Helldorado Days Hits Downtown This Weekend | Community Spirit
Helldorado Days return to downtown Las Vegas this weekend, keeping alive the longest-running event in city history.
The rodeo-focused event begins Thursday and runs through Sunday. Started in 1934 by local Elks Lodge No. 1468, Helldorado Days features family events and raises money for charity.
Road closures for the event are under way. Now through May 31, Sixth and Seventh Streets will be closed between Stewart Avenue and Mesquite. Other closures include:
- Thursday beginning at 3 p.m. – Stewart Avenue from Las Vegas Boulevard to Seventh Street will be closed for the Helldorado Rodeo. The street will reopen at midnight.
- Friday beginning at 3 p.m. – Stewart Avenue from Las Vegas Boulevard to Seventh Street will be closed for the Helldorado Rodeo. The street will remain closed until Sunday at midnight.
The tribute to the Wild West offers a four-day rodeo, parade, carnival, Whiskerino contest, exhibits and food. Held at the Downtown Rodeo Grounds near the Fremont Street Experience, the event takes over several vacant downtown blocks and builds a rodeo arena and carnival from scratch.
- Thursday - “Kids Day”: The Helldorado Rodeo featuring local talent will begin at 7 p.m. with carnival activities running from 5 p.m. to midnight. Students 10 years old and under receive free admission when accompanied by an adult.
- Friday - “Whiskerino Day”: The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeo begins at 8 p.m.with carnival activities running from 5 p.m. to midnight. The highly anticipated Whiskerino Contest, a beard and facial hair competition begins at 6 p.m.
- Saturday - “Tribute to Military and Veterans”: PRCA rodeo begins at 8 p.m. with carnival activities running from 5 p.m. to midnight. A festive parade with a diverse range of participants will begin at 5 p.m. and run for several hours. The evening will also offer a respectful tribute to military and veterans.
- Sunday - “Cowboys for a Cure - Wear Pink”: PRCA rodeo begins at 4 p.m. with carnival activities and various exhibits and vendors running from 2 p.m. to midnight. The evening will feature Cowboys for a Cure to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure Southern Nevada.
Profits from the event’s festivities are donated to charities helping youth, health and veterans including educational resources, a large dictionary donation event, scholarships, drug awareness, youth activities and veteran health and aide services.
For more information about Las Vegas Helldorado Days, visit www.elkshelldorado.com.