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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 2021.

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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 (except in extreme cases such as the pandemic).

 

 

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 2021:

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.

 

 

Check out Stubhub for a list of other concerts in Las Vegas.


2) Attend a Sporting Event

May is usually a great month for sports, but many sporting events won't be welcoming fans to the games in an effort to protect everyone from the Covid-19 pandemic.

That said, there is one scheduled event you might want to see: All Elite Wrestling: Double or Nothing.

 

 

If you're a wrestling fan, this is an excellent opportunity to see one of the newest companies in the game and some of their biggest stars.

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


3) Go to the Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival

With a history dating back to 1999, this annual staple of the punk rock community is scheduled for May of 2021, but they haven't made any announcements about performers or specific dates yet.

 

 

This event may be postponed or canceled , but they are currently selling tickets, so you might want to secure your spot at the festival just in case.

The worst that could happen is you'll get a refund, and the best that could happen is you'll get to see some of your favorite artists performing at one of the first major music festivals post-pandemic!

Purchase tickets for the Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival.


4) See Stand-up Comedy 

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

There are currently only a few comedians scheduled for May, but that's likely to change in the coming months, especially if we finally turn the corner on the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

 

Here are the performers currently scheduled for May 2021:

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 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.

 

 

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: Due to the pandemic, 2020's Ice Cream Festival was canceled. However, dates have yet to be confirmed for 2021, and there's a possibility they will bring the event back this May.

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! 


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 2021, this three-day electronic music dance festival takes place on May 21st 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) 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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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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