This post covers things to do during October in Las Vegas, including 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 concerts and live music with star power in Las Vegas, and October is no different.
You’ll be able to find more internationally-touring headliners than you’ll have time to see this month.
- Lionel Richie | Oct 1st, 2nd, 27th, 28th
- Ween | Oct 1st - 3rd
- Donny Osmond | Oct 1st - 16th
- Alanis Morissette | Oct 2nd
- Tech N9ne | Oct 3rd
- Rod Stewart | Oct 6th - 23rd
- John Fogerty | Oct 6th - 16th
- ZZ Top | Oct 8th - 16th
- Judas Priest and Sabaton | Oct 8th
- Barry Manilow | Oct 14th - 23rd
- Dropkick Murphy's and Rancid | Oct 15th
- Grand Funk Railroad | Oct 15th
- Ice Cube, Warren G, Xzibit and More | Oct 16th
- Billy Idol | Oct 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd
- Gwen Stefani | Oct 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 29th
- Phish | Oct 28th - 31st
- Sting | Oct 29th, 30th
Check out all the big October concerts in Vegas here.
You can probably find a matinee performance or two, but the rest of these concerts will be a great way to spend your evening in the city.
Find more things to do at night 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.
The games are the perfect opportunity for some family bonding if you’ve brought the kids with you to Las Vegas!
You can find ticket information on TicketNetwork.
(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 from Oct 1st - 31st, so no matter when you choose to visit, you'll be able to see it!
Alternatively, you could also go to see Motown Extreme, a variety show full of classic Motown music including tunes from Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonders, Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and more!
Motown Extreme will be playing at the Notoriety Theater from October 1st - 31st.
(4) Take a Sightseeing Tour
October means a relief from the heat of the summer and fewer crowds, so of course, we recommend taking a free walking tour through downtown.
(5) Las Vegas Pride
The annual Las Vegas PRIDE festival is happening October 8th and 9th, 2021.
This year’s festival is entitled Together Again, and it's focused on everyone getting back together following the pandemic.
The PRIDE parade will move through downtown Las Vegas on October 8th and the festival itself is on the 9th.
The monthly PRIDE OUTside activity will be October 1th, which is an all-ages hike at Calico Basin.
(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:
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.
(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 Terry Fator Theatre on Oct 8th and 9th.
In addition to him, you'll also have the chance to see the following popular and famous performers this October:
- Carrot Top | Oct 1st - 30th
- Ron White | Oct 29th, 30th
- Daniel Tosh | Oct 15th, 16th
- Rich Little | Oct 1st - 31st
(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 almost all year long.
One of the biggest names in magic is of course Criss Angel, and he'll be hosting his show in Las Vegas from Oct 1st - 30th.
Tickets to see some of these magicians are sometimes included with certain Las Vegas tourist passes. We recommend checking to see if they are before making a purchase, as this could be a good way to save money.
(9) Attend a Music Festival
There are two big music festivals planned for October 2021. The most seasonally appropriate event is probably the Sin City Slaughter Fest.
This festival features a variety of great metal bands such as Mortician, Skeletal Remains, and Depulsed. Sensing a theme? You can attend the Slaughter Fest on October 8th and 9th, 2021.
The second notable festival is Reggae Rise Up, featuring music from Common Kings, J Boog, Dirty Heads, Slightly Stoopid, and more.
The Reggae Rise Up Festival will take place on October 9th and 10th, 2021.
(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
- Madame Tussauds
- Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck
Take a look at our full comparison to see which tourist attraction discount pass is best for you this October.
(11) Las Vegas Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest is coming to Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas on the weekends from mid-September to 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.
NOTE: Although this event has yet to be confirmed, Hofbrauhaus has reopened their beer hall following the pandemic, and it's very likely they will be celebrating Oktoberfest again in 2021.
UNCONFIRMED: Celebrate Halloween
October means it’s time to dress up and find some spooky entertainment.
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:
- Dates unconfirmed for 2021
- More information and tickets.
If you’re looking for adult Halloween parties, there will be no shortage of those on the Strip!
There will be a Fremont Street Bar and Club Crawl, as well as themed parties at all the clubs downtown.
NOTE: These events have yet to be confirmed for October 2021.