2nd Annual Taste of Downtown

The time of year where Vegas visitors and tourists can enjoy balmy weather has finally arrived. With the sun still shining, many still relax poolside in the thriving energy of Downtown Las Vegas. Add some of the most magnificent and delicious food in Nevada while enjoying a fine wine or cocktail and you have just another evening well spent. 

If you’d like to have a great evening out, join us for the 2nd Annual Taste of Downtown 2019. Food enthusiasts of all kinds will not want to miss this epicurean event of the season.

About Taste of Downtown

Downtown Las Vegas is known for having some of the best food in the city. You’ll find every cuisine you could possibly desire from a nice steak at Oscar’s Steakhouse to some excellent vegan food from VegeNation. 

The event will be held on Thursday, October 10, and will feature over twenty participating restaurants. Event attendees will have the opportunity to sample food and drinks from participating restaurants and see why the Nevada restaurant industry is famous for its culinary accolades.

What to Expect

With different types of cuisine from all over the world, Las Vegas has become a must-visit food destination alongside downtown Las Vegas which is also becoming the center of food culture for both locals and visitors. 

The proceeds from the event will go to support the Nevada Restaurant Association educational and scholarship programs so more budding chefs have the opportunity to hone their skills. Proceeds will go to programs like ProStart, a national high school culinary skill and restaurant management program that involves more than 3,500 students in the state of Nevada. 

When you buy a ticket to Taste of Downtown 2019, you’ll not only enjoy delicious food, but you’ll also contribute to a great cause!

How to Get a Taste

Tickets start at $70 for general admission and $299 for the VIP package, which includes a two-night stay at The Plaza in a poolside hotel room plus four tickets to the event. Attendees can reserve a cabana for the event.
Please visit here to purchase tickets or for the VIP package, email info@nvrestaurants.com or call (702) 878-2313.

The Place to Be Downtown

Looking to stay at a downtown hotel? Try one of our many suite options or our new luxe rooms. Whether you’re visiting or living here, The Plaza is the place to be downtown.

Best Places to Watch the Big Game Bash Downtown Las Vegas

The Big Game will be here before you know it. Even if you don’t know who you’ll be rooting for yet, it’s never too early to start your game day watch party planning! It’s considered the biggest sporting event in North America and should be considered its own holiday. In 2020, the game is taking place in Miami, Florida on Sunday, February 2nd at the Hard Rock Stadium.

Where to Watch the Big Game?

If you aren’t able to make it in person to see and experience this massive event, then chances are you’re going to at least make plans to watch it. The Plaza Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas is hosting the Big Game Viewing Party where you will find frenzied fans, a delicious buffet, and of course, an open bar.

Plaza’s Big Game 2019 Viewing Party

To watch the big game, join The Plaza’s massive Big Game Viewing Party in the newly renovated Sierra Ballroom. Included in the ticket price, we will have a stadium food buffet, open bar, William Hill betting stations and sports memorabilia for purchase. 

The game will be broadcast on several large-screen televisions and projectors, so you’ll have a great view, no matter where you are. Every year, the Plaza’s Big Game Viewing Party offers both residents and tourists an exciting environment, complete with excellent food and drinks, for rooting on your favorite team!

Get a Room

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Amid the Big Game festivities, commercials, and performances, it’s also worth noting that Big Game Sunday is one of the biggest drinking days of the year. Have you ever thought of a hotel room as an alternative to drinking and driving? 

The cost of a DUI can be $1,000’s of dollars and leave a permanent mark on your driving record. Taxis and ridesharing apps might be convenient, but they can also be expensive and time-consuming alternatives to drinking and driving. Drivers are also very cautious about accepting fares from intoxicated passengers. 

Our hotel rooms are oftentimes less expensive than a round-trip ride and are a short walk from all the action. Book your downtown hotel room at The Plaza Hotel early – rooms tend to run out fast for this special event.

The William Hill Race & Sportsbook Bar

Located on the casino floor of the Plaza Hotel is the William Hill Race & Sportsbook, the perfect place to watch the biggest game of the year. Place your bets and enjoy an array of beer, wine, and cocktail choices at this cozy sports bar. 

The best part is, you’re located near exciting casino gaming action — a perfect way to spend halftime if you don’t care to watch the show.

The Halftime Show

However, if you do want to watch the show you can enjoy watching this year’s performers from our viewing party. Grab yourself a drink, sit back, relax and be entertained.

After the Big Game

After the game, Downtown Las Vegas has several attractions to keep the party going well into the night.

Fremont Street Experience

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Enjoy the Fremont Street Experience with its many famous characters and attractions. Enjoy the free light shows on the world’s largest video screens with premium quality sound. Over 17 million people enjoy the Fremont Street Experience every year. 

SlotZilla Zip Line

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One of our favorite things to do in Downtown Las Vegas is to ride SlotZilla, which is a 12-story, slot machine-inspired zip line experience. Fly high above the crowded streets at speeds over 40 mph. Build amazing memories at one of the premier attractions in Downtown Las Vegas during one of the best weekends to be in Las Vegas.

Neon Museum

Need a light stroll after all that food and drinks? View The Neon Museum’s collection of historic and iconic signs from Las Vegas’ past. Listed as one of the top 20 things to do in Las Vegas by TripAdvisor, the Neon Museum is a short drive from the Plaza and a great way to learn more about the history of Las Vegas. 

Each sign in the Neon Museum’s collection offers a unique story about what inspired it, where it was made, and the role it played in Las Vegas’ distinctive history. We recommend experiencing the magic of the Neon Museum at night to view the iconic neon of their restored signs. 

The Place to Be Downtown

This is just a small piece of things to do during the Big Game weekend in Downtown Las Vegas. Book your room and purchase your tickets now for the best Big Game Viewing Party in Las Vegas.

 

Free Things To Do in Downtown Las Vegas

People love coming to Las Vegas because of the endless entertainment and things to do everywhere you look. The fun never stops in Sin City and the possibilities of what you can do and see are endless. 

Free Downtown Las Vegas Attractions

Downtown Las Vegas is known for its artistic nature and vintage charm. The best part about downtown is that there’s plenty to do for free! With so many things going on each night, you’ll 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.

Experience The Fremont Street Experience

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As one of the most well-known things to do in downtown Las Vegas, the Fremont Street

Experience doesn’t disappoint. Amidst an eclectic soundtrack and atmosphere, walk down a long stretch of hotels and casinos with a light show overhead. Tourists and locals alike explore fun shops along the Fremont Street Experience, and you can grab a drink from many different bars and take it on the walk with you!

Enjoy the Free Summer Concert Series

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Downtown 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 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. If you’re attending one of the more popular concerts, we suggest you get there early to reserve a good spot since spots are standing room only with no reservations.

Visit Historic Casinos

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Some of the casinos in downtown are Las Vegas staples. In 1945, famous mobsters Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Gus Greenbaum, and Moe Sedway purchased the El Cortez Hotel and Casino four years after opening. When it first opened in 1971, The Plaza Hotel and Casino was the largest hotel and casino with over 500 rooms. 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 and was renamed in 1955 to the current name.

Watch Street Performers

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There’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, contortionist, magicians, illusionists, characters, and even some showgirls. 

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 with which to take pictures as well. Watching the street performers and characters is always free, but tipping is definitely encouraged.

Stay Cool at the Pool

The Plaza Pool is now open

Many pools and pool clubs in Las Vegas charge entry even to locals but if visitors and locals over 21 are welcome to enjoy a night swim at the Plaza Hotel & Casino for free. Our downtown pool deck is one of the biggest in downtown Las Vegas with over 70,000 square feet. 

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.

Listen to Live Music

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The 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.

Join the Fans for Sports Viewing Parties

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The sports scene is huge in downtown Las Vegas, and several of the bars host their own viewing parties for the games. Most of the viewing parties are free so you can go cheer on your favorites and chat with other fans. 

Try Free Slot Pulls

One of the best things about coming to Las Vegas is 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 Worth 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.

Explore Container Park

Many uncover all sorts of art and architecture all over downtown Las Vegas, but the Container Park is a unique experience. It’s a park 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. 

Enjoy free samples from some of the food places like Jojo’s Jerky. If you’re looking for some more entertainment, there’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.

Walk under 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, millions of pixels and an HD 360-visual display surround you and 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.

Meet a Giant Praying Mantis

A 40-foot tall praying mantis that breathes fire looms at the entrance of the Container Park 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.

Appreciate Art

Downtown Las Vegas is known for its art scene. From giant downtown murals on the side of The Plaza Hotel & Casino to painted walls along the streets, art is on display everywhere you look. 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. 

The Place to Be Downtown

Looking to stay at a downtown hotel? Try one of our many suite options or our new luxe rooms. Whether you’re visiting or living here, The Plaza is the place to be downtown.

Parking In Downtown Las Vegas

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PARKING DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas parking has been a hot topic over the past couple of years. There used to be plenty of free parking in Las Vegas, but not so much anymore. When you park on the strip, many hotels and casinos will charge you even if you’re a guest staying there, but parking downtown is often much cheaper. Most downtown hotels will allow guests staying there to park for free. So, considering the cost of parking might be something you want to take into account when choosing whether to stay on the strip or to stay in downtown Las Vegas. Parking downtown can be tricky, and we believe that your Las Vegas adventure should be hassle free from start to finish. So we’ve compiled a parking guide to help you when it comes to finding a spot to leave your car downtown.

PARKING AT THE PLAZA

Parking at the Plaza Hotel & Casino is convenient and affordable. To access the self-parking garage and the valet service, head to Main Street and Carson Avenue. Located on Main Street at Bridger Avenue is a self-parking surface lot. Self parking in these areas is always free for Plaza hotel guests, but everyone else can still enjoy free parking for the first 90 minutes! Non-hotel guests can have their parking refunded if validated at Oscar’s Steakhouse or the Plaza casino based upon play. Parking at The Plaza is often one of the cheapest options for parking downtown if you plan to stay for just a short time, or if you plan to play in the casino. Some of the advantages to parking at The Plaza are that your car will be safe, it will be covered and out of the heat, and it will be easy to remember where you parked your car. 9260013_web1_lib-art-sep22-17-bh-004

PARKING AT THE FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE

If you’re headed to the Fremont Street Experience, there are several options when it comes to parking. There are self-parking garages near the Fremont Street experience, and valet parking at several casinos in the area, including the Golden Nugget, Fremont, and Four Queens. You can also find street parking that charges by the hour, or may be free at some times of the day. Be sure to check the signs around street parking because parking is prohibited during certain hours and it can differ even based on which side of the street you’re parked on. The five-block area that comprises the West End of the Fremont Street Experience is a popular attraction for visitors, and the Plaza offers excellent parking for this downtown area. Some members of the Royal Rewards Club may be awarded free parking in paid areas, depending upon membership tier and points earned. If you’re not already a member, it’s fast, easy, and free to sign up online!

CONTAINER PARK PARKING

For convenient access to Container Park, consider parking at the El Cortez self-parking area. The price to park at the El Cortez changes based on the day and time that you are parking, so be sure to check what the rates are. You can also find street parking in the area that charges by the hour, or pay-to-park lots. Many businesses and restaurants will validate a couple of hours of parking if you purchase something at their location.

MAIN STREET PARKING

If you’re headed to Main Street, there’s convenient valet parking between Stewart and Ogden. Or, try the self-parking garage located slightly north of Stewart Ave. There’s another public lot at First Street. Both self-parking garages charge $3 for parking Sunday through Thursday and $5 on Fridays and Saturdays.

GENERAL DOWNTOWN PARKING TIPS

When it comes to parking in Downtown Vegas, parking at the Plaza is one of the most convenient options — especially if you’re a Royal Rewards Club member or a hotel guest! There’s no denying that using the Plaza’s free 90 minutes of parking is the best option in Downtown Vegas, either. Your car will be safe from people and safe from the weather. There is parking available on downtown side streets for a small fee, although you’re likely to find garage parking far more convenient. If you do opt for side-street parking, make sure to have a major credit card handy to pay the parking fee, as cash is not accepted. Know what times you are parking and research the street parking rules of where you plan to park. The street parking rules and regulations vary downtown, and street parking is typically around one dollar per hour for most spots. If you need to add time to your street parking, some stations will let you add it from your phone through the convenience of an app, or you can add time to your current spot with a code on the ticket that you will receive from the machine. For first-time visitors to Vegas, the idea of parking may be intimidating. However, it’s easier than you might think to find accessible parking downtown. When mapping out your Las Vegas itinerary, decide where you’ll be parking ahead of time. With a little planning, you can find the best parking and make your Vegas experience fun and hassle-free! shepard-fairey-plaza-mural-1000x1333-min

IF YOU DON’T WANT TO PARK

There’s always the option of choosing not to park as well. In recent years, Lyft and Uber have become popular in Las Vegas because they offer cheap and convenient ways to get around the city without having to worry about parking or finding a sober driver. You can also take a taxi around the town. Please remember to never drink and drive.  

Super Bingo Tournament At The Plaza

February Super Bingo at the Plaza Hotel Casino Bingo is one of the most popular games in Las Vegas, but Super Bingo takes it to an entirely new level. The Super Bingo Tournament brings hundreds of people from all over the world into Downtown Las Vegas for the chance to win big and meet other bingo players. It’s not uncommon to see people come from as far as Hawaii and even Canada to take part and play in the tournament. The tournament at The Plaza Hotel & Casino takes place over two days in the newly remodeled ballroom, and all players have the chance to win $175,000 overall. There is a super coverall both days of the bingo tournament, giving players even more of a chance to win. The super coverall on the first day of the competition awards $25,000 to a lucky player, and on the second day, $50,000 is awarded for the super coverall. To join the tournament, The Plaza Hotel & Casino offers bingo only sessions priced at $130. However, players also have the option to book room-and-bingo packages, which start at $239 for a three-night stay. The room-and-bingo packages are even a great option for locals because there will be an open bar during the sessions! Having a hotel room to go back to after a full day of the bingo tournament means that everyone can enjoy the open bar responsibly. A Super Bingo & Hotel Package includes a three-night stay at the hotel, two sessions of Super Bingo, two daubers to use during bingo, a gift, and provided lunch during each day of the tournament. The tournament takes place over several weekends during 2019. The next Super Bingo takes place February 10-12! Register Now In addition to the Super Bingo tournament, there is plenty to do and see in Downtown Las Vegas. You can step outside The Plaza and step right into the famous Fremont Street Experience. Downtown Las Vegas is also known for having some of the best food in the city. When you come to Las Vegas for the Super Bingo tournament you’re sure to enjoy all that the city has to offer.

The Mob Museum and Oscars Give You A Deal You Can’t Refuse

Crime Lab at the Mob Museum It’s no secret that Las Vegas has strong ties to the mob that started around the 1950s. Originally, most of the casinos on the strip and in downtown Las Vegas were owned by the mob and organized crime was rampant throughout the city. The Mob Museum, or the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, opened its doors to downtown Vegas in 2012 and is one of the most popular attractions in the downtown area. The museum is an interactive journey through the history of the mob and organized crime as well as the history of Las Vegas and how the city’s roots are connected to the mob. Located in the old federal courthouse, the crown jewel of the museum is the second-floor courtroom where one of the Kefauver Committee hearings was held in the 1950s to expose organized crime. That courtroom now serves as part of the museum and plays a short film detailing the hearings and how they impacted the country.

Oscar’s Steakhouse

oscars steakhouse stock Just down the street from the museum is one of Las Vegas’ best restaurants, Oscar’s Steakhouse, named for Mayor Oscar Goodman himself. Before becoming mayor of Las Vegas, Goodman worked as a defense attorney and defended many clients that are featured in the mob museum that were accused of organized crime such as Meyer Lansky and Frank Rosenthal. Mayor Goodman has often been referred to as the city’s most popular mayor and served for the maximum amount of terms that a mayor can serve in Las Vegas. Named after Mayor Goodman, Oscar’s Steakhouse features perfectly aged steaks cooked over a 600-degree grill. The steakhouse overlooks downtown Las Vegas from its vantage point at The Plaza Hotel & Casino. In addition to the Mob Museum, a visit to Oscar’s is a must do when visiting downtown Las Vegas. Luckily, the two have teamed up to give you an offer you can’t refuse. You can get tickets to the Mob Museum and a three-course prix fixe meal at Oscar’s with a cocktail in one all-inclusive package which costs $99 per person. If you’re looking for a perfect night in downtown Vegas this is the best deal for you. Due to its popularity, we do encourage you to call ahead and make reservations at Oscar’s Steakhouse even if you’ve purchased a package. Book Your Package Now We hope to see you soon!

The Plaza Ranked First Place for Best of Las Vegas

The best of vegas Las Vegas is a big beautiful city where people come to dream and play. The casino lights and glamour of the city are dazzling to locals and visitors alike and the splendor of the city can sometimes be overwhelming. It can be hard to decide what is worth your time and what isn’t, especially if you’re on a short vacation to Las Vegas. There’s so much to do here and even living here it’s nearly impossible to do it all. Luckily, The Best of Las Vegas has dedicated the time and effort to searching the city for the best places to go for many different categories, so you won’t have to waste your time researching or guessing where the Vegas hot spots are. It’s no surprise that the iconic Plaza Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas came out on the top in several categories. The Plaza was voted first place in 2017 for:
  • Best Bingo in Las Vegas
  • Best Steakhouse in Las Vegas for our steakhouse, Oscar’s
  • Best Pool in Downtown
  • Best Slots in Downtown
  • Best Hotel in Downtown
Plaza also took second place for Downtown Table Games. This means that the Plaza can be your ultimate destination for a great time in Vegas.

What Is Best of Las Vegas?

The 2017 Best of Las Vegas, invites, engages and allows their audience to vote for their favorite businesses in multiple categories, 290 to be exact. The winners are decided by locals and tourists in several categories including, things to do, places to go, and more. The Best of Las Vegas relies on their audience to supply them with the name of outstanding businesses and recognizes those winners every year in their annual Best of Las Vegas awards. Winners are announced in Mid-November and all winners are honored in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s special section publishing the Best of Las Vegas.

How to have The Best of Las Vegas in one day?

To have a perfect day at The Plaza you can check in and spend some time by our rooftop pool. When you’re done relaxing by the pool you can try your luck at bingo, slots, or one of the many table games. Then go out and explore the Fremont Street Experience and cultural district of downtown Las Vegas. After your adventure, come back and have an excellent dinner at Oscar’s Steakhouse then end the night with a great night’s sleep in one of the many comfortable hotel rooms that The Plaza has to offer. In a city as great as Las Vegas, it’s easy to find many places to have fun and relax. There is no shortage for a good time in the city and you’ll always be able to find something to do, see, eat, or drink. But, why settle for good when you can stay with the best?

Voting is now open for 2018

We are excited to have won Best of Las Vegas 2017 and honored to be nominated again for 2018! Now we need your continued support to help us win the categories got nominated for this year. VOTE TODAY

The Plaza Hotel & Casino Adds Third 21-Story Mural

anthropomorphic wolf wearing a las vegas T-shirt The Plaza Hotel & Casino has added a third mural to its downtown Las Vegas display. This mural was done by Faile, and positioned on the north tower at 21 stories high. The mural is a big milestone for Faile, as it is the largest they have ever created. About Faile Faile, started in 1999, is an artistic collaboration hailing from Brooklyn, New York. Artists Patrick McNeill and Patrick Miller formed together to make the cohesive artistic unit. The name “Faile” was created for the duo because it is an anagram of their first project titled “A Life”. Their work can be described as a combination of “high” and “low” culture and the duo likes to think outside the box, using many different materials in their work. The current murals on The Plaza are done by Shepard Fairey and D*Face. (below) shepard fairey plaza mural downtown las vegas Dface in las vegas The installation by Faile might be the most prominently positioned mural on The Plaza Hotel & Casino north tower because it will overlook the busy I-15 freeway and have about 200,000 cars driving past it every day. The mural is sure to make The Plaza stand out amongst the rest of the downtown hotels and casinos. Jonathon Jossel, CEO of the Plaza, felt that it was a vital part of downtown Las Vegas culture to have a diversified art installation available for the public to see. What makes the murals at The Plaza especially unique is that you don’t even have to go inside to view them. They will attract your attention from the freeway or while you are walking towards downtown. Jossel says he is proud to have the murals call The Plaza their home. Patrick McNeil of Faile stated that when they were offered the opportunity to paint The Plaza, they thought of the famous painting of Dogs Playing Poker by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, which can be reflected in the mural which in its progress appears to be a dog holding a hand of cards. McNeil also said he was thrilled to be a part of the iconic history of The Plaza, which has been a central hub for artists and art lovers of all kind. Click here to view Plaza’s First 21-Story Mural (by Shepard Fairey). Click here to view Plaza’s Second 21 Story Mural (by D*Face).

Celebrating Memorial Day Weekend in Downtown Vegas

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer and Las Vegas is a great place to celebrate the occasion. This year, the city will play host to amazing parties, incredible performances, and much more. Not to mention, the weather is expected to be perfect for spending time outside soaking up some of the desert rays. Here are our picks for the best events for celebrating Memorial Day weekend in Downtown Vegas and some tips to ensure your Memorial Day experience is enjoyable and safe.

Plaza Pool Nights

memorial day weekend pool party las vegas The Plaza’s new rooftop pool is one of the best spots to enjoy Memorial Day Weekend. The Pool at the Plaza brings a whole new rooftop pool experience to the downtown scene. With over 70,000 square feet of relaxation and entertainment, the Pool at the Plaza is one of the largest pool decks in downtown Las Vegas. Guests can enjoy our newly refurbished wet deck, recreation facilities, and onsite food truck. While other pool parties will cost upwards of $50 to get in, the Pool at the Plaza will be free all summer long. Come down to the Pool at the Plaza on May 27th to hear live DJ’s spinning your favorite songs, relaxing night swimming, and fireworks to mark this special occasion. Loung in style and comfort by the pool on our renovated wet deck featuring plenty of chaise lounge chairs and lily pad daybeds for guests. If you’re looking for the full lounge experience, there are also six brand new cabanas available for rent. These cabanas provide a private pool-side retreat and access to all the activities. Each cabana has it’s own TV, fan, refrigerator, and more. RSVP now for your spot at the hottest pool party this Memorial Day Weekend. Memorial Day RSVP

Free Concerts on Fremont Street

fremont street concert seriesphoto credit: VegasExperience.com Memorial Day weekend also means free summer concerts downtown. Fremont Street Experience is the best place to enjoy free live music all summer long. With three stages and a rotating schedule of non-stop entertainers, downtown Las Vegas can’t be beaten when it comes to value entertainment. The free concert series will feature some of the best bands in the world, including Theory of a Deadman, Rock ‘n Road Trip Tour, Ann Wilson of Heart, Good Charlotte, Rick Springfield, Seether, Collective Soul, and Chevelle. This Memorial Day Weekend is no different with a full day of live music and entertainment from a wide range of musical genres. Here is the full schedule for Memorial Day Weekend. May 27th, 2017  – Main Stage
  • Vanessa Legrand 2 pm to 5 pm
  • Jef Leppard 5 pm to 8 pm
  • Dancing DJ 8 pm to 10 pm
  • Spandex Nation 10 pm to 2 am
May 27th, 2017  – 1st Street Stage
  • Vanessa Legrand 2 pm to 5 pm
  • Alter Ego 8 pm to 11 pm
  • Dancing DJ 8 pm to 10 pm
  • Spandex Nation 10pm to 2am
May 27th, 2017  – 3rd Street Stage
  • Tony Marques 2 pm to 5 pm
  • Dancing DJ 5 pm to 7 pm
  • ’80s Station 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Zowie Bowie 10 pm to 1 am

Free Viva Vision Fremont Street Show

The Viva Vision Light Show video screen is 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above Fremont Street’s renowned pedestrian mall. This is one of Las Vegas’ most iconic attractions. Viva Vision Light shows are approximately six minutes and run every hour. fremont street experience

D*Face Unveils Latest Las Vegas Downtown Art

If you look on the side of the Plaza Hotel & Casino, you may see something that looks like it was pulled from a horror or suspense comic book. Dface in las vegas The latest piece 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. His style can be considered a modern twist on retro comics and skeletons are a frequent staple of his work. D*Face’s latest masterpiece is his tallest and widest mural ever created. Overlooking the pool deck of the Plaza Hotel & Casino, D*Face created a chilling scene reminiscent of old horror comics with a retro feel. The mural, lacking any captions or words, encourages viewers to interpret the scene, which includes a frightened young blonde woman with big blue eyes, a menacing skeletal hand, and a slowly opening door. The artwork stretches across three different parts of the Plaza Hotel & Casino, creating a depth effect for viewers. Completing the mural was a challenge that D*Face relished. It pushed him to overcome his fear of heights and work within the uneven architecture of the Plaza Hotel to create something unique. D*Face was lifted on a platform with a rope pull system to finish the mural. D*Face masterfully used the architecture and placement of the mural to create shadows that extend the boundaries of the mural and transform it from a two-dimensional piece of art to a surreal 3-D mural that comes alive as the sun sets.
D*Face’s mural joins Shepard Fairey’s colossal mural on the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas.

About D*Face

“D*Face”, a.k.a. Dean Stockton is an English multimedia street artist known for using mediums like spray paint, stickers, posters, and stencils to create beautiful modern pieces of street art. He started creating his unique and recognizable characters one day while sitting in the office trying to pass the time. His life was forever changed as his artistic passion continued to grow and he decided to pursue his art as his life’s work. D*Face has been of the most influential artists in the Downtown Las Vegas art scene, alongside Shepard Fairey, Zio Ziegler, Chor Boogie, Ruben Sanchez, and more. His retro feeling art reminiscent of old comic books contributes to the classic “Old Vegas” vibe that has become a staple of the Downtown area. D*Face is a common fixture at Life is Beautiful and his latest piece joins several others that he created for the eclectic Las Vegas festival. The festival is known for its creative artwork and is responsible for contributing many of the murals that now flood Downtown Las Vegas with vibrant colors and unique styles. Below is one of the murals he did for Life Is Beautiful 2013.
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Photo Credit: Street Art News
Some of his most well-known work includes album cover art for Christina Aguilera’s album Bionic, which shows Aguilera’s face as half human and half painted robot. More recently, he did the cover art for Blink-182’s album California, which features a crying woman and a skeleton sitting in a car. D*Face’s influences include hip-hop, punk rock music, animated cartoons, and fellow street artist, Shepard Fairey. Click here to view Plaza’s First 21-Story Mural (by Shepard Fairey). Click here to view Plaza’s Third 21-Story Mural (by Faile).