Las Vegas Rolls Out the Rainbow Carpet: 7 Can't-Miss Events

by Matthew Wexler

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday May 6, 2019

Temptation Sundays at Luxor
Temptation Sundays at Luxor  

Las Vegas is rolling out the rainbow carpet this year with signature events, including the tenth anniversary of Temptation Sundays at Luxor, as well as Pride, Dining Out For Life, and Bigger Vegas. Check out our hotlist of what not to miss.

Luxor Hotel and Casino continues to make Sunday the hottest day of the week with Temptation Sundays, beginning May 12. The original, longest-running gay pool party in Las Vegas returns for its tenth season with weekly parties through September 29. This sexy poolside party features amazing DJs spinning the summer's hottest soundtracks, specialty drinks and nonstop fun in the sun.

The 13th Annual Sin City Soirée will return to the destination May 13 — 19 at Bally's Las Vegas. Each year, WildSide brings this signature event to the glitz and glamour capital of the world. The Soirée has grown from a small gathering of friends into one of the preeminent trans happenings of the year, bringing more than 300 transgender women and men from around the world to Las Vegas for a week of activities including pool parties, shopping, sightseeing, dinners and evenings out on the town. Last year the event welcomed guests from six continents.

Golden Rainbow's 33rd Annual Ribbon of Life returns to Tropicana Las Vegas June 23. This year's production will honor the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with numbers inspired by the iconic music festival. Ribbon of Life is an original talent showcase unlike any other in Las Vegas, featuring custom production numbers from the Las Vegas Strip's best singers, dancers and performers. The organization provides housing, education and direct financial assistance to those living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada.

Celebrating gay men of all shapes and sizes, Bigger Vegas is going big at Tuscany Suites and Casino, July 2-8. A week filled with exciting activities, exclusive excursions, informative seminars, outrageous parties, Bigger Vegas is the largest event celebrating a vibrant sub-culture of the gay community and is expecting over 1,500 guests this year.

Golden Rainbow will partner with local restaurants across the valley for the fourth annual Dining Out For Life on July 23. Held across the nation each year, the campaign raises funds for local HIV/AIDS service organizations. In Southern Nevada, Golden Rainbow is the sole beneficiary of these funds.

Las Vegas PRIDE returns October 11-12 with an exciting weekend of events and entertainment that celebrate the diversity and pride within the Las Vegas LGBTQ community. Events include the annual night PRIDE Parade in downtown Las Vegas and the PRIDE Festival the following day.

The Nevada Gay Rodeo Association trots into Las Vegas for the Big Horn Rodeo, Sept. 20-22. Spectators will be jumping in their boots as they enjoy a multitude of events from bull riding and roping to barrel racing during the annual three-day event held at Horseman's Park.

Anytime of Year

Anytime of Year
Aureole at Mandalay Bay  

Queens of the scene take guests on a wild ride as they dine at Señor Frog's Drag Brunch. Drag queens from RuPaul's Drag Race, Shangela, Coco Montrese, and Yara Sofia slay the stage, as revelers can brunch it up with a delicious buffet and an open bar.

The Garage, located a few miles off the Strip, is a hot spot for locals and visitors alike. Modeled after an auto-body shop, the bar features pool tables, shuffleboard, and darts, in addition to their drink specials and mouth-watering menu.

At the heart of the Fruitloop, FreeZone Nightclub and Bar pairs a casual atmosphere with upbeat music and nightly karaoke. Featuring food, pool tables, and occasional drag shows, it is a solid spot to catch up with friends or let loose on the dance floor.

Serving up unforgettable parties seven nights a week, Piranha Nightclub is the ultimate late-night location for LGBTQ revelers. From international DJs to world-famous drag queens, the entertainment is top-notch and draws a lively, diverse crowd. Depending on the occasion, guests can enjoy a cocktail at one of the many bars or dance the night away on Piranha's state-of-the-art dance floors among sexy go-go dancers. Go lux with VIP bottle service.

Looking for a soundtrack for your romance? MGM Resorts International launched Universal Love, a collection of reimagined wedding songs for the LGBTQ community. Featuring songs by Bob Dylan and St. Vincent among other artists, the album celebrates the enduring and overwhelming power of love and is available on all streaming platforms.

Matthew Wexler is EDGE's National Senior Editor of Travel, Lifestyle, Health & Branded Content. More of his writing can be found at Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wexlerwrites.

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