May the 4th be with you! Let’s celebrate Cinco de Mayo (not Mexican Independence Day). Remember to tell your Mother you love her on May 8th, then rock out to Do Doubt at Rock in Rio. And I almost forgot IKEA opens this month, I used to love eating at their Swedish Market when I was little. Meatballs anyone.
Here is a rundown of some great events to get your eat and drink on in and around Las Vegas this month:
– dates, times and prices subject to change. Check individual websites for details. *=Must be 21 or over to attend.
May 1st – 10th Annual Vegas Uncork’d times vary, prices vary – Locations vary per time and day. The last day of the Big Cheese of Las Vegas food events. There are 2 events taking place this day, both are brunches, so don’t sleep in or you’ll miss both.
May 1st – Great American Foodie Fest 12n-10pm, $10 – Sunset Station Casino. It’s the last day to enjoy some of the nations top food trucks and vendors. Formally the Las Vegas Foodie Fest.
May 4th-8th – San Gennaro Feast times vary by day, $10 – Craig Ranch Park. Honor the patron saint of Naples while enjoying great Italian food and music, as well as different vendors and events for the whole family.
May 6th – First Friday 5-11pm, free – Downtown Arts District. Monthly event featuring art, music and of course, food.
May 7th* – Mother’s Day Wine Walk3-6pm, $25 – Downtown Container Park. Enjoy a sampling of wines and bubbly, all in honor of Mom.
May 7th – O’hana Festival 10am-4pm, $6 – Springs Preserve. O’hana means family, and more specifically extended family. So grab the whole “family” and enjoy a taste of Hawaii.
May 7th & 8th – Art Festival of Henderson9am-4pm, Free – Henderson Events Plaza. Featuring Art, music and stuff for the kids, all in downtown Henderson.
May 13th – Happy Hour Gang5pm-8:30pm, No ticket to purchase but you are responsible for your own bill – Herbs and Rye. If I had to join a gang this would be it. Their motto is: “Keep calm and have a drink!”and they meet up at various hot spots in the valley. This Friday, the location is Herbs and Rye for their Happy Hour, which features amazing cocktails and half off steaks.
May 13th & 14th – Taste of Town Square times vary by day, price varies by event – Town Square. Spread out over 2 days, this event highlights food and drink from some of your favorites spots at Town Square. There’s a 4 course dinner Friday night, A Backyard BBQ Saturday, and a more casual small bites sampling Saturday evening. Ticket proceeds support various local organizations.
May 14th* – Locals Only Beer Festival 2-6pm, $30+fees – Neonopolis. Celebrate local and craft beer breweries in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. Featuring music, games and The Food Junky food truck.
May 14th – Kingman Wine Festival11am-6pm, $20 – Firefighter’s ParkKingman, AZ. Enjoy a taste of Kingman, Arizona featuring a sampling of area food and wine as well as entertainment and vendors.
May 15th – Brunch 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 Chef Travis Pena. The brunch supports On the Ranch Alliance, a 501(c)3.
May 21st – Ice Cream Festival10am-4pm, $10 – Springs Preserve. We’ve already had a few 90 degree days. So what better way to celebrate the heat, than with a little ice cream. Bring the kids because there will be face painting, story telling, a magic show and the chance to win an Adventuredome Birthday Party.
May 26th* – Epicurean Affair 7-10pm, $115 general admission – Palazzo Pools. Featuring the best of Las Vegas’ food and drink scene. The proceeds from the event support Nevada Restaurant Association’s educational and scholarship programs.
May 27th & 28th – Best Dam Barbecue Challenge times vary by day, free – Boulder City. The best of Nevada, California and Arizona will be competing for $12,000 in cash prizes and the crown of Nevada State Barbecue Champion.
May 28th* – Brews and Blues 4-8pm, $35 advance – Springs Preserve. The name basically sums it up, live music, beer and food.
*=Must be 21 and over to attend.
– dates, times and prices subject to change. Check individual websites for details.
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 as 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 – First Friday 5-11pm, free – Downtown Arts District. Monthly event featuring art, music and of course food.
April 2nd – Boca Park Wine Crawl7-10pm, $25 in advance – Boca Park Summerlin. Enjoy a sampling of 20 wines while you get your shop and eat on in Boca Park.
April 3rd – Kirk Franklin Gospel Brunch10am, $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-10th – Clark 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 9th – The 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-16th – UNLVino 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-17th – 15th AnnualPure Aloha 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 17th – Brunch 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 1st – 10th 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 1st – Great 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 30th – Peace, 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 30th – Picnic by Design 5:30-8:30pm, individual ticket starts at $125 – Symphony Park. Probablyone 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.
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 4th – Container 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 5th – Whiskey 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 9th – Share 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 12th – 25th 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 – 19th – Hoops 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 18th – Vegas 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 19th – Little 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 26th – 4th 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 26th – Easter Wine Walk 3-6pm, $25 – Downtown Container Park. Spend an afternoon enjoying wine stations throughout the park.