“To create the most enjoyable downtown experience worldwide,” goes the vision statement of the Downtown Rangers. While that’s kind of an uphill battle—as a friend recently said, it’s fairly likely you’ll have a more enjoyable experience in downtown Paris, on account of the fact that it’s Paris—there’s no denying that the Rangers have made Fremont East more enjoyable. Whether they’re helping tourists find “that Pawn Stars place,” feeding our overdue parking meters or simply keeping a watchful eye on the street, the Rangers are helping to transform our urban core into its own City of Lights. And don’t forget: If a Ranger can’t recite the above vision statement to you verbatim, they have to buy you lunch. So far, we haven’t collected.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.