While summer is coming to an end in other parts of the country, September in Las Vegas is still hot and the days are still long. However, with kids back in school, the swimming pools tend to feel a lot more spacious and less noisy. This time of year also sees the return of sports with NHL hockey preseason at the T-mobile Arena and the sportsbooks—rooms for watching and betting on sports—getting really lively with the return of college football and the beginning of baseball playoffs.
September Weather in Las Vegas
It may be cooling down a bit, but Las Vegas is still extremely hot and dry in September. Over the whole month, the average temperature is approximately 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius), but this does fluctuate as time goes on. In the early part of the month, high temperatures can reach 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius) but drop as low as 66 degrees Fahrenheit (19 degrees Celsius) in the evening. By the end of the month, the average highs are closer to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius).
- Average high: 94 degrees Fahrenheit (34 degrees Celsius)
- Average low: 71 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius)
Since the city is in the desert, the humidity will remain low most of the year, including September. Rain is not impossible, but the likelihood of it stands at around 10 percent in September.
What to Pack
When packing for Las Vegas, you'll need to prepare your suitcase with your summer attire for the high daytime temperatures and fall staples for the cooler evenings. Considering also that the casinos regularly have the air-conditioning on full-blast at all times of the year, a light sweater and a pair of long pants are must-haves. If you hope to do some sightseeing or traveling to some of the nearby parks, make sure you have comfortable close-toed shoes and if you plan on lounging by the hotel pool, don't forget your bathing suit.
September Events in Las Vegas
Many of these events may be canceled or postponed in 2020. Be sure to check the websites of the official organizers for the latest updates.
- Las Vegas Aviators Baseball: The Las Vegas Aviators bring professional Triple-A baseball to town every summer. This New York Mets affiliate, part of the Pacific Coast League, typically plays at Las Vegas Ballpark from April through September. In 2020, though, the minor league baseball season was canceled.
- 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. In 2020, these events are being held virtually.
- 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 Eastern 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 and there will be Greek dancing, as well as clothing, jewelry, and other traditional items for sale.
September Travel Tips
- The pools in Vegas are legendary, and the crowds at the pool have thinned out some by 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.
- In September, you can walk around before noon without getting too hot, but the best time to go out for a stroll on the Strip is around 5 p.m. The sun doesn't usually set until 6 or 7 p.m.
- If you're a golfer, midweek rounds are perfect since the oppressive heat of August has usually died down by now. It can still be hot on the course, but the temperatures are becoming more moderate.
- The Grand Canyon is a 250-mile drive from Las Vegas and it takes about four 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 three hours away.