Festivals in Shadows

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Recently featured in Maxim, Las Vegas Mob Experience escorts history hounds through a 26,000-sq.-ft. journey through the rise and fall of early Vegas mafiosi and their lasting influence on the city. This highly interactive exhibit takes visitors close-up to hundreds of artifacts, including photographs, home movies, and furniture that once belonged to organized-crime figures such as Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, a creator of the Flamingo Hotel, and Meyer Lansky. Actors dressed as apparitions of the gangsters themselves tell firsthand stories while guests slink through back alleys, secret lairs, and other vignettes, including the Ellis Island docks and immigration rooms, a speakeasy, police station, and more.

3801 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas,
NV
US

Naomi Rosen and Louise Carruth understand that tea is more than just a beverage. For Naomi, it’s the deep, complex flavors—from her position at Joy’s Teaspoon, she fills area pots with more than 75 loose-leaf teas and more than 30 spices. For Louise, it’s the community aspect. Enamored of tea’s ability to unite people, she frequently attends afternoon teas at assisted-living residences, where she bonds with residents over tea-leaf readings and tea-related yarns. The two have joined forces to organize the Las Vegas Tea Fest, which combines Naomi's extensive knowledge of her stock with Louise's appetite for togetherness. Their one-day event includes tea and food pairings, cooking with tea demonstrations, a traditional Chinese Wu-Wo tea ceremony, and on-site exhibitors such as Little Candle Tea Company. Tastings gather teas from countries such as India, Japan, and China, while local artisans hawk tea-related wares, such as giant teabags you can sleep in when you have a sore throat.

3053 W. Craig Road, Suite E110
North Las Vegas,
Nevada
US

The course itself carries on that fun vibe, too. Winding through city streets and local parks, the 5K route is dotted with hydration stations that dole out hot chocolate. Holiday music, a giant Santa inflatable, and snow blowers help to set

601 Fremont Street
Las Vegas,
NV
US

In a crowded Vegas nightclub, it's usually all but impossible to get a bartender's attention. But for the Vegas Cocktail Experience at Palms on December 6, it will be the bartenders vying for guests' attention. Fifteen of the city's most talented cocktail artists will be competing for the title of Vegas's top mixologist, sharing their signature cocktails for guests to sip and vote on.

As revelers stroll through the party sampling libations, they'll be able to groove to music played by live musicians and spun by house DJ Bass Punks. They'll also be able to take in spectacular views from two of the Palms' lounges and nightclubs: The View and Moon. The View frames the city's glittering lights in floor-to-ceiling windows beyond a room furnished with leather couches, chandeliers, and billiards tables. Moon, a rooftop bar with a retractable roof, shows off starry skies and the gum on the bottom of Orion's shoes.

4050 Pacific Harbors Dr. #109
Las Vegas,
NV
US

Hosted by the Nevada Restaurant Association, the annual Las Vegas Epicurean Affair brings together world-renowned chefs from Las Vegas?s finest restaurants, nightclubs, and bars to prepare their signature creations. In the past, the event has drawn liaisons from such restaurants as Wolfgang Puck and McCormick & Schmick?s, finally uniting the city?s chefs for an occasion other than dueling at dawn with handheld mixers.

3325 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas,
NV
US

The ultra haute guides at Elite VIP Tours lead groups to Vegas's hottest and most coveted clubs and venues. Whether on a club hop in a luxurious party bus, a walking tour of the nightlife, or a jaunt to some of Vegas's most exclusive day-club pool parties, guests enjoy the special attention of a VIP host and the right to dodge any lines and cover charges they come across. Venues change to keep the tour as hot and fresh as a biscuit made by Gucci; past locations have included Tao inside the Venetian, LAX inside the Luxor, and Pure inside Caesars Palace.

3355 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas,
NV
US