September in Las Vegas: Festivals and Events

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Las Vegas is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and although it was once a haven for gamblers and hard-partying visitors, the area has become more family-friendly in the 2000s and 2010s. Baseball games, art and culture festivals, and free concerts at Fremont Street are just a few of the activities families can enjoy in September in Las Vegas.

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Attend a Las Vegas 51s Baseball Game

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The Las Vegas Aviators, also known as the LV 51s, bring professional Triple-A baseball to town every summer. This Oakland A's affiliate, part of the Pacific Coast League, plays at Cashman Field from April through September each year.

The team's name comes from Area 51, the informal name of a classified military facility near Edwards Air Force Base right outside Las Vegas. Area 51 has long been rumored to be the site of some extraterrestrial activity in the 1950s, hence the team's gray-headed alien mascot Cosmo.

In 2019. the regular season ends with two home games on September 1 and 2 versus the Tacoma Rainiers. September 1 is Sunday Family Night and tees off around 7 p.m., and September 2 is the Labor Day season finale, which starts around noon.

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Sample Dishes at the Greek Food Festival

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Get your Greek on with this annual fest featuring ​Greek food and entertainment, which takes place on September 27, 2019, from 3 to 11 p.m. A tradition since 1973, this annual event attracts thousands of visitors a year and is fun for the whole family.

Held at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, the menu for the 47th Annual Greek Food Festival features traditional Greek dishes like souvlaki, gyros, and baklava, but is also a marketplace for other Greek cultural wares. There's also plenty of traditional Greek dancing as well as clothing, jewelry, and other authentic Greek arts and crafts for sale.

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See Free Summer Concerts on Fremont Street

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Even though its name suggests the event takes place only in the summer, there are two big dates for the Free Summer Concerts at Fremont Street Experience in September. Held at Main Street Casino in Downtown Las Vegas, the series in 2018 featured Ratt and Sebastian Bach.

In 2019, check out "I Love the '90s" featuring Vanilla Ice, Montell Jordan, All-4-One, Tone Loc, and Coolio on September 1 or stop by to see Smash Mouth on September 28.

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Buy Local at fresh52 Farmers' and Artisans' Market

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fresh52 is an outdoor market featuring vendors that sell everything from organic produce and baked goods to handcrafted art and gourmet creations. Bringing fresh produce, bread, and art to Las Vegas neighborhoods nearly every Saturday and Sunday all year round, this farmers' market is a must-visit for anyone interested in Vegas' local culture.

There are two locations for fresh52 in Las Vegas: Inspirada-Henderson and Sansone Place Eastern-Henderson. Some top vendors include Aromatherapy Garden, Big Erns BBQ, Bloomin Desert Herb Farm, Fidos Kitchen, Mezze Foods, Peele Nut, and Benzler Farms. 

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Shop at the Country Fresh Farmers' Market

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The Country Fresh Farmer's Market in Henderson has two locations. The Thursday market runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at 240 Water Street in downtown Henderson in the Events Plaza while the Friday market runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at the Henderson Pavilion. Head down on either day to grab some fresh produce, a homemade jam, or a spicy hot sauce.

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Stroll Through the First Fridays Arts Festival

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On the first Friday of every month, the legendary First Fridays Art Festival dominates Fremont Street and the surrounding Downtown area. Local artists and food vendors alike spread out across Downtown Las Vegas for this monthly event, which returns to First Street on September 6, 2019, from 5 to 11 p.m.

Each First Friday event carries a different theme that's complimented by featured gallery exhibits, workshops, discussions, and performances as well as activities for kids and adults alike. Be sure to check out the official First Fridays website for more specific details on participating galleries and artists.

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