Opportunities to get away this season may be dwindling, but luckily, there’s plenty to entertain you this fall in fabulous Las Vegas.
While pool parties, grand openings and summer concerts have been raging on the Strip throughout the summer, the fun is slated to continue into the fall months. So though the temperature may start to dip (if only slightly), Las Vegas will turn up the heat with spectacular concerts, festivals and attractions this fall.
We put together a list of the 9 hottest attractions hitting fabulous Las Vegas next season. Check out all of the options, book your trip and say goodbye to summertime sadness.
Start your celebration of PRIDE at the PRIDE Party Poolside at Luxor Las Vegas. Hang at the official PRIDE kickoff party with host J.Son and DJ Casey Alva who’ll keep the music fresh while you take a dip and take in the crowd.
Head downtown for Las Vegas’ annual PRIDE Night Parade on September 18. While you might be used to a day time PRIDE, Vegas is all about the nightlife so this parade fits the city perfectly. Show up early to get a good spot along the parade route and take in the pre-show. Then check out the parade itself and stay until the end to cheer for your favorite entrants as trophies are doled out for best walking units, vehicle units, and floats. Head over to the after-party to keep the fun going.
Held each year at the Clark County Amphitheater’s beautiful outdoor main stage, Las Vegas PRIDE Festival (happening during the day on September 19) offers an expansive food court, convenient drink stations with hot bartenders from local LGBT bars and more than 100 exhibitors on site. Be sure to hit up the after party at SHARE Nightclub for nighttime fun.
Happening in the lead up to PRIDE, Gay Days Las Vegas 2015 kicks off September 8th and lasts until the 14th. Now in its 4th year, Gay Days includes a travel-retail expo, pool parties, and other events all around town. In case that isn’t alluring enough, a portion of the proceeds from Gay Days benefits local non-profit organizations.
Known as the official women’s event of Las Vegas PRIDE, Shedonism (September 17 – 21) has plenty to offer ladies celebrating PRIDE. The party gets started with Shedonism’s Lust event on September 17th. On the 18th, hit up “Sin”, the official girls after-party after the city’s nighttime PRIDE parade. Kick off your heels at “Envy”, Shedonism’s all girl dance party on the 19th. Then journey to Eden on the 20th for a girls’ daytime pool party. Finally, seek “Salvation” and say farewell to Shedonism’s sinful fun at their closing night party.
El Grito – September 12 – 16
El Grito de Dolores (“the cry of Dolores”) celebrates Mexico’s Independence Day. While you may think that honor belongs to Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May actually commemorates the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The most important national holiday in Mexico, El Grito is celebrated annually on September 16 and stretches into a weekend’s worth of festivities. Each year, thousands of travelers visit Las Vegas from Mexico to celebrate El Grito and with good reason. The city plays host to some of the biggest names in music each year.
Ricky Martin’s One World Tour stops by The AXIS at Planet Hollywood on September 15, catching the tail end of the El Grito celebrations. Performing songs off of his brand new album A Quien Quiera Escucher (To Whomever Wants to Listen), Martin’s most personal and intimate album released to date. A Quien Quiera Escucher includes the song “Disparo al Corazón” (“Shot to the Heart”), the video for which has the Latin stud celebrating marriage equality and paying tribute to love in all its various forms.
With numerous Grammy awards, American Music Awards, and Billboard Latin Music Awards under his belt, Latin music star Marc Anthony is undoubtedly one of the most influential artists of his time. He has collaborated with the likes of Pitbull among many others and has sold over 30 million albums. Anthony will be in Las Vegas as part of his national UNIDO2 tour that sees him join forces with another one of Latin music’s most prominent artists, Carlos Vives, to create one unforgettable night on September 14 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Enrique Iglesias will be making a special two night appearance on September 13 and 14 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace to celebrate El Grito. Iglesias’ Las Vegas stop comes as part of his “Sex and Love” tour. The sexy Latin hunk (whose been known to encourage his gay male fans) will be performing songs off his latest album along with classic hits like “Hero”, “Escape”, and “I Like It.”
Hitting Las Vegas from September 25th to 27th, the Life is Beautiful Festival brings food, music, art and iconic public speakers together to create a festival experience unlike any other. Now in its third year, 70 chart-topping acts such as Imagine Dragons, Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar, Duran Duran, Hozier, Weezer, Death Cab for Cutie and Brandon Flowers of The Killers are set to perform in the heart of Las Vegas’ newly revived Downton district. Check out art installations, take in a lecture or visit the culinary villages and savor mouth-watering fare.
Country Music lovers won’t want to miss The Route 91 Harvest Festival taking place at The MGM Resorts Village from October 2nd to the 4th. Major acts hitting the festival’s two main stages include Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban along with Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen, A Thousand Horses, Frankie Ballard, Mark Chesnutt, Easton Corbin, Clare Dunn among others.
Pop music icon Janet Jackson recently brought us her first new single in over 7 years, “No Sleep,” and now Ms. Jackson is headed to Planet Hollywood for a two night engagement starting October 9 as part of her “Janet Jackson: Unbreakable World Tour.” Janet is getting audiences primed and ready for her new album coming out this fall, thought to be titled Conversations In a Cafe.
One of the biggest new festivals on the music scene is undoubtedly the iHeart Radio Music Festival. This two-night extravaganza at MGM Grand Garden, Sept. 18-19, includes performances by Kanye West, Coldplay, Janet Jackson, Blake Shelton, Lil Wayne and more. In addition to the arena shows, the festival’s daytime Village event on Sept. 19 features Hozier, Demi Lovato, Tove Lo, Trey Songz, Nick Jonas, Big Sean, Lee Brice and more.
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