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The annual NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Las Vegas is more than just a race. A week-long celebration leads up to a race weekend set for Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8 this year.
Reader Ryan K. asked if we could keep him up-to-date on NASCAR week events. Since most won't be announced until after the Big Game we’ll start today and continue to update this list as driver appearances, specials and other events are announced.
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Next year will mark the fifth anniversary (in Vegas) for the music festival which brings hundreds of thousands together in the name of EDM. Tickets will go on sale December 1 at noon PT. Three-day general admission will be priced at $329 while VIP passes will begin at $699. As in prior years, no single day tickets will be sold, but you will be able to make the cost a bit easier to handle thanks to a layaway option. And, you might want to seriously consider it as pricing is significantly higher than last year which saw general admission at $249 and VIP access at $499.
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The three-day, dusk-to-dawn brain melt more commonly referred to as the Electric Daisy Carnival returns to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway June 20-22. Earlier this week, the 400,000 people expected to attend the sold-out, Alice in Wonderland-like experience were treated to the highly anticipated 2014 lineup, which includes mega acts like Calvin Harris, Avicci, Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren and Afrojack.
Las Vegas' other big music festival, Life Is Beautiful, will once again take over Downtown Vegas October 24-26. This year, event organizers are teaming up with the nightspots of Wynn to offer a more exclusive VIP experience. XS, Tryst, Surrender and Encore Beach Club will help staff new table and cabana packages. If that has your name all over it, email firstname.lastname@example.org for details, pricing and reservations. Tickets for this year's fest have not yet been released.
Yes, it's never too early to think about the next big rave, or when to avoid it.
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In what now sounds like life imitating the movies, but was actually launched a decade ago, the "fastest, most agile and lightweight racing planes" return to the skies next year for a seven-race World Championship.
After a three year absence, the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship will soar above six countries on three continents, including two stops in the States. One of those? If you guessed Las Vegas, you're reading the right blog.
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship (we're going with RBARWC whether that's a thing or not) is a field of 12 pilots racing high-performance airplanes at speeds up to 230 mph just some 50 to 80 feet above the ground while dodging an obstacle course of air gate pylons.
Wait, it gets better.
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Alice never made it to the bottom of the rabbit hole.
Lewis Carroll's 1865 novel introduced children and adults alike to a remarkable fantasy world stumbled upon by the title character after she unquestionably chases a white rabbit down his hole to a curious hallway. This is where Alice's journey into Wonderland begins, but had our protagonist skipped the rabbit hole's first exit and continued falling head over heel, she would have reached the true bottom of this wildly unpredictable and utterly intense alternate universe.
Had Alice kept tumbling, she would have eventually arrived at the Electric Daisy Carnival.
A three-day blitzkrieg on the senses that featured over 200 DJs performing from 7:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. June 21-23 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, EDC is neither a concert nor a carnival. Such designations fail miserably at describing the true nature of this event. The reality is that EDC is a living, breathing, glowing organism that bounces and rolls and pumps and slithers across the Las Vegas desert floor from sunset to sunrise, possessing the capability to rewire the human brain into seeing sounds and hearing colors.
Editor's Note: Most of us here at VegasChatter are more around the 'get off our lawn' age of our lives. You won't find us at the club so much anymore, nor tweeting each other about the DJ we can't wait to see. However, that doesn't mean we don't like to get down at all, anymore. Last year, Richard Lane ventured to Electric Daisy Carnival and noted some must-read survival strategies for this year, including the all important, put your hands up. Pretty much constantly. This year, he's passed the torch to our Joe Fortenbaugh, who's normally found on the golf course or ringside at the big fight. Joe shares his thoughts as he prepares to EDC it for the first time.
I'm 32 years old with an ever-expanding waistline and a rapidly thinning swash of auburn hair that continuously threatens its secession from a once-proud union. My afternoon runs are more laborious than ever before, with plodding now a more suitable and accurate descriptor than striding. Once the most important acronym of my existence, the significance of a GPA has since been replaced by the monthly monitoring of my LDL.
I'm getting old.
Matt Kenseth was the first to cross the finish line in NASCAR weekend's main event Sunday, edging out a made-for-Vegas name in Kasey Kahne, and becoming the first Sprint Cup driver to win on his birthday since Vegas born Kyle Busch did in 2009. Busch finished fourth, but made the best move of the race in temporarily taking a lead that had Fox commentators pointing to Busch down low.
bore dazzle you with highlights from the rest of the 267 laps and 400 miles, we bring you five things we observed at this year's Kobalt Tools 400:
The RVs are on their way!
NASCAR Weekend speeds into Vegas starting this Thursday for four days of adrenaline-packed racing and fan events, March 7-10.
The boys and girl of NASCAR will kick off festivities with a free-to-the-public Sprint Cup Series practice session on Thursday, followed by three days of competition: Pole Day on Friday, the Sam’s Town 300 at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 at noon on Sunday. Tickets for are available online or by calling (800) 644-4444. As you'll read below, there are also a few chances to win tickets.
Regardless of whether you attend the race (or even care about it), there will be much happening around town, from public appearances by drivers to drink and food specials before, during, and after the races. Here’s a roundup of what’s happening, and be sure to check back as we will continue to update the list as this week progresses:
The NASCAR season kicks off this weekend with the Daytona 500. The Daytona 500 may be the biggest race of the NASCAR season but it's also just the beginning. In a couple weeks NASCAR comes to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. NASCAR weekend is full of stock car action beginning with the NASCAR parade on the Strip on Wednesday, March 6 through the Kobalt Tools 400 on Sunday, March 10.
Ready to party with hundreds of thousands of people you don't know again?
Electric Daisy Carnival is coming back to Las Vegas for a third year and, today, announced just when that would be -- June 21-23.
2013 will see another three-day, after-dark EDM fest at the Las Vegas Speedway, but this time it will be two weeks later than last year to try to avoid, as the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports, the winds that caused the "cancellation of dozens of acts" last year. The trade-off, though, is that it will be a lot hotter than this year's fest, too. Oh, well. We'll have no choice than to wear even less, we guess.
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Electric Daisy Carnival may have just ended, but most attendees already can't wait to return next year. While we likely won't hear dates for EDC 2013 until the end of the year (this year's dates were announced in October of 2011), EDCers just may want to bookmark the page of SpringHill Suites Las Vegas North Speedway now. It's a mouthful, but here's what it means: cheap, new rooms by the EDC event grounds.
The SpringHill Suites hotel is so new, it isn't even open yet. Reports have it making its debut this Friday, June 22, however, we couldn't find availability online until June 29. Clicking around, we found an average rate of around $94 to $104 a night. Sure, rates will hike up once EDC 2013 is set in stone, but if you act fast when they're first announced you could probably lock in a pretty darn good rate. Last year, we were able to find 11 places to stay for EDC all under $98 right after event dates were published so your chances are pretty good for scoring a steal.