The summer slowly comes to an end in September in Las Vegas but all that means is that the swimming pools are less crowded and the swarms of school-age children are gone. September in Las Vegas is still hot, the days are still long, and there are plenty of crowded adults-only pool parties.
September also heralds the return of preseason NHL Hockey to the T-mobile Arena. The Vegas Golden Knights joined the NHL in the 2017-2018 season. Watching a pre-season match-up is a great way for you to spend an evening in Las Vegas. When the game ends, the party spills out onto the plaza where live music, great food, and drinks spice up your Las Vegas vacation. As the college football season gets going, the sportsbook at the casinos gets really lively.
September Weather in Las Vegas
The average temperature for the month of September is 86 F. The highs in the early part of the month are about 95 F and the evening lows drop dramatically to 66 F as desert locations tend to do. By the end of September, the average high temperature is about 80 F, which ushers in the fall season. Being a desert locale, Las Vegas humidity remains low most of the year with September no exception. Rain is possible, but the likelihood of you experiencing rain hovers at about a 10 percent chance.
The pools in Vegas are legendary and the crowds at the pool have thinned out some in September making your plight to find a lounge chair easier. It’s still plenty warm but no longer oppressive oven-like heat. Late afternoons are extremely satisfying at the pool and they get you going for an early dinner or a late night at the clubs.
What to Pack
The best way to pack for Las Vegas in September is to bring clothing for summertime during the day and for the evenings, think fall-like temperatures. Summer attire like t-shirts, shorts, sundresses, and sandals are appropriate. The evenings can drop into the 60s, so if you get cold easily, bring a sweater or light jacket if you plan a nightly stroll along the Vegas Strip. You also might want to bring some long pants, closed-toe shoes, or sneakers if you plan on sightseeing or going for long walks.
September Events in Las Vegas
- Las Vegas 51s Baseball: The Las Vegas 51s bring professional Triple-A baseball to town every summer. This New York Mets affiliate, part of the Pacific Coast League, plays at Cashman Field from April through September. The team's name comes from Area 51, the informal name of a classified military facility near Edwards Air Force Base near Las Vegas. Area 51 has long been rumored to be the site of some extraterrestrial activity in the 1950s, hence the team's gray-headed alien mascot Cosmo.
- First Fridays Arts Festival: Every month on the first Friday this legendary arts and entertainment festival dominates Fremont Street and the surrounding downtown area. Local artists and food vendors spread out across downtown Las Vegas on the first Friday of every month all year long.
- Henderson Farmer's Market: Also called the Country Fresh Farmers Market, this farmers market has two locations in Henderson. The Thursday market runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Henderson in the Events Plaza. The Friday market runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Henderson Pavilion. Head down, grab some fresh produce, a homemade jam or a spicy hot sauce.
- Summer Concert Series on Fremont Street: Even though its name suggests summer only, this concert series also has a few dates in September and October at the Main Street Station Casino.
- Fresh 52 Farmers and Artisans Market: Bringing fresh produce, bread, and art to Las Vegas neighborhoods nearly every Saturday and Sunday all year round, this farmers market is a must-visit for anyone interested in Vegas' local culture. There are two locations in Inspirada-Henderson and downtown Henderson.
- Las Vegas Greek Food Festival: Get your Greek on with this annual yum fest featuring Greek food and entertainment. Held at St John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church a few miles off the Strip, the menu features all the traditional Greek dishes like souvlaki but also is a marketplace for other Greek cultural wares. There will be traditional Greek dancing, as well as clothing, jewelry, and other traditional items for sale.
September Travel Tips
- For an amazing view of the city in September, you should head to the Stratosphere and take a trip to the top. The outlook is spectacular. So are the four thrill rides that might make you toss your cookies if you have a fear of heights: Insanity, X-scream, Big Shot, and SkyJump Las Vegas.
- September is a very reasonable time of the year for a decent walk along the Strip before noon. It will still feel hot if you venture out around 2 p.m., but it should start getting very comfortable around 5 p.m.
- If you're a golfer, midweek rounds are perfect since the oppressive August heat usually dies down. It can still be hot on the course, but the temperatures are becoming more moderate and comfortable.
- Are you thinking about a day trip to the Grand Canyon? You can, but it's a 250-mile drive, about 4 hours to get there. If you want to spend less time in a car, but want to see some amazing canyons and picturesque views, go to Zion National Park instead, which is about two and a half hours away.
- As you plan your trip to Las Vegas and you consider tours and attractions, compare prices with Viator. If you're looking for shows you can also try the Best of Vegas. Take a look at what they are offering and if it suits you, you can easily save a few dollars.