What’s Going On: April

 

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It’s warming up outside and pool season has started. But if pool parties aren’t your scene, there are plenty of other places to hang out and enjoy yourself this month. Viva Las Vegas aka Rockabilly Weekend is this month, as well asย Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz Festival. And for purely food and drink centered entertainment, two of the biggest food events in Las Vegas happen this month, UNLVino and Vegas Uncork’d.

Here is a rundown of other events this month*:

  • April 1st –ย First Friday 5-11pm, free – Downtown Arts District. Monthly event featuring art, music and of course food.
  • April 2ndBoca Park Wine Crawl 7-10pm, $25 in advance – Boca Park Summerlin. Enjoy a sampling of 20 wines while you get your shop and eat on in Boca Park.
  • April 3rdKirk Franklin Gospel Brunch 10am, $54.50 + fees – House of Blues. It’s not quite church, but then again this is Las Vegas. Created and produced by Kirk Franklin, featuring live gospel music and all-you-can-eat food.
  • April 6th-10thClark County Fair and Rodeo times vary by day, prices vary per event – Logandale, NV. Sometimes I forget we do live in the Wild Wild West and when that happens, it’s time to pay a visit to the County Fair and Rodeo!
  • April 9thThe Great Vegas Festival of Beer 3-7pm, $45 general – Downtown Las Vegas. What better way to celebrate National Beer Day, than enjoying some beer, beer infused and inspired food, and a little beer knowledge with “Brewlogic”educational sessions.
  • April 14th-16thUNLVino 7-10pm, price varies per day – Locations vary per day. Eat and drink a young person through college. Millions of dollars in scholarship funds have been raised over the years through this event.
  • April 14th-17th15th Annual Pure Alohaย  7-9:30pm, $8 – Silverton Casino. They call Las Vegas the 9th Hawaiian island, save the money on a flight and enjoy a taste of Hawaii and the Polynesian islands right here.
  • April 17thBrunch on the Ranch 9:30am-12n, $35 – Craig Ranch Regional Park. Enjoy the farmers market then head over to the pop-up brunch and enjoy a multi-course meal prepared by vegan chef, Mayra Trabulse. The brunch supports On the Ranch Alliance, a 501(c)3.
  • April 28th-May 1st10th Annual Vegas Uncork’d times vary, prices vary – Locations vary per time and day. This is the Big Cheese of Las Vegas food events, taking place over 4 days, at 3 casinos and various off the strip locations, and featuring some of the top chefs and food personalities in the world. The main event is the Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace on Friday night, but I don’t think you could go wrong by attending any of the events.
  • April 28th-May 1stGreat American Foodie Fest times vary, $10 – Sunset Station Casino. If you’ve been priced out of some of the Vegas Uncork’d events, head to Henderson and enjoy food from some of the nations top food trucks and vendors. Formally the Las Vegas Foodie Fest.
  • April 30th Las Vegas Mela 11am-9:30pm, $5 – Clark County Amphitheater. Celebrate the traditional Indian festival of Vaisakhi, which commemorates the new year and harvest. Enjoy Indian food, entertainment, and vendors without leaving the valley.
  • April 30thPeace, Love and Hoppy-ness 3-9pm, $10 = 10 tokens – Big Dog’s Draft House. Continue the National Beer Day celebration with more beer, BBQ and music. This event is free and open to the public, but to eat and drink you’ll need to purchase tokens.
  • April 30thPicnic by Design 5:30-8:30pm, individual ticket starts at $125 – Symphony Park. Probablyย one of the swankiest picnics you’ll have the pleasure of attending and it’s all for a good cause. Bid on picnic baskets and tables designed by local artists and designers, then enjoy cocktails and top notch picnic fare in the park.
*dates, times and prices subject to change. Check individual websites for details.

What’s Going On: March

It’s March! Hello spring, goodbye extra hour of sleep. It’s time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, College Basketball, and Easter. Here are a few special events going on this month, in and around Las Vegas.

 

  • March 4th – First Friday 5-11pm, free – Downtown Arts District. Monthly event featuring art, music and of course food.
  • March 4thContainer Park Beer Festival 7-9:30pm, $20 + fees, Downtown Container Park. Take in some movies and sample a selection of craft beers, presented by Motley Brews.
  • March 5thWhiskey Revival 7-9pm, $45 Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino. Enjoy live entertainment while sampling southern cuisine, paired with moonshines, barrel aged beer and of course, artisan whiskey.
  • March 9thShare an Olive with Chazz 7pm, $50 Italian American Club Las Vegas. Listen to actor Chazz Palminteri, talk about his career while enjoying BIVI Sicilian Vodka.
  • March 12th25th Anniversary Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry 10am-4pm, starting @ $5 + fees, Virginia City, NV. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in historic Virginia City. If you’ve never sampled these “oysters,” I would start with the Skeptical about Testicles tasting.
  • March 17th – 19thHoops and Hops starting @ $45 + tax & fees – The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino. Enjoy the tournament on stadium style screens, while partaking in some gaming, drink and gourmet food.
  • March 18thVegas Beer and Music Festival 7-10pm, $35 general – SLS Hotel and Casino. Hang out by the pool, listen to live music and enjoy samples of over 50 craft beers.
  • March 19thLittle Leprechauns 2-5pm, free – Downtown Container Park. Bring the kids and enjoy an afternoon of face painting, balloons, and art with your “little leprechauns”. RSVP on Facebook and registration is required for the art activity.
  • March 26th4th Annual Boulder City Beer Fest 1-7pm, $30 general – Wilbur Square Park. Featuring 30 brewery tents, 8 food trucks and “beer-centric” vendors. The event is open to the public, so all can enjoy the food trucks and vendors, you’ll just need a ticket and wristband for the beer.
  • March 26thEaster Wine Walk 3-6pm, $25 – Downtown Container Park. Spend an afternoon enjoying wine stations throughout the park.