2012 Big Smoke Dates Announced

Mark your calendars, alert your friends and notify your loved ones—Cigar Aficionado’s Big Smoke dates for 2012 have been set.

This year’s Big Smoke Las Vegas weekend, now in its 17th year, is scheduled for November 9 to 11, with tickets going on sale March 15. The format will stay the same as in year’s past—Big Smoke evenings scheduled for Friday and Saturday as well as cigar and lifestyle educational seminars on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

For the first time since 2005, though, the venue for the largest cigar celebration in the world is changing. This year’s party will occur at The Mirage Resort and Casino.

In addition to fine dining, shopping and nightlife, The Mirage is home to one of the finest cigar bars in Las Vegas: Rhumbar. Opened in 2009, Rhumbar has quickly become a prime destination for those attending the Big Smoke Las Vegas weekend. With more than 20 brands of cigars and about 40 brands of high-end rum for sale (not to mention specialty cocktails), it’s easy to understand why Rhumbar is so popular.

For those on the East Coast there is Big Smoke New York, which will take place on November 29 at Pier 92, the premier events center located on the Hudson River. Tickets for the event go on sale April 15.

Mike Kestel January 21, 2012 1:59am ET
Justone Coolcat January 21, 2012 9:10pm ET
Calender is marked! Can't wait....
Robert Martin Flushing, New York, Queens, January 24, 2012 10:13pm ET
I need to go to the Vegas for 40th birthday that would be a good look for me... I'm going to make that happen....
Stogie Fan Anytown, NY, USA, January 26, 2012 11:18am ET
Got it down! I wonder why the change? I loved the Venetian. I like the dates though.....Halloween weekend was a little weird last year.
Mike M England, January 26, 2012 9:59pm ET
Awesome; Las Vegas here we come!!
Ed Harvey Auburn, WA, United States, February 1, 2012 9:14am ET
WOW, C.A. finally got kicked out of the Venetian, and now it's onto the Mirage, it will be interesting....
James Boag Bath , Ontario, Canada, February 8, 2012 2:59pm ET
Bummer about the move, I was just getting used to the Venetian and all its hot tubs have to offer. Halloween? Hottubs? Cigars? Can there be too much good in one weekend?
Koroun Butler Gilbert, AZ, USA, February 9, 2012 8:01pm ET
The Blue flame Cigar Society from AZ will be well represented!!!!
GuillermoGutierrez March 7, 2012 7:26pm ET
Perfect! One day after my 50th birthday! I can't wait, it's been at least 3 years since I went to my last Big Smoke.
Leslie Booker Riverside, CA, USA, March 15, 2012 2:07pm ET
How do I purchase tickets?? Anybody?? This is my first time
David Savona March 15, 2012 4:03pm ET
Leslie, you can buy tickets to the Big Smoke Las Vegas by following this link:

Kenneth Rose Coppell, Texas, USA, June 8, 2012 11:36am ET
Does the Mirage offer special pricing of rooms for this event? If you buy weekend pass $550-does that include FRI and SAT evening events
Andrew Nagy June 8, 2012 12:33pm ET
@Kenneth... there is a special rate. Check out http://www.cigaraficionado.com/micro/show?id=15501 for more info.

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