Summer in Sin City

Courtesy of Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, June 2017 Web Exclusive.

Las Vegas bolsters its reputation as the premier LGBTQ travel destination with a variety of thrilling special events, conferences, parties and more throughout the coming months. Recently awarded destination of the year by, Las Vegas is extremely welcoming of the LGBTQ community, offering every visitor an experience they won’t soon forget.

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Vegas’ longest running LGBTQ pool party, Temptation Sundays at Luxor Hotel & Casino, returns for its eighth fabulous season. This sexy poolside party takes place every Sunday from May 14 to Sept. 24 and features a wide variety of DJs spinning the summer’s hottest soundtracks, specialty drinks and nonstop fun in the sun.

Matinée Las Vegas Festival, the biggest gay dance festival of the summer, will electrify Hard Rock Casino and Hotel May 26-29. Festivalgoers will dance the days away during eight parties, featuring more than 20 DJs.

Returning for another exciting year, Bigger Vegas 2017 features all-inclusive social events for larger gay men, their admirers and other communities, July 4-10. Attendees will mix and mingle during numerous pool parties with the opportunity to enjoy grill-outs, DJ sets, excursions to explore the Strip, Downtown Las Vegas and more.

Beyond the nonstop action available in the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” Las Vegas is also a professional place to conduct business. Those looking to start a business, build their network and work with more LGBTQ-owned businesses will find extensive opportunities at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) International Business & Leadership Conference taking place at Caesars Palace Aug. 1-4. The NGLCC welcomes more than a thousand entrepreneurs, chamber leaders, government officials and corporate executives from around the world to discuss leadership and provide networking and engagement opportunities for business leaders.

In its 35th year, Convergence, Aug. 30-Sept. 4, brings together men and community members of varying interests for parties, events socializing and more. This year, the event comes to Las Vegas for the first time and will be hosted at Luxor Las Vegas.

Las Vegas PRIDE, Oct. 20-22, brings a lineup of events that celebrate the diversity within the Las Vegas LGBTQ community. Festivities include the annual PRIDE Parade, Oct. 20 through fabulous Downtown Las Vegas, as well as the PRIDE Festival, Oct. 21-22, and a host of other PRIDE-themed events and entertainment throughout the weekend.

In addition to the multitude of events taking place throughout the destination, Las Vegas boasts some of the LGBTQ community's favorite entertainers year-round. Multiple Grammy Award-winning artist Ricky Martin began his Las Vegas headlining residency at the new Park Theater at Monte Carlo April 5. Cher, the award-winning Goddess of Pop, debuted her residency, CLASSIC CHER, at the Park Theater in February and will return in May. Other alluring entertainers include Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez, both performing their headlining shows in The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, and many others.

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