Rehan Choudhry was born in America and co-founded the Life is Beautiful festival after consulting for Homeland Security, yet he received this ominous Facebook message:
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The first day of the annual Life Is Beautiful Festival kicked off Friday, as crowds of people began to arrive in downtown Las Vegas, but not everyone was feeling festive. Some business owners say the festival hurts profits.
At $285, the Life is Beautiful 3-day pass isn’t cheap. But scattered around the festival grounds are a number of goodies — even food — you can get for free.
The festival gates will open for the first time at 2 p.m. Friday for 2016’s Life Is Beautiful.
On the streets — and on the walls. That’s the focus for Life is Beautiful’s ever-expansive, and expanding, art program, which continues throughout the downtown festival Friday through Sunday.
From choosing the right footwear to not missing out on lower-billed acts, we’ve got you covered.
“If The Killers were a part of it, something must be great about it,” The Lumineers’ Jeremiah Fraites says of Life is Beautiful. The Lumineers, Major Lazer, The Shins, Bloc Party and Mumford & Sons are among the must-see acts at this weekend’s festival.
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a 100-foot-high mural must be worth at least 10,000. What about 15 of those murals, some spanning the side of an entire building?
The demonstrations and guest-chef-in-the-kitchen events that characterized the first three years of the festival will be absent this year. The Culinary Village, which has been a mainstay, will involve more than 40 chefs, restaurants, food trucks and other vendors spread over six locations during the event Friday through Sunday in downtown Las Vegas.
Las Vegas city streets will turn into a blowout celebration of music, arts and food for a three-day stretch starting Friday, but the scene Life is Beautiful revelers will see is in stark contrast to the lives of those who dwell on the city’s streets.