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Year of the Rooster, Chinese New Year

rooster-40686_960_720January 28, 2017 is the second new moon after the shortest day, Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year.

For Las Vegas here are some events:

  • Chinese New Year in the Desert  Events are listed, some free, some ticketed.  Check their schedule.  Container Park and the Linq are locations for some of the events.
  • Lion and/or Dragon Dances:

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May the Fourth

StarwarsWednesday, May the Fourth is the unofficial Official Star Wars Day.  For those not aware, a typical parting phrase from the Star Wars movies is “May the Force be with you.”  I don’t recall any letters from the movie series, so who knows if characters signed letters that way.
Anyway, since the movie phrase closely resembles the day spoken in a certain way, that day is now Star Wars Day.  Cliffs notes here.
For the Las Vegas area here are a couple events scheduled:

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May 7, 2016 – Free Comic Book Day

FCBD 2015The first Saturday of May brings Free Comic Book Day.    A day to go out and support local shops.  Each shop determines how to distribute the free comics; typically a limit of 3 per person is a normal approach.  The comics are generally samples and introductions; for the past few years only a couple publishers have submitted complete stories (albeit short form).  Stop in and support your local shops with a purchase while you’re there.

Find a participating comic book shop in your area here.

Some highlights from the comics announced include Marvel Civil War II Edition; which looks to pique interest of movie goers and expose them to the comic book universe of Marvel.FCBD Civil WarDC is thinking pretty much the same thing to promote the Suicide Squad with a likely tie in to the upcoming movie.FCBD Suicide Squad.jpgOther books include: Dr Who, Legend of Korra, Assassins Creed, Street Fighter, Sonic, Pokemon to name a few.  Enough variety for most.  And I almost forgot: Grumpy Cat has a FCBD edition.fcbd grumpy cat.jpg Continue reading ‘May 7, 2016 – Free Comic Book Day’

Parking in Downtown Las Vegas

For Las Vegas parking is usually free with one exception: Downtown.  Like most cities the downtown area has parking meters and lots with hourly/daily rates.  The Las Vegas Strip is currently free, even though MGM is getting negative feedback on their decision to start charging for parking.

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If you have to go downtown, there is a map to show you where the parking meters are located and the times of enforcement.  You can now avoid those if you choose, and walk to your destination.  Most Downtown casinos have validation policies for their parking garages, or you can use the valet (usually complimentary) and save some money by tipping for the service.

Las Vegas Spring Happenings

The Southern Nevada Calendar has been updated with several events coming up.  Some highlights are listed below.  Most are ticketed, some are multi-day events; so check the links for information and starting times.

March 4 – 6, 2016 Nascar Weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. LVMS Stratosphere Pole Day (Friday, March 4), Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race (Saturday, March 5) and Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (Sunday, March 6).

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Upcoming Las Vegas Events

February 1 to 5 2016 – World of Concrete Exhibit hall opens on February 2.  Registration is $85 (but you should be able to still find some discount codes only, don’t think there are free ones this year).  Construction convention open to public.  From their website:

It’s the industry’s only annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry industries. And, it jumpstarts each new year by supplying you with the latest innovations, expert know-how and best new products to finish your work faster, better and more profitably. For everything you need from the start of each job to its successful completion, we’ve got you covered. 

April 4 to 8 2016 – Clowns Of America International Convention julie_coai_Circus_Circus
Start Time: 8am
Cost: $170
Audience: All
Where: Circus Circus Hotel 2880 Las Vegas Blvd S Las Vegas, NV 89109

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December Events

December 12, 2015 – December to Remember at the Neon Museum.  Free.  Ornament making in the Boneyard Park will be from 2-5 p.m.  There will be a photo opportunity with Santa in the North Gallery from 2-5 p.m.  To wrap up the evening, the Las Vegas Academy carolers will perform from 5-6 p.m. in the Neon Boneyard!

Las Vegas Cultural Corridor is having a December to Remember.  Events are listed here.  Most are activities included with general admission at venues.  It says family friendly activities, but I don’t see the Repeal Day Party at the Mob Museum as very family friendly (December 5).

Cosmopolitan Ice Rink. $10 for skating, $5 for skate rental.  Through January 3rd.  It seems pretty small, but fun.

Ethel M Cactus Garden.  Cacti strung with lights.  Admission is free.  See link for details.

Cowboy Christmas.  December 3 thru 12, 9am to 5pm.  South Halls of Las Vegas Convention Center.  Free admission, but parking at the convention center or surrounding areas charge.

Santa’s Electric Parade. December 5, 4:30 pm.  Nevada Way starting at Colorado St. Boulder City.