Vegas Offerings in 2015: Gay Rodeo, Dinah Vegas, Temptation Sundays
Las Vegas has announced a variety of special events, conferences and programming specific to the LGBT community. From one end of the Strip to the other, Las Vegas “is unassuming and welcomes the LGBT community, providing each person the opportunity to experience the trip of a lifetime,” according to a statement by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas is set to make history as it hosts an official attempt to break the world record for “Largest Drag Stage Show” on April 12. Everyone is invited to participate by donning the fashion of the opposite sex and channeling their fiercest drag queen or king. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with drink specials and a chance to win a variety of auction items.
Created by lesbians for lesbians, Dinah Vegas celebrates its fourth year in Las Vegas with an amazing lineup of non-stop entertainment, gourmet dining, sunshine, Vegas style casino sites, and more, April 23-26. Caesars Entertainment welcomes the ladies in style with live entertainment from DJ Sara Moshiri, cocktail parties, Infinity Pool Party at Flamingo Las Vegas, and the always anticipated Vegas White party at Chateau Nightclub at Paris Las Vegas.
Las Vegas will celebrate the LGBT Latino and Latina community with Orgullo Latino Las Vegas May 1-3. Attendees will kick-off the weekend with a Latino Las Vegas concert and official opening party on May 1. Attendees can experience the Orgullo Latino Family Festival and after-festival party on May 2, followed by a pool party, “BANADA DE SOL,” and closing party on May 3.
The Nevada Gay Rodeo Association brings the western lifestyle to Las Vegas with the BigHorn Rodeo, May 9 and 10, at Horseman’s Park. Attendees can cheer on cowboys or cowgirls in rough stock, speed and roping events, as well as enjoy comedy, entertainment and dancing during this weekend of western fun. The party keeps going with evening events at several Las Vegas bars and the BigHorn Pool Party at the event’s host hotel, Alexis Park All Suite Resort.
Back for its seventh season is Las Vegas’ longest running LGBT pool party, Temptation Sundays at Luxor Hotel & Casino. This sexy poolside party takes place every Sunday May 17 through September 27, and features amazing DJs spinning the summer’s hottest soundtracks, specialty drinks and celebrations.
Las Vegas welcomes the biggest gay dance festival of the summer, Matinee Las Vegas, May 22-25. The four-day festival is celebrating its fifth year and will take over Rumor Hotel and The New Tropicana Las Vegas, with events at Rumor Pool, SHARE Nightclub and Vanity Nightclub at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Rooms are still available at The New Tropicana Las Vegas. Splashing in for the first time is a special evening event at Cowabunga Bay Water Park on May 23. Matinee Las Vegas features eight parties, 20 DJs and welcomes thousands of LGBT partiers from around the world. Those interested in dance music can enter the Matinee Las Vegas 2015 DJ contest to win a prize package including flights, accommodations and a guest DJ set at the main party.
The Las Vegas Showgirl Invitational bowling tournament is September 4-6. The event takes place at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall and includes team competition, as well as singles and doubles tournaments all weekend long. Join local bowlers and teams from across the U.S. in this fun LGBT bowling tournament.
For the fourth year in a row, Southern Nevada welcomes Gay Days Las Vegas, September 8-14. This all-encompassing event features four full days of pool parties, guest DJs, a travel-retail expo and various events around town with a portion of all proceeds benefiting local non-profit organizations.
Las Vegas PRIDE takes place September 18-19 with a lineup of events that celebrate the diversity and pride within the Las Vegas LGBT community. Events include the annual PRIDE Night Parade on September 18 and PRIDE Festival, taking place in fabulous Downtown Las Vegas on September 19. Celebrate pride with members of the Las Vegas LGBT community and straight allies and enjoy an exciting weekend of events, entertainment and nightlife.
During Pride week, lesbians take over Las Vegas for a full weekend of events at Shedonism, September 17-21. Hosted by DJ Lisa Pittman and some of the hottest female DJs, this ladies-only event features day parties, nightclub experiences, pop stars, DJs, comedians, showgirls, a parade, and more.
World Gay Rodeo Finals gallops into Las Vegas October 9-11 and features everything from bull riding and roping events to barrel racing and steer decorating. The annual three-day event will be held at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa.
Las Vegas welcomes the Prime Timers Worldwide Convention October 11-14 at Luxor Hotel and Casino. The convention takes place every two years and brings mature gay and bisexual men together for four days of tours, workshops, activities, friendship, support, and personal growth.