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Ho Ho Holiday Happenings

The Holiday Season is in full force now and I’m sure your wallet is coming out for the purpose of giving. So what are you going to give? You could stick with those corporate stores that offer the same mass produced products or realize it is the most wonderful time of the year and the best time to put some money into your local economy and buy some spectacular gifts.  So this weekend happens to be a perfect weekend to buy local and enjoy some Las Vegas culture all at the same time.

The first Friday of this month will be on the same weekend as the Second Saturday, which means the popular First Friday Festival and the StrEATS Festival are happening on the same weekend. First Friday has become a large event over the years which means there is plenty of opportunity to buy local as there are a plethora of artistic vendors that participate in the festival. It’s perfect for the holidays, you can go out enjoy the community and find unique cool stuff for your giftees. What you are going to see out there is an array photography art, paintings, and even sculptures. You can also find threads from local fashion designers and my personal favorite, fashion accessories to add finishing touches to your looks. If you can’t make it to First Friday, the StrEATS Festival is on Saturday and although it is still in its beginning stages there are several local vendors to check out.

One of the newest vendors that I adore and they just happen to make appearances at both events is A Girls Glitter. They are a local company that is online and sells at local events as well. They specialize in bling and originality of fashion accessories. It’s hard not to buy at least one of their unique fashion accessories with all that sparkle reeling a girl in. Besides every girl needs a new accessory and of course, so does her friend, right?  Be sure to hit them up online if you don’t make it out and see them this weekend.

Of course at both events there will be plenty of those delicious food trucks to help tame the appetite you work up. Just remember to grab a jacket and maybe some gloves as it will be chilly outside this weekend. Hey and even if you don’t buy anything at the festivals get some ideas and grab some business cards to follow up later on that unique gift idea. Save the corporate stores for buying your paper towels and remember keep it real by buying from local businesses for your gifts this season.

One of the best traditions for the Holidays are those beautiful light displays and of course our awesome city has got that covered as well. Take the family out this weekend and enjoy some displays our city graciously offers. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts an annual light show called, Glittering Lights and it is open now until January 6th from 5:30 till 9 pm,Monday Thru Thursday and till 10 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays. It’s $15 per carload during the week , $20 on holidays and weekends so be sure to pack all your friends and family in the vehicle and split the cost.

Also, the Springs Preserve is hosting the Holiday Light Spectacular this weekend on December 8th and 9th from 5 to 9 pm,  it will also be open from December 15 thru the 23rd at same time in the evening. This event will be, “bathed in the glow of thousands of colorful, eco-friendly LED lights, the family-friendly celebration will feature tasty treats, holiday arts and crafts, reindeer (pony) rides for the little ones, photos with Santa, and much more”.

One of the most talked about holiday events for this weekend is the 12th annual Lakes Festival of Lights, located just South of West Sahara and West of Durango Drive. The event is free to attend and there will be many festive holiday family happenings to enjoy like arts and crafts, live entertainment and even a boat parade. It starts at noon on Saturday, December 8th and runs until 6p.m.

Oh, one last thing just to let you know the Mob Bar is celebrating it’s 1 year anniversary tonight offering drink pricing from back in 1933. If you’ve been looking for something to do tonight this is it. So stop downtown tonight at the Mob Bar after 5pm to enjoy some of their delicious cocktails basically a buy one get one free opportunity (buy one get one free should always be taken advantage of…just an FYI).

Whatever you do be sure to get out there this weekend, enjoy and support this fabulous city we live in. Happy Holidays Las Vegas!

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Rediscover Downtown Day, Who’s Coming With Me

I’ve witnessed some great things in downtown lately, one of my newest favorite places for the munchies is Pop Up pizza in the Plaza Casino. Fremont Street seems to keep growing with with every visit a new place seems to spring to life. I’m loving the new bar called Drink and Drag that offers pool tables, bowling, gogo dancers and a dance floor, the drinks are stiff and the staff are friendly which helps make the evening full of smiles. One of my favorite downtown places that always seem to have something going on for locals and representing Vegas history is the Mob bar, their signature drinks are oh so delicious. Also, catering to those of us who practice sustainable living and make a point to buy local there is the Downtown3rd Farmers Market every Friday from 9am till 2pm in the old transit center. Downtown has so much more to offer that I still haven’t manage to go experience or probably don’t even know about. For instance, I still have yet to go and check out the Insert Coins establishment I’ve heard so much about.

This weekend may be my opportunity and yours. The six month Rediscover Downtown Project campaign is coming to a close and they are going out with a bang. Vegas, set aside this Saturday, October 13th for Rediscover Downtown Day, “an entire day of special events, tasting, activities, offers and incentives – all geared toward those who call Las Vegas home and especially those who may not have yet rediscovered all that is new in the historic heart of their city.” The event will kick off at 7 am with the Las Vegas Rediscover Downtown Heart Walk/Run. There will be events happening in several places throughout downtown including, the 18b Las Vegas Arts District & Nearby, Fremont East Entertainment District, Fremont Street Experience – Casino Core Cultural Corridor, and Downtown. There will be deals, fun, food, information booths and so much more. There is so much going on that day that you may want to have an idea about what you’re going go see and we have your back my friends. Courtesy of the projects organizers, here is a website for a complete list of all the “happenings”  for the day rediscoverdowntownlv.com.

Have you noticed the changes in the Las Vegas downtown district? Did you try any of the newer places? We want to hear, leave your comments.

Premiere Arts Square Theatre

The building has been bought, the construction has been completed and the performance has been picked. This Friday Cockroach Theatre is celebrating the opening of their new space,  Arts Square Theatre located in the arts district in downtown Las Vegas.

Nurture, a dark comedy by Joanna Adams will be premiering at the new community arts center September 21st at 8pm. The show will run for 3 weeks, closing out the performance on October 7th at 2pm. General admission tickets are $18 and $15 for students.

You can purchase tickets online and get more info at http://www.cockroachtheatre.com

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