Between EDC, Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day, May is full of busy weekends

Average temperature low and high: 60°- 81°

May is your last chance to enjoy some easy weather before the triple-digit heat of summer fully kicks in. The month is full of culinary festivals and big events. Tourists flock to Vegas for the Electric Daisy Carnival, Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day Weekend. If you can handle the crowds and above-average prices, you’ll have a great time.

May Heats up with EDC in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is ready to welcome summer and the most significant event in May is the Electric Daisy Carnival. The biggest electronic dance music festival in the country welcomes about 140,000 people each night over a three-day weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Past headliners have included the Chainsmokers, Zedd, Tiesto, Calvin Harris and other top DJs. But as always, event promoter Insomniac insists the real “headliners” are the fans who show up year after year.

EDC was formerly held in June, but event organizers bumped it up a month last year to cut down on high winds and hot temperatures. While the music and atmosphere are the same, the weather is now better than ever. If you’ve ever thought about attending the festival, you may want to give it a shot in 2019.

When is EDC?

May 17-19 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

What to Expect at EDC

The Electric Daisy Carnival operates from dusk to dawn. There are eight stages with DJs performing throughout the evening. The KineticFIELD serves as the main stage, taking up about half of the Speedway and hosting the biggest EDM stars. Roam the festival grounds and you’ll see carnival rides, parades and a neon-colored spectacle that will make you feel like you’re on a totally different planet.

How do I get to EDC?

We’re not going to lie. The traffic sucks. If you’re driving, expect to be stuck outside the Speedway for hours. Some people choose to wait until 11 p.m. or later to make the commute. (This is an all-night festival after all.) Others spend the extra cash on a flight. Maverick Helicopters is the official helicopter company for EDC, taking ticket holders to the festival from the Strip in about 15 minutes. Charter buses are also available. Depending on the time, they’ll get stuck in traffic too. But at least you’ll be partying with fellow festival attendees.

What to Wear at EDC

The short answer: whatever you want. Just avoid complete nudity and you’ll be fine. Neon wigs, skimpy outfits and fuzzy boots make up the wardrobe for most of the women. Guys stick to shorts, t-shirts and hats, and seem to do okay. But this is your time to let loose. Get colorful and creative. If there’s a place where no one will judge, it’s EDC. So have fun. Just remember: the festival operates on positive energy. Don’t be a jerk and don’t be offensive. Otherwise, you’ll do just fine and make plenty of new friends along the way.

Things to do in May in Las Vegas

Vegas Uncork’d

It’s safe to say Vegas Uncork’d is the biggest culinary event of the year in Las Vegas. The event typically lasts four days with names like Gordon Ramsay, Guy Savoy and Giada de Laurentiis leading a series of tastings, dinners, brunches and anything else you can imagine at their namesake restaurants. Everything culminates at the Grand Tasting at the Garden of the Gods pool at Caesars Palace.

Memorial Day Weekend 

Memorial Day traditionally marks the start of summer and easily marks one of the biggest weekends in Las Vegas. Book your hotel early. Memorial Day Weekend runs May 24-27 this year and as always, the crowds will be huge. Expect long lines to restaurants, nightclubs and pool parties. Fortunately, you can stay up to date with club schedules & ticket prices.

If you want to avoid the chaos of the Strip, you may prefer the beaches, boating and jet skis of Lake Mead and Lake Las Vegas, each just minutes outside the metropolitan area. Lake Havasu in Arizona and Lake Powell, which borders Arizona and Utah, are both worth a road trip as well.

Pool Parties

May is one of the busiest months of the year for pool parties, especially on Memorial Day Weekend. Celebrities and VIPs flock to the biggest dayclubs while top-name DJs provide the entertainment.  The best way to enjoy these wild events is with a cabana or daybed, which typically require at least a $1,000 commitment toward food and drinks. Request a cabana or daybed through Lavish Vegas to learn about comps and special deals.

Cinco de Mayo

It’s not quite as busy as Memorial Day Weekend, but Cinco de Mayo definitely packs in the crowds on the Strip. Think of it as the perfect pregame party for summer. Bars and restaurants offer deals and discounts on Mexican food and Margaritas. Traditionally, Vegas likes to host a big-name boxing fight during Cinco de Mayo Weekend too, although no announcements have been made yet for 2019.

More fun things to do in May…

Enjoy the best bottle service and VIP package deals at top nightclubs: With summer arriving, nightclubs fill up quick. Partiers looking to skip the lines should reserve a VIP table, but booking with a club directly is never the best option. Lavish Vegas works with the hottest clubs to fill their premium seats at a lower price and is always the best plan for those who desire elite service without wasting money. 

If your group isn’t set on a specific DJ and just wants a great bottle deal, Lavish Vegas can point you in the direction of a stylish lounge or a less hectic nightclub. You won’t wait in line, and we may even comp you a bottle. To get VIP table service and book a great bottle deal complete this form.

VIP Bottle Service Packages

  • Table for 4 at Chateau Nightclub Includes: 1 Bottle Belvedere Vodka + 1 Bottle of Champagne + Mixers
  • $50 per person in certificates to BEER PARK at the Paris Las Vegas
  • $50 per person dining credit at one of the following restaurants: Crossroads at House of Blues, Cabo Wabo, Sugar Factory
  • Even lower prices for all girl groups

*4 person minimum to qualify for package price*

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Shows & Concerts in May

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LADY ANTEBELLUM

The chart-topping country trio continues their “My Kind of Vegas” residency at the recently renovated Pearl Theater inside the Palms. “Lady A” has five shows booked between May 10 and May 18.

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FREE CONCERTS ON FREMONT STREET

May traditionally kicks off the free summer concert series at the Fremont Street Experience. Past performers have included pop-metal acts like Ratt and Bret Michaels, classic rockers like Cheap Trick and Eddie Money, ’90s alternative bands like Everclear and Candlebox, and rock star women who defy categories like Melissa Etheridge and Joan Jett. Stay tuned for announcements on who will be in action this year. With the 3rd Street Stage in the heart of Fremont Street, you can’t beat the atmosphere… and you definitely can’t beat the price!

Aces of Comedy

Big names will be at the Mirage for the Aces of Comedy series in May. Headliners include Daniel Tosh on May 10-11, Jay Leno on May 17, Tim Allen on May 18 and Gabriel Iglesias on May 24.

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Upcoming Nightclub Events

Fri, May 01 at JEWEL Friday
Sat, May 02 at JEWEL Saturday
Mon, May 04 at JEWEL Monday
Thu, May 07 at Chateau Chateau Moontower Thursdays
Fri, May 08 at JEWEL Friday
Sat, May 09 at JEWEL Saturday
Mon, May 11 at JEWEL Monday
Thu, May 14 at Chateau Chateau Moontower Thursdays

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