If you can stand the heat, August is chock-full of things to do in Las Vegas. Take a break from the blackjack table (trust us, it will still be there when you get back) and mix things up by attending one of these scheduled upcoming events.
The best thing about them is they aren’t just for adults. If you’re jonesin’ to take your family to Sin City, there are a few options on the list (like motocross races and astronaut camp) that will satisfy the little ones. That said, this is Vegas we’re talking about, so there is a lot to if you’re looking for a kids-free good time.
It’s hard to explain exactly what happens at CombatCon. It bills itself as “Where History and Fantasy Meet” and its name makes sense considering it is centered mostly around Western Martial Arts. But here is where it gets interesting: it also promises a combination of sci-fi, steampunk, dark fantasy, cosplay, comics and piracy. Attendees can take classes, attend panels and presentations, watch demonstrations, fight in martial arts tournaments, dance at the Time Traveler’s Ball, enter a cosplay costume contest or purchase good from a variety of vendors.
There are classes about knife throwing, fighting on film and combat grappling; tournaments that include longsword, rapier and singlestick; vendors who sell everything from crafted weapons to steampunk gear; and after-hours fun which includes a costumed/black tie dance and parade of looks from historical to modern characters. It’s not exactly clear what to expect, but the convention is definitely a welcoming place for people of all interests and fandoms to come together.
Location: Flamingo, 3555 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas.
Twice a year the MAGIC convention descends on two Las Vegas convention centers to promote the latest in apparel, footwear and accessories to a massive fashion marketplace. From luxury brands to the latest trends, MAGIC is an offering of what will be the hottest things in fashion in the six months to come.
This year’s convention has 13 featured shows including “Curve Las Vegas,” which showcases leading lingerie and swimwear brands; “PoolTradeShow,” which is a breeding ground for emerging fashion brands seeking retail customers; and Project Womens, which shows the best contemporary collections, denim and accessories from women’s brands. Register for different shows here to stock up on to-die-for wardrobes musts.
Location: Las Vegas & Mandalay Bay Convention Centers.
The city isn’t short on music festivals, from electronic dance to folksy Americana, but it will get a little louder this August with the Psycho heavy metal festival coming to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.This year’s event will include appearances by King Diamond, Melvins, Swans, Carcass, Magma, Gojira, Neurosis, Corrosion of Conformity, Chealsea Wolfe, Windhand and dozens more. The whole thing kicks off with a pool pre-party on Aug. 17th with performances by Pentagram, Conan, Great Electric Quest and more. Tickets run from $99 to $249 depending on how many days you’re attending. For more information click here.
Location: 4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas.
You can escape the heat without feeling like it at EnduroCross – an event hailed as the toughest indoor off-road race on the planet. The motocross event builds indoor tracks from dirt, rocks, sand, boulders, trees, logs and water crossings – bringing the hardest challenges of the outdoors inside for a massive race.
“With a jumpy track, it’s cool because the crowd likes that,” Noah Kepple, a professional racer told Dirt Rider. “It really pushes the riders too because jumping some huge kicked-out log and trying to launch as far as you can over some firewood or something like that is pretty hairy. And then having a gnarly rock section where you need to have a lot of bike handling skills to make it through is really cool too because people get stuck and the crowd is going crazy because guys are trying to pass each other when they’re all stuck in one spot. That’s really cool and entertaining for the crowd, too.”
Tickets run from $26 to $36. For more information click here.
Location: 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas.
Man’s obsession with space is coming to Earth this summer at Springs Preserve. From the moon landings to Mars, this exhibit explores the link between astronauts, adventure and discovery. There are family-friendly, hands-on displays and interactive pieces, including climbing into a rocket to feel what it’s like at blast off, donning a flight suit and taking a spin in the ‘centrifuge’ capsule and examining test rock samples.
The collection gives visitors a look at what daily life in space is like and sees if they’d have what it takes to be a real-life astronaut: testing grip strength, finding out the challenges of staying in shape in zero gravity, learning how to clean up messes and testing which snacks are the best, and worst, options on board the space station. For more information click here.
Location: 333 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas.
Photo credit: Psycho Las Vegas Facebook.
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