When an experiment turns into a tradition in Laughlin, it means there was a show worth taking a chance on at one time—then consistently that same show proved itself time after time to be one audiences didn’t want to miss. The Memorial Day Comedy Festival at the Riverside Resort was that show. Experiencing comedy served up as a variety show with veteran comedian Gabe Lopez as the show’s producer, performer and emcee was like discovering a hidden gem on the entertainment landscape—more along the lines of one of those underground clubs in Vegas, known only to a lucky few. But now the word is out and the Comedy Festival is coming back to the Riverside Resort over the Labor Day weekend this time.
If you are a local, or a regular visitor to Laughlin—especially if your visits are on holiday weekends—you are aware that the Avi Resort & Casino doesn’t simply wait for the Fourth of July to set off a major fireworks display. Nope. Beginning in 1996, and continuing every year since, they have been filling the skies above the Colorado River with the amped-up creations of Zambelli Internationale Fireworks on Memorial Day weekend, the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend.
The Colorado Belle is home to a multitude of outdoor festivals that embrace particular themes and for the Labor Day Riverwalk Festival, it’s a celebration of the end of summer and the cooler temperatures just starting to take hold of the Colorado River region—think of it as one big neighborhood block party.