There are always countless things to do in Las Vegas, from enjoying a world-class meal at a celebrity restaurant to pumping some adrenaline at a thrilling attraction. With so much to do in the destination, Las Vegas is worthy of repeat visits — throughout the year!
Here’s a roundup of some can’t-miss highlights for every season.
Winter in Las Vegas is packed with experiences ideal for taking in the season. Each year, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas invites visitors to The Ice Rink, a rooftop rink with firepits, hot chocolate, and special events like its Date Skate. Down the Strip, visitors can take in a fabulous holiday display at The LINQ Promenade, transformed with a grand tree, lighting and so much more.
The winter season also promises several fantastic events. Each December, rodeo fans from around the world gather for the National Finals Rodeo, a multiday event of competition and countrified fun. Later in the month, thousands will flock to Las Vegas for its New Year’s Eve party, complete with a spectacular fireworks display, in addition to several musical performances from chart-topping artists throughout the destination.
If you’re looking for a real snowy situation, Lee Canyon’s ski and snowboard resort is only a 45-minute drive from the Strip. Visitors can hit the slopes on the destination’s Spring Mountains by taking a chair lift — each peaking at over 9,000 feet.
For sports fans, there’s an array of options like attending a soccer match at Cashman Field, a baseball game at Las Vegas Ball Park, or a basketball game at Michelob ULTRA Arena.
Thrill seekers can enjoy “the weather up there” at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod, or take in the views from a climate-controlled cabin at the High Roller at The LINQ Hotel + Experience. If you’re looking for a thrill closer to the ground, SPEEDVEGAS offers opportunities to drive supercars and go-karts.
The season also features special events that will entice and excite. Thousands will flock to the annual Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for three nights of music and merriment, while the Downtown Rocks Free Concert Series brings crowds to stages set up right on the Fremont Street Experience. Get the inside scoop from the team at VEGAS ON below.
Outdoor enthusiasts can hike, bike and explore the nearby Valley of Fire State Park and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, taking in splendid views while enjoying the cool weather. A little farther from the Strip is Hoover Dam, but well worth the trek to see its magnificence.
Las Vegas experiences over 320 days of sunshine every year, but summer is when the under-the-sun fun really shines. The Strip is lined with alluring day clubs offering epic pool-party experiences and sets by world-class DJs. If you want a weekend of EDM, there’s always the Exodus Festival Las Vegas — the annual event features opportunities to see several artists at many of the destination’s pool venues. Another local tradition, the Dive In Movies at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy a movie on its marquee poolside.
Celebrate Pride Month by splashing the day away throughout the summer at Temptation Sundays at Luxor Hotel & Casino, the longest-running LGBTQ+ pool party in Las Vegas. More about this raging party from the VEGAS ON team below.
Or spend the day outside kayaking in Emerald Cave on the Colorado River. Once you return, keep the adrenaline going by zip-lining at SlotZilla at Fremont Street Experience or watching a UFC fight. Summer promises the annual UFC International Fight Week, featuring all kinds of events an MMA enthusiast will adore.
Summer visitors can wind down while enjoying a whimsical Cirque du Soleil show — with six on the Strip, there’s a production for everyone. Or keep things casual while you take in the seasonal display at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio Resort & Casino!
The autumn season in Las Vegas is filled with football, festivals and fall-themed fun.
Catch a football game at Allegiant Stadium or, if hockey is more your style, cheer on the local team at T-Mobile Arena.
Music fans have several special events to build their Vegas itineraries around throughout the fall. The Life Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival takes over blocks of Downtown Las Vegas with an extremely diverse lineup. Get a behind-the-scenes tour from the VEGAS ON team below.
Plus, there’s the iHeartRadio Music Festival, which features shows at T-Mobile Arena and an outdoor experience, most recently held at AREA15.
Have a need for speed? The NASCAR South Point 400 is annually held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. If you want to get behind the wheel, check out Las Vegas Mini Grand Prix. Thrill seekers can also take a helicopter ride with Maverick Helicopters to the Grand Canyon.
Fall also means it’s pumpkin spice latte season. Visitors can trek out to Gilcrease Orchard to stroll the pumpkin patch and enjoy the rural autumn atmosphere. Closer to the Strip are various locations of the Halloween Town Pumpkin Patch that offer hay mazes, carnival games and so much more. All of that excitement will work up an appetite, so carb it up with exquisite bakery eats at Dominique Ansel Las Vegas inside Caesars Palace. VEGAS ON takes you behind the scenes with Dominque Ansel, himself, giving a grand tour of the most popular offerings. Yum!
No matter what time of year you’re visiting Las Vegas, it’s going to be a blast. Annual celebrations, special events and more keep the destination’s social calendar robust and riveting. Not to mention all the superstar residencies, comedy shows and concerts that take place year-round. While you’re checking out all Las Vegas has to offer, don’t forget to take a look at fabulous resorts and delectable dining options!