10 Surprising, Free Forms of Entertainment in Downtown Las Vegas

Yes, we’ve got live bands on three stages 365 nights a year, everybody knows that.

And everyone knows about Viva Vision, the largest video screen in the world.

But that’s just the beginning of the free entertainment to be found on Fremont Street!

Here’s a collection of free entertainment you’ll want to check out the next time you visit downtown Las Vegas.

1. People-Watching

Fremont Street is a mecca for the wild, the weird and the wonderful. People from around the world gather to sing along to their favorite songs, to dance in the street and express themselves. There are lots of places to take it all in, and we guarantee you’ve never seen anything like it.

St. Paddy's Day
There’s no place on Earth like Fremont Street.

2. Street Performers

Fremont Street is a public street, so performers (often called “buskers”) of varying levels of talent provide free entertainment for visitors. Note that the street performers aren’t hired or screened by Fremont Street Experience, so results may vary. Widely.

Tipping is optional. Sometimes Literally.

3. Weighing in at Heart Attack Grill

Outside the quirky Heart Attack Grill restaurant, guests can weight themselves on a massive scale. Those who weigh more than 350 pounds. Watching people weigh themselves, as their friends and family react, is a fun way to spend a few minutes on Fremont.

Heart Attack Grill weight scale
The weight scale at Heart Attack Grill is surprisingly accurate, actually.

4. Spray Can Art

One of our most successful Fremont Street Experience kiosks is the spray can art stand. When the spray can artists complete a work, crowds consistently burst into applause. Take one home for $40. The artwork, not the artists. We need them.

spraypaint art
When they talk about painting the town red, they aren’t kidding.

5. Dancing DJs

Our team of dancing DJs keep things lively on the street, providing lots of eye candy and specialized skills and costumes like silks, hula hoops and others.

Dancing DJ
Oh, hey.

6. Craps Games

Some of the best free entertainment in Las Vegas happens at the craps tables. The chips and jargon fly, the dice roll and fortunes are made and lost in an instant. It’s free to watch, but we recommend you learn the basics before you step up to play. As your favorite casino if they offer free craps lessons.

top tip: Avoid the Big 6 and 8. Ask your dealer why, they might even tell you!

7. Flair Bartenders and Dancing Dealers

The flair bartenders and dancing dealers at the D and Golden Gate don’t just serve drinks and deal cards, they provide an experience. See flair bartenders show off their stuff at Vue Bar upstairs at the D, downstairs at Longbar or at the casino’s outdoor bars. You’ll also find flair and dancing bartenders at Golden Gate’s outdoor bars. It’s free to watch, but more fun if you grab a cocktail or slushy drink.

flair bartenders
Flair happens.

8. Teppanyaki Theatrics

Swing by Lillie’s Asian restaurant at Golden Nugget and enjoy the spectacle of teppanyaki fire tricks. If you’ve never seen a volcano made with onions, you’ve been missing out.

Lillie's Golden Nugget
Aloe, how are you?

9. Aquariums

Downtown Las Vegas has a number of aquariums, and they’re a great way to pass some time during your visit. The monster aquarium is Golden Nugget’s The Tank, featuring a waterslide through a tank full of sharks. While you’re there, make sure to look for another captivating tank at Chart House restaurant. There’s also an aquarium inside the buffet at Fremont casino, and another at Benny’s inside Binion’s.

Chart House
The aquarium at Chart House is so interesting, you won’t even have to talk to your date.

10. Antiquities Scavenger Hunt

One of our favorite free forms of entertainment downtown is seeking out the remarkable collection of antiques and curiosities at Main Street Station, just a block from Fremont Street. Guests can get a brochure, “Guide to Artifacts, Antiques and Artworks,” and begin a journey through time. Up one flight is Winston Churchill’s snooker table. In the men’s room, there’s a piece of the Berlin Wall. There are artifacts from around the world, and every discovery is a prize.

Berlin Wall Main Street casino
You thought we were kidding about the Berlin Wall thing?

The best things in life are free, so when you’re at Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas, make sure to take advantage of all the free entertainment and more.

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