Ask a group of Las Vegans about their favorite month of the year and you’ll hear a resounding – October! The weather has cooled, and the calendar is filled with festivals, fairs, sporting events, and a whole bunch of spooktacular family-friendly Halloween happenings.
Kick off the month at Boulder City’s annual Art In Park on Oct. 1-2. One of the largest outdoor juried art festivals in the Southwest, the free annual event attracts 300 artists and more than 100,000 visitors. It’s also a chance to check out Historic Boulder City, located not far from Lake Mead and Hoover Dam and about 45 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.
Then continue the hunt for that perfect art piece at the Summerlin Festival of Arts on Oct. 8-9 on The Lawn at Downtown Summerlin. Celebrating its 26th year, this beloved event features more than 100 artists selected by a panel of experts. Definitely bring the kids for fun children’s activities and entertainment.
It’s not fall in Las Vegas without a family outing to Gilcrease Orchard to explore the giant pumpkin patch while grabbing a jug of fresh apple cider to wash down caramel apples.
Haunted Harvest at Springs Preserve, just a few miles from downtown Las Vegas, runs Oct. 22-23 and 29-30. Set on the grounds of the 180-acre Springs Preserve, the event includes a variety of family-friendly activities, live entertainment and trick-or-treat stations.
Thirty rooms of adrenaline-pumping spooky artifacts and fear-inducing in-your-face frights await you at Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum in Downtown Las Vegas. The guided tour takes you from room to room while checking out artifacts like Dr. Kevorkian’s “VW Death Bus,” Michael Jackson’s “Propofol chair” and the world’s most haunted object, the “Dybbuk Box.” Are the items haunted? Possessed perhaps? You might just find out!
Not one but four professional sports teams are playing during October, making it an action-packed month for sports fans. Check out the schedules of the Las Vegas Raiders, Vegas Golden Knights, Las Vegas Lights, and even the boys of summer. For the first time, Las Vegas Ballpark will host the Inaugural Triple-A Championship Weekend – September 30-October 2, 2022. On on Oct. 8 at Allegiant Stadium, college football reigns when Notre Dame and BYU come to town for the Shamrock Series scheduled to air on NBC. Don’t miss the Fed Ex PGA Tour Shriners Childrens Open, Oct. 3-9 at TPC Summerlin! And finally, the NASCAR Xfinity Series comes to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway: October 14-16.
Good times and positive vibes await at the Reggae Rise Up Music Festival in downtown Las Vegas on Oct 7-9. Within walking distance of the popular downtown modern loft-style condominium community Juhl on Bonneville Ave., the three-day festival features some of the biggest names in Reggae plus amazing food, libations, art, and activities.
October in Las Vegas! It’s the best!