It’s a wild and crazy Memorial Day week-end in Las Vegas. Priceline just ranked Las Vegas THE most popular destination for Memorial Day this year.
Remember Memorial Day is a somber holiday to honor all those who gave their lives to protect our freedoms. So I am grateful too. Here’s a great blog about the soldiers who lost their lives in World War II in Europe: https://www.socialmusingsbyaustin.com/post/honoring-our-heroes-on-memorial-day. I dare you to read it without crying.
The Eagles are finishing up their 63-date tour at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. (Vince Gill is taking Glenn Frye’s spot.) Tickets start at $139 and that’s before almost $100 in fees. But there is plenty to do in Las Vegas that FREE. It’s my job to suss out those kewl opportunities for you, my loyal readers.
Buckle up ’cause here we go.
Wake Up the Mantis at Downtown Container Park (Downtown)
Now that the volcano is going away on the Las Vegas Strip, the kewlest thing left is the fire-breathing preying mantis at Downtown Container Park. You can feel the heat and hear the hiss before you see the fearsome creature breathing fire.
Somebody’s got to walk it up. The Sunset Drum Circle does the job. Drummers gather at the creature’s feet and pound away until it wakes up breathing fire.
This happens every day at sunset. This week-end the ceremony starts at 7:30 pm.
Stay for the magic show. Tonight Dinicci Acosta does his tricks in the plaza. The sleight-of-hand continues until 10:30.
Both events are FREE.
Rock Out to Starship at Fremont Street Experience (Downtown)
Remember the hit songs “We Built This City” and “Sara“? The band is Starship and they’re playing FREE on Sunday night. The band, which now features Mickey Thomas on lead vocals, had its roots in Jefferson Airplane, who performed one of my favorite all time songs, White Rabbit.
They are part of the Downtown Rocks series at the Fremont Street Experience. Everyone gathers around the stage, standing room only. The sound is amazingly good even though you are outside.
Get there early and wander because the crowd on Fremont Street is crazy but even crazier on a holiday week-end. Buskers line the street. It’s really fun to watch the out-of-towners gawk at the nearly naked. Welcome to Sin City! Even the tourists provide entertainment.
However, the parking is NOT FREE. Park in the city lot, not the Fremont Street Experience lot where the fees are twice as high.
Rock Out to the Music of Aerosmyth at Naughty Ladies Saloon (North)
Speaking of naughty ladies….
Walk this way (well, you’ll probably have to drive unless you live off Decatur and the 15) to see Aeromyth, a terrific tribute band. They’re playing at Naughty Ladies Saloon inside Arizona Charlie’s Decatur.
The music starts at 8, so us fossils who remember the music well can be home at a reasonable time. And the show is FREE. You do have to be 21 and older.
Post pandemic, Las Vegas has become a haven for Eighties and Nineties tribute bands. And they sound as good or better than the originals (only because you kind of lose your vocal capacity as you age….)
There’s a large dance floor so you can get some aerobic exercise on your night out.
The casino reminds me of the Eighties, too, so welcome to vintage night.
If You Want To Spend Money….
Keith Urban is at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace and Anita Baker is live at the Venetian.
Did you know Lake Mead is a premier US scuba diving site? It’s one of THE most celebrated freshwater lakes. Maybe you can spot some more bodies.
Have a great Memorial Day week-end, Las Vegas.
((hugs)) BETH Ellyn
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