For the best Las Vegas vacation experience you need to know when to visit Las Vegas. It can mean the difference between a good time and an amazing, fun filled, best vacation I ever had time.
If you’re a dance-aholic, club going maniac the best time to visit Las Vegas would be from spring through late summer. Why? Because not only does Las Vegas have the hottest nightclubs, we also have the hottest dayclubs. The bonus is that rates are super low in the summer and you can get great deals on hotels. Be sure to look into the Hard Rock Hotel. They put dayclubs on the map with Rehab Sundays at the Hard Rock pool. The Cosmopolitan, the newest addition to the Strip, has made it’s mark with Marquee Dayclub and is a must for visitors looking for the dayclub experience. Party all day and all night in Vegas. If you really want to go hard core come out for the Electric Daisy Carnival.
You can wager on just about any sport you can think of, but if you’re a football fan, the best time to visit Las Vegas is in February for Super Bowl weekend. Aside from being at the actual Super Bowl stadium there is no place better to be. There is a party going on in every casino, hotel and bar in Las Vegas. I’m talking Vegas party, and that’s tough to match. Football season in general is a blast here, but when it comes to Super Bowl we are over the top. Yes, the hotels will charge premium prices, but it’ll be a weekend you’ll never forget. If college basketball is more to your liking, be here for March Madness. From opening games though the sweet sixteen and down to the final four, you’ll enjoy the action. If NASCAR is more your style plan your trip around a big race. Go big and rent an RV. Have a tailgate party at the speedway with all the comforts of home. PBR fans will enjoy all the action at the finals in October or be here for the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in early December. Las Vegas is just crawling with cowboys. Giddyup!
Wine nerds, cork dorks, or should I say grape juice aficionados……..there are many wine tasting events in Las Vegas every year. Do a little research and plan your trip accordingly. There is an excellent 3 day event held in spring at the Golden Nugget Downtown. The University of Las Vegas has a huge wine event; UNLVino that has become one of the largest in town. It generally runs from late March to early April. It isn’t Napa…..its way more fun!!
Gourmet is such a pretentious and boring term. I much prefer foodie. Either way it means people who appreciate fabulous cuisine. Las Vegas, like New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles has become a food Mecca. We have so many celebrity chefs, it’s almost cliché. Wolfgang Puck, Michael Mina, Emeril Lagasse, Julian Serrano, Todd English, Joel Robuchon, Charlie Palmer, Andre Rochat, and Bobby Flay, to name but a few, are household names here in Vegas. If you love great cuisine and a bargain to boot……visit Las Vegas during Restaurant Week. Not only will you be enjoying amazing culinary delights at a bargain price, you’ll be helping out a very worthwhile charity. Almost every fine dining restaurant in Las Vegas participates in this event to help raise money for Three Square, a charitable organization that helps feed the hungry in Southern Nevada. Restaurant Week varies in length and is held twice a year.
Boo! Beer, Bikers and Babes
Autumn in Las Vegas is full of tricks and treats. The weather is perfect and there are events going on all over town.
If you’re into bikes and are coming to Vegas, be here during Bikefest. It’s a three day event that is packed with competitions, races, exhibits of some of the sickest bikes out there, races and more. And where there’s bikers……there’s babes. The 2012 event will be at the end of September.
If beer is one of the great loves of your life, visit Las Vegas in October and sample hundreds of beers from all over the world. There are two events you won’t want to miss; the Fall Beer Festival at the Golden Nugget which is a two day event and Pubtoberfest at The Pub inside the Monte Carlo. Both events feature food, music and of course kegs and kegs and kegs of BEER! Check Beeradvocate for complete listings of all the beer events in town.
If you look forward to Halloween more than any other holiday, love to dress in costume, have a passion for scary movies, and love to get the crap scared out of you, pack your bags and visit Las Vegas to celebrate Halloween! We have Fright Dome; one of the top 5 scariest haunted attractions in the nation!! There is also the annual Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball, the Las Vegas Halloween Parade, OktoberFrightfest, and every club in town has a costume party and contest on Halloween weekend.
First Friday is an Art Event that takes place the first Friday of every month and is held in the Arts District Downtown Las Vegas. This is more like a party than an event. Every type of art you can imagine is on display, usually with the artist present. You get to have interaction with the creators of the works and that makes it all the more interesting and fun. There is music, street performers, cocktails, wine and lots and lots of art. It’s a great time.