Hard to believe it, but we’re already halfway through Summer. If you have yet to make your summer vacation plans (we know there are few of you out there that just wing it), now is the time. Our tourism experts can guide you in our Things To Do section. In the meantime, we’ve rounded up seven cool summer activities for you to explore in the territory surrounding Las Vegas to help inspire your next adventure.
For the summer stargazer…
It may be hard to see the stars most nights in Las Vegas, but just a short distance outside the city is a different story. The Spring Mountain Visitor Gateway is the site of a monthly free Astronomy in the Park stargazing event hosted by the Las Vegas Astronomical Society. Volunteer members of the society bring out their telescopes and offer spectacular views of celestial objects.
The next public events are July 9 and August 20. Get all the details here!
For the culinarian…
If you’ve ever been to Mt. Charleston before, chances are you’ve either visited or heard of the historic Mt. Charleston Lodge, which burned down last year. The owners are working to rebuild it, but in the interim, they’re hosting a pretty cool Summer Chef Cookout Series called Pine Dining.
According to the Mt. Charleston Lodge website… “Pine Dining is a Summer Chef Cookout Series taking place over eight weekends at the site of the historic Mt. Charleston Lodge. Acclaimed Las Vegas chefs are invited to curate “cookout” weekends for the ultimate mountain dining experience with all proceeds going to the nonprofit of their choice.”
Events kick off Saturday July 23rd with Chef James Trees of Ada’s Wine Bar, Al Solito Posto, and Esther’s Kitchen. Future dates include dishes from Justin Kingsley Hall of Main St. Provisions, Sam Marvin of Echo and Rig, Nicole Brisson of Brezza and Bar Zazu, and a special collab by Colin Fukunaga, Robert Magsalin, and Dan Coughlin. Get all the details here…
For the music lover…
Like Vegas, Laughlin has a handful of tribute bands that perform on the regular, but the city is also known for bringing some well-known big-name acts. Country music lovers will especially want to check out this summer’s lineup of upcoming artists that are the real deal.
- July 9 – Clint Black
- August 13 – Josh Turner
- September 4 – Anne Wilson of Heart
- September 10 – Alabama 50th Anniversary Tour
- September 17 – Little River Band
- September 24 – Dionne Warwick
For the comedian…
From the sounds of music to the sounds of laughter, Laughlin also has you covered with great comedians coming through including:
- August 13 – Eddie Griffin
- July 30 – Jeff Foxworthy
For the yoga lover…
Time to stretch your body and relax your spirit as Spring Mountain Ranch State Park brings back its popular Yoga in the Meadow series. Trained yoga instructors lead classes for all ages and ability levels amidst their grassy picnic area. With 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. classes throughout July, this is the perfect way to wind down and stretch out after a hike!
The event itself is free, but you do have to pay the $10-15 per car park entry fee, unless you have the annual day-use permit valid at all Nevada State Parks ($100 if you wish to buy it). Get all the details here.
For the theatre lover…
Las Vegas Blvd. is known as an epicenter for a wide variety of shows, but just 23 miles from The Strip is a beloved locals spot for family-friendly off-strip entertainment. We’re talking about Super Summer Theatre, an outdoor venue located in Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. While the temperatures in Vegas can get unbearably hot during the summer, locals like to head out to this theatre nestled just below the Red Rock Canyon to enjoy top quality entertainment. You can bring your own food & beverages, blankets and lawn chairs, and enjoy an evening under the stars taking in a great show.
This summer’s lineup includes Mary Poppins, Sister Act The Musical, and Matilda. Check the schedule and get your tickets here!
For the kiddos…
Beat the Las Vegas heat and escape up to Lee Canyon in Mt. Charleston for a day of fun. On Fridays through August 6, Lee Canyon is hosting Youth Adventure Days. Kids Ages 7-12 are invited to participate in summer adventure activities such as: guided nature hikes, wildlife identification, archery sessions, disc golf, cornhole, scenic chair ride, and the all-important leave no trace education. More information can be found here.