Hundreds flocked to the north pool at the Luxor Hotel & Casino for the pool party, which marks the unofficial start of LGBTQ summer in Las Vegas.
Temptation Sundays has come a long way from its beginnings a decade ago, when the party attracted a few dozen mostly local participants. Today, it is not unusual for over 1,000 guests to RSVP to the party held each Sunday during the summer, attracting Vegas residents as well as visitors from around the country and world.
As divas like Lady Gaga, Janet Jackson, and Christina Aguilera are expected to begin or continue their Vegas residencies, Temptation presents a fun and inclusive way for queer fans visiting town to round out their trips. While the party mostly attracts men — of a diverse range of ages, body types, and backgrounds — many women also splashed happily in the pool alongside their friends and girlfriends.
Either before or after the pool party, which runs from about 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., attendees may also want to take advantage of the amenities within walking distance of the event. The Spa Mandalay offers facials, massages, and spa packages to relax and unwind after a weekend of festivities. One of the tastiest Mexican restaurants on the Strip, Diablo’s Cantina, is located right within the Luxor, featuring margaritas and a feast of eating options like ceviche, fajitas, and tacos.
Have some more free time? Consider The Naked Magicians — a queer-inclusive magic show by an Australian duo who bare (mostly) all — at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club across the street at the MGM Grand. The Juniper Cocktail Lounge at the Park MGM also offers craft cocktails in a classy setting for a date night or for a drink before or after Gaga or Janet, who both play the Park Theater throughout the summer.
The Piranha Nightclub, a queer venue with themed parties and regular drag shows from headliners like Shannel and Yara Sofia, is a sure bet for those who want to continue the party late into the night or early morning.
Browse photos from the first Temptation Sundays of the season on the following slideshow with photography by Daniel Reynolds.