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Have no fear: Las Vegas is ready for Halloween fun

Get ready to go trick-or-treating, grown-up style, when Howl-O-Week comes to Las Vegas!

Great entertainment is always a treat in Las Vegas, and you can't have Halloween celebrations without witches. Fortunately, The Smith Center has them with the return of "Wicked," the Broadway blockbuster. See it beginning Oct. 8.

BOO Box

How about some tasty treats, too? Sink your fangs into some Halloween treats, like the Candy Corn Gelato offered exclusively Oct. 30-31 at Trevi inside the Forum Shops at Caesars. Here's the scoop on this holiday favorite: Enjoy some crushed candy corn swirled into a creamy vanilla-flavored gelato. From Oct. 6-31, Sprinkles Cupcakes at The LINQ will offer its BOO Box with an assortment of Vanilla Milk Chocolate, Red Velvet, Black and White and Caramel Apple cupcakes adorned with Sprinkles ghost and BOO sugar decorations. Sealed with a BOO Spooky Cupcakes sticker.

Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball

Now you're ready for a little eye candy. You'll find plenty of it with costume contests all weekend long offering prizes from cash to bar tabs to gift cards and more. Put on your scariest attire and head to the Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball at the Hard Rock and experience one of the premier Halloween parties on the planet. 

For more Halloween revelry, Check out the "Rockin' Horror Picture Show" at 10 p.m. on Oct. 31 inside The Bourbon Room at The Venetian, with complimentary admission and where guests are encouraged to come dressed in costumes inspired by the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Scary fun awaits at the Frightdome at Circus Circus, which opens Oct. 3, The Freakling Brothers Trilogy of Terror returns for its 22nd frightening year! Enjoy haunted attractions from Oct. 3-31 at Grand Canyon Shopping Center. 

For some all-ages fun, head to Opportunity Village for "HallOVeen," weekends beginning Oct. 3 and enjoy games, events and entertainment for the entire family, or check out Cox Treat Streets at Tivoli Village on Oct. 26 for offer a variety of family-friendly activities including interactive game booths, costumed characters, and live music performances.  

On Oct. 31, visit Town Square Las Vegas as it turns into Town Scary. Children of all ages are invited to trick-or-treat at participating stores and restaurants from 4-7 p.m. Several activities will take place throughout the night including a variety of holiday-themed children’s games. Town SCARY is free and open to the public. 

There's frightful fun at every turn when you experience Howl-O-Week in Las Vegas! 

 

Leaving Las Vegas: Explore the Great Outdoors Beyond the Strip

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Valley of Fire

A lonely road leads to the brilliant rock formations in Valley of Fire State Park.

Here’s something not many people do when they visit Vegas in summer — go outside for extended periods of time. It seems like the world’s craziest idea, but there’s actually a lot going on beyond the city’s core. A bit of a leg stretch and a different kind of dazzle await in the recreational spots around Las Vegas.

How to get away: Rent a car at the airport. Many hotels have car-rental offices, making it easy to grab one for a day. Or let one of the city’s professional tour companies, such as Pink Jeep Tours, pick you up from your hotel.

Anytime you leave the civilized (read: air-conditioned) confines of Downtown or the Strip, be prepared for heat. Yes, it’s a dry heat… some of the world’s driest. Bring lots and lots of water, a hat, sunscreen, and good walking shoes, even if you don’t plan to spend much time outside your car.

Mount Charleston

Yes, these are real evergreen trees, just an hour outside Las Vegas on Mt. Charleston.

Mountain Highs

From the High Roller observation wheel or the top of the Stratosphere tower, moody mountains rise in the distance. Ever wonder what’s out there? Las Vegas itself is set in a flat and arid valley, but the wild mountains cradling it are full of surprises.

One option for an escape: Mt. Charleston, an hour north of town. Locals love it, especially since its elevation (8,750 feet) guarantees temperatures about 20-30 degrees lower than those in the valley. At Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort (yes, a ski resort just outside Las Vegas!), summer activities range from hiking to mountain biking to disc golf, all against a backdrop of honest-to-goodness evergreen trees. Summer ski resort operations, including dining and the chairlift, are open on weekends and holidays from July 4-Sept. 1.

The 50 miles of surrounding hiking trails in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area’s 316,000 acres of public land are open all summer. Hikers above 10,000 feet (Mt. Charleston tops out at nearly 12,000) might even encounter the elusive bristlecone pine. The gnarled tree can live for 5,000 years or more, despite the exposed high-elevation conditions it favors. After a few days amid the man-made spectacle that is Vegas, you might have to remind yourself that the pine-scented trees are real.

Aside from lodging, the nearby Resort on Mt. Charleston offers food and supplies. Grab hiking maps from the general store and a boxed lunch from the on-site restaurant to combine the two in picnic form. The Mary Jane Falls Trail, a steep 3.5-mile round trip, is a local favorite, complete with a waterfall (more of a trickle in late summer) and a cave.

Desert Adventures

The desert surrounding the city has its own surprises (just keep in mind that it’s best to go in the morning or evening to avoid midday heat).

Red Rock

In its own way, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is just as famous as any of the attractions on the Strip. Halfway between Las Vegas and Mt. Charleston, this hilly area’s canyons lead hikers into canyons and along (usually) dry streambeds while climbers scale the multicolored stone walls above. During the summer, you might want to see much of it from your car via a 13-mile scenic drive punctuated by a few short hikes to viewpoints. Or plan to arrive early or late, when the sun and heat is less intense, and explore on bicycle. A handful of bike shops offer rentals, including Broken Spoke Bikes.

Red Rock National Conservation Area

A climber ascends a route in Red Rock National Conservation Area.

An hour northeast of Las Vegas, Valley of Fire State Park is one of the area’s biggest surprises. In striking contrast to the surrounding desert, which seems to go on forever, the park’s roads and trails lead from one strange red rock formation to another, with ever-changing vistas around every corner. Be prepared if you head out there, since water and amenities are scarce.

Other outdoorsy opportunities are even closer. The 180-acre Springs Preserve, 3.5 miles west of Downtown, combines edification (botanical garden, solar-powered house exhibit) with fun (miniature golf, playground).  

The Cure for Heat: Water

Water, of course, is the antidote to heat, and you can head to Lake Mead for plenty of it. Sitting like a vast puddle surreally surrounded by treeless desert, the lake and surrounding National Recreation Area are surprisingly close. You can rent a boat, small or large, at one of the marinas. Or let someone else do the work for you. Lake Mead Cruises, for example, will take you on a paddleboat cruise all the way to Hoover Dam, at the lake’s southern end.

Lake Mead

Lake Mead is a blue oasis amid miles of desert.

Humans aren’t the only ones seeking water. More than 300 species call Clark County Wetlands Park home. Yes, you read that right: wetlands, 10 miles east of the Strip. It’s open daily, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. In summer, arrive early for the best (and least scorching) bird watching.

The High-Adrenaline Side of Las Vegas

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Maverick Aviation Group

A helicopter flies above the High Roller observation wheel and other brightly lit landmarks on the Strip. (Photo: Courtesy Maverick Aviation Group). 

Las Vegas is a bucket-list city, where adrenaline junkies can fulfill a half dozen lifelong dreams in a single weekend. Always wanted to soar in a helicopter? Jump out of a plane? Zoom around a NASCAR track? No problem. An ever-growing number of local outfits are springing up to give tourists that “I can’t believe I’m actually doing this” feeling. And most of the fun comes in bite-size chunks that have you back to your hotel in a matter of hours.

Sky’s No Limit

Aside from the workaday world of commercial airlines, few of us spend much time airborne. But the clear, wide-open skies above Nevada’s vast desert are a blank canvas for artists in flight.

Helicopter rides are a Vegas staple; hop aboard a Maverick Helicopter chopper for a short tour of the Strip (especially romantic at night, when the city glitters below) or a bird’s-eye sweep of the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. There’s nothing quite like that floating sensation as the craft lifts off like a giant dragonfly—any nervousness quickly turning to exhilaration.

Other helicopter companies include Papillon and Sundance (try a Grand Canyon picnic). A number of successful helicopter operations have been shuttling first-time tourists around for years, so this is the perfect time to cross the whirlybird off your life list.

Another way to see the Strip from high up: the Big Shot, X-Scream, and Insanity thrill rides that undulate along the Stratosphere’s 1,149-foot-tall tower (the country’s tallest freestanding observation tower). The most daring plummet straight down, bungee style, with SkyJump, the world’s highest controlled descent.

Insanity

Stratosphere’s Insanity dangles riders 900 feet above the Strip and spins them at 40 mph.

Perhaps the single most pulse-racing thing I can imagine doing anyplace, ever, is Sky Combat Ace, a one-on-one ride-along with a professional pilot in a fighter plane. Thrill seekers blast through barrel rolls, combat drills, and other aerobatics—or just take a spin (upright) in a vintage plane with an open cockpit. Don’t try this after a few cocktails, folks.

Sky Combat Ace

Sky Combat Ace takes guests along on stunt-plane flights above the Nevada desert. (Photo: Courtesy Sky Combat Ace)

Test the Laws of Physics

You’re in a stock car revving a 600-hp engine, waiting for the flag to drop. And then you’re off, hitting the gas and shifting gears and letting your wheels grab the banked track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Soon you’re flying past the stands at over 100 mph—and you’ve never done anything like this before. Good thing there’s an instructor sitting next to you, telling you exactly what to do.

That’s what happens at the Richard Petty Driving Experience, one of several Vegas companies that let you put the pedal to the metal without worrying about traffic lights. Climb into the driver’s seat yourself or ride with a professional if your goal is to just experience the feeling of screaming around a track at 165 mph (none of the amateurs have gone quite that fast yet). Alternatively, Petty’s American Muscle Car Challenge lets guests drive a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, or Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

Richard Petty Driving Experience

It’s not just for NASCAR: You, too, can drive on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 

Another company, Dream Racing, also lets you drive exotic cars on the same NASCAR speedway. If Lady Luck shines on you, you’ll see fighter pilots training at nearby Nellis Air Force Base. Now that’s speed.

Believe it or not, the g-force in a racecar is nothing compared to what Las Vegas’ most extreme roller coasters feel like. The newest, El Loco, zooms, corkscrews, and reverse-rolls around the Adventuredome indoor amusement park at Circus Circus (also home to the double-loop Canyon Blaster). After rides like these, hit the casino’s midway and big top to take a break while you watch other people do scary-looking things for a change.

Adventuredome

Those with tetchy nerves and/or necks could consider something a little less stressful, maybe a zip-line ride with a gentle stop at the end: the mighty SlotZilla on Fremont Street. A new upper “zoomline” segment—114 feet above the ground and 1,700 feet long—just opened in April. You can book advance tickets online or, for a spur-of-the-moment screamfest above the crowds, just look for the giant slot machine towering in the middle of the sidewalk.

One of the more notable Vegas crazes of late: high-powered gun ranges, where firearm fans (and the merely curious) have the chance to shoot munitions you can't get at home. Each of the half-dozen or so ranges in town has its own focus. Gun Garage’s just-opened 12-lane indoor range is just off the Strip, which means you can wake up late, head over for a quick afternoon ballistics volley and be back in time for happy hour. Other options, like the military-style Battlefield Vegas, are more involved.

Be Surprised

The most intriguing new adrenaline-filled idea in town is Las Vegas: The Game. Basically, imagine a “Hangover”-style bachelor party—with your own friend as the bachelor. Working as an accomplice with Justin Oswald and Chad Hardy, the brains behind this operation, you can plan a night of complete surprises for your unsuspecting victim. Or the company will draw up a behind-the-scenes plan and keep you in the dark, too.

Possibilities range from hiring a stranger to test your friend's flirting resolve to playing along with a series of elaborate charades that build on each other for an entire night. The evening could include anything from a monkey to a showgirl—or both! You’re limited only by your tolerance for shock and how good a friend you are (and whether you still want to be invited to the wedding).

 

Las Vegas by Day

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Neon Museum

The Neon Museum preserves classic Las Vegas signs.

Las Vegas could be the ultimate night town, with shows and clubs and bars hopping nonstop into the wee hours. But there's still a lot of daylight. When you've tanned enough by the pool, the city has plenty of daytime diversions to keep you entertained until the next round of excitement.

Best Museums

On a recent flight to Las Vegas, I chatted with a frequent visitor. “My wife and her sister come here all the time,” he said, “and they never gamble.” Instead, he said, they come almost entirely to visit museums. From lowbrow to high culture, Las Vegas is full of exhibitions, historical artifacts and installations.

The Mob Museum is a vast repository in a striking 1930s-era neoclassical former federal building, the site of the 1950-51 Kefauver Committee hearings on organized crime (the restored courtroom is part of the tour). It tells the story of those who broke the law and those who enforced it, highlighting the big personalities on both sides.

The history of Vegas is written in neon, and the Neon Museum has been a local favorite since it opened in late 2012. Set near Downtown, a jumble of colorful curves poking up behind the gates give a hint of the nostalgic treasures to come. The nonprofit museum’s best feature: its hour-long story-filled guided tour. And at $18 for daytime admission, this is bargain entertainment (advance purchase is recommended). Bring a hat and water because everything is outside.

One of my airplane friend’s favorites: the Pinball Hall of Fame, a bit off the Strip on Tropicana. As the website explains, it’s “pinball and nothing but pinball for 10,000 square feet.” And yes, you can play the games. 

Aside from the permanent (or as permanent as things get in Vegas) museums, the city hosts an ever-changing carousel of exhibitions. Options this summer include "Da Vinci: The Exhibition" at The Venetian, where some of the original Renaissance man’s drawings are on display—and others have come to life as three-dimensional models. 

Da Vinci: The Exhibition

Models of Leonardo Da Vinci’s military machines are on display this summer, part of “Da Vinci: The Exhibition” at The Venetian.

The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is showing “Painting Women: Works from the Museum of Fine Art, Boston,” an exhibition of women as both as painters and subjects. Enjoy the air conditioning as you take in brushstrokes of artists including Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Berthe Morisot—the gallery itself has a hushed atmosphere that’s a welcome break from the bustle outside. 

Retail Therapy

From souvenir dice to designer handbags, retail in Las Vegas runs the gamut. 

The LINQ, nestled between the Quad Resort & Casino and Flamingo Las Vegas, is the city’s newest ode to the joy of shopping. Among its novelties: the first Polaroid Fotobar outside Florida, which lets tourists print and frame their camera or phone photos on the spot, and Nevada's first Sprinkles, which brings a delectable reward (cupcakes and ice cream) for all that walking up and down the Strip. An enormous industrial-chic Brooklyn Bowl features bowling by day and live music on many nights. 

Of course, the LINQ's most notable (and visible) feature is the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel, where clear pods affixed to the outside of a giant wheel give unbeatable views of the city from 550 feet up.  

High Roller

The High Roller observation wheel anchors The LINQ, a new shopping, dining and entertainment area in the middle of the Strip.

Town Square, at the south end of the Strip (and accessible via a free shuttle), is not just about shopping. The open-air mall with a California vibe has the usual trappings, but in true Vegas style, it doesn’t shut down at sundown. Stoney's Rockin' Country is a western-wear store by day and a 19,000-foot saloon by night where you can take country-dance lessons, listen to live music, or ride the mechanical bull. Or head to the Baobab Stage Theatre for anything from African dance to burlesque.

Town Square

The open-air Town Square has familiar shops in a pleasant setting.

Bargain hunters can scour outlet malls, with deals on everything from Armani to Zales, just off both the north and south ends of the Strip. And as for that shop made famous by “Pawn Stars”: a handful of tour buses will take you there on their route, or you can find your own way to the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop via the city's Deuce bus (it has a stop a block away).

Premium Outlets South

Las Vegas Premium Outlets South includes designers such as Michael Kors and Coach.

One of the city’s most surprising shopping options: the new Downtown 3rd Farmers Market, held every Friday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in a covered lot next to the Mob Museum. Grab fresh local goodies from some of the same growers who supply the city’s top restaurants. 

And for cutting-edge original souvenirs unlike anything anyone else is taking home, check out the blossoming 18b Arts District between Downtown and the Strip. You’ll find everything from mixed-media sculpture at the Arts Factory to vintage furniture at Rick’s Restorations. Easiest way to find it: take the super-convenient Deuce or SDX buses to the Arts District stop at Charleston Boulevard.  

Playtime

There’s a reason Las Vegas is often called a playground for adults. The whole place is like an amusement park—on a giant scale.

Speaking of giant, one of the Vegas activities on TripAdvisor is Dig This!, which lets grown-up kids play with the construction equipment they had toy versions of when they were little. The Nevada desert replaces the backyard sandbox, as you climb into Caterpillar cockpits and bulldoze to your heart’s content. If you think this is just for the guys, you’d be wrong—many of the construction fans are women.

In the midst of an urban renewal, Downtown is a less expensive and more intimate alternative to the Strip. One of the latest additions: Downtown Container Park, named for the shipping containers stacked atop each other to create a boutique shopping and dining area a couple blocks southeast of the Fremont Street Experience. The architecture alone is worth a visit, but even better is the outdoor play park, complete with a 33-foot slide, that welcomes both kids and adults.

Container Park

Container Park’s whimsical touches include a praying mantis that shoots fire.

 

Mane attraction: Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride at Gilcrease Orchard

Looking for the perfect and unique holiday experience in Las Vegas? Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride ... straight to Santa's workshop! DoubleTree Carriage Co. will take the reins and guide you on a memorable 20-minute carriage ride through historic Gilcrease Orchard

Whether you're looking for fun for the whole family or a cozy, intimate ride for a couple, the relaxing ride is sure to fill your group with holiday spirit. Get more information and book your sleigh ride here.

After your journey through the 60-acre orchard, you'll land at the "North Pole," where you can visit with St. Nick, and enjoy a few holiday treats, including delicious apple cider donuts.

Make sure to plan your ride soon, however ... the experience ends on Christmas Eve (Santa gets kind of busy that night, we hear). 

After the holidays, the Gilcrease Orchard will open again for fresh fruit and vegetable picking in February and stays open through Thanksgiving. Established in 1920, the non-profit orchard offers visitors and locals alike a chance to pick their own seasonal produce. For more on what's in season, check their website

 

State Parks Near Las Vegas Offer a Great Day of Outdoor Activity

There’s plenty of outdoor recreation in Nevada in light of  the U.S. government shutdown.

Even with the temporary, partial closure of the U.S. Government and unknown opening dates of many popular national parks in Nevada, there are still plenty of great state and local parks and attractions to enjoy. Here’s a list of some family friendly options to enjoy in our area.

Mount Charleston Recreation Area

The Reosrt on Mount Charleston HotelLocated in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, enjoy a drive up to the tree-lined streets and campgrounds of Mount Charleston. Charleston Peak reaches 11,900 feet with local vegetation including pinion pine and juniper trees. With an eagle eye, you may even spot Rocky Mountain Elk, Desert Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, and more. Enjoy lunch at the Mt. Charleston Lodge or The Resort on Mount Charleston Hotel!

The Old Las Vegas Mormon State Historic Park

This unique location was the home to the first permanent non-native settlers to the area in 1855 along the Las Vegas Creek. Here you can see the remnants of the original adobe fort with interpretive displays. A thorough visitor center provides the history of the site and artifacts.

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

Although Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is closed, Spring Mountain State park, just outside is still open for business! Sitting on more than 520 acres, with dramatic view of Red Rock Canyon, the ranch was once home to celebrities including Chester Lauck or the comedy team “Lum & Abner”, German actress Vera Krupp, and millionaire Howard Hughes.

Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of FireValley of Fire is Nevada’s oldest state park and was dedicated in 1935. Enjoy spectacular hikes with ancient tree petrified wood and Indian petroglyphs dating back 3,000 years! The park is open to camping, hiking, picnicking and photography. Stop by the visitor center for maps and souvenirs.

Floyd Lamb Park

Spread over 2,000 acres, just north of the city, Floyd Lamb Park provides tree-shaded groves along four small fishing lakes. Enjoy a quiet picnic and keep an eye out for native desert wildlife and vegetation. It’s not uncommon to see ducks, geese, chickens and peacocks here!

Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve

A few miles southeast of the city, in Henderson, the Bird Viewing Preserve is home to thousands of waterfowl and resident desert birds. For the bird enthusiast, this is a great place to relax and set up bird watching. Nine ponds are available for birding surrounded by paved and dirt paths. Binoculars are available for rent, or bring your own! Enjoy your day in more than 140 acres of land.

See a side of Vegas you never knew existed!

The weather is perfect for exploring a side of Las Vegas you may not even know exists - the scenic beauty that surrounds the world's most exciting destination. Check out gorgeous rock canyons, majestic mountains and more!

The western edge of Las Vegas offers spectacular outdoor adventures, so start your day from the comfort of Red Rock Resort, Suncoast Hotel, or JW Marriott Resort. You'll be minutes from a beautiful hike through the gorgeous red sandstone cliffs at Red Rock Canyon. Picnic areas, cycling, hiking, climbing and horseback riding are available to enhance your experience and the visitor center contains historical and geological exhibits, a cactus garden and even a bookstore.  Enjoy the scenic 13-mile drivable loop which meanders throughout Red Rock Canyon.

See the history behind one of America's most amazing structures at the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum

Take a tour of the wondrous Hoover Dam and don't miss the photo op with the new Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge! Or, better yet, from the bypass parking area, climb the designated stairs to the top, and peer back down at the Hoover Dam from high atop the pedestrian walkway! It's not for the faint of heart! Be sure to stop by the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum to see the history behind this amazing structure. Enjoy lunch and a stroll down main street of this charming small town, or spend the night at the historic Boulder Dam Hotel, Boulder Inn and Suites, Milo's Inn at Boulder, or many other charming accommodations.

If you want to take your Vegas experience to new heights, take a ride up to Mount Charleston Recreation Area and explore the Spring Mountains of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The lower foothills are covered with pinion pine and juniper trees, and you may encounter a variety of wildlife, including Rocky Mountain elk, desert bighorn sheep, mule deer and others. There are numerous hiking trails and camping is also available.  Stop for buffalo or ostrich burgers at Mount Charleston Lodge, or enjoy lunch with a view at The Resort on Mount Charleston.

You can also go horseback riding at Bonnie Springs Ranch, enjoy train rides and even a petting zoo. There's a lot to see outdoors, so come experience Vegas in a whole new way!

Have no fear, Howl-O-Weekend is near

Get ready to go trick-or-treating, grown-up style.

Spend your Howl-O-Weekend in Las Vegas this year and enjoy six nights of frightful fun that will leave you screaming for more.

Plenty of thrills and chills await during Howl-O-Weekend in Las Vegas.

Sink your taste buds into the official Las Vegas Halloween Pub Crawl, which features some of the best bars in town. After "crawling" around, stand up to the raw terror at Fright Dome at Circus Circus, celebrating its 10th year of haunting.

For a major creep out, step into Hostel director Eli Roth's multilevel Goretorium. This brand-new attraction features a maze of frights, including a self-guided horror experience unveiling gruesome and ghastly sites at every turn.

If you want to join in the fun, put on your scariest attire and head to the Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball at the Hard Rock, or lend a hand to the zombies in the Las Vegas Halloween Parade at the Fremont Street Experience. Fremont Street is also home to the Oktober Fright Fest all month long, with various Halloween activities in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.

For a more haunting experience, check out After Dark at Madame Tussauds inside The Venetian, where you'll see the wax figures really come to life like never before, or take the Haunted Tour of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Luxor.

Get spine-tingling chills at Bloody English inside the Hard Rock. Interacting with some hair-raising ghouls throughout this Victorian London-themed underground haunt.

If you've really got an appetite for destruction, catch Axl Rose and Guns N' Roses performing Halloween night through Nov. 24 at The Joint at the Hard Rock.

Howl-O-Weekend comes but once a year, so cast your fears aside and have the thrill of a lifetime in Las Vegas! 

Saddle up and head for Helldorado Days in Vegas!

       Saddle up, partners! It's time to take a trip back through the untamed Old West and enjoy some Las Vegas cowboy culture at Helldorado Days from May 17 - 20.

 Helldorado Days returns May 17-20.    Helldorado Days has a rich history - it began in 1934 and was once used as the backdrop for a Roy Rogers movie. This year's four-day festival kicks off with Cowboys for a Cure - Wear Pink Night on May 17 to support breast cancer awareness for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Southern Nevada. On May 18 and 20, you can also catch the excitement of PRCA professional rodeo. Enjoy a carnival, exhibits and food vendors on the rodeo grounds nightly from 5 p.m. to midnight, with rodeo events starting at 8 p.m.

     On Saturday, May 19, don't miss one of Helldorado's signature events, the Helldorado Days Evening Parade, which begins at 5 p.m. in Downtown Las Vegas. The parade route runs on Fourth Street from Gass Avenue to Ogden Avenue.

     Whether you're there for the parade, rodeo or other fun events, such as the Whiskerino Contest to see who has the longest or most unique beard, there's always plenty of Wild West fun to be had at Helldorado Days! Proceeds help children and veterans in Southern Nevada. For more, see ElksHelldorado.com.

 

Kick off your summer in Vegas this Memorial Day Weekend

  Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kickoff Memorial Day Weekendof summer, but in  Las Vegas, summer celebrations are already in full swing!

     Las Vegas is home to the most lavish pool parties on the planet, so take advantage of the holiday and the ideal weather to show off your summer swimwear while swaying to the sounds of top spin masters.

     There's plenty of outdoor recreation to enjoy, too. Grab a foursome and tee off at one of more than 65 championship golf courses, set sail and go boating on Lake Mead, or discover a nature trail or hidden waterfall at Icebox Canyon and go hiking through Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

     Of course, the Entertainment Capital of the World always lives up to its billing with amazing concerts to appease every musical taste. Catch an intimate evening of hits with Santana at Mandalay Bay, rock out to Incubus at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel or catch a rising hip-hop star when Childish Gambino takes the stage poolside at The Cosmopolitan.

     Legendary comics will leave you rolling in the isles this Memorial Day Weekend, including Mr. Heathcliff Huxstable himself Bill Cosby at Treasure Island, ‘Rules of Engagement' star David Spade at The Venetian and venerable TV host Jay Leno at The Mirage.

     Follow that up with the best beats in the world at one of Vegas' hottest nightclubs! Check our official blog the week of Memorial Day to see what celebrities, recording artists and music producers will be appearing in Vegas clubs during the holiday.

     Make it a memorable Memorial Day Weekend and get your summer started in Vegas!

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