Four Music Festivals Taking Over Las Vegas in May 2023


From downtown Las Vegas to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, music festivals are everywhere in May, featuring legendary hip-hop artists and punk-rock bands to nu-metal up-and-comers and the world’s top electronic dance music performers.

Hundreds of thousands of partiers from around the world flock to Las Vegas for these celebrated music festivals, so get your tickets early or check out festival packages available through numerous Strip and downtown Las Vegas resorts.

Lovers & Friends

May 6, 2023

Las Vegas Festival Grounds

May kicks off with the Lovers & Friends hip-hop and R&B festival on May 6, 2023 at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds bringing more than 45 of the genres biggest artists and headlined by Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott, Usher, Chris Brown, 50 Cent, Christina Aguilera, Pitbull with additional performances from such contemporary fan-favorites as Miguel, Jhene, Aiko, Summer Walker, and more.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. on May 6. For ticket information as well as details on packages available at select Las Vegas hotels visit Lovers & Friends.

Sick New World

May 13, 2023

Las Vegas Festival Grounds

The inaugural Sick New World festival will go down on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds. The one-day event kicks off with a deep lineup of more than 50 hard rock, nu-metal, rap-rock and multi-genre artists including System Of A Down, Korn, Deftones and Incubus, plus Evanescence, Turnstile, Mr Bungle, Papa Roach, Death Grips, and Ministry as well as 100 gecs, Hoobastank, Spiritbox, Melvins, Body Count, The Sisters of Mercy, and more. For ticket information visit Sick New World.

EDM fan dressed in electric neon outfit

EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival)

May 19-21, 2023

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

An incredible amassing of music, art, and individuality, the EDC returns to the Vegas Speedway May 19-21 for three days of the largest non-stop electronic dance music festival in North America – featuring all of the world’s top EDM DJs performing to more than 400,000 electronic music lovers expected to attend this signature event. EDC tickets come in a variety of levels and prices.

Among the hundreds of artists performing during EDC are Tiesto, Alesso, Kaskade, Illenium, DJ Snake, Deadmau5, Slander, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, The Chainsmokers, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, and more. In addition to the music, carnival goers experience three-dimensional superstructures, interactive art installations, carnival performers and rides, not to mention some of the best people-watching on the planet.

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Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival

May 27-29, 2023

Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

The annual gathering of the punk rock “tribes” takes place at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center Saturday-Monday, May 27-29, 2023.  VIP tickets are sold out, but click here for festival information and single-day admission tickets.

Bringing old-school punk rock and up-and-coming punk artists, the outdoor Festival features 42 bands playing on two stages, seven bands on each stage each day and set times do not overlap. This year’s lineup includes Rancid, Bad Religion, Dropkick Murphys, The Interrupters, Suicidal Tendencies, the Damned, and more.

The festival’s Club Shows take place at numerous downtown Las Vegas venues including Citrus Deck at the Downtown Grand, Fremont Country Club, Backstage Bar & Billiards, Place on 7th, and The Usual Place. The late night shows and after parties will showcase more than 100 bands over five nights, May 26-29, including, among others, Dead Boys, The Avengers, Lion’s Law, The Real McKenzies, and Youth Brigade.