Like art, food and parties galore along with your beats? Heading to Las Vegas? Then you’ll want to book your tix to these incredible music festivals every year!
To say Las Vegas is lit would be the understatement of the century. The restaurants are off the hook. The club scene just can’t be beat. The stage shows are famous for water acrobatics, pyrotechnics and breathtaking stunts performed by equally breathtaking bodies. There are ridiculously amazing spas offering treatments you can’t get anywhere else in the world. But as Vegas continues to dominate as the Capital of Fun, there’s yet another reason to book your plane tix, stat, to the world’s premier party playground, stat: Epic music festivals happening all year round.
These definitely aren’t your run-of-the-mill multi-day sessions in the mud. Each of the city’s festivals is a unique, escapist, multi-sensory delight. In addition to big-name music lineups (obvs!), the events deliver delicious food, awe-inspiring art in the form of giant murals and installations, fantastic shopping opportunities, experiential pop-ups and more. Some, like the three-day Life is Beautiful, even incorporate philosophy and comedy, along with endless inspiration. From September’s iHeartRadio Music Festival right on through to May’s Insomniac Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC for short), Vegas’ music fests, much like the city that hosts them, are completely OTT events. Fasten your seatbelt for top bands and artists galore (think: Alicia Keys, Post Malone, Maggie Rogers, Mumford & Sons), tantalizing food trucks, mind-blowing storytellers, provocative speakers, and much, much more.
These spectaculars provide magic, welcoming environments for soaking up music and culture but also sparking and strengthening meaningful connections between friends (the ones you attend with and those you’re lucky enough to meet in the crowd). These festivals prove we humans are better together. From backstage meet-and-greets with performers to Downtown art installations to multi-course brunches to rockin’ pool parties, we’ve sussed out the supreme experiences you won’t want to miss at the fests that are definitely worth flying in for.
Art of the Wild
House and techno music characterizes Art of the Wild, a three-day festival held in various venues at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Las Vegas every October. This year’s festival is expected to spotlight pillars of the underground music scene—DJs like Bedouin, Zhu, The Martinez Brothers, and Black Coffee and Virgil Abloh, who are performing as White Coffee.
Thump and Grind
Everyone is encouraged to dance at Art of the Wild, but VIP ticket holders (and those who sign up for tables/bottle service or cabanas) have more room to move with the beat. For those with VIP tickets to shows at Encore Beach Club, there’s even a chance to cool off in a private pool.
Gain ultimate access
Fans of house and techno music can get up close and personal with their favorite DJs at this intimate event, where even the most basic ticket gets you onto the same floor as your spinning icons.
Dance, dance, dance
The fest is held mostly in nightclubs, creating a behind-the-velvet-rope vibe of exclusivity that lasts well into the night.
This May event is a three-day immersive experience featuring art in all its forms: fashion, music, theatrics, and more. It’s sort of like a rave in the desert; think Burning Man, only brighter. Held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, it includes a camp where festival-goers can spend their nights. Look up, Buttercup–you may spot artists arriving for their sets via helicopter!
Sleep under the stars
Staying at Camp EDC means you get a full dusk-till-dawn fun marathon, including pool party DJ sets, amazing food, wellness classes, goat (yes, goat) yoga, massages and more. You can do tent-camping or rent an RV. Either way, staying overnight only enhances the experience.
Enjoy exclusive access
The whole idea behind EDC is that everyone’s a VIP (as it should be!). That said, those with VIP bracelets get to hang out in a private hookah lounge, ride on a dedicated Ferris wheel, and load up on a host of exclusive food and drink options.
Rock out at daybreak
The main stage at EDC, known as kineticFIELD, is always decked out to be some sort of whimsical fantasyland. Performers play here pretty much all day and night. The best time to go: Sunrise, when the sound takes on an ethereal quality.
Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival
One of the most rollicking shindigs of the year is the three-day Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival, held every May in Downtown Las Vegas. Promoter bros Mark and Shawn Stern bring together dozens of punk and ska bands to perform on multiple stages. And as the name suggests, there’s bowling too—a tournament with cash prizes.
Bring your ball
Punk Rock Bowling Bowling is a big part of the fest; the 2019 tournament attracted more than 700 teams and doled out more than $16,000 in prizes. Registered players are shuttled from the festival grounds to alleys and back.and Music Festival
Better pack your bikini: Another hallmark of the annual Punk Rock Bowling show are the pool parties, free and open to the public. VIP cabana rentals are available.
Dance til dawn
While mainstage shows attract major crowds, the Punk Rock Bowling event is known for its after parties, held in smaller intimate venues all over town. Often these late-night-fetes aren’t even ticketed events; you just have to be in the know.
iHeartRadio Music Festival
Now in its ninth year, this two-day festival—most people just call it “iHeart”—brought together 30 of today’s hottest pop music stars to perform on the main stage for two days in late September. The show, which took place September 20 and 21 inside T-Mobile Arena, has become famous for sparking surprising collabs between artists (think Miley Cyrus and Billy Idol, which happened in 2017). This year’s lineup included Alicia Keys, Camila Cabello, Chance the Rapper, Halsey, Mumford & Sons and Backstreet Boys.
Rock out at Hyde Lounge
This 18,000 square-foot nightclub—boasting banquettes and bottle service—in the rafters of T-Mobile Arena hosted the iHeart show. All seats looked down on the action and offer space to stand up and dance.
Book a plush VIP suite
Suites at T-Mobile Arena had a kitchen for private catering and bars stocked with top-shelf liquor. As a VIP-suite ticket holder, you could receive premium parking passes for easy access, and got to attend like the royals you are, through a private entrance and exit.
Some VIPs at iHeart even had the chance to go backstage and meet their fav performers in real life.
Life Is Beautiful
This annual three-day fest, held September 20-22 in Downtown Las Vegas, celebrated creativity in several forms. Yes, there’s a music lineup—this year it included Maggie Rogers, Billie Eilish, Post Malone and The Black Keys’ first show since 2015. There was also a comedy stage welcoming Desus & Mero, Jonathan Van Ness, and Fred Armisen, and a culinary HQ where you could feast on the deliciousness of Las Vegas’ star chefs. Art is major at LIB, too, with local artists displaying and selling work throughout the event. Higher-level ticket holders received unlimited food and drinks, as well as practically unfettered access to performers.
See all the Art
LIB has always been about promoting the art community and reviving Downtown Las Vegas. Over the years, artists such as Shepard Fairey, Felipe Pantone, D*Face, Seba Velasco and Andre Saraiva have created vibrant street art that complements installations such as the Big Rig Jig and The Mantis to create an immersive festival experience.
Ditch the lines
For the first time in seven years, this year’s LIB enabled all ticket holders to order ahead through Postmates and skip the lines via dedicated Postmates Pickup windows.