Who’d have thought there were so many music festivals in Las Vegas? Here’s the scoop on our favorites.
Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival
What: A high-energy gathering of grunge rock from the makers of liquid gold.
How: Sept. 17, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel, RockstarUproar.com.
VIP, please: The upgrade includes a festival-branded bandana, towel and lighter … for the slow jams.
Las Vegas Jazz Festival
What: Three days of sounds so smooth butter might get jealous.
How: Sept. 19-21, JW Marriot Las Vegas Resort, LVJazzFestival.com.
Re-entry is permitted: So you can take breaks to roam the gorgeous landscape.
Big Blues Bender
What: This inaugural effort promises multiple genres and convenience: “Everything is an elevator ride away.”
How: Sept. 25-29, Riviera, BigBluesBender.com.
It feels good to be a local: Four-day passes for Clark County residents are $350, but out-of-town packages run from $599.50-$1,399.
Boulevard Brew Fest
What: Kings of Leon’s Mechanical Bull Tour stop, plus a seven-hour, outdoor “beer-topia.”
How: Sept. 27, the lot across from Luxor, BLVDBrewFest.com.
Top Billing: Should go to the beer. Expect 60 varieties imported from Oregon and local craft brew selections.
Route 91 Harvest Festival
What: A three-day convergence of country music’s heavy-hitters and up-and-comers.
How: Oct. 3-5, the lot across from Luxor, RT91Harvest.com.
Start ’em young: Children 6 and under are admitted free. Adults beware: Only 3-day passes are available for you.
What: Musicians, comedians, specialists and enthusiasts gathering to celebrate the herb.
How: Oct. 4, Clark County Government Amphitheater, LasVegasHempFest.com.
Leave with: Itchy eyes, new products and the official title of 2014 HempFest Girl, if you’re a female who so chooses to enter the beauty contest.
Wine Amplified Weekend
What: The music and boozefest outgrows Mandalay Bay Beach in its ninth incarnation.
How: Oct. 10-11, the lot across from Luxor, WineAmplified.com.
Plan ahead: On-site purchases must be made using your scannable wristband, which you can pre-load with “festival bucks.”
Safe in Sound Festival
What: A concert classified at 10 on the Richter scale.
How: Oct. 23, Brooklyn Bowl, SafeinSoundFest.com.
Cheer for: Las Vegas’ own Caked Up, assuming the duo can hear you over the noise coming from PK Sound speakers.
Life Is Beautiful Festival
What: The second coming of art, music, food and learning to DTLV.
How: Oct. 24-26, Downtown, this year’s exact footprint is TBA, LifeIsBeautiful.com.
Don’t miss: The gourmet grub at your fingertips. Or Kanye West. No matter what, everyone at the water cooler will be taking about him.