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The Event Planner's Guide to Las Vegas Venues

Amanda Pinzon |

Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas Nevada signFew cities embody the phrase “Work Hard, Play Hard,” better than Las Vegas. It certainly explains why many of the most famous mega hotel-casinos also have fabulous event spaces. If you’re looking to keep work and play separate, Vegas also has a convention center and great dedicated meeting spaces. No matter the backdrop of your event, it’s sure to be an excellent show. Getting in and around Vegas is easy, with an airport just minutes away from the city center and taxis stands at every hotel. With its nearly limitless hotel options, unique places to visit, and exciting entertainment opportunities, it’s no wonder Las Vegas is a top destination for tourism and business. Check out the top venues for your next event, as well as our top things to do in America’s Playground.

The Top 10 Las Vegas Venues Planners Should Consider

1. Las Vegas Convention Center

This expansive facility can handle any event a planner might have in mind thanks to 13 flexible exhibit halls, 145 meeting rooms and spacious Lobby and Concourse areas. The convention center also has two restaurants and 18 concession stands onsite, so guests don’t have to travel far to refuel. Planners are welcome to utilize the many available services including catering, technology and advertising.

Las Vegas Convention Center Venue - Las Vegas, Nevada Photo Credit: The Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

2. MEET Las Vegas

Whether your event is corporate, social or a bit of both, MEET is fully customizable to your needs. This 40,000 sq. ft. venue has event and exhibition space on three floors, along with classrooms, a boardroom and an outdoor pavilion. Factor in state-of-the-art technology, in-house catering and support staff and your event is sure to be a success.

Meet Las Vegas Venue - Las Vegas, Nevada Photo Credit:  MEET Las Vegas

3. The Industrial

Take advantage of Las Vegas’ year-round sunshine by adding an outdoor element to your event. With 10,000 sq. ft. of indoor space and 1.8 acres of outdoor space, this blank canvas venue is great for out-of-the-box events. Thanks to a flexible vendor policy, planners are free to engage any services they need in order to bring their event to life.

The INDUSTRIAL Event Space Venue - Las Vegas, Nevada Photo Credit: The Industrial Event Space

4. The Smith Center

Although it is officially a performing arts center, the Smith Center has a variety of unique spaces suitable for hosting all kinds of events. The largest space, Reynolds Hall, can seat 2,000 people and features state-of-the-art technology. In addition, the Smith’s elegant atmosphere can be enhanced by catering provided by gourmet vendors.

The Smith Center Venue - Las Vegas, Nevada Photo Credit: The Smith Center for the Performing Arts 

5. Springs Preserve

This cultural institution, known as the “birthplace of Las Vegas,” features museums, galleries and a botanical garden. The preserve has a great mix of venues, including spacious outdoor plazas and amphitheaters, as well as indoor rooms suitable for up to 350 people. For a truly unique reception, dinner or social event consider booking Boomtown 1905, a historic Las Vegas streetscape.

Spring Preserve Venue - Las Vegas, Nevada Photo Credit: Springs Preserve

6. The Cosmopolitan 

Vegas has tens of thousands of hotel rooms, and many are just an elevator ride away from fabulous spaces. With six ballrooms, 25 meeting rooms and a business center spread over three floors, the Cosmopolitan can handle just about any event. In-house A/V and catering services will put planners at ease, and guests are sure to enjoy the casino, spa and luxurious pool.

The Cosmopolitan Venue - Las Vegas, NevadaPhoto Credit: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

7. The Westin

Whether you’re hosting 20 guests or 350, one of the Westin’s 20 meeting rooms will definitely suit your needs. This venue is perfect for planners interested in a non-gaming hotel with enjoyable onsite amenities including a restaurant, pool, spa, and fitness center. Just three miles from the airport and one block away from the Strip, this stylish hotel is the definition of convenience.

The Westin Hotel and Resort Venue - Las Vegas, Nevada Photo Credit: Marriott International, Inc.

8. Chateau

Treat your guests to a Parisian experience without having to get on a plane. This 22,000 sq. ft. rooftop is situated underneath the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. Thanks to its top-of-the-line sound and lighting equipment and fabulous panoramic views, the Chateau sets an incredible scene. For planners interested in indoor Parisian glamour, the Paris also features three customizable ballrooms.

Chateau Venue - Las Vegas, Nevada Photo Credit: Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop

9. MGM Grand

Currently ranked as the 4th largest hotel in the world, the MGM also boasts some of the largest event spaces in Las Vegas. The conference center alone has over 380,000 sq. ft. of customizable meeting space. In addition to the usual amenities of onsite casinos, pools, spas and fine dining, MGM entertainment includes LEVEL UP, an adult playground/lounge and Topgolf, “the hottest new concept on the Las Vegas scene.”

MGM Grand Conference Center Venue - Las Vegas, Nevada Photo Credit: MGM Resorts International

10. Red Rock

With nearly 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting rooms, conference facilities and banquet halls, this resort can handle all kinds of events. Planners will appreciate dedicated A/V and catering services and the option to reserve exclusive VIP spaces. Guests won’t have to look far for entertainment, thanks to a plethora of onsite amenities. Nine restaurants, an enormous pool complex, a movie theater, a bowling alley… the list goes on!

 

Red Rock Casino and Resort Venue - Las Vegas, Nevada Photo Credit: Red Rock Casio, Resort & Spa

 

Top Things to do in Las Vegas

Classic Las Vegas

If you’re interested in casinos, you’re certainly in the right place. Before your luck (or money) runs out, be sure venture out to the Strip to check out some iconic Vegas scenes. Enjoy the choreographed lights and music of the Bellagio Fountains or take a gondola ride through the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian. For a great night out, consider tickets to one of the many concerts, comedy, magic or Cirque du Soleil shows.

Five Restaurants With a View of the Bellagio Fountains - Las Vegas, NevadaPhoto Credit: Vegas.Eater

Unusual Museums

If you’ve ever wanted to take a break from the typical art and science museums, you’re in the right place. Take a trip to the past by checking out the original lights of Las Vegas at the Neon Museum. Take decidedly darker trip by visiting the Mob Museum, where you can check out artifacts from real mobsters and law enforcement officials and enjoy classic portrayals of the mob in a glamorous theater.

The Mob Museum - Las Vegas, NevadaPhoto Credit: The Mob Museum

Natural Wonders

When it comes to Las Vegas, most people don’t picture nature activities. However, just minutes away from the Strip, you can find the scenic trails and colorful rock formations of the Red Rock Canyon. You might be in the middle of the desert, but you can find some great beaches just 30 minutes away at Lake Mead. Enjoy a hike, swim, kayak and be back in the city in time for dinner! Finally, considering venturing out to one of the great wonders of the natural world, the Grand Canyon. If you have a day to spend, take a bus tour from Las Vegas. For a shorter, but equally enjoyable experience, there are helicopter flight over the canyon.

Red Rock Canyon - Las Vegas, NevadaPhoto Credit: Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas

Aventri’s Venue Connect is a free, easy to use RFP resource that helps meeting planners quickly find great hotels for their events. You’ll receive hotel proposals within 24 – 48 hours. What’s more, the technology compiles all bids into a side-by-side comparative summary, so you can spot the best offer at a glance.

Did you host an awesome event at one of these Las Vegas venues? What's your favorite thing to do inside or outside The Strip? Share in the comments below!

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This Post was Written by Amanda Pinzon

Amanda is a Aventri summer intern.

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