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Things to Do in Las Vegas in October

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This post covers things to do during October in Las Vegas in is updated for 2022.

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. See a Concert

There won’t ever be a shortage of fantastic concerts in Las Vegas. It truly does pull some of the most talented artists around!

Here are just some of the musicians appearing in Las Vegas in October 2022:

Seeing one of these musicians will not only give you something to do in the city, but will leave you with a great memory.

For a complete list of concerts in Vegas in October, click here.

Find more things to do at night in Las Vegas, click here.


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.  

NHL Hockey

NFL Football

Baseball

Soccer

If you’ve brought the kids with you to Las Vegas, the games are a family friendly activity and one all are sure to remember.

For a full list of sporting events in Las Vegas in October, click here.


3. Enjoy the Theatre

From touring Broadway shows to entertaining residencies, you can find a theatre performance to suit any taste in Las Vegas this month. 

The popular show Magic Mike will be hosted by the Sahara Theater all month long, so no matter when you choose to visit, you'll be able to see it!

Another show nearing over 8,000 performances over 23 years is The Rat Pack is Back. A tribute to three greats, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr, and Dean Martin, with songs and comedy, is truly one to be enjoyed.

You'll find it at the Copa Room at Tuscany Suites and Casinos.

Don’t forget to check out all the performances in Vegas and the list of fun things to do at night


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 through downtown.

If you prefer transportation, there are several great bus tours in the city, too. The Big Bus Night Tour, in particular, is popular. 

Traveling foodies can enjoy a Secret Food Tour  or a private small-group food tour of the Strip.


5. Las Vegas Pride

The annual Las Vegas PRIDE festival is happening October 7th-8th, 2022.

This year’s festival is entitled Beautiful Tomorrow.

The PRIDE parade, which takes place at night, will move through downtown Las Vegas on October 7th. Afterwards, folks head to Fremont Street.

The next day, on October 8th, the festival heads up to Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas.

Learn more on the Las Vegas PRIDE website.


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’ 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 of the best things to do in Las Vegas for more ideas.

We also have posts for things to do with the family, free and cheap activities, and what to do at night in Vegas


7. See a Live Stand-Up Comedy Show

Several well-known comedians will be performing in Las Vegas this month, including none other than Tom Segura at the The Mirage on Oct 28th and 29th.

In addition to Tom, you'll also have the chance to see the following popular performers this October:

Don't worry if you can't get tickets to one of those shows though. You can always catch a show at either the Laugh Factory or the Comedy Cellar.


8. See a Famous Magician

Magic shows have always had a home in Las Vegas, and some of the best in the business perform here,

One of the current big names is Criss Angel. He'll be hosting his show at Planet Hollywood all month long.

Murray the Magician will also be performing on select nights in October.

Tip: tickets to see some of these magicians are included in some Las Vegas tourist passes. Check there first before buying tickets for a performance.


9. Attend a Music Festival

There are a few big festivals planned for Vegas in October 2022.

The When We Were Young festival takes place October 22 - October 29th at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds.

Performers include: My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Jimmy Eat World, and dozens of other artsists and bands.

A second festival is Reggae Rise Up, taking place at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, October 7th - 9th.

Its line-up includes Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, Stick Figure, and many others.


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..


11. Las Vegas Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is at Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas from September 9th until the end of October.

This German restaurant hosts the festivities that feature imported Oktoberfestbier straight from Munich.

You’ll find delicious German food, shot-skis, beer, and plenty of people dressed in their finest dirndl and lederhosen. 

Check their website for VIP tickets or to reserve a table


Celebrate Halloween

October means it’s time to dress up and find some spooky entertainment.

If you’re with children, take them out to Haunted Harvest at Springs Preserve (or check our list of 50 things to do in Las Vegas with kids for other fun things to do).

This all-ages harvest festival has candy stations, a Botanical Garden, a haunted carnival, hay maze, petting zoo, crafts, live music, food, and other fun activities. 

Haunted Harvest Details:

  • October 22nd and 23rd
  • October 29th and 30th
  • 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Tickets go on sale September 1st

If you’re looking for adult Halloween parties, there will be a Fremont Street Bar and Club Crawl, as well as themed parties at all the clubs downtown.


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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: September 29th, 2022
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