Top Things To Do In Las Vegas This September

By Elle
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September in Las Vegas is quite eventful! There’s the iconic iHeartRadio Music Festival, the Life Is Beautiful Music Festival, Latin Music Week (to celebrate El Grito / Mexican Independence Day), NFL watch parties, and so much more.

Be sure to check out the many, MANY concerts/shows taking place in September — the venues will be jam-packed with events all month long!

And if you’re looking to rub elbows with locals, the weekend event we’re looking forward to the most is the Las Vegas Greek Food Festival!

Use this guide to plan the perfect Las Vegas itinerary if you plan on visiting in September.

September Weather In Las Vegas

  • Average Temps in September: high of 89° F, low of 65° F
  • Average Rainfall: 0.3 inches

While September brings hot weather, it’s nowhere as hot as it is in the summer months.

Daily highs average 89°F, rarely falling below 79°F or exceeding 105°F. Nights bring cooler temps too!

If you’re planning to do outdoor activities in September, be sure to keep an eye on the weather and pack accordingly (sunhats, cold water, sunscreen, electrolytes, etc.). You’ll want to do outdoor activities early in the morning (ideally before 9am) or after the sun sets.

Top 5 Things To Do In September

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

Special Concerts + Performances In September

Comedy Shows In September

Sporting Events In September

  • 09/1 – Vegas Kickoff Classic: USC Trojans Vs. LSU Tigers
  • 09/3 – Las Vegas Aces Home Games, T-Mobile Arena
  • 09/22,29 – Las Vegas Raiders Home Games

Conventions + Special Events In September

  • Aug 31 – Sept 7: AADOM Annual Conference 2024
  • Sept 4 – 6: California Mortgage Bankers Association – Annual Western States CREF Conference
  • Sept 4 – 7: Emergency Nursing 2024
  • Sept 5 – 15: Gay Softball World Series – 2024
  • Sept 9 – 12: Oracle CloudWorld 2024
  • 10 – 12: Nevada Primary Care Association – 2024 Conference
  • 10 – 12: Printing United Alliance – PUE (Printing United Exposition) 2024
  • 11 – 13: Emergency Medical Services – EMS World Expo 2024
  • 11 – 13: Trace3 Evolve Fall 2024
  • 15 – 19: Fal.Con 2024
  • 16 – 19: Workday Rising 2024
  • 17 – 19: Clarity Connect Conference 2024
  • 18 – 21: International Vision Expo West 2024
  • 22 – 24: 2024 Annual PLC+ Conference
  • 22 – 26: IAPMO 95th Annual Education and Business Conference
  • 22 – 25: TRAVCON 2024
  • 24 – 27: HR Technology® Conference 2024
  • 24 – 26: National Mining Association MINEXPO 2024
  • 26 – 27: CME Science (CMES) Advanced Breast Imaging: Current Diagnosis and Work Up of Problematic Breast Cases
  • Sept 29 – Oct 2: IHFA Convention & Tradeshow 2024
  • Sept 29 – Oct 1: Western States Roofing Contractors Association Annual Western Roofing Expo

iHeartRadio Music Festival

iHeartRadio Music Festival
Courtesy of iHeartRadio

Now in its fourteenth year, the annual iHeartRadio Music Festival is a two-day event in Las Vegas that showcases today’s biggest names across all music genres.

Held at the T-Mobile Arena, the festival delivers two nights of non-stop hits, world premieres, and unique collaborations. Recent headliners include Billie Eilish, Post Malone, Harry Styles, and Doja Cat, making it the ultimate stage for iconic and emerging artists alike.

Last year specifically featured performances from a star-studded lineup including Foo Fighters, Fall Out Boy, Kane Brown, Lil Wayne, Lenny Kravitz, Miguel, Public Enemy, Sheryl Crow, Tim McGraw, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Travis Scott and more.

From rock legends to pop superstars, the iHeartRadio Music Festival continues to be the premier multi-genre music event.

Festival Dates: Sept 20-21, 2025

Las Vegas Greek Food Festival

If a weekend full of delicious Greek food sounds like a good time to you, then the Las Vegas Greek Food Festival needs to be on your September Vegas itinerary. Touted as the largest food festival in Nevada, the Las Vegas Greek Food Festival takes place from September 27-29, 2024, at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church.

You can indulge in all kinds of authentic Greek cuisine, enjoy cultural music, and participate in traditional dances like the sirtaki. The event features an agora marketplace with unique imported jewelry and hand-crafted decor, as well as rides and games suitable for all ages.

Attendees can also take guided tours of the church to learn about Greek Orthodox traditions. This locals-favorite festival promises a lively, cultural experience filled with delicious food, entertainment, and family-friendly activities!

NFL Season watch parties

MGM Grand Sports Bar
TAP Sports Bar – MGM Grand

NFL season is a great time to be in Las Vegas! With countless sportsbooks, like the massive one at Circa Resort & Casino and buzzing sports bars such as the one at Durango Casino & Resort, a circular bar that provides sports fans with the utmost immersive viewing experience!

You can even try to catch a game of the Las Vegas Raiders as they play their first games of the regular season at Allegiant Stadium.

Many sportsbooks and bars offer special happy hours, watch parties, and promotions to celebrate the NFL season. Here are a few spots to check out:

Mexican Independence Day / El Grito Celebrations

Mexican Independence Day, celebrated on Sept. 16, is always a highlight of September in the Entertainment Capital of the World.

In Spanish, it’s referred to as ‘El Grito de Delores’ or simply ‘El Grito’. With such a diverse population of locals and visitors that visit Las Vegas, the city loves getting into the celebratory spirit!

Music lovers can look forward to entertainment by top Latin artists, including Grupo Firme at T-Mobile Arena on September 7, Moenia at House of Blues on September 8, Luis Miguel at Caesars Palace from September 12-15, and Los Bukis at Park MGM from September 13-21.

Other notable acts include Peso Pluma at T-Mobile Arena and Banda MS at Mandalay Bay on September 13, Gloria Trevi at Planet Hollywood on September 13, and Fuerza Regida at T-Mobile Arena on September 15.

For a more traditional El Grito celebration, head to The Venetian Resort, where you’ll find a mariachi band and folkloric dancers at St. Mark’s Square at The Grand Canal Shoppes during the celebratory weekend!

The celebration also kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month, which honors the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the Hispanic American community through Sunday, Oct. 15.

See the seasonal displays at the Bellagio Conservatory

Bellagio Conservatory Summer 2024
Summer 2024 | Courtesy of Bellagio – MGM Resorts

If you’re headed to Vegas during September, then you’ll be able to catch the start of the Harvest display at the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. The 2024 Harvest Display runs from 8/31/2024 – 11/9/2024.

Attend a pool party

Ayu Dayclub Resorts World
Ayu Dayclub | Courtesy of Resorts World

Perhaps the most exciting thing about the warmer months (April to October) is pool party season.

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 (and rather expensive) 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.

XS Night Swim

XS Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas

If you’re a first-timer in Las Vegas, you absolutely have to experience XS Night Swim at the Wynn. Imagine the best elements of a high-energy nightclub combined with the luxury of an upscale pool party, all under the stars. XS Night Swim flips the script on a typical night out by bringing the party outside, right to the pool!

Instead of being packed inside a crowded dance floor (sweating your butt off in a suit and tie or in a cocktail dress), you get to dance poolside or even take a dip in the water, all while enjoying world-class DJ sets and light shows.

There is a different dress code for these Night Swim events — feel free to wear pool attire or nightlife attire. Everyone is encouraged to jump in the water! Ladies, you can even skip the heels if you want!

The atmosphere is nothing short of electric. It’s a unique blend of music, luxury, and fun that you won’t find anywhere else. Plus, you get to cool off in the pool, which is a refreshing twist, especially during those hot Vegas nights.

You can find the latest schedule of events here. The Night Swim events at XS Nightclub are labeled as Night Swim, and the series will run from April 28th to September 29th this year.

Experience a high-tech 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. 

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. The summer months are 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.

We recommend these premium shows for your visit this month:

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.

Take a day trip from Las Vegas

Red Rocks - GoVegas Guide
Red Rocks: Papu and I hiking the Calico Basin area.

With the weather cooling down a bit, spending time outdoors is more bearable compared to the brutal heat that comes with the summer months. If you’ve got a full day to spare, we’d highly recommend getting out of the city to experience some of the really cool outdoor destinations in the region.

Red Rock Canyon: A short 30-minute drive west of the city, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area boasts striking red rock formations and a scenic loop drive. Enjoy hiking, rock climbing, and epic views of the Mojave Desert. The Calico Tanks Trail is a favorite of ours.

Kayaking on the Colorado River: For a refreshing adventure, head to the Colorado River. Rent a kayak and paddle through the Black Canyon, exploring hidden coves, hot springs, and dramatic canyon walls. Guided tours are available for those looking to learn more about the area’s natural history and wildlife.

Valley of Fire State Park: Just an hour’s drive from Las Vegas, Valley of Fire State Park is a must-visit. It’s our favorite park in Nevada! Known for its beautiful red sandstone formations and ancient petroglyphs, this park offers hiking, scenic drives, and picnic spots.

Zion National Park: A bit further afield (but well worth the trip), Zion National Park in Utah is about a 2.5-hour drive from Las Vegas. World-famous for its towering cliffs, narrow slot canyons, and lush hanging gardens, Zion offers a variety of epic hiking trails. While Angels Landing and The Narrows are the most famous, our favorite hike is the one up to Observation Point.

Tips For Visiting Las Vegas In September

  • September in Vegas is still pretty swelteringly hot outdoors. It’s not humid hot, but it is dry heat. Luckily, most places pump the AC all summer long. To stay cool, staying inside is your best bet. You might need to carry a light jacket with you when indoors!
  • If you’re going to walk The Strip, plan to take breaks every 10-15 minutes to prevent overheating. Luckily, most of the casino hotels are connected to each other so you can walk from hotel to hotel without having to spend too much time under the blazing sun!
  • Labor Day Weekend is the first week of September. This usually signals the biggest rush of visitors since Memorial Day Weekend. Expect restaurants, casinos, and swimming pools to be packed over the holiday weekend.
  • 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)!