Vegas Heats Up with These September Events

Aug 24, 2015
There’s never a bad time to visit Las Vegas, and September will be one of the busiest months of 2015. Filled with a major fight, a holiday celebration, and A-list entertainment all month long, Vegas will live up to its name of the Entertainment Capital of the World.

Where to stay: All of these events have put a lot of heads in beds this month, but you can find exclusive rates on our booking platform.

Fight Night

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Las Vegas’ own Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Andre Berto go head-to-head on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. It could be Mayweather’s last fight -- which means the destination will be packed all weekend long. Casino sports books, bars and clubs will be running a variety of watch-party specials along with pre and post parties for both fighters.

How to visit: Hotel rates are expected to be higher than average during fight weekend, but you can defray the cost of a visit by using Travelzoo Local Deals and seeing shows with a Travelzoo-exclusive discount.

El Grito

Mexican Independence Day will draw a diverse group of travelers from Sept. 11-16. El Grito brings in world-class Hispanic performers that take over venues all week long. Tickets are still available for purchase for most of the shows, including the weekend performances, through the respective box offices. Acts include:

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino: Marco Antonio Solis (Sept. 11), Chayanne (Sept. 12), Ricardo Arjona (Sept. 13), Pepe Aguilar (Sept. 14) and Ricky Martin (Sept. 15)

The Mirage Resort & Casino: Gabriel Iglesias on Sept. 11-13

Palms Casino Resort: Alejandra Guzman on Sept. 12

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: Luis Miguel (Sept. 12), Juan Gabriel (Sept. 13), Marc Anthony and Carlos Vives (Sept. 14) and Alejandro Fernandez (Sept. 15)

Caesars Palace: Enrique Iglesias (Sept. 13-14) and Placido Domingo (Sept. 15)

Life is Beautiful

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Life is Beautiful takes over Downtown on Sept. 25-27. More than 70 acts are booked for this bigger-than-life festival that features art, cuisine and culture spanning 11 city blocks. Where else can you see Stevie Wonder, Imagine Dragons, Snoop Dog and Hozier in 72 hours? Three-day GA tickets start at $255, or score a single-day pass for $115.

Here’s how to make the weekend memorable for all the right reasons: Come hungry -- the culinary villages offer dishes from celebrity chefs like Nobu Matsuhisa and José Andrés along with hand-crafted cocktails and curated beer. Stay downtown and explore the hot spots that only locals know about.

The D Las Vegas offers the coolest old-school steakhouse where waiters wear tuxes and whip up a Caesar salad tableside at Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse. The hotel is also home to the longest bar in the state of Nevada. Located on Fremont Street, Commonwealth takes guests back to the pre-Prohibition era with a unique collection of libations and its very own speakeasy. The rooftop deck is also one of the best places to people watch. The Mob Museum is mentioned as a top Vegas attraction in the “Best Places to Travel in 2015” by Travel + Leisure Magazine. This interactive museum is located in the former federal courthouse, features more than 885 artifacts and reveals how the mob once ruled Sin City.

iHeartRadio Music Festival

2014 event, photo courtesy of iHeartRadio

The 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival rolls into Las Vegas for its fifth year, Sept. 18-19. Only the best will take the stage at MGM Grand Garden Arena including Kanye West, Sam Smith, Coldplay, David Guetta, Kenny Chesney, Duran Duran, Blake Shelton and more.

While the big show is already sold out, music lovers can still get tickets to the Daytime Village on Saturday, Sept. 19. General admission tickets are $39 and give guests access to some killer performances from Hozier, Demi Lovato, Trey Songz, Lee Brice, Shawn Mendes, Nick Jonas and more.

Here’s how to make the day memorable for all the right reasons: Wear walking shoes – there isn’t a place to park on the festival grounds, located across the street from Mandalay Bay in the open lot. Plan to park at a nearby casino and walk. Palm trees are few and far between, so wear sunscreen and grab lots of water at the cooling stations.

The party will continue all night when celebs take over the Las Vegas club scene. Lil’ Jon is already booked at Surrender inside Encore Las Vegas on Friday, Sept. 18. Head down the Strip to Hakkasan at MGM Grand to catch Tiesto on Friday night, followed by Calvin Harris on Saturday, Sept. 19. Tickets are still available, but as the date nears they could sell out.

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