See a Concert in Las Vegas
It's all about star power in Las Vegas this October. U2 performs 12 shows (the bulk of their residency) at Sphere at the Venetian with dates throughout the month. Pink, however, will have the largest single-day crowd in October with a big show on the 7th at Allegiant Stadium. Katy Perry plays seven shows at Resorts World on the final run of her "Play" residency. The T-Mobile Arena welcomes Madonna Oct. 7-8 and SZA Oct. 28.
Adele at Caesars Palace, Usher at the Park MGM, Lionel Richie at the Wynn, Barry Manilow at Westgate and Donny Osmond at Harrah's are all continuing residencies, while Billy Idol returns for another extended run at the Cosmopolitan. Shaq brings together a wide variety of stars for The Event, a benefit for the Shaquille O'Neal Foundation at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on October 3. The arena also welcomes Wu-Tang Clan & Nas on Oct. 21. The The Postal Service and Death Cab for Cutie team up for a concert at the Virgin Hotels Theater Oct. 4
Rock Out at When We Were Young in Las Vegas
The When We Were Young festival, headlined by Green Day and a newly reunited Blink-182 returns to Las Vegas for the second year in a row. The rest of the lineup includes emo, power-pop and punk acts from the early 2000s, including Good Charlotte, The Offspring, Thirty Seconds to Mars and dozens more. The same lineup repeats both days at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds October 21-22. Special "side show" concerts take place at the House of Blues, Brooklyn Bowl and the Pearl Concert Theater.
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Cheer From the Stands in Las Vegas
Sports fans will have the time of their lives in Vegas. Cheer on the Raiders during an NFL showdown at Allegiant Stadium, see the best in NASCAR rev their engines at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Oct. 13-15 and watch big-time rodeo competitions during the PBR Team Series Championship at the T-Mobile Arena Oct. 20-22.
Show Your Pride in Las Vegas
Las Vegas saves its biggest LGBTQ celebration for October, when the weather has recovered from the brutal summer heat. Show your Las Vegas Pride with a colorful parade through Downtown the evening of October 6 and a festival 12-11 p.m. at Craig Ranch Regional Park on October 7.
Eat, Drink and Dance at an Outdoor Festival
October is a month for fun outdoor events in Las Vegas. The RiSE Festival is October 6-7 with food, drink, live music and a nighttime lantern release into the sky over the Mojave Desert near Jean. Reggae Rise Up brings together art, food and music by the likes of Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution and Sublime with Rome at the Las Vegas Events Center October 6-8. The Downtown Brew Festival is October 7 at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater with at least 200 beers to sample from more than 60 breweries.
See a Comic Perform in Las Vegas
Bring the laughs! "The King of Queens" star Kevin James comes to Vegas for three shows at the Mirage Oct. 9, 20-21. You can also check out Sebastian Maniscalco at the Wynn Oct. 6-7 and Jeff Dunham at Planet Hollywood's Bakkt Theater Oct. 22.
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Spend Time Outdoors in Las Vegas
October provides fantastic weather for visiting the Downtown Container Park, an outdoor attraction built from cargo shipping containers. Enjoy brunch on the rooftop deck of Downtown Terrace or grab a hot dog from Cheffini's.
If exploring the desert is more your speed, take a ride with Las Vegas ATV Tours. Enjoy the adrenaline of riding among sand dunes and navigating canyon trails without the overbearing heat from summer.
Recommended October Attractions
Stroll the Strip:
If your luck runs out at the tables or you need to burn off calories from the buffet, one of the best ways to enjoy Vegas for free is walking up and down the Strip. The mild weather is perfect in October. Be sure to use our interactive Las Vegas Strip Map
to find walk times, restaurants, bars and activities. Try starting at the Aria and explore the CityCenter complex, which also includes the Waldorf Astoria, Vdara and Shops at Crystals. From there, wander across Harmon Blvd. to see the exciting Cosmopolitan where you can try a pick-up game of pool on the third floor. Finally, get a good spot in front of the Bellagio and soak in a spectacular fountain show before heading inside to see the seasonal floral display at the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
Downtown Arts District: Fremont Street gets the most attention Downtown, but make sure to also visit the up-and-coming Arts District. Enjoy dinner at Esther's Kitchen, order Jamaican-themed cocktails in the courtyard of Jammyland or sip on wine at Garagiste. The neighborhood is also a hub for coffeehouses and breweries.
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