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5 Fun Things to do in Las Vegas in November | Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and More

As the summer heat finally gives way to a cooler breeze, Las Vegas prepares for another season of excitement in November. The world-famous Sin City is always buzzing with energy, offering a mix of glitz, glamour, and non-stop entertainment.

Whether you’re a thrill-seeker looking to hit the casinos or a culture enthusiast eager to catch a show, Las Vegas in November has got you covered. Even if you’re more of an outdoor person, you will be satisfied, as the city hosts plenty of festivals and activities to enjoy in November.

I recommend including Las Vegas on your bucket list. The Sin City goings in the fall should make an excellent argument for planning a visit to the town in the fall. 

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 November

If you’re not a fan of scorching hot temperatures, November is the perfect time to plan your trip to Las Vegas. The air is much cooler than the previous months, so you should bring a few jackets for the chilly evenings (see below for a more detailed list of recommendations).

Las Vegas sits in the Nevada desert, which means it experiences high temperatures during summer and colder weather in winter. Even in November, you’ll still get plenty of sunshine and clear blue skies. You can expect just 8mm of rainfall throughout the month, which is spread over two rainy days on average. 

During the day, the average high temperature in Las Vegas in November is a mild 20°C, with temperatures dropping to around 5°C at night. November is definitely one of the coldest months to visit Sin City. Even so, Nevada remains one of the hottest states in winter in the U.S.

For comparison, on the hottest day of the year, which is typically 13 July, temperatures in Las Vegas range from 27°C to 41°C, while on the coldest day of the year, which is usually 26 December, they range from 3°C to 13°C. So, it’s safe to say that November is a much more pleasant time to visit Las Vegas than in the middle of summer or the dead of winter.


Image by Jay George from Pixabay 

What to Pack for Las Vegas in November

Summer may be technically over, but Las Vegas is still generally balmy (it remains one of the warmest states in the U.S. all year round), especially outdoors. Remember that most indoor venues are air-conditioned and will be cooler. You will want to be comfortable regardless of the conditions or temperature, so having a few flexible options is best.

If you plan to do day trips or walk around the Strip, I recommend you keep some of these items on your list.

5 Fun Things to Do in Las Vegas in November

Las Vegas is a city that never sleeps, and November is no exception! From exciting events and celebration days to world-class entertainment, Sin City has something for everyone. Here’s a brief rundown of some of my recommended highlights.

1. Veterans Day

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Image by Светлана Новикова from Pixabay 

November 11 is Veterans Day. It’s a day to honour the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. In 2023, Veterans Day falls on a Friday, giving you the perfect excuse to party all weekend long!

If you’re in Las Vegas, the Veterans Day Parade is happening downtown. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and goes until noon, so make sure to get there early to snag a good spot. 

Plenty of other specials are offered by restaurants and bars on Veterans Day weekend. Be warned; Sin City gets pretty crowded on holidays, so plan ahead and make reservations if you’re looking to catch a show or dine out.

Show your appreciation for those who have fought for our freedom, and enjoy all Las Vegas has to offer this Veterans Day.

Fun fact: The day and observance happened on 11 November, when World War I officially ended in 1918. The day was initially called Armistice Day, designated as a national holiday by Congress in 1938. At first, it specifically referenced World War I. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill declaring the name change and expanding the meaning to honor all veterans.

Dates: 11 November 2023

 2. Las Vegas Days Rodeo


Image by Clarence Alford from Pixabay

Downtown Las Vegas goes old-west for the annual Las Vegas Days (formerly Helldorado Days) celebration. This exciting event pays tribute to Las Vegas’ Wild West history with two nights of thrilling rodeo action at the Core Arena at the Plaza Hotel & Casino.

The rodeo happens on Friday and Saturday, 12-13 November, with gates opening at 6 p.m. and the rodeo starting at 7:30 p.m. 

Got kids? No problem. The Plaza and Las Vegas Days also host a rodeo-themed coloring contest for kids in grades K to 6. So bring your little ones and enjoy a fun-filled night of rodeo entertainment. The best part is admission to the rodeo is free, though advanced registration is required. 

Dates: 12-13 November 2023

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3. Kefauver Day Mob Museum Free Day

The Mob Museum, also known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, is a popular destination in Las Vegas for those interested in the history of organised crime. 

The Mob Museum

On November 15, the Museum celebrates Kefauver Day, which honors the U.S. Senate’s investigation into organised crime in 1950. Senator Estes Kefauver led the investigation, and the hearing took place in the Museum’s very own courtroom. 

As part of the celebration, Nevada residents can enjoy free admission to the Museum, while non-residents can take advantage of a buy-one, get-one admission deal. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the history of organised crime and law enforcement in the United States.

The electric chair

Guests will also receive a 10% discount on all delicious food and drink purchases made at The Underground speakeasy and at the Museum’s concessions. So why not grab a bite to eat or sip on a tasty cocktail while exploring the fascinating world of organised crime and law enforcement?

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Date: 15 November 2023 

4. Formula 1 Heineken Silver Las Vegas Grand Prix 2023


Image by Gianfranco De Bei from Pixabay

The Las Vegas Grand Prix is coming to town! This highly anticipated Formula One race is set to take place on a temporary street circuit around the iconic Las Vegas Strip from 16-18 November 2023. It’s a unique visual spectacle in that drivers race past famous landmarks, casinos, and hotels in the heart of the city. 

In 2023, there’s a historic element. This event marks the return of Formula One racing to Las Vegas after 41 years since the 1982 Caesars Palace Grand Prix. It’s also the third Grand Prix in the United States on the 2023 calendar, following the Miami and the United States Grands Prix.

Dates: 16-18 November

You might enjoy reading my articles on February in Las Vegas and March in Las Vegas.

5. Thanksgiving in Las Vegas

Thanksgiving is a popular holiday in Las Vegas, with plenty of activities and dining options available for locals and tourists alike. Many of the city’s top restaurants offer special Thanksgiving menus featuring traditional dishes such as turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie.

Visitors can also enjoy festive events, such as the annual Las Vegas Turkey Trot in nearby Boulder City. It takes place on Thanksgiving morning and includes a 5k race and a 1.5k fun run.

Elsewhere, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts the Glittering Lights event over this period, a dazzling display of holiday lights and decorations that spans over two miles. Visitors can drive through the incredible light show in their own vehicles or take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the park. The event is open nightly from mid-November through early January and has proved immensely popular with families over Thanksgiving weekend.

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A very productive day at the North Outlet Mall!

Thanksgiving weekend is also a popular time for shopping in Las Vegas. The city’s many malls and outlets offer Black Friday deals and discounts, making it a great time to get started on holiday shopping. The Fashion Show Mall, located on the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the city’s premier shopping destinations and offers a wide variety of retailers and dining options.

Date: from 23 November 2023

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.

My room 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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New York New York

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Final Thoughts on Visiting Las Vegas in November

November in Las Vegas is jam-packed with exciting events that will make your trip memorable. With plenty of activities over weekends, you’re bound to find something that suits your fancy. Just remember that the evening will get chilly, so pack something warm. 

Looking for more to do besides gamble and party? Here are my recommendations for alternative things to do in Las Vegas.

Who Paid for What in this Post? 

I paid for everything on this trip apart from my ticket to the Mob Museum. However, this things to do in Vegas in November post does contain affiliate links. That means that if you click through on them and make a purchase I may well receive a small commission. I just wanted to make sure that you knew.

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