August in Las Vegas: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

The famous Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada
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There is no way to sugarcoat that Las Vegas, Nevada, is hot in August. So stay in the casino, go to the pool at your hotel, or see a show. Whatever you do, take advantage of the great rates during the summer and forget about the high temperatures. It is a dry heat so you'll be fine—just drink plenty of water and wear some sunscreen.

Rather than avoiding Las Vegas in the middle of summer, you should regulate your time in the sun. A long day at the pool is fun but too much exposure to the sun and heat can be exhausting and may ruin your chance for the noteworthy city nightlife. Instead, use the August weather to your advantage. For example, stay out late at night and sleep in the next day. Spend a few hours at the swimming poolto get a golden Las Vegas tan and then prep yourself for another night of fun. Luckily, evening temperatures are usually bearable for going out to explore.

Las Vegas Weather in August

August in Las Vegas is blazing hot, which means sweat, thirst, very little clothing, and sunscreen. Drink plenty of water and step into every casino and spot of shade you can for a reprieve. You'll still see many people walking, but they are all trying to hydrate, and you should too. Play sports early or late and avoid the midday heat.

  • Average high: 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39.4 degrees Celsius)
  • Average low: 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23.3 degrees Celsius)
  • Average rainfall: 0.49 inches
  • Average humidity: 26 percent

What to Pack

Since it's hot, you will want to bring lightweight shirts, sundresses, skirts, shorts, and such. You may want jeans for air-conditioned casinos and restaurants. Bring comfortable shoes for walking. For sun protection, pack ample and high-quality sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a sun umbrella, water, and anything else you fancy on a toasty day. For your pool visits, include a bathing suit and sandals.

Casual attire is acceptable in most shows and restaurants. However, you might feel more at ease in some expensive restaurants with items like a cocktail dress, a suit, and a dinner jacket.

August Events in Las Vegas

Las Vegas earned the nickname "Sin City" for a reason. People from around the world travel here for the diversions like drinking, nightclubs, gambling, and more. From magic shows to numerous concerts by world-renowned musicians, the events and shows in Vegas offer something for everyone.

  • Cirque du Soleil: Check out one of the company's famous award-winning international theatrical performances. They have several year-round shows with themes like Michael Jackson, The Beatles, and beyond.
  • Exodus Festival Las Vegas: For four days in early August, those 21 and up can dance to several DJs while inside huge clubs and pool parties at this large festival. VIP tables and cabanas are available.
  • Downtown Las Vegas Foodie Tour: People of all ages can tour numerous tasting locations, many of which have won awards. Vegetarians are accommodated in this tour lasting three hours on Thursday and Saturdays afternoons. Learn about the neighborhoods and history of Vegas.
  • Visit the nightclubs: With multi-level luxurious venues, enticing views and food, and dancing and music all night long, Las Vegas takes the cake for a city full of festivities.
  • Star Trek Convention: For five days in late July and early August, thousands of fans of Star Trek, the science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry, can get fully immersed into their favorite culture at this annual convention.
  • MagicFest: In late August, this festival held around the world comes to Nevada, and includes artist signings, a Grand Prix tournament with thousands of dollars in prizes, and many additional events.
  • Vegas Tejano Music Week: The event takes place yearly and is moving in 2019 to The Rio Hotel. In addition to music, they have dance classes, pool parties, food, and their Fanfare & Expo.

August Travel Tips

  • As you plan your trip to Las Vegas and consider tours and attractions, compare prices. If you're looking for shows, you can try Best of Vegas to easily save a few dollars, or the Guide to Las Vegas for information on prices, tickets, reservations, and the like.
  • There are no public holidays this month in the United States.