Las Vegas is the most well know conurbation in the State of Nevada. It is renowned for its casinos and its adult entertainment industry, but it is also the centre of arts, crafts and other cultural activities that occur in the region. There are many festivals that occur each year in the city that cater to a wide range of interests. These are of great interest to the occupants of Las Vegas as well as the visitors who are on holiday in the city.
Cinevegas is a film festival that has been running at the Palm Springs resort since 1999. It combined hosting the world Premier of films with showing short films and documentaries. It attracted many big names from the film industry, as it was quite unique. Initially, it inspired the actor Dennis Hopper, who became the chairman of the board until his death in 2010. This resulted in the festival not running for five years, but since 2016 it has returned and is regarded by many as one of the top film festivals that is running anywhere today.
The Helldorado Days is a festival that is organized annually and was first started in 1934. It is a rodeo and is organized by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Other attractions include a parade and a carnival. The event was cancelled in 1998, but since 2005, it has been running regularly again.
The Route 91 Harvest festival is a country music festival that is held on a 15-acre lot on Las Vegas Boulevard. It can hold up to 22,000 spectators and attracts many country and western musicians from around the nation. In 2017 the festival was the scene for the biggest mass shooting by an individual in the United States. Steven Paddock killed 58 people and injured 851 as he fired his rifle from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Hotel before killing himself.
There is a number of music festivals that are held every year in Las Vegas. The Electric Daisy Carnival is a celebration of electronic dance music. In 2015 it attracted over 400,000 people for the three days that the event ran. The music industry’s top producers and DJ’s are attracted to the event as there are numerous new talents that are performing.
The Life is Beautiful Festival is held in downtown Las Vegas and celebrates music food and art. The music that is show cased is hip hop, rock and pop. The festival runs for three days and many of the chefs that produce the food appear regularly on the television program, the food network.
One of the city’s more unusual festivals is the Feast of San Gennaro. It originated in Manhattan in 1926 when immigrants from Naples gathered to celebrate Saint Janaurius, the patron saint of Naples. In 1986 the event moved to Las Vegas where it is now celebrated twice a year.
The celebration includes a carnival, music and food. It has become a tradition in Las Vegas that the food has become increasingly Italian and there is a real sense of tradition with the Las Vegas Celebration. It is quite apt that in a party town like Las Vegas there are a number of different festivals that are celebrated throughout the year. The atmosphere of the region goes a long way to make these festivals a success.