Many of the visitors who come to Las Vegas not only go for the casinos and resorts, they also stop by for the many festivals and events the city holds. One of the most popular festivals that’s held every year is the Summerlin Festival of Arts held at downtown Summerlin.
This outdoor art festival features music, food and entertainment, along with a number of different exhibits and displays from a variety of creative visual artists, ranging from photography to paintings and even handmade crafts. This year is the festival’s 23rd year, keeping the tradition alive with a two-day event.
There’s something for everyone at the festival. Here are some of the things to expect at this year’s Summerlin Festival of Arts. Read more about Events at Summerlin
Fun for the Kids
Kids and kids at heart will enjoy a number of activities at the festival. Kids can enjoy a fall-themed children’s art projects hosted by DISCOVERY Children’s Museum, meet and greet the community mascots, get their face painted or have a balloon animal made, make Hoop glider and NASA Mars Landers with the Nevada Society of Professional Engineers, or join the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Putt Putt Challenge and go through a fun and exciting mini-gold course and win special prizes.
Cars, Robots, and a lot of Food
For older visitors, car lovers should drop by at the Mustang and Classic Ford Club of Las Vegas Park Centre Drive, showcasing a number of beautiful classic cars at the “The Art of the Classic Car” along Festival Plaza Drive. The Faith Lutheran High School’s engineering students will also be holding a live, interactive demonstration of their robots.
Catch food art carving sessions by Chef Chan Boupha and his crew as they turn pumpkins and vegetables into edible works of art. The Pavilion will also have a farmer’s market where visitors can buy fresh fruits and veggies grown by local farmers. Different culinary creations from a number of local restaurants and food stalls will also be available.
Music and Entertainment
There’s no shortage of entertainment for music lovers in this festival. This year, The Australian Bee Gees, a popular tribute group to the Bee Gees will be taking the stage with their spot on take of the popular Gibb’s brothers, from their costumes down to the melodies. You can also catch Legends in Concert, one of the longest-running shows in Las Vegas. Enjoy various genres of music including Pop, Rock, Country and Reggae.
The festival will also feature self-taught musician Jeremy Cornwell, a popular headliner at local events, concerts, and venues. He features both originals and creative covers during his set. As well as Jase Neron, the frontman of “minuspointeight” and “The Jupiter Year”, for a solo act. The Southern California native brings his own music and covers of fan favorites like The Weeknd, Willie Nelson, Chris Cornell, Bob Marley and Zac Brown.
It also isn’t a trip to Vegas without seeing magic. The award-winning illusionist, David Goldrake, will also be presenting a show at the festival this year. His show, Imaginarium, has earned great reviews from spectators and the media, even winning a Bronze award from the Las Vegas Review-Journal “Best of Las Vegas” awards in 2017.
Find a wonderful piece of art amongst the many talented artists who will be featuring their work at the festival. Aasia Hamid will be presenting her line of wearable art, featuring rich colours with intricate details and designs. She uses a mixture of seed beads, Swarovski crystals, and natural stones for her jewelry.
If you’re looking for stunning pieces that you can take home, check out the many hand-thrown porcelain vases and plates by Michael Panetta and Eileen Goldenberg, as well as the colourful original ink paintings by Jessica Joy.
Enjoy the stunning photos of S. Brian Berkun. A newbie to the festival, Berkun uses a tone-mapped effect on the photos to give them a palette knife painted look. The pieces are all printed on metal or canvas. Bobby Wheat will also be featuring his large-scale photographs, featuring stunning and surreal scenes from nature. Aside from the featured artists, there will also have a few upcoming and established visual artists who will be having art demonstrations throughout the festival.
The Summerlin Festival of Arts is a must-visit if you’re around during the event. It is a free event and there are loads of things to do and enjoy at the festival so it’s best to visit on both days to catch all that the yearly event has to offer. The Summerlin Festival of Arts will be held on October 13 to 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the downtown Summerlin grounds – 1980 Festival Plaza Drive, Las Vegas 8913. Check out their website for schedules and event details.