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May Must Do Events In Las Vegas

Last updated: May 3, 2019 at 6:07 pm. Posted by in Las Vegas Shows, Things to Do in Las Vegas. No Comments on May Must Do Events In Las Vegas.

By the end of May, it will be summer. Well, not technically, but Memorial Day always proverbially signals summer in the US, and here in Las Vegas, we’ve been “summering” for months already.

May is a month filled with holidays – Cinco De Mayo, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day – and events and celebrations surrounding those days. Here are our May Must Do events, shows, activities and more:

May 1 – 7

Jimmy Kimmel's Las Vegas comedy club opens in May

This guy finally made it to the big time with his own Las Vegas comedy club. (ABC/Jeff Lipsky)

Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club

There’s a brand-new place to get your laughs on The Strip. Famed late-night talk show host and Las Vegas native, Jimmy Kimmel, opens his namesake comedy club at The LINQ Promenade. Opening weekend – May 2 – 5 – brings Harland Williams, the offbeat star of films including “RocketMan,” to showcase his wares.

 

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Violent Femmes at Brooklyn Bowl las vegas

One of folk punk’s most famous bands takes the stage at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas on The LINQ Promenade as Gordon Gano, Brian Ritchie and companu bring their unique sounds to Sin City. From the ever danceable “Blister in the Sun” to the fist-pumping anger of “Add It Up,” the experience of seeing one of this country’s great punk outfits perform some of their biggest hits is one for the books.

Dancers perform on the LINQ Promenade for Cinco de Mayo in Las Vegas

It’s a fiesta all day at The LINQ Promeande with dancers, Mariachi bands and more for Cinco de Mayo. Photo courtesy of VOX Solid Communications.

Cinco De Mayo

Finally, an excuse to party in Las Vegas. This year, the affectionately nicknamed “Drinko De Mayo” takes place on a Sunday so we’re expecting a lot of work call-outs Monday morning. There are plenty of Cinco de Mayo specials going on throughout the weekend.

James Taylor at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace this May

James Taylor. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

James Taylor At Caesars Palace

“Winter, spring, summer or fall. All you’ve got to do is call…”

And you’ve got a friend in James Taylor. The folk singer brings a catalog of music of more than 50 years to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. “Sweet Baby James” has, in this residency, been playing such favorites as the above referenced “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Your Smiling Face” and “Fire and Rain” in a setlist made for the fans. Taylor’s extended run plays through May 11.

May 8 – 15

Celebrity chefs partying together on the red carpet at Vegas Uncork'd

Chefs love other chefs. Catch all the love at Vegas Uncork’d. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Vegas Uncork’d

Presented by “Bon Appétit” magazine, Las Vegas turns into even more of a foodie destination May 9 – 12 as a gaggle of the world’s finest chefs convene for parties, tastings and cooking demos during Vegas Uncork’d. Events include Yo Cuz! An Italian Afternoon with Steve Martorano, Rao’s Italian Brunch with The Rao’s Family and The Grand Tasting, which takes place May 10 from 7 – 10 p.m. at the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace. Tickets are still available. Visit vegasuncorked.com.

 

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Fred Armisen at Brooklyn Bowl

The “Portlandia” star and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member does more than just act. He is also the bandleader for The 8G Band, the house band for “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” Armisen used to be a punk drummer in his earlier years. Those who know the quirky funnyman’s brand of humor know that he goes for the minutiae, so even if you don’t get everything, you’ll probably get enough to laugh at this show titled “Fred Armisen Comedy for Musicians But Everyone Is Welcome.”

Enjoy a nice Mother's Day brunch on the outdoor patio at Mon Ami Gabi

Take Mom for a nice meal at Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Mother’s Day

Mark it on the calendar right now. “Do not forget to take Mom out to do something special on May 12.” Celebrate the woman who birthed you with a nice outdoor meal at these places before it gets too hot. Or deck out your Vegas stay at these suites to let Mom know you appreciate all that she’s done for you.

Celine Dion

Celine Dion celebrated her 1,000th show at The Colosseum in 2017. She wraps up her final shows at Caesars Palace on June 8, 2019. Photo By Denise Truscello.

Celine Dion At Caesars Palace

All hail Queen Celine as she takes back her righteous throne at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on May 14. Nobody has redefined the Las Vegas residency like the Canadian songstress and the power of her performance is something that must be seen and heard to be believed. Her final run of shows ends June 8.

May 16 – 23

 

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2 Chainz and French Montana at Drai’s Nightclub

Drai’s Nightclub at The Cromwell is the place to be for hip hop heads as Georgia rapper 2 Chainz takes over the club on May 17. Fans can expect all of the Southern star’s hits including “It’s A Vibe,” “Rule The World” and “Mercy.” On May 18, the night belongs to Moroccan born rapper French Montana. This night will, no doubt, be “Unforgettable.”

 

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Electric Daisy Carnival

The party goes all weekend long as Electric Daisy Carnival invades Las Vegas. EDM, dub-steb, house and deep house vibes will be prevalent throughout the city. So will insane costumes. For those who can’t make it to the festival but still want a taste, superstar DJs Martin Garrix and Zedd will be dropping beats at OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace, the former on May 17 and the latter on May 18.

Vanderpump Cocktail Garden at Caesars Palace Las Vegas

Lisa Vanderpump. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Vanderpump cocktail garden

Reality television star Lisa Vanderpump recently opened up her swank hangout at Caesars Palace and it has been lines out the door since day one. Let the “Vanderpump Rules” star transport you to her high-end garden party and enjoy the good life, Vanderpump style.

 

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An Evening with Johnny Marr

We can all dreams of a Smiths reunion. But, while it doesn’t seem like Mozz and Marr will be playing together anytime soon, at least we still have them both playing on their own. The former guitarist of the seminal first wave group brings his slicing, incisive stringed instrument work to Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at The LINQ Promenade on May 18, where the audience will find out that “Bigmouth Strikes Again.”

May 24 – 31

John Cynn, 2018 World Series of Poker winner

John Cynn won the World Series Of Poker main event in 2018, taking home $9,513,071. Photo courtesy of World Series of Poker.

World Series of Poker

The biggest card game in the world, the World Series of Poker, begins on May 28 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Go “all in” with the multitude of competitors all vying for that gold bracelet and instant legendary status among the card-playing greats.

Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis.

Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Pool Season

Summer is officially here – in our minds anyway. Nobody does pool season better than Las Vegas. Whether you want to splish, splash, sip, soak up the sun or swim, the pools in Sin City offer everything you can think of and probably a few things you haven’t. 

Calvin Harris - Harris House party at OMNIA nightclub is May 31

Calvin Harris is in the DJ Hall of Fame. Note: DJ Hall of Fame might not exist. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Calvin Harris at Omnia nightclub

The most famous and highest paid DJ in the world returns to Caesars Palace with his smooth electro pop and nu-disco sounds. The Scottish record producer does it all and is best known for his smash hit with Rihanna, “We Found Love.” The Harris house party is May 31 at OMNIA Nightclub.

Christina Aguilera: The Xperience begins May 31 at Zappos Theater

Christina will leave her mark on Las Vegas this year. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Christina Aguilera at planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Christina Aguilera: The Xperience begins May 31 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The judge of “The Voice” has no problem having her voice judged as she goes through her collection of hits including “Genie in a Bottle,” “Dirty,” and “Beautiful.” Welcome to your new residency, Xtina.

There is something always going on in Las Vegas, check out our Las Vegas event guide.

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Jason is originally from the great state of New Jersey. That’s right – great! He’s lived in Las Vegas on and off for the past 20 years, which he also rates as top notch. As a pop culture fanatic, he loves concerts, great food, offbeat adventures and movies. He has written for too many publications to mention, has sold a few screenplays and is immersed in the creative world.

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