Detour Ahead

Welcome to the season of road closures

Fall in Las Vegas means gorgeous weather that simply begs for outdoor play, our city’s busiest season for festivals, fun runs and art fairs. It’s a sure sign of Downtown’s ongoing revival that many of these activities happen there, and in a dense urban environment with few public spaces, that often means street closures.

Recently faced with complaints about repeated disruptions for the same businesses and residents, the City has worked to create multiple routes for runs and parades, as well as encouraging various event zones and creative uses of private property to stage events. The City has also created a Tumblr account ( that offers maps of events, street closures and parking.

Planning ahead? Here’s a list of DTLV events that could require a detour:

Saturday, Nov. 7

Early birds should expect closures south and west of South Grand Central Parkway when the American Heart Walk passes through at 8:40 a.m. Rethink your happy-hour route, too, because Light the Night Walk will illuminate the Fremont East area for a 1.5-mile walk at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 11

Stretches of Downtown, specifically Fourth Street from Charleston Boulevard to Stewart Avenue, will be blocked when the Veterans Day Parade rolls in at 10 a.m.

Sunday, Nov. 15

Trying to avoid the Rock ’N’ Roll Marathon may be a marathon in itself. According to the race’s website, all of Las Vegas Boulevard will close at 2:30 p.m. Roads won’t reopen until between 7-10 p.m. Back streets, people, back streets.

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