The Best Part About the Life Is Beautiful Festival Wasn't the Music

After taking over Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada for three fun-filled days, Life Is Beautiful Festival 2017 has officially come to a close.

I hit up the third and final day of the festival yesterday, and it was not at all what I was expecting, but in the best way possible.

Up until attending the music event, the only other festival I had been to was Warped Tour. I've never really been one for the festival scene, but I figured it was time to venture out of my comfort zone and give Life Is Beautiful a try, especially because I wanted to see PVRIS, Dua Lipa, HAIM, Mura Masa, Gorillaz and The xx perform all in one day. I mean where else are you going to see all of these artists take the stage together?

PVRIS, Dua Lipa, HAIM at Life Is Beautiful

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While watching these musicians showcase their unreal musical abilities with some solid sets was a definite highlight, the real reason I enjoyed Life Is Beautiful so much was because of the abundance of art showcased on the festival grounds.

Everywhere you turned, there was a wall mural worthy of posting to your Snapchat stories or a display to pose in front of for a whimsical Instagram post. My phone ran out of battery so quickly, because I literally kept taking pictures of every art piece I came across.

Art at the Life Is Beautiful festival in Vegas

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The most exciting instillation at the festival was the playful Art Motel, which is an immersive exhibit in an abandoned hotel created by members of the arts collective group Meow Wolf. Festival goers are given the opportunity to interact with some pretty surreal and eclectic art, all while snapping plenty of pics for social media.

Art Motel by Meow Wolf at Life Is Beautiful Festival in Vegas

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Each room features a unique display, ranging from a ramen-inspired room to a space decked out in glittery ice cream pops. The Art Motel truly was a site for sore eyes.

Life Is Beautiful also hosted an exhibition called Crime on Canvas, where high-profile artists debut original works for the festival that you can take home, though they are a little bit pricey, I must admit.

Artwork on display inside Crime on Canvas at Life Is Beautiful Festival in Vegas

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What I expected from Life Is Beautiful was honestly just another music festival where I was able to see some of my favorite artists perform their hearts out, but I left feeling so inspired by all of the breathtaking works of art surrounding me. I guess you could say the event really reminded me that life is beautiful.


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