Martin Luther King Jr. Week in Las Vegas brings a variety of special events celebrating Dr. King, including the 30+ year Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade held in Downtown Vegas. The Consumer Electronics Show, a major convention showcasing the state-of-the-art in modern electronics also takes place each January in Vegas.
The High Rollers Weekend, the largest scooter rally in the United States, is held each year in late February and/or early March. The weekend-long gathering, featuring a variety of happenings throughout the city, is held not only in celebration of scooters, but of music (mod rock in particular) and the overall culture and aesthetic of scooter enthusiasts. Lovers of Asian food and culture should also be sure to check out the Chinese New Year celebration and Asian Food Festival held each year in February.
Lovers of monster trucks descend upon Vegas each March for the Monster Jam World Finals, which is considered the most important monster truck event in the country. March in Vegas also means it’s time for the annual Extreme Thing Festival, a celebration of all things extreme from sports to music and beyond.
The Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender, occurring in late March or early April each year, is considered the largest rockabilly party in the world, drawing visitors from across the globe who come to celebrate rockabilly and ’50s music, vintage fashion and style, burlesque, and classic cars. April in Vegas also brings the the 30+ year UNLVino wine tasting event, as well as the Pure Aloha Festival, an annual Hawaiian/Polynesian food and culture celebration.
Las Vegas foodies delight each May when the Las Vegas Epicurean Affair rolls around and the city’s top restaurants and nightclubs come together in one location to serve up the best they have to offer in food and drink. As Las Vegas is home to a sizable Mexican community, Cinco de Mayo is always an exciting affair in Sin City as well, with a wide variety of events held throughout town.
Each June/July, the World Series of Poker, the most important annual poker event in the world comes to Las Vegas. June also Brings the African-American cultural Juneteenth Festival, as well as the Electric Daisy Carnival, a major yearly electronic music gathering, and the Las Vegas Brews and Blues beer and music festival held at Springs Amphitheater.
July in Vegas means it’s time for the Las Vegas Salsa Congress, a yearly salsa dance gathering held over four days in early July. There are also a variety of exciting Fourth of July festivities held throughout the city each year.
Each year in August, computer hackers and those looking to learn their secrets come to Vegas for one of the largest hacking conventions in the world, known as DEF CON.
The Las Vegas Greek Festival, a long-standing Vegas institution celebrating Greek food and culture happens in late September every year, as does the Las Vegas Bikefest (sometimes occurring in early October), a motorcycle extravaganza which draws well over 20,000 bike enthusiasts from across the globe each year. The Super Run Car Show in Downtown Henderson is another September event that is worth checking out, as is The Las Vegas Black and White Party, a 20+ year Vegas celebration held in support of local charitable organization Aid for AIDS of Nevada. For lovers of Italian cuisine, the San Gennaro Feast, occurring in Las Vegas’ Little Italy each year in both September and May is a can’t miss.
October brings the world-famous Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball to Vegas, which is known as one of the sexiest, most debaucherous Halloween events in the world. The Age of Chivalry Renaissance Fair is another October staple in Vegas, and rodeo enthusiasts flock to Sin City each October for the annual Pro Bull Riders World Finals, one of the top bull riding events in the country.
The Vegas Valley Book Festival, an early November event held in Las Vegas for over 10 years, is the largest literary festival in the Las Vegas Valley and is sure to delight lovers of the written word. November is also an exciting month for automotive enthusiasts in Las Vegas, as the prestigious Motor Trend International Auto Show hits Sin City each November.
The National Finals Rodeo, held in Vegas over 10 days in December, is one of the biggest rodeo events in the world and one which lovers of rodeo look forward to each year. The Las Vegas Marathon and its surrounding festivities are held each December in Sin City as well. Vegas is also a popular New Year’s Eve destination as it is known for its decadent New Year’s Eve celebrations both on the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown.