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Preparing for Your 2018 Labor Day Weekend in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is one of the most popular destinations to visit for Labor Day weekend, and there’s a reason for that. Everybody wants to celebrate the final holiday of the summer in a big way, and that is precisely what Vegas is known for… going BIG! Big pool parties, big drinks, and big personalities! Don’t let the flood of visitors scare you away from making Vegas your Labor Day hot spot. Embrace the crowd and be a part of one of the biggest parties in the nation!

With September 3rd fast approaching, it’s important to start planning your Las Vegas Labor Day weekend sooner rather than later to avoid last-minute stress and high travel prices. Use these holiday weekend planning tips to ensure you can go BIG in Vegas without BIG stress.

Where to Stay for Labor Day in Vegas

First things first, you’re going to need a place to crash for the weekend. It’s better to book your room now before they’re all snatched up, and the Golden Gate Casino has some really great rates right now. Rest and recover in one of Golden Gate’s cozy rooms equipped with an iron and ironing board so you stay looking fresh at the nightclubs and bars, an in-room safe to store all your poker winnings, a hair dryer to use after your day at the pool, and high-speed internet so you can share and post your party pictures at will. The best part is once you’re feeling up for it, the party continues on right outside your doorstep. With dancing flapper girls, flare bartenders, and Fremont Street at your fingertips, you won’t have to “labor” much to find a good time at the Golden Gate.

Because Labor Day weekend is such a popular time to travel, you may see plane ticket prices a little higher this time of year. Be sure to do your research on flights so you can book the best bang for your buck. There are several websites that offer packages which include flights, rooms, and car rentals. Decide what you think will be most convenient for you and don’t wait to book. CheapOair.com recommends booking your Labor Day flight 21 – 90 days in advance.

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How to Play on Labor Day in Vegas

On Labor Day weekend, Las Vegas is best known for our epic pool parties hosted by world-famous DJs. You may see a shortage of clothing over the weekend, but definitely not a shortage of entertainment. This Labor Day weekend, don’t miss out on the ultimate party at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center Block Party. Not only will you be a part of an epic gathering, but this is the first ever Collective Zoo Block Party to make a splash in Downtown Las Vegas. Enjoy performances from electronic music, to Chris Lake, to Golf Clap, to much more! Along with some amazing music from Collective Zoo, this event will also offer art, food, and culture for all to enjoy. Tickets are on sale now, so get yours today so you don’t miss out on amazing food trucks, a full-service beer garden, live art displays and experiences, a pool to escape the heat, and a variety of games and fun to make your night one that you won’t soon forget.

If you’re looking to personalize your Labor Day Block Party a little more, reserve your very own cabana at the DLVEC Block Party. Pricing starts at $500 and includes a private cabana for 20 guests, a bottle with two mixers, a personal server, and access to the private upper deck viewing area and swim up bar! However you plan to celebrate the Labor Day weekend, you’re sure to have an outstanding time in Fabulous Las Vegas. Check out the Lavish Labor Day DJ lineup and plan out your weekend.

Play Smarter

The most important thing to remember while you’re having fun on your summer vacation in Vegas is to stay safe. Even though September is that start of the fall season, Vegas temperatures can still reach dangerous levels. Be sure to drink lots of water in between your cocktails and slather on that sunscreen like it owes you something. It can be a bit of a downer when you’re stuck indoors dehydrated and sunburnt while your safety-savvy friends continue on with their fun.

Speaking of friends, try to stay with your group while you’re out and about and don’t talk to strangers… just kidding. But DO be mindful of who you’re making friends with and always be sure that the people you came with know where you’re at or where you’re going. With so many visitors coming and going this Labor Day weekend, the “buddy system” that we learned in elementary school will come in handy.

Labor Day weekend often signifies the end of summer and nobody wants to end the warm months with a flop. As long as you prepare ahead of time and plan out major details, your Las Vegas Labor Day weekend will be memorable for years to come. Take advantage of all that Vegas has to offer for the holiday because the reality of “labor” will come back around all too fast.

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Throw it Back with Summer Downtown Las Vegas Concerts

What is it about a great song that takes you back to the very first time you heard it? Whether it’s a song that reminds you of your first boyfriend or that tune you heard while you were getting ready for the school dance, nostalgic throwbacks beat current hits, time after time. Luckily, Downtown Las Vegas is bringing it all back! The area is known for never disappointing when it comes to Downtown Las Vegas concerts and events, and this summer they have struck a chord with local “blast-from-the-past” lovers.

311, Offspring, and Gym Class Heroes

Kickoff your summer throwback with a mix of funky rock, punk rock, and hip-hop on July 28th. The perfectly named Never-Ending Summer tour features 311 co-headlining with Offspring along with special guests, Gym Class Heroes. These peppy, feel good bands are the perfect mix of upbeat rock and summer time chill-out. If you didn’t listen to these bands at a backyard barbecue while the sun was setting, this summer concert is your perfect opportunity to make up for it.

Godsmack with Shinedown

If your throwback days consisted of headbanging and mosh-pitting, then this is the line-up for you. On August 3rd, thrash your way down to DTLV to check out rock icons, Godsmack and Shinedown. With chunky riffs and throaty screams, it’s not just the summer heat that’s getting your blood boiling… these bands know what it takes to get their audience revved up! Don’t miss this opportunity to get hot and HEAVY this summer.

Vanilla Ice, Naughty by Nature, and Biz Markie

Nothing cools you down on a hot summer day like Ice, Ice, Baby! If you’re down with the O.P.P (yeah, you know me!) and enjoy a refreshing glass of Funky Cold Medina, then don’t miss out on this House Party tour. With artists like Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc, Kid ‘n Play, 2 Live Crew, Biz Markie, Naughty by Nature, Rob Base, O.P.P, and Young MC, the only way this night could be more 90’s is if the cast of Saved by the Bell showed up. On September 7th, get yourself ready with some fresh cuts, bring back those fly moves, and head to this all-that-and-a-bag-of-potato-chips line-up… as if.

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A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, and MANY More

We can’t let the 90’s have all the fun. For your 411, everybody knows the 80’s is the decade that produced some of the most iconic songs for any throwback playlist. DTLV has cooked up one righteous show to get you totally amped up, bro. A whopping 18 acts made their way to Las Vegas for this epic line-up, including: A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Farrington and Man, Animotion, The Romantics, Missing Persons, Naked Eyes, Oingo Boingo, Nu Shooz, Book of Love, Bow Wow Wow, Dramarama, Gene Loves Jezebel, Boys Don’t Cry, Trans X, Berlin, and Christopher Anton. No way?! Way.

Culture Club and The B52’s

On September 29th at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, the 80’s nostalgia continues with Culture Club, The B52’s, and Tom Bailey from the Thompson Twins on their Life Tour. You really don’t want to hurt Boy George’s feelings, do you? Then don’t miss this throwback sendoff and “roam” on over to the last of the Downtown Las Vegas concerts this summer.

With all your memories from the past flooding back to you at Downtown Las Vegas this summer, be sure to remember to make new memories too! The Golden Gate casino has some of the best seats in the house, so in between sets, grab a drink at OneBar or shake your stuff along with the beautiful Dancing Dealers. The Golden Gate is Vegas’ own little throwback as it was one of the original casinos on Fremont Street. Between memorable hit songs and a historically hot hotel and casino, this summer is bound to be totally rad, dude.

Couple Driving from Lake Havasu to Las Vegas

Road Trip to Vegas: Lake Havasu to Las Vegas

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Arizona residents are lucky enough to live driving distance to Las Vegas. Whether you consider Lake Havasu City home or are simply stopping by on a longer road trip to Vegas, traveling from Lake Havasu to Las Vegas by car is a fun way to enhance your trip. This short and sweet drive just long enough to fit in some beautiful desert views, historic museums, local casinos, and even three state welcome signs.

Pack your bags, rally the troops, and fill the tank, because we have all the recommendations to have the best Lake Havasu to Vegas road trip!

The Logistics: Route, Drive Time & Traffic

Regardless of the route your GPS guides you down, the road trip to Vegas from Lake Havasu City should take just under 3 hours to complete. Without factoring in traffic, driving on the US-93 N and US-95 N both have a drivetime of about 2 hours and 40 minutes over the course of 153 miles on the US-95 N and 162 miles on the US-93 N.

Depending on your goal for the drive to Las Vegas, these two routes boast slight differences. If you’re seeking more nature and desert sights, the US-93 N mainly takes you through Arizona toward Lake Mead, where you can find beautiful views of the Hoover Dam and take a hike if you need to stretch your legs. On the US-95 N, you can visit Arizona, California, AND Nevada all within the short drive time.

As with most road trips, the weekends are the most popular, and therefore most heavily trafficked, days to drive. Schedule in some additional drive time if you plan on traveling during the holidays or when there are big Las Vegas events, as you may see your time on the road increase. If possible, try to leave on a less-popular day to avoid heavy traffic getting in to Las Vegas. Monday through Wednesday will probably be the quickest option if you are looking for a quick arrival or want more time to visit road trip stops!

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Lake Havasu to Las Vegas Road Trip Stops

London Bridge | 153 Miles to Vegas

One of the top Arizona attractions is located right in Lake Havasu City, even though it wasn’t originally. Take a $10 walking tour of the London Bridge to learn more about its interesting past and journey from across the pond.

Topock66 Party Pool | 125 Miles to Vegas

Las Vegas is all about the pool parties, so get an early dose at Topock66 while taking in the views of the Colorado River. The party pool is open every day and offers live music on the weekends, just remember to drive responsibly after visiting!

Pirate Cove Resort & Marina | 123 Miles to Vegas

At the Arizona and California state line, the Pirate Cove Resort & Marina is a California oasis on the Colorado River, and the perfect pit stop on your road trip to Vegas. From pirate ships to jet skiing to off roading, this stop is sure to entertain.

Jack Smith Park & Launching Facility | 113 Miles to Vegas

Another great recreational stop on the Colorado River is Jack Smith Park. One of the biggest perks of a short drive from Lake Havasu to Las Vegas is the ample time to stop so pack a picnic, relax, and take a swim in the Colorado River.

Wagon Wheel Restaurant | 111 Miles to Vegas

With nearly 800 reviews and a 4.4-star rating on Google, the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Needles, CA a great stop to refuel on your trip. This Western-themed restaurant has an extensive menu to please everybody’s palate.

Cal-Nev-Ari, Nevada | 70 Miles to Vegas

The term Cal-Nev-Ari (pronounced Cal-Nev-Air) might sound exotic, but it’s simply an abbreviation for California, Nevada, and Arizona. Make a stop in the casino, which made the city the first fly-in casino town in the state.

Terrible’s Roadhouse | 59 Miles to Vegas

If Cal-Nev-Ari wasn’t enough to satisfy your pre-Vegas gambling needs, Terrible’s Roadhouse in Searchlight offers $1 beers, friendly service, delicious food, pool tables, and more. Grab a bite as you enter the final stretch of your drive!

Searchlight Historic Museum | 59 Miles to Vegas

Learn the history of one of Nevada’s boomtowns at the Searchlight Historic Museum. Once a booming town in 1907 due to mining, this museum highlights photos from the past and guests can walk down the historic Rex Bell Trail.

Lake Mead Overlook | 27 Miles to Vegas

Take a slight detour off of the US-95 N and make a quick stop at the Lake Mead Overlook for stunning views and amazing photo opportunities. While the Hoover Dam is typically the star of the show, marvel in the beauty of the lake here!

Clark County Museum | 21 Miles to Vegas

The Clark County Museum takes you back in time. Walk through the county’s history while exploring historic buildings from various decades. Only $2 for admission, this Lake Havasu to Las Vegas pit stop is definitely worth it.

Some say life isn’t only about the destination, it’s about the journey. If you’re planning your next trip to Las Vegas, consider hitting the road and making an adventure out of it.

Upcoming events in Las Vegas this summer.

Your Guide to Summer 2018 in Vegas

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Summer officially arrived on June 21st and the season brings an abundance of visitors looking for the hottest upcoming events in Las Vegas. While it comes as no surprise that the Entertainment Capital of the World hosts endless activities to keep visitors and locals busy year round, summer in Las Vegas is unlike any other season. As the temperatures heat up, so do its events.

Whether you are looking for summer concerts, pool parties, or a sporting event, we’ll share the best events in Las Vegas this summer.

Upcoming Events in Las Vegas: July

Temperatures peak in July, with an average high of 106°. The good news is foot traffic tends to slow down, other than during the 4th of July weekend (if you’re coming to Vegas then, book your room now!). The bad news is that July is monsoon season and flash floods can occur, although The Strip and Downtown are usually unaffected.

Concerts:

-July 4: Billy Ray Cyrus
“Achy Breaky Heart” singer and country music icon Billy Ray Cyrus joins Fremont Street’s free concert series at 7:30 p.m. Did we mention that it’s free?

-July 14: The Cult
See the ‘80s British rock band perform for free at the Fremont Street free concert series at 9 p.m.

-July 21: Eddie Money and Jefferson Starship
Belt out your old favorites! These two concerts take place on two different stages: Jefferson Starship takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. on the 1st Street stage, Eddie Money starts at 9 p.m. on the 3rd Street stage.

-July 25, 27 & 28: Bruno Mars
R&B sensation Bruno Mars returns to MGM’s new Park Theater.

Comedy Shows:

-July 20: Jim Gaffigan
Stand up comedian Jim Gaffigan cracks jokes about fatherhood and food at Caesar’s Palace.

-July 28: Tim Allen
Sitcom legend Tim Allen is dealing out laughs at the Mirage’s Terry Fator Theater.

Nightclubs and Dayclubs:

With summer on everyone’s mind, all nightclubs and dayclubs fill up quick. Skip the line and get a VIP table or on a guest list for access to the summer’s best parties. Check out the Las Vegas club calendar and ticket prices to see what DJs are performing. Save time (and money) by purchasing ahead of time.

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Sporting Events:

-The World Series of Poker: If you’re a poker enthusiast or are interested in watching some of the best gamblers in the world test their luck, then head to​ Rio ​for ​The World Series of Poker. ​ The top players come to the WSOP in pursuit of winning a gold bracelet, so pack your bags and put your poker face on from July 2-14.

NBA Summer League: The brightest young talent in professional basketball heads to Las Vegas this summer from July 6-16 to compete in a championship tournament.  If you’re an​ NBA fan, head to the Thomas & Mack Center to get a closer look at the younger players you don’t usually get to watch during the regular season.

Upcoming Events in Las Vegas: August

While temperatures may only slightly cool down in August (with an average high of 104°), it’s a good time to head to Sin City before the Labor Day weekend crowds and cooler days begin. August can be a great time to score Las Vegas flight and hotel deals.

Concerts:

-August 4: Shania Twain
90s country music artist, Shania Twain sings for one night only at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

-August 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25: Reba and Brooks & Dunn
Country music legends Reba and Brooks & Dunn return to Vegas to perform for five nights at Caesar’s Palace.

-August 12: Charlie Puth & Hailee Steinfeld
Live at the Pearl Concert Theater, pop artists Charlie Puth and Hailee Steinfeld perform their favorite hits.

-August 15, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 28:  Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie performs “All Night Long” in Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood.

For more concert options in August, click here.

Comedy Shows:

-August 10,11:  Amy Schumer
Actress/comedian Amy Schumer performs at the The Chelsea in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

-August 10, 11: Jim Jefferies
Australian stand up comedian and host of The Jim Jefferies Show, Jim Jefferies, makes you laugh until you can’t breathe at Terry Fator Theatre at the Mirage.

Nightclubs and Dayclubs:

From Tiesto and Calvin Harris at Hakkasan to David Guetta and The Chainsmokers at XS, Las Vegas resident DJs continue their performances this summer. Take a peek at Las Vegas’ August club calendar to see who is spinning.

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Conventions:

-MAGIC Convention: The world’s largest fashion marketplace, MAGIC, takes place August 13-15. 85,000 attendees are expected to be in town to see the latest trends in apparel, footwear, accessories, and manufacturing. Trendsetters from all over the country head to Las Vegas to fuel the business of fashion.

-Def Con 26: Calling all coders, techies, and hackers! One of the oldest continuously running and largest hacker conventions, Def Con 26​, takes place August 9-12. Geek out over the latest and greatest at Caesar’s Palace & Flamingo Las Vegas.

Upcoming Events in Las Vegas: September

Las Vegas starts to cool down in September but prices tend to go back up. We suggest booking early for travel to Las Vegas in September, especially if you’re coming over Labor Day weekend. Here are some event highlights for what’s going on in Vegas this September.

Concerts:

-September 1: Shakira
MGM Grand Garden Arena is the Colombian pop star’s Las Vegas stop on her El Dorado World Tour.

-September 8: Journey & Def Leppard
Rock out to some of your favorites at T-Mobile Arena at 7pm.

For more concerts in Las Vegas in September, click here.

Comedy Shows:

-September 28 & 29:  Daniel Tosh
The Tosh.0 host comes to the Terry Fator Theatre at the Mirage to make you laugh, cringe, and wonder how anyone comes up with this stuff. Don’t miss out on this evening of stand up comedy!

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Festivals:

-September 21-23: Life is Beautiful Festival
Life Is Beautiful is an annual music, culinary, and art festival held in Downtown Las Vegas. Year after year the festival features unforgettable headlining musicians, visual artists who add installations to Downtown Las Vegas’ collection of murals, and thought-provoking speakers. The 2018 lineup includes Arcade Fire, Florence and the Machine, The Weeknd, and many more!

-September 21-22: The iHeartRadio Music Festival
iHeartRadio Music Festival closes out the Las Vegas summer and hosts the biggest names in music across the globe. This two-day event features iconic performances from artists at the top of the pop, country, dance, rock and hip hop charts across two stages.

Sports Events:

-NASCAR Camping World Truck Series takes place September 14 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is a pickup truck racing series owned and operated by the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, and is the only series in all of NASCAR to race modified production pickup trucks.

-Las Vegas 51s Baseball: Let’s play ball September 1-3! The Las Vegas 51s is a minor league baseball team which holds its games at Cashman Field, located just minutes from Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas and only a few miles north of the Strip.

Pool Parties:

Don’t miss out on the summer’s last pool parties in Las Vegas. September is a busy time in Vegas so be sure to book ahead to keep prices low. For more information on who is performing where, looking at the September’s nightclub and pool party schedule.

With all of the upcoming events in Las Vegas this summer, you don’t want to miss a second. Book your room at The Golden Gate now for amazing hospitality and affordable rates.

Jackpot winner at Golden Gate Hotel & Casino.

Making a Millionaire! Our Most Recent Jackpot Winner

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It was an unassuming June morning just like any other at the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino. The sun was just beginning to shine its bright rays in the Nevada sky and heat up the asphalt of Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas. Many visitors who had traveled from far and wide slept soundly and dreamt of unforgettable nights on their Vegas vacation. Early risers were already up and ready for the hustle and bustle of the day ahead. Little did one of them know that she was about to make history and become the Jackpot winner at the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino. Maybe her sweatshirt from the D, our sister property, was a good luck charm!

It only takes one lucky player to change everything and become a millionaire. Stepping up to the Million Degrees game at Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, patron and Wisconsin-native Rhonda could not have predicted what was about to happen to her that early morning. On June 5th, 2018 at precisely 6:31 am, Rhonda’s life would be changed forever. In an attempt to win a car while playing the Million Degrees game, Rhonda was overcome with excitement when she realized she had won much more than a car- $1,453,640.47 to be exact.

An accomplished member of the Solo online community of Vegas aficionados, Rhonda has over 35,000 Solo points, and her new title of ‘Jackpot Winner’ may not come as a surprise to any of those who have already witnessed her posts announcing this historical Jackpot win.

Rhonda, or should we say the newest member of Golden Gate royalty, spent the rest of her stay in Downtown Las Vegas celebrating her big Jackpot win in the Penthouse suite of Golden Gate where she belonged. Our team sent Rhonda home, after what is safe to say a trip to Las Vegas she will never forget, with a framed photo of our celebration that followed her big win, as well as a photo of the nine spots on the Million Degrees machine that turned her into a millionaire.

Congrats on the big win! Will you be our next jackpot winner? Take a spin to find out.