Things to Do in Las Vegas in May

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 2020.

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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!

Some are the hottest stars of today, like Lady Gaga, while others have been around over 50 years and still going strong like The Who! 

Stubhub has a calendar of who is playing in Las Vegas this May. Below we list some of the highlights.



There are even MORE amazing groups playing this month in las Vegas. Check out Stubhub for a list of other concerts in Las Vegas.

2) Attend a Sporting Event

In May, baseball is in full swing. You can also see soccer, wrestling, and car racing.

Some of these sports events are kid-friendly while others make for a fun evening out in Vegas as they take place at night.

Stubhub lists many of the sports events you can see in Las Vegas this month.






Car Racing

See Stubhub’s calendar of sports events in Las Vegas in May.

3) See a Theatrical Performance

In addition to Las Vegas’s ongoing theatre delights, there are always traveling musicals and shows.

Stubhub’s calendar includes dozens of performances, such as RuPaul’s Drag Race playing throughout the month.

In Vegas with the kids? Skip RuPaul and see the Blue Man Group which is family-friendly. Here with friends? See Friends: The Musical Parody



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It wouldn’t be Vegas if there weren’t at least one Cirque de Soleil show playing. This month choose from the following:

Check out Stubhub to see what other theatrical productions are in Las Vegas this May.

TIP: Some of these shows are included for free with at least one Las Vegas tourist pass!

4) See Stand-up Comedy 

Some of the best stand-up comedians will be in Las Vegas this month. StubHub has a long list of comedy shows this month

One of the best performers Jimmy Kimmel on May 14 and 28, 2020.  He will be performing at his very own comedy club, which hosts lots of excellent stand-up comedy by other performers.



Kimmel’s not the only laugh in town. This May you can choose kitsch to silly to downright raunchy comedy:

Any night of the week you can 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 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 | $49
  • Grand Canyon Day Trip | $160
  • Las Vegas Helicopter Tour | $124
  • Richard Petty Driving Experience | $150
  • Criss Angel Mindfreak | $120
  • Hoover Dam Tour | $60
  • Blue Man Group | $150
  • Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. | $39
  • Madame Tussauds | $30
  • The Mentalist | $67
  • 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) 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.



This two-day event is on May 16 & 17, 2020, from 11 am to 3 pm at the Springs Preserve. 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.

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! 

8) 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.

9) 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.

10) Go to the Electric Daisy Carnival

Every May, the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC for short) comes to town. In 2020, this three-day electronic music dance festival takes place on May 15-17 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. 

Find out more or purchase tickets from Stubhub.

11) Punk Rock Bowling Festival

This annual May event is on May 21-25 in 2020. The name says it all: there’s punk rock music and bowling. 

There’s also an incredible line up of some of the best punk, ska, and new wave bands that ever existed!



Headliners include The Buzzcocks, Madness, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Stiff Little Fingers, The Lunachicks and so many more!

Get tickets for the festival 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.


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