Las Vegas Travel Guide


It's pretty hard to upstage the dollar-driven party pumping that is Las Vegas in everyday wear, but some diehard enthusiasts have been known to try. It would be sacrilegious for Sin City to close down its own peculiar devotions for a religious holiday (though it does take time out for Christ's birthday) but the city does have a few annual events and festivals.

Locals wear the green for the St Patrick's Day Parade in March. It's chaps and chili during the Helldorado Days Rodeo & Western Festival in June and the National Finals Rodeo in December. October brings both the Jaycee State Fair and the Cashman Field PGA Invitational Golf Tournament.

third Mon in Jan - Martin Luther King Jr Day
1 Jan - New Year's Day
fourth Thu in Nov - Thanksgiving Day
last Mon in May - Memorial Day
4 Jul - Independence Day
third Mon in Feb - Presidents' Day
first Mon in Sep - Labor Day
second Mon in Oct - Columbus Day
25 Dec - Christmas Day
11 Nov - Veterans Day

When to Go

Deciding on when to go to Vegas is a gamble in itself. As a general rule November to February has always been the quietest and thus cheapest time in Vegas. However, a lot of shows take a break during this time and aside from this, events such as Thanksgiving, New Year and the Superbowl have seen surges of people taking their parties to Vegas. Add to this the plethora of conventions that are usually held in town and accomodation prices fluctuate at whim. The spring-fall shoulder months tend to be the busiest times, as mid-summer fries the bejesus out of the place and winter, while still relatively mild, can throw a chilly night its way.

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