Top Things To Do In Las Vegas In May

By Elle
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Heading to Las Vegas in May? You better buckle up because May is quite the time to be in Vegas!

With pool party season in full swing, Cinco de Mayo and Las Vegas’ biggest rave happening this month, it’ll be hard to ignore the high energy and summertime vibes pumping throughout the entire city of Las Vegas.

From dancing all night long at Electronic Daisy Carnival (EDC) to catching epic shows by the likes of Adele and David Blaine to enjoying the spectacular springtime display at the Bellagio Conservatory, we invite you to use this guide to discover all that the month of May brings to Las Vegas.

May Weather In Las Vegas

  • Average Temps in May: high of 90° F, low of 70° F
  • Average Rainfall: 0.1 inches
  • Humidity: 13%

Boy oh boy do things start heating up in May! Daily high temperatures range anywhere from 85°F to 94°F, rarely falling below 74°F or exceeding 104°F. We hope you’re incorporating indoor activities or at least some pool time in your itinerary — you’ll need a way to cool down from all the desert heat!

If you’re planning to do outdoor activities in May, be sure to keep an eye on the weather and pack accordingly (sunhats, cold water, sunscreen, electrolytes, etc.). Try to do outdoor activities early in the morning or after the sun sets.

Top 5 Things To Do In May

There are so many fun things to do in Las Vegas year-round, but here are our top recommendations for May:

Festivals In May

Special Concerts In May

  • May 1-3: Scorpions, Planet Hollywood
  • May 2: STRFKR, Brooklyn Bowl
  • May 2-5: Garth Brooks, Caesars Palace
  • May 2-11: Barry Manilow, Westgate
  • May 3: Pepe Aguilar, MGM Grand
  • May 3: Carlos Ballarta, Palms
  • May 3: Wind Rose, House of Blues
  • May 3: Cypress Hill, The Pharcyde, & Souls of Mischief, Brooklyn Bowl
  • May 3-11: Los Bukis, Park MGM
  • May 4: ZZ Top, Palms
  • May 4: The Veronicas, House of Blues
  • May 5: Blippi Live, The Orleans
  • May 5: Beeny the Butcher, Brooklyn Bowl
  • May 8: Erra, House of Blues
  • May 8-11: REO Speedwagon, The Venetian
  • May 8-11: David Blaine, Wynn
  • May 9: The Psychedelic Furs, House of Blues
  • May 10: Feid, Mandalay Bay
  • May 10: Santana, House of Blues
  • May 10: Interpol, Virgin Hotels
  • May 10-11: Justin Timberlake, T-Mobile Arena
  • May 10, 12: Toni Braxton & Cedric the Entertainer, The Cosmopolitan
  • May 10-26: Shania Twain, Planet Hollywood
  • May 11: The Rolling Stones, Allegiant Stadium
  • May 11: Alvvays, Brooklyn Bowl
  • May 11: Kountry Wayne, Palms
  • May 12: Kamelot, House of Blues
  • May 12: Bombay Bicycle Club, Brooklyn Bowl
  • May 16: Derek Hough, Palms
  • May 16, 18: Pearl Jam, MGM Grand
  • May 17: Melanie Martinez, Men I Trust, & Beach Bunny, MGM Grand
  • May 17-18: Elle King, Westgate
  • May 17-31: Adele, Caesars Palace
  • May 17-31: Maroon 5, Park MGM
  • May 18: Kane Brown, Tyler Hubbard, & Parmalee, T-Mobile Arena
  • May 18: Yuri, Virgin Hotels
  • May 19: Dr. Jordan Peterson, Park MGM
  • May 20: Local Natives, House of Blues
  • May 22-31: Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band, The Venetian
  • May 22-31: Carrie Underwood, Resorts World
  • May 24: Amon Amarth, Palms
  • May 24: Dayseeker, Brooklyn Bowl
  • May 24: Jeff Dunham, Planet Hollywood
  • May 24-25: Kool and The Gang, Westgate
  • May 24-31: Donny Osmond, Harrah’s
  • May 25: Sean Paul, House of Blues
  • May 25: Lord Huron, Virgin Hotels
  • May 26: Chaos & Carnage 2024: Cattle Decapitation & Carnifex, House of Blues
  • May 31: Air Supply, Westgate

Comedy Shows In May

  • May 2-4: Matt Rife, The Cosmopolitan
  • May 3-4: Mike Epps, The Venetian
  • May 5: Ralph Barbosa, The Venetian
  • May 17-18: David Spade, The Venetian
  • May 17-18: Ronny Chieng, The Mirage
  • May 18: Daniel Tosh, The Cosmopolitan
  • May 24-26: Gabriel Iglesias, The Cosmopolitan
  • May 25-26: Sebastian Maniscalco, Wynn

Conventions And Conferences In May

Party all night long at EDC

EDC Las Vegas
Courtesy of Insomniac Events

Ok we’ll admit this isn’t for everyone, but it’s one of the biggest reasons why EDM-loving travelers flock to Las Vegas in mid-May!

Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), one of the biggest electronic dance music festivals in the world, is held annually in mid-May in Las Vegas. With multiple over-the-top stages, top DJs from all over the globe, oodles of carnival rides, and immersive art installations, EDC transforms the Las Vegas Motor Speedway into a high-energy wonderland that you have to see to believe.

The KineticFIELD serves as the main stage, taking up about half of the Speedway and hosting the biggest names in EDM. This year, headliners taking this stage include Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, ILLENIUM, MK, Tiesto, Zedd, DJ Snake, Alesso, and Kaskade. There are also seven other stages we haven’t even mentioned!

So yes. This festival is BIG. If you love electronic music, it’s a must-do at least once in your life! You’re guaranteed to meet people from all over the world as it draws music lovers from all over the globe!

Vibe to R&B and rap hits at the Lovers and Friends Festival

The Lovers and Friends Festival returns to the Las Vegas Festival Grounds, promising to be bigger and better than ever this year.

This 1-day event has a sweet lineup of rap and R&B acts with headliners such as Janet Jackson, Usher, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani, Nelly, Lil Wayne and more.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo… Vegas-style!

People will find any reason to party in Vegas. So naturally, you already know there’ll be tons of Cinco de Mayo events here!

Here are some of the local Cinco de Mayo events happening all throughout town this year.

See the seasonal displays at the Bellagio Conservatory

Bellagio Conservatory Spring 2022
Courtesy of MGM Resorts International

One must-see attraction in May is the Spring display at the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. The Spring display has got to be my absolute favorite of all the themed displays throughout the year. It’s over-the-top, colorful, and pays homage to flowers, nature, and all things spring!

This year, you’ll find massive butterflies, hummingbirds, flowers, tea cups, and everything you can imagine from a garden tea party. While you’re here, visit the Bellagio Fountains and catch the free water show display.

Experience the show at The Sphere

The Sphere Las Vegas
Courtesy of KSAT

If you’ve driven on the highways of Las Vegas, chances are you’ve seen The Sphere. With the weather heating up so much this month, spending a few hours indoors with air-conditioning will be a dream.

The Sphere Experience is a two-part multi-sensory experience lasting approximately two hours. In all honesty, it’s two hours of immersive amazement.

Again, there are two parts to the experience. First, you’ll get to explore The Atrium. There’s a 360-degree avatar capture, a mesmerizing 50-foot holographic installation, and a few other cool tech features.

Then, brace yourself for an immersive cinematic experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen with Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Postcard from Earth.’ This specially commissioned film is a sci-fi portrait of our planet, leveraging Sphere’s cutting-edge technologies to transport you to new worlds without ever leaving your seat. 

Attend a pool party

Ayu Dayclub Resorts World
Ayu Dayclub | Courtesy of Resorts World

Perhaps the most exciting thing about spring (other than seeing the new display at the Bellagio Conservatory of course) is the fact that pool party season is back, baby!

If your idea of an awesome daytime activity includes lounging around the pool, dancing to live music played by top DJs, drinking summer cocktails, and gorging on delicious poolside chicken tenders, then you’ll probably want to plan to hit up a day club on your Vegas trip!

Pool party season at the day clubs runs from April to the end of October. Encore Beach Club at Encore Las Vegas, Daylight at Mandalay Bay, Ayu Dayclub at Resorts World, TAO Beach Club at The Venetian, and WET Republic at MGM Grand are some of the most sought-after pool parties across the Strip.

If you want to live it up Vegas-style, book a cabana for the ultimate dayclub experience (if you’ve got the budget for it).

What does a cabana rental get you?

When you rent out a cabana at a dayclub, you’ll typically get exclusive access to a private shaded area with comfortable seating, including plush sofas and lounge chairs. You’ll also get dedicated waitstaff or hosts who provide exceptional personalized service, including bottle service and assistance with food orders. At some dayclubs, you’ll also find a flat-screen TV (for those of you who want to party and watch the game at the same time) and even water misters to keep you and your squad cool as cucumbers in the desert heat.

Enjoy Durango’s swanky new pool and cocktail bar

Durango Bel Aire Backyard
Courtesy of Durango Casino

Bel-Aire Backyard, Durango Casino’s brand-spankin’-new backyard pool area, invites guests to indulge in the ultimate poolside oasis. With more than 65,000 square feet, the backyard will host live DJ sets from noon to sunset from Thursdays through Sundays as well as Friday sunset parties.

The 7,200-square-foot pool houses 13 cabanas, 46 daybeds, and nearly 60 chaise lounges — set just above the water. The whole venue is a vibe, instantly transporting you into hip, ritzy, and glam part of Los Angeles. It almost feels like a movie set!

If you get hungry, The Backyard Grill caters to the pool area with many creative menu items like miso sea bass lettuce cups, watermelon and cucumber salad, crab and avocado salad, and sushi dishes.

On Sundays, you’ll find their epic Poolside brunch with a high-energy party atmosphere, perfect for those of you celebrating birthdays or bachelorette parties!

Explore AREA15

Haleys Comet AREA15 Las Vegas
Courtesy of AREA15

When night falls, it’s time to get immersive at AREA15. AREA15 has got to be one of the coolest additions to Las Vegas, like ever!

This 200,000-square-foot immersive art collective is buzzing with all things creative and imaginative. Throw an ax or two, play games at an arcade bar, wander through a ‘supermarket’ that makes you question reality, take in high-tech / colorful art installations, or explore one of the many virtual reality experiences.

From retro to futuristic to totally trippy, there’s an experience for everyone at AREA15. Engage with the exhibits, dive into virtual reality experiences, or simply wander through and take in the eclectic environment. The AREA15 world is your oyster!

Learn more about the current exhibits here (many of them require separate tickets). If special events and concerts are what you’re after, check out their events calendar to see what’s happening during the dates of your trip to Vegas.

See a Las Vegas show

Awakening Wynn Las Vegas
Courtesy of Awakening

Being outside in Vegas is hard with the desert sun beaming down all day. And one can only gamble and pool so much during the day. May is the perfect time to stay indoors and catch some of the shows the city is famous for!

Las Vegas has a world-class theater scene. From burlesque to magic, Cirque de Soleil to comedy, there is a show for every type of person and every sort of budget. And the best part is, there’s a show happening every single night in Vegas.

A few shows that we think are perfect for May include:

Awakening – The Wynn’s brand-new spectacular production featuring fantastical creatures, dazzling visuals, compelling narrative, and a touch of lighthearted comedy.

Absinthe – Caesars Palace’s daring and provocative Las Vegas show that combines jaw-dropping acrobatics, risqué comedy, and awe-inspiring feats of strength and agility in an immersive circus-style setting.

“O” at Bellagio: Another mesmerizing Cirque du Soleil show, “O” combines water, acrobatics, and theatrical performances to create a unique and romantic experience.

You can explore Las Vegas’ top show offerings here.

Tips For Visiting Las Vegas In May

  • If you plan on attending EDC, hopefully you’re reading this early enough to BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS EARLY! Room rates tend to skyrocket for EDC week as hotels host special DJ performances all week long.
  • If you don’t plan on attending EDC or doing Cinco de Mayo things, try to plan your trip to avoid May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) weekend and EDC festival weekend.
  • May is hot, and chances are you’ll be walking outdoors at some point or sitting by the pool. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhats, and all that jazz.
  • If you plan on doing a lot of paid attractions, Go City can save you money on multiple attractions with their All-Inclusive Pass or Explorer Pass.
  • Be sure to pack a pair of comfortable travel shoes that can handle lots of mileage and keep your feet blister-free.
  • Traffic on the Las Vegas Strip is usually bad at all times of the year, so plan to leave earlier if you have reservations that require you to be somewhere at a specific time.
  • Getting around by rideshare and taxi are equally as popular in Vegas. A taxi can even be cheaper than Uber/Lyft during peak hours, while an Uber/Lyft is cheaper during off-peak hours.

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About The Author - Elle
About the author

My name is Elle and I'm a travel blogger based in California. I love helping people plan trips and create unique itineraries based on their interests and their budgets. I'm a huge fan of outdoor adventures and doing off-the-beaten-path things in Las Vegas (and around the world too)!