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Las Vegas in June

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As a popular tourist destination, you’re likely to encounter crowds whenever you visit Las Vegas, but June is on the cusp of Las Vegas’ busy summer season, so while you’ll definitely encounter people wherever you go, it might not be too busy. In early June, families haven’t descended upon the city and summer vacations aren’t in full swing yet, so if you visit Sin City before mid-month, you might encounter a more relaxed experience.

Summer comes fast to the Las Vegas Valley, and it’s not uncommon to encounter temperatures hovering near 100F in June. Mornings and evenings are cooler (with low temperatures around 75F) and much more pleasant for a round of golf or a hike in Red Rock Canyon. During the day, however, keep your sunblock and water bottle nearby and either hunker down at the nearest pool or stay cool in an air-conditioned casino or hotel.

In addition to the usual array of shows and entertainment acts found on the Las Vegas Strip, there are often summer concert series and events in June. CineVegas, an international film festival, generally takes place during June, though the full-blown festival recently downsized to only off-screenings and special events. Thousands of people also come to Las Vegas to participate in the World Series Poker World Championships, which takes place throughout the month. Every June there is also an international truck show in the city, which brings together buyers and sellers of medium and heavy duty trucks.

On Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer, there are concerts at The Village on Lake Las Vegas and poolside at many of the resorts. Also, on the first Friday of every month, check out Las Vegas’ local art scene at First Friday, an art and entertainment blog party in the Las Vegas Arts District. On the third Thursday of every month, you’re invited to the Thirsty Third Thursday Pub Crawl, which kicks off from Hennessey’s Tavern at 425 Fremont Street.

As June is not necessarily considered part of the shoulder or off season, don’t expect to find discounts on Las Vegas hotels or popular shows. Most discounts are a result of last-minute price drops to fill rooms and seats, so if you’re looking to visit for cheap, you may need to be flexible about when you come and what you do. That said, if the city experiences a surge in visitors or there is a convention scheduled for when you’d like to visit, don’t expect prices to drop.

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Photo by James Fraleigh.