It’s a sizzling 101 outside. The FREE entertainment options in Las Vegas are just as hot.
I moved to Las Vegas to enjoy the ah-mah-zing entertainment options. I quickly learned most tickets cost more than my car payment.
So that’s why I decided to find out the FREE things to do. And that’s what I’m going to share with you, my loyal readers.
Buckle up ’cause here we go!
Watch a UFC Fight (West)
If you are into mixed martial arts, Saturday’s UFC 275 will be a fight to behold. But alas, if you watch it at home, you have to pay.
Instead, head over to Mabel’s BBQ at the Palms. The restaurant, located next to the William Hill Sport Book, is ground zero for every UFC PPV match. There is no cover and plenty of TVs so you can watch every punch and kick from any angle.
The undercard starts at 5 and the real deal at 8. The actual fight is in Singapore, a place I want to visit. But I digress.
In case you are into barbecue, then this be the place. The chefs smoke all their meats right there on Flamingo Avenue. But they only use “humanely raised animals that are antibiotics and hormone-free.” And they try to sorce as many ingredients as possible locally.
OK, so we love their culinary politics. But how’s the barbecue sauce? It has a kick, of course!
Get Laid (OOps I Meant Leid) at the Luau Wow! Festival (Downtown)
Hawaiians consider Las Vegas the ninth island. If you want to leave that clear blue water and relocate to a brown, broiling desert, you picked the right place!
The Fremont Street Experience is hosting its inaugural Luau WOW! event. It’s a FREE night of Hawaiian fun. Blue Hawaii, a local band of singers, hula dancers, drum troops, acrobatics and of course an Elvis impersonator, will perform.
You can’t have a festival in Las Vegas without live music. HaleAmamo and The BC project warm up the crowd for the headliner, Shaggy. He’s a reggae music man, but hey, close enough for government work. After all, it is island music. His FREE concert starts at 9.
There will be a sandcastle artist and fire eaters (although there will be real Hawaiian food too including a pig roast.)
Everyone is encouraged to wear their best Hawaiian clothes. Unpack your grass skirts and coconut bras ladies.
The event is tomorrow (Saturday) starting at noon. The first 3,000 folks will receive a FREE lei, hence my double entendre.
Visit a State Park (Out-of-town)
Now that the mercury is hitting triple digits, the powers that be decided tomorrow (Saturday) would be a great day to enjoy “Discover Nevada State Parks Day.” Translation: admission to the parks tomorrow is FREE.
I walk my dogs at 7 am and it is gorgeous outside. So get up early and go hiking/exploring.
There are so many parks to chose from, but I love Valley of Fire, about an hour north on the 15. It has 2,000-year-old petroglyphs carved into massive red sandstone formations. It’s not Arches in Utah, my favorite national park, but it comes close. (And it’s way closer too!)
P.S. If you get up before dawn, you can see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn line up in the morning sky. This is a rare occurrence, making it worth it getting up at zero dark 30.
P.P.S. If you like to fish, fishing is FREE too. You don’t need a license tomorrow.
Boogie to the Music of No Doubt (Henderson)
There’s always great FREE music in Las Vegas somewhere. Had to end on a grace note.
Who doesn’t like the music of Gwen Stefani‘s band, No Doubt? No doubt…nobody! Hollaback Girl, for example, is a brilliant fusion with If I Were A Rich Man from Fiddler on the Roof.
Tomorrow night No Duh, duh a No Doubt tribute band, performs at one of my favorite venues, Club Madrid at Sunset Station. The show of course is FREE.
The band starts at 7:30. The show ends at 10 so us seniors can get to bed at a reasonable hour.
Plenty of seating and a great dance floor.
Have a great week-end, Las Vegas.
((hugs)) BETH Ellyn
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