Dinner and show on a budget, under the stars

spring_mountain_fieldSeeing shows on the Las Vegas Strip can be great, but sometimes it’s nice to get away from the city lights and enjoy watching a show outdoors where ticket prices are under $20. You can do this at Spring Mountain Ranch located minutes away from Red Rock Canyon and about 30 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.

Every year Spring Mountain Ranch has a summer theater series where people can pack a picnic dinner and some blankets and dine al fresco in a grassy field before seeing a show. Sitting outside during the summer might not sound that appealing at first with the 100+ degree weather, but something about how the field and stage is situated makes the temperature feel cooler than sitting outside in other parts of the valley.

It’s a fun thing for everyone to experience, especially families with kids that have a hard time sitting still in a theater. At Spring Mountain Ranch you still have to be quiet during the show, but it’s much less restricted than being in a showroom.

You can bring regular patio chairs or blankets to sit on. They also rent out patio chairs for $1. When I saw shows there they had a special area in the back for people with chairs so they didn’t restrict the view of other guests.

As far as dinner is concerned you can bring whatever you feel like carrying from your car and down the walk-way to the field in front of the stage. Most people bring coolers and things like sandwiches or a bucket of fried chicken. Eating a picnic dinner is a fun change from everyday dining and less expensive than paying for a meal at a restaurant before the show. They also sell food at a concession stand if you don’t feel like packing something in advance.

This summer the shows are “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story” (June), “West Side Story” (July), “Once on the Island” (August), and “Working” (September). Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. The gates open at 6 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. It’s best to get there early so you can get a good seat, get situated and have time to enjoy your meal before the show starts at 8:05 p.m.

I have seen several shows there including “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat,” “Anything Goes” and “Beauty and the Beast.” They have all been great productions with outstanding singing, dancing and other production elements. It’s a really fun way to enjoy a summer night and the outdoors!


There are 2 comments for this article
  1. Rich Kuzak at 5:14 am

    This sounds great I am going to Vegas 7/14 thru 26th can you give me more information direstions and anything else you can give me.


  2. Caroline Fontein at 9:02 am

    Hi Rich,

    Thanks for taking a look at the blog. “West Side Story” is going to be playing during the time of your visit. You can check out http://www.supersummertheatre.com/Tickets/Tickets.html for more information about purchasing tickets. I recommend booking your tickets in advance. Since the tickets are so low priced, the shows do sell out. Spring Mountain Ranch is located about 15 miles outside of Las Vegas. You can look up directions at http://www.supersummertheatre.com/Directions/Directions.html. If you want more general information about Spring Mountain Ranch and to view some pictures you can visit http://www.vegas.com/attractions/outside_lasvegas/springmountain.html.
    Thanks for reading, and let us know if there is anything else we can help you with during your trip!