Though there's no off-season in Las Vegas, it's slightly quieter (and cheaper) between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and during the heat of high summer. Public holidays are always busy. If you're planning a short visit, try to avoid busy, pricey weekends. Las Vegas is the convention capital of the US, which means that some larger resorts are often used for trade fairs and the like.
The LVCA website (www.visitlasvegas.com) has a list of all the major conventions taking place in the city.
Las Vegas has blue skies and little rain all year round. In July and August, it can get absurdly hot during the day, with temperatures soaring from an average low of 77ºF (25ºC) to more than 110ºF (43ºC). Drink lots of water and wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. In winter temperatures dip considerably, ranging from 37ºF (3ºC) to a balmier 57ºF (14ºC). Winter nights can dip below freezing.
Las Vegas has a habit of attracting the kind of parties that don't happen anywhere else, and the climate's benign enough for open-air celebrations, such as its very own Mardi Gras party (early April) at any time of year. It's obvious that Las Vegas, the spiritual home of gambling, should host the World Series of Poker (June and July), while a town that revels in the nickname Sin City is a natural location for the Fetish & Fantasy Hallowe'en Ball (31 October). There are many more family friendly, quirky and slightly naughty excuses to party, however, in this high-spirited town.
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New Year's Day: 1 Jan
Martin Luther King Jr Day: 3rd Mon in Jan
Presidents Day: 3rd Mon in Feb
Easter Sunday: Mar/Apr
Memorial Day: last Mon in May
Independence Day: 4 July
Labor Day: 1st Mon in Sept
Nevada Day: last Fri in Oct
Veterans' Day: 2nd Mon in Nov
Thanksgiving: 4th Thur in Nov
Christmas Day: 25 Dec
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