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The Fremont Street Experience
If you find the giant canopy screen, showing movies, film and other light shows you know you have found the Freemont Street Experience. The Freemont experience is more than just this aerial attraction massive attraction, is a co-op of companies in Downtown Las Vegas who have revitalized the street into a hub for entertainment, restaurants hotels and much more. Unlike the strip everything is within walking distance.
While the downtown area is the oldest part of the city and the first to have casinos, it has often fallen behind the shadow of the glamorous strip. The Freemont Street Experience however is known for revitalizing this area and making a vibrant place for both locals and visitors alike.
Visualized in 1992, the Freemont Experience was the brain child of architect Jon Jerde. His idea of a street designed specifically for entertainment became a reality when taxes were raised to fund the project Section of Freemont street was closed permanently to become a pedestrian walk way. In 1993 many of the small hotels, restaurants and other business joined forces to create the Freemont Street Experience Company LLC. In 1995 the new Freemont Street Experience opened and has featured world class concerts, and celebrities. As the small town Alternative to the Strip, The Freemont Street experience attracts as many as 17 million visitors every year.
There are more than 60 restaurants on Freemont street and feature everything from Fine dining to fried Twinkies. Good eats are known to be found everywhere from the street vendors, casual diners and even high end establishments . Some of these places include Piccadilly Pizza or the Beef Jerky store. Those looking for something on the wild side may enjoy the Heart Attack Grill. Here waitressed dressed like nurses will bring you massive portions of food including their famous burgers and people over 350 pounds get to eat for free. There are also dozens of dining options inside some of the street front Casinos like The Golden Nugget, The Golden Gate, and the Fritz.
Things to Do
When the Giant Canopy screen known as Viva Vision isn’t playing a movie, or a light show it can often are found playing tributes to some of the world’s most beloved bands like Kiss and Queen. Underneath it, street performers and celebrity impersonators walk the streets to entertain you. While you are down here check out some of the Art galleries and tourist Kiosks chock full of all of the Las Vegas themed merchandize your heart can desire,.
The hotels and casinos are also a good place to catch a show or game the night away. This area is known for having lower buy -ins and looser slots than some of its neighboring areas.
One of the Freemont Street Experience’s claims to fame is its large variety of concerts and events held every year. While they have one night only concerts from top performers from around the world and the occasional movie premiere. They also have many yearly and holiday events that keep Freemont street buzzing with action. Some of the most popular events include Race Jam which is held every year during NASCAR week or get out your cowboy hat and head to the Downtown Hoe Down which is held during the National Finals Rodeo.
Holiday events during the Freemont Street Experience include Pub crawls during Saint Patrick’s day, a massive Party during New years eve and October Frightfest which happens around Halloween. The area even has monthly events like the StrEATS festival which is held the second Saturday of every month and features some of the city’s fine foods.