Things get interesting in downtown Las Vegas on the first Friday of each month. That’s because of a wildly popular downtown event called First Friday. Since 2014 First Friday Las Vegas has become a community gathering where all are welcomed and encouraged to appreciate the arts in Las Vegas. You’ll find a plethora of visual and performing arts, live music, food, and people in downtown Las Vegas. The event provides local artists with a platform to share their work, to sell their products, make a living, and to connect with other like-minded people in a common space.
How to take part in First Fridays?
Visit Fremont Street Las Vegas on first Fridays of the month to enjoy special events at Fremont Street Experience.
These first Friday of the month dates have special rules, and guests younger than 21 aren’t permitted on the Fremont Street Experience mall beginning at 9:00 p.m. Access restrictions typically end at 4:00 a.m. (early Saturday morning).
On first Fridays of the month, special access gates are set up along Fremont Street Experience, and those wishing to enter need to present a valid I.D.
Once an I.D. checks out, a wristband is issued, and guests are good to enter one of the world’s biggest block parties. You also get wristbands as they exit casinos onto the Fremont Street Experience mall.
Other restrictions also in place on first Fridays of the month including No strollers, No package beverages (this is now true all the time on Fremont Street), No coolers, No chairs, No backpacks or luggage, No masks, No glass, aluminum or bottles and No weapons (real or fake). While that seems like a pretty long list of things you can’t have or do, it’s pretty much what you’d expect to see at any popular entertainment venue, anywhere in the country.
Despite what you may have heard, you can still have liquor on Fremont Street, it just has to be in a plastic cup, rather than an original container like a bottle or aluminum can.
All bags are subject to search during these special events, and don’t be surprised if you get metal detector wanded. It’s a great way to meet new and interesting people in the field of law enforcement and private security.
During the restricted access period, if a minor (even accompanied by a parent or guardian) needs to cross the Fremont Street Experience, they must be escorted the entire distance by either hotel security or Fremont Street Experience security. Unescorted minors will be taken off the mall by Metro.
Also, it’s important to remember the SlotZilla zip line will be restricted to patrons age 21 and older, since they will be landing within the age-restricted zone.
What is SlotZilla zip line?
SlotZilla is a 11-story slot machine-inspired zip line attraction and is one of the best things to do in Las Vegas.
The multi-million-dollar SlotZilla is the world’s largest slot machine and features Las Vegas icons such as over-sized dice, a martini glass, pink flamingo, coins, video reels, a giant arm and two showgirls. SlotZilla offers two ways to fly, the lower “Zipline” and upper “Zoomline.” Save $5 on either line by flying before 5:00 p.m.
The Zipline costs $29 and starts off 77 feet up. Flyers will be in a seated position and land halfway down the Fremont Street Experience pedestrian promenade, between the Four Queens and Fremont casinos.
The Zoomline is $49 and takes off more than 10 stories up (114 feet) and whisks flyers 1,750 feet, all the way down the Fremont Street Experience, to a landing platform at the city’s most historic casino, Golden Gate. The upper Zoomline provides even more thrills by sending flyers prone, or “superhero-style,” for an unprecedented view of the party that never ends at Fremont Street Experience. Flyers travel down the zip lines at up to 40 miles per hour.
The 35-foot-tall showgirls (actually 35 feet, 2 11/16 inch) adorning SlotZilla, one on each side, were inspired by two real-life models, the women who dressed as showgirls to accompany former Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman to his many public appearances. Their names are Jennifer and Porsha. SlotZilla was built in collaboration with Zip-Flyer, experts in zip line engineering and installation.
To have fun as said above wristbands will be required to access that area of Fremont Street and may be obtained for guests who are 21 years of age or older at the following locations by 3pm: Style & Trend, The Essentials and Signature Shops, 1946 and Front Desk/Box Office.