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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, 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. 

 

 

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.  

 

 

NHL Hockey

NFL Football

Baseball

Soccer

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.

Don’t forget to check out all the performances in Vegas and other 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 of course, we recommend taking a free walking tour through downtown.

If you like having convenient 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 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. 

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:

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 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:

Even if you can't get tickets for one of these comedians, 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 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.

 

 

Murray the Magician will also be performing from Oct 1st - 31st, and Piff the Magic Dragon will be doing his show between Oct 7th - 31st.

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
  • Ziplines

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. 

Check their website for VIP tickets or to reserve a table

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.

If you’re with the kids, take them out to Haunted Harvest at Springs Preserve.

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:

 

 

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.

 


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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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