November is a wonderful time to visit Vegas. The falling temperatures are perfect (with an average high of 67 F, low 42 F, rainfall 0.43”), and tourist crowds are beginning to thin. Combine those two facts, and you’re in for a relaxed, comfortable trip.
In addition to hitting the Strip, this is a great time of year for outdoor day trips, like visiting Springs Preserve (see below to find out how you can do that for free this month), or outdoor sports like golfing. We recommend packing and dressing in layers to accommodate the range of temperatures you’ll encounter.
Icons of Comedy: Natasha Leggero ($)
Nov 2–4 at 10:30 p.m.
We’re so excited to be hosting Natasha Leggero at our own Starlite Theatre this November! There’s a good chance you already recognize this celebrated comedienne from her appearances on Chelsea Lately, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Last Call with Carson Daly and multiple stand-up shows on Comedy Central. This is one fun show that’s sure to tickle your funny bones.
First Friday Art Celebration (Free)
Friday, November 2, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Downtown Arts District
Vegas celebrates its arts community the first Friday of every month. It’s a fun and family-friendly event that includes artists, vendors and activities. It’s also free, but you may want to bring along some cash if you plan on purchasing any art or taking advantage of the many, many food trucks. The celebration also usually features multiple live bands and live performance “paintings.” It’s one of our favorite events to take the family, get away from the Strip for an evening and discover a cornucopia of artisans specializing in all kinds of media, like painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and more.
For more information about getting there and what it includes, visit their website.
2012 Dinosaur Ball – End of the World Party! ($)
Saturday, November 10 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Las Vegas Natural History Museum, 900 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV
Will this be the party to end all parties? For the 2012 Dinosaur Ball, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum drew inspiration from the Mayans, whose calendar ends (yeah, right!) on December 21.
Details haven’t been announced yet, but the Dinosaur Ball is typically a high-class fundraising affair for the museum, including cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, and live entertainment. Last year, tickets started at $250.
Aviation Nation 2012 (Free)
November 10–11, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nellis Air Force Base, 4700 Las Vegas Boulevard North, Nellis AFB, NV
One of the largest and most diverse aviation events in the nation, Aviation Nation shines a spotlight on America’s military achievements around the globe. The event includes approximately 100 ground aircraft displays as well as aerial demonstrations. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the two-day event.
Motor Trend International Auto Show – Las Vegas ($)
November 23–25, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV
Events this November are going to give you vertigo. Coming down from the high of Aviation Nation 2012, we look forward to being firmly grounded at the Motor Trend International Auto Show, which will showcase hundreds of current and upcoming car and truck models. Tickets start at $7.
The Las Vegas Convention Center is about a ten-minute walk from the Riviera:
ZOPPÉ – An Italian Family Circus ($$)
November 1–4, 2012, show times vary by day
The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas, NV
Napoleone and Ermengilda Zoppe’ founded Circo Zoppe’ in 1842, and the modern incarnation manages to capture all the charm and magic of an old-school circus brought into the modern world. Audiences in the small arena will be treated to acrobatics, equestrian showmanship, clowns and more. This circus provides an intimate experience – rife with audience participation! – that’s often missing from bigger productions, without losing any of the thrills or humor. Tickets start at $28.
Bank of America Museums on Us® (Free)
November 3 & 4
Are you a Bank of America debit or credit cardholder? Then you have automatic free admission the first full weekend each month to several museums and attractions in the Las Vegas area.
For example, we’ve already told you about the lovely Springs Preserve. This program offers a great opportunity to explore it at no cost.
Participating museums in the BofA program include:
- Las Vegas Natural History Museum
- Lied Discovery Children’s Museum
- Springs Preserve