The Las Vegas Arts District is a thriving destination for those who appreciate the arts. It’s worth discovering. Just over a mile from downtown, the Historic Arts District is worth venturing away from the casinos. Also known as “18b”, this district is home to streetscapes full of vibrant, colorful, public art. The walkable blocks are filled with charming characters and cultural vibe. (Vegas.com, 2021)
The 18b Las Vegas Arts District is the city’s home to eclectic galleries, boutiques, bars, eateries, and other venues. We’ve created a short list of things to do in the Arts District to help you get the most out of your visit.
When to Go
The best days to visit the Las Vegas Arts District are considered Thursday through Sunday. Here are a few highlight days for the Arts District Calendar that can help you find what your art soul craves:
- First Friday: On the first Friday of every month, the district hosts a massive block party along with local art on display, and live music. Free shuttles run between Fremont Street and the Arts District. You can follow First Friday on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/firstfridaylv
- Preview Thursday: On the night before First Friday, art galleries are open until 10 pm and collectors can check them out in peace and be able to avoid the crowds on First Friday.
- One can experience the culinary scene on First Friday with food trucks that offer a wide variety of street fare.
- It’s important to keep in mind that a lot of galleries are closed on Sundays and Mondays in the Arts District, so it is always advisable to check hours of operation in advance.
18b galleries feature one-of-a-kind works from talented local creatives working in a wide range of mediums. Art connoisseurs will find something unique to delight you.
Art Square – The Art Square isn’t just one gallery, rather it’s a diverse cultural hub that houses multiple galleries, bars, and even a local theater – all under one roof.
Arts Factory – A one-stop shop for art lovers would be the Arts Factory. It has over a dozen different studios and galleries that allow creators to produce and display their best work.
Graffiti Alley – In case you are in search of the ultimate Instagram-worthy photo backdrop, then look for the Graffiti Alley Art Gallery. It is technically more of a community creation than a traditional gallery, with massive bursts of expression winding through the hidden back alleys of the Downtown area.
More than a dozen antique and vintage stores make up Antique Alley, with the majority located in the Art District. Catering to mid-century modern enthusiasts, lovers of vintage clothes, and antique collectors, you’ll get a great feel for retro Vegas.
- Glam Factory Vintage is a grand boutique that features everything from kitschy collectibles to a large collection of vintage clothing from the 1940s-1970s.
- Cowtown Guitars is Vegas’ only exclusively used, vintage shop, it was established in 1990, Cowtown Guitars has an amazing inventory to entice any troubadour.
- Gaia Flowers, Plants, and Gifts offers stunning assortments of organic flowers, local artwork, and handcrafted novelties. Thinking of eloping? Gaia can create the perfect desert bouquet for your nuptials. (DTLV arts, 2021)
Las Vegas Arts District Restaurants and Bars
After visiting the galleries and shopping, it is time to refuel at one of 18b’s cafes, restaurants, or bars. Here you’ll never find any shortage of great options. One can indulge your culinary cravings with one of these unique venues.
- Lola’s is a cozy Louisiana kitchen with cajun cooking where you can grab some gumbo, crawdads, or étouffée.
- Mingo Kitchen and Lounge has some creative dishes and delectable Sunday brunches.
- Artifice has a popular lounge that showcases local music talent and boutique cocktails. The rooms are uniquely decorated with art and photography by international artists.
- The Velveteen Rabbit has local music, art, performances, and an outstanding assortment of draft and handcrafted cocktails.
- Millennium Fandom Bar is a great place to grab a drink before the next major screening of hit movies and TV shows like Game of Thrones, Star Wars, or The Avengers. Or, you can stop by for Nerdathon & Geekathon Trivia every Wednesday night!
The Las Vegas Arts District appeals to the traveler who enjoys getting off the beaten path and explore a city’s uniqueness through their version of the arts. Wear comfy shoes, prepare to hydrate, and enjoy a fully satiating sensory experience!
Vegas.com, Jan. 2021, www.vegas.com/downtown/arts-district/
DTLV Arts, 2021, www.dtlvarts.com/