Las Vegas is a world famous entertainment center that draws tourists to the desert city for spectacular shows.
Over the past decade, DJs and electronic dance music (EDM) fans have flocked to the band to host and attend unforgettable, elaborate parties at clubs and famous music events. It’s no wonder Las Vegas has been named one of America’s best cities for EDM lovers of all genres.
You should remember a few tips if you plan to go to Sin City this year. Being prepared well in advance can help you skip the ticket lines so you can fully enjoy your dance weekend.
To help you get started, here’s a guide to the Las Vegas scene in 2022.
Events and parties
Music festivals, concerts, carnivals, nightclubs and weekend parties abound on the 4-mile-long Las Vegas Strip. The events calendar is filled with a thriving and bustling EDM scene to keep you entertained whenever you decide to throw your party there. As an EDM fan, you can expect top resident artists like Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris and DJ Snake to pump up the music in 2022.
Many of the best events where you can experience the hottest party on the Strip take place on the long weekends. This is so you can have a full three to four day rave and party experience and make the most of your time while you’re there.
Event companies and organizers offer packages that give you tickets to access a chain of parties during your stay so you can also tour clubs and festivals. Be on the lookout for early bird bookings of annual events months in advance, as these weekend passes sell out quickly.
What to bring
Because Las Vegas nightlife is characterized by the vibe of lavish lifestyles and “living your best life”, many events and venues have dress codes to maintain this image. Therefore, it’s best to pack smart outfits, such as dress shirts, cocktail dresses, strappy flats or heels, and dressy loafers or sneakers.
If you’re going to be wearing rave EDM and festival attire, check the event’s policy for adult clothing and anything that shows nudity. A good rule to remember for a trip to Vegas is that it’s better to be dressed up than dressed down.
Likewise, don’t forget to bring hydration packs to replenish during your weekend walk, party, and drink. Many also double as backpacks so you can keep them on your body without needing to carry extra bags.
When it comes to budgeting, it’s essential to factor in costs such as travel around town and restaurant tips. Dining in Las Vegas is expensive due to tourist prices and poor service. Thus, you need to know how to budget to offset the higher prices. You can also bring a debit or credit card to facilitate payments.
How to get there
The most convenient way to get to Las Vegas is to fly to the state of Nevada via Harry Reid International Airport in Paradise. This gateway airport serves most commercial and airline flights from cities nationwide and around the world if you are traveling from outside the United States. From the airport, travel by taxi or shuttle to your hotel on the Strip for approximately 8 km.
If you are in a neighboring state like California, you can also charter a bus service to get to Las Vegas from Los Angeles and Anaheim. The journey usually takes about five hours. Some hotels, resorts, festivals and clubs have transportation included in their EDM weekend packages, so check the information packs for discounted shuttle services.
Where to stay
Las Vegas hotels are undoubtedly the best accommodation you can choose for your EDM trip. It’s not just because they offer exceptional quality dining and living service, but also because they’re close to the EDM events you’ll be attending. Many hotels, resorts, and casinos often have nightclubs located within their establishments. The hotels also host nightly events like the EDM festival pool parties. So booking a hotel like this also means you can go downstairs when the party starts.
Travel lodges, inns, suite resorts, homestays and vacation rentals are also available. This is the most affordable option if all you want is a place to stay and sleep after your crazy nights. However, keep in mind that most non-hotel accommodations are located a little further from the Strip, so you’ll need to factor in travel and distance to your party venue.
Las Vegas has a booming EDM scene filled with parties and festivals. Some of the best events take place during the long weekends, so these are the dates you should aim to book. You can expect exquisite restaurants, glitzy hotels and all-night ravers lighting up the neon dance floor when you go there.
Plus, stay hydrated, dress appropriately, and stick to a carefully allocated budget that makes up for the higher prices. Following them can ensure that your dance music weekend fulfills all your festival fantasies.