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Downtown Arts District

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Published 07/20/2015

Fodor's Review

The emergence of the offbeat 18b Arts District (so called because it comprises 18 blocks bounded by South 7th, Main, Bonneville, and Charleston streets on downtown's southeastern corner) continues to generate excitement in the city's arts community and, increasingly, among visitors. With a number of funky, independent art galleries in its confines, the area, officially named in 1998, is a growing, thriving cultural hub—think of it as the Anti-Strip. In addition to the galleries—some of which contain impressive collections of locally known and world-famous artists—you'll find interesting eateries and dive bars to serve the alternative artists, musicians, and writers who have gravitated to the neighborhood. Each month the district hosts a First Friday gallery walk from 5 to 11 pm with gallery openings, street performers, and entertainment. It's an excellent time to come check out the still-nascent but steadily improving scene for yourself.

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Las Vegas, Nevada, 89101, USA

Published 07/20/2015

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Apr 10, 2016

Had a fabulous time in the Art District

Went to the Art District with three girlfriends. We couldn't find anyone that knew anything about it on the Strip but the concierge at the Luxor had been there and she helped us to find it. It is not 18 blocks of art but it will be eventually. We took the bus and were very lucky to run into Alex Huerta, one of the very awesome local artists, just when we exited the bus. He was painting a mural on the side of boarded up building. Without Alex's

help I am not sure we would have found the Art District. We were a day early for the Art Friday which was a bummer but we were able to meet some of the artists including Victor Xiu, who has beautiful paintings that were very affordable. All of the art was very unique and thought provoking but still very affordable. There were some cool restaurants near by and some great Antique stores. Patina had the most tasteful beautiful vintage clothes and the owner looked like she was a former showgirl or actress. We also ran into another artist at an antique store, his name was Guy and he designs awesome pop art t-shirts. It was super easy to get to the Art District on the bus that runs down Las Vegas Blvd, and the bus runs every couple of minutes. Everyone is super friendly which made the experience that much more awesome. It is a great place to go when you have had enough of the Strip. I would definitely recommend making the time to go to the Art District!

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