This post covers some of the best things to do in Las Vegas during May, including free, nighttime and family-friendly events and activities, updated for 2023.
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- Tourist Attraction Discount Passes
- Hop on Hop off Bus Tours
- Things to Do in Vegas (any time of the year)
- How's the Weather in May?
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BEST LAS VEGAS SHOWS OF MAY
There are a lot of performers and shows with residence in Las Vegas, which means they're almost always playing throughout the month.
However, some shows and events are only available for a limited time, making them much more desirable to attend. Here is our list of the best Las Vegas shows to see in May 2023:
- Criss Angel | May 3rd - 7th, 10th-14th, 24th - 28th
- David Copperfield | May 1st - 14th, 22nd - 30th
- Michael Buble | May 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th
- Papa Roach | May 13th
- Donny Osmond | May 16th, 17th
- Jim Gaffigan | May 19th, 20th
- The Australian Bee Gees | May 22nd, 24th
- Ha*Ash | May 25th
- Purple Reign | May 26th, 27th
- AEW Double or Nothing | May 29th
In addition to these concerts and performances, you may also want to consider one of the activities listed in our top 10 list below.
TOP EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN LAS VEGAS THIS MAY
The following list includes several attractions, events, and activities for audiences of all ages.
Many of them are included at no extra cost with at least one Las Vegas tourist pass.
1) Go to a Concert
This May you can catch a show by many of the most popular performers in the world!
Stubhub has a calendar of who is playing in Las Vegas this May. Below we list some of the highlights.
- Donny Osmond | May 2nd-6th, 9th-13th, 16th-20th, 23rd-27th
- Michael Buble | May 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th
- Pixies | May 12th, 13th
- Death Grips | May 13th
- Barry Manilow | May 18th-20th, 25th-27th
- Creed Fisher | May 19th
- Rod Stewart | May 3rd, 5th, 6th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 15th
- Santana | May 17th-28th
In addition to these concerts, you might also want to consider attending one of the following music festivals as well:
Check out Stubhub for a list of other concerts in Las Vegas.
2) Go to an AEW Event
Note: This year's dates are yet to be confirmed.
If you're a wrestling fan, there will be plenty of opportunities to see some of the biggest names in the industry performing in Las Vegas.
As a matter of fact, there will be a total of 3 different live shows to attend this month!
- AEW Dynamite | yet to be announced
- AEW Rampage | yet to be announced
- AEW Double or Nothing | yet to be announced
Over the past few years, this company has quickly become known for their excellent matches and amazing talent. They have brought on major performers such as Chris Jericho, Bryan Danielson, CM Punk, Mark Henry, Matt Hardy, and many others.
If you want to see any of these wrestlers perform, these shows are an excellent chance you won't want to miss.
3. Attend a Sporting Event
Although most sporting events were either cancelled or not allowing audiences to attend in the past few years, there will be plenty of opportunities to catch a game of baseball, basketball, soccer and more in Las Vegas this May.
- Las Vegas Aviators | MiLB
- UNLV Rebels | NCAA
- Las Vegas Aces | WNBA
If the Las Vegas Golden Knights do well enough, there could be some playoff matches to attend this month as well!
Stubhub lists many of the sports events you can see in Las Vegas this month.
4) See Stand-up Comedy
Some of the best stand-up comedians will be performing in Las Vegas this month. StubHub has a list of comedy shows this month.
Here are the more notable performers currently scheduled for May 2023:
- Mac King - May 2nd, 3rd
- Carrot Top - May 3rd, 4th
- Jimmy Kimmel's Comedy Club - May 4th
- Eddie Griffin | May 3rd
- Tape Face - May 4th-7th
- Steve Byrne - May 11th
- Laugh Factory - May 8th - 13th
- Jim Gaffigan | May 19th, 20th
- Blue Man Group | May 24th, 27th, 28th
- Steve Byrne | May 25th
- Jon Lovitz | May 25th-27th
- Sebastian Maniscalco | May 27th, 28th
You might also have an opportunity to see live comedy at the Laugh Factory and the Comedy Cellar. See Stubhub's calendar of comedy shows.
Before buying tickets, keep in mind that some comedy shows are often free for holders of certain Las Vegas tourist passes.
5) Take a Night Bus Tour
The weather on May nights is ideal for sitting atop a double-decker bus to see Las Vegas at its best and brightest.
The Big Bus Night Tour covers the city's landmarks and as a bonus comes with a free walking tour down Fremont Promenade.
There are other types of bus tours available, like tourist hop-on hop-off bus tours, or themed tours like a Mob Bus Tour and Pawn Stars Bus Tour.
Take a look at our Las Vegas bus tour comparison to read about these bus tours and many others.
6) Save Money With a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass
For those who plan to visit several popular attractions, see live shows, take a tour or two, and enjoy other activities, a Las Vegas tourist discount pass can potentially save you 50% or more off ticket prices.
There are a few types of tourist passes catering to different needs. Some passes will benefit those who plan on seeing 4-5 attractions or activities each day.
Other passes are better suited to those who want to save money on just 2-3 attractions.
Here are a few of the best attractions and tours included with these tourist passes:
- Hop on Hop off Bus Tour |
- Grand Canyon Day Trip |
- Las Vegas Helicopter Tour |
- Legends in Concert |
- Hoover Dam Tour |
- SkyJump at the STRAT |
- Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. |
- Madame Tussauds |
- And more!
Regardless of which pass you choose, you can save around 20% - 50% off general admission prices for many of Las Vegas's most popular activities.
Read our detailed post about Las Vegas tourist passes to see if a pass is right for you.
7) Spend a Night at the Theater
It's not every day that an Off-Broadway musical makes its way to Las Vegas, and that's exactly what will happen at the end of this month.
The hit show Six The Musical will be produced at the Palazzo Theatre from May 2nd - 7th, 2023. This is an excellent opportunity to see one of the most popular musicals of the last few years live and in person.
As usual, you'll also have the chance to see several Cirque du Soleil shows this month, including the following hit shows:
For even more ideas, check this list of theatrical shows in Las Vegas to see what else is happening this May.
8) Go see a Magic Show
In addition to all the theatrical shows taking place this month, most of the resident Las Vegas magicians will also be performing in May. If you're interested in seeing something unexpected or beyond belief, consider going to one of these shows!
- Criss Angel | May 1st - 15th, 25th - 29th
- David Copperfield | May 1st - 16th, 24th - 31st
- Murray the Magician | May 1st - 29th
- Shin Lim | May 5th - 30th
Check this list of magic shows in Las Vegas to see who else will be performing tricks this month.
9) Take a Food Tour of Las Vegas
The Las Vegas food scene is excellent and you can try foods of just about every cuisine imaginable.
While some of the best dining experiences are obvious, you can taste hidden treasures on a Secret Food Tour!
While some foods sampled are lesser-known (think Japanese chocolates!), you'll also try treats from famed chefs Wolfgang Puck, Gordon Ramsay, and the Cake Boss.
A glass of red, white or sparkling wine is included in the tour price. You can upgrade to a special drinks package and try drinks with names like "Avon Came Upon Sin" and "Out On The Tiles"!
Purchase tickets for the Las Vegas Secret Food Tour or learn more.
10) Leave Las Vegas and See a Natural Wonder
Las Vegas is situated near some of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world.
In a day or less, you can visit Bryce Canyon, one of the best-kept secrets of America's national parks.
There are also day trips to Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam.
Day trips like these - and others - are included in some of the money-saving Las Vegas tourist passes. Read more about these passes just below.
11) Go to the Electric Daisy Carnival
Every May, the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC for short) comes to town. In 2023, this three-day electronic music dance festival takes place on May 18th at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The EDC is a wildly popular event. So much so it attracts an average of 400,000 over the course of three days. You can attend any number of days and you can also camp there.
The lineup this year should include the following artists:
- The Chainsmokers
- Paul Oakenfold
- Benny Benassi
- and more
Find out more or purchase tickets from Stubhub.
12) See the Famous Bellagio Fountains Show
No need to spend money on a show, when you can see this one of a kind show that plays many times each day.
The Bellagio Fountains are synced with a variety of musical genres and spout in tempo and height to match the music. Let the video below demonstrate!
This show takes place every day of the week at 15 to 30-minute intervals. See the full schedule at our post on the best free things to do in Las Vegas.
The fountain show can be seen as late as midnight 7 nights a week, making this a great option for something to do at night in Las Vegas.
UNCONFIRMED: Bring the Kids to the Ice Cream Festival
This annual festival is not just about ice cream! Sure, you get unlimited ice cream in various forms - sundaes, floats, cups, and cones. But there will also be activities geared specifically to kids.
The family can enjoy live entertainment, face painting, storytime, arts and crafts, an ice cream eating contest and more.
Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for children (age 3-17), and free for children age 2 and under.
This event is likely to sell out. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Get tickets here.
NOTE: This event has yet to be confirmed for May of 2023.
Check their calendar to see when and if the Ice Cream Festival will be taking place this month.
If you are trying to save on dentist's bills, our post on things to do with kids in Las Vegas lists many sugar-free activities!