It's always a good time to go to Vegas, but here are some special events of note from the sports world and beyond for 2007. All of the events below are staged in Vegas -- of course, the Super Bowl and the NCAA Tournament are great times for a sports fan to be in town as well.
CES (Jan. 8-11)
At the Consumer Electronics Show, more than 100,000 people attend as exhibitors show off the newest gadgets and latest technology. It's geeks gone wild.
2007 NBA All-Star Weekend (Feb. 16-18)
Las Vegas will be the first non-NBA city to host All-Star Weekend, and the buzz has already begun. Expect a raucous, Super Bowl-type frenzy. The bad news? Ticket prices are ridiculous and there will be no gambling (at least in Nevada) in any of the local casinos on the events or game.
Tennis Channel Open (Feb. 26-Mar. 4)
The ATP tour returned to Las Vegas in 2006 for the first time in two decades at the new Darling Memorial Tennis Center, located just off the Strip. The "Tennispalooza" festival which surrounded the event included competitions in table tennis, paddle tennis, racquet stringing, fastest serve, even air hockey, plus a motocross exhibition.
Mountain West Conference Championship (Mar. 6-10)
Who will walk away from the Thomas & Mack Center with the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament? Steve Fisher's San Diego State Aztecs are favored to repeat as conference champs.
NASCAR Nextel Cup race (Mar. 11) and Busch Series race (Mar. 10)
Traffic moves a lot faster at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, about 12 miles north of downtown, than it does on the Strip. Seating capacity was recently expanded to nearly 150,000 at this 1.5-mile track.
Monster Jam World Finals (Mar. 24)
Let's all say it together: M-M-M-Monster trucks! W-W-W-World Finals! S-S-S-Sam Boyd Stadium!
Rolex FEI World Cup Finals - Show Jumping and Dressage (Apr. 18-22)
The main annual event in the world of equestrian sport returns to the Thomas & Mack Center, where it was held in 2005.
Amp'd Mobile Supercross Finals (May 5)
The final round of the World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series features the best riders in the world competing at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Vegas Summer League (July)
Catch a top young NBA draft pick or rising star in action at this league, which features 16 teams. Games are played at Cox Pavilion.
World Series of Poker (final table beginning July 17)
Get in touch with your inner Gabe Kaplan and check out the WSOP at The Rio. The 2006 winner, Jamie Gold, took home $12 million.
The Official Star Trek Convention (Aug. 9-12)
The highlight of the 2007 convention at the Hilton will be a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Michael Jordan Senior Flight School (Aug. 18-21)
Every basketball junkie's greatest fantasy: Hangin' with MJ. First, if you have to ask, you can't afford it ($17,500 for four days, Aug. 20-23). This is for fat cats, figuratively and often literally. What happens? Campers get photo ops with Michael, autographs from Michael, a gift bag from Michael, and instruction from a Hall of Fame staff of active and former coaches. Plus, lots of eating and drinking between sessions. Finally, it's open only to those 35 and over, which promises a few aches and injuries. Not to worry. As the official site states: a doctor will be on 24-hour call, and a certified training staff will be available.
Americas Olympic Men's Basketball Qualifying Tournament (Aug. 22-Sept. 2)
After failing to win gold at the 2006 World Championships in Japan, Team USA will have to qualify for a spot in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. The top two teams of a strong field of 10 -- including the U.S., Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Canada -- get automatic bids. The next three teams advance to a world qualifying tournament.
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race (Sept. 22)
This race is also held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
12th Annual Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children (Oct.)
This event has raised $61 million for the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation in its 11 years. The 2006 edition at the MGM Grand Garden Arena included entertainment by John Mayer and the Counting Crows.
PGA Frys.com Open (Oct. 11-14)
The TPC at Summerlin and TPC at The Canyons courses host this pro golf tournament.
Vegoose Music Festival (Halloween weekend)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Killers, The Roots, Built to Spill, Jurassic 5 and Band of Horses were among the artists who played this two-day festival at Sam Boyd Stadium in 2006.
National Finals Rodeo (Late Nov.-Early Dec.)
Described as the Super Bowl, the World Series, and a rodeo rolled into one. The event, which sells out annually, showcases the top riders, ropers, and steer wrestlers in seven events. Country singers provide additional entertainment.
New Las Vegas Marathon (Dec. 9)
In an attempt to raise up to a world-class level, the Las Vegas Marathon got a makeover in 2005. The race was moved from January to December, and the course was altered so that it now runs down the Strip and through the Fremont Street Experience.
Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl (Dec.)
Held at Sam Boyd Stadium since 1992, this matchup currently features the fourth selection from the Pac-10 against the first selection from the Mountain West Conference.
America's Party: Las Vegas New Year 2007 (Dec. 31)
It may not have the history and prestige of Times Square, but hey, it does have easy access to casinos. Hundreds of thousands descend upon Vegas for New Year's as the Strip is closed to traffic and a titanic fireworks display is unleashed at hotels up and down the street at the midnight hour.
Lots of great acts come to Vegas, from rock bands to solo performers to famous comedians. These two sites tell you who, what, where, and when. Order your tickets online to ensure a seat.