Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street Experience
1 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Shows Top of Every Hour
Dusk to Midnight
Vegas4Visitors Grade: A
At a Glance
What is it?
A light and sound show broadcast on a giant canopy over the pedestrian mall on Fremont Street. It features 12.5 million LED bulbs creating an effect that is almost as good as watching a giant television – one with a 550,000-watt stereo surround sound system.
Where is it?
Downtown Las Vegas along Fremont Street between Main and Las Vegas Boulevard.
Is it worth the cost?
It’s free but would be worth it even if you had to pay.
What else do I need to know?
They are upgrading the canopy during 2019 so some sections of it will be dark when you visit but the shows will continue. Work is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year.
What’s the bottom line?
This is one of the best attractions in Las Vegas – a “must-see!”
Back in the day Fremont Street was the heart of the Las Vegas. The first buildings sprang up along here in the late 1800s and when the city was incorporated in 1905, Fremont was the bustling main street.
Later, as casinos developed and put up their enormous neon signs, this stretch of the street became known as Glitter Gulch, a famous bit of real estate that only became less famous when The Strip started developing in the 1940s and 1950s.
The area around Downtown Las Vegas declined as the 1980s and 1990s swung in and so the city decided to do something that, at the time, was nothing short of heresy. They closed Fremont Street to automobile traffic – no more cruising in a convertible down Glitter Gulch! – put in a pedestrian mall, and put a giant canopy over the whole thing that had light and sound shows. It seemed, to most, like a terrible idea but darned if it didn’t work and is one of the main reasons why Downtown Las Vegas is such a tourist destination today.
There a bunch of different shows, some themed to specific music acts like Heart, Green Day, Imagine Dragons, The Who, and more plus general themes like holidays, flying, and Area 51. It’s fun and silly and a great way to spend a couple of minutes away from a slot machine.
Shows happen on the hour, every hour after dark and rotate frequently so check the website for what is playing when.
Work on upgrading the Fremont Street Experience’s Viva Vision light and sound show has begun. They are upgrading the spectacle with technology that will make it seven times brighter with four times the resolution – so much so that they will be able to have shows during the day. The shows will continue while work is being done but the new shows will debut on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2019.
Along the pedestrian mall are several major casinos including The Golden Nugget and The Four Queens, attractions like the SlotZilla zip line, shopping at Neonopolis and other stores, and restaurants like The Heart Attack Grill.