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Guide to Spring Break in Vegas: Pool Party Season

The first day of Spring was March 20, which means spring break is upon us! U.S. News notes that Spring is the best season to visit Las Vegas, as temperatures are still comfortable and warm-weather events are starting to ramp up again. Whether you’re planning a trip for your college spring break, a bachelor or bachelorette party, or just a spontaneous getaway with your partner or friends, this is your ultimate guide for pool parties for spring break in Vegas.

Read below to find what to expect with weather, where to find the most epic Las Vegas pool parties for the best DJs, food, and overall vibes!

Las Vegas Spring Weather

Spring in 2019 lasts from now until June 21, and lucky for you, April and May are much cooler than the Summer months. The average temperatures you can expect this Spring are:

  • April: High of 80° / Low of 54°
  • May: High of 90° / Low of 64°
  • June: High of 101° / Low of 73°

As you can see, Las Vegas April weather is the most mild, with temperatures quickly creeping up in May and June. You can expect the days to be sunny and warm, but nights can cool off pretty quickly, so be sure to pack accordingly!

Friends Enjoying Drinks at Pool for Las Vegas Spring Break

Pool Parties in Vegas

Las Vegas pool party season began in March this year, with the exception of Kaos Dayclub opening in April and Bare Pool Lounge opening some time this Spring. The climbing temperatures and abundance of sun make the pools irresistible, and Vegas sure does know how to throw a pool party. When attending these parties, all you need to bring is a trendy suit, sun tan lotion, and the  good vibes to party!

Check out these 10 Vegas pool parties below to really make a splash during your spring break:

Bare Pool Lounge at The Mirage

This is one pool in Las Vegas where going topless is allowed. Bare Pool Lounge has a more intimate feel than the other Las Vegas pools, and offers a menu of mojitos to stay cool.

Circa Resort & Casino

While not opening until December 2020, we’re already excited about the pools at Circa Las Vegas! The multi-tiered, six-pool amphitheater with a 125-foot, high-resolution screen is perfect for the best pool parties in Vegas.

DAYLIGHT Beach Club at Mandalay Bay

LIT Sundays, Rose All Day on Thursdays, and an overall great lineup with regular artists like Duke Dumont, Rick Ross, and Ookay, DAYLIGHT brings the energy of Ibiza to Las Vegas.

Drai’s Beachclub at The Cromwell

A Las Vegas pool party with a view! Drai’s Beachclub overlooks the city, including the Bellagio fountains. Enjoy the sights, indulge in delicious food and drink, and dance the day away.

DJ Playing at Las Vegas Pool Party

Encore Beach Club at Wynn Encore

Encore is the place to be if you’re looking for an indulgent time during Vegas pool party season. Check out their lineup with big-name DJs like the Chainsmokers, Diplo, and Kygo for the best Las Vegas spring break.

KAOS Dayclub at The Palms

Vegas is getting a new player in the pool party game, and it’s going to be KAOS. This new day club will be a “luxe Greek-inspired oasis” and will have a rotating DJ booth for top talent to perform.

Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria

If your style is a little classier and upscale than the average Las Vegas pool parties, Liquid is right for you. Comfortable chaise lounges and daybeds are perfect for listening to Djs after taking a dip.

Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan

The ultimate adult oasis awaits at the Marquee Dayclub, where you can dance to the beat of DJs like Crisk Lake and Cedric Gervais. If you’re feeling extra, book one of their Grand Cabanas.

TAO Beach at The Venetian

Amazing sushi and a luxury pool party experience, does it get any better? TAO Beach boasts great food, an amazing pool atmosphere, top DJs, air-conditioned cabanas, and even Playboy Fridays.

Wet Republic at MGM Grand

Steve Aoki, Zedd, Tiësto, Calvin Harris, and Martin Garrix are just a few of the DJs playing at Wet Republic during spring break in Vegas. The two saltwater pools and giant marble bar are also pretty great.

When visiting for spring break in Vegas, you know you’re in for a good time. Las Vegas pool party season is something you don’t want to miss and is perfect for drinks, dancing, and taking a dip as the temperatures rise. Make your Las Vegas spring break even more epic by booking your room at the D Hotel, where you can stay in the middle of the growing Downtown excitement while being near all the Las Vegas spring break events and pool parties!

Football Players Playing in Big Game

How to Prep for the Big Game in Vegas: Parties, Betting & More

The NFL Championship is almost upon us and it’s going to be a tight race to see who shows up! Whether your favorite team is still in the running or you’re just in it for the snacks and drinks, Las Vegas is the perfect place to cheer on the Big Game. From watch parties to sports betting to where to stay, we’re here to show you a great time on this monumental football weekend. So grab your facepaint and jerseys and let’s look at how to prep for the Big Game in Vegas.

NFL Championship Game Viewing Parties

Viewing parties for the Big Game are Vegas’ time to shine. There are parties on and off the Strip and if the 311,000 visitors in 2018 were any indication, 2019 is sure to be a great time. Here are some places to catch the Big Game:

Big Game Bash Watch Party at the D

No one does football like the D, so this year join us for the biggest game of the season way up on the 12th floor. We’ll have private Man Caves where you can party like champions, unlimited food and drink in the Detroit Ballroom, and all the cheering you could ask for. After the game, head right up to your room and keep the party going all night!

Big Game Viewing Party 2019 at Beer Park

Football and beer go together like peanut butter and jelly, so why not enjoy the Big Game at Beer Park, known for its amazing TVs, cool outdoor seating and, well, beer. Beer Park is offering various tiers of tickets, including individual bar seating, a 2-person package deal, and all-inclusive tickets that includes access to the many buffet-style food stations throughout the venue.

2019 VIP Pigskin Party

Westgate is throwing down for the NFL Championship this year! Guests can enjoy food stations, a complimentary call bar, buckets of beer, and a fun photobooth to remember all the memories. Sports fanatics will also enjoy the many betting options at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, the world’s largest race and sports book.

Friends Celebrating at Big Game Viewing Party

Cabo Wabo Cantina Football Fiesta

Score big at Cabo Wabo Cantina with all-you-can-eat-and-drink buffets with tailgate favorites like hot dogs and burgers as well as Mexican classics. Nothing says “Big Game” like a build-your-own taco and nacho station! Drinks include the Cantina’s Signature Margarita, handcrafted cocktails, and draft and bottled beers.

Biggest Big Game Bash at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

The Downtown Watch Zone has been the place to catch football games all season and DLVEC is wrapping up the season with the Biggest Big Game Bash. Bring all your friends and rent a table and enjoy 72 feet of LED screen, two 22-foot side screens, and lots of food and drink. If you want to step your party up a notch, check out the venue’s Man Caves, where you’ll be treated with food and beverage service and a premium shaded space for up to 30 people.

The Big Game at Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas

Hard Rock is known for both its delicious food and mega parties, and the Big Game is no exception. Cheer on your favorite team with guaranteed seating, a five-hour premium open bar, and food stations of chef-selected game day favorites.

PBR Rock Bar and Grill Big Game Party 2019

PBR Rock Bar and Grill is located right in the middle of the Strip and is hosting a huge viewing party for the Big Game this year. All packages guarantee your seat and include a premium open bar starting at 2pm until the game ends. Never miss a play with the multiple projector screens and individual booth TVs.

Sports Betting in Las Vegas

Betting on the Big Game is almost as fun as watching the commercials, especially when you know what you’re doing. Let’s look at some of the most common football bets and how you can try to win yourself a little extra cash for the slot machines (or buffet).

Person Placing Sports Bet for Big Game on Phone

Betting on the Big Game

Even if you know next to nothing about football, you can still place a bet on the Big Game. Here are a few tips to get you started:

> A straight bet is the most common type of football bet. This is when you bet on the team you want to win and the point spread your expect. This bet pays out 10/11, which means that if you bet $11, you win $10 (plus your original bet).
> An over-under bet is when you bet that the total score of the game will be more or less than the number listed on your official ticket. This bet pays out at the same odds of 10/11.

There are other variations of football bets such as Futures, Parlays, Teasing, and more.

Where to Place Your Bet

The Entertainment Capital of the World is full of amazing places to make your Big Game bet. Here are a few of the most notable sports books in the city:

1. Caesars Palace Race & Sports Book – The Race & Sports Book in Caesars Palace is one of the best on the Strip. Watch the game from a 143-foot HD LED screen and hear all the action from 4-Zone Directional Sound. The space includes lower level seating, which includes three drink tickets, and VIP seating, which includes all-you-can-drink and an expedited line for betting.
2. William Hill Sports BookThe William Hill Sports Book at the D is a great place to take in all the action and hopefully win a little extra cash. Plus, it’s located right next to the Vue Bar, so you can watch your bet on the state-of-the-art odds display boards and grab a drink. Do you have what it takes to bet on the Big Game?
3. Wynn Race & Sports Book – The Wynn Race & Sports Book just went through a major renovation and is looking better than ever. The sports book combines the “big screen views of a movie theater” with the “thrill of sports spectating” at free events every week.
4. The Book at the Plaza – The Plaza has the biggest sportsbook in Downtown Las Vegas, with over 75 screens displaying all the action. For the Big Game this year, the Plaza is hosting their $100,000 Big Game Parlay Card. If you pick all 15 winners of 15 Big Game props, you win $100,000 in cash!

There’s no better place to cheer on the Big Game than in Vegas and this guide will help you do it right. Whether you attend a huge viewing party, place some bets, or just watch from your hotel room, you’re sure to love the excitement of this big day.

Aerosmith Performing Live on Stage

Aerosmith Las Vegas Residency Begins in 2019

Sin City is known for its world-class Vegas entertainment as some of the most beloved artists take residency and perform epic shows. From classic acts like Elvis Presley and the Rat Pack to modern-day artists such as Celine Dion, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Calvin Harris, Britney Spears, and Cher, Vegas residencies are a pretty big deal. Almost every year brings a new face to the scene, and in 2019, the Aerosmith Las Vegas residency is slated to begin! [Image above attributed to: HollywoodReporter.com – Courtesy of Steve Appleford]

Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild

Starting April 6, 2019, the “Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild” shows will kick off at the Park Theater. Between April and July, the band has announced they will perform their first 18 shows, with more shows likely to be added later in the year. So far, we’ve been promised “never-seen-before visuals and audio from Aerosmith recording sessions” and state-of-the-art audio and video technology for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

So why is this Aerosmith Las Vegas residency so exciting? Only because they’ve been dubbed “America’s Greatest Rock Band”, is the best-selling American rock band, and is an influence to other music legends such as Guns ‘N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe, and Metallica. Since their success in the 1970s, Aerosmith has won many awards from programs such as the Grammy Awards and MTV Video Music Awards, and have the most gold albums by an American group while being tied with Van Halen for the most multi-platinum album certifications by an American group.

Want in on this Aerosmith Las Vegas residency action? Make sure to buy your Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild tickets soon!

People Attending Las Vegas Concert

Radical Places to Dine and Drink Less than a Mile Away

Now imagine this: you have tickets to see the award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famers at the Park Theater for their “Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild” residency. You become filled with “Sweet Emotions” and now need to make the rest of the night just as epic. Epic bars and restaurants need to be nearby so your not “Jaded” if you’re late to the show. Good news “Walk This Way” to the “The Other Side” and see the selection that is only a few feet away from the theater.

1. California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) at The Park

Distance: 0.2 miles
Price: $$
Hours: Mon- Thu 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Fri – Sat 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This kitchen has a modern setting and fast service. It has food that is sure to please any person from a meat lover to a vegetarian. CPK is known for their fresh and seasonal ingredients, hand-tossed pizzas and unique kinds of pasta and salads. They have a selection of premium wines, crafted beers, and hand-crafted cocktails. You are sure to find something to eat and drink here that will leave you humming a happy tune.

2. Bruxie

Distance: 0.2 miles
Price: $
Hours: Mon- Thu, Sun 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM, Fri – Sat 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This isn’t your typical fried chicken and waffles, it’s the original fried chicken and waffle sandwich! Their main claim to fame are their sandwiches made with waffles, not bread.All entrees made from scratch and waffles made to order. This place is sure to give you a feeling of home and comfort as you eat this light and crispy chicken inside two golden brown non-sweet waffles. Have a hole in your soul? This fun twist on soul food will patch it right up!

Drinks and Food at Beer Hall

3. Beerhaus

Distance: 0.2 miles
Price: $$
Hours: Mon- Thu 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM, Fri – Sat 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM, Sun 10:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Before hearing some classic rock at Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild, you may want to sit back and chill. Across the way is a beer hall that has a menu with drinks to appeal to the casual drinker and beverages for the refined palettes. Along with drinks, the menu includes savory sandwiches and snacks that are sure to energize you before you rock out that night. If you are looking for a little pre-show pump up, check out the live concert music at the bar!

4. The Chocolate Bar

Distance: 0.2 miles
Price: $$
Hours: 11:00 AM-2:00 AM

Located next to Hershey’s Chocolate World, this bar has drinks that are sure to feed any sweet tooth. Served here are specialty cocktails inspired by some come delectable treats like the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Martini and the Jolly Rancher Jolly-Tini. There is also a varied mix of chocolate beers and wines. Either way, if you have a sweet tooth and want a fun, unique experience, head to The Chocolate Bar before or after your Aerosmith Las Vegas show.

So “Let the Music Do the Talking” and head on over to one of these fresh and notable places before or after the show. They are sure to do “What It Takes” to fuel your energy and  leave you rockin all night or maybe even “Livin on the Edge.” And when it is time to turn in for the night, or when it’s simply time to head to a new bar, make sure you stay at the D Casino Hotel to keep rocking all night. Seeing Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild will be one experience you need to have, and you won’t want to miss a thing!  

Couple Kissing at New Year’s Eve Fremont Street Party

Celebrate at the New Year’s Eve Fremont Street Party

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you know that Downtown Las Vegas is one of the hottest areas in the city to celebrate, especially during New Year’s Eve. There’s no better way to end one year and start a fresh year than with exciting entertainment, good food, and live music. Being one of the best deals in Vegas, book your tickets for the New Year’s Eve Fremont Street Experience early before they’re sold out. New Year’s Eve is the only time the entire Downtown district closes its streets to create one of the most epic block parties of the year! [Image above attributed to: VegasExperience.com]

Why a Downtown Las Vegas New Year’s Eve?

If you’re in a toss-up between celebrating New Year’s Eve on the Strip or on Fremont Street, here are a few things that may help sway your decision:

Bar-Hopping Made Easy!

The Downtown Vegas casinos are much closer to each other than they are on the Strip, so you won’t have to walk so far in between drinks! There are even some places you won’t have to go inside at all; conveniently located just outside the D is the D Bar with flair bartenders and beautiful dancing girls, ready with a fully-stocked bar to make your NYE night seamless!

Grabbable Grub!

With over sixty Downtown Las Vegas restaurants and bars, you’ll be able to satisfy all of your cravings within walking distance. If you do want to go fancy while all dressed up for the countdown, make a reservation at Andiamo Steakhouse for some pre-champagne steak (and have some champagne with dinner while you’re at it).

Friends Toasting Champagne on New Year’s Eve

Excitement!

Make your 2019 New Year’s resolution to do something daring and visit Slotzilla! There’s no better night to fly over the crowd than on a night where everyone is already looking up… you’ll steal the show as you sail through Fremont Street on the world’s ultimate zip line.

Music!

New Year’s Eve on Fremont Street boasts four large stages throughout the seven-block stretch, and each stage will have bands performing all night long. A total of twelve bands will have you dancing away 2018 without a care in the world.  What better way to ring in 2019 than with some awesome tunes.

The Wow Factor!

All night long, you’ll come across alluring go-go dancers, aerial artists, and light shows. It’ll be such a thrilling event, even Las Vegas’ mayor, Carolyn Goodman, and her husband and former mayor, Oscar Goodman, will be making an appearance to check out all the fun. Not to mention, keep an eye to the sky because the world’s largest video screen, Viva Vision, will show several spectacular visuals, including a “Year in Review” montage.

Couple Kissing at New Year’s Eve Fremont Street PartyAttribute: VegasExperience.com

Fremont Street New Year’s Eve Safety

The Fremont Street Experience promises a great time and even better memories for all who choose to ring in the new year Downtown this year. While fun is the main goal, safety is a large priority, as well. Feel comfort in knowing that Fremont Street is a controlled, self-contained environment that is monitored just enough so you can enjoy yourself without worry. That being said, there are some specific restrictions, including absolutely no:

>Strollers
>Coolers
>Weapons
>Packaged Beverages
>Backpacks/Luggage/Bags
>Masks
>Glass/Aluminum
>Chairs
>Amplified Sounds
>Signs

These restrictions are to keep the entire night safe and regulated so all New Year’s Eve Fremont Street guests can celebrate worry-free. Downtown has also partnered with Lyft to ensure everybody gets around safely. If you need a ride to the party or a ride home, there will be an easy pick-up and drop-off location on 4th Street and Carson Avenue. Use the code “FSE” and get up to $20 in Lyft ride credits… how generous!

If you can’t wait to start planning your Las Vegas New Year’s Eve in Downtown, be sure to purchase your tickets quickly! You can buy them online and either print them at home or receive a barcode on your smartphone for entry. Early bird tickets are $35 until December 25th, then they go up to $45. While you’re booking your tickets, don’t forget about a place to crash! The D Hotel offers comfortable rooms, perfect for waking up to on the first day of 2019. You’ll be right in the middle of all the Downtown action and you won’t have to get in a car when the party’s over.

There’s no celebration like a Las Vegas New Year’s Eve celebration, so make sure to do your last night of 2018 justice by choosing the Fremont Street Experience to ring in 2019. You’ll have the perfect, one-of-a-kind night to start off a perfect, one-of-a-kind year!

Blurred view of people walking through convention hallways.

Unconventional Conventions in Las Vegas

Among the cities of the world lies an outlier – an oasis in the middle of the desert. Las Vegas sets itself apart from every other city in the world with its glittering Strip, alluring reputation, and electric atmosphere. There is no other city in the world like Las Vegas, which is what makes it so enticing.

The Las Vegas convention scene is quite like the city itself – unique, fun, and unforgettable. In the Entertainment Capital of the World, there is no shortage of wacky, extraordinary events that can help take your trip to the next level. Whether you’ve been planning to travel to the city for a while or are looking for a last minute ticket, attending a Las Vegas convention is an experience like no other.

Here are some of the most unconventional conventions in Las Vegas!

International Contortion Convention

The International Contortion Convention brings fans, coaches, and artists together to celebrate the art of contorting. Workshops, talks, and shows will be given throughout the convention giving attendees a chance to immerse themselves of the many different facets of the art. The convention comes to a close with a grand exhibition, giving artists a chance to show off their skills in front an appreciative crowd.

Star Trek Las Vegas Convention

This one can be described as a paradise for “trekkies,” or fans of Star Trek. During this time of year, trekkies from all over the country travel to celebrate the Star Trek franchise and all that it emcompasses at the Star Trek Las Vegas Convention. A shared passion unites fans and results in an inclusive, diverse atmosphere for people to express and enjoy themselves. A walk through the convention will yield many costumes, role plays, showings, performances, and Star Trek gear that can only be found at the Star Trek Las Vegas Convention.

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DEF CON Las Vegas

For over 20 years, computer geniuses have been gathering at Las Vegas conventions to practice and show off their hacking skills. DEF CON Las Vegas attracts thousands of people every year who are excited to build on their hacking knowledge and learn some new tricks of the trade. Hacking contests, expositions, and talks are just some of the experiences available to DEF CON attendees.

RollerCon Las Vegas

RollerCon Las Vegas is one of the more active conventions in Las Vegas, with thousands of attendees showing up to practice their rollerblading and roller derby skills. For over a decade, athletes have flocked to RollerCon to celebrate their shared passion. This Las Vegas event offers classes ranging from beginner to expert, competitions, gear vendors, and more. If you’re ready to step up your roller derby game or learn a new skill, head to RollerCon Las Vegas!

International Pizza Expo

For all you pizza lovers out there, this one’s for you. The International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas gathers chefs, restaurant owners, cheese, meat, and sauce suppliers, and pizza enthusiasts to celebrate and learn about one of the world’s favorite foods. Workshops, sampling, exposistions, and celebrity chef appearances all make the exposition so popular. A diverse array of activities makes this unconventional Las Vegas convention fun for professionals and foodies alike.

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Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con

Fans of vintage TV shows, science fiction, comic books, and more gather every year at the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con to see their favorite characters come to life and hear from the creators of their favorite stories. Thousands of costumed fans and countless attractions make this Vegas convention event one that you just can’t miss. Unique food options and comic-themed vendors populate the convention and various shows and talks are held throughout the weekend.

Las Vegas is famous for its quirky qualities and unique offerings, so it only makes sense that it would host some of the most unconventional conventions. If you’re planning a visit to Las Vegas, make sure to take a look at the Las Vegas conventions’ schedule to see what’s happening during your visit. You might just be visiting during a fun convention where you can either rekindle an old hobby or interest or learn a new one! From expos centered around delicious food to conventions celebrating legendary stories, Las Vegas hosts some unconventional conventions that are unlike any other.

Scenic Panorama of Burning Man Festival Camping Sites

Las Vegas Burning Man Sculptures & Cultures

Located in the Black Rock Desert of Northwestern Nevada, Burning Man is a major event for Vegas locals and tourists alike. Three different Burning Man sculptures currently reside in Vegas and represent the Burning Man culture that is alive and well in the Las Vegas community. Tons of people travel through Sin City on their way to Black Rock City. With Burning Man 2018 just around the corner, we’ll discuss one of our favorite Nevada festivals and its special connection with Las Vegas.

History of Burning Man

The annual event now known as Burning Man had humble beginnings as a bonfire ritual on the summer solstice in 1986. Founders Larry Harvey and Jerry James met on Baker Beach in San Francisco with a few friends and burned an 8-foot tall wooden man and smaller wooden dog as a spontaneous act of “radical self-expression”. The tradition continued the following year and the effigy grew to 15 feet tall, and by 1988, it had grown to 30 feet. At this time, Larry Harvey officially named the summer solstice ritual “Burning Man” and titled flyers as such to ward off references to the practice of burning live sacrifices in wicker cages.

In 1990, the figure was erected at Baker Beach on Summer Solstice but not burned because of police enforced permitting reasons and the potential fire hazard. The Man was then invited to San Francisco Cacophony Zone Trip #4 on Labor Day weekend in the Black Rock Desert, NV and burned on September 1, 1990 where the annual festival and tradition continues today.

Burning Man 2018

The 2018 art theme, I, Robot, will offer an exploration of humankind’s decidedly mixed feelings about algorithmic intelligence, cybernetic augmentation, and the mystery of what it means to be human in an increasingly automated world. Due to the recent passing of Burning Man’s founder, “The Man with the Hat” Larry Harvey, this year’s event is expected to be unlike any other. Be there to watch The Man burn on Saturday, September 1.

Burning Man Sculptures in Las Vegas

Considering art is one of the defining features of Burning Man, it makes sense for the Burning Man sculptures to live on outside of Black Rock City. The Playa comes alive in Las Vegas through many of its sculptures, now memorialized throughout the city of Las Vegas. You can see several pieces of art with your own eyes in the heart of Las Vegas.

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“Bliss Dance”

Marco Cochrane’s sculpture “Bliss Dance” was installed in MGM Resorts International’s new dining and entertainment district, The Park, in March 2016. Located between Park MGM (previously Monte Carlo), New York-New York, and the new T-Mobile Arena, the 40-foot tall statue, which debuted at Burning Man in 2010, serves as The Park’s visual focal point. The dancing lady was crafted to celebrate humanity, feminine beauty, and the power that can be harnessed when there is balance on our earth. This unique modern steel sculpture challenges all past engineering feats and techniques seen in previous years.

The Downtown Project

Starting in 2012, Burning Man teamed up with Downtown Project and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh to bring elaborate Burning Man sculptures and other artwork from Black Rock City’s festival for display in Las Vegas. Burning Man provided creative consulting to Downtown Project, and partnered to bring vibrant, interactive art and culture to downtown Las Vegas.

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“The Mantis”

Artist and aerospace engineer Kirk Jellum showcased his original work at Burning Man, a fire-spewing praying mantis. This larger-than-life mantis now resides in the Container Park in Downtown Las Vegas and is a 150:1 scale replica of a female mantis the artist found in a field. The praying mantis took 3,000 hours to build, is 40 feet tall, 30 feet wide, and burns approximately 50 gallons of liquid propane each day with flames that reach six stories high. If that weren’t enough, the mantis has a 4,000-watt sound system – allowing the music to crank up and the mantis to boogie on down.

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“Big Rig Jig”

After a long journey from Burning Man to Coachella to Banksy’s Dismaland show, The Big Rig Jig is now permanently installed in Las Vegas by Tony Hsieh on Fremont Street. The Big Rig Jig was constructed from two discarded tanker trucks and serves as both a sculpture and an architectural space. Visitors can enter the lower truck, climb through the tankers, and come out to a viewing platform between the rear axles. Created by MIke Ross, this sculpture stands 50-foot-tall and weighs in at a whopping 25 tons.

By establishing the agreement with the Downtown Project, Burning Man can use Las Vegas as a platform for art and ideas, and to share its 10 principles, which include radical self-expression, decommodification and civic responsibility. Burning Man culture continues to thrive in the city of Las Vegas and its showcased art continues to live on.

Comic picture drawing of Las Vegas sign.

Everything You Need to Know About Comic Con Las Vegas 2018

Comic Con 2018 is coming to Las Vegas on the last weekend of June! This is one of the biggest conventions of the year in the Vegas Valley, so let’s walk through the schedule, main events, location and other important items to ensure you maximize your Comic Con Las Vegas 2018 experience.

Comic Con 2018 Venue

The iconic Las Vegas Convention Center plays host to Comic Con 2018 and is located at 3150 Paradise Road in the heart of Las Vegas. The event will kick-off at 3pm on Friday, June 29 and close up shop on Sunday, July 1 at 6pm. Tickets are currently on sale, and can be ordered directly through Eventbrite. Plus, kids 10 and under are FREE with a paid adult ticket! More than 100 exhibitors will be on-site to bring the world of comics to Las Vegas. Writers, artists, actors, special effects gurus, and more will be at the Convention Center in Las Vegas, again bringing fun and festivities to the desert.

Comic Con 2018 Schedule

Opening day is Friday, June 29, and the event center will be open from 3pm-8pm. Saturday is the big day, with doors open from 10am – 7pm, and Sunday offers visitors 8 hours of fun… 10am until 6pm.

-Rob Liefeld – creator of Deadpool, Cable, Domino and X-Force will appear both Friday and Saturday.

-Charlie Cox – Daredevil himself, will appear Saturday and Sunday.

-Jason David Frank – a.k.a. the Green Power Ranger, will be at Comic Con all weekend.

-Brianna Hildebrand – from Deadpool 2 will be on-site Saturday and Sunday.

-Sam Humphrey – the actor from The Greatest Showman will attend all weekend.

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Things to Know Before You Go

-You can get in free by volunteering! Click here to learn about volunteering for four hours at the 2018 Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con in exchange for free admission, a new Comic Con volunteer t-shirt, and seriously amazing memories.

-It’ll be busy that weekend in Las Vegas, so make sure to book your hotel reservations now! Staying in Downtown Las Vegas (DTLV) is a great way to boost the fun factor while saving money. A hotel like the D Las Vegas offers serious value and an incomparable place to unwind, eat, gamble or simply tune out the world after a day at Comic Con.

-VIP ticket upgrades are available, and offer fans the ability to enter 30 minutes before general attendees each day, as well as easier entrance to shopping venues, priority line access, and more.

-Cosplay isn’t just allowed – it is encouraged! Since Comic Con Las Vegas 2018 isn’t taking place in a casino, you are free to dress up. Keep in mind that a lot of families attend, and good taste should always prevail. But seriously, have fun.

Comic Con Las Vegas 2018 is destined to be an amazing time. Click here for all the details, including the scheduled guest appearances, exhibitors, hours, ticket prices, and more. And while you’re at it, check out the D Las Vegas and plan your Comic Con-focused trip to Vegas this year.

Elvis impersonator standing in front of the Las Vegas sign.

Don’t Miss These Las Vegas Summer Shows

Las Vegas is known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, and for good reason! There is a seemingly-endless assortment of theatrical performances, comedy shows, art installations, innovative pop-up events, and world-renowned resident performance artists who call Vegas “home.” The city continues to deliver some of the best shows in the world and Downtown Las Vegas is quickly becoming the insider’s destination for the hottest, most culturally diverse entertainment experiences. Let’s take a look at some of the must-see shows drawing crowds to DTLV and the Strip over the next couple of months!

Marriage Can Be Murder

Touted as Las Vegas’ #1 Dinner Show for 18 years and counting, Marriage Can Be Murder is the ultimate “whodunit”. The audience is part of the mystery as they weave their way through a storyline that keeps you guessing and laughing the entire time! A 3-course gourmet meal is served at the table and caps off this 2-hour Las Vegas entertainment experience at the D Hotel and Casino.

A Mob Story

While you’re strolling around Downtown Las Vegas, consider A Mob Story at the Plaza Hotel and Casino. This saga tells the infamous tale of Vegas’ sordid past, including all the hitmen, movie stars, gangsters, mob mistresses, and racketeers you can handle. Created and directed by Jeff Kutash, this Emmy and Golden Globe award winner is the perfect way to learn a little more about Las Vegas’ rich culture and have some fun doing it. Can’t get enough of organized crime? Check out the Mob Museum downtown to really experience the mob boss lifestyle.

Actor starring in A Mob Story at Plaza Hotel and Casino.attribute: https://news.vegasreportnewswire.com/2018/04/18/mob-story/

Tahiti Village Luau

With summer right around the corner, there’s no better way to spend a Sunday evening than by taking in an authentic Luau experience at Tahiti Village Resort! Starting at 7 p.m., guests will enjoy drink specials, a sumptuous island-inspired buffet and live Polynesian entertainment. For a brief escape from the summer heat, spend time in the pool, then enjoy the fun and excitement of a real Polynesian experience!

Musical Acts at the DTLV Events Center

Right across from the D Hotel and Casino lies the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. This incredible performance space is host to a diverse assortment of musical acts that span virtually all musical styles and appeal to audiences of all ages. Upcoming shows include the Vans Warped Tour, 311 & The Offspring, the B-52’s, Culture Club, and an-80’s-style concert. The DTLV Events Center is the perfect place to catch up with your favorite bands and performers, so check out their list of upcoming shows!

Performance at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.attribute: https://dlvec.com/gallery/obc/

Innovative Cirque du Soleil Shows

Whether you’re a die-hard Beatles maniac (check out The Beatles LOVE show), a closet pyromaniac with a penchant for theatrics (you’ll love Cirque’s KA), a fan of the slightly freaky (definitely grab tickets for Zumanity), or looking for a show that somehow combines water dancing, gymnastics, and romance (check out O at Bellagio Las Vegas), the creative team behind Cirque du Soleil’s amazing shows never disappoint. Each show brings the audience to the edge of their seats, where they’ll teeter for the next 90 minutes or so. Witness the visual onslaught of gymnastics, dancing, theatrics and aerial stunts that have become the hallmark of a Cirque du Soleil show.

Absinthe

This show is located in the Spiegeltent on the Roman Plaza at the Caesars Palace Las Vegas, and is definitely intended for audience members 18 and over. The 90-minute show is set inside a whimsical, intoxicating tent that acts as an adult playground for adventurous audience members. Talented and decidedly sexy performers take to the stage and deliver a memorable show filled with daredevil-style stunts that are as intriguing as they are scintillating. Tickets aren’t cheap, but the Huffington Post recently called it the “greatest show on Earth.” Often described as Cirque du Soleil channeled through The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Absinthe is bound to knock you flat on your, well, you get it.

Stage and performers at Absinthe show at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.attribute: https://spiegelworld.com/

Las Vegas is the spot to check out some of these incredible shows and others over the next few months. So assemble your squad, book your tickets now, and prepare for the ultimate Vegas experience!

Ballroom venue available at the D Las Vegas.

Tips for Planning a Special Occasion with the D

Looking for an event space, Las Vegas wedding venues, or place that can host a holiday or sports viewing party? If so, Las Vegas has no shortage of amazing choices and the D’s ballrooms and event spaces just might be the perfect place to host your next big gathering. Whether you’re a regular guest, a once-every-five-years visitor to Downtown Las Vegas, or a local looking for flexible, accommodating and affordable event spaces, the D is the place to be! Let’s take a look at some of these spaces to help you plan your special event.

What spaces are available at the D?

Whether you’re looking to host an intimate party of 10 or 20 guests, or a raucous celebration, corporate event or wedding for 500, you’ll find plenty of right-sized event spaces at the D. Small “man-cave” style rooms are perfect for sporting events or Bachelor parties, while massive ballrooms can host weddings or family celebrations with ease, allowing plenty of elbow room for dancing and merrymaking. To view all event spaces at the D, simply click here.

Meeting room venue available at the D Las Vegas.

What if I’m planning a major convention or business event?

If you’re in charge of securing the ideal facility for your upcoming business line gathering or major corporate event, look no further than the Detroit Ballroom. This sizeable space accommodates up to 300 people and can be outfitted with the latest in leading-edge audio and visual equipment that’ll make any presentation pop. The eight available breakout rooms make it easy for groups to pare down to smaller, more manageable units for targeted learning sessions or roundtable discussions. Enterprise-class Cisco hardware ensures stellar connectivity and a 100 megabit per second connection means superior data management.

Can I host my wedding at the D?

Of course you can! Imagine the memories you’ll make when you celebrate with your family and friends at the D on the VUE Bar balcony overlooking the iconic Fremont Street Experience. Or, let Downtown Las Vegas act as the backdrop for your big day by booking the Traverse City Patio. Our dedicated planning and catering team will handle every last detail – all you have to do is show up and say “I do”.

To get started, simply call (702) 388-2200 or email sales@theD.com. You’ll be amazed at the incredible wedding package you can design, all for a great price.

Bride and groom getting married at the D Las Vegas.

What information should I gather when planning the event?

Completing the Event Information Form takes mere minutes, yet it will give us most of the information needed to create an accurate event plan for your big gathering. Create a name for your event, then provide us with an estimated headcount, the arrival and departure dates, the type of event, whether or not you’ll require catering services, and basic contact information. This is enough to get us started, but the more information you can provide, the better! For example, providing us with your company website, whether or not you’ll need breakout rooms, or even alternative arrival and departure dates can help us create numerous options for your upcoming Las Vegas event. One of our dedicated and experienced event planners will then create a customized proposal for your review.

Whether you’re looking for an iconic place to celebrate your upcoming nuptials, a sophisticated and flexible meeting space for a corporate gathering, or simply a luxurious place for you and your friends to hang out and watch a sporting event, you’ll find the ideal space at the D Hotel and Casino in Downtown Las Vegas.

Contact our event staff today for more information and to begin the process of securing your perfect Las Vegas meeting space or event venue.

Crowd cheering on the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Best Places to Catch the Vegas Golden Knights NHL Playoff Games

A short walk down a Las Vegas street will put you at the heart the hype that’s been pumping through the city. TV screens, apparel, and conversations are filled with spirit as the Vegas Golden Knights advance into the NHL Finals. The pride this city feels for its talented hockey team is obvious. At the games, the crowds are heavy with black and gold. Back at home during away games, fans are lining up to attend some of the hottest viewing parties. In such a spirited city, attending viewing parties is the best way to experience the hockey fun and the Entertainment Capital of the World knows how to throw a good party. [Image above attributed to: https://www.nhl.com/goldenknights]

Below are a few recaps of the most exciting VGK viewing parties, as well as upcoming parties that you don’t want to miss:

1. The D Las Vegas is no stranger to hosting unforgettable parties. On May 6th, the D hosted the Golden Knights Game 5 viewing party, taking advantage of their monstrous 72-foot HD LED video wall and state-of-the-art stadium audio. As expected, the party was heavily attended and fans fed off of each other’s excitement. On May 12th, the D struck again by the official watch party at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. Fans flocked to be part of the action and, as always, it was one for the books. Catch all of the action for the next watch party on May 18th.

2. Topgolf Las Vegas hosted Game 3 of the Playoffs on April 15th – and it did not disappoint. A 48-foot screen wowed fans as they cheered on their team. During intermissions, fans had the chance to win valuable raffle prizes.

3. Mandalay Bay took part in the viewing party fun on April 17th by hosting the Golden Knights versus Los Angeles Kings game. “Knight on the Beach” attracted hundreds of fans to its shores with its large LED screen and appearances by The VGK Knight Line, the team’s drumming line, Golden Aces dancers, and Chance the Mascot.

Vegas Golden Knights players celebrating on the ice.attribute: https://www.nhl.com/goldenknights

4. The Henderson Pavilion will be hosting viewing parties for all Vegas Golden Knights away games during the 2018 Stanley Cup finals. That means that you and your family can head on down to the pavilion anytime there’s a game to join the spirited fun. Cheer on the Golden Knights as they take on their opponent among a crowd of like-minded fans who want exactly what you do – to see the Knights take home the Cup!

5. Fat Bar is the place to be for drink specials during the big games. Fat Bar will be hosting NHL Playoff watch parties for each away game and the atmosphere promises to be electric. As if being surrounded by Golden Knights fans wasn’t exciting enough during the hockey playoffs, Fat Bar will be offering impressive drink specials like $35 all-you-can-drink beer during the game, $3 Jameson and Fireball shots, $5 Patron shots, and free shots for those wearing jerseys when the team scores.

6. Rampart Casino will also be offering some hard-to-pass-up drink specials at their viewing parties. Their Race & Sports Book Bar & Lounge will be packed with both excited fans and sports bettors looking to add a little personal investment into the games. The lounge will be serving up $2, $3, and $4 beers as well as $10-$15 buckets. These viewing parties are not-to-be-missed, especially if you like to bet on all the hockey excitement.

Las Vegas is a city full of spirit and pride. There are plenty of options when it comes to Vegas Golden Knights viewing parties, but perhaps the most exciting part of it all is the loyal fanbase that electrifies the city. Being in the midst of the city’s spirit makes the Vegas Golden Knights’ advancement into the 2018 NHL Finals all the more exciting.