Visiting Sin City can be overwhelming. Everyone you meet recommends a different restaurant, the people in your group never agree on exactly what level of partying to do, and each place seems so big it can be easy to never leave your hotel (especially if you’re staying on the Strip). If you haven’t quite mastered the best iPhone apps in Las Vegas to help plan your trip, check out this list of cool things going on in Las Vegas this May.
Clark County Amphitheater will be filled with curry, mango lassi, henna artists and much more at the annual Indian Food & Cultural Festival on May 6th. Partially funded by the Nevada Arts Association, this festival is meant to spread information and fun related to Indian culture with arts and crafts, live music and performances, henna, shopping, kids programs and, of course, food. Chole bhutere, tandoori chicken, kabobs, chicken curry, samosas, domestic and craft beer and famous Indian Street Food are just a few of the offerings promised at this massive event.
Kids under five are free and entry is $7 for everyone else. Advance tickets can be purchased here. There will be an exhibition and competitive performance showcasing classic Indian dance and music, so you’ll at least have something to do while you’re stuffing your face. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Location: 1501 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas.
May is all about eating your way across the world in Las Vegas. Just days after the Indian festival wraps up, the 38th annual, four-day San Gennaro Feast will bring Italian binge eating to Craig Ranch Park. This family-friendly event features a large carnival, amusement rides, face painters, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, home goods vendors, tons of food and three full bars. Live entertainment will bring a few staples from the Strip like Zowie Bowie, The Fab and Love Shack.
The festival runs from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday; 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday; noon to midnight on Saturday; and from noon to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Carnival ride tickets will be 50 cents each or $25 for unlimited rides on Wednesday and Thursday, and $35 on the weekend. Admission is $10. Click here for more information.
Location: 628 W Craig Rd, North Las Vegas.
The Golden Nugget is sponsoring its ninth annual Spring Wine Festival, bringing wines from Napa and Sonoma to Sin City for tasting and sampling. A poolside kick-off reception will take place on Friday, May 12th at The Tank. The next day will feature two afternoon seminars: Sonoma County Pinot Noir at Vic and Anthony’s and a Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting of Napa vs. Sonoma. That is followed by the Napa/Sonoma Grant Tasting at 7 p.m. at the Grand Event Center.
Master sommeliers and winery brand ambassadors will all come together to present attendees with their best recommendations and offerings from the Sonoma Coast. Golden Nugget also hosts a Fall Beer Fest and Whiskey Revival every year, so if you like what you taste, be sure to check back for more alcohol-fueled fun. Tickets start at $35 and are available here.
Location: 129 East Fremont Street, Las Vegas.
If Spring Wine Fest is all you can drink, then Springs Preserve Ice Cream Festival is all you can eat of your favorite frozen treat. All ages are welcome to stuff their face with the sweet dessert and that’s not all. Visitors will also enjoy live entertainment, face painting, storytelling, a pirate magic show, carnival games, a bubble play station, an ice cream eating contest, and more.
There are three “Kids Cactus Ice Cream Lessons” that will teach kids about the science of making ice cream. Participants will learn which are the edible parts of a cactus, and get to create their own ice cream flavor.
There are categories for teens and adults in the 11 a.m. ice cream eating contest but only six slots per category, so be sure to sign up when you arrive. In addition there are stations serving ice cream sundaes, novelties and root beer floats.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children and kids under 3 are free. Purchase them here.
Location: 333 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas.
The 19th annual Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival gets bigger and better names every year and this year’s headliners include Iggy Pop, Bad Religion, Cock Sparrer and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Punk Rock Bowling is one of the longest standing punk festivals in the country. Once you arrive downtown you don’t ever need to leave, everything is within a five block radius of the hotel.
Three days of outdoor festival lineups start in the afternoon, celebrated with over 7,000 attendees. There are also four late-night club shows featuring a group of up-and-coming bands. All in all, over 100 bands will perform throughout the weekend. Throw in 1,000 bowlers at 3 separate bowling centers, a poker tournament, comedy, movie screenings, art exhibits, lounge shows and of course gambling and booze, and you got yourself a weekend.
Tickets start at $50. Click here for more information.
Location: 129 East Fremont Street, Las Vegas.
Photo credit: Jen [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0], via Flickr
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