Looking for the best Las Vegas Music Festivals? Well, look no further!
There’s no place quite like Sin City. Vegas, baby. As the late, great Hunter S. Thompson said, “. “A little bit of this town goes a very long way.”
World famous casinos, lights bright enough to blind you, flashy cars cruising the Strip, crazy nights out and beautiful people everywhere you look. It’s temptation at every turn. Las Vegas is also renowned for its huge range of concerts and residencies, and to add to the Nevada capital’s love of epic tunes, the list of music festivals in Las Vegas are only growing with each year that passes.
Are you ready for my list of the best Las Vegas music festivals? Brace yourself, it could lead you on your next adventure. While I do typically like to make Top 20 lists, I couldn’t resist the urge to make this to lucky number 21.
1) Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas
Where: Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas
Starting off the list is the world famous Electric Daisy Carnival, because there’s simply no better rave in the entire world. I’ve attend EDC three different times: the last time it was in Los Angeles (2011), the first year it was in Las Vegas (2012), and once again in Vegas in 2014. All I have to say is that is truly unlike any other musical experience in the world, and is truly a must for EDM fans around the world. The sheer size and magnitude of EDC will blow your mind, and Insomniac events goes above and beyond to make sure the “headliners” (the attendees) all have a life-changing experience.
They’ve taken EDC around the world with events in Europe, India, and Mexico…but none of those can really compare to the big show. Happening every year in May, this dusk til dawn is the place where your raving dreams come true!
Take my word for it – out of all these Las Vegas Music Festivals – this should be at the top of your list!!
“The Electric Daisy Carnival brings all the glitter and glam of Las Vegas to this three-day celebration of electronic music. Now a worldwide phenomenon, there’s no place like home for the flagship version of EDC, which shows off hundreds of performers set to the backdrop of a full-sized carnival.”
2) iHeart Radio Music Festival
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
“Since 2011, iHeartRadio Music Festival has taken place each year in Las Vegas, in September. It boasts a myriad of world class musical acts, and has quickly become a fixture on the festival scene. For the first several years, the festival was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. However, as of last year, the main festival stage was moved to the T-Mobile Arena. But that’s not the only place to see great music: the festival also features the iHeartRadio Daytime Village, a second venue which features additional up and coming acts. As an attendee at this amazing festival, you are treated to performance after performance, both indoors and outdoors, all weekend long. Prepare for music overload, in the best way possible! This is truly the experience of a lifetime for music lovers of all ages. As you’ll see in a moment as we divulge this year’s lineup, it’s really no surprise that this festival has established itself as one of the most well-known and well-regarded music experiences in such a short time.”
3) Life is Beautiful
Where: Downtown Las Vegas
“Life is Beautiful takes over Downtown Las Vegas for a three-day weekend each year, promising festival goers a host of surprises in four key areas: Art, Music, Food and Learning – truly providing something for everyone. The lineup mixes popular acts such as Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer, Brandon Flowers and Hozier with classic icons such as Duran Duran and Stevie Wonder. Street art, huge murals, installations and a multi-sensory Art Motel entice art-lovers, and a VIP area – complete with celebrity chef cooking demos, real grass to lounge on and free lemonade – helps you forget the desert heat.”
4) Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival
When: May (Memorial Day Weekend)
Where: Downtown Las Vegas
“Combining mankind’s three greatest creations (punk rock, bowling, and Las Vegas), this annual festival has grown popular enough to spin off editions across the country. But nothing compares to the flagship festival of Punk Rock Bowling in its downtown Las Vegas home over Memorial Day Weekend. 100 bands, 1000 bowlers, poker tournaments, movie screenings, and plenty of booze — sounds like the perfect weekend.”
5) Bender Jamboree
Where: The Plaza Hotel & Casino
“Located in the heart of revitalized Downtown Las Vegas, The Bender Jamboree will once again take over the Plaza Hotel & Casino. Guests will enjoy the best in progressive acoustic and Americana music, just steps away from their hotel rooms. In addition to multiple sets from all bands, guests can enjoy a newly renovated rooftop pool stage, impromptu pickin’ with other Jammers, activities, theme nights and the Fabulous Fremont Street Experience… all just an elevator ride away!”
6) Las Rageous
Where: Downtown Las Vegas
We moshed, we conquered, we raged.
“Sin City’s premiere rock and metal festival, Las Rageous brings the noise to downtown Las Vegas. Taking place at an intimate outdoor venue, this event only sells 10,000 tickets, which means you get to see your favorite metal acts up close and personal in one othe f world’s most entertaining cities.”
7) Psycho Las Vegas
Where: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
“Psycho Las Vegas is unmatched in its level of presentation and 2019 promises not only a bigger and better festival but the experience of a lifetime. The event will feature four stages, including the newly renovated Events Center, the iconic House Of Blues, the Mandalay Bay Beach, featuring a wave pool and lazy river, and an old-school Vegas-style Lounge in the middle of the casino floor.”
8) ACM Party for a Cause
“The Academy of Country Music each year hosts the ACM Party for a Cause. ACM Party for a Cause takes place in April across various Las Vegas venues and sees many famous faces hit the stage. All of the proceeds generated throughout the week goes toward ACM Lifting Lives, which provides music therapy and education programs while also serving those facing unexpected tragedies with the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund.”
9) Las Vegas Death Fest
Where: Backstage Bar & Billiards
“2 stages of non-stop brutality! Outdoor metal market and food! 21 and over. Featuring the most brutal bands from all over the world. This year will feature many bands’ first/only USA appearance along with very special guests and CD releases!!!”
10) Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend
Where: Orleans Hotel & Casino
“The Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender is the largest and most respected Rockabilly festival in the world that annually attracts 20,000 attendees to The Orleans Hotel and Casino in the exciting Las Vegas. It is four nonstop days of music, hot rods, burlesque, and partying. Rock n’ roll aficionados from Europe to Japan, and even South America mark their calendars each year for the event. This “can’t miss” festival features the best Rockabilly music from over 60 world-renowned bands and dozens of wild DJs, sure to keep you on your feet. The weekender also puts on North America’s biggest pre-1960’s era car show where you can find hundreds of hot rods and just as many vendors selling vintage and vintage reproduction must-haves.”
11) Neon Reverb
Where: Downtown Las Vegas
“Neon Reverb is back in March for another round of alternative, indie, folk, ska, country, rock and punk shows in downtown Las Vegas. The music festival has mushroomed for its second time around, now featuring around 100 local and national acts at a slew of venues including the Beauty Bar, The Bunkhouse, Thunderbird Lounge, The Freakin’ Frog, The Aruba Ballroom, Las Vegas Country Saloon and The Box Office. Headliners include freestyle gospel rockers Akron/Family, Seattle’s Say Hi, hip-hoppers Themselves and New York punks Japanther, who’ve been known to serenade synchronized swimming clubs.”
12) Vegas Beer and Music Festival
When: March & October (Halloween edition)
Where: Downtown Las Vegas
“The Vegas Beer & Music Festival is the perfect celebration of craft beer and live music in the heart of Las Vegas in Downtown. The event is a walk around event where guests have access to complimentary samples over 60 craft beers and dress up in costumes. Scary creatures will also be roaming the premises. 21+ only.
The Team at Rock Star Beer Festivals has been producing high energy craft beer and music festivals since 2011. The goal of their events is to create a party centered around craft beer. They bend the lines of typical beer festival and focus on the overall vibe of the event. The events are unique in design.
Currently, the events are in: San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, San Francisco, Long Beach, Riverside, Portland, Austin, and Scottsdale”
13) Exodus Festival
When: Summer (4 different weekends)
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“Step inside the world’s biggest clubs and pool parties while dancing to the best DJ’s. Leave the party planning to us and enjoy your epic weekend in Sin City.”
Exodus Festival continues to be the most cost-effective, convenient and hassle-free way to experience Las Vegas. Spend your money on enjoying your Vegas experience and leave the DJ and party selection up to us! With 10 years experience in curating your Las Vegas experience, all you need is 1 wristband to gain entry into 15 Las Vegas Premiere nightclubs and pool parties over 5 days, all via our special Exodus VIP line. This isn’t just any other weekend in Las Vegas, this is the Exodus Festival weekend. Everyone deserves to be treated like a Vegas VIP.
14) European Music Fest
Where: Downtown Summerlin
“EMF is more than a music festival, it is a community network of dreamers and goers. It is a unique celebration of the true European culture, music & food.
EMF transports all the festival-goers into a special European world of music, joy, arts and food. It will be a breathtaking experience. EMF brings together a legendary European music lineup inside one of Las Vegas’s most unique festival locations, The LAWN at Downtown Summerlin. Attendees will be enchanted by gigantic replicas of famous European landmarks such as the Eiffel Tour, Temple of Zeus, Pisa Tower, Dracula’s Castle and many others, which will teleport the festival-goers into beautiful Europe.”
15) 24 Hours of Country Music Festival
Where: North Las Vegas
“The 24 Hours of Country Music Festival the motto for the 2019 Concert Series is “We Won’t Give Into Fear, We Won’t Give Into Hate, We Will Stand Country Strong!” The 1st festival in the 2019 festival series in Las Vegas will be the first outdoor Country Music Festival since the events of October 1 2017. (At the time of writing this) and will feature special presentations and the introduction of the 24 Hours of Country Route 91 Children’s Scholarship fund where a Minimum of $5.00 per wristband sold will be added to the scholarship fund and the first scholarship presented! The Las Vegas Festival and the entire festival series will be a great boost to any sponsor involved!”
16) Emerge Impact + Music
“Three days of new music, new ideas, and a non-stop celebration of everything that makes you unique. Discover your newest passion, meet your next collaborator, and populate your next year’s playlist.
Emerge’s showcases combine music, art, and speaking to highlight the unique perspectives making a big impact in our world. Get up close with those who think and act.”
17) Vino Del Lago Jazz Festival
Where: Lake Las Vegas Event Center
“2019 will see the very first Vino Del Lago Jazz Festival hit Las Vegas. Join us for our inaugural event featuring artists including Steve Oliver (Guitarist) Brian Simpson, (Keyboardist), Jeff Kashiwa (Saxophonist), Darren Motamedy (Saxophonist), Vince Priester (Saxophonist), Dirk K (Guitarist), Habaka KFJ (Vocalist), Headliner: Ronnie Laws (Saxophonist).
18) Holi Festival of Colors Las Vegas
Where: Sunset Park
“Interactive Dance, Mantra Bands, DJ’s, Yoga, Colors, Cuisine, Free Hugs, Lotsa Love. Holi is celebrated in India as a spring festival. After the chill of winter, people come outdoors, bury the hatchet, and loosen uno by throwing multi colored powders on each other. The colors represent all the colors of spring, and the diversity among human and animal kind which makes life interesting and profitable.Our east meets west version of this exuberant festival includes yoga, mantra bands, DJ’s, Hip Hop, Bollywood Dance, vegan food, free hugs, and, of course colors. For the young at heart.”
19) Rise Lantern Festival
Where: Moapa River Indian Reservation
“Rise is more than your typical music festival. The annual Rise Lantern Festival returns to the Las Vegas Valley for the 4th year, drawing an anticipated crowd of 10,000 people. The goal of the event is experiencing “the collective elevation of peoples’ hopes, dreams, resolutions, goals, and desires” as thousands of event-goers simultaneously release paper hot-air propelled lanterns into the sky. Rise will feature a stage with artists that have included Timmy the Teeth, City of the Sun, Magic Giant, and Vancouver Sleep Clinic. The final lantern release will be done to top DJ music after a fireworks display. The festival will also have more than one dozen local food truck options as well as beer and wine.”
20) Underground Link Music Festival
When: August / September
Where: Las Vegas
“The Underground Link music festival is a 3-day music event which consists of hip hop and EDM.”
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21) Taste and Sounds of Soul Festival
Where: Downtown Las Vegas
“The 17th Annual Taste And Sounds Of Soul brings big flavors and live music to Downtown Las Vegas this weekend in celebration of Black History Month. While enjoying live music and helping yourself to all the good eats, there’s some good shopping too.”
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