Las Vegas, Nevada is knows as Sin City, and for good reason. You can drink alcohol in the streets, dance until 6 o’clock in the morning, and hang out at pool parties all day long. It’s a popular city people visit to unwind from the real world and enjoy a fantasy land for a weekend or longer. Vegas has so much more to offer than just the party scene, however. If you enjoy getting off the beaten path and exploring the funky part of a city, the Las Vegas Arts District is for you.
The Art District has almost 20 blocks of art galleries, graffiti murals, antique shops, restaurants, and bars. This place is full of funky vibes and is definitely worth leaving the Strip for. From Cesear’s Palace on Las Vegas BLVD, it’s about a 15 minute Uber ride. Your Mentor Travel team just spent a day in this part of town and it turned out to be the highlight of our trip. Here’s our tips and recommendations to start your tour of the the Las Vegas Art District.
Make Your Way North for Some Coffee
We recommend starting your trip with a delicious cup of Joe and grabbing some brunch at Maker’s and Finders’ Coffee. Its Latin flavors and artsy vibes bring people in during all hours of the day. It’s located right in the Arts District, and is a great place to start your adventure. The coffee is absolutely delicious, they have unique flavors like the honey vanilla latte and the lavender infused latte. We tried both of them, and highly encourage you try them.
Take a Peak at Art Square
Art Square is the bread and butter of the Las Vegas arts district. Here, you can find numerous activities to take part in and get your art on. There’s food, drinks, galleries, and so much more to explore. Make sure to check out their list of shops so you can pick the top ones you want to visit. Some of them have weird hours and special events that are worth checking out, so do some research before you journey up here.
Attend the Art Walk Festival
If you’re happen to be in Vegas the first Friday of the month, you’re in luck! They have an Art Walk Festival each first Friday. The Thursday night before previews a lot of the art, so Thursdays are fun as well. The Friday festival is from 6pm to 10pm, and helps encourage and promote artists to be creative and to keep making art.
Wander Through the Graffiti Murals
A good way to determine if you’re in the right place is to look around. If you’re in the Arts District, you’ll see loads of artwork on display throughout the neighborhood. Artists from all over have left their mark on the city with large murals on the sides of buildings. You can make an art walk by wandering around the area and viewing all the art work. Start at Arts Square on 1st and Boulder and head north. It ends around Carson Ave, and you’ll be able to see some amazing pieces. The 18b in the neighborhood’s name stands for 18 blocks, so there a lot to explore if you have the time.
The Arts Factory
The Arts Factory is one of the most popular destinations in the area. It’s a space full of galleries for all types of artists. They have painters, photographers, lash salons, and so much more. They also have rotating artists so you’ll see something new each time you visit.
Food & Dining
The Arts Distinct in Vegas does not fall short on their food options. They have a lot of unique restaurants to satisfy any craving you may have. Some of our favorites include Gamblers Cafe, Mingo Kitchen, and the Goodwich. What ever you’re in the mood for, you can probably find it in the Las Vegas Arts District.
The Las Vegas Arts District is such a fun place to explore. It has such fun and funky vibes to it, a visit here should be on everyone’s list. Have you been to the Las Vegas Arts District? Let us know in the comments below! Make sure to contact us if you need help planning your next trip to Las Vegas.