Services recommends the WSOP as one of their top epic shows and events in Las Vegas.

The year marks the 50th running of the famous series, making it the longest-running, richest and most prestigious tournament of its kind. There will be special events to mark the occasion, as well as a huge opening weekend. The World Series of Poker is Refund Management Services’ top choice for 2019!

Should you win big, rest assured other than you, no one will be happier about that than the Internal Revenue Service, which is always quick to take its share of your haul.

That’s a downer, but it’s not necessarily theirs to keep. As a Canadian, there are ways to get that money back. After all, you won at the table — the IRS didn’t. We’ve spent years putting winnings back in our clients’ pockets. If you’d like us to help retrieve yours, get in touch at [email protected]

Halloween

There’s perhaps no day of the year where Sin City is more of an adult playground. This is a town where costumes and alternate personas are king on a regular day, so you know no one is doing Halloween half-assed. Make no mistake, it’s so much more than a day here — it’s an all-out event.

And it’s not for the little folks. Sure, you’ve gone to many costume parties at home and spent years going door-to-door with a pillowcase looking for candy as a kid. While you can leave the bag at home, whatever you dress up as or wherever you end up going, you certainly won’t be short on treats in Vegas.

Or tricks for that matter, but that’s for another blog post!

And let’s not forget the eye candy.

Almost every club is decorated and has events, there are fright nights, asylum tours, casino costume contests — even a Zombie burlesque show. Off the Strip, Fremont Street is a monster party onto itself.

Refund Management Services highly recommends a Las Vegas Halloween trip for the bucket list. Halloween 2019 in Vegas is shaping up to be the best one yet.

New Year’s Eve on the Strip

Looking to party with 400,000 of your closest friends? Then get thee to Vegas to ring in the new year — this is when its biggest crowds come to town.

Las Vegas Strip sign directing visitors to The Strip. Refund Management Services can recommend the most epic events to visit in Las Vegas.

As the sun sets, the Strip shuts down to traffic from Russell Road to Sahara Avenue. That’s a nearly six-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard, which surely has to put it in the running for the world’s largest street party.

Of course, a party that size also means a lot of people will be packed into clubs, lounges and casinos with you. The only place busier on this night is Times Square. But we’re guessing if you’re in Vegas on New Year’s Eve, you’re not there for some quiet ‘me’ time.

Come midnight, the real show begins, with more than 80,000 pyrotechnics fired from resorts along the boulevard.

If you’re looking to avoid the Strip, head downtown to the Fremont Street Experience. It won’t be quite as congested, but with plenty of drinks, live music and fireworks, as well as a midnight countdown on the largest LED video canopy in the world, you won’t be deprived of a good time.

Looking to take in the scene without being swallowed up by the crowds or packed in like a sardine? There’s a way to do that too.

Take to the sky with Sundance helicopter tours and see the fireworks from the highest vantage point in town. With champagne as well? Don’t mind if we do.

If you’re sticking to the ground, our best advice is to decide where you want to have dinner or what club you want to be in when midnight rolls around and book a room at the same resort. Maneuvering through that many people won’t be easy and you don’t want to spend your night trying.  New Year’s Eve in Vegas isn’t for the faint of heart but the stories you bring back will wow your loved ones for a long time!

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender

If Rockabilly is your bag, well you’re in luck. The biggest Rockabilly bash in the world goes down in Vegas each April, and the organizers don’t mess around. In a city where staying power matters on a number of fronts, this event has just marked 20 years, making it the longest-running music festival in town.

A love of bluegrass blended with rock and roll draws more than 20,000 people to The Orleans Hotel and Casino from around this blue orb for four days of music from nearly 80 bands. Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis are among the legends that have taken to the stage here.

And then there are the cars — also legendary. Where else are you going to find the biggest pre-1960’s era car show on the continent?

As the event’s webpage notes, this is where “you can find hundreds of hot rods and just as many vendors selling vintage clothing, homewares, music and vintage reproduction must-haves.” If vintage wheels are your thing, this will get your motor running.

More info? Visit https://www.vivalasvegas.net/

The Electric Daisy Carnival

If you’re looking to dance to a different kind of tune, May might be your month. That’s when EDC Week bookends EDC — the Electric Daisy Carnival. EDC is a crazy three-day weekend that brings the best in dance music to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, along with more than 150,000 peeps looking to party from dusk-to-dawn as DJs perform non-stop on different stages. Afrojack, Eric Prydz, David Guetta, Tiesto? Yeah, they’ll all be there.

A light show at The Electric Daisy Carnival, rated one of the most epic events in Las Vegas by Refund Management Services.

Beyond performers, the biggest dance club in town also includes pyrotechnics, art installations, a carnival and camping. From tents to RVs and luxury pods, you can call the Speedway home as you’d do on a race weekend. Being able to crawl home after non-stop dancing? We’ll call that a win.

More on the weekend in all its colourful glory can be found here.

NASCAR Weekend

Back to cars at the Speedway, if watching them turn left for long periods of time turns your crank, NASCAR has you sorted. It now hosts two major event weekends in town as part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series — the Pennzoil 400 in March and the South Point 400 in September.

Last year the track became the first in NASCAR history to host two triple-header weekends in the same year.

Not only does this bring fans’ favourite drivers to Sin City, there’s also the one-of-a-kind Neon Garage to be experienced. Its unrivalled access offers a look behind the scenes you can get nowhere else, complete with live music, food and entertainment.

For more information and tickets, visit www.LVMS.com.

International Consumer Electronics Show

No list of top Las Vegas shows and events is complete without talking about the International Consumer Electronics Show. For those looking to get your geek on January is the month to visit Vegas. Every year, more than 150,000 gadget gurus come to town for the International Consumer Electronics Show.

One of the world’s largest trade fairs for consumer electronics, the annual showcase is organized by the Consumer Technology Association and it’s where you’ll find the latest, coolest and hottest in tech. If you want to be on trend — or ahead of them — this is where you’ll want to be.

And like Vegas’ infamous buffets, there’s far more on offer here than phones and tablets. Smart toilets, sex toys and silent cars, the 2019 show had all that and then some. The automakers are flocking to this event as well now. And before you ask, yes, the robots are taking over.