Guide To Pride

The Guide to Las Vegas Pride Weekend 2018 Events in Las Vegas

Mark Your Calendar for These Celebrations

October 15, 2018

Las Vegas’ biggest annual celebration of love and diversity returns October 19 to 21 with the annual Pride Parade, festival, and a bevy of must-attend events for families, music fans, and partygoers of all ages. If you’re new to town, visiting, or just haven’t gotten organized, here are our picks for the celebrations that belong on your schedule.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19

Start things right with the Southern Nevada Association of Pride Inc (SNAPI) 21st Annual Pride Night Parade presented by MGM Resorts International in Downtown Las Vegas. This year’s parade route begins at Gass Avenue and Fourth Street and runs north on Fourth to Stewart Avenue. If you want to see yourself on television, camp out on 4th between Bridger and Carson Avenues, where cameras will be set up to broadcast the parade on Cox Channel 96. 6:45 p.m., lasvegaspride.org/pride-parade

After the party there’s the after party, but first you’ll want to swing by The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for some Instagram pics in front of the resort’s famous Chandelier. For 10 minutes every hour, on the hour through 3 a.m. on October 21, the Chandelier will display beautiful rainbow lights in honor of Pride. You can also pick up a specialty “Rainbow Reigns” cocktail at the Chandelier on Friday and Saturday nights.

Once you’ve had a taste of “Rainbow Reigns” you can head to Orleans Arena for the Glampyres Parade After Party with host Morgan McMichaels of RuPaul’s Drag Race and appearances by Real Housewives star Erika Jayne, Nina Sky, Dev, Chris Cox, and DJ C01. 9:30 p.m., $35–$99, orleansarena.com

Or, if you plan on hanging around downtown, you can join the Official Pride 2018 Parade After Party at Eclipse Theatres. This 21 and over event will have go go dancers, a virtual reality arcade, food and drinks, and more. 10 p.m., lasvegaspride.org/event/pride-parade-after-party/

And at Charlie’s Las Vegas, Pablo Hernandez and Boomer Banks are set to perform, with DJ Luke Dice also on the bill. 11 p.m., charlieslasvegas.com/events

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20

Don’t worry about getting enough sleep after Friday night, because the Las Vegas Pride Festival doesn’t get going until noon at Sunset Park. Spend the day in the company of good friends, food, and live music. There’s also a Kids Zone and a Pride Pets area, with Blair St. Clair and Jamie Wilson among the entertainers tapped to perform on Saturday. Noon to 10 p.m., $15-$20, lasvegaspride.org/pride-festival/ 

After the sun goes down, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is hosting this year’s official Pride after show with an all-ages concert at Boulevard Pool featuring Pentatonix singers and YouTube stars Superfruit, “I Love You Always Forever” singer Betty Who, and Las Vegas’ own electro/disco-inspired duo GoldBoot. 8 p.m., $28, cosmopolitanlasvegas.com. “Rainbow Reigns” cocktails will be on the Boulevard Pool menu, as will two additional specialty drinks, “Love Wins” and “Loud & Proud.” The latter two are being mixed exclusively for the evening’s concert.

For late night partygoers, The Space is opening its doors for a late night dance party dubbed Action Adrenaline. DJ FX provides the opening set, while DJ Nina Flowers (RuPaul’s Drag Race) headlines. 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., $18-$29, clubqueen.life

And two more Drag Race alums, Alaska Thunderf--k 5000 and Willam will perform live at Charlie’s Las Vegas. 11:45 p.m., charlieslasvegas.com/events

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21

Make your way out of bed Sunday and head down to Influence Pool at The LINQ for the Hot Fuss Pool Party featuring Felix Da Housecat, Noir D Costas, and GMBT & Pilosa. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., fablvs.com 

You could also head to Sunset Park for day two of the Las Vegas Pride Festival. Sunday’s entertainment includes 2018 American Idol alum Ada Vox and Sean Van Der Wilt. Noon to 6 p.m., $15-$20, lasvegaspride.org/pride-festival/ 

When the festival is over, don’t call it an early night. The Rio’s Voodoo Lounge is the host venue for this year’s Nightrider Pride Closing Party, featuring Grammy nominee Abel, Dan DeLeon, and Anthony Griego. 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., fablvs.com