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FREE Fun in Las Vegas: 4-Letter Friday

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Las Vegas boasts it is the “Entertainment (plus soon-to-be sports) Capital of the World.” The Raiders play their first home game Monday!!!!!

While that might be hyperbole, this is certainly a really fun place to play.

However, tickets to shows and entertainers on the Las Vegas Strip can be pricey. Like really pricey. It is my job, dear readers, to find FREE entertainment for you.

The Pacific Islander Festival on Water Street (Henderson)

And how do you pronounce Ho’olaule’a? Poster: Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club

Las Vegas has everything except gorgeous sunsets over the ocean. I started really missing Hawaii watching The White Lotus, but I digress.

The next best thing is to attend the 29th Pacific Islander Festival and Ho’olaule’a in Henderson.

The two-day FREE event will transport you to the islands with everything except the surf. There will be authentic island food, handmade islander crafts, Polynesian villages and a keiki (kids) zone. Great live island music too.

Things kick off tonight at 5 and go until 10. It’s all day tomorrow from 8-8 on the Water Street Plaza.

You can thank the Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club for the festivities.

And how do you pronounce Ho’olaule’a?

P.S. Las Vegas has the largest population of Hawaiians outside their home state. That’s why the Aloha-style restaurants are everywhere. Yum.

Sleep under the Stars at Craig Ranch (North Las Vegas)

This is my idea of camping. Poster: City of North Las Vegas

My idea of camping is a hotel room without WiFi.

But I would definitely attend this one if I had little ones at home.

You bring a tent and a sleeping bag to Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas. The event planners provide dinner. Then you watch Jumanji. Then you go to sleep staring up at the stars.

When you wake up, breakfast is waiting.

This one costs $2 per person but that’s as close to FREE as you can get.

Dinner starts at 6:30. Games begin at 7:30. The movie screens at 8:30. The event is tonight.

You do have to make reservations: 702.633.2418.

P.S. I have a rent house spittin’ distance from Craig Ranch and spend a lot of time there. What a great park and concert venue! If you’ve never been, you are in for a treat.

Enjoy the Raiders Game at the Bud Light Beer Garden (Las Vegas Strip)

The Bud Light Beer Garden Photo: MGM Resorts

The Las Vegas Raiders play their first home game with fans in the stands Monday night when we thrash Baltimore. Of course the game is sold out. And scalper tickets are no where near FREE.

However, one of the best places to watch the game FREE is at the Bud Light Beer Garden, an outside space between the Mandalay Bay and Luxor Resorts on Hacienda and Las Vegas Boulevard.

The festivities are tailgating, Las Vegas style. First off, you can bet on the games at the sports betting suites of BetMGM.

Four of MGM Resorts‘s restaurants will offer food for sale. They include:

  • International Smoke, a JV between Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry
  • Diablo’s Cantina
  • Public House
  • Beerhaus

There will be a live DJ.

The Garden is known for its life-sized Jenga and chess games.

The party starts four hours before kick off.

The Beer Garden is open for all Raiders and UNLV football games.

If You Need to Be Vaxxed Before the Game, Head to Circa (Downtown Las Vegas)

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Our Las Vegas Raiders

You don’t need a mask to watch the game with 64,999 of the other raging Raiders fan at Allegiant Stadium. That’s because you have to provide proof of vaccination before entering.

Monday morning downtown’s newest resort, Circa, is hosting a pop-up clinic from 9-11.

You can also get a jab at Allegiant Stadium.

Alas, you will still have to wear a mask until two weeks after the second jab. But still, they will let you in!

9/11 is Tomorrow…The STRAT Memorial Stair Climb (Downtown Las Vegas)

Hard to believe it’s been 20 years… Poster: The STRAT

Every year the STRAT Casino hosts its Memorial Stair Climb.

This one is not FREE. It costs $30 and the money benefits local first responder charities. But I thought you’d want to know.

There are 110 floors to climb. You can’t change your mind mid-hike because there are no elevators until Floor 101. But hey, but then you’re already there.

You go up the tower stairs and down the elevators.

The climbers will be divided into three groups: Fast, moderate and slow. It’s not a race but you really do have to finish.

The fast group leaves at 7 am.

Everyone who participates can take the tower elevators to PT’s Wings and Sports Bar. There, the goal is to raise a glass to the first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice that terrible and tragic day.

Here’s an article about me and September 11: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-i-really-hate-september-11-beth-ellyn-rosenthal-

Here is a link to my son’s article. He was there in New York City that day… https://www.linkedin.com/posts/austin-rosenthal-2a4a943_neverforget-worldtradecenter-activity-6838807148496084992-dM-e

Have a happy, healthy and fun week-end, Las Vegas.

((hugs)) BETH Ellyn

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