June is sizzling here in Vegas! Summer has taken hold, and you can expect average highs around 100 F, with lows around 69 F. Rainfall is at its lowest of the year, with average precipitation of a meager 0.2 inches. Pool season is on, people: bring your swimsuits and sunscreen and get ready to lounge. Because after partying the nights away during one of Vegas’ hottest events, the Electric Daisy Carnival, some poolside refreshments will be just what the doctor ordered.
- June 1–2: Bank of America Museums on Us
- June 5: Las Vegas Woman & Wine Affair
- June 7: First Friday Art Celebration
- June 8: Second Saturday Vegas StrEATS
- June 20: Thirsty Third Thursday Pub Crawl
- June 21–23: Electric Daisy Carnival
- June 21: Sundown in Downtown
- June 23: The Art of Mummification Living History Performance
- June 29: Juneteenth
Plus: The Outdoor Picture Show every Friday and Saturday night, and numerous runs and marathons.
At the Riviera in June
Electric Daisy Carnival Special Room Rate
The EDC is one of the biggest events to hit Vegas each year, and we’ve got appropriately big savings on tap for you! Our rooms are 40% off!
But make sure you book now: the event is already sold out, and it won’t be long before rooms are too.
June 5: Las Vegas Woman & Wine Affair
Las Vegas Woman Magazine will be hosting “The Ultimate Happy Hour” the first week of June. It combines a woman’s expo – featuring exhibitors ranging from beauty, fashion and health – and wine tasting; admission includes a souvenir wine glass. The event welcomes men as well.
June 21–23: Electric Daisy Carnival
EDC is one of Vegas’ most electric events, if you’ll pardon the term: it transforms the Las Vegas Motor Speedway into a “fully immersive carnival adventure featuring theatrical performers, including fire twirlers, aerialists, dancers and silt walkers. Vibrant large-scale art installations and state-of-the-art lighting and sound production will span across seven stages inside the 1,000-acre complex, creating a complete audiovisual experience for festivalgoers.”
In other words: it’s dynamite! And the world knows it, too; they’ve already sold out of tickets.
Whether you’ll be attending EDC or not, if you’ll be in Vegas the weekend of June 21 – 23, make sure your hotel is already booked. The Riviera is offering a special EDC rate that weekend of an amazing 40% off: book here.
June 21: Sundown in Downtown
Perhaps the EDC isn’t so much your speed. As an alternative, you might try the Las Vegas Natural History Museum’s fundraising event, Sundown in Downtown. Described as a grownup (21+ only) calypso party of culture, cocktails and cuisine, you’ll be feted with small bites, bottomless drinks, live music and entertainment, and access to the museum’s latest exhibit, Sea Trek.
Single tickets are $55, or $100 for couples. All proceeds benefit the Museum’s educational programs for under-served youth.
June 23: The Art of Mummification
Can’t get enough of the LVNHM? For several months now, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum has been featuring a living history performance of “The Art of Mummification.” It’s an entertaining, educational experience that’s perfect for families. June 23 will be the final presentation. If you’ll be in town, don’t miss it!
June 29: Juneteenth
The Las Vegas Juneteeth Festival celebrates culture, diversity and unity in our community. Juneteenth is an opportunity to commemorate the end of slavery and the achievements of African-Americans. The Smith Center will be presenting the 2013 Las Vegas Juneteenth Festival, showcasing music, entertainment and exhibits perfect for the whole family.
Recurring & Ongoing Monthly Events
All Month: Outdoor Picture Show
The District at Green Valley Ranch is a mixed-use community that offers plenty of mid-range to high-end shopping and dining. During the warm months, they present the free “Outdoor Picture Show” on Friday and Saturday nights, a screening classic and older films suitable for the whole family. In June, they’ll be showing:
- June 1: Here Comes The Boom
- June 7: Dolphin Tale
- June 8: Big Miracle
- June 14: Madagascar 3
- June 15: Chimpanzee
- June 21: The Never Ending Story
- June 22: Annie
- June 28: Escape From Planet Earth
- June 29: Thunderstruck
It’s recommended to arrive well before the movie starts (at dusk, usually 8 p.m.). Seating in the grassy ‘The Green’ is limited. It’s also a great spot for a picnic, and what a coincidence: there’s a Whole Foods Market right next door!
Bank of America Museums on Us® (Free)
June 1 & 2, 2013
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.
Participating museums in the BofA program include:
First Friday Art Celebration (Free)
Friday, June 7, 2013 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.
Second Saturday Vegas StrEATS
Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
600 E. Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
6 p.m. To 1 a.m.
This month, First Friday and Second Saturday happen to fall on consecutive days, making for one entertaining weekend!
This food festival celebrates the food trucks that meander around Vegas serving their portable cuisine. On the second Saturday of each month, the trucks gather at the El Cortez. As you sample their nibbles, you can enjoy live music and browse art by local artists. The street festival is free to attend, though you’ll pay for the food.
Thirsty Third Thursday Pub Crawl
Thursday, June 20, 2013 starting at 7 p.m.
For $20, participants in this monthly event get 6 drinks at 6 different bars, 50% off an entree, 50% of an appetizer and live music. It’s a great way to get a good deal and meet new friends over a drink.
Races, Marathons and Sporty Events in June
Running season jogs into June, with another full slate of marathons, half marathons and other athletic events to tempt the sport among you. Check out the current calendar at RunningInTheUsa.com.