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Las Vegans Celebrate October’s Cooler Weather and the Coming of Autumn

 

 

Like northerners who hail the arrival of spring following a harsh winter, Las Vegans celebrate “fall-fever” and the onset of lower temperatures.

While some might debate that average October daytime temperatures of 89 degrees and nighttime temperatures of 60 degrees may not invoke typical autumn images, for most Las Vegans, it’s sweater weather that beckons them to outdoor activities. From patio dining and art fairs to 5K runs and Halloween traditions, October in Las Vegas is the best!

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Al Fresco Dining

One of the best parts about living in Las Vegas is the abundance of outdoor dining! There’s no shortage of restaurants offering patio seating. To get you started, here are just a few spots.

Downtown Las Vegas’ Carson Kitchen is an urban casual eatery with two patios, including one on the rooftop. Dine on pork tenderloin with cherry apricot maple chutney or order a beer from a list that includes local breweries.

With a large private patio surrounded by red brick and green foliage, 7th & Carson, also in downtown Las Vegas, is a great place for breakfast or brunch. Locals love the stuffed French toast. For lunch or dinner check out the short rib philly, shrimp pasta or veggie curry.

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Project BBQ, a permanent food truck moored at Circa in downtown Las Vegas, has a view of the Main Street Stage and action along Fremont Street. Relax in the “backyard” while feasting on freshly smoked BBQ.

Esther’s Kitchen in downtown’s Arts District serves up delicious seasonal farm to table Italian cuisine. The patio not only features relaxing loungers and a fire pit, but continues to offer outdoor dining pods dubbed “Greenhouse Village.”

Perfect BBQ Weather

If you’re new to Las Vegas don’t be surprised if invitations to barbecues increase in early October. The weather is perfect for outdoor gatherings, particularly at luxury condo communities like Juhl in downtown Las Vegas where friends gather poolside to sip cocktails and grill.

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Art Fairs & Festivals 

What better way to spend a beautiful October day than to wander around art fairs like the 57th Annual Boulder City Art in the Park, the largest outdoor juried art festival in the southwest happening Oct 2-3. Also check out the Summerlin Festival of Arts, October 9-10 in Downtown Summerlin

The Reggae Rise Up Music Festival is coming to the downtown Las Vegas Events Center on October 9-10 with two full days of amazing music, food, merchandise, art, activities and good vibes!

The annual Las Vegas PRIDE Night Parade returns to downtown Las Vegas on Oct. 8 followed by the Las Vegas PRIDE festival is October 9 at Craig Ranch Regional Park.

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Get in the Halloween Spirit

A Las Vegas tradition – pick a pumpkin and sip apple cider at Gilcrease Orchard – 60 acres of farmland in the Las Vegas valley. Make sure to get there early. Gilcrease is only open on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 7am-2pm.

The Haunted Harvest at the Springs Preserve is back! A spooktacular tradition, this family-friendly outdoor event features trick-or-treat candy stations throughout the “Bootanical” Garden, carnival games, a hay maze and petting zoo, monster training, craft activities, live entertainment, food vendors, and the Boo Town Train!

Sports

While technically not an outdoor activity, no list of October happenings would be complete without mentioning that it’s both hockey and football season! The Las Vegas Golden Knights kick-off their 2021/22 season on Oct 12 at T-Mobile Arena with a home game against the Seattle Kraken. And does anything say autumn more than NFL football? The Las Vegas Raiders will play two home games in October against the Bears and Eagles at the new Allegiant Stadium!