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

Average Temperatures and Events You Can Expect

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Zeke Quezada

May is the time of the year in Las Vegas where you start feeling the temperature rise and you are not sure if you are ready for summer to come so quickly. Remember, this is May heat and not middle-of-summer temperatures, so you will be comfortable. Nighttime walks can sometimes require a sweater if you do not like the crisp desert air. For the most part, May weather is about as perfect as Las Vegas climate gets.

Las Vegas Weather in May

The average high temperature is 88 F and the average low temperature is 60 F. This extreme temperature difference is common in desert locations. Since May starts to bring the heat, the pools in Las Vegas start hopping with activities. Some of the early pool parties get going in May so expect the party atmosphere to build up toward Memorial Day weekend. Keep in mind, you can still get some relatively cool temperatures late in the day so you might not be soaking up the sun until dinner time.

May and June have the lowest amount of rainfall in the year. May's average rainfall is 0.28 inches for the month. Likewise, the humidity is really low, it hovers at about 18 percent. This month is a good time for an afternoon stroll along the Strip or getting a golf game in.

Although the mid-afternoon sun and temperatures can get a tiny bit uncomfortable, if you are doing a good job of drinking water you should be fine. You might work up a sweat during your walk. If you plan on going golfing, your best bet is during twilight. Prices do start to creep up to play some courses.

What to Pack

Since there is a vast variation in the temperature, your best bet is to pack layers. The mornings and evenings might be brisk if you are walking along the Strip, so a long-sleeved shirt, sweatshirt, or hoodie jacket might be good to have. You will be fine with T-shirts, shorts, and sandals during the day, but you might want a pair of pants and closed-toe shoes at night.

May Events in Las Vegas

As if all the neat attractions at each of the hotels wasn't enough, there are food, dancing, and a couple of heritage celebrations in May.

  • Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit: Check out one of the world's most decadent and delicious food festivals.
  • Electric Daisy Carnival: Commonly known as EDC, this annual electronic dance music festival is held annually in May at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is the flagship location with others cropping up in other cities. On average, the three-day festival attracts 400,000 people per year.
  • Cinco de Mayo Celebration: Festivities take place at the Fremont Street Experience as well as at Mexican restaurants throughout the city.  
  • Helldorado Days: This annual cowboy-themed event celebrates Las Vegas’ tribute to the Wild West with a rodeo and parade mid-May.
  • Concerts at the T-Mobile Arena and Park Theater at Park MGM: Major headliners come every year to perform. You will need to get your tickets months in advance (or expect to pay exorbitant prices through ticket brokers).
  • Enjoy one of the many attractions: There are 100 things to do in Las Vegas. Among those, go see one of the popular shows Vegas is known for.

May Travel Tips

  • For a spectacular view at sunset, go to the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas.
  • The summer season is about to begin in May and the hotels start offering some very good incentives to stay in Las Vegas. As you plan your trip and you consider tours and attractions, compare prices with Viator.com. If you are looking for shows, you can also try Best of Vegas. Take a look at what they are offering and if it suits you, you can easily save a few dollars.
  • If you were thinking of combining a trip to the Grand Canyon with your Las Vegas trip, then May is a good time to do that. May is right before the summer crowds hit the National Park. The weather is good. It is still tolerable as you drive through the desert. It will not feel as if you and the car are baking in an oven.
  • If you are trying to figure out the best time to visit Las Vegas, factor in what you want to do. For example, if you're a gambler and plan to sit at the casino most of the time, then any time of year works for you. But, if you want to check out the cool Las Vegas pool scene, then May is a good time to go.