Every Saturday in June, 10 people will have the chance to win $100,000 during The Plaza Hotel & Casino’s 2019 Kachingko event! Players can earn points by playing the slots, tables, and bingo. On the slots, each point amounts to one drawing entry for Kachingko.
Kachingko Event Details
For the tables, entries are earned based on time played, and for bingo, every dollar wagered gets you one entry. Entries for Kachingko can be earned until June 28th and must be deposited at the Royal Rewards kiosk on the day of the drawing between 6 PM and 8 PM to be entered to win.
Being a Royal Rewards member has more perks than just entering you into Kachingko with the potential to win $100,000. All new Royal Rewards members receive 100 tickets to biweekly Spin 2 Win event on Tuesday and Friday for a chance to win $2,000 in free slot play. New members also get $10 in Match Play for blackjack, roulette, or craps tables. In addition to all the rewards in the casinos, Royal Rewards members receive additional perks like hotel room discounts, discounts on food, and priority reservations.
Other Upcoming Promotions
During the month of June, many other exciting casino promotions are happening as well. In addition to the $100,000 Kachingko event, players will have the opportunity to win $175,000 during Super Bingo held June 2nd to June 4th. Later in the month, The Plaza will host a $10,000 Scorching Slots Tournament from June 21st to June 22nd. When you’re in the Plaza Casino, there’s always something fun to do.
Spend Your Summer at the Plaza
Should you ever have any questions about gaming in the casino or about signing up for Royal Rewards, a Casino Services agent will be there to assist you. They can be reached at 877-687-5875 or by email at email@example.com.
The Plaza Hotel & Casino is always looking for new ways to reward loyal players, so stop by today and start earning entries for the $100,000 prize at Kachingko!
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 NowIn 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 Big Game is fast approaching and 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. This year (2019) the game is taking place in Atlanta, GA on Sunday, February 3rd in the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which was just completed in August 2017. It has been dubbed one of the world’s finest sports arenas and was constructed for $1.5 billion.
Where To Watch The Big Game?
If you aren’t going to be 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 Bash where you will find frenzied fans, delicious food and of course fine spirits of your choosing.
Plaza’s Big Game 2019 Viewing Party
To watch the big game, join The Plaza’s massive Big Game Bash 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
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. Best of all, you’re never too drunk to sleep so you don’t have to worry about us not accepting your reservation.Book your accommodation at The Plaza Hotel early – rooms tend to run out fast for this special event. Book Now
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 years 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 ExperienceEnjoy 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 LineOne 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 premiere attractions in Downtown Las Vegas during one of the best weekends to be in Las Vegas.Neon MuseumNeed 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.This is just a small piece of the things to do during Super Bowl Weekend in Downtown Las Vegas. Book your room and purchase your tickets now for the best Super Bowl Party in Las Vegas.
If you’re looking for somewhere great to celebrate your birthday, look no further than the Plaza. The hotel is close to all of the most exciting aspects of Downtown Las Vegas so you know you’re going to have a fantastic time. Here are a few things to look forward to when you celebrate your birthday at the Plaza.
For starters, receive 25% off room rates when staying during your birthday. To receive the discount on the room rates for all nights of your stay, you must book using the following link and then at check-in present a valid ID showing a birthday that falls on one of the nights of your stay.
Bingo is the perfect birthday activity. Head to downtown’s only bingo room at the Plaza for a free birthday bingo dauber to get your night started right. You can bring all of your friends and enjoy a friendly game to celebrate your birthday. The great thing about bingo, aside from all the fun you and your friends will have playing it, is that everyone already knows how to play. Free dauber available on your actual birthday only.
After enjoying your time at the casino, head up to Oscar’s for the perfect birthday-worthy meal. Winner of Best Steakhouse in Las Vegas by the Las Vegas Review Journal, Oscar’s does it right. You will have plenty to choose from including juicy filets, succulent prime rib, fresh seafood, and traditional sides made to perfection. After dinner, enjoy a complimentary celebratory dessert on the house in celebration of your special day! This offer is valid for up to 7 days after your birthday. Don’t forget to try Oscar’s signature Bombay Sapphire martini while you’re there.After that, see a show at the Plaza, or head out the front doors to Fremont Street to see the canopy light show and enjoy the street entertainment. Whatever you decide to do, celebrating at the Plaza makes for a birthday you aren’t soon to forget.
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
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
photo credit: VegasExperience.comMemorial 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.
Beginning March 3, Brightside – Breakfast and Burgerswill offer guests traditional breakfast items, specialty items and made-to-order sandwiches, burgers, and salads served all day long in the Plaza Hotel and Casino.Located on the casino floor, Brightside – Breakfast and Burgers will offer guests at the Plaza Hotel & Casino an authentic New York style deli with traditional breakfast items including freshly baked pastries and more. Brightside’s diverse menu will start with a variety breakfast options including:
Fried eggs and Eggs Benedict
Toast topped with Tomato, Goat Cheese, and Basil
In-house Smoked Salmon and Bagels
Matzo Ball Soup
Ahi Tuna Salad
Variety of Freshly Brewed and Specialty Coffees
Brightside will also offer various grab and go options for downtown visitors and employees, such as bagels, soups, paninis, and more. Brightside will also serve bottled beer and wine. With seating for up to 100 guests, Brightside is a great place to start your morning.Owned and operated by the Plaza, Brightside will be open from 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays.Learn More About Brightside Breakfast and BurgersBrightside is Hiring To properly staff Brightside, The Plaza Hotel & Casino will be seeking to hire new team members who are skilled, energetic, highly-motivated people with a passion for hospitality who thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. If this sounds like you, then we will most definitely want to see you there.Brightside is hiring a:
Applicants should be reliable, energetic, fun, polite, and have attention to detail.Also hiring for Pool at the PlazaOur rooftop pool and recreation deck with private cabanas and Pickleball courts created a resort style feel at the Plaza, that helped lead to record level occupancy last year, so the Plaza is hiring for seasonal, full-time and part-time positions. Available positions for the Pool at the Plaza include:
Casino rewards programs are a great way to make the most out of your Las Vegas experience. Most casinos now have unique rewards programs with different benefits. The Plaza offers the Royal Rewards program, which provides members with an array of discounts, promotions, and freebies.
Signing up for Royal Rewards
The rewards start immediately when you sign up for the Plaza’s casino rewards program. Currently, the casino is running a new member promotion; sign-ups will receive 3 tickets to our daily Spin2Win promotion for a chance at 1,000 in free slot play and a free Plaza T-shirt. You can sign up at the casino or simply complete your Royal Rewards registration online.
Save on Everything the Plaza has to Offer
If you love playing the slots, you’ll love the Royal Rewards Program. Ace Tier members receive cash back rewards. When it comes to staying at the Plaza, all rewards program members get the resort fee waived with a comped room. With a discounted room, Ace Tier members have the resort fee waived while other Tier members pay only 2,500 points. Queen, King, and Ace Tier members also enjoy room upgrades (based on availability) and Guaranteed Late Check-out.There are even parking amenities offered to Royal Rewards members. Queen Tier members have complimentary access to the Parking Garage; King and Ace Tier members enjoy Reserved Parking. Valet Parking is also always available for King and Ace Tier members.
How to Earn Rewards Points
Earning rewards points is easy! For every $3 spent on Video Poker, you receive 1 tier point. All other games reward 1 point for every $1 spent. Table game tier credits are based on the length of time played and the average bet placed. With Bingo, 1 Buy-in equals .25 tier points. See our benefits chart for all tier rewards details.
Enjoy the Best of Vegas at the Plaza
Sign up for the Royal Rewards Program at the Plaza today and start earning immediately! When you choose the Plaza as your Las Vegas destination, you’re always treated like a VIP. And with the Royal Rewards Program, you can earn like one, too!
Among all of the places to grab a drink or a bite to eat in downtown Las Vegas, you can’t beat the ambiance of our indoor/outdoor Beer Garden space. With live music and a laid-back vibe, you’ll want to make sure to keep your evenings free this October. Visit the Plaza’s Beer Garden to gain access to incredible bands, DJs, food, and refreshments. Here’s a preview of what you can expect:
HIDDEN LEVELS – Named after the concealed paths to success in video games, this band blends a simple structure with a bassist, guitarist/singer, and drummer, but they prove quality means more than quantity.Special-K – This Vegas-based, indie-rock band is a fearsome trio led by singer/guitarist Aldridge Basiga. Bass player Jacob Lasky and drummer Justin Ptak have helped elevate the band from desert show openers to local hero status.Indigo Kidd – Billing themselves as a post-punk/rock band, songs like First Light and Mr. Lepard will have you grooving in no time.DJ Fish – The upcoming show on October 1st will artfully showcase DJ Fish’s smooth DJ punk/new wave/indie sounds.
The Acid Sisters – Members Elayna, Nick, Lizzie, Dusty, and Jacob deliver a unique blend of psychedelic garage rock that will get you feeling loose in no time.Serpentfoot – All the way from the front range of Colorado comes this trippy trio and their unique brand of psychedelic grunge rock.The Astaires – This local Las Vegas mod rock band is led by singer/guitarist Crom Fallon and is a perennial favorite at intimate venues in the area.DJ Jacob Savage – Spinning seriously infectious grooves, DJ Jacob Savage delivers a distinct sound that’ll get your pulse up when kicking back in the Beer Garden.
Same Sex Mary – Hailing from Boulder City, Nevada, Same Sex Mary is an independent rock band that is well known on the Vegas indie music scene.Glass Pools – Electronic dance rock is the music of choice for local group Glass Pools. Join the fan club this October!DJ Fish – Returning for a second showcase, you can catch DJ Fish if you missed him the first time around or simply come back for more of his eclectic tunes.
Adult Books – Alternative rockers with the provocative name return for a night of fun led by members Nick, Daniel, and M.M.No Tides – This East Las Vegas, NV band is back with their unique take on garage, surf, rock, and urban tunes.Kurumpaw – Psychedelic surf rock is the best way to describe this band. Though they are known for their adaptive style that can change from the beginning of the set to the end.DJ Cromm Astaire – A killer combination of soul and 60s-era mod is what you can expect from this popular Las Vegas Valley DJ.
About Beer Garden
German Cuisine with Vegas Style
Everything is bigger and better in Vegas and the food at Beer Garden is certainly no exception. Run by Michael Vakneen, chef at Pop Up Pizza, Beer Garden’s menu offers mouthwatering German favorites with a unique twist. The beer snacks are perfect pairings with your beer. Choose from extra giant German pretzels, crispy onion strings, and plenty of sauces to mix and match. But the real highlight of Beer Garden is its signature bratwursts. Their bratwurst sandwiches are creatively named after old Las Vegas hotels such as The Western, The Hacienda, and The Stardust. You can even create your own bratwurst sandwich from their wide array of sausages (includes a vegan option), toppings, and buns.
Endless Selection of Draft Beers
Of course, you can’t stop by Beer Garden without having a beer (or two). Guests can order from over 20 different kinds of craft beers on tap and various microbrews. Beer Garden’s menu offers an impressive collection of American and European lagers, IPAs, Irish stout, Belgian Golden, and fruit beers. Beer options range from classics like Stella Artois and Guinness to local brews like Big Dog’s Dirty Dog IPA. Whatever you choose to drink, you definitely won’t leave Beer Garden thirsty.
A Backyard Space with a Downtown Vibe
Overlooking the scenic Fremont Street, Beer Garden creates an urban backyard in downtown Las Vegas. The unique venue features nearly 3,000 sq. ft. of real grass, authentic picnic tables from a 1980’s Munich Oktoberfest, and specially designed wooden trellises and greenery. The standout piece of Beer Garden, however, is its 400 sq. ft. vertical garden with more than 900 plants growing on the side of the Plaza Hotel & Casino. It is the only living wall in downtown Las Vegas, making it a one-of-a-kind, must-see attraction at Beer Garden. With so much greenery in one place, you’ll quickly forget that you’re in downtown Las Vegas!
What exactly is Pickleball? Why is it called Pickleball? Does it have anything to do with pickles at all? The list of questions could go on and on for this oddly named sport. Don’t worry if you’ve never played or heard of Pickleball before. That’s why we’ve put together this helpful guide to explain this interesting game. Here are the basics you need to know about Pickleball.
What Is Pickleball?
Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. The game is played on a badminton-sized court (20 x 44 feet) with the net lowered to 36 inches at the ends. Equipment includes wood or composite paddles and a plastic, perforated ball. Just like other paddle sports, Pickleball can be played in singles or doubles.
Where Did Pickleball Originate?
Pickleball originally started as two friends’ attempt to resolve their families’ summer boredom. During the summer of 1965, Joel Pritchard and Bill Bell wanted to set up a badminton game since Pritchard’s home had an old court. However, they couldn’t find a complete set of badminton rackets. Using some creativity, they improvised with ping-pong paddles and a perforated ball instead. At first, they played the game with the net set at badminton height of 60 inches. After finding out that the ball bounced well on the asphalt surface, they lowered the net to 36 inches. With their friend Barney McCallum, they established rules for the game and created Pickleball.
How Did Pickleball Get Its Name?
According to Pritchard’s family members, the unique name came from the family’s maritime pursuits. Joan Pritchard, Joel Pritchard’s wife, was a competitive rower on Bainbridge Island, WA. She told her husband that the game reminded her of the pickle boat in rowing. A pickle boat consists of oarsmen chosen from the leftovers of other boats. This is similar to how Pickleball includes many borrowed characteristics from other paddle sports.Over the years, many news stories reported that Pritchard named the game after his dog, Pickles. The most common story was Pickles would chase after the balls and then hide in the bushes. As a result, he would refer to “Pickles’ ball,” which was later shortened to Pickleball. The Pritchard family disproved this story since they didn’t get Pickles until years after the creation of Pickleball.
How Do You Play Pickleball?
The game starts with the right-hand court serving the ball diagonally to the opponent’s court. The server must serve the ball under two criteria: underhand with their paddle below the waist and both feet behind the baseline. The serve needs to clear the net and the non-volley zone. This non-volley zone is 7-feet behind both sides of the net and prohibits players from hitting the ball before it’s bounced (or volleying).Players on each side must make at least one groundstroke before volleys are allowed. After the double bounce rule, players can either volley the ball or play it off the bounce. Players can volley the ball so long as they’re not within the non-volley zone.Points are scored by the serving side only and occur when the opponent faults. A fault includes failure to clear the net, hitting the ball out of bounds, and volleying from the non-volley zone or before the double bounce. The server continues to serve and alternate service courts until they fault. The first side scoring 11 points and leading with at least a 2-point margin wins the game.Interested in learning more about Pickleball? Head over to Plaza Hotel & Casino to play the game on its newly added Pickleball courts. The Plaza is the only hotel and casino in Las Vegas with dedicated courts for Pickleball. Just recently, the Plaza hosted a Pickleball exhibition with players from the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA). According to Jonathan Jossel, CEO of the Plaza, about 1,000 players have already signed up to play in upcoming Pickleball tournaments at the Plaza. The Pickleball courts will be open to the public later this summer. Be sure to stop by the Plaza and try out this fast growing sport for yourself!
With its “retro Palm Springs meets classic downtown Las Vegas” vibe, the Pool at the Plaza brings a whole new rooftop pool experience to the downtown scene and is one of the best downtown Las Vegas pools.
A Downtown Pool with a View
The renovated pool deck provides guests with OVER 70,000 sq. ft. of ultimate relaxation and entertainment, making it one of the largest pool decks in downtown Las Vegas. Guests can enjoy a variety of newly added features including a refurbished wet deck, recreation facilities, and even an onsite bar. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Pool at the Plaza.
Lounging in Style and Comfort
It always feels like a battle to find seats by the pool, but guests don’t have to worry about that at the Pool at the Plaza. The renovated wet deck features plenty of chaise lounge chairs and lily pad daybeds for guests.
For those who are looking to get the full lounge experience, there are also six brand new cabanas available for rental. These cabanas provide guests with a private poolside retreat that is close enough to all the activities. Each cabana is complete with its very own TV, fan, refrigerator, and safe for guests’ belongings. They also include a complimentary fruit plate OR a cheese and cracker tray.
When you’re at the pool, there’s nothing more satisfying than having a drink (or two) in your hand. Guests can enjoy a refreshing cocktail or cold beer poolside by accessing the bar on the rooftop pool deck.
Endless Activities & Amenities
If you don’t feel like taking a dip in the pool, the Pool at the Plaza has you covered with a bunch of other exciting activities. The impressive rooftop space includes recreation courts for Pickleball – a combination of tennis, table tennis and badminton (the Plaza even hosted a Pickleball exhibition with players from the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) earlier this month).
There are also tables for mini-craps and blackjack as well as other games (foosball, table tennis, and cornhole). If you’re looking to relax and unwind, the 12-person hot tub is the perfect activity for you.
Upcoming Events & Entertainment
On April 19th, The Pool at the Plaza will host Detox to Retox, an event that offers a 60-minute all levels Vinyasa Flow yoga class and ends with a drink after yoga. There will be live music during the event and free bites from Vegenation.
The First Annual Pickleball Festival will be held April 26th – April 28th. The festival will be filled with pickleball, food, drinks, and entertainment. Tickets are $169.99 for the weekend.
If you love pizza, you won’t want to miss the downtown Las Vegas pool party at The Plaza for National Pizza Party Day. There will be pizza to eat, pizza floaties for the pool, and drinks to wash down your pizza! This party takes place on May 17th.