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Las Vegas in June | Poker, Pride & Pools

Some say the busiest time in Las Vegas is yet to arrive when July rolls around. But in Las Vegas in June, you can still benefit from the slightly lower prices offered by some of the hotels. This is mainly because the heat has truly arrived, and fewer casual vacationers are about. Most of the rest will presumably wait for the summer school vacation.

In defiance, some may argue that the worst heat isn’t here yet, but as you’ll see below, it can get sweaty out there. The rescuing factor is that the desert provides a dryer, more bearable kind of heat this time of year. There’ll be no shortage of events and parties to supplement your regular Vegas vacation. 

Vegas celebrates Pride Month with awesome parties and hosts a couple of expos and one major tournament. It also provides a tribute to Jazz as part of a very special commemoration. Read on to find out what to do in Las Vegas in June. 

Things to Book in Las Vegas Before You Leave Home
Few things are more frustrating on vacation than missing out on that amazing hotel or tour because it is sold out. Here are my top things to book in Anchorage before your vacation.

🎡 Most Popular Things to Do in Las Vegas:
1. Book A Show – from Cirque du Soleil to David Copperfield & more, hot Vegas shows sell out fast
2. Helicopter Ride over the Grand Canyon and Vegas Strip – my favorite tour
3. Hoover Dam Tour – be blown away by this engineering marvel
4. Skip the Line at the fantastic Mob Museum – my favourite attraction in Vegas

🛏️Where to Stay in Las Vegas
1. The Bellagio – the classic and where I stayed
2. The Venetian – Vegas at its biggest and best
3. Downtowner – hip and great value in downtown Vegas

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Weather in Las Vegas During June

Las Vegas may already be one of the hottest states in Winter. But that’s nothing. Pool season is here! Apply sunblocks, wear wide-brimmed hats, and time your tanning judiciously. Afternoon temps here can hit 40°C easily. With the big desert sky providing plenty of sun, you might be sorry if you overdo it. 

It will be slightly more comfortable in the mornings and early evenings, averaging 22°C. You may get the rare 16°C morning for fun if you are lucky. (You can probably take a bet on that.) 

Towards the end of June, it may be really hot, with the mercury trying to get beyond 44°C occasionally. 

Fun fact: Las Vegas’ hottest-ever recorded temperature was 47.2°C, way back in July 1931. That is to say, not counting Archie Karas’ record hot streak at poker in 1995 (he started with $10 000 and ended up with $40 million. He eventually lost $30 million of that.)  

sitting-pool things to do in las vegas in june

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What to Pack for Las Vegas in June

You’ll seldom need anything warmer than a light jumper or long-sleeved shirt. That might be handy in an air-conditioned hotel or casino. But, outside and on the strip, the temperature will be warm enough to keep it casual. 

That said, pack lots of sun protection as suggested above. If you plan to take a few day trips like hiking or horse riding in red rocks, a pair of heavier-duty trousers and good walking shoes will be in order. 

  • Swimwear: Chances are you’ll be at the pool during most of the light hours. 
  • Flip Flops: For those on-and-off moments when you need to swim.
  • Sunblock: Essential for protecting that skin.
  • Wide-brimmed hat: Keeps the sun off your neck and forehead.
  • Comfortable walking shoes: Vegas can require lots of walking, so stay comfy.
  • Cargo shorts: These are good for casual walking about or rugged day trip hiking
  • Jeans: Can be worn night or day, up or down. Therefore, it makes for a great staple item.

Things to Do in Las Vegas in June

Sin City is nothing if it isn’t about shows, touring artists, residencies and all kinds of staged entertainment. Most will require that you book tickets well in advance. 

Some events and shows come around once a year and may be of special interest to those with personal hobbies and pursuits. Here are just a few of the major attractions in Las Vegas in June which you may want to participate or even be a witness. 

You might enjoy reading some of my facts about Las Vegas.


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1. World Series of Poker (WSOP) (continued)

The WSOP runs over several weeks in Vegas. It starts in May and runs through to July, with tons of satellite events along the way. There are a total of 95 official events, with a further 20 taking place online. 

The events span almost every possible game variation, so there is something for the particular poker-style enthusiast. In 2022, the prize money awarded reportedly totaled over $340 million. The tournament attracted hopefuls from 100 countries. 

This is truly the biggest event of its kind in the world. The good news for visitors is that the respective hotels offer some booking specials, so you are well advised to check for any offers. 

The main events occur at Horseshoe Las Vegas and Paris Las Vega. Here’s the complete  WSOP events schedule

Vegas seems the perfect location for this event. Here are some more interesting facts about the World Series of Poker:

  • The very first prize at the inaugural WSOP was $30 000. 
  • The winners receive a coveted bracelet, apparently the most prized poker prize in the world.
  • Phil Hellmuth currently has the most wins when it comes to bracelets. He boasts 16 in total.
  • Some of the events are open to amateurs and professionals alike. Assuming they can afford the buy-in. 

Dates: through June 2023 – 18 July 2023

2. COUTURE 2023

Are you into fashion, jewelry and high style? COUTURE may be the event that gets your juices flowing. While some of the main events are industry-only, you may be able to secure a sneaky entry or benefit from a satellite event, as many attendees are still looking to demonstrate their wares. 

Date: 1-4 June 2023


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3. Pride Month

Pride Month is celebrated by many of the establishments in Vegas, with single and ongoing promotions taking place. Some of the regular highlights include:

Temptation Sundays at Luxor

This pool party has developed an identity and life of its own, claiming to be the longest-running pool party connected to pride month of its kind. Lots of special guests present and appear at the LGBTQI+ event.

Previous major appearances include the first-ever transgender Miss Nevada winner Kataluna Enriquez, who added glamour to the Luxor Hotel. The party usually lasts from midday to early evening and is open even to non-hotel guests.

All the parties are restricted to over-21s only.

Date: TBC

The Love out Loud Bar Crawl

Throughout June, there’s something quite different and exciting going on at MGM Resorts. It involves being invited to a bar crawl, which, as you might expect, makes for one big party. Anyone over 21 who visits an MGM bar or restaurant receives a PRIDE passport, which entitles them to a bar crawl. 

They are also given a themed cup to pour themed drinks at any of the six participating venues. Although certain terms and conditions may apply, participants will also receive a swag bag. 

Dates: 1-30 June 2023


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Vegas in September
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Pumpkin Patches in Las Vegas
Things to do in Las Vegas in November
Things to do in Las Vegas in December

4. Juneteenth Jazz Legacy and Heritage Festival

June is also a month for a more serious historical observation. This month marks the anniversary of the end of slavery in the US. The month also recognizes the vital contribution that jazz and black music made to the American cultural landscape.

Various locations throughout the city will offer workshops, lectures, concerts and other networking opportunities to talk to activists and experts.


Water Street Plaza, 11 June 2023

Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 12 June 2023

4 Awesome June Day Trips from Las Vegas 

This being summer and all, with its hot days, you might want to take advantage of a few day trips and special tours while you’re here. Try these for a start: 

Half-Day Emerald Cove Kayak Tour — Take a small group of 15 kayaks up the Colorado River to see this pretty cave. Transport from your hotel is provided, as are snacks and water. 

Big Bus Las Vegas Open Top Night Tour — It’s a hot summer night, more than likely, so what can be better than cruising around the town in an open-top bus? This trip has many highlights, including a stop for a Fremont Street Experience, a guide that drops some fun facts along the way, and a view of the city’s best highlights. 

Red Rock Canyon Sunset Horseback Ride and Barbeque — The ever-popular horseback outride into the red rocks should be on every to-do holiday list when in Las Vegas. 

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The amazing Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas — Head to The Black Canyon for a guided tour of one of the great engineering marvels of the 20th century.

Dates: 24-26 June 2023

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Where to Stay in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is not really about boutique hotels. I am sure there are some but honestly to have the full Vegas experience I am breaking with my boutique positioning and saying go for the full-on decadent 5-star experience – I consider it almost a tourist attraction to do this.

Here are my top choices on the Las Vegas strip:

For European glamour and top-end luxury, I loved my stay at The Palazzo.

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The very comfortable bed at the Palazzo

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For the full Oceans 11 experience, I highly recommend a stay at The Bellagio – there is so much going on at this stunning hotel.

The beautiful swimming pool at the Bellagio

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For a more old-world Las Vegas experience check out New York New York.

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Final Thoughts on Visiting Las Vegas in June

You may enjoy the endless party atmosphere of Pride Month or the more serious interlude of Jazz and Black heritage associated with Juneteenth. Whichever your preference, Las vegas provides your fix in vast volumes. 

This is also the month that you could truly say that Sin City heats up, with the summer taking hold and the days stretching out. This is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of a few day trips and excursions, as you will seldom have to worry about cold or running out of time.

If you have packed the sunblock and stayed hydrated, visiting Las Vegas in June could be your best summer party.  

PS: This is not an exhaustive list of fun things to do. Look at these things to do in Las Vegas (besides gambling) for more.

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