Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival is an annual music and bowling event that takes place in the heart of Las Vegas during Memorial Day Weekend. The annual get together welcomes more than 15,000 punk rockers for a crazy weekend of punk, bowling and more. Dubbed the best punk rock and bowling party on the planet, the event celebrates its 21st anniversary this May.
Starting in 1999 ‘many Bloody Mary mornings ago’ by two brothers, the event combines two completely unrelated activities: punk rock music and bowling; and they work extremely well together! After throwing a bowling party for their friends in the punk community with bands, labels, zines and more, the small party and an excuse to travel to Las Vegas has since transformed into one of the most epic ragers on the planet.
The event runs from Friday to Monday throughout Memorial Day Weekend in Downtown Las Vegas, with the Outdoor Music Festival running from Saturday to Monday at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The music festival is open to all ages and children under 8 get in for free. Celebrating 21 years in 2019 the festival is also offering drinks on the house for the first 1000 guests entering before 3.30pm at the Gutter Bar! The event also features a variety of shows, tournaments, exclusive pool parties and more.
In 2019, the festival has announced the biggest, loudest and most insane music festival lineup to date. More than 30 bands will perform across two stages over three days in Sin City. The likes of Rancid, Descendents, The Specials, The Hives and more will perform throughout the iconic event.
It wouldn’t be Punk Rock Bowling without the legendary bowling tournaments. There is an amateur bowling tournament created for everyone to come and have fun; however, pro, semi-pro, amateur tournament or hi roller league bowlers are not allowed to enter the official tournaments.
Over 500 bowlers compete in the amateur tournament each year, with teams made up of 4 ‘degenerates’ such as yourself. Loud punk music will also be blasted at you from every angle throughout the tournament. There will also be never-ending cocktail servers at your service.
The festival also features an official Texas Hold’Em Punk Rock Poker Tournament which will take place on Friday. Held at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino’s Grand Ballroom, you can try your hand at poker, with punk rock music blasting and cocktail waitresses at your service. Seats are assigned at random upon check-in and the final table of 10 are in for the money.
Kick off your Punk Rock Bowling celebrations at the free comedy show on Friday night. Held in the Fremont Room at the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino, the official kick-off party will leave you rolling on the floor laughing to the likes of Jonah Ray, Curtis Cooke, Jules Posner and more.
Featuring utterly insane lineups in the most intimate settings, the club shows take the event to the next level. The late night shows take place after the festival each night and feature more than 60 additional bands who will not perform at the festival. All shows are 21+ and venues are within walking distance of the festival so you won’t miss any action!
Punk Rock Bowling in collaboration with Punk Rock & Paintbrushes will present ‘Graphic Anarchy’, an exclusive and collaborative art show showcasing ‘art from the alleyways’. Featuring the works of Winston Smith, Tim Armstrong, Chris Shary, Randall Underwood and many more, Punk Rock Bowling will proudly celebrate the art of punk through collaboration, interpretation and individual expression. The Graphic Anarchy Gallery is free and open to all ages, located on the Punk Rock Bowling festival grounds.
Known for their infamous pool parties, Punk Rock Bowling is bringing back some of the most epic aquatic festivities. Kicking off on Saturday, H20 will play their very first pool party in their 25-year career history.
Sunday will see The Pietasters headline one of Downtown’s biggest pool parties, alongside Rude Pride and DJ Gonzo & Lowlife Sound System. Monday will close out with Sloppy Seconds and a number of other popular artists. The infamous pool parties will take place at the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino for guests 18 and over and admission is free.
With so much to see and do for visitors of all ages, Punk Rock Bowling is the only place to be and celebrate this Memorial Day Weekend in the United States. Join 15,000 of your fellow punk rockers in the heart of Las Vegas for the rager of all ragers!
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