It’s official. Festival season has begun. As the temperatures dip, festivals pop up all over the Las Vegas valley offering food and libations from around the world.
Raise a stein and join Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas for its biggest Oktoberfest celebration ever. Magicians of the century Siegfried & Roy® struck the first mallet on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. The Bavarian festivities run every day until Oct. 31 and feature celebrity keg tappers every Friday and Saturday along with live entertainment, traditional fare and, of course, plenty of Oktoberfestbier imported from Munich, Germany. Go to www.hofbrauhauslasvegas.com.
Motley Brews will again host its uber successful festival Sept. 20. The Downtown Brew Festival will have more than 200 craft beers by more than 60 breweries, live music and more. Go to www.downtownbrewfestival.com for more info.
It was just a matter of time after it became legal that it would go main street mainstream with its own festival. The inaugural Las Vegas Hempfest presented by Dr. Reefer takes place Oct. 4 at the the Clark County Amphitheater. Musicians, Speakers, Exhibits, Booths and Experts will be spotlighted in a day filled with entertainment and positive marijuana wellness education. Musical acts include Baby Bash, Berner, Nappy Roots, Cypress Hill’s Sen Dogg and WC. Activists and speakers from around the country and comedians to help lighten the mood will take the stage. Be prepared to be bowled over.
For more info, go to drreefer.net.
Foodies are flocking from coast to coast and overseas to indulge in the Las Vegas Foodie Fest Oct. 15-19. The annual fete is taking root in a new location at The LINQ Promenade – Caesars Entertainment’s open-air shopping, dining and entertainment district. Featuring more than 50 of the nation’s top food trucks and food vendors highlighted by East Coast and Midwest favorite, White Castle, along with a number of celebrity trucks from The Food Network, History Channel, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel, this is one of the larger food festivals in Las Vegas.
Back by popular is White Castle, making its fourth festival appearance. Get there early and line up at the White Castle Crave Mobile to purchase 10 or less sliders. There will be separate lines for those who are looking to buy more, hopefully making a dent in the wait time for these iconic edibles.
Participating food trucks include local favorites such as Fukuburger, Sin City Dogs and Dragon Grille; California-based White Rabbit, Jogasaki Burrito, Tornado Potato; Fluff Ice and Bacon Mania; Q UP Barbeque from Arizona; Lobster Lady from Maine; and new additions making their Las Vegas Foodie Fest debut such as Me So Hungry, Dos Chinos, Cambalaches, Frach’s Fried Ice Cream and many more.
Unlimited general admission to Las Vegas Foodie Fest is $12 per person starting the week of the event or $10 if purchased in advance online at www.lasvegasfoodiefest.com. One-day passes are available for 10 during event week and $8 in advance. Active military personnel and veterans, seniors 59 and older, Caesars Entertainment employees and Clark County first responders will receive a discount of $2 off tickets purchased at the gate with a valid ID. Individual food and drink items are priced per purchase. Presented by Pepsi, a Red Dragon event, the event is open 4 p.m. to midnight Wednesday through Friday, noon to midnight on Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday.