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Things to do in Las Vegas in May

Last updated: February 26, 2018 at 12:36 pm. Posted by in Celebrities, Las Vegas Hotels, Nightlife, Things to Do in Las Vegas. 1 Comment on Things to do in Las Vegas in May.

Looking for a party month in Vegas? Then May is the answer. With Cinco de Mayo celebrations at the start and Memorial Day weekend parties at the end, plus great weather, pool openings and big name shows in between, you’ll find us partying all month long. It’s time to give in to your desire for fun and plan a trip to Las Vegas. Where will you be partying with us this month?

Cinco de Mayo falls on a Friday (¡si, si, si!), the Kentucky Derby is the day after that, Mother’s Day can be taken to the max and Memorial Day is most definitely stretched out over the entire extended weekend. That’s not all May has to offer; there’s famous comedians like Jim Gaffigan and Bob Saget to crack you up and delicious drink specials to make your happy hour even happier. Read on to discover the top things to do in Las Vegas this May.

April 30 – May 6

Las Vegas Cinco de Mayo festivities at Chayo Las Vegas restaurant

Cinco de Mayo Events


Even if Cinco de Mayo is a way bigger deal in the U.S. than it is in Mexico, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat all the tacos you can possibly consume… er, enjoy. Restaurants and bars up and down The LINQ Promenade will offer food and drink specials. Chayo offers $5 16-ounce Draft beers (Modelo, Negra Modelo, Corona Light and Pacifico ); $5 Tall Corona Cans; $8 shots of Patron Silver; $16 32-ounce Mega Drafts with a souvenir cup (Modelo, Negra Modelo, Corona Light and Pacifico) and $20 32-ounce frozen margaritas. There will also be tacos, elote (aka Mexican street corn) and a Breakfast and Buzz package for those celebrating early.


O’Sheas offers Corona buckets with 5 beers for $30 and Sauza margaritas for $10 plus a tequila ice luge for those who think drinking the scorpion isn’t intimidating enough.

Mmm, it’s taco time at Border Grill!

Border Grill

Border Grill inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace has your Cinco foodie needs covered. Dine on grilled watermelon salad with crispy Serrano ham, an oyster trio, Baja ceviche tostaditas with jalapeño aoli and chipotle fried calamari, among other tasty treats. ¡Olé!

El Burro borracho

El Burro Borracho at Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino will feature a live mariachi band from 5-10 p.m. May 5 plus food and drink specials throughout the weekend. Toast to the fiesta-filled weekend with $4 Patron shots and $15 Sauza Signature Blue Margaritas.

Check out what other fiestas are going on for Cinco de Mayo in Las Vegas.

Taboo at GO Pool

Taboo of Black Eyed Peas spins at the Flamingo GO Pool

Taboo of Black Eyed Peas spins at the Day Beats pool party at Flamingo’s GO Pool Saturday May 6. If you thought the band could “get it started,” imagine what Taboo will do poolside once the drinks get flowing at Flamingo’s party pool. Doors open at 9 a.m. and DJ Eric Forbes warms up the crowd starting at noon before Taboo hits the decks around 3 p.m. Enjoy bottle specials on magnum bottles of Grey Goose from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. so your party is already started when Taboo takes over.

Kentucky Derby

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Watching the Kentucky Derby in Las Vegas is about the next best thing to smelling the horses in Churchill Downs. Come to think of it, those smells aren’t always the best so we’re really not missing too much at all. With gourmet food, tasty mint juleps, giant HD TVs all over the place and of course the opportunities to place a bet on your favorite ponies, Vegas is the place to be on May 6.

Grab a drink at Spago with your Kentucky Derby bet winnings!

Grab a drink at Spago with your Derby bet winnings!

Don your finest hat or seersucker suit and enjoy tasty vittles from celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at Spago inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Who are we kidding? You probably won’t be Kentucky levels of dressed up while you’re cheering for whatever horse has the most interesting name, but you can definitely eat some delicious gourmet food. The menu includes buttermilk biscuits with salted maple butter and shaved country ham plus Kentucky “Hot Browns,” aka baller open-faced turkey sandwiches with bacon and Gruyère mornay sauce. Think of it as a meaty, grown-up, country grilled cheese. If you’re looking for something to wash that down, or perhaps only care about the Kentucky Derby for the associated derby drinks, tableside mint julep service is available with Woodford Reserve bourbon.

Jim Gaffigan at The Colosseum

Much of comedian Jim Gaffigan’s act revolves around food so what better place for him to perform than The Colosseum at Caesars Palace? There are SO many delicious restaurants to grab dinner and drinks before or after the show that you should probably just plan on grabbing drinks at Montecristo Cigar Lounge and eating dinner at MR CHOW then hitting up Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill for a little of the celeb chef’s signature sticky toffee pudding after the show.

Oops, like Gaffigan, we just went off on a food tangent. Back to business: go see the multi-talented Jim Gaffigan, star of stage and screen. He has award-winning actor, New York Times best-selling author and multi-platinum-selling comedy album guru credits to his name so, needless to say, he’s a pretty sure bet for an amazing evening of laughs. He’ll perform May 6 and 7 so you’ve got two chances to catch him live.

May 7 -13

Gordie Brown at Planet Hollywood

Master impressionist and longtime Las Vegas performer Gordie Brown returns to The Strip with his all new show, Gordie Brown Live inside The Cabaret Show Lounge at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. He performed a decade ago at Planet Hollywood but this time he’s crafted a more intimate show, taking it back to his roots of engaging crowd interaction in a cabaret-style venue. His level of showmanship and spot-on impressions of everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Bruno Mars have earned him high praise from Queen Céline herself, vocalist Céline Dion. The show runs Tuesday-Sunday (dark Fridays) at 7 p.m. so grab your tickets now to hear the equivalent of dozens of concerts all rolled into one impressive experience.

Poolside fun at The LINQ

The pool season is in full swing at the LINQ

The LINQ Pool is a hot place to chill out.

The Vegas pools are open and that means your day should contain at least some fun in the sun! There’s a pool for every personality; so, find yours.

The POOL at The LINQ is a great one-stop-shop for poolside fun. Enjoy the wild island vibe on Tropical Saturdays where DJ M!keattack spins from noon until 5 p.m. and guests can play with pool floats in a literal inflatable playground. Think palm trees and flamingos. Cabanas and day beds are available for rental as well if you get tired from lounging in the pool… ha.

On Champagne Sundays, anyone who buys a bottle can get a complimentary bottle of champagne along with it. Guests can order bottle service from anywhere in the pool so this makes for a pretty awesome day drinking deal. Let’s just say the free champagne is <cough, cough>, depending upon supply,<cough, cough> not necessarily the cheap stuff. Score!

These special promotions are open to locals and non-hotel guests who are 21+ so you’ve got no excuse to miss this pool party.

Two For Tuesdays turns the pool into a paradise for locals. Nevada residents and industry folks (as in the people who keep the Vegas hospitality industry running 24/7) with proper ID can enjoy 2-for-1 drinks all day long from noon until closing.

May 14 – 20

Mother’s Day events

Mother’s Day in Las Vegas is a whole different game. The standard Mother’s Day brunch is always delicious and usually a crowd pleaser but in Vegas, you can splurge a little bit and really blow mom’s taste buds at Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace or GIADA at The Cromwell. There’s also way more to do in Las Vegas than simply get a pedicure at your local nail salon. Pamper mom at one of the world-class spas like Qua Baths & Spa where you don’t have to stop with just nails. Pair a massage with a facial and enjoy the Roman baths and Laconium Room while you’re there.

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Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas celebrates its 5th anniversary this month and you can reap the tasty benefits. Enjoy a special five-course meal highlighting the celebrity chef’s signature dishes at this gourmet Las Vegas steakhouse.

May 21 – 27

Memorial Day Weekend events

Since eating, drinking, clubbing and hitting the pool are already some of the things Las Vegas does best on a daily basis, it’s no surprise we do Memorial Day Weekend like a boss. Pools feature some of the hottest acts spinning outdoors under the sun. Catch Future Friday, May 26, Lil Wayne Saturday, May 27 and Wiz Khalifa Sunday May 28 at Drai’s Beachclub at The Cromwell.

Nightlife is also on point this weekend with huge DJs like Calvin Harris spinning Friday, May 26 at Omnia, followed by Martin Garrix on Saturday, May 27.

In honor of Memorial Day, Caesars Entertainment  is offering an additional  15% hotel discount for veterans and active duty military who book on during Memorial Day weekend. Please click here for more details.

Cabo Wabo Cantina, located inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, celebrates Memorial Day Weekend with several drink specials plus live entertainment on its Strip-side patio throughout the holiday weekend. Musician Shawn Eiferman performs at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 25 and catch Justin Carder at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 26. Buckets of Dos Equis and Heineken are $21, and signature cocktails including the Vojito, featuring Devotion Black and Blue vodka, fresh berries, fresh mint and lime juice.

Jennifer Lopez

Spicy pop star Jennifer Lopez returns to Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood May 24 and over Memorial Day Weekend May 26-28. The name of her residency, Jennifer Lopez: All I Have, spells it out pretty clearly. She’s bringing you ALL she’s got, from her Jenny from the Block roots to “Get Right” and everything in between.

Bob Saget at Brooklyn Bowl

Bob Saget at the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas

This is not, and I repeat, this is NOT Danny Tanner.

Did you know everybody’s favorite mild-mannered TV sitcom dad, Danny Tanner from “Full House,” is actually a hilarious stand-up comedian? Ok, ok, we know actors aren’t actually their characters in real life but Bob Saget actually is performing at Brooklyn Bowl on The LINQ Promenade. Catch this familiar funnyman May 26 in a very different light when he isn’t censored for prime time.

Enjoy a refreshing Frosé at GIADA's Las Vegas restaurant

Frosé all day.

May 28 – June1

Frosé at GIADA

Just in time for springtime in Las Vegas, GIADA at The Cromwell is blending up a refreshing take on everyone’s favorite warm weather wine with its Frosé.

GIADA’s Frosé is made with rosé wine, white vermouth and limoncello, all frozen and blended together in a custom-made rose-gold Frosé machine. The frosty beverage is the perfect accompaniment to GIADA’s California-inspired Italian cuisine, or just on its own.

Martini Mondays at VISTA

 Find happy hours throughout the week including Martini Mondays at VISTA Cocktail Lounge

In Vegas, we don’t wait for the weekend for happy hour. You can find happy hours throughout the week including Martini Mondays at VISTA Cocktail Lounge at Caesars Palace where you can escape to another place while gazing at the LED screens with views of the gorgeous skylines of major international cities. Martini Mondays are all about New York City where you can bask in the sunset against the famous NYC skyline with cocktails named after the five Big Apple boroughs. Bottoms up!

World Series of Poker

Qui Nguyen won the 2016 Main Event for $8,005,310 and the bracelet.

“It’s the most wonderful time… of the yeeeeear!” …If you’re a poker player! Christmas comes early if you make it to the money in any of the events at the annual World Series of Poker held at Rio. The annual poker showdown kicks off May 30 and features all varieties of tournament play including the Big Kahuna, the WSOP No-Limit Hold’em Main Event, the finals of which take place in November. Last year’s event drew 6,737 players and had a prize pool of a whopping $63,327,800. Poker pros and average Joes (and Janes) will try their luck in dozens of events and railbirds, aka poker spectators, are welcome. Ante up if you want a piece of the prize pool or just enjoy watching all the exciting action. It’s time to shuffle up and deal.

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Allison came to Las Vegas over a decade ago and fell in love with the city and all its dining and entertainment options. A live music junkie and tequila enthusiast, she has written for Las Vegas Weekly, Las Vegas Sun, Vegas Magazine and Conde Nast's VegasChatter.

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  1. Mike

    Thanks for the Cinco De mayo posts! We’re going to check out Chayo and Osheas! Weird that Margaritaville is not doing anything?