Las Vegas is rarely on the festival circuit, so our city did what any normal city would do when it’s left out of something … it created its own festival. Now that I’ve gone to our homegrown festival two years in a row, I have to say it’s an awesome event. What makes our urban festival so incredible is that it’s more than just a massive concert spread across multiple stages. Our event, Life Is Beautiful, is a four-pronged festival that celebrates several verticals of art and creativity: Music, food, education and art.
This year, I particularly enjoyed acts by Galantis and Broken Bells, and last year some of the highlights included Robert DeLong, Twenty-One Pilots and Zedd. The Imagine Dragons’ performance last year was accompanied by Cirque du Soleil performers, and this year the festival team upped the ante with a collaboration between the Las Vegas Philharmonic and performers from The Beatles LOVE. So, so amazing.
Of course, music is what draws people to the festival, but there’s so much more than that. Last year I enjoyed some of the education events, and I love the collection of visual and performance arts that are curated for festival. And the food – from celebrity chefs and awesome eateries around the city as well as food trucks – is so much better than the average fair food.
In addition to music, food, art and education, there are always quirky little details that enhance the festival. This year, for example, the organizers hid Easter eggs around the festival grounds, and in each of them was a quote about happiness. A fun little surprise.
Last year we took S and C, and this year A2 joined us at Life Is Beautiful. It’s a great way to show off a side of Las Vegas that people don’t know exists. Here are some of my favorite photos from this year’s event: