Typically, there are two types of people: those who love Vegas and those who hate it. But that all changes during one weekend in April each year, the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender. This event, held at The Orleans Hotel on a different April weekend annually, is unparalleled in the USA. The hotel is essentially taken over for three days of nonstop music, hot rods, and festivities.

Rockabilly, jive, jump blues, and hillbilly bands from around the globe gather for this event. People save up all year to attend, making it the premier destination for rockabilly music. Picture a massive ballroom with over 250 people jitterbugging to rockin’ bands from countries like Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, and England. If there’s a rockabilly band in Iceland, they’re probably aiming to be there too.

The event also features DJs from around the world, unique vendors, pin-up girl contests, dance lessons, pool parties, and more. The weekend is packed with activities, but the Saturday car show is particularly epic. As a car and music enthusiast, I can attest to the high quality of the vehicles on display. These aren’t just any cars; they’re meticulously crafted works of art, mostly built by their owners who drive them across the country to participate. One standout story is of a man who built a 1930s-era hot rod, finished it just 24 hours before the event, and drove it all the way from Virginia to Vegas.

To sum up, the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender is a must-attend event. Mark your calendar in permanent ink for the 2025 dates: April 24-27.