August finally sees the Las Vegas heat start to dissipate. You’d be forgiven for not realizing it, though, since it’s only a difference of a few degrees between July’s high temperature (106 F or 41.1 C) and August’s (102 F or 38.9 C). But if you need some tips to beat the heat, we’ve got you covered! Pro tip: hit the water.
On the plus side, mornings are lovely, with average lows of 77 F (or about 25 C). That’s the perfect time for an early (and often discounted) round at one of the best golf courses in Las Vegas.
Note: the desert sun is intense, so if you spend much time outside, be sure to stay hydrated and sunscreened!
- August 2: First Friday Art Celebration
- August 3–4: Bank of America Museums on Us
- August 10: Second Saturday Vegas StrEATS
- August 15: Thirsty Third Thursday Pub Crawl
- August 23 – 30: Las Vegas Restaurant Week
Plus All Month Long: A special “Win Cards” deal for beginning gamblers; karaoke and dueling pianos at Vegas’ Best British Pub 2013; The Outdoor Picture Show every Friday and Saturday night; and the always-fun Sprinkler Run.
At the Riviera Hotel & Casino in August
At the Queen Victoria Pub: Thursday Night Karaoke and Friday/Saturday Night Dueling Pianos
Come discover for yourself why The Queen Victoria Pub is Vegas’ Best British Pub for 2013: work your way through the hundreds of craft beers available while you join a fun crowd belting out classic tunes. Open seven days a week, our Pub is located near the casino floor and features honest-to-goodness pub grub.
Here’s a terrific offer for beginning players: the perfect chance to learn how to play the quintessential casino games and score some cool (and helpful!) souvenirs. Learn more about the Riviera’s 100,000 square foot casino.
Classic Vegas Shows
Of course, no trip to Vegas would be complete without taking in a show. No matter your taste, we have just the right experience for you. Ready to be awed? Check out ILLUSIONS starring magician Jan Rouven. Yearning to be titillated and tantalized? You can’t beat the sexy new Crazy Girls 25th Anniversary show. Meanwhile, our Comedy Club is a terrific spot to tickle your funny bone.
August 23 – 30: Restaurant Week
If you’ll be visiting Vegas this week, you can take advantage of a once-a-year opportunity to sample some of our finest restaurants at a fraction of the price it normally costs. Better yet, proceeds from the event benefit Three Square, Southern Nevada’s only food bank. A full listing of restaurants and menus will be available at their website in early August; participants in past years have included restaurants across the city operating under some of Sin City’s top chefs. Come hungry!
Recurring & Ongoing Monthly Events
All Month: Outdoor Picture Show
‘The Green’ at the District, adjacent to Whole Foods Market
East side of Green Valley Parkway, at I–215 in Henderson, NV – Map
The District at Green Valley Ranch is a mixed-use community that offers plenty of mid-range to high-end shopping and dining. During the warm months, they present the free “Outdoor Picture Show” on Friday and Saturday nights, a screening of classic and older films suitable for the whole family. This month, they’ll be showing:
Aug 2: Flipper
Aug 3: Surf’s Up
Aug 9: Kung Fu Panda
Aug 10: Kung Fu Panda 2
Aug 16: Alice in Wonderland
Aug 17: The Goonies
Aug 23: Oz the Great and Powerful
Aug 24: The Lorax
Aug 30: Free Willy
Aug 31: The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
It’s recommended to arrive well before the movie starts (at dusk, usually 8 p.m.). Seating in the grassy ‘The Green’ is limited. It’s also a great spot for a picnic, and what a coincidence: there’s a Whole Foods Market right next door!
Bank of America Museums on Us® (Free)
August 3 & 4, 2013
Are you a Bank of America debit or credit cardholder? Then you have automatic free admission the first full weekend each month to several museums and attractions in the Las Vegas area.
Participating museums in the BofA program include:
First Friday Art Celebration (Free)
Friday, June 7, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Downtown Arts District
Vegas celebrates its arts community the first Friday of every month. It’s a fun and family-friendly event that includes artists, vendors and activities. It’s also free, but you may want to bring along some cash if you plan on purchasing any art or taking advantage of the many, many food trucks. The celebration also usually features multiple live bands and live performance “paintings.” It’s one of our favorite events to take the family, get away from the Strip for an evening and discover a cornucopia of artisans specializing in all kinds of media, like painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and more.
For more information about getting there and what it includes, visit their website.
Second Saturday Vegas StrEATS
Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
600 E. Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
6 p.m. To 1 a.m.
This food festival celebrates the food trucks that meander around Vegas serving their portable cuisine. On the second Saturday of each month, the trucks gather at the El Cortez. As you sample their nibbles, you can enjoy live music and browse art by local artists. The street festival is free to attend, though you’ll pay for the food.
Thirsty Third Thursday Pub Crawl
Thursday, June 20, 2013 starting at 7 p.m.
For $20, participants in this monthly event get 6 drinks at 6 different bars, 50% off an entree, 50% of an appetizer and live music. It’s a great way to get a good deal and meet new friends over a drink.
Races, Marathons and Sporty Events
The races are slow in August, but you’ve still got some good choices, including a fun Sprinkler Run that turns into “the most amazing community water fight of your life.”
Check out the current calendar of races at RunningInTheUsa.com.