There’s always something going on in Las Vegas. The shows never stop, and the city welcomes dozens of festivals and events each year, from the EDC dance festival to the National Finals Rodeo. Check out how to find the perfect flight to Las Vegas and see which events you can catch while you are there!
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The best time to book flights to Las Vegas
The best time to book a flight to Las Vegas from London is 23 weeks in advance, when flight prices are around 6% cheaper than average. However, it is also possible to book flights 6 or 7 weeks in advance and still find flights with 3% cheaper than average price. The most expensive months to fly are July and August, while the cheapest months are **February and November.*** Check out our interactive best-time-to-book tool to find out when to book from your local airport.
All year round – Experience Cirque du Soleil®
Cirque du Soleil has been part of Las Vegas for more than 20 years, and runs seven shows all year long at seven different theatres. Performances include ‘The Beatles LOVE’ at Mirage Las Vegas, with music directed by Giles Martin, son of the legendary Beatles producer, Sir George Martin. Meanwhile, at Bellagio, ‘O™’ is a surreal extravaganza of acrobats, synchronized swimmers and divers that pays tribute to “the concept of infinity and the elegance of water” – expect ghostly floating ships, aquatic zebras and a sea of fire.
Spring – Park MGM Grand Opening
The Monte Carlo hotel has undergone a $550 million upgrade and will be reopening as Park MGM – a hotel complex with an urban park attached. The rooms aim for a whimsical touch, featuring a range of eclectic artwork such as photographs, mixed media pieces, postcards and found objects, and an entire floor of guestrooms offer rejuvenation through features like energizing lighting, dawn-simulator alarm clocks, air purification systems and contour-support memory-foam mattresses as part of the Stay Well Hotel Program.
April/May – Elton John plays Caesars Palace
Elton John’s residency at Caesars Palace will be coming to an end in May 2018, so time is running out to see the bespectacled superstar strut his stuff within The Colosseum’s golden interior. His show, The Million Dollar Piano, features a grand piano with 68 LCD screens displaying visuals that complement the music, and the set list is strewn with fan favourites like ‘Rocket Man’, ‘Benny and the Jets’, ‘Tiny Dancer’ and ‘Crocodile Rock’.
May – Visit EDC, one of the biggest electronic dance festivals in the world
EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) will attract more than 300,000 revellers to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for three days of intense electronic dance music on 18–20th May. The festival features eight stages, as well as a carnival square crammed with fairground rides, and there are all sorts of art installations and performers to be found around the festival grounds. Don’t be surprised to stumble across an enormous metal artwork spewing flames into the night. And if you’re worried about camping in the heat, you could always hire a hi-tech, pre-erected Shiftpod2 tent, which features not only air-conditioning but also a highly reflective surface to keep the sun at bay.
May – Enjoy fine wine and food at Vegas Uncork’d
The culinary and wine event Vegas Uncork’d runs from Thursday 10th May to Sunday 13th May, and in 2018 its celebrating its 12th year. Highlights include the Picnic at The Park, which takes place at the newly opened Park MGM and features live music, as well as access to well-known chefs such as Gordon Ramsay. Other showstoppers include Tacos, Tequila & Salsa with Susan Feniger, in which unlimited tacos are topped off by a dance lesson, and The Grand Tasting, the signature event of the festival, where 2,500 diners gather at Caesars Palace to sample dishes from 50 award-winning chefs.
July – Witness world-class poker
The 49th Annual World Series of Poker takes place over 75 events, with the winner taking away millions of dollars in prizes. The heats begin in May, but the main event takes place on 2–14th July, and it’s totally free to watch – but be prepared to queue for some of the bigger games. The tournament takes place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, and last year the total $68 million was up for the taking, with the eventual winner nabbing over $8 million.
August – The Burning Man Festival
Burning Man is one of the most socially interesting, artistically weird and downright thrilling festivals in the world. Between 26th August and 3rd September, a city will appear in the Black Rock Desert as tens of thousands of people flock to enjoy art installations, pop-up parties and games at a festival that shuns commercialism. Find out more about what you should do to prepare.
September – Watch cars go really, really fast at the Las Vegas Speedway
NASCAR dominates the Las Vegas Speedway for a weekend of burning rubber on 13–16th September. The 2018 South Point 400 Weekend will feature live music and entertainment, as well as the chance to see NASCAR series cars up close by purchasing a pit pass. The cars can reach speeds of over 200 miles per hour, and at the Speedway you can even hire a FanVision screen that lets you choose between eight different broadcast feeds of the action.
September – Life is Beautiful festival
Taking place between Friday 21st September and Sunday 23rd September, the Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival will take over 18 blocks of Downtown Las Vegas with huge art murals and megastar music performances. Last year’s headliners included Muse and Gorillaz, and previous installations have featured laser harps, solar-powered neon sculptures and pop-art pictures the size of entire buildings.
December – All the fun of the rodeo
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo comes to town on 6–15th December, with contestants proving their mettle in events such as bareback riding, steer roping, steer wrestling and bull riding. Known as the ‘Super Bowl of rodeo’, the National Finals have been held in Las Vegas since 1985 and last year they attracted more than 170,000 visitors. And if you feel like doing some Xmas shopping in between watching the action, the accompanying Cowboy Christmas exhibition at the Las Vegas Convention Center has you sorted.
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*Best time to book is based on two years’ worth of historic Skyscanner flight booking data from 01.01.2016 to 31.12.2017. Price data is based on return economy adult fares. Whilst we can’t predict the factors that may impact flight prices in 2018, we have looked at a wealth of data to enable us to identify clear patterns that we would expect to be replicated in future years. These results should be considered as a guide for travellers and whilst we have identified the average flight prices and best time to book, there will never be one date where it can guarantee that flight prices will be at their cheapest.