August 29, 2017

If you’re heading to Vegas over Labor Day, you’ll have the opportunity to party with 300,000 of your closest friends – here’s what makes it so popular.

Last year, between Thursday and Tuesday of Labor Day weekend, McCarran International Airport officials estimated that about 753,000 people would make their way through Vegas’ main airport. 307,000 of them tourists to the Vegas area, representing a nearly 5% increase over the same time period in 2015. Spending averaged out to $322 on their roundtrip tickets, $144 a night on a hotel room, and countless more at the clubs, casinos, restaurants and bars that dot the downtown area and the Strip like beacons in the night. But what exactly are the big draws to the desert for a Labor Day weekend Las Vegas style?

The Pools: September may be the beginning of the fall season across the nation, but it feels like the peak of summer in Sin City. If you’re looking for a way to cool off during a trip to Vegas over Labor Day, make your way to the pool. From serene, adults-only pools to raucous pool parties thrown by many of the city’s biggest resorts, there is a pool scene for anyone in the Las Vegas market.

Red rocks in the mountains and a blue sky

The Parks: The slightly lower temperatures in September (versus July and August) make exploring the local natural destinations truly enjoyable. The Southern Nevada District Office of the Bureau of Land Management maintains a local office that can direct you to all the terrific outdoor spaces near Las Vegas, but Red Rock Canyon, Lake Mead, the Valley of Fire, and the Hoover Dam are four incredible destinations you can visit during the long Labor Day weekend in Vegas.

The Art: Downtown Las Vegas is a veritable mecca for those with an eye for all things artistic, as the area has experienced a renaissance over the past several years that has brought artists, photographers, sculptors, architects, and performance artists to the DTLV area. Labor Day weekend is the ideal time to explore the exciting, eclectic, and often downright unusual museums and artistic spaces in downtown Vegas. And, since First Friday festivities lands on September 1st this coming month (right before Labor Day), you can experience the vibrancy of the downtown area like never before.

The Music: There is no shortage of resident and touring shows in the Vegas market, but Labor Day weekend is one time of year when artists across a diverse range of styles pull out all the stops to deliver something for everyone. If you’re into EDM (Electronic Dance Music), there’s an entire lineup of EDM events, featuring DJs like Tiesto, Tyga, Marshmellow, and Calvin Harris. Or if your tastes run more traditional, check out the Fremont Street Experience and rock out to the multiple bands booked for your enjoyment.

Overview of lunch food with coffee on top of a table

The Food: Few rival the complexity and diversity of culinary offerings you’ll find in Las Vegas. And Labor Day weekend in Vegas is the ideal time to work your way through the various restaurants, cafes, and bars in the city. If you love a good brunch, head on over to Park on Fremont for a holiday weekend brunch that is second to none. Or check out Pot Liquor CAS at Town Square, where you can enjoy Sunday brunch for about $13 without alcoholic beverages or $20 if you want to add endless Bellini’s, Bloody Mary’s or Mimosas. There is a never-ending list of satisfying places to eat in Las Vegas, so put on your walking shoes and discover a new place for each meal!

This Labor Day weekend in Vegas can be whatever you desire – exciting, vibrant, relaxing, decadent, invigorating – you get to decide. The great part about living in this area or adding it to your list of travel destinations is that you’ll truly never run out of things to do, places to visit, and experiences to remember for a lifetime.