Part of EDC Vegas’s move up the calendar was to alleviate traffic concerns, and while that goal was still somewhat achieved with its inaugural camp, there are a few roadblocks to this plan that drivers should take into account. Not only is the US-95 Highway closing down Friday, but the event will be held at the same time as three others on the strip on the first and last day of the festivities.
Friday of this weekend, the NHL Western Conference Finals sees the Winnipeg Jets face off against the Vegas Golden Knights at the T-Mobile Arena, so traffic will be increased that entire afternoon. Thankfully, Highway 95 will still be open until 10PM, so drivers shouldn’t expect total armageddon if they leave early. On Sunday, the Billboard Music Awards are hitting the MGM Grand AND RECon, the Global Retail Real Estate Convention will kick off at the Las Vegas Convention Center on the other end of the strip. Essentially, more than 120,000 people are going to hit Vegas all at the same time. For those who still have a choice in the matter, a shuttle pass may be the best way to go.
Gather as many of your friends as possible, and find the biggest Uber you can. Ridesharing will not only take cars off the road, but it will help avoid backup in the parking lots. Don’t want to Uber? Encourage your friends to consolidate into fewer vehicles and carpool to the show.
EDC also experiences a “rush hour” between 9pm and 11pm. This year, EDC will open the gates to cosmicMEADOW each day at 3pm for our first-ever Opening Ceremonies. Come join us all three days as a handpicked selection of DJs curate some beautiful vibes on the lush grass of this special stage.
EDC released their own statement on the increased traffic, which can be found on their website.