What to do in Vegas in May?
May is one of the busiest months of the year for pool parties, especially on Memorial Day Weekend. Celebrities and VIPs flock to the biggest dayclubs while top-name DJs provide the entertainment. But that’s not all, May is host to a large number of celebrations and reasons to visit Las Vegas, see our list below;
Las Vegas is ready to welcome summer and the most significant event in May is the Electric Daisy Carnival. The biggest electronic dance music festival in the country welcomes about 140,000 people each night over a three-day weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Past headliners have included the Chainsmokers, Zedd, Tiesto, Calvin Harris and other top DJs. But as always, event promoter Insomniac insists the real “headliners” are the fans who show up year after year.
EDC was formerly held in June, but event organizers bumped it up a month last year to cut down on high winds and hot temperatures. While the music and atmosphere are the same, the weather is now better than ever. If you’ve ever thought about attending the festival, you may want to give it a shot in 2019.
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Memorial Day traditionally marks the start of summer and easily marks one of the biggest weekends in Las Vegas. Book your hotel early. Memorial Day Weekend runs May 24-27 this year and as always, the crowds will be huge. Expect long lines to restaurants, nightclubs and pool parties. Fortunately, you can stay up to date with club schedules & table prices.
If you want to avoid the chaos of the Strip, you may prefer the beaches, boating and jet skis of Lake Mead and Lake Las Vegas, each just minutes outside the metropolitan area. Lake Havasu in Arizona and Lake Powell, which borders Arizona and Utah, are both worth a road trip as well.
CINCO DE MAYO
It’s not quite as busy as Memorial Day Weekend, but Cinco de Mayo definitely packs in the crowds on the Strip. Think of it as the perfect pregame party for summer. Bars and restaurants offer deals and discounts on Mexican food and Margaritas. Traditionally, Vegas likes to host a big-name boxing fight during Cinco de Mayo Weekend too.
It’s safe to say Vegas Uncork’d is the biggest culinary event of the year in Las Vegas. The event typically lasts four days with names like Gordon Ramsay, Guy Savoy and Giada de Laurentiis leading a series of tastings, dinners, brunches and anything else you can imagine at their namesake restaurants. Everything culminates at the Grand Tasting at the Garden of the Gods pool at Caesars Palace.
CHRISTINA AGUILERA: THE XPERIENCE
Another pop diva is coming to Las Vegas. Christina Aguilera will debut a new residency called “The Xperience” at the Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood on May 31. Additional dates are scheduled through June, September and October. The singer of hits like “Beautiful” and “Genie in a Bottle” has kept a relatively low profile in recent years. Her 2018 tour was the singer’s first in more than a decade and included a stop at the Colosseum at Caesars, which no doubt was something a test-run for a residency. (Both venues are under the Caesars Entertainment umbrella.) The shows will help fill the void of Britney Spears’ cancelled residency at rival Park Theater, which was scheduled to run throughout the year.
VIP Table & Bottle Service at a Pool Party
Celebrities and VIPs flock to the biggest dayclubs while top-name DJs provide the entertainment. The best way to enjoy these wild events is with a cabana or daybed, which typically require at least a $1,000 commitment toward food and drinks. Request a cabana or daybed through Upbeat Vegas to learn about comps and special deals.