Halloween Tricks and Treats to Hit the Downtown Streets!


Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino to Freak the Street for Special Halloween Edition of “Third Thursday on 3rd”

Monthly Night Time Food Truck and Live Art Experience Takes Over 3rd Street Corridor Just In Time For Halloween

Festive Food Trucks, Spooky Live Art Installation, Pumpkin Art Battle for Kids, Costume Contests, Face Painting and “Truck or Treating” ALL a part of the Haunted Happenings Taking Place on Thursday, October 19 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

The air is crisp, pumpkin spice is being overused, and candy aisles are doubling in size which can only mean two things; fall is back and Halloween is just around the corner! With this seasonal shift in mind, the Downtown Grand Hotel and Casino is offering up their privately owned 3rd street entertainment space on Thursday, October 19 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. to the ghosts of Halloween present for a special Freak the Street edition of their wildly successful night time food truck and live art experience, “Third Thursday on 3rd.” This month’s event aims to give attendees the full black and orange treatment through food trucks, chilling live art, ALL AGES costume contests, haunted faux tattoos and other hair-raising “tricks” and “treats” just in time for the creepiest day of the year.


Live Art:
Four of the valley’s top freestyle artists will once again entertain event goers with a LIVE art installation under the 3rd street lights. Along with an energetic MC throughout the night, DJ Edoc will provide the spooky soundtrack for this animated experience designed to electrify bystanders with uninhibited street art and showcase some of the scariest ghouls and goblins on canvas. Final renderings of the four canvases will be raffled off with 100% of ticket sales going to the Las Vegas Victims Fund. In addition, live T-shirt screening will take place and custom #VegasStrong T-shirts will be available for purchase with ALL proceeds also being donated to the fund.

Pumpkin Art Battle:
While the pros go to work, kids will have an opportunity join the fun with a mini art battle of their own, giving them a chance to decorate pumpkins LIVE while using some of the same tools as the center stage artists positioned just behind them.

Costume Contests:
Kids and adults are challenged to give their 2017 costume a trial-run and see how their selection stacks up against the rest of the city. Prizes for kids costumes will be awarded throughout the night while adults will have a chance to win $1000 in cash for best costume. Additional prizes for various creative categories will also be awarded.

Faux Tattoos and Face Paint:
No Costume? No Problem. Faux Tattoo Studios will be on-site offering haunted face painting and temporary tattoos for all those looking for some spontaneous Halloween spirit.


Food Trucks:
The city’s most beloved food trucks will hit the streets in Halloween themed décor while serving the haunted masses with the best mobile menus around. This month’s line-up will include: Waffle Love, Cookie Bar, Sin City Wings, Slidin’ Thru, Dragon Grille, and of course, I Luv Cotton Candy.

Truck or Treating:
In addition to the delicious curbside eats, food trucks will be giving kids a head start on filling their candy bags early with “Truck or Treating” all night long.

Street Games:
3rd street will be lined with all of your favorite street games including, Ping-Pong, cornhole, and foosball. Additional contests and prizes will be given away throughout the night PLUS a chance to play PLINKO to win gift certificates, and other Downtown Grand swag.

About Event:
Third Thursday on 3rd Presents Freak the Street

3rd Street at the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino
Located on 3rd street between Ogden & Stewart
Thursday, October 19th

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Event FREE for all ages!

About Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino:
Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino is a unique hospitality and entertainment destination right in the heart of revitalized downtown Las Vegas. Located on 3rd Street between Ogden and Stewart, Downtown Grand encompasses an entire urban block of hotel, casino and dining amenities. The property features two 18-story and 25-story towers adjoined by a walking bridge elevated over 3rd Street, with 629 guest rooms and suites offering luxury accommodations that set a new standard for sophistication and style in downtown Las Vegas. Downtown Grand’s casino offerings include 25,000 square feet of gaming space with nearly 500 of the hottest slot machines, table games and a fully featured sports book powered by William Hill. Restaurants, bars and entertainment options include Freedom Beat, Furnace Bar, Art Bar, Sidebar and the award-winning Las Vegas steakhouse Triple George Grill. Partnering venues include the famous Hogs & Heifers saloon and Pizza Rock, renowned as one of the best pizza restaurants in the city. Downtown Grand features Citrus Grand Pool Deck, a rooftop pool experience with more than 35,000 square feet of entertainment and special event space, an infinity pool, restaurant and bar, semi-private cabanas, a fire pit and a grass seating area.


For more information, call (702) 719-5100 or go to DowntownGrand.com.


Aid for AIDS of Nevada Hosts 22nd Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas at UNLV on April 15

Aid for AIDS of Nevada Hosts 22nd Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas  at UNLV on April 15

Penn & Teller Serve as Grand Marshals for 11th Consecutive Year


Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) hosts the 22nd annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) campus on Sunday, April 15 at 8 a.m. Penn & Teller, the iconic entertainment duo, will serve as Grand Marshals for the 11th consecutive year and will host the Penn & Teller Challenge, which promises to match all monetary funds raised by pledges and donations to AFAN.

“Our organization is always overwhelmed by the massive volume of support the Las Vegas community puts behind the annual AIDS Walk,” said AFAN Executive Director Antioco Carrillo. “Penn & Teller are the main driving force behind that support, and their passionate commitment to AFAN has been immensely helpful to the organization. We are honored to continue our relationship with Penn & Teller for yet another amazing year and eagerly await the 2012 results of the always successful Penn & Teller Challenge.”

Participants may register for the AIDS Walk as individuals, join an existing team or start their own team. Registration is free, but a minimum donation of $50 per person is encouraged. To register, please visit AFANLV.ORG. To join the Penn & Teller Challenge, click here and follow the Penn & Teller Challenge link to ‘Join Our Team.’

Hosting the event for the fourth consecutive year is 8 News Now Anchor Chris Saldana.  Saldana will be joined by CBS Radio personalities Mark & Mercedes In The Morning of MIX 94.1, Lauren from Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo on 98.5 KLUC and Dustin In The Afternoons on X107.5, who will all serve as co-hosts throughout the day. This year’s walk will also feature a variety of entertainment including the cast of Fantasy from the Luxor Hotel & Casino, Thunder from Down Under from Excalibur Hotel & Casino, DJ Axis, the cast of Las Vegas’ own youth glee club On with the Show and more.

For more than 20 years, AFAN has hosted the AIDS Walk with great success and led the community to recognize the disease that has now grown to be a worldwide pandemic. The event serves as AFAN’s largest fundraiser of the year, providing funds for programs to assist and educate more than 3,500 men, women and children infected with HIV and AIDS in southern Nevada. More than 8,500 walkers participated in last year’s event, raising more than $461,000. The Penn & Teller Challenge raised more than $219,000 of that total. AFAN’s 2012 AIDS Walk goal is to break all attendance, community involvement and fundraising benchmarks from previous years.

In addition, the AIDS Walk serves as a unique opportunity for both local businesses and large corporations to come together and get involved as sponsors.  Sponsors of this year’s walk include QVegas, Findlay Cadillac, Audi Henderson, Lamborghini Las Vegas, Nestle, The Apothecary Shops, Caesars Entertainment, Valley Press, 8 News Now, CBS Radio, Vegas Seven, Outdoor Promotions, Clear Channel Outdoor, Rubio’s, Walgreens, Jamba Juice, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Lobster ME, Daily Kitchen & Wellness Bar, I Love Burgers and  Yelp.  These partnerships range from monetary donations to providing prizes for the top walkers and more. The success of the AIDS Walk would not be possible without the support of local businesses. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and can be found here.

Following the closing ceremonies of the AIDS Walk, a Food Truck Round-Up and picnic will be held on the UNLV campus.  Ten food trucks, including Tasty Bunz, Sin City Wings, The Rusty Pickle, Grouchy John’s, Chi-Town Hustler, The Red Neck Kitchen, Roamin’ Dough, Fat Daddy’s Ice Cream, BBQ Boy and Charlie’s Lunch, will be on hand to serve the thousands of hungry walkers.


About Penn & Teller
The outrageous duo, Penn & Teller are known for their unique blend of comedy and magic. Their show has been a Broadway hit around the country and now found a permanent home in Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Penn & Teller perform in the Rio’s Penn & Teller Theater nightly at 9 p.m.  Tickets are priced at $95/$85/$75 (plus tax) and are available through the Rio Box Office at (888) 746-7784. For more information, please visit www.pennandteller.com.

About AFAN
Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) was founded in 1984 and is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in the state of Nevada. 2009 marked AFAN’s 25th anniversary of practicing its unyielding commitment to the community by providing unparalleled health expertise, support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Nevada. Over the years, AFAN has created various programs that offer consistent and comprehensive assistance including direct client service programs, food programs, prevention and education programs and community outreach.  As part of AFAN’s mission, these client service programs assist in enhancing the physical health and psychosocial wellness of the individuals they serve, while promoting dignity and improving the quality of their lives. For more information, please visit www.afanlv.org.

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Vegas StrEATs Pulls Into Downtown Las Vegas for the Monthly Food, Arts & Entertainment Celebration

Vegas StrEATs Pulls Into Downtown Las Vegas for the

Monthly Food, Arts & Entertainment Celebration

December event features truck decorating contest and toy drive!


Vegas StrEATs is brought to the Las Vegas community by Slidin’ Thru in partnership with the El Cortez Hotel & Casino and Insert Coin(s). Food vendors including Slidin’ Thru, Fuku Burger, Pop’s Truck, Yellow Lunch Box, Carefree, BBQ Boy, Sin City Wings, Grouchy Johns and Papi Churro will be on hand, along with local artists and retailers.

Live entertainment throughout the night by Air Stegosaurus, Steve Peek, 51Fifty, Saku, DJ Zo, Kid Conrad, Chuck B and Jeremy Espinosa. Artists and streetwear booths include Haute Chix, Empire Gallery, Civilian and others.

Vegas StrEATs began in March 2011 and has become a local hot spot with a number of different food trucks, art vendors, live music, DJs, drinks and fun. The goal of this event is to provide a platform and opportunity for local businesses to shine.

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011
Vegas StrEATs runs from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m.

This month Vegas StrEATs includes a toy drive where attendees can bring a new, unwrapped gift to be donated to those less fortunate. Bring the toy to the Slidin’ Thru truck and receive a FREE mini burg.

All the trucks and vendors have also been invited to join in the holiday spirit with a Truck Decorating Contest with the winner taking home a cash prize and bragging rights!

In the Fremont Street East District
El Cortez Lot located directly across from El Cortez Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV, 89101
(North of 6th and Fremont)

Vegas StrEATs is FREE to attend and the food and activities are specially priced. Vegas StEATs is open to all ages, however those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

About Slidin’ Thru – (To be read in an awesomely dramatic movie narrator voice)
Slidin’ Thru was created by one man with an idea, a dream and an appetite for something different in the Las Vegas community – The Future of Fast Food™. Slidin’ Thru was officially founded on March 13, 2010 by Ricardo Guerrero (Ric) to show hungry citizens of Las Vegas that mini burgs can have a fun and powerful taste. After attending culinary school, Guerrero quickly realized he would rather find a way to not only cook, but watch as people savored the food he was preparing and thus the Slidin’ Thru slider truck was born. As the brand expanded, Slidin’ Thru began releasing swag that fans can’t get enough of, including limited edition shirt designs and more. This November, Slidin’ Thru opens its first official “Drive Thru” restaurant location on Durango and Centennial Parkway with a second restaurant set to open in early 2012.  The Slidin’ Thru team also runs the popular Vegas StrEATs event in Downtown Las Vegas, as well as Movies in the Park. For more information, visit www.slidinthru.com.


About Vegas StrEATs
Vegas StrEATs is brought to the Las Vegas community by Slidin’ Thru in partnership with the El Cortez Hotel & Casino and Insert Coin(s). Every second Saturday of each month, Slidin’ Thru fans can hit the Fremont Street East district of Downtown Las Vegas and enjoy a great night out. The event began in March 2011 and has become a local hot spot with a number of different food trucks, art vendors, live music, DJs, drinks and fun. The goal of this event is to provide a platform and opportunity for local businesses to shine. The event is free to attend and the food and activities are specially priced. For more information about Vegas StrEATs, visit www.vegasstreats.com.