Even if your school days are long behind you and summer no longer means vacation, June still feels like a time to cut loose and turn up the music. Summer in Las Vegas kicks off with plenty of music festivals and other celebrations of art and culture. Whether you want to dance until dawn, meet comic book legends, take in some musical theater, or just enjoy a good meal, there is plenty to keep you busy in Vegas this June.
June events in Las Vegas
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical is returning to Las Vegas as part of a new North American tour. With brand new choreography and Tony Award-winners in charge of costuming and light design, this is Phantom like you’ve never seen it before. The fresh adaptation and thrilling special effects led the Washington Post to describe this production as “not your granny’s ‘Phantom of the Opera.'”
When: May 31 – June 11
Where: The Smith Center – 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas
The Las Vegas Film Festival brings filmmakers and film lovers together for a 6-day celebration of culture, community, and the art of visual storytelling. The festival’s official selections include features, shorts, animated films, documentaries, music videos, and experimental films. All feature-length screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the cast and director, providing cinephiles with an immersive movie-going experience.
When: June 6 – 11
Where: Palms Casino Resort – 4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas
Discover a little bit of the Caribbean in the middle of the desert at this annual reggae festival. Reggae in the Desert features performances from some of Jamaica’s most talented artists including Common Kings and Alborosie. The festival, however, is about much more than music. Attendees will get a true taste of Caribbean culture thanks to vendors selling traditional crafts and plenty of food stalls offering authentic island dishes.
When: June 10
Where: 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas
Over 300,000 electronic music fans are expected to descend on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for this 3-night festival. More than 200 artists will appear on 6 stages over the course of the weekend, and the music will continue until dawn each day. Topping the massive bill are Alison Wonderland, Diplo, Jauz, and DJ Khaled. EDC also offers all of the rides, performers, and food you’d expect at a carnival.
When: June 16 – 18
Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 7000 N. Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas
For the eleventh year in a row, restaurants across the city are offering unique prix fixe menus to tempt a wide variety of palates. Whether you’re in the mood for inventive tapas or classic comfort foods, a casual lunch or a special dinner, there’s a menu for you. Lunches are available for $20 or $30, while dinner options range from $30 to $80 per person. Best of all, a portion of all Restaurant Week proceeds will go to Three Square, a charity working to end hunger in Southern Nevada.
When: June 19 – 30
Where: Participating restaurants
The longest-running touring music festival in North America returns to Las Vegas with over 60 acts on 7 stages. Metal and punk fans will be particularly pleased with this year’s lineup, which features GWAR, Hatebreed, Anti-Flag, and the Adolescents. The Warped Tour is all ages, and parents of children under 16 can accompany their young fans for free provided the child has a ticket. There is even a Reverse Daycare Tent where parents can take a break from the heat and the music.
When: June 23
Where: Hard Rock Hotel – 4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas
Whether you’re a cosplaying comic book devotee or a casual fan of superhero movies, you’ll be in good company at the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con. Headlining this year’s list of featured guests is the legendary Stan Lee, co-creator of the Marvel universe. In addition to appearances by a variety of artists, writers, and actors, the convention will feature hundreds of exhibitors, gaming areas, and a costume contest. Kids ten and under are free, and there will be plenty of family-friendly activities.
When: June 23 – 25
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center – 3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas
As always, Las Vegas has something for everyone. Keep it highbrow at the theater or grab your glow sticks and head to EDC; just make sure you get out and take advantage of all the city has to offer in June.