Las Vegas shows, concerts & clubs gain momentum as March Madness & Nascar attracts tourists.Average temperature low and high: 45° - 70°
For many tourists, March holds Las Vegas’ best weather, with sunny skies and balmy temperatures hovering in between the 50s and 70s that mark the beginning of tourist season. The month also features two of Las Vegas’ most-touted sporting events, 2017’s NASCAR Weekend and March Madness, each bringing their own devoted fanbase and accompanying shows, concerts, and entertainment.
St. Patrick’s Day 2017
Though the city does not get as crazy as other holidays, Las Vegas still attracts St. Patrick’s Day revelers looking to celebrate the national drinking day someplace warm. Because St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday in 2017, expect more crowds than usual, particularly at the Irish bars spread throughout Las Vegas.
Best Irish Bar for St. Patrick’s Day Fun
For those looking for a memorable Vegas experience, we recommend heading to O’Sheas Casino and Bar at the Linq, where the Guinness flows and shots of Jameson seem never ending. Patrons will be decked in shamrock green and with beer pong, cornhole, and blackjack, you’ll never get bored.
Best Bar to See an Irish Band
Nine Fine Irishmen at the New York New York is the Strip’s most accessible, most lively Irish pub. Even on non-Irish holidays the place features live music, dancing, and decent pub grub. Warning: it will be crowded, and they will likely charge a cover on St. Patrick’s Day.
Best Place to Escape the Festivities
Just as in every American city, virtually every bar will be crowded on St. Patrick’s Day, particularly with it falling on a weekend night. That being said, if you’re looking to avoid the chaos, consider harboring out at the Strip’s classier cocktail lounges, most of which price out the mid-March madness.
NASCAR Weekend 2017
NASCAR comes to Vegas the weekend of March 10–12, 2017, bringing racing fans from across the country eager to watch live the Kobalt 400, the Boyd Gaming 300 (named for the family who owns most of the casinos on Fremont Street), and Stratosphere Pole Day. While most of the action takes place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, hotels all over town will fill up, so book early to get the best deals.
Racing and exotic car fans who want to test their mettle around a track should check out one of Las Vegas’ driving experiences, all of which are located right next to the speedway.
March Madness 2017
For any major American sporting event, Las Vegas is the nation’s preeminent place for betting on the action. College basketball’s finals weeks are no exception. Save for a college town with a horse in the final races, perhaps no city is more exciting for grabbing a round of beers and watching the best teams in the U.S. compete for the championship.
Most Vegas bars and strip clubs offer food and drink specials while you watch the games. In particular, sports bars and casino bars in hotels with sports betting can be the most fun as you’ll hear swarms of fans and gamblers cheer or lament every free throw and every three-pointer (depending on who they want to win).
This year, March Madness overlaps with St. Patrick’s Day, with the first weekend taking place from Thursday, March 16, through Sunday, March 19, so expect the city to be packed. Reports say that 98 percent of hotel rooms on the Las Vegas Strip were booked during the first weekend of March Madness, so use our hotel deals page to find something on the cheap early.
Best Things to Do in March
Vegas offers plenty for those who aren’t necessarily fans of racing or basketball.
- Nightclubs: World-class DJs also return to clubs at this time, so if electronica or hip hop is your thing, dancing your game, check out one of Sin City’s renowned nightclubs. March is a great time to order bottle service as prices tend to be lower and hosts more willing to negotiate deals. Need help navigating the Vegas club scene? Fill out a form on our trip planner.
- Pool Parties: With weather warming, spring breakers can head to Vegas for sun and relaxation in any of its renowned pools, as most hotel pools and day clubs start to open.
- Be a Tourist: As with any cool to warm month in Las Vegas, March is a great time to walk around the Strip and take photographs of the unique architecture. Use our Strip map to navigate Las Vegas Boulevard and to find all the best bars and restaurants nearest you.
- Local Culture: For a taste of the local counterculture, check out First Friday on March 3, when local artists and musicians get together in Las Vegas’ Art District for booze, conversation, music, food, and dancing.
Shows, Events & Concerts in March
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The Backstreet Boys begin their much-anticipated Las Vegas residency March 1 at the Axis at Planet Hollywood. The boy band legends and idols put on shows throughout the month every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. The boys will share a stage (though not on the same nights) with pop-icon Britney Spears, who continues her Vegas residency.
Country diva Reba pairs with duo Brooks and Dunn for the first week of March. Other country acts include Dierks Bentley, who plays the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan on March 3 and 4 and Blake Sheldon, who has a show March 4 at MGM Grand’s Garden Arena.
From March 8–11, T-Mobile Arena hosts the NCAA PAC 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, with games every night and a championship round on Saturday March 11.
UFC hosts a fight night at T-Mobile Arena on March 3 and 4.
Rod Stewart returns to Caesars Palace for a string of shows from March 15–22 and March 31. And those of you who didn’t get enough of four-time Grammy winner Bruno Mars in the last two Super Bowls won’t want to miss his March 11 concert at Monte Carlo’s new Park Theater.
Fans of Game of Thrones won’t want to miss the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience. Saturday, March 25, music is coming to MGM Garden Arena. German-Iranian composer Ramin Djawadi will conduct an eighty-piece orchestra and choir as they perform highlights from the HBO series’ musical score. Not to be outdone by rock concerts and other events, the show will take place on a 360-degree stage, complete with LED telescoping and wall screens and 3D designs.
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