What to Expect at the Life Is Beautiful Festival 2019

Downtown Las Vegas is a vibrant area full of art and culture that speaks to both a great past and promising future. The Life is Beautiful Festival, which returns to Downtown Las Vegas on Friday, September 20th, and runs through Sunday, September 22nd, is a testament to this unique culture. 

The festival will bring some of today’s most celebrated musicians, chefs, artists, comedians and speakers to the downtown art district for a three-day inspirational social platform and celebration of life.

The Plaza Hotel and the Life Is Beautiful Festival

The Plaza Hotel and Casino has been an integral part of Downtown Las Vegas throughout its historic past. Today, as the area continues to undergo substantial change and growth, we continue to create the perfect combination of comfort and sophistication while providing an old-school Vegas feel paired with modernism.

The effort put forth by the Life is Beautiful team is something we admire, and as a fellow Downtown Las Vegas business, we certainly appreciate the buzz it creates for our community and downtown culture. 

Adjacent to the arts district, The Plaza has been a hub for those who have attended previous Life is Beautiful festivals and will continue to be one this year as well. Whether you need a Luxe room to rest between days of the festival, something to eat and drink, or just some help with directions, we are here to help make your Life is Beautiful experience as enjoyable and empowering as possible. 

There are three free re-entries per day for all general admission festival guests, so come to enjoy a meal and drink with us at one of our many restaurants and bars and sit back and rest your feet. The Plaza Hotel and Casino will also offer event parking for the festival at a competitive price.

The Music at Life is Beautiful

There will be a large variety of artists playing at Life is Beautiful over the three days. With headliners like Chance the Rapper, Post Malone, Billie Eilish, Vampire Weekend, and many more, there’s no doubt the festival will be packed with good vibes and great sounds. There are multiple stages where you and your group can enjoy the music, including one stage that is a dome with an electronic feel where most DJs will play. 

The first shows on the lineup will start around 2 or 3 p.m. and headliners will close out the festival around 11 p.m. or midnight. The festival provides music lovers with a variety of genres, and you’ll find everything from rap and hip hop to EDM and alternative.

The Art of Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful is a celebration of art and culture. There will be modern art exhibits, walk through art exhibitions like the “Art Motel,” and traditional art exhibits with photography and paintings. The whole festival can be thought of as a work of art, providing an opportunity at every corner to enthrall the senses of festival attendees. 

Outside festival grounds in the Downtown Las Vegas community there is also plenty of art to be seen. There are plenty of beautiful art pieces to take in and enjoy, and they also act as the perfect setting for photos.

Murals at Plaza Hotel Casino

The Plaza Hotel & Casino is adorned with murals by street artists Shepard Fairey and D*Face that scale the whole building from top to bottom. These murals were some of the most challenging murals they’ve ever created. Each artist had to overcome personal and unexpected challenges like changing weather patterns. 

Using scaffolding and the natural curvature of the Plaza Hotel, each artist transformed a side of the hotel into a living piece of art. Both murals will add color and life to an already vibrant downtown Las Vegas and Fremont Street Experience. Come to see the murals today for yourself and explore the rest of the art downtown.

Above: Shepard Fairey’s piece “Cultivate Harmony”. Fairey, known for his iconic 2008 “Hope” poster of President Obama has transformed American pop culture with his modern art and now he’s transformed the Plaza into a living piece of artwork

Above: One of the latest pieces of art to join the Downtown Las Vegas area is a large mural created by D*Face, an English multimedia street artist known for his sold-out galleries and collaboration with the world’s top music artists

The Food

Over 70 local and regional eateries with a variety of cuisine will be present at Life Is Beautiful 2019. Attendees can enjoy food from different cultures such as Mexico, Asia, and India among others. There will be many places for festival-goers to enjoy food and learn about the art of cooking. If you’re looking for a bite to eat after the festival, you can come over to The Plaza to grab a late-night bite at Pop Up Pizza or Brightside Breakfast & Burgers.

The Drinks

For those over the age of 21, there are plenty of excellent alcoholic drink options like craft beers and artisanal cocktails. Drinks will be available from specific alcohol vendors as well as at full-service bars at the festival. There are also plenty of bars to enjoy outside festival grounds in the downtown Las Vegas area. Come and join us for a drink at The Plaza where we will have drink specials for festival-goers.

The Location

The downtown Las Vegas area has a lot to offer to festival-goers inside and outside of festival grounds. Just outside the official festival grounds, you’ll find the Fremont Street Experience which is an overhead lights display lined with bars and casinos on each side. 

At the end of the Fremont Street Experience, you’ll find The Plaza where you can enjoy casino games, great food, and refreshing drinks when you need a break from the festival. There is so much to see in downtown Las Vegas that you’ll want to set aside some extra time for exploring outside the festival grounds.

Tickets & Packages

There are several different ticket options for Life is Beautiful. Entrance to Life is Beautiful starts at $145 for one day General Admission and $315 for 3-day General Admission. If you’re looking to upgrade your festival experience, there are VIP, VIP+, and All-In options that start at $665 for the three days and include things like shaded lounge areas, concierge services, exclusive food and drink vendors, and private bathrooms. 

The All-In pass gets you everything at all the other levels, in addition, to access to the artist hospitality lounge, an exclusive culinary tasting experience, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Watch All The Madness This March In Las Vegas

If you’re looking for somewhere to watch March Mania among other crazed college basketball fans, The Plaza Hotel and Casino is the place to go. On March 15th-18th The Plaza will host daily viewing parties. Tickets are $15 for a one day pass or $40 for all four days. Each ticket includes a T-Shirt, daily drink, and daily food item. The Plaza Events Center is the best place to watch the games because there are 18 screens and 2 projectors with state of the art sound equipment. Join us for March Mania and cheer on your team!March Mania BracketMarch Mania seems to be the time of year when everyone gathers around glued to their TV to cheer for their favorite college basketball team. This year March Mania begins on March 13th and ends on April 2nd in San Antonio, Texas for the championship game. A total of 68 teams will enter the tournament this year. Out of those 68, 32 are automatic bids based off of who wins their conference’s tournament and the other 36 bids are selected by the NCAA Selection Committee.The first four will be played in Dayton, Ohio. The first and second rounds will be played in Pittsburgh, Wichita, Dallas, Boise, Charlotte, Detroit, Nashville, and San Diego. These rounds are held in a variety of college arenas with the exception of the Dallas game being held in the American Airlines Center. The regional semi-finals and finals will be held in Los Angeles for the West Region, Atlanta for the South region, Boston for the East region, and Omaha for the Midwest region.Each region has four teams that will advance to the Top 16 in the tournament. There are already guesses and bracket projections for who these 16 teams will be. Many speculate that Duke, Michigan State and Arizona are some of the top teams to be on the lookout for this season.

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St. Patrick’s Day Party At The Plaza Hotel & Casino

Downtown Las Vegas is made for a huge St. Patrick’s Day party!

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What better way is there to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than by drinking green beer, pinching people who aren’t wearing green, and catching a free fireworks show?

Downtown Las Vegas is a popular destination for locals and tourists to come and celebrate the day.

Starting at 7 p.m., The Plaza Hotel & Casino will be celebrating the holiday under the green dome, which will be lit up with a St. Patrick’s Day theme.

RSVP today and bring your friends and family to enjoy live music and drink specials inspired by the holiday. Dance the night away under the dome and at 10 p.m. there will be a spectacularly green firework show.

If you’re looking for the best deal on drinks, The Plaza is offering drink specials starting at $5 all weekend long from March 15th-March 17th. Get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with a $5 Green Beer.


Historically, the holiday was created in the early 17th century to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is celebrated yearly on March 17th, the day that Saint Patrick died. St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the culture and heritage of the Irish and celebrations usually include parades, festivals, wearing green, and shamrocks. Traditionally, the restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted on St. Patrick’s Day, which has encouraged the tradition of consuming a lot of alcohol on the holiday.

Although St. Patrick’s Day isn’t directly an American holiday, we Americans just like the Irish, love any excuse to throw a parade and drink a lot of beer, so we obviously adopted the tradition. If you’re looking for more activities to celebrate the holiday in downtown Vegas, you can see if you have luck of the Irish and try your hand in the casino. This year, St. Patrick’s Day is on a Sunday which makes it the perfect day to drink a lot, party downtown, and have a spectacular Sunday Funday. The holiday is widely celebrated in Las Vegas so be sure to book a room in advance to ensure that you can party on all night long. We’ll see you there in your best green outfit!

Man Wins $270K at The Plaza After Betting His Life Savings

Ashley Revell: ‘That spin was the most amazing moment of my life. It is a cliché but time did stand still. It was just complete calm.’

Ashley Revell

For Ashley Revell, a 32-year-old man from London, gambling his life savings in Las Vegas actually paid off. In possibly the most famous bet of recent years, a 32-year-old Ashley Revell from Kent sold all of his worldly possessions to bet everything he owned on the roulette table in Vegas.

Back in 2004, he won $270,600 at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in a double-or-nothing bet at the roulette wheel. Revell chose to bet on red with a less than a 50/50 chance of doubling his life savings of $135,300.

There was a whole film crew there to film his wager. At first, the bet was supposed to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel, but they wouldn’t accept the wager.

The Plaza was up for the fun though! As the roulette wheel spun the anticipation grew before finally landing on Red 7.

Ashley Revell sold all of his possessions in order to make up the $135,300 he bet at The Plaza. After winning the $270,600, Revell decided to start a poker website, Poker UTD, and he also entered the online gambling market with an iGaming recruitment website. Revell decided to take a trip to Holland shortly after the bet in Las Vegas where he met his wife. They now have two kids.

There hasn’t been a bet quite as unique as Revell’s since then. It even spawned a reality television show called hosted by Simon Cowell.

If you’re wanting to test your luck like Revell did, you can come down to the Plaza Hotel & Casino and play one of the many tables or slots with the hopes of winning big.

The Plaza has daily casino promotions like the Daily Spin 2 Win where players earn one entry for every 100 points they earn while playing their favorite slot games. Five winners will be chosen every night at 8:15PM for a chance to win up to $1,000. Every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the 777 Slot Tournament takes place at The Plaza where players can enter at different session times for a chance to win. Will you be the next person to win big at The Plaza?

Play To Win A 2019 Ford Mustang


The Mustang is one of the most well-known and well-respected sports cars. As the best-selling sports car in the world, it has an excellent  reputation. If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a Mustang, now you’ll get your chance to win a 2019 Ford Mustang just for playing in the casino at The Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

There will be a total of 15 winners selected, and five car qualifiers will compete in an exciting live stage game to win a brand new 2019 Ford Mustang! The drawing for the $30,000 Mustang Mojo will take place on March 30th at 8:15 PM, but players will have the ability to earn points from until March 30th. Players earn entries by playing on the slot machines, table games, or bingo. For the slots, one point is one drawing entry. For bingo, every dollar wagered is one drawing entry. Entries for table play is earned based on time played, average bet, and type of game.

About the 2019 Ford Mustang

The new Ford Mustang is extremely fast and comes equipped with plenty of exciting features like standard LED headlights and a rear-view camera.

The 2019 Ford Mustang is even being used as a racing car in places around the world like Australia where it will make its Supercars debut. All models of the car come with power handling for on and off the track. Ford has expanded their color package, and the 2019 Mustang will be offered in more colors than ever seen before. All models of the 2019 Ford Mustang have powerful engines and great speed.

Downtown Las Vegas Casino

The Plaza Hotel & Casino is one of the best locations in Downtown Las Vegas for slot play and table play. There are plenty of slots to choose from on the casino floor, and each point on the slots will get you one entry to win the 2019 Ford Mustang.

To get the most out of your play, sign up for the Royal Rewards program to get discounts, promotions, and free offers while you play.

You can register for the Royal Rewards program free online.

Black Friday / Cyber Monday in Las Vegas

Revised: November 21st, 2018

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are finally here. Here are some tips to maximize your experience this year.

credit card Black Friday and Cyber Monday are finally here! After a day of turkey and football, the attention turns to the shopping spectacle known as Black Friday, the day of the year when every retailer rolls back prices to levels far below ordinary sales.Black Friday Travel DealsBlack Friday isn’t only for televisions and personal items, travel deals are some of the best Black Friday deals available. If you want to save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on your next getaway, Black Friday might be the best time of year to book your hotel room. Start planning your next winter wonderland or summer escape vacation by booking your hotel room and flights.Save Money on Hotel RoomsBlack Friday is a great time of year to book hotel rooms. Many online travel agencies will be promoting great offers, but the best rates are still directly through hotels.Plaza’s Black Friday Deal The Plaza Hotel Casino will have our own Black Friday/Cyber Monday hotel room offer starting Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 at 11am. Save 30% off current room rates on travel thru March 31st, 2019(excludes blackout dates), but you’ll have to hurry, this offer expires on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 at 11am.Black Friday Cyber Monday Hotel Room SaleDid you miss this deal? Sign up for our newsletter and never miss a promotion. You’ll receive 20% off prevailing room rates midweek and weekends
If our Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale doesn’t apply to the dates you are traveling, check our promotions and deals page for other offers where you can still save up to 25% off current room rates.

Save Money on Flights

Now that you’ve saved money on your hotel room, it’s time to book your flight. Black Friday means the lowest fares are on display from the largest airlines in the world. Most major airlines will be offering ridiculously low fares on domestic and international flight. Here are just a few of the airlines to keep track of.

Southwest Airlines

While Southwest is promising to announce daily deals throughout the holiday weekend, they’ve already started offering discounts on flights for Black Friday 2018. Check out their offers below.
    • Save $125 on U.S. destinations with promo code SAVE125DOM.*
    • Save $250 on international destinations with promo code SAVE250INT.*
*see website for full restrictions

Delta Airlines

Not to be outdone, Delta Airlines has teased several Black Friday and Cyber Monday flight deals that they will be releasing on their Flight Deals page. Save money or miles to select destinations in Europe and Australia when you book Black Friday deals by November 25, 2018. *see website for full details & restrictions

Other Airlines

Want a live feed of flight deals for Black Friday? Skyscanner has you covered. Skyscanner is publishing flight deals as they happen. Keep their Black Friday live feed loaded up in your browser as you shop online to snag the lowest prices on the most popular destinations throughout the world.Pair a ridiculously low airline fare with the Plaza’s great Black Friday deal for a vacation that will leave you with plenty of entertainment money for all the amazing shows that Las Vegas has to offer.

Entertainment Black Friday Deals

Now that you’ve booked your hotel and room, now comes the fun part. With all that extra cash, you can enjoy some of the best shows Las Vegas has to offer at a discounted price. Here are just a few of the fun things going on around Las Vegas.UNLVTickets will have their annual sale with up to 50% off for Black Friday and their deals will be live at this link beginning November 23, 2018.

Best Retail Black Friday Deals

If you’re going to be in the Las Vegas area this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend, check out some of the local Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals available at both retail stores and their online sites.

Best Buy

The wildly popular electronics retailer is a huge destination on Black Friday. They’ve just posted their pre-Black Friday deals with some items at discounts of 70% off or more! Best Buy deals on the Monday after Thanksgiving are often better than on the morning of Black Friday, so plan carefully to get the best prices! Check them out at their location near The Strip at 3820 S Maryland Pkwy. or at www.bestbuy.com/site/black-friday/sale-ad/.


Massive retailer Walmart is one of the flagship Black Friday venues this year, and leaked information has indicated that they’ll have a 65” 4K TV on sale for $398, a deal on the Xbox One S 1 TB with Minecraft for $199, and a Sony PS4 1TB Slim Spider-Man Bundle for $199. Visit Walmart stores Thursday, 11/22/18 starting at 6pm to beat some of the Friday morning shopping insanity at 4505 W Charleston Blvd. or at www.walmart.com starting on Wednesday, 11/21/18 starting at 10PM ET.


This all-time favorite clothing and household accessories retailer always delivers a stellar Black Friday experience, and they often start their deals a few days earlier to give shoppers plenty of time to get what they need. They just released their pre-Black Friday deals and it looks to be a good year! Their Black Friday Deals are available online now through Friday or in stores Thursday at 5pm(local time). Visit the Las Vegas location at 8671 W Charleston Blvd., just west of downtown Las Vegas or at www.kohls.com.

Dick’s Sporting Goods

The sports and outdoors experts always create a fun and exciting Black Friday experience for shoppers, and this year is sure to be a blast! They haven’t released their ad yet, but if it’s anything like last year, it promises to be full of hugely discounted gear for the active individual. From clothing to sporting equipment and everything in between, visit Dick’s at 3200 S Las Vegas Blvd. or at www.dickssportinggoods.com.


The home improvement giant offers up a comprehensive Black Friday ad that includes everything from power tool sets to refrigerators. They do a great job of putting rows and rows of stocking stuffer-type goods on sale, so Black Friday is a great time to stock up for the tool-loving enthusiasts in your life. Find them at 2875 E Charleston Blvd. or at www.lowes.com.Participating in Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a rite of passage for most, but with some careful planning and a little patience, you can find some incredible deals and be in and out of the stores in no time. Be sure to pre-plan breaks in the day, like breakfast at your favorite Las Vegas coffee shop, or maybe lunch at Pop Up Pizza. Keep yourself adequately fed and you’ll only be hungry for the sales!

Best Las Vegas Halloween Parties 2018


Halloween is the most thrilling time of year combining sexy, spooky and scary all in one holiday. Let’s face it, none of us ever really quite outgrew asking ourselves “what am I going to be for Halloween?” even though our trick-or-treat days are long behind us. Well fortunately for you, you’re in Las Vegas, and Halloween is our holiday. Just like Chicago has St. Patty’s Day, Las Vegas has Halloween. The entire city is a fantasyland on any regular day of the year. Add some spooky, a little extra sexy and a whole lot of alcohol and candy, and you got yourself a real Las Vegas Halloween.The biggest and probably most Googled question this time of year is what’s happening and where for Downtown Las Vegas Halloween. We did all the research for you and navigated past all of last years posts and non-updated events (which were everywhere) to give you the most current and correct list of events. So read on, click links for more information, text your friends about it and start your planning!

The Plaza Hotel & Casino: Halloween Under The Dome


Come to The Plaza Hotel & Casino to celebrate Halloween with us under our bright lights on Saturday, October 27th at 8pm. There will be live music, live Lucha Libre Wrestling, classic carnival foods, dancing and of course drink specials. Come dressed to impress cut loose with us. It’s going to be a great time of partying and quality entertainment.

Also, in true Las Vegas fashion, the Plaza is hosting the $15,000 Carnevil Blackjack Tournament on October 26th-28th. For more information and to RSVP for these events check out our website!


Halloween Pub Crawls and Bar Parties

If you are looking for changing scenes to show off your costume and try different drink specials, there are several pub crawls and bar/club parties going on, as you can imagine. Here’s the list of what we think are the most promising:

A Vegas Halloween at The Industrial Event Space – The party starts at 10pm on Saturday, October 27th and promises DJs including So Hype, Go-Go Dancers, Costume Contest, Drink Specials, VIP Lounge and more. Tickets range from $60-$120. For more information and to get your tickets, check out the event page here

Las Vegas Halloween Bar Crawl by LA Epic Club Crawls – This club crawl has several available dates beginning on Friday, October 26th at 8pm and the last date on Wednesday, October 31st. LA Epic promises access to exclusive clubs with no cover charges to see some of the worlds best DJs that Las Vegas will be hosting over that weekend. To sign up and get more information check out their event page.

The LINQ Promenade

Every year the LINQ Promenade in Las Vegas goes all out in Halloween decor and celebration. Not only do they host their afternoon TRIQ or Treat event for families, but when the sun goes down, and the adults hoard in like zombies ready to party, it comes to life in a whole new way. With costume contests, DJs, booze and good eats the LINQ is highly recommended by locals as the place to go for Halloween. We are keeping our eyes peeled for some updated information for this years dates, times and ticket costs so we will keep you updated here as we find out more. Generally speaking, this event takes place the weekend before Halloween, which this year starts on Friday, October 26th.

Nightlife & Live Music

There are quite a few major DJs and musicians coming into town for Halloween weekend that will make it hard to not be entertained. Here are the dates and showtimes that we think are sure to be amazing. Just click the name of the artist to get more information and buy tickets: 

XS Nightclub at Wynn:

10/26: The Chainsmokers 10/27: Marshmello 10/28: Diplo 10/31: Paradise – Halloween

Marquee Nightclub:

10/26: DJ Vice 10/27: Alan Walker 10/29: DJ Chuckie

Omnia Nightclub:

10/26: Martin Garrix 10/27: Zedd 10/30: Zedd 10/31: Steve Aoki

JEWEL Nightclub:

10/26: DJ Drama 10/27: Steve Aoki 10/29: Blackbear

Intrigue Nightclub:

10/26: RL Grime 10/27: Dillon Francis 10/31: Marshmello

Bingo Millions


What would you do with a million dollars? That’s probably a question you’ve briefly thought about, but never really considered. Would you go on vacation? Buy a brand-new car? Get a vacation house in Hawaii? Anything in your wildest dreams could become a reality just by playing bingo at the Plaza Hotel & Casino. Every day we at the Plaza give you the chance to get rich instantly by playing Bingo Millions.

Games are hosted daily at 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM, 7 PM, and 9 PM in the Plaza Bingo Room. Prizes start at $500 for a coverall in 54 exactly and go over $1,000,000 for a coverall in 47 or less. You will have five chances every day to become a millionaire!

The origins of bingo root back to the 1500s. Where a very similar lottery game was being played in Italy. In 1778, the French game, called Le Lotto, appeared with nine columns and three rows. Then in the early 1920s bingo, as we know it today, was created by Hugh J. Ward. Today, bingo is primarily played in Las Vegas and in Native American casinos. The largest jackpot to date in Las Vegas history was $110,726 which was won in Summerlin’s Rampart Casino, but at the Plaza Hotel & Casino, you will have the chance to win a million dollars!

The Plaza Hotel & Casino is the only casino in Las Vegas to offer this variation of bingo. The million dollars are to be paid out in cash to the bingo winner. Specific rules and regulations apply.

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The Plaza Hotel & Casino is your home for all things Rodeo

The Plaza Hotel & Casino is your home for all things Rodeonational finals rodeo 2017Throughout the Plaza’s 35-year history, the Plaza has been a destination for rodeo fans. National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas brings the best of Las Vegas with none shining brighter than the Plaza Hotel Casino, official hotel sponsor of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR).The Plaza Hotel & Casino won Gold in five categories for Las Vegas Review-Journal’s annual list of the Best of Las Vegas. Las Vegas visitors and locals choose their favorite businesses and vote for their favorites in several categories.The Plaza is excited to be chosen by our customers for:
  • Best Downtown Hotel
  • Best Downtown Slots
  • Best Downtown Hotel Pool
  • Best Bingo
  • Best Steakhouse – Oscar’s Steakhouse
Now we are adding a new category to the list. Downtown Las Vegas’ best practice arena.In addition to being voted the best in those categories, in 2017 the Plaza Hotel & Casino became home to downtown Las Vegas’ first and only practice arena and stalls with holding pens for rough stock. This unique amenity for rodeo fans made it convenient for guests to house and exercise their animals, just steps from their hotel room. Coupled with free viewing parties, live entertainment, complimentary shuttles and numerous food and drink specials, the Plaza was the place to be for NFR.This year, the Plaza is offering even more! The Plaza will provide a full outdoor arena and even more stalls for roping practice and exercise. This arena will serve as the location for various special industry events and clinics led by rodeo experts throughout the year. The arena will also offer onsite veterinarian services provided by Outlaw Equine.As the rodeo today attracts more youth participants than ever before, the Plaza will serve as the perfect destination for Junior NFR participants and their families with its variety of family-friendly entertainment, affordable dining and comfortable hotel accommodations.The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is the season-ending championship event for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and is the world’s premier rodeo. Held annually since 1959 – some of the greatest cowboys in history have competed in several events including:
  • Bareback riding
  • Steer wrestling
  • Team roping
  • Saddle bronc riding
  • Tie-down roping
  • Barrel racing
  • And of course, bull riding!

Why should you come visit the Plaza during the NFR?

Roy Cooper, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame member, thinks you’d love it here. “Nowhere else in downtown Las Vegas can you find the great amenities that the Plaza is offering. The Plaza has really stepped up – especially by building an arena and stalls – all to make cowboys like me feel at home”. Guests staying at the Plaza can reserve two stalls and trailer/truck parking at a special rate.
Every night of the NFR, the Plaza will host a free viewing party in its new Plaza Events Center, which has 18 large high-definition television screens and seats up to 400 guests. You’ll feel like you are part of the action from the comfort of your seat with drink and food specials.
For those that like to be closer to the action, we’ll take you to the NFR.Guests can take advantage of the Plaza’s free shuttle service to the Thomas and Mack Center offered nightly from 5 to 7 p.m. and returning 9 to 10:30 p.m.Our shuttles are a great place to talk about all the amazing action you just witnessed and will back to the Plaza for nightly Live NFR Feed Viewing Parties with live entertainment and of course, food and drink specials because the fun is only beginning.If you got enough live action and fun at the NFR, relax at the Best Steakhouse in Las Vegas (as voted on by Las Vegas visitors and locals), and enjoy NFR food specials.

What To Expect

There are a ton of fun and exciting events happening! Here is just a short list of things to look forward to. For more details including dates and times check out the full schedule here.Miss Rodeo America — Contestant Official Introduction Miss Rodeo America — Horsemanship Competition PRCA National Convention Contract Personnel Trade Show & JCCF Silent Auction Miss Rodeo America – Public Speaking/Extemporaneous Speeches ALL IN Barrel Race 2018 Benny Binion’s World Famous Wrangler NFR Bucking Horse & Bull Sale PRCA National Convention Contract Personnel Trade Show Junior NFR presented by YETI Cowboy Christmas — It’s All Here South Point Western Gift Show Cowboy Marketplace Gift Show Country Christmas Miss Rodeo America PRCA Luncheon WPRA Star Celebration PRCA Permit Holder of the Year Challenge Outside the Barrel with Flint Rasmussen Stace Smith World Bronc Futurity Finale Miss Rodeo America Pageant – Fashion Show Luncheon Wrangler NFR Autograph Session — Barrel Racers Feek’s Vision Documentary Rodeo Recess with Andy Seiler World Series of Team Roping Bob Tallman Wrangler NFR Charity Bowling Tournament Outside the Barrel with Flint Rasmussen Wrangler NFR Autograph Session — Tie-Down Ropers Daryle Singletary’s Keepin’ it Country hosted by Andy Griggs Miss Rodeo America Justin Boot Parade Miss Rodeo America Scholarship Foundation Auction Miss Rodeo America Pageant — Coronation Performance presented by Las Vegas Events Rodeo Recess with Andy Seiler Fellowship of Christian Cowboys Public Church Service Exceptional Rodeo presented by NV Energy Wrangler NFR Autograph Session — Team Ropers 

Oscar’s Steakhouse

There is only one thing more legendary than the Plaza’s history and award-winning service, Oscar Goodman. Oscar Goodman, known best as the “Happiest Mayor in the Universe”, served three terms as mayor of the city of Las Vegas.In December 2011, former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman opened a unique Steakhouse. Located inside of the iconic dome of the Plaza Hotel and Casino. Guests are treated to a spectacular view of Fremont Street.Known for its perfectly aged steaks cooked over a 600-degree grill, Oscar’s Steakhouse will have three special menus during the NFR.We want the Plaza to feel like home, that’s why we are serving up plenty of delicious steaks and other classics that rodeo goers will love.Reservations for dinner are recommended and can be made online. You may even catch Oscar himself enjoying a martini and sharing stories of old Las Vegas. Come join us now.Reservations for dinner are recommended and can be made online. You may even catch Oscar himself enjoying a martini and sharing stories of old Las Vegas. Come join us now.

Free Things To Do in Downtown Las Vegas

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Free Downtown Las Vegas Attractions

One of the reasons people love coming to Las Vegas is that there’s entertainment and something to do everywhere you look. The fun never stops in Sin City and the possibilities of what you can do and see are endless. Downtown Las Vegas is known for its artistic nature and old-school charm. The best part about downtown is that there’s plenty to do for free! There’s so many things going on each night that you should have no trouble finding something to do, but in case you need a starting point, we’ve put together a list of some of the best free adventures in downtown Las Vegas.

The Fremont Street Experience

fremont street experienceAs one of the most well-known things to do in downtown Las Vegas, the Fremont Street Experience doesn’t disappoint. You will walk down a long stretch of hotels and casinos with lights overhead and music from all around. There are fun shops to explore along the Fremont Street Experience, and you can grab a drink from many different bars and take it on the walk with you!

Free Summer Concert Series

crowd at a free concertDowntown Las Vegas hosts a free summer concert series right under the lights of the Fremont Street Experience for locals and tourists to enjoy. The concerts are all free and open to the public. Most concerns start at 9 PM, and in a city that never sleeps, the fun will continue into the night. This year, there are big names coming to downtown Las Vegas like The Cult and Billy Ray Cyrus, who will be visiting downtown Las Vegas on the 4th of July. If you’re attending one of the more popular concerts, it’s suggested that you get there early to reserve a good spot, since everything is standing room only and no spots are reserved.

Check Out Historic Casinos

best of las vegas winner plazaSome of the casinos in downtown Las Vegas have been around for a long time. The El Cortez Hotel and Casino was purchased by famous mobsters Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Gus Greenbaum, and Moe Sedway in 1945, four years after opening. The Plaza Hotel and Casino opened in 1971 and was the largest hotel and casino with over 500 rooms when it first opened. It’s also been the location for films and music videos such as “The Man” by well-known Las Vegas band “The Killers”. The oldest operational casino downtown, The Golden Gate, is over 100 years old. It opened in 1906 as Hotel Nevada, but was renamed in 1955 to the current name.

Watch Some Street Performers

street performers fremont streetThere’s no shortage of street performers in Las Vegas, and downtown has some of the best ones. You’ll find all sorts of street acts such as musicians, rappers, magicians, illusionists, characters, and even some showgirls. Be sure to get your picture with your favorite characters as you’ll see everyone from Mickey Mouse to Spiderman walking around downtown. In classic Las Vegas style, you’ll also see some beautiful ladies and attractive gentlemen to take pictures with as well. Watching the street performers and characters is always free, but tipping is definitely encouraged.

Free Pool Access

The Plaza Pool is now open Many pools and pool clubs in Las Vegas charge entry even to locals, but if you’re over 21 you’re welcome to enjoy a night swim at the Plaza Hotel & Casino for free. Our renovated pool deck is one of the biggest in downtown Las Vegas with over 70,000 square feet. You can relax in comfort on one of our many lounge chairs, day beds, and cabanas. If you like it hot, our 12-person hot tub is perfect for you.

Enjoy Live Music

pool-at-the-plaza-performanceThe live music in downtown Las Vegas is always playing, and many bars and restaurants have bands and musicians that come to entertain their guests. You can catch some free music at the Omaha Lounge at The Plaza Hotel & Casino, but you’re also sure to see some shows out on the Fremont Street Experience where there are bands playing almost every night. Many bars in the area also put on shows that are free to attend. Just check around and see who’s playing that night!

Watch A Sports Game

plaza events interiorThe sports scene is huge in downtown Las Vegas, and a lot of the bars in the area have viewing parties for the games. Most of the viewing parties are free and you can go cheer on your favorites and chat with other fans. Las Vegas is a very eclectic city so you’ll find just about every sport playing.

Free Slot Pulls

One of the best things about coming to Las Vegas is the gambling, and it doesn’t get much better when you don’t have anything to lose! Some of the casinos in downtown Las Vegas offer free slot pulls. You’ll find them at Four Queens and Binion’s Gambling Hall with no strings attached. Other places offer free slot pulls, but sometimes you’ll have to listen to their pitch.

Check Out Some Antiques

When you think Las Vegas, you don’t typically think about going antiquing, but we have that too! You can take a self-guided tour of all the antiques in the Main Street Station Casino. You just pick up a map and brochure at their front desk, and explore on your own. They have chandeliers from the Coca-Cola building, a piece of the Berlin wall, stained glass from the Pullman mansion, and much more!

Take A Picture With A Million Bucks

If you want to trick your friends and family back home into thinking you won big in Las Vegas, you can take a picture with a million dollars! Inside Binion’s Gambling Hall there is a pyramid filled with a million dollars made up of bills ranging from $1 to $100, all adding up to a million. It’s free to take a picture, but you do have to be at least 21 to take a photo. You’ll even receive your photo in a nice souvenir frame. For many of us, this might be the only opportunity to ever see a million dollars, so don’t miss your chance!

Walk Through Container Park

Container-ParkThere’s art and architecture all over downtown Las Vegas, but the Container Park is definitely unique. It’s a park that’s made up of shipping containers, so if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to feel like cargo, look no further! There are shops, bars, and restaurants in the containers for you to walk through and explore. Everything is completely free to walk through and check out, and there’s even a playground in the middle for kids of all ages. You’ll also find free samples from some of the food places like Jojo’s Jerky. If you’re looking for some more entertainment, here’s a stage in the back that often has live music going on, so you can relax and enjoy the tunes in one of downtown Las Vegas’ most interesting atmospheres.

The Dome at Container Park

The Dome is part of Container Park, but it can be considered an attraction entirely on its own. It is an immersive 4K experience that speaks to the art culture present in downtown Las Vegas. When you enter the dome you will be surrounded by millions of pixels and an HD 360-visual display that will dazzle the senses. There are seats that recline and movie displays that play at the dome for you to immerse yourself in the experience. Some of the displays that play feature famous bands like U2 and Led Zeppelin. Other displays include Dinosaurs at Dusk and Perfect Little Planet. The tickets to the movie displays are not free. However, it is free to check out the dome and enjoy the architecture and engineering that went into building the structure.img-the-dome

Meet A Giant Praying Mantis

There is a 40-foot tall praying mantis that breathes fire in downtown Las Vegas. No, we’re not kidding. Aerospace artist and engineer, Kirk Jellum, created the mantis after a real-life female one that he found out in a field. The mantis is mechanically operated and breathes fire into the sky. Sometimes the mantis even dances along to music.

Look At Art

Downtown Las Vegas is known for its art scene. There’s art everywhere you look from giant murals on the side of The Plaza Hotel & Casino to painted walls along the streets. Even many of the businesses and bars downtown can be considered works of art in their own way. There’s plenty of art to enjoy while having an adventure downtown.