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How To Score Same-Day Show Tickets in 5 Major Meeting Destinations

Here's how you can catch same-day shows and entertainment in your meeting destination city.

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While traveling on official meeting business, you might find yourself with extra time on your hands – whether that be one evening or an entire day's worth.

For leisure travelers, it makes sense to purchase tickets weeks or even months in advance to shows and other entertainment opportunities to explore during those "free" times. And while that planning path is convenient for vacationers and tourist groups, the same isn’t always viable for meeting planners.  

Surprisingly enough, however, there are a number of simple solutions for those looking for same-day tickets to shows and events in some of the nation’s top meeting destinations.

So, if a last-minute trip has you looking for some way to pass the time, or if those dinner reservations that fell through have left a gap in your schedule, here are a number of tips and tricks for getting last-minute seats to the best shows in town. Spoiler alert: They’re probably more attainable than you think.   

How to Snag Same-Day Tickets in these 5 Meeting Destinations

New York City

TodayTix

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Since launching in New York in 2013, TodayTix has been assisting users in securing discounted and/or full price, last-minute tickets to the most coveted theater shows both on and off Broadway. Simply download the app to your phone, search a show by name and purchase the tickets. 

Although TodayTix is not specific to New York City, it's well-known in the area for offering hard-to-beat Broadway prices. Check the service’s website for a list of all locations where last-minute theater tickets are offered. 

TKTS Booth

For more than 40 years, the TKTS booth in Times Square (47th Street and Broadway) has been selling same-day discounted tickets to New York's top shows. It opens at 3 p.m. most days (late morning on matinee days), and the discounts range from 20 to 50 percent. Sometimes the line can seem daunting, but it moves quickly. 

Gametime

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Whether you’re looking to catch the Brooklyn Nets shooting hoops or Bruce Springsteen lighting up the stage at Madison Square Garden, Gametime offers last minute sports, concert and theater tickets in cities around the country. 

Gametime is also not specific to New York City alone. Download the Gametime app for a list of all locations where last-minute tickets are offered.

Los Angeles

Last Minute Services

LMS is an initiative by ticketing giant StubHub that allows you to purchase seats for many shows and events up until the curtain goes up. Though not unique to Los Angeles, the destination is the only in the country with two same-day purchase and pickup locations conveniently located near the Staples Center, Microsoft Theater and Novo by Microsoft:

  • StubHub Los Angeles (261 South Figueroa St.)
  • StubHub Los Angeles Downtown (889 Francisco St.)
Chicago

Hot Tix

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Specific to Chicago, Hot Tix offers half-price tickets to a variety of Windy City theater productions that can be purchased for same-day or same-week showings. Meeting travelers in the area can browse an online catalogue of available passes, or visit one of Hot Tix city locations:

  • East Randolph (between Michigan and Wabash Avenues)
  • North State (Inside Block 37 Shops on State)

Attend a Free Show

Several companies throughout Chicago present at no (or optional) cost to audiences on a regular basis – meaning you don’t even need to worry about purchasing tickets ahead of time. 

Red Tape Theatre and  Red Theater Chicago are always free, and Halcyon Theatre makes a portion of tickets to every performance free (advance reservations recommended for this location). 

Other performing arts locations, including Theater OobleckProp Thtr, Free Street, Broken Nose Theatre and the Neo-Futurists, designate some or all performances "pay-what-you-can". Check each of the performance locations for specific info on when and where shows are taking place. 

Boston

BosTix

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BosTix, a service spearheaded by ArtsBoston, has two booth locations in the historic city that allow travelers to buy and redeem same-day tickets to concerts, theater and sporting events right up until showtime. In February alone (still!), we're able to snag seats to the Blue Man Group, Sam Harris and A Game Of Werewolf, an opera. 

• Copley Square (650 Boylston St.)

    • Faneuil Hall Marketplace (1 Faneuil Hall Square) 

      “[We’re] committed to helping build awareness and attracting audiences to local events and exhibitions,” the service’s website says. “The deals that are... online and in-person provide affordable, day-of deals to arts events for more than 60,000 people annually.” All of BosTix’s proceeds are reinvested back into the local arts community. 

      Las Vegas

      Tix 4 Tonight

      If you’re on the hunt for Las Vegas show tickets, we suggest turning to Tix 4 Tonight. The service markets daily ticket discounts starting each day at 9:30 a.m. local time. Tix 4 Tonight has 10 locations throughout the city: 

      • Fashion Show Mall (3200 S Las Vegas Blvd., across the street from Wynn Las Vegas)
      • Hawaiian Marketplace (3743 S Las Vegas Blvd.)
      • Showcase Mall (3785 S Las Vegas Blvd., next to the MGM Grand)
      • Casino Royale (3411 S Las Vegas Blvd.)
      • Town Square Mall (S Las Vegas Boulevard)
      • Slots A Fun (2880 S Las Vegas Blvd., located in the casino)

      At each location, travelers can hop on the line to purchase discounted tickets to same-day shows, attractions, restaurants and more.