Visiting Las Vegas doesn’t have to mean you spend thousands of dollars in one weekend to get a hotel at the Strip and pay for overpriced cocktails. In fact, Las Vegas has expanded far beyond that. Cultural and music events like EDC and Life Is Beautiful have opened up a new generation to Las Vegas, one that perhaps doesn’t come to gamble but to explore the arts, food and culture flooding into the Downtown Las Vegas scene. Now almost anyone can visit Sin City, even if they’re on a tight budget, because there’s plenty of cool things to do for absolutely no cost.


  • Walk around downtown to see the numerous art murals painted on the sides of buildings. Seriously, there’s something beautiful to look at around every corner.
  • Play games and launch yourself down the three foot tall slides at the playground in Container Park. After 9 p.m., the park is closed to children and adults can step in to try their hand at the many games and activities available in the playground.
  • Join free movie night on Thursdays at Container Park. In the back courtyard, a giant projection screen balloons to life and family friendly movies are projected for all to enjoy in the park at no charge.
  • Enjoy several concerts in one night on one street on Fremont. Three stages offer live entertainment most nights at the Fremont Street Experience. Also, don’t miss the free Viva Vision light and music show on the giant LED screen made up of 12.5 million lamps, a spectacle that’s unique only known to the Fremont Street Experience.
  • Take a picture with a million dollars at Binion’s. Found on Fremont Street, you can take a picture with a million in cash at no charge.
  • Try the free slot pull at Fremont Street Casino. The odds may not be in your favor, but if you were the lucky one, the slot pull is worth up to $2,500 cash.
  • Participate in the First Friday Art Walk. On the first friday of each month, the Arts District hosts an art walk: a block party full of vendors selling art, jewelry, food and much more. See art being created, and pop into several art galleries to see what local art is being created.


Cheap hotel reservations are tricky to come by, but with Downtowner Motel, rooms start as little as $25 a night. Considering the Downtowner is newly renovated and located in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, you’ll stay close to the action without worrying if you got the best hotel rates. Because you did. Book a room now and start planning your trip to downtown Las Vegas on a budget in the New Year.