Las Vegas in October

October is a very good month to visit Las Vegas and the best time to enjoy the city without extreme heat periods and mostly pleasant temperatures. The only drawback is that it’s no longer pool weather by the end of the month.

However, before you jump on a plane, here is everything you need to know about visiting Las Vegas during October, including local advice on

  • the weather
  • what to wear
  • and the best things to do during your trip

This in-depth Las Vegas October guide includes tons of helpful tips. So, make sure to read as much as possible for a great time during this month.

Best Tours in October


The Mojave, Red Rock Sign, 7 Magic Mountains Tour (see the stunning photo) takes five hours and starts in the morning. We highly recommend this tour. Other tips for a memorable visit:

We loved all three tours but our highlight was the helicopter ride over the strip. We absolutely recommend this trip for a unique and memorable experience.

Weather

October is one of the best months to visit Las Vegas to avoid the intense summer heat with mostly pleasant weather. The temperatures have dropped to a warm 84°F (29°C) and there is plenty of sunshine hours during the day. Rainfall is rare with 0.5 inches of rain on average.

Typical temperature progression during October:

  • Early October: 89°F (32°C)
  • Mid-October: 81°F (27°C)
  • Late October: 75°F (24°C)

The weather in Las Vegas, in October, differs from the beginning to the end of the month. During early October the temperatures can reach 90°F (32°C). However, by the end of October, the daytime average high temperatures drop to 75°F (24°C) and mornings and evenings are much cooler.

Typical temperature progression during a day in October:

  • Early (8:00 AM): 64°F
  • Afternoon (1:00 PM): 78°F
  • Evening (9:00 PM): 69°F

The daylight hours decrease as the month progresses. You can still expect an average of 11 hours of sunshine each day, which is plenty of daylight hours to enjoy all Las Vegas has to offer.

Wind speed in Vegas during October is known to be constant, with a welcoming 7 mph (11.5 kph) breeze expected during the entire month. However, with the cooler temperatures towards the end of the month, the breeze becomes more noticeable.

Early October Weather

The weather during early October in Vegas is very warm with temperatures in the high 80s and skies clear and blue. It’s the ideal time to visit Las Vegas and enjoy walking the strip in brilliant sunshine without the high intense temperatures.

You can expect between 11-12 hours of daylight in the first week of October and a comfortable breeze. The swimming pools are open and the warm weather means it still feels like summer. It is one of the best times to visit Las Vegas for anyone who enjoys being outdoors.

Mid October Weather

The weather in Las Vegas during mid-October is cooler. Temperatures are between the high 70s and low 80s and cloud coverage begins to increase. Mid-October is the perfect time to get outside during the day to take on a hike, see the Grand Canyon, or just have fun exploring the strip.

Sunshine hours are still high, with an expected 11 hours of daylight, however, it starts to feel too cool to lie by the pool. A light sweater or cardigan is recommended for evenings as the nights feel colder.

Late October Weather

By late October in Vegas, the temperatures drop to the low 70s. There is an average of 10 hours of daylight and the weather feels noticeably colder. Despite the cooler weather, it’s a great time to get outdoors, as the risk of dehydration from the sun is lower.

However the skies are cloudier and it’s too cold for outdoor pools, with some resorts closing their pools by the end of October. It is advised to check with the hotel you are staying at if you are hoping to use the pool in late October.

Is Vegas Cold in October?

In early October the weather is hot in Vegas, with lots of sunshine and temperatures in the high 80s. By the end of the month, the temperatures are in the 70s with a noticeable breeze. The lowest temperatures recorded for October are 60°F, usually towards the end of the month.

Rainfall

Rain during October in Las Vegas is uncommon with only 0.5 inches (13mm) of rain expected during the month. October is known as one of the drier months to visit Vegas, with a rainy occurring once every four years.

Hotel Rates

The famous Flamingo Hotel & Casino. Its location is perfect on The Strip. Check details and visitor reviews here: Flamingo via booking.com (low price deals)

October is often a quieter time to visit Las Vegas as the summer crowds have dissipated. Hotel rates are the cheapest between Monday to Thursday, and rates drop towards the end of the month. Large sporting events and Halloween weekend attract more people and therefore raise hotel rates during this time.

Find Las Vegas hotel deals via booking.com via this link: Las Vegas Hotel Deals (Tip: Sort by start rating and price!)

Crowds

The beginning of October is busier in Las Vegas, due to the hot weather attracting people looking for some late summer sun. The temperatures begin to decrease in mid-to-late October but remain warm with lots of people enjoying the end-of-year sun.

It is past the summer tourist season however there are still crowds in October. Halloween, celebrated at the end of October, attracts crowds to the strip. However, this usually occurs during nightfall on the 31st and the weekend proceeding. Expect fun costume contests and themed Halloween club nights around this time.

During October the NHL season begins and runs through to April the following year. Las Vegas’s resident team The Vegas Golden Knights have many games during October, which can attract many fans to the area. Weekends can get busier when games are scheduled.

Open Pools and Pool Weather

Pools in Las Vegas are usually still open in early October, and there are even pool parties going on. After the first week or second week, many hotels close their pools, and the parties end. However, some resorts have a year-round pool that is open until the end of the month.

While most pools are still open in early October, they might be closed on certain days depending on the weather, even at the beginning of the month.

Pool weather: The temperatures in Vegas for swimming and lounging at the pools are typically good until mid-October. The second half of the month is a hit or miss. Even within the first two weeks, mornings can be chilly. Plan your pool time around mid-afternoon when it has warmed up.

💡 From mid until late October the chance for great pool weather is decreasing. The conditions can still be good enough, but it might also be 65 degrees and breezy. The highest chance for pleasant pool weather is within the first week of October.

Visitor report: We visit Vegas every year on the first October weekend and hit the pool at the Mirage. Every time it has been sunny and hot enough. However, a few times, the water temperature has been too cold to swim in the pool. Then we just sit on the edge and dangle our feet in or use the hot tub.

Some resorts, like the Bellagio or the Mandalay Bay, have year-round pools:

The Bellagio features a heated pool that is open all year round. Only guests of the hotel are permitted to use the pool however under 16s are allowed in the pools if accompanied by an adult. Bookings for poolside cabanas and daybeds can be booked throughout October.

The Mandalay Bay Hotel keeps its Moorea beach club open all year round and offers a private pool experience with a heated pool. This pool is strictly for over 21s and is only open to guests at the hotel.

For those hotels that have pools open all year round, although the pool is open, many of the amenities such as poolside cafes may no longer be open. It is advisable to check pool opening times and amenities with the hotel or resort in advance.

What To Wear / What To Pack

When packing for October keep in mind that in early October it’s still hot and that it’s getting slightly cooler later in the month. However, in mid to late October the weather is still warm but changeable.

In early October you wear t-shirts and shorts, or jeans in Las Vegas. For the colder evenings and towards the end of the month light layers like a light sweater is advisable. Pack comfortable shoes, a sunhat, suncream, and swimwear if you plan to hit the pools.

💡 Due to air conditioning in casinos and restaurants, it can get quite cold. Always bring a light sweater for these cases.

Despite the changeable weather during October, you should always dress to impress in Las Vegas, regardless of the time of the year. Especially when visiting nightclubs, as most of them have a dress code.

Visiting casinos and shows: While there is no official dress code, we still recommend dressing smartly. For women, this is an eye-catching dress with complimenting jewelry and accessories. For men visiting casinos or shows, you should wear smart pants and a blazer or fitted jacket over a button-up shirt.

Women’s Clothing Suggestions

Early to Mid October:

Morning to Afternoon

  • T-shirts or a light blouse
  • Light trousers or leggings
  • Shorts, skirts, or a casual dress
  • Sneakers or sandals
  • Sunglasses, a hat, and suncream for outdoors
  • Swimsuit, flip flops, and a cover-up for the pool.

Evenings

  • A smart dress, or a skirt with a smart top or blouse
  • Light cardigan or jacket
  • Statement jewelry and accessories
  • Flat sandals, or heels

Mid October to Late October:

Morning to Afternoon

  • T-shirts either short or long sleeve
  • A skirt, or a casual dress
  • Jeans or leggings
  • Cardigan or a sweater
  • Sneakers or flat shoes

Evenings

  • Dresses or a skirt with a long sleeve blouse or top
  • A cardigan or a light jacket
  • Statement jewelry and accessories
  • Flat sandals, or heels
Men’s Clothing Suggestions

Early to Mid October:

Morning to Afternoon

  • T-shirts either long or short sleeve
  • Light trousers or shorts
  • Sneakers
  • Sunglasses, a hat, and suncream for outdoors
  • Swim trunks, flip flops, and a t-shirt for the pool.

Evenings:

  • Smart button-down shirt
  • A fitted suit jacket or blazer
  • Smart pants
  • Smart sneakers or dress shoes

Mid October to Late October:

Morning to Afternoon

  • T-shirts either long or short sleeve
  • Light trousers or jeans
  • A long sleeve shirt or a sweater
  • Sneakers

Evenings:

  • Smart button-down shirt
  • A fitted suit jacket or blazer
  • Smart pants
  • Smart sneakers or dress shoes

Things to Do Mornings / Afternoons / Evenings

Las Vegas in October is an ideal time to explore the outdoors. Early October is hot enough to enjoy the pools, but also hot enough to get sunstroke, so don’t forget your sun protection. Whereas mid-to-late October sees cooler temperatures begin to creep in. Which is the perfect time to take a hike, such as the Fire Wave at the Valley of Fire State Park.

Halloween takes place on the 31st of October and is quite a big holiday in America. Halloween in Vegas is aimed at adults only and there is plenty of fun to be had for those willing to get in the spooky spirit. Expect to see costume contests, spooky-themed club nights, haunted hotel tours, and ghoulish attractions up and down the strip, during the weekend proceeding the 31st of October.

Mornings

Mornings during October in Las Vegas are one of the coolest times of the day, This makes it a great time to enjoy an early morning stroll along the strip. You could make an activity of checking off all the themed hotels that Las Vegas has to offer. This could include the replica Eifel Tower at the Paris hotel, the canals at The Venetian, and the mini Statue of Liberty at the New York New York hotel.

Afternoons

If you are visiting during early October, make the most of the lingering summer heat and head to one of Vegas’s outdoor pools. Depending on the hotel or resort, most pools are open from 7 am to 7 pm and during October the pools will be much quieter compared to the hedonistic summer pool parties.

The cooler weather during mid to late October in Las Vegas makes it an ideal time to dine alfresco. In Vegas, there are plenty of impressive restaurants that have wonderful views or an outdoor terrace to enjoy during your meal. Why not enjoy the drama of the famous Bellagio fountains while eating at Lago, Prime Steakhouse, or Spago by Wolfgang Puck, which all offer beautiful, up-close views of the fountains.

Evenings

With the days becoming shorter during October, make the most of catching the early sunset in Las Vegas at one of the many impressive rooftop bars. Watch the sun disappear in style at 107 Sky Lounge, located in the Stratosphere hotel, 350 meters (1,149 feet), above the ground. The sky lounge offers 360 views of Las Vegas while serving delicious cocktails, making it the perfect sundown venue.

Recommended Shows

For your October trip to Vegas, we put together a list of the best shows, and other special events at the most popular hotels and casinos (subject to change):

MGM Grand
The Mirage
Cirque Du Soleil:
  • Michael Jackson: ONE
  • O By Cirque Du Soleil
  • Mystere
  • The Beatles LOVE
Mandala Bay:
The Venetian
Planet Hollywood:

More Things to Do and (Half-) Day Trips

Tip: Visit our detailed article with tips for the best time to visit Las Vegas.

The High Roller at The LINQ

There’s no better way in October to see Vegas than from the top of the High Roller at the LINQ.  It stands over 550 feet (around 168 meters) tall and provides an incredible vantage point for viewing everything going on along the Strip. Reserve your tickets: High Roller at The LINQ

  • From 550 feet, take in incredible views of the Las Vegas Valley and The Strip.
  • While on your 30-minute ride, enjoy a party with an open bar cabin for those over the age of 21.
  • Skip the long wait and get right to the front of the line.
Shin Lim Magic Show

Shin Lim and his up-close magic at the Mirage Hotel and Casino is just fascinating. This show is a family-friendly event full of fun magic tricks. Tickets (mobile voucher): Shin Lim Magic Show.

Seven Magic Mountains and Red Rock Canyon

October is a fantastic time to visit Seven Magic Mountains and Red Rock Canyon.

Jabbawockeez at MGM Grand

This hip-hop dance group offers a fabulous show! You’ll be able to watch exciting, choreographed dances that will definitely impress you. Jabbawockeez is the ideal activity when wondering what to do in Las Vegas in October.

Additional details and ticket reservations: Jabbawockeez At MGM.

Grand Canyon/Hoover Dam Tour

A tour of the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam in October is a welcome change of scenery from the typical Vegas activities. A full-day tour (11-12 hours) features the sights of the West Rim. You will be driven through Joshua Tree Forest and lead you on a hike to Guano Point, among other natural attractions. More information and tickets here: Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam Tour.

Area15 (Near Las Vegas Strip)

Photo by jericl cat on flickerArea15, an indoor attraction just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, provides larger-than-life art installations, virtual reality experiences, unusual and intriguing experiences, and events. It’s similar to a shopping mall, except instead of the usual stores, you’ll find artists and unique things to interact with. As everything is air-conditioned, bring a light sweater if you get cold easily.

The Neon Museum

This attraction was built in the 1930s, and there are now over 200 neon signs on the spacious property.

The Neon Museum is an excellent activity in October as it’s outside and not that hot anymore.