Everything Fun You Can Do in ‌Las‌ ‌Vegas‌ This Weekend

EDC is here. Pearl Jam isn't.

Las Vegas has felt "back on track" for a few months now, and this weekend effectively confirms it. After a long-delayed make-up festival this past October, the Electric Daisy Carnival is already back for its regular May slot, packing the massive Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a three-day dusk-to-dawn electronic dance music party. No mask, no proof of vaccine, no social distancing. The big event happens in the northwest corner of the valley, but brings a rush of activity to the Strip. Just show your EDC wristband at the House of Blues Restaurant, for example, and receive a $12.99 breakfast deal all weekend long: eggs, hash browns, toast, and bacon or sausage with the purchase of a drink. That beats Strip prices… right?

The one thing you won't see this weekend is Pearl Jam, who cancelled their Saturday concert at the MGM Grand after two band members came down with COVID within a week of each other. You can't have it all. But you can enjoy all the other stuff still happening this weekend in Las Vegas.

If you need more ideas for fun stuff to do in Vegas, check out our summer guide, find the best day clubs, or laze away at a great brunch spot.

Ongoing
Henderson
CraftHaus Brewery (one of our favorite breweries in Las Vegas) now has a sausage menu to snack on while sipping on award-winning brews. Dishes range from a Beer Brat with sauerkraut or a Polish Sausage with cheese to a weekend Brunch Board that serves a smoked chicken and apple sausage alongside liege waffles, mini quiches, and seasonal fruit with Nutella and apple-bacon jam.
Cost: $6.50 to $18 per dish.

Attend a "Bash at the Bureau"

Thursday, May 19
Downtown
The Electric Daisy Carnival will actually have a wedding chapel on site this weekend, but before you get hitched, you need to get licensed. Proving you can truly have a dance party anywhere in Las Vegas, the Marriage License Bureau is throwing a rave-style block party for happy couples getting their paperwork in order before tying the knot at EDC. The Bash at the Bureau runs 8-11 pm on the plaza at 201 East Clark with a DJ, street performers, and even a choice of EDC-themed marriage certificates.
Cost: Free to attend.

Party all weekend long at Vegas nightclubs

Thursday, May 19–Sunday, May 22
The Strip
If you're not at EDC, don't worry. Nightclubs and pool parties are helping out with big names on the roster all weekend long. Check online for a full rundown, but the Wynn is going all out. Highlights include an Elrow "Enchanted Forest" party at XS Thursday with a lineup led by Claptone and Dombresky. The same club also hosts The Chainsmokers Friday, Marshmello Saturday, and Diplo with a Nightswim event Sunday. Encore Beach Club, meanwhile, has Gryffin Saturday and David Guetta Sunday for daytime partying by the pool.
Cost: Prices vary.

Friday, May 20
Off the Strip
The Stirling Club hosts a wine-pairing dinner featuring selections from Washington's Long Shadows winery. Cleverly subtitled "A Night of Pour Decisions," the four-course meal gets underway at 6 pm with a Lamb T-Bone with crispy chickpeas, spicy chorizo, and mint vinaigrette; raviolo with pate shimeji mushroom and a Merlot reduction; Kusshi oysters with melon granita; and a chocolate-cherry dessert on the menu. Call 702-732-9700 to book a reservation.
Cost: Tickets begin at $185 per person.

Friday, May 20
North Las Vegas
Stop. Collaborate and listen. The "I Love the '90s" Tour comes to the AMP at Craig Ranch Regional Park at 8 pm. The show is promising headliner Vanilla Ice while noting the tour has a "revolving lineup" of acts like Rob Base, Color Me Badd, Young MC, and more with absolutely no clarification on the tour's website, social media, or anywhere else. Will some show up? Will all? And why is this happening in North Las Vegas anyway? Roll the dice and see what happens. This is Las Vegas after all.
Cost: Tickets are ambitiously priced from $58 to $203.

Find a way to laugh this weekend

Friday, May 20–Saturday, May 21
Multiple Locations
Comedy shows are a staple in Las Vegas, and if you want a good laugh, you've got choices to make this weekend. Jim Gaffigan is back with Hot Pockets references and whatever else is on his mind Friday and Saturday at 8 pm inside the Wynn's Encore Theater. Bill Maher returns to the Aces of Comedy series at the Mirage, trying his best to make sense of the political landscape with late-night shows 10 pm Friday and Saturday. Meanwhile, Marlon Wayans performs off the Strip at the M Resort's M Pavilion at 8 pm Saturday.
Cost: Tickets begin at $55 for Jim Gaffigan, $59.99 for Bill Maher, and $35 for Marlon Wayans.

Friday, May 20–Sunday, May 23
Resorts World
Why shop online when you can shop in person? Trendy women's fashion and lifestyle e-tailer SHEIN is hosting a three-day pop-up event at Resorts World. Browse more than 1,000 styles designed for the beach, music festivals, and more between 11 am and 11 pm. Free digital tickets for specific shopping times were snatched up quickly and are officially sold out. However, visitors can wait in a standby line for access after those with tickets already get their shot.
Cost: Free admission. Prices for products vary.

Friday, May 20–Sunday, May 23
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
The Electric Daisy Carnival has a long history in Las Vegas, and the three-day dusk-to-dawn electro dance music party is back where it belongs after some pandemic delays and make-good dates this past October. More than 140,000 fans will pack the Las Vegas Motor Speedway each night for sets on eight stages by more than 200 DJs, including big names like Zedd, Armin Van Buuren, and Paul van Dyk. All that music is almost secondary to the atmosphere, which includes imaginative decor, carnival rides, drinks, food, and more in a supercharged neon environment.
Cost: EDC is mostly sold out, but a few VIP passes remain, beginning at $379.

Friday, May 20–Sunday, May 22
Mandalay Bay
Sometimes 10 days is considered a good run for a residency in Las Vegas. So you know it's impressive when somebody can pull off 10 years. Carlos Santana is celebrating a decade of performances at the House of Blues—a series that's not only been an entertainment hit, but also brought the guitarist to town as a permanent resident and helped raise more than $230,000 for his own Milagro Foundation and the House of Blues Foundation. As part of the festivities this week, Santana signed a piece of the original Woodstock stage, which will be displayed permanently at the House of Blues. Look for it during three shows this weekend.
Cost: Tickets run $99.50 to $180.

Saturday, May 21
Lake Las Vegas
Pride Month gets underway early with the 2nd Annual Henderson Pride Festival. Celebrate on the water at Lake Las Vegas with live music, food, and vendors 11 am–6 pm. The event is hosted by the Hilton hotel. A Mr & Miss Henderson Pride Pageant hits the main stage at 1 pm.
Cost: Admission to the festival is free. Preferred seating for the pageant is $15-20 with tickets available online.

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Rob Kachelriess has been writing about Las Vegas in Thrillist for more than seven years. In addition, his work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, Leafly, Supercall, Modern Luxury, and Luxury Estates International's seasonal publication. Follow him on Twitter @rkachelriess.