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Visiting Las Vegas

Everyone knows Las Vegas is the Entertainment Capital of the World. Springtime's mild weather means the Strip that made Sin City famous is even more ideal for a stroll, and new construction along Las Vegas Boulevard means there are more ways to have fun than ever. Still, a venture off the beaten path provides visitors with perspective on Las Vegas' unique personality – and this season's calendar of special events is the perfect invitation to experience it now.

Get in touch with the local arts and culture by visiting the downtown Las Vegas Arts District on the first Friday of every month. The works of more than 100 artists line the streets each month, and venues like the Art Factory open up with special exhibits of their own. Browse the art, try a variety of local food offerings, and check out the feats of street performers while taking in the lively evening atmosphere. Things get started around 6 p.m.

The 2015 Wizard World Comic Con Las Vegas draws big crowds to the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 24th through 26th. Proud "nerds" celebrate sci-fi, fantasy, fiction, and pop-culture at large with three-days of special expos, workshops, seminars, signings, and appearances by the stars of shows like the Walking Dead and movies like Harry Potter.

Wine lovers won't want to miss the 2015 UNLVino events, from April 16th through 18th. As Nevada's oldest wine festival, the celebration is comprised of three events, each featuring a different theme highlighting champagne, sake, and traditional wine on separate nights. The 41st annual UNLVino is presented by Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada with the goal of raising money for scholarships for UNLV students.

The pours keep flowing as Vegas Uncork'd 2015 finds foodies flocking to venues up and down the strip for "the Ultimate Wine and Food Experience." Don't miss festival events like Decadent Delights: Wine & Chocolate Pairing with Master Chocolatier François Payard on April 23rd or the Celebrity Chef Brunch: a French Affair on April 26th.

Fans of heart-pounding, high-flying action will get a thrill out of the 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Finals and the 2015 Monster Energy Cup on May 1st and 2nd, when the top motocross riders from around the world compete for an FIM World Championship at Sam Boyd Stadium. The big race starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, but get there at noon to watch the riders practice and qualifying rounds.

North Las Vegas visitors won't have to travel far to enjoy an evening of live music and craft brews. The Club at the Cannery Casino hosts the 12th Annual Blues, Brews, & BBQ on June 13th and the pours start around 4 p.m.

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Las Vegas Area Events

January 2015

January 2 - December 4, 2015
2015 First Friday Art Celebration

On the first Friday of each month, the Art Factory showcases the dazzling works from over 100 artists spread throughout the downtown Las Vegas Arts District – with plenty of food, drinks, and shops on hand as well. Event time is 6 p.m.

June 2015

June 13, 2015
12th Annual Blues, Brews, & BBQ

Enjoy of evening of great tunes and tasty brews at the Cannery Casino on the north side of Las Vegas. The event begins at 4 p.m.

June 19-21, 2015
2015 Las Vegas Comic Con

Self proclaimed "nerds" celebrate all things sci-fi, fantasy, and fiction with a weekend of special expos, celebrity appearances, and plenty more pop-culture entertainment. Event times are TBA.

June 5-7, 2015
2015 Summer Home & Auto Expo

Check out the latest and greatest home furnishing, auto gadgets, garage novelties, and even a few lawn gnomes for an entire weekend at the South Point Hotel Casino & Spa in Las Vegas. The event begins at 10 a.m.

June 19-21, 2015
2015 Discover the Dinosaurs

Experience the Jurassic-era at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas, when about 40 mechanical and replica dinosaurs come to life for a weekend. The event will feature plenty of interactive and hands-on activities for the entire family.

June 2015

June 19-21, 2015
2015 Electric Daisy Festival

Now in it's fifth year, the Electric Daisy Festival is one of Vegas' largest EDM festivals, featuring acrobats, a ferris wheel, and countless DJs. The event is held at Las Vegas Motorspeedway.

July 2015

July 5, 2015
67th Annual Boulder City Damboree Celebration

An annual 4th of July celebration, the Boulder City Damboree is an all-day festival, including a pancake breakfast, a parade, kid's activities and games, live entertainment, and a dazzling fireworks show. The event begins at 9 a.m. at various locations in Boulder City.

August 2015

August 21 & 22, 2015
2015 Bridal Expo

Vegas and Weddings go hand in hand – explore the latest trends and specialty products for your wedding at the Bridal Expo at Cashman Center. The event begins at 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.

September 2015

September 10-13, 2015
2015 Big Blues Bender

Catch some of the biggest and best names in the blues – as well as some up-and-comers – as this years Big Blues Bender, held for four days at Plaza Hotel in downtown Las Vegas. Show times vary by day. 

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