Eater Vegas’ events roundup provides a weekly curated rundown of the most interesting and engaging local dining and drinking festivals, classes, workshops, dinners and more. Published every week, this is your stop for all the happenings that are actually worthy of your time in Las Vegas.
Every week, Eater Vegas editors weed through tips, emails and listings to bring you the most essential food-related happenings — each and every event listed here is a personal recommendation from an Eater editor, hand-selected because of its intriguing menu, above-the-bar cuisine or drink, or exceptional chef and restaurant involvement.
The focus is on events taking place in the next three months, as well as upcoming affairs you’ll want to make reservations or buy tickets for stat (before they sell out). Food and drink events are listed in chronological order. For special one-off dinners, head here.
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Through Dec. 30
Silverton Casino’s Winter Wonderland
What: Silverton Casino hosts a month-long celebration of all things Christmas complete with holiday themed drinks, award-winning food vendors, light displays and carnival rides.
Details: The Winter Wonderland is open every day until the end of December. Tickets are $6 in advance or $7 at the door for one day, or $25 in advance or $30 at the door for all dates of the event. Children 48 inches and under are free. Additional details can be found on the Winter Wonderland website.
FRIDAY, DEC. 29
Last Friday, Just Add Water Street
What: This monthly event brings local businesses and community members together for a night of food, entertainment and fun at Henderson’s historic Water Street. December’s Last Friday event will feature a cooking challenge judged by Hell’s Kitchen winner chef Scott Commings along with unique food and drink vendors. A free after-party will be held at the Ravello Lounge inside M Resort.
Details: This family-friendly event takes place at the Henderson Events Plaza on Water Street from 6 to 10 p.m. Entry is free. The 21-plus after party at M Resort lasts from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
What: It’s easy to be vegan in Las Vegas, and this January it’s about to get even easier thanks to the citywide Veganuary event. In partnership with Vegans, Baby, a guide to vegan dining in Las Vegas, restaurants across the valley will be offering special vegan items in an effort to encourage diners to explore a plant-based lifestyle. Participating restaurants include Turmeric Flavors of India, Border Grill and The Pasta Shop Ristorante & Art Gallery.
Details: Veganuary kicks off on Jan. 1 and continues for the duration of the month. For more information including a full list of participating restaurants, prospective herbivores can check out the Vegans, Baby website.
SATURDAY, JAN. 13
Hands-On Cooking Class: Get Your Brunch On!
What: The Springs Preserve hosts a special brunch edition of the Divine Cafe’s much-loved hands-on cooking series. Under the guidance of a culinary team, amateur chefs will learn how to make cayenne candied bacon, Gouda and ham casserole, apple oven cakes and more.
Details: The class will be held at the Divine Cafe at the Springs Preserve from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $80.10 for members, and $89 for non-members, not including gratuity. Reservations are required.
SATURDAY, JAN. 27
Big Dog’s Winterfest 2018
What: Big Dog’s Brewing Co. celebrates its eighth annual Winterfest with more than 45 beers, hearty stew, live music and raffle prizes.
Details: The event runs from 3 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Drinks and food will be available in exchange for tokens. Festival packages including tokens, commemorative pint glasses, raffle tickets and T-shirts can be purchased in advance. A portion of proceeds from online package purchases will be donated to breast cancer research.
FRIDAY, FEB. 16
7th Annual Chinese New Year in the Desert Dinner Gala
What: Chinese New Year festivities return to Las Vegas for another celebration featuring culinary delights, cocktails and cultural entertainment. The official Chinese New Year in the Desert dinner gala will include a family-style meal catered by Kona Grill, a traditional lions blessing and a special performance from Cirque du Soleil.
SATURDAY, FEB. 24
Atomic City Brews’ Beer Zombies Festival
What: Atomic City Brews hosts the second annual Beer Zombies Festival at Atomic Liquors. The all-day event features an impressive array of craft beers from across the country all in one place. Festival goers will have access to rare beers, unlimited tastings and prizes.
Details: The festival takes place at Atomic Liquors from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets start at $45 with upgraded and VIP options for $55 and $75 respectively.
SATURDAY, FEB. 24
Las Vegas Pizza & Beer Festival
What: Pizza and beer just might be the ultimate combination, and festival goers will have the opportunity to enjoy unlimited samples of both at the Las Vegas Pizza & Beer Festival. The event will be held at the Henderson Pavilion and will feature craft beer and pizza from across the country.
Details: This 21-plus event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $29 if purchased before Jan. 12, $39 if purchased before Feb. 9, and $49 after that. All tickets include a commemorative tasting glass and unlimited beer and pizza.