This post covers things to do during October in Las Vegas in is updated for 2023.
We include family-friendly, nighttime, and free or cheap activities.
TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN OCTOBER
This top 10 list contains big concerts, sports, theatre, tours, free activities, and other events to attend in Las Vegas during October.
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1. Attend a Concert
Las Vegas is known for its entertainment, so it shouldn’t be surprising that there are so many big-name artists coming through the city year-round.
October is no exception.
And what better way to spend a night in Las Vegas than seeing your favorite artist perform in person?
- U2 | various dates between October 5th & 28th
- Jackson Browne | October 6th, 7th, 11th, 13th, 14th
- P!NK | October 7th
- Madonna | October 7th, 8th
- Usher | various dates between October 11th & 28th
- Lionel Richie | October 11th, 13th, 14th, 18th, 20th, 21st
- Reggae Rise Up Festival | October 6th-8th | Downtown LV Events Center | Feat: Cypress Hill, Slightly Stoopid, Sublime, and more
- When We Were Young Festival | October 21st-22nd | Las Vegas Festival Grounds | Feat: Blink 192, Green Day, Thiery Seconds to Mars, and more
Seeing one of these musicians will not only give you something to do in the city but will leave you with a great memory.
Check out all the concerts happening in Vegas this month.
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2. See a Major Sporting Event
October is a great month to catch a pro sporting event in Las Vegas.
Hockey season has just begun, football and soccer are in full swing, and baseball playoffs are starting.
- Alsco 203 Xfinity Series | October 14th
- South Point 400 - NASCAR Cup Series | October 15th
- SEMA Car Show Las Vegas | October 31st-November 3rd
- 2023 NHRA Nevada Nationals | October 26th-29th
If you’ve brought the kids with you to Las Vegas, these are family-friendly events that everyone is sure to remember.
3. See a Theatrical Performance
If you’re interested in a theatrical experience, you can almost always rely on Cirque du Soleil to host several shows in Las Vegas each month.
You'll also find some other plays and stage shows to keep your interest.
Cirque du Soleil
Other Stage Shows
If you’re planning to use a Las Vegas tourist pass, keep in mind that some of them include these shows at no additional cost, allowing you to save money on tickets!
4. Take a Sightseeing Tour
October means a relief from the heat of the summer and fewer crowds, so we recommend taking a free walking tour downtown.
If you prefer transportation, there are several great bus tours in the city, too.
The Big Bus Night Tour, in particular, is popular.
5. Celebrate Las Vegas Pride
The annual Las Vegas PRIDE festival is happening October 6th-7th
Last year's festival was entitled Beautiful Tomorrow, a hope for the future and all it has to offer.
The PRIDE parade will take place at Craig Ranch Regional Park.
6. See Las Vegas’ Top Attractions
In October you get to avoid the summer heat and the height of the summer break crowds, which makes this the perfect month to hit all of Las Vegas’s top attractions.
If you enjoy getting above street level to see the lights and sights, there are several observation decks to choose from:
- High Roller Observation Wheel
- Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck
- Stratosphere Tower
Another fun way to see Vegas from above is riding the Fly LINQ Zipline.
Check out our master post on the best things to do in Las Vegas for more ideas.
7. See a Comedy Show
Many famous comedians stop in Las Vegas throughout the year, and there are sure to be some solid comedic performances this October.
Stand Up Comedy
- Kathy Griffin | October 6th
- Sebastian Maniscalco | October 6th, 7th
- Lewis Black | October 7th
- Charlie Berens | October 8th
- Kevin James | October 19th, 20th, 21st
- Iliza Shlesinger | October 27th, 28th
- Daniel Tosh | October 27th, 28th
Check out the full list of stand-up comedy shows in Vegas in September.
Some Las Vegas tourist passes also include free live comedy performances.
If you’re planning to purchase one, keep that in mind as an affordable alternative to the above options.
8. See a Famous Magician
Several of the most famous magicians in the world call Las Vegas their home, and they frequently perform in the city throughout the year.
You can expect several opportunities to see either death-defying stunts or shocking magic tricks this October.
It’s worth noting again that you might be able to save money on some of these magic shows by using a Las Vegas tourist pass.
9. See the Grand Canyon
This national landmark is within driving (and flying) distance of Las Vegas, and there are several different tours you can take from the city that provide round-trip transportation to and from the Grand Canyon.
Here are a few of the best Grand Canyon tours you can take from Vegas:
- Grand Canyon Bus Tour + Skywalk Ticket
- Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour
- Grand Canyon Tour w/ Horseback Ride
In addition to these options, there are also some tours of this landmark included with Las Vegas tourist passes, so you don’t even have to pay full price for this activity!
10. Save Money with a Tourist Attraction Pass
We suggest you purchase a discount city pass to get discounts on select attractions, experiences, and restaurants - sometimes 20 - 70% off the retail value.
Some of these tickets also mean you’ll get to skip the box office lines, meaning more time to see more attractions!
Depending on the pass, you could get access to:
- Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
- High Roller Observation Wheel
- Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck
- Hoover Dam Bus Tour
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
Take a look at our full comparison of passes to see which tourist attraction discount pass is best for you.
Seven Oh Brew puts on "Las Vegas' first authentic Oktoberfest.
There will be the usual beer drinking, but also four days of entertainment and activities.
There will be 50 live acts as well as contests and more.
Events take place September 29th-October 1st at Craig Ranch Regional Park.
Visit the Sevenohbrew website for more information.
12. Celebrate Halloween
Las Vegas loves a themed event, and they go all out for Halloween.
The Fremont Experience has its Halloween Bash with nightly entertainment and costume events.
The LINQ Promenade often transforms with decorations and various Halloween-related activities.
One of Vegas' scariest haunted houses can be found at Vegas Fright Nights which opens September 30th.
Another is at Asylum & Hotel Fear which is located in the Meadows Mall. They've been terrifying people for 25 years!
And then there's 31 Freak Street, which is said to be filled with spirits. It starts on October 7th.
Kids will enjoy the magical forest and other fun at Opportunity Village.
And for some undead fun, try the Zombie Burlesque Show.
13. Grab a Bite at a Food Festival
A new-ish festival that brings together delicious tacos, a car showcase, competitions, carnival rides, mariachi bands, and more returns this year.
The Great Las Vegas Taco Festival will be taking place on Dia de los Muertos weekend from October 27th-29th.
14. Visit the Sphere at the Venetian Resort
If all goes as planned, the $1.2 billion MSG Sphere, which when completed will be the world's largest spherical structure, is expected to open at the end of September 2023.
Concerts, sporting events, films, and award shows will take place at the venue which will have enough room for up to 25,000 people!
What's impressive at first glance are the millions of LEDs covering the outside of the building.
This will add a stunning backdrop to the performers taking the stage there.
Visit the Sphere website for a list of shows and more information.