Well, it’s officially crunch time for us – packing list is getting crossed off, jeans are getting starched and tickets are being printed. It’s down to the details before we head to Vegas, so of course I’m in full out stress mode.
I know – part of my job is looking cool and collected on Instagram, but have no doubt – I’m freaking out over here! Lucky for me, once we get on the plane, I’ve already done my homework. For months, I’ve been planning my schedule for the week – everything from photo shoots to after parties. One thing I’ve learned from going to the NFR every year is it’s best to go in with a plan. Yes, of course you’ve got to be a little spontaneous and not plan every moment, but it’s so helpful to be in the know about where the fun’s at!
So, for those of you joining me in Vegas over the next two weeks, here are a few of the places and events I’ll be hanging around for the week.
HOOEY PARTY: THE BROOKLYN BOWL – 9 PM
Last year was the first time Hooey had hosted this event, and it easily topped the list as my favorite night life event of the week. It’s free to get in, but make sure you can get on the list ahead of time – a ticket is required. I loved getting out of the casinos for a little while to listen to great music in an iconic venue, especially since it was put on by a great brand. Sam Hunt and Randy Rogers Band did not disappoint last year, and I can’t wait to see Cody Jinks this year!
DENIM & VELVET FASHION SHOW: THE SANDS – 3 PM
If you’re a western fashionista, you know the stylish gals who make up Denim & Velvet. I was beyond excited when I found out they’re hosting a fashion show featuring some incredible designers and boutiques. Not to mention, the fashion community will definitely all be hanging around, so if you want to meet someone – there’s a good chance you’ll run into them here. I can’t wait to see the show and the fashions they showcase.
BULLFIGHTERS ONLY: TROPICANA – 2 PM
When I was an intern at Rodeo Austin, I got to watch some of the talented bullfighters of Bullfighters Only do their thing in the arena, and they’re back in Vegas to wow you with their skills. The bullfighters have shows daily the 7th – 10th and the 13th – 16th, so you’ve got plenty of chances to see the show, no matter when you’re headed to Vegas. Tickets are required, so make sure to check their Facebook page or Ticketmaster to snag your seats.
Bonus: after the show, there’s a free concert featuring either Luke Kaufmann or Corb Lund starting at 4pm.
AARON WATSON: SOUTH POINT – 11 PM
This is the only day I could slip away from my schedule to go see Aaron Watson at the South Point, but have no fear – he’s headlining for a good portion of the week. The South Point is out of town, but totally worth the drive. There’s more shopping (because we totally need more of that, right?) an arena hosting ropings and barrel races, and lots of NFR related events as well. Stop in before the concert to see the buckle presentations for that night’s round – it’s an awesome way to get to know the contestants in an intimate setting.
GOLD BUCKLE ZONE: MGM – 10 PM
This is another one of those events I’m getting a chance to squeeze in around a busy schedule, but there’s fun to be had in the Gold Buckle Zone every night of the NFR. If you want to mingle and dance with plenty of room, this is your party for sure. It’s also a great place to catch a replay of that night’s round on the big screen. This is one of those parties everyone puts on their list, so don’t forget to put it on yours too.
BEST OF THE WEST BALL: SILVERTON CASINO – 6 PM
This party is going to be the BOMB, I can just feel it. First of all, it’s being hosted by The Bleacher Babe herself, Brianna Bigbee and Cowboys & Indians magazine. Pull out your most outrageous, high fashion western wear and grab a friend to take with you. I’m expecting to see a lot of familiar western fashion faces and some fabulous ensembles. Plus, there’s a $1000 gift card to Rocketbuster boots up for grabs to the best dressed of the night!
CODY JOHNSON: SOUTH POINT – 11 PM
I’ve got another event this night, but I’m definitely going to make an effort to head back out to the South Point to see Cody Johnson before we fly home the next morning. I’ve seen Cody before but he puts on a great show, and the South Point is a great venue. If you’re a Cody Johnson fan, you’re definitely going to want to head here to listen to good music and get a good two step in.
I’m getting so excited to be back in Sin City. If you see me out and about, come up and say hello – I’d love to say hi and get to know you!
Are any of these events on your list? Where else are you headed during Vegas? Let me know in the comments.
Viva Las Vegas, ladies!