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Las Vegas Events

In addition to its many cultural and historic landmarks, as well as its divine restaurant selections, this destination hosts a number of outstanding festivals and events that may coincide with your Vegas visit. Ready to fine-tune your group travel plans?

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The Pennzoil 400 Weekend event, which includes NASCAR Cup and XFINITY Series races, brings racing fans to Las Vegas Motor Speedway in early March. Prize livestock are proudly exhibited during the 5-day Clark County Fair & Rodeo in Logandale, also held in April. Talented musicians from across the country perform at the Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz and Rhythm and Blues Festival , held at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater in late April, ideal for an early spring trip.

Go Back in Time as You Move Forward Through Your Travel Itinerary

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Relive the Old West during May's Helldorado Days , which features Western get-ups, parades and a championship rodeo. During Memorial Day weekend, the Las Vegas Paiute Snow Mountain Indian Reservation, about a 20-minute drive north of downtown Vegas, hosts the Snow Mountain Pow Wow , where you can shop for Southwestern pottery or cheer on the participants of a spirited drum competition. Italian heritage is the focus of another cultural event, the San Gennaro Feast , which is held in mid-May and mid-September, and offers ethnic food, live entertainment and a variety of family-friendly activities.

If the betting strategies of Texas Hold 'Em, Omaha, Lowball and Hi-Low intrigue you, then check out the World Series of Poker , the gaming world's largest, richest and highest-profile event. It begins in late May and continues through mid-July at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Anyone who meets the age and buy-in requirements is eligible to enter and win. As a Poker Hall of Fame member once observed, “All you need is a chip and a chair.”

Electrify Your Trip

In June, the Electric Daisy Carnival draws hundreds of thousands of electronic dance music fans to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for three days of superstar DJ sets. If you love EDM, or want to check it out while mulling over fun things to do in Vegas, now you know where to go.

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The city's Spanish heritage is celebrated in mid-September during the Mexican Independence Day event, a day of music and cultural enlightenment. Bite of Las Vegas , also in mid-September, features concerts and some 30 restaurants offering attendees plenty places to eat.

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In late October to early November, golf enthusiasts flock to watch the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open . The 3-day Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival , held at Sunset Park in mid-October, features everything from jousting demonstrations to an interactive dinner theater show.

The Sky's the Limit

Salute America's military achievements at Nellis Air Show and Open House in November. The 2-day event highlights the aerial maneuvers of U.S. Airmen. Thousands of runners from around the globe compete in the annual Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon and Half Marathon in November.

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The desert floor rumbles in early December when cowboys invade Las Vegas for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo . The Las Vegas Bowl , a post-season college football bowl game, is played at Sam Boyd Stadium in late December. The year wraps up with New Year's Eve , a typically lively Vegas-style celebration with big-name entertainers, making it the ideal spot for fun things to do with friends.

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Travel Information

City Population

583,756

Elevation

2,181 ft.

Sales Tax

Clark County's sales tax is 8.25 percent. The county also imposes a 12 percent tax on lodgings, with an additional 1 percent tax for properties within the city of Las Vegas boundaries.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

311, or (702) 828-3111 (also valid for TTY)

Fire (non-emergency)

(702) 383-2888

Hospitals

Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center, (702) 733-8800; MountainView Hospital, (702) 962-5000; Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center, (702) 853-3000; Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, (702) 961-5000; University Medical Center, (702) 383-2000; Valley Hospital Medical Center, (702) 388-4000.

Visitor Information

3150 Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89109. Phone:(702)892-0711 or (877)847-4858

Air Travel

McCarran International Airport (LAS) is about 10 miles south of downtown Las Vegas via Las Vegas Boulevard and 3.5 miles south of the Las Vegas Convention Center via Paradise Road, just a few minutes' drive from the Strip's southern end. One of the nation's busiest airports, it serves most major airlines.

Rental Cars

Hertz offers discounts to AAA members; phone (702) 262-7700 for the airport, (800) 654-3131 for the Strip.

Buses

Greyhound Lines Inc., 200 S. Main St., is the major bus company serving Las Vegas; phone (702) 384-9561.

Taxis

Major cab companies include Ace, (702) 888-4888; Checker/Yellow Cab/Star, (702) 873-8012; and Whittlesea Blue Cab, (702) 384-6111. Base activation fee is $3.50 and $2.88 for each mile, plus 54 cents for every minute the cab is waiting or traveling under 8 to 12 mph. Trips to the airport incur a $2 surcharge. Payment by credit card incurs a fee of $3.

Public Transportation

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) provides bus service to most parts of the city. The most useful to visitors are the Deuce double-decker buses serving the Strip. The buses operate 24 hours daily, run every 7-10 minutes and stop at nearly every Strip hotel property.

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