Things get interesting in downtown Las Vegas on the first Friday of each month. That’s because of a wildly popular downtown event called, wait for it, First Friday.
Read more about the official First Friday.
The crowds that result from First Friday mean additional visitors to Fremont Street Experience as well. We love that, of course, but a big influx of guests means special measures are needed to ensure everyone has a safe time on Fremont Street.
Throughout the summer, first Fridays of the month are considered special events at Fremont Street Experience.
These first Friday of the month dates have special rules, and guests younger than 21 aren’t permitted on the Fremont Street Experience mall beginning at 9:00 p.m. Access restrictions typically end at 4:00 a.m. (early Saturday morning).
On first Fridays of the month, special access gates are set up along Fremont Street Experience, and those wishing to enter need to present a valid I.D.
Once an I.D. checks out, a wristband is issued, and guests are good to enter one of the world’s biggest block parties. Casino customers also get wristbands as they exit casinos onto the Fremont Street Experience mall.
Here’s a map of the access points on first Fridays of the month.
Other restrictions worth noting are also in place on first Fridays of the month:
- No strollers
- No package beverages (this is now true all the time on Fremont Street)
- No coolers
- No chairs
- No backpacks or luggage
- No masks
- No glass, aluminum or bottles
- No weapons (real or fake)
All bags are subject to search during these special events, and don’t be surprised if you get metal detector wanded. It’s a great way to meet new and interesting people in the field of law enforcement and private security.
During the restricted access period, if a minor (even accompanied by a parent or guardian) needs to cross the Fremont Street Experience, they must be escorted the entire distance by either hotel security or Fremont Street Experience security. Unescorted minors will be taken off the mall by Metro.
Also, it’s important to remember the SlotZilla zip line will be restricted to patrons age 21 and older, since they will be landing within the age-restricted zone.
While that seems like a pretty long list of things you can’t have or do, it’s pretty much what you’d expect to see at any popular entertainment venue, anywhere in the country.
Despite what you may have heard, you can still have liquor on Fremont Street, it just has to be in a plastic cup, rather than an original container like a bottle or aluminum can.
We hope these special event restrictions don’t cause too much inconvenience, but we want everyone to have an amazing, safe time at Fremont Street Experience, every single time.
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