Larry Martino

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Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, its the annual Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival!

If you are looking for something fun and different to do with your family this weekend, then plan on heading north on I-15 from Las Vegas for just over an hour to enjoy this desert city’s annual hot air balloon event. It is FREE and open to the public!

The event will take place Friday January 27 through Sunday January 29 in the parking lots of the Oasis and CasaBlanca Resort, Casino and Spa at 950 West Mesquite Boulevard. According to an article by News 3 Staff and posted on, over 35 hot air balloons are set to launch into the desert skies above Mesquite, Nevada each morning of the event. The morning launch will happen around 7:30 am each day of the event from the Oasis parking lot.

During the evening hours, the popular “Night Glow – Candlestick Show” takes off around 6 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings from under the video marquee sign in the southwest parking lot of the CasaBlanca Resort. If you would like to see photos of this incredible event from past years, CLICK HERE.

Per the article, Christian Adderson, Assistant General Manager for Mesquite Gaming, explained: “Our organizers have found a way to make the Festival even more enjoyable by allowing visitors to get behind-the-scenes looks at balloon staging, piloting, and flying.”

According to, their rooms are sold out for this weekend. So, either make it a one-day trip, or find a room through one of the many travel websites available to you with a quick Google search. Enjoy!


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.

10 Free Things You Can Do In Vegas

Vegas is becoming a lot more popular with our ever growing strip of casinos, expanding sports teams and population of residents. Vegas is a place that many have overlooked for years due to the “vulgarity” and “party centric mindset.” Yet, did the judgements of those realize that behind the smoke and mirrors is a beautiful city?

Now-a-days, people are having a change of heart with how “cheap” it is to live here with all of the amenities that come along with it. People are moving to Nevada for different reasons. Some appreciate that we have less traffic, big entertainment, dry weather and the convivence to do things at all hours of the day. Individuals are able to afford homes with multiple rooms, a kitchen, backyard, garage and more. Couples are planting their roots in Vegas and starting families of their vary own.

Did we mention most of the places in Vegas have free parking? No, we are not talking about Las Vegas BLVD. As we are in a landlocked desert, we don’t have a beach but that isn’t hindering people when it comes to going out— especially during summer time.

Out door malls, casino art installations and farmers markets are just a few of the extras that locals get the chance to experience just for living in Vegas. Some of the free things to par take in aren’t seen in plane sight and have to be sought out but once found are worth the hunt. A few of the free activities are a bit of a drive so take so take some time off to explore the city in it’s fullest capacity.

With the economy like a rollercoaster, it can be challenging to have fun without hurting the bank account.

We have found 10 fun things to do in the Entertainment Capital of the World that are FREE. Yes, zero cost. Enjoy.

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