It’s fall in Vegas! So just what does that mean? The short answer is busy and unpredictable but let me elaborate on what you can expect if you’re visiting the Ninth Island in the fall. First, fall in Vegas is definitely different from other places, in terms of weather, as there are seasons within the season. October is all over the place. It’s typically beautiful, with average daily temps in the 80’s, and cooling off at night; however, this is the time of year where one day you’re chilling at the pool and the next you’re wearing a coat and avoiding the outdoors.
This sporadic change in temperature is why there’s really no set date for pool closures. The seasonal pools do close in October, but the actual date is based on the weather. Of course, they stay open as long as possible, but it all really depends on Mother Nature. If you’re looking to get in that last Vegas pool day, the earlier in October the better your chances, or find a year-round pool.
Fall is a great time to enjoy the outdoors here in Las Vegas. On the Strip, the Park outside of NYNY, along with the LINQ Promenade are great! Of course, Downtown’s Fremont Experience is always fun, but this is also a great time to cross Las Vegas Blvd to check out East Fremont Street and the Container Park.
And we can’t forget the Arts District with all of its breweries, bars and restaurants. The Arts District is full of outdoor patios along with the rooftop bar at Taverna Costera, which makes for a great walkable time to be outdoors. It’s also a great time to check out 1st Friday in the Arts District if you happen to be here at that time.
Fall provides the perfect weather to explore off-strip, and there are so many outdoor adventures that are not far from the strip.
Aside from the unpredictable weather, I mentioned it’s busy. And yes, Vegas always seems to be busy, but fall seems to be extra busy and that’s because there’s so much going on.
There’s Raiders’ games at Allegiant Stadium and Vegas Golden Knights games at T-Mobile Arena. There’s also all the popular music festivals and concerts, in addition to the regular Vegas shows.
There is certainly a lot happening here in Vegas this October. Here are just some of the exciting events happening throughout the month:
- Reggae Rise Up, Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (10/6-8)
- Las Vegas Pride (10/6-8)
- When We Were Young, Las Vegas Festival Grounds (10/21)
- PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series Championship, T-Mobile Arena, (10/22)
- Lady Gaga Jazz & Piano, Dolby (10/4)
- Kool & the Gang, Westgate (10/5-7)
- Kenny Loggins, The Palms (10/6)
- Foghat, Golden Nugget (10/6)
- Anita Baker, Dolby (10/6-7)
- JOJI, Michelob ULTRA Arena (10/7)
- Pink & Brandi Carlisle Allegiant Stadium (10/7)
- Katy Perry, Resorts World Las Vegas (10/4, 10/6, 10/11, 10/13-14, 10/31)
- Lionel Richie, Wynn (10/11, 10/13-14, 10/20-1)
- Barry Manilow, Westgate (10/12-14, 10/19-21)
- Usher, Dolby Theater (10/11, 10/13-14, 10/18, 10/20, 10/22, 10/25, 10/27-28)
- Jackson Browne, The Venetian (10/7, 10/11, 10/13)
- Alice in Chains, Plante Hollywood (10/10)
- Grand Funk Railroad, Golden Nugget (10/13)
- Shinedown, MGM Grand (10/13)
- Romeo Santos, T-Mobile Arena (10/13)
- Christian Nodal, Michelob ULTRA Arena (10/14)
- Christopher Cross, Palms (10/15)
- Earth, Wind & Fire, The Venetian (10/20-22, 10/25, 10/27-28)
- Wu-Tang Clan, Grand Garden Arena (10/21)
- Green Day Las Vegas Festival Grounds (10/22)
- Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Westgate (10/26-7)
- U2, Sphere (10/5, 10/7-8, 10/11, 10/13-14, 10/18, 10/20-21, 10/25, 10/27-28)
- SZA, T-Mobile Arena (10/28)
- Travis Scott, Grand Garden Arena (10/28)
- Lewis Black, The Mirage (10/7)
- Kevin James, The Mirage (10/19-21)
- Daniel Tosh, The Mirage (10/27)
- Allegiant Stadium: Raiders vs Packers (10/9), Raiders vs Patriots (10/15)
Now we cannot forget Halloween! Probably the most popular spot to celebrate Halloween in Vegas is the Fremont Street Experience.
The annual Rock of Horror Halloweekend is scheduled 10/28-31 and includes Halloween decorations, Halloween-themed Viva Vision light shows and of course entertainment across the three stages, including live music. There’s also a costume contest on 10/31.
Other downtown events include:
- Masquerade Legacy Club Circa,10/28
- Troy Lounge GN10/28, GN also having a Halloween costume contest as part of their slot tournament,
- Mob Museum speakeasy 10/29,
- The Downtown Container Park is holding a family-friendly spooktacular Halloween event on the 31st with trick-or-treating and a movie.
Downtown gets busy and busy means crowded. Typically, the closer to Halloween the busier it gets, and more people will be in costumes, but with Halloween on a Tuesday this year, I’m guessing that Saturday will be the busiest day and the day with the most costumes. Many people come in for the weekend and that’s when most of the parties are held. Of course, Halloween itself will bring in the costumes and crowds since that’s when they hold the actual costume contest.
The Strip is also busy, but not as busy as downtown. It’s hit and miss what day people dress up, and similar to downtown it will likely be the Friday and Saturday before Halloween. The most popular area on the Strip during Halloween is the LINQ Promenade, which will have some decorations and festivities 10/28-31. Here are the events/activities happening on the Strip this year:
- Rob Zombie & Alice Cooper Halloween Hootenanny at Bakkt,10/28
- Planet Hollywood also has Zombie Burlesque 10/27-8 & 10/30-1
- Sin City Halloween Ball Virgin Las Vegas 10/28
- Halloreef at the Shark Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
- The following clubs will be hosting costume parties: Omnia, Haakasan, Marquee, Tao, XS and Jewel.
- Town Scary trick or treating at Town Square 10/31
There are several other events throughout the Vegas Valley including:
- Sand Dollar’s Nightmare on Spring Mountain, where the entire bar is decorated & accompanied by Halloween themed cocktails
- Freakling Bros Horror Shows
- 31 Freak Street Tivoli Village,10/7-31
- HalloVEEN at the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village 10/6-8, 10/13-15, 10/20-31
- Cosmic pumpkin patch all month
- Haunted Harvest at Springs Preserve 10/22-3 & 10/29-30
- Asylum & Hotel Fear at Meadows Mall Sat/Sun throughout the month & 10/31
- Area 15 10/31
- Ghost walk at The District at GVR, 10/31
- Frankie’s Favorite Obsession (Rocky Horror Picture Show) Regency Tropicana Theaters,
For more information on Fall in Vegas and Halloween in Vegas, check out our YouTube videos, and tune into our YouTube channel, Ninth Island Connection, where we go live every Wednesday between 12pm and 1pm PST with the latest Vegas updates.
Whether you’re a Las Vegas Local, or just visiting the Ninth Island, be sure to get out and explore this beautiful state! For more information on each of these destinations, check out this video, or tune into Ninth Island Connection on YouTube or YurView (Channel 14) Wednesdays @ 9 PM