The three-day Life Is Beautiful event will prompt road and parking lot closures and bus route changes in downtown Las Vegas.
Other events include a book signing at the Mob Museum and the monthly Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School at a First Street bar.
In its seventh year, Life is Beautiful is expanding its art lineup to include more 3D installations, immersive works and interactive pieces.
The festival gets underway Friday afternoon, but in reality the party already has started.
Las Vegas police said the suspicious device found Sunday morning at the Bonneville Transit Center was a malfunctioning vape pen battery.
More than 195,000 people are expected to attend next weekend’s festival. But the festival’s impact goes far beyond one weekend every September.
The Oakey Family Supper Club is is equal parts family drama, murder-mystery party and that game where everyone says one word at a time to create a fictional story.
A possible drug-related shooting in late August at a downtown Las Vegas apartment complex that left a 50-year-old woman dead remains unsolved.
Other activities include the annual Bite of Las Vegas festival, concerts and Saturday night’s Market in the Alley.