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How to Prepare for a Music Festival Weekend in Vegas

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Music festivals are back! After nearly two years without music festivals, we are so excited to have some of the best artists in the business back in town along with all the awesome vibes from everyone attending. With events like Life is Beautiful and EDC Las Vegas returning to the area, learn how to prepare for your weekend of amazing music in one of the greatest cities around.


Planning Your Music Festival Weekend


Choose Where to Stay

Where you stay can make your Las Vegas music festival weekend a lot more convenient! With so many festivals taking place in or near Downtown Las Vegas, it’s a great idea to book a room in the area. Not only will you be close to the venue for easy access to the event, but you’ll also be right in the heart of DTLV for bars, restaurants, and activities to enjoy while not at the show. Since you will probably be spending more time at the event than in your room, comfort and convenience are key. But, you can also treat yourself and your festival crew to a weekend of luxury by booking a suite for a true Vegas experience.


Figure Out Transportation

Music festivals always bring in bigger crowds, which means getting where you need to go might prove to be a little more difficult than your typical Las Vegas weekend. Make a plan for how you’ll get to and from the music festival, and be prepared to have a little bit of a wait. Many of the music festivals are located in central spots and are easily walkable to Downtown Las Vegas or the Strip, which is a huge help in not needing to call an Uber or Lyft. For events like EDC Las Vegas, shuttles are often available to help with venue transportation, but rideshare is often a quicker option for a slightly higher price.


People Having Fun at Las Vegas Music Festival


Pack Your Essentials

While Las Vegas has a lot of shopping to help replace anything you might have forgotten, take extra care to pack all your music festival essentials before you leave. This includes your festival outfits (and maybe some alternative options to choose from), comfortable shoes, reusable water bottles or hydration packs, toiletries, and small bags like a fanny pack or compact backpack. Be sure to bring new, sealed items such as hand sanitizer, lip moisturizer, and gum, as many venues do not allow opened items into music festivals. And don’t forget to bring some non-festival outfits as well so you can lounge around your room or explore Las Vegas.


Manage Your Expectations

Going to a music festival is one of the most exciting experiences, but it’s good to also manage your expectations when things aren’t as fun. Long lines, expensive transportation, and the Las Vegas heat can sometimes make for a stressful time before and after your festival ends. Just remember to stay positive, stay hydrated, stay cool, and most importantly, stay safe. It’ll all be worth it to catch some of your favorite artists and dance along with your crew once you’re in the venue!


EDC Las Vegas Music Festival at NightSource: EDM.com


Music Festivals in Las Vegas


EDC Las Vegas

The Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas is one of the largest electronic dance music festivals in the United States, drawing more than 140,000 people a night to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. You’ll see names like Tiesto, the Chainsmokers, and Kygo among the 200-plus DJs performing on at least eight different stages. But what really makes EDC special is the futuristic environment of neon lights, art cars, carnival rides, and endless imagery.


Lost in Dreams

The first-ever Lost in Dreams music festival in Las Vegas was presented by Insomniac, the brains behind the upcoming Electric Daisy Carnival. Gryffin, Seven Lions, Dabin, and more than 40 other EDM artists performed for over two days on three different stages at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. With a focus on future bass and dubstep with elaborate effects and immersive art installations, this festival is sure to return for future years.


iHeartRadio Music Festival

The iHeartRadio Music Festival celebrates your favorite hitmakers with a lineup that ranges from pop and R&B to country and classic rock. The main stage at the T-Mobile Arena hosts performances by Dua Lipa, Coldplay, Florida Georgia Line, Khalid, Weezer, Journey, Lil Baby, Maroon 5, and others with Ryan Seacrest as the host. This year, the Daytime Stage will be at AREA15 this year with younger, rising stars like Olivia Rodrigo and Saweetie.


Life is Beautiful

The Life is Beautiful festival takes over 18 blocks of Downtown Las Vegas east of the Fremont Street Experience for three straight days. A diverse lineup is headlined by Billie Eilish, Green Day, Tame Impala, and Megan Thee Stallion with performances on multiple stages. Life is Beautiful also has food and drinks, comedy, educational speakers, and an art program with large-scale murals and installations often left behind when the festival is over.


Crowds at Life is Beautiful Music Festival in Las VegasSource: Life is Beautiful


Punk Rock Bowling

An event that started as a small get-together at a Santa Monica bowling alley is now a full-blown weekend festival in Las Vegas. The top performers play throughout the day at the Las Vegas Events Center, but the fun continues with after-parties, pool parties, and more throughout the Downtown area – and yes, a two-day bowling tournament. The headliners this year include the Circle Jerks, Devo, and The Descendants.


Reggae Rise Up

A Reggae music festival might not be as mainstream as some of the other Las Vegas festivals, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. Reggae Rise Up has a potent lineup of acts at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, headlined by Dirty Heads and Slightly Stoopid. Check out bands on two stages while visiting more than 40 vendors with food, art, merchandise, activities, and good vibes to round out the experience.


Day N Vegas

Day N Vegas returns for its second-ever year, bringing together a deep lineup of rap, hip-hop, and R&B stars for three days of outdoor performances at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds (on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara). Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, and Tyler, The Creator are the headliners with supporting acts like Doja Cat, SZA, and Lil Uzi Vert bringing added relevancy to the event.


With a range of genres to choose from, Las Vegas music festivals offer something for everyone. And on top of some awesome lineups, you can find some incredible local vendors and art along the way, making it a unique experience you can’t find anywhere else. No matter which music festival in Las Vegas you decide to go to, be sure to book a room at the D to be close to the venues and close to the action.