Groups venturing beyond the Strip to explore Downtown Las Vegas will find unique venues as well as immersive museums.
Dating back to 1905 when Las Vegas was founded, Fremont Street is the heart of Downtown. Today it hosts the Fremont Street Experience, a pedestrian mall that serves as the gateway to Downtown Las Vegas’ resorts, as well as unique offerings that include three stages of live music, the Viva Vision light show on the world’s largest video screen, and SlotZilla, an urban zipline experience. Nearby meeting space options run the gamut from traditional conference spaces to an outdoor neon wonderland.
Opened on Fremont Street in 1946, the historic Golden Nugget boasts 37,000 square feet of meeting and event space with capacity for up to 2,500 people.
Just across the street, Circa Las Vegas, the first resort built from the ground up on Fremont Street in more than 40 years, opened its doors—and a new era of development—in late 2020. The 1.24-million-square-foot property offers 777 rooms and suites, as well as 11 dining and lounge options. A highlight of the resort is Stadium Swim, a multitiered pool amphitheater concept that features six swimming pools on three different levels facing a 40-foot-tall high-definition screen. Groups can reserve a section for a semi-private event or make a bigger splash with a complete buyout. Located on Circa’s 60th floor, Legacy Club Rooftop Cocktails boasts a panoramic view of the Downtown skyline. It offers 9,330 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, and can accommodate 200 seated or 400 standing.
The Downtown Grand is also nearby and offers unique meeting spaces such as the Citrus Grand Pool Deck, boasting 35,000 square feet of space and up to 1,500 capacity; as well as 3rd Street, a 10,000-square-foot outdoor block party concept that can host up to 4,000 and is available for buyouts.
The Expo at World Market Center opened in April 2021 and is the largest event venue in Downtown Las Vegas. It offers more than 315,000 square feet of space, including 195,000 square feet of exhibit space, divisible by two halls that can accommodate up to 1,000 booths.
The Downtown Las Vegas Events Center is an event space with capacity for up to 2,500 with scaling up to 11,000. It also includes three fully contained bar cubes with catering, two venue-affiliated food establishments, a VIP area with capacity for 650, and a corporate events tent with capacity for 1,500 seated and 2,000 standing.
Meet Las Vegas is a three-story event and exhibition space in the heart of Downtown, offering 40,000 square feet of configurable space including a 12,585-square-foot showroom, 11,234-square-foot open-air pavilion, three meeting rooms, a boardroom and two multi-media training rooms.
Downtown Container Park, an open-air shopping center made of repurposed shipping containers and locally manufactured Xtreme Cubes, offers a variety of boutique shops and food outlets. The Lawn at Container Park is a green space that can host up to 300 guests and features a live entertainment stage with lighting and sound system.
The Neon Museum celebrates the history of Las Vegas through its iconic signs. The centerpiece of its 2.25-acre campus is an outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, which features more than 250 restored and unrestored signs from Las Vegas history. A 3,572-square-foot outdoor events area is available for evening catered events and can host up to 200 seated and 400 standing. The museum’s North Gallery showcases more unrestored signs from its collection, as well as Brilliant!, an audiovisual exhibit that reanimates 40 vintage Las Vegas signs and transports visitors into the history of the city through sight and sound. The 3,144-square-foot space is available for small, catered private events and can host up to 70 guests.
Also Downtown is the Mob Museum, which explores the history of organized crime and law enforcement through hundreds of artifacts and immersive exhibits. The museum offers four floors of interactive exhibits, multimedia displays and historical artifacts. Groups can use forensic evidence to solve real-life crimes in the Crime Lab, test their instincts in the Firearm Training Simulator and sample moonshine during the Distillery Tour. While in the museum basement, groups can be transported back to the Prohibition-era in its fully functioning Speakeasy—if they know the password. The museum can host groups of 10 to 730, and offers several spaces for unique private events including its courtroom, distillery and speakeasy, as well as a full museum buyout.
Meet Smart, Vegas Smart
The Meet Smart, Vegas Smart initiative includes updates on Las Vegas’ current COVID-19 restrictions and recommendations to help planners and groups to get back to business with confidence. Additionally, the site includes virtual tours of the city’s venues and event spaces, links to resorts’ individual health and safety plans, and a link to the state of Nevada’s COVID Trace app. This free contact-tracing mobile phone app was developed by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, and can notify attendees if they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
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