Our Vegas Insiders have a deep love of all things downtown Las Vegas. It has a great sense of humor, can be a handful and is a bit of a scoundrel. Kinda like the rowdy yet loveable little brother you have to nudge to take a bath. Today, we’re sending a virtual noogie to a very special member of the downtown family, the Fremont Street Experience. Happy 20th Birthday FSE, you’re almost old enough to buy booze.
There’s no place like the Fremont Street Experience. It’s been a lot of things to a lot of people since opening in 1995. Sure, it’s had some growing pains, but you won’t find a single one of us who didn’t go through that ugly, awkward stage as we matured. Nothing a little makeover couldn’t fix, right?
It got one in 2004 and today, it’s home to the largest projection screen on the planet (five football fields long), with more than 12 million LED lights and a 555,000-watt sound system. Each night, there is live entertainment scheduled on the three concert stages: musicians, DJs, artists and other oddly exceptional people. It’s pretty easy to see why it’s always the life of the party.
But those Viva Vision Canopy shows aren’t the only free entertainment around, especially after dark. Over the years, it has become the land of ultimate debauchery. Where vintage glamour meets the just plain weird. And when we say weird, we mean it. Comparable to a train wreck you just can’t look away from, it became a favorite destination for many street “performers.” Some are costumed while others are mostly-naked, all push the city’s limits on acceptable behavior in some fashion or another.
But there’s also lots of good, clean fun too. The Slotzilla zip and zoom lines are pretty damn awesome, the shops are cheap and intriguing, you can have your picture taken with a million bucks in cash and dance your heart out with complete strangers. And don’t even get us started on the burgeoning foodie scene nearby in the Fremont East District. It’s a place where you can enjoy drool-worthy food that you won’t have to take out a second mortgage to afford.
So here’s to you, Fremont Street Experience. May you always be sprite, full of low-brow fun and the complete opposite of the Strip. Stay weird, that’s why we love you.