Las Vegas is back! Shows on the Las Vegas Strip tend to be spendy. But there are tons of FREE things to do, too. Here are some of my curated favorites. And don’t forget Mom. Mother’s Day is Sunday.
Jazz in the Park
I don’t know about you. But I hate paying property taxes.
However, I am glad I pay property taxes that fund Jazz in the Park. This is the 31st year that Clark County Parks and Recreation puts on the show. I’ve been to every one starting with year 11 — except for last year, of course.
Here’s how it works:
For five Saturday evenings in May and June (before it gets ungodly hot), five amazing jazz stars perform outside at the Clark County Government City Amphitheater. (If you’ve ever gone to pay your property taxes in person, it’s the green area next to that building.)
There are food trucks, of course. But the fun of the event is to bring your own picnic.
People get creative. They bring elaborate set ups and restaurant-quality food. Candelabras anyone?
You have to bring your own blanket and low-backed chairs.
I like to lie on my back and look up at the twinkling stars. They are like another harmony line.
When the sun sets, the music begins. Since the amphitheater is basically in a self-made hollow, the sound is awesome.
This Saturday is the first in the series. Grace Kelly performs. She is a singer-saxophonist. She was a member of the house band for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
The gates open at 5:30. Music begins at 7. FREE!
There’s plenty of parking and it’s FREE too.
Because of the pandemic, the seating space is limited. So you have to register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/151131824355
Three of my favorites are coming up: Chiele Minucci, Ottmar Liebert and Najee. You will hear about them every Friday.
Cheer on our Golden Knights (they better win!!!!)
Tonight is the debut of “Crimson at Knight,” a pop-up bar at Red Rock Casino. It’s goal: provide local fans for another kewl place to cheer “Go Knights Go” as they (hopefully) head to the playoffs.
The resort is partnering with the team, so Knights gear is everywhere. You enter through a Knight’s helmut. There’s even a Marc-Andre Fleury goal set up for your Insta photos.
The pop-up bar will be open every Friday and Saturday (k)night plus every game(k)night. The bar will close when the season is over for our Knights.
There’s also a live DJ if you are into the vibe but don’t really know where the crease is.
My father took me to Chicago Black Hawks games in the 1960s, so I am really into hockey. Having lived in Dallas for a quarter century, I don’t know if I can ever warm up to our Las Vegas Raiders. We will see.
You can watch the game FREE but you do have to pay for food and drink. Oh, and you must be 21.
Monsters of Smoke Tour
Ardbeg is a connoisseur whiskey. For the last three years the International Whiskey Competition crowned it “Distillery of the Year.”
There’s nothing FREE about a bottle of Ardbeg. But you can get a FREE taste on Sunday at either Liquor World Cactus (south) or Lee’s Discount Liquor Flambow (southwest).
Tastings are from 5-8 pm. And you must be 21, natch.
You can also purchase a bottle and have it custom engraved. How kewl is that?
I can no longer drink alcohol because I burned off the top of my vocal chords from, among other things, too much alcohol. So please tell me how delicious this is….
Have a great week-end, Las Vegas.
((hugs)) BETH Ellyn
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