As the city is known for being one of the best places for entertainment, Las Vegas tends to host some of the most popular music festivals around. During the previous year, many of these were canceled due to COVID-19. However, with the vaccine rolling out and people taking proper precautions to remain socially distanced from each other, these festivals are starting to once again make an appearance.
The festivals for this year will be exceptional, especially after the disappointment that was in 2020. If you are ready to get your dance on and shake off the rust from the previous year, then check out our list of upcoming music festivals that you should go to while in Las Vegas.
Downtown Rock is an excellent open-air concert that is being held at the Fremont Street Experience for free! Visitors can see some of the best singers around, surrounded by flashing lights and neon signs of nearby attractions. Plus, did we mention that this event is free?
For this year’s musical event, the lineup they have is pretty tame compared to some of the best lineup, which is probably a result of COVID-19. Even so, there is still a pretty solid lineup for everyone to enjoy, such as the Plain White T’s, Tonic & Sister Hazel, Three Doors Down, Seether, Journey, Chicago, and much more. There is also going to be a Dokken reunion with Don Dokken and George Lynch. There’s a little bit of everything for people to enjoy, and even if you’re not a fan of these musicians, the event is still enjoyable enough with some friends.
All that time you spent dancing in your room while trying to stave boredom away throughout the pandemic is about to pay off because the iHeartRadio Music Festival is going to have a lineup that will make you dance like never before. The iHeartRadio Music Festival is known for celebrating some of the best musicians around with a lineup that encompasses a wide assortment of genres, from pop to R&B, rock, and even country. The main stage at the T-Mobile Arena hosts performances from some of the best-known names, such as The Weezer, Maroon 5, Coldplay, Khalid, Lil Baby, Journey, and more. The event is going to be hosted by Ryan Seacrest himself.
The Electric Daisy Carnival is one of the most popular and massive electronic dance music festivals held in the United States. The festival manages to draw in over 140,000 people a night to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Some of the most popular names to ever hit the electronic scene will be a part of this year’s festival. You can expect to see artists like Kygo, Tiesto, and The Chainsmokers, along with another 200 plus DJs performing at least eight different stages.
What makes EDC one of the best music festivals around is the amazing environment they managed to create with all of the neon lights, art cars, carnival riddles, and imagery that makes you feel like you stumbled into another dimension. If you are planning to head to this festival, there are some things you should keep in mind. First off, the traffic outside of the stadium is notoriously packed, so consider booking for accommodations at Camp EDC, which also has its own DJ lineup and a pool to swim in. EDC commonly takes place during the spring season. However, due to recent events, it was decided to take place during the fall season for the first time.
The Life is Beautiful festival is one event that can be labeled in a category all on its own. The event manages to take over 18 blocks of Downtown Las Vegas east of the Fremont Street experience for three whole days. Some of the best artists around have been known to be a part of this festival, including Kanyewest, Lorde, The Foo Fighters, and Duran Duran. This year, you can expect to see a diverse lineup of musicians, such as Green Day, Tame Impala, Billie Ellish, and Megan Thee Stallion, with each of them performing on different stages.
Life is Beautiful also hosts an assortment of food and drinks, comedians, and other programs that you can enjoy while walking around this massive festival. There is so much to do here that you’ll never find yourself bored for even a second.
For some, the RiSE festival is considered a place where everyone can come together and positively lift their spirits. The festival takes place for two days and is held at the Jean Dry Lake Bed in a remote part of the Mojave Desert south of Las Vegas. Attendees to this festival will be able to drink and eat to their heart’s content. They even provide you with material for a self-assembled lantern, in which you can write a message too and release it into the sky after dark.
While that is happening, you’ll be listening to live music from some excellent artists such as Meridian, JP Saxe, Emmit Fenn, Magic Giant, and DJ Ascension. Seeing thousands of lanterns floating into the sky is something that will forever remain in your memories. If you’re worried about littering, the event organizations hire people to go around and clean up the mess left behind, so you won’t have to worry about contributing to any environmental hazards.
If you are a fan of loud music, then Psycho Las Vegas is the festival you need to go to this year. The festival hosts a three-day heavy metal event that takes place at the Mandalay Bay resort. You can expect names like Danzig, Down, and Norwegian black metal pioneers Emperor, who are the ones headlining this massive festival at the Michelob Ultra Arena. There are a dozen bands that are going to be making an appearance throughout the festival in different stages.
One of the most unexpected lists on this lineup is The Flaming Lips, but the festival is known for throwing something unexpected at its guests. If you manage to head to the Daylight Beach Club, you’ll be able to catch the Psycho Swim and comedian Tim Dilion. They’re also going to be a Q&A session with the longtime manager of KISS, Doc McGhee.
The Downtown Brew Festival takes place at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater. The festival provides its guests with over 200 beers from at least sixty different local and regional breweries. Unlike most other festivals, the Brew Festival provides an atmosphere similar to that of a backyard and hosts performances from local bands. The food is provided from local restaurants, such as Eureka, Cousins Maine Lobster, and more. There are also several vegan options, so don’t worry about needing to be surrounded by meat only. If you’re a beer enthusiast, then this is one festival you need to go to this year. It is considered one of the largest beer festivals held in Nevada.
For those who want to celebrate a day where everyone is truly equal, this festival was made for you. The Las Vegas Gay Pride Festival is being hosted in downtown Las Vegas, and guests will be allowed to show off their spirit and pride. The festival will host a wide range of LGBTQ entertainment and a show-stopping parade that celebrates all kinds of love. It’s one of the most sizable social festivals held this year. You can walk down the runway like the diva you always have been and make sure you come in on time. So you don’t miss out on all the excitement.
Are you the type of person who enjoys a combination of music and whiskey? Then this festival was made for you. Las Vegas hosts a festival known as WhiskeyX, which is located at the Cosmopolitans rooftop Boulevard Pool. You can find a wide variety of spirits here, from a fine selection of bourbon, scotch, rye, and other forms of whiskey to try out. WhiskeyX also has an excellent selection of music to listen to as you enjoy your drink, from Broken Bones to Fitz and the Tantrums. As you wander around the festival, you’ll find a wide range of food and cocktails to enjoy from the Cosmopolitans bars and restaurants. The site even gives you an exceptional view of the entire Strip, something that is worth looking at.
Would it really be too surprised if I told you Las Vegas hosted a two-day festival of reggae music? Well, it shouldn’t be when you consider that the entire state has legalized the recreational use of marijuana. While reggae is closely associated with the consumption of cannabis, do keep in mind that it’s not legal to consume it in public spaces, including music festivals. Reggae Rise up has a fantastic lineup of musicians at the Las Vegas Center, headlined by Dirty Heads and Slightly Stoopid. There are two stages on the location that will have several bands playing. The festival also has over 40 vendors selling food, merchandise, and activities to heighten the experience.
Wrapping things up
If you were bummed out about not being able to head to any music festival last year, then you should be happy to find this list. All of these music festivals are confirmed to be happening this year. So get prepared to have some of the most exciting moments you’ve had in a long while. However, before heading out to one of these concerts, make sure to stop by the Wallflower Cannabis House. We provided an excellent assortment of high-quality cannabis goods for you to enjoy.