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

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March is the perfect time to visit Las Vegas. The temperatures start rising during the day and it's often sunny, so before you know it, the pools are dotted with people who have been dying to put on a swimsuit. You'll see plenty of visitors in town for the huge March Madness parties as the NCAA Basketball tournament will dominate the televisions at most of the casual bars and restaurants. There also tend to be lower room rates and more deals during the springtime.

Las Vegas in March
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Las Vegas Weather in March

Spring is truly the perfect medium between winter and summer in Las Vegas. Temperatures start rising in March and it's finally warm enough for the resort pools to re-open after being closed for the season, but the scorching desert sun and triple-digit days are still months away.

  • Average High: 71 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius)
  • Average Low: 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius)

Skies are typically clear, and the intense Las Vegas sun can make it feel warmer than what the thermometer tells you (which is great in March but brutal in August). That also means when the sun goes down, it gets pretty chilly, so be prepared for walking around the Strip in the evenings.

Occasionally a storm may pass through the city and bring some rain with it, but for the most part, Las Vegas is dry year-round.

What to Pack

March in Las Vegas is perfect for daytime walks under the bright sunshine but be aware that it does get cool during the evenings. You will need to pack a few light layers, such as sweaters, windbreakers, and jeans or long pants for when the sun goes down. Otherwise, you should be comfortable in T-shirts and maybe a maxi-dress for women during the day.

Even though it isn't summer yet, don't forget a swimsuit since the resort pools re-open in March. Even if it isn't warm enough to lay out by the pool, you can at least take a dip in the hot tub. If you're planning on going out to the clubs or nice restaurants, you should pack at least one snazzy outfit, meaning a dress or nice top for women and a button-down shirt with slacks or dark jeans for men.

March Events in Las Vegas

Even the cooler spring in Las Vegas offers plenty to do in March, with vacationers spending their spring break in one of the top tourist destinations in the world.

  • March Madness: The NCAA basketball tournament fires up the strip's casinos, resorts, clubs, and sports bars with fans cheering for their favorite college basketball teams. Although none of the games themselves take place in Vegas, it's a great time to gamble at one of Las Vegas' sportsbooks. The excitement begins with Selection Sunday on March 14, 2021.
  • Spring Break: March is prime time, so expect to see many college kids packing the pool areas. You'll want to book rooms in advance during these days.
  • St. Patrick's Day: Along with the parade and festival, a number of great resorts and casinos offer holiday revelry along the Las Vegas Strip. Stop by Rí Rá Irish Pub in the Mandalay Bay Resort for authentic Irish music and dancing on March 17.
  • Nevada Women's Film Festival: Typically held on one of the last two weekends of March, this film fest offers moviegoers a chance to see award-winning movies from up-and-coming filmmakers. However, the 2021 NWFF has been postponed to June.

March Travel Tips

  • There are always hotel deals to be found around Vegas, but the shoulder season of spring usually has even more deals than other times of the year. Most visitors come for quick weekend trips, so plan to visit mid-week for the biggest savings.
  • The exception to the shoulder season deals is spring break, when the city fills up with college students. Even then, there are ways to enjoy the city on a student budget like lounging by the pool and researching which clubs to visit.
  • Most of the resort pools around Vegas shut down in the winter months and just begin to re-open in March. It may not be the best time for the wild day club parties that take over in summer, but at least you'll get a chance to enjoy one of Vegas' most iconic attractions.
  • The casinos along the Strip are farther apart than they look, so wear comfortable walking shoes for moving around if you want to avoid taking taxis.

To learn more about if you want to visit Las Vegas in the spring, check out our guide on the best time to visit.