Experience the beautiful life at the fourth edition of Downtown Las Vegas’ music and arts festival, Life Is Beautiful, which takes over 18 city blocks Sept. 23 to 25. Built around the pillars of music, art, taste and ideas, the all-ages event appeals to attendees with a range of interests.
Hear headlining musicians such as Jane’s Addiction, Mumford & Sons and J. Cole. See murals from artists such as Fafi and Shepard Fairey and installations like the never-before seen aerial and ground installation "Proximate Sky" by Poetic Kinetics. Sample local food and signature cocktails and take in thought-provoking speeches from thinkers poised to change the world.
With so many incredible offerings, here’s a quick guide to ensure you cover it all.
Download the Life Is Beautiful app to get a lay of the land before gates open at 2 p.m. Take some time to walk around and soak up the good vibes that permeate the streets. You’re bound to stumble upon remarkable sights, so sometimes it’s best to go head-on without a game plan.
Keep your eyes open for stunning murals from the world’s best street artists. Spanish artist Felipe Pantone, known for his abstract geometric large-scale works, makes his DTLV debut. Seek out Amanda Parer’s illuminated inflatable white rabbits, an installation known as “Intrude.” And fresh from last year’s biggest art moment, Banksy’s Dismaland, comes Mike Ross’ Big Rig Jig, two modified tanker trucks that form an S shape.
After loading up on music and art, indulge in the tastes of the festival. Highlighting the off-the-Strip dining scene, the culinary villages and food trucks at Life Is Beautiful are another exciting discovery. Cocktails from Effen Vodka, Milagro Tequila, Jack Daniels and Bacardi can be found throughout. If you’re in the mood for a cold one to beat the Vegas heat, a Dos Equis will never be out of arm’s reach. For those who purchase VIP passes, there’s a lot to look forward to, such as dedicated food and drinks not available to the masses.
Hit up the learning series, where speakers will share their inspirational stories. The 2016 lineup is still in the works. Rosario Dawson and Bill Nye captivated audiences in 2015.
On the music lineup, there is never a dull moment. The Troubadour stage, curated by electronic dance music leader Insomniac of Electric Daisy Carnival fame, is a must-see experience.
As the festival winds down, cap off the action at After Life at Commonwealth on Fremont East that rocks on until the wee morning hours. Ticket and VIP package prices range from $265 to $2,495.
More information is available at lifeisbeautiful.com.
— By Jae Alexander, LA Times Custom Publishing