Your Guide to #SoberOctober in Vegas

Hey Friends,

With starting a new job (yay!) and adjusting to a new work schedule, I haven’t had as much time as I used to have for writing…boo…but I know once I get settled in I’ll find a balance to check in here more.

I have still continued to do a weekly roundup via Instastories on the Sober in Vegas Instagram of each weekend’s sober friendly events, so feel free to follow along there if you’d like weekly updates!

I wanted to put together a similar post to the Sober in Vegas Summer Roundup for this Fall, especially for folks embarking on #SoberOctober.

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First, a few date specific events that are either Alochol-Free or particularly Sober-Friendly:

Friday October 11th, Art Walk UNLV: The third annual Art Walk at UNLV offers art galleries opening their fall exhibitions and cross-disciplinary performances and live music as you walk along the academic mall of the UNLV campus.

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Tuesday October 15th through Feb 2020, Tim Burton at the Neon Museum: The Neon Museum hosts an exhibition of Tim Burton’s original fine art. For the first time in nearly a decade, the renowned American film director, producer, artist, writer and animator will stage an exhibition of his original fine art in the United States. The presentation of Burton’s art in Las Vegas is a unique experience where the host institution also serves as creative inspiration. The Museum’s distinctive campus is transformed through the artist’s singular vision for this original exhibition.

Saturday October 19th, Las Vegas Book Festival: The Las Vegas Book Festival is the largest literary event in Nevada. The annual celebration of the written, spoken and illustrated word is free and open to the public.

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Saturday October 19th, Sunrise Library Community Fair: Y’all know how much I love the LVCCD, and this free event offers information about programs and services for youth, seniors, veterans, health, and safety in Southern Nevada.

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Thursday October 22nd, Matt Huynh & The Believer’s Interactive Comic: In this special evening, artist Matt Huynh will debut a cinematic, interactive comic about growing up in a community of Vietnam War refugees resettled in Cabramatta, Australia. Kristen Radtke, The Believer’s art director, will interview Huynh after his presentation.

Thursday October 24th – Sunday October 29th, Las Vegas Balloon Festival: Come and celebrate Nevada Day weekend for the first ever Las Vegas Balloon Glow. Hot air balloons will glow each evening (subject to weather conditions) with tethered balloon rides also available (subject to weather conditions). The event also features food vendors, retail vendors and activities for the little ones.

Various Dates in October, Woodlawn Cemetery Walking Tours: Throughout the month of October the Nevada Preservation Foundation will be offering guided walking tours of Woodlawn Cemetery. Wander through the weathered tombstones of Las Vegas’ oldest cemetery and unearth the stories of familiar — and unfamiliar — names that made an impact on Nevada.

And then there are a few places that are harder to enjoy in the summer months due to triple digit temperatures, and that really shine in the Fall:

Gilcrease Orchard: This historic Las Vegas family owned orchard offers fresh produce ready to buy or ‘pick yourself.’  Throughout the season they also offer a pumpkin patch, fresh cider for sale, family friendly activities, and hay rides.

Sloan Canyon:  Just south of town this area is perfect for exploring the Fall when temps drop. There are large sections to hike in this area that are uncovered, hence why I’m recommending it for the Fall rather than the summer. This is also one of the best places around to view petroglyphs.

Liberty Bell Arch Trail: One of my favorite trails out near Lake Mead, this rewards the hiker with an incredible view of the Colorado River. Again, large portions of this trail are uncovered so even in the Fall plan to bring more water than you think you’ll need as it can still heat up in the afternoon!

A view of Liberty Bell Arch!

And if you want to check out even more options for Vegas this time of year, I recommend picking up a copy of the current issue of Desert Companion magazine (available at any Clark County Library location) as they have a couple of great sobriety related articles like this one featuring local mocktail offerings, in addition to an article about trying a sober month written by yours truly.

Happy #soberoctober everyone!


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