Famed "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" Sign to Dazzle in Rainbow Lights to Jubilate Las Vegas PRIDE, Fabulous Las Vegas, Gay Days and More
LAS VEGAS-Las Vegas ranks among the top LGBT vacation destinations in the country, so it is no question that "The Entertainment Capital of the World" pulls out all the stops when welcoming its valued gay travelers. This September, the destination will host a series of electrifying events dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, including Las Vegas PRIDE, Fabulous Las Vegas and Gay Days. Coupled with the destination's already jaw-dropping entertainment and nightlife offerings, Las Vegas continues to stand out as the perfect rest and play getaway.
Las Vegas PRIDE 2013 takes place Sept. 6-7 with a series of events meant to educate the general public about the needs and issues affecting the LGBT community. Events include the annual PRIDE Night Parade and PRIDE Festival, as well as lighting of the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign in rainbow-colored lights.
Led by Parade Grand Marshal Edward Padilla and Celebrity Grand Marshals from the cast of Divas Las Vegas, the parade takes place Friday, Sept. 6 beginning at 8 p.m. Starting at West Charleston Boulevard, the route heads north along 4th Street to Ogden Avenue. The main stage will be at Bridger Avenue, just two blocks south of the Fremont Street Experience. The PRIDE Festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 7 from noon to 10 p.m. at the Clark County Government Center in downtown Las Vegas, and will feature more than 100 exhibitors.
For the first time ever, the famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign will sparkle with rainbow-colored bulbs in honor of PRIDE weekend. This breathtaking destination icon on the south end of the Strip will welcome LGBT visitors from around the world, offering a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity to commemorate PRIDE in Las Vegas.
Travelers looking to begin their September PRIDE celebrations early can enjoy the events and special offers of Fabulous Las Vegas, Gays Days Las Vegas, Las Vegas Showgirl Invitational and Shedonism 2013.
Fabulous Las Vegas, hosted by MGM Resorts International, takes place Sept. 3-8 and provides exclusive offers to the weekend's top entertainment and hottest parties. Guests can laugh with comedian Margaret Cho, dine at Border Grill at Mandalay Bay and dance the night away at Revo Sundays at The Mirage, among many more experiences. For more information, visit mgmresorts.com/fabulous.
Gay Days Las Vegas returns Sept. 3-9 with lively parties across the famed Strip, as well as intimate Diversity Dinners and Brunches. Travelers can take advantage of fabulous deals at some of the destination's sexiest resorts, including Hard Rock Hotel, The New Tropicana Las Vegas, LUXOR Las Vegas and RUMOR Boutique Resort. For more information about Gay Days experiences, visit gaydays.com/Las-Vegas/Featured.
Feathers, sequins and pins-"bowling pins" that is. Reservations are now accepted for the Las Vegas Showgirl Invitational bowling tournament, celebrating its 30th anniversary Aug. 30-Sept. 1. The event takes place at Sam's Town and includes team competition as well as singles and doubles tournaments all weekend long. For more information, visit lvshowgirl.net.
This event is just for the ladies. Palms Casino Resort is this year's host property for Shedonism 2013 Sept. 5-9. The ladies will live it up with day parties, nightclub events, poker tournaments and a parade while mixing and mingling with singers, dancers, DJs, comedians and showgirls. Find out more at shedonismvegas.com.
Of course, in a city this fabulous (hey, it says so on the sign), the excitement of PRIDE continues year-round. With sexy shows and over-the-top productions, Las Vegas is known as "The Entertainment Capital of the World" due to its world-class productions and sensational headliners, including Celine Dion performing at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas at The Quad, Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity at New York-New York and Le Rêve-The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas.
International superstar and the world's best-selling female country artist of all time Shania Twain made her Las Vegas debut at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with her acclaimed show, "SHANIA: STILL THE ONE." Twain returns to the stage Oct. 15-30. The newest Cirque du Soleil production on the Strip, "Michael Jackson ONE" at Mandalay Bay brings the legend and his music to life in the visually-stunning masterpiece.
Las Vegas is known for over-the-top experiences, so it's no wonder the world's largest gay nightclub can be found in the destination, which is at Neonopolis at the Fremont Street Experience. Krave Massive boasts state-of-the-art video, lighting and sound systems, along with 25 VIP tables for an exclusive, upscale experience.
Located one floor down from Krave Massive is Drink & Drag, staffed by the country's best drag queens. Drink & Drag's ultimate play lounge features 12 lanes of bowling, pool tables, dart boards, gayme room, VIP area and bar menu.
Las Vegas' poolside parties are the perfect place to socialize and let loose. Luxor's Temptation Sundays, hosted by J. Son, returned for its fifth season as one of the top LGBT summer events in Las Vegas, with themed events every weekend. For the guys, Blue Moon Resort serves up barbecue by the pool every Sunday. Blue Moon is Las Vegas' only clothing-optional, all-male, gay resort and features a lagoon-style pool with a waterfall.
ADDITIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS
The 10th annual Lucky Bear Weekend takes place Oct. 4-6 at Blue Moon Resort, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Charlie's Las Vegas, Fun Hog Ranch, The Garage and more! No Bear Club affiliation needed, Lucky Bear Weekend is not your typical bear event. For additional information, visit luckybearweekend.com.
Registration is open for the Las Vegas Classic XII tennis tournament at Darling Tennis Center. Open to everyone, tennis enthusiasts are encouraged to grab their racket and take their swings Oct. 11-13. Players will be able to split divisions and ladies are welcome to play in the men's draw. More information and registration form is available online at lasvegasgaytennisclub.com.