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The Festival Feels

Here’s the skinny on where to get the Life Is Beautiful vibes beyond the festival gates

Whether you plan to attend Life Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival or not, here are some rocking spots to check out as the spirit of the event takes over Downtown September 22 to 24.

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For an early start, check out Thursday night’s Lapus Music Showcase at the Wet Deck from 8 p.m.–1 a.m. for $10. The W is a partner with Hotels for Hope and Life Is Beautiful, the Living Room bar is expected to be chock-full of attendees pre- and post-festival. 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. South, wlasvegas.com


Starting at 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday, projectors and TVs throughout the bar air the Yahoo! Life Is Beautiful Live Stream of selected acts. In the evening, DJs take the rooftop stage beginning at 10 p.m., with guest performer Ella Vos on Sunday night. 525 Fremont St., commonwealthlv.com

Evel Pie

Grab a slice, get a brewski and roll to the back patio at Evel Pie, which is hosting bands starting at 10 p.m. on Saturday night. With group names such as Lethal Injection, Life’s Torment and the Bitters, the free show is the antidote to flower crowns and hula-hoops. Plus, it’s open until 4:20 a.m. 508 Fremont St., evelpie.com

California Hotel & Casino

Festival season may be nearing its end, but football season is just picking up speed. Stop by the California to take advantage of its football-season beer specials, including $3 Shock Tops and Goose Islands. Buckets start at $15, and with plenty of bars showing the games, it’s an ideal pre-festival stop for football fans on Sunday. 12 E. Ogden Ave., thecal.com

Plaza Hotel & Casino

As an official hotel for the festival, the Plaza is going to be popping round-the-clock. From pool parties Saturday and Sunday to late-night bites and DJs Under the Dome nightly, it’s the spot to get in on the action. Plus, Tokimonsta performs a free set on Saturday at the Plaza Events Center (doors open at midnight). 1 N. Main St.,

Downtown Grand

The Capital Cities Saturday pool party is at capacity, but there are plenty of other reasons to swing by the Grand. That includes $1 PBRs and the Freedom 2 Brunch experience for $20, which offers live entertainment and an all-you-can-eat menu as well as a bottomless Bloody Mary bar for an additional $10. Local musicians take over Freedom Beat on Friday and Saturday nights from midnight to 3 a.m. 206 N. 3rd St.,downtowngrand.com

7th & Carson

The newest addition to the Downtown scene, 7th & Carson is taking full advantage of its close proximity to the festival entrance gates, starting with 11 a.m. brunch Thursday–Sunday. There’s also a keg party on its patio during the weekend, and DJ After School Special plays a set Friday night at 8 p.m. 616 E. Carson Ave., Suite 110, facebook.com/7thandcarson

Park on Fremont


With $3 PBRs, $5 margs and $5 Bloody Mary’s, Inspire is a good option for pre-gaming (noon–4 p.m.) or checking out the live stream, which begins at 5 p.m. The Fremont spot also offers rooftop afterparties and ideal views for people-watching throughout DTLV. 107 Las Vegas Blvd. South, inspirelasvegas.com

Park on Fremont

Temporary grass extends the patio garden into the parking lot for musicians, including Jessica Manalo and Cameron Dettman, to play from 1–4 p.m. each day. There’s also a braid bar, art and chalk installations and games. Have a $7 Wild Tonic Kombucha while you’re at it. 506 Fremont St., parkonfremont.com

Gold Spike

Gold Spike has you covered with a Life Is Beautiful Live Festival Simulcast starting at 5 p.m. Music sets and Q&As from CBS Soundhouse (11 a.m.ñ6 p.m. daily) in the Real World Suite are also being aired live throughout the venue. Festival afterparties include DJs and an express line for those with wristbands from the fest. Entrance is free. 217 Las Vegas Blvd., goldspike.com

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