Las Vegas events calendar
Plan ahead with our guide to the biggest and best annual Las Vegas events, festivals, concerts and celebrations
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
NASCAR Weekend Las Vegas Motor Speedway One of the biggest auto-racing weekends of the year, the Vegas leg of NASCAR’s appearance sees thousands of enthusiasts descend upon the city. Visitors should book accommodation well in advance.
Date early Mar. 7000 N Las Vegas Boulevard, at Speedway Boulevard, North Las Vegas (1-800 644 4444, lvms.com).
Monster Jam World Finals Bring out your inner 13-year-old with this feast of automotive carnage, featuring an array of giant trucks with enormous wheels; the 2013 champion, known as Grave Digger the Legend, was a 1,500-horsepower beast with 66-inch wheels. The pit party is also worth a look.
Date mid Mar.
Sam Boyd Stadium 7000 E Russell Road, at Boulder Highway, South-east Las Vegas (1-702 739 3267, monsterjam.com).
St. Patrick’s Day
Vegas more than makes up for its lack of Irish heritage on St. Patrick’s Day. There’s a parade in downtown Henderson and a three-day party at New York New York’s Nine Fine Irishmen bar, which sprawls on to the casino’s mini-Brooklyn Bridge. Elsewhere, Hennessey’s Tavern on the Fremont Street Experience celebrates with music, drink and “Irish nachos.”
Date 17 Mar.
Around Las Vegas.
Extreme Thing Festival
Extreme sports, such as skateboarding, BMX and wrestling championships feature here, along with extreme body modification, chiefly piercing and tattoos. And extreme music: punk, lots of it. Expect teenage aggression.
Date late Mar.
Desert Breeze Skate Park 8275 W Spring Mountain Road, at S Durango Drive, South-west Las Vegas (1-702 455 8200, extremething.com). Bus 203.
Viva Las Vegas
In order to dance to old-school rockabilly bands from all over the world, check out the burlesque competition and shop for the perfect 1950s cocktail dress at the swap meet, you’ll have to buy a ticket. However, the breathtaking hot-rod car show is worth the price of admission. Wear Sailor Jerry tattoos and Brylcreem to blend in.
Date Easter weekend.
Orleans Hotel & Casino, 4500 W Tropicana Avenue, at S Arville Street, South-west Las Vegas (1-562 496 4287, vivalasvegas.net). Bus 103, 201.
More than 100 international wine-growers participate in this fundraiser for UNLV. There are auctions of wine-themed art and vintage crates, but the real treat is chatting with the growers and sampling the wines. Designated drivers are thoughtfully provided.
Date mid Apr.
Paris Las Vegas 3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South, at E Flamingo Road (1-702 946 7000, unlvino.com). Bus Deuce, 202.
Clark County Fair & Rodeo
For a taste of hometown Southwestern life sans glitter, drive north for all kinds of ropin’, ridin’, country music and carnival fun.
Date mid Apr.
Clark County Fairgrounds, on I-15, Logandale (1-888 876 3247, ccfair.com).
Great Vegas Festival of Beer
Nevada and national breweries unite in displaying their boozy wares at this one-day event. Sample suds from locals such as Triple 7 Brewery, or national craft beer-makers like Anchor and Goose Island. Enjoy your beer with a soundtrack from local and regional musicians, along with gastropub food from several eateries. Designated drivers are thoughtfully provided for a nominal fare.
Date late Apr.
Sunset Park 2601 E Sunset Road, at S Eastern Avenue, South-east Las Vegas (1-888 718 4253, greatvegasbeer.com).
Local restaurants unveil their latest attempts to outdo each other in this industry festival of culinary hedonism. Expect a full-blown onslaught on the senses from exotic food, drink and spectacle.
Date late Apr/early May.
Location varies (1-702 878 2313).
Cinco de Mayo
The city’s Mexican community comes together in a show of pride with all-day dancing, mariachi bands, fireworks and traditional cuisine. Festivities also take place at the Fremont Street Experience.
Date weekend closest to 5 May.
Lorenzi Park, 3333 W Washington Avenue, at N Rancho Drive, North-west Las Vegas (1-702 229 6718). Bus 106, 208.
Instituted in 1935 to attract tourists to the area after the completion of the Hoover Dam, this revived celebration of Las Vegas’s beginnings plays up the city’s Western roots while also including golf and poker tournaments, trap-shooting contests, rodeos, art auctions, trail rides and a Downtown parade.
Date mid May.
Various locations (1-702 870 1221, elkshelldorado.com).