Best time to visit Las Vegas
Weather in Las Vegas
Las Vegas mostly does two temperatures: hot and hotter. So if you love soaking up the rays, this is the perfect destination for you. That said, it’s not without its milder seasons, when wearing shorts and T-shirts is still a thing, but feeling like you’re melting in an oven, isn’t. See below for average temperatures.
March - May
If you’re seeking slightly cooler weather then visit Vegas in the spring. Some pools and shows reduce their hours, but this is undoubtedly the most comfortable time to stroll The Strip and make the most of milder climes, fewer crowds and generally a more pleasant experience.
St Patrick’s Day: green beer, Irish whiskey and authentic Celtic grub – Vegas is a great place to celebrate St Paddy’s. In typical Sin City style, everything is BIG.
Mardi Gras: besides the world-famous celebrations in New Orleans, few cities do Fat Tuesday quite like Vegas. Think parties, food and drink specials, and heaps of that laissez-faire Mardi Gras attitude.
Some like it hot, and for those individuals there’s summer in Las Vegas. These months are typically very hot and very dry, so if you’re hoping to top up your tan between casino trips, this is the ideal spot. Be sure to pack plenty of sun cream, a hat and a large bottled water. Also, avoid the fierce midday sun and, if you want to spend a day lazing by the pool, you’ll need to grab your spot (perhaps a shady cabana?) early.
Cinco de Mayo: Vegas loves Mexico – proven in its abundant restaurants and festive bars which come to life with fajitas, tortillas and margaritas on 5th May every year.
World Series of Poker: one of the biggest gambling tournaments on the planet, this worldwide poker competition takes place from the end of May to mid-July every year at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
For those keen to beat the school holiday crowds and enjoy slightly less sweltering temperatures, autumn is a great time to explore Vegas. Be aware that September and October are both busy months for events and conventions though, which will push up the price of hotels on The Strip.
Route 91 Harvest Festival: a country music festival offering entertainment, food and a fairground atmosphere in all the major hotels on The Strip, from the Bellagio to Excalibur.
Thanksgiving: you’ll be spoilt for choice on this US holiday in Vegas – myriad restaurants serve Thanksgiving brunch, lunch and dinner.
Winter in Vegas offers the best rates and the mildest temperatures – ideal for a quieter and more affordable vacation discovering the bright lights of the city. It’s also a great time to explore the nearby Valley of Fire, which can often be too hot to visit in other months. The Strip’s hotels get festive too, with ice rinks, winter promenades and open-air shopping just some of the attractions on offer.
National Finals Rodeo: often referred to as the rodeo equivalent of the Superbowl – this bucking and bronking spectacle attracts cowboys from all across North America, all competing in seven events throughout the 10-day festival.
The Vegas Shoot: a world-class archery tournament, inviting pros and amateurs to showcase their skills in front of a horde of cheering spectators.