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Unique January Events in Las Vegas: What To Do


After the build up to the holiday season and the city-wide celebrations for New Year’s Eve that close down Las Vegas Boulevard, January in Las Vegas can seem a bit tame. During January, the city seems to slow down just a touch, and while there isn’t an overabundance of festivals and activities going on in Las Vegas, there are a few conventions and events that are noteworthy.

The International Consumer Electronics Show is the largest consumer technology show in the world. In addition to exhibit hall (which showcases hundreds of companies and products) as well as conferences, attendees at the CES are treated to concerts, competitions and celebrity appearances throughout the event, which is held January 6-9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Unfortunately, the event is not open to the general public, but if you are in the consumer electronics industry, then this is the place to be as the newest technological advancements are unveiled.

Down the street at the Sands Expo Center (also January 6-9), the Adult Entertainment Expo will be in full swing. This show offers a series of seminars and workshops for those who work in the adult entertainment industry, but there are also fan tickets available. These tickets provide access to the hottest stars, free merchandise and live stage competitions. There are also many after parties at the nightclubs during the AEE, which are, for the most part, open to the public.

On Monday, January 17, the city of Las Vegas will be holding the 29th Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Annual Parade. This community event starts at Fourth Street at 10:00 a.m. and heads north to Ogden, where it concludes. The parade disburses on Fourth Street immediately north of Stewart Avenue. Community groups who would like to host a float have until January 3 to apply for a spot in the parade.

By January, the college basketball season is well underway. If you’d like to take in a game while you’re in Las Vegas, the UNLV Rebels men’s basketball team will be playing several games early in the year. On January 5, they’ll take on Brigham Young University, and on January 8, they’ll be playing Texas Christian University. After a short break on the road, the Rebels will be back at the Thomas & Mack Center on January 19 for a game against Colorado State, and on January 22, they’ll be playing New Mexico in Las Vegas. Ticket prices run from $8.00-$20.00, depending on the game and can be bought in advance or in person at the Orleans Box Office, Suncoast Box Office, Gold Coast Box Office, Sam’s Town Box Office or Town Square.

Author’s Bio: In January, JoAnna Haugen, the author behind a popular Las Vegas travel guide called the Las Vegas Logue, is recovering from Sin City’s holiday cheer.

She encourages you to book cheap airfare to Las Vegas, reserve a cheap hotel room and enjoy the attractions of Las Vegas without the crowds.

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