pure aloha festival

Pure Aloha Festival, A Local’s Review

Every year the Pure Aloha Festival happens in Las Vegas and all the “9th island vibes” come out including homemade Islander food, art/crafts made by local artisans, traditional dancing, and more. The Pure Aloha Festival is a great weekend family activity – and is easy to include babies up to teenagers in the festivities!

Our article focuses on taking a toddler, a preschooler, and two adults to the Pure Aloha Festival during the spring. We enjoyed good food, snagged homemade Maui carving and hockey, and saw incredible dancing performances!

Pure Aloha Festival

Pure Aloha Festival is held bi-annually at Craig Ranch Regional Park and is a four-day celebration of Hawaiian and Pacific Islander culture, music, and cuisine. Here are some more details on other tips including ticketing, parking, food, entertainment and shopping at the Pure Aloha Festival. Pure Aloha is a family event that is set up to entertain peoples of all ages.


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Dates

For Spring 2023, the festival will be held April 6-9.

  • Thursday, April 6th from 5pm – 10pm
  • Friday, April 7th from 5pm-12 midnight
  • Saturday, April 8th from 1pm-12 midnight
  • Sunday, April 9th from 12pm – 10 pm

Location

Craig Ranch Regional Park
628 W Craig Rd
North Las Vegas, NV 89032

Parking

There is a parking lot located on the corner of Commerce and Craig Rd. Parking will have a fee of $5.

At $5 it’s a steal – and the lot is in close proximity to the entrance. The lot does fill up fast in our experience so get there early! And of course, if it’s a tough day to get there early with the family there are shuttles running from overflow parking nearby.

Cost

All general admission is $15 – $25 depending on the day. All children under 42 inches are free. NO re-entry as of 2023.

  • Thursday, April 6th $10 Pre-sale $15 Day of
  • Friday, April 7th $15 pre-sale and $20 day of
  • Saturday, April 8th $15 pre-sale and $20 day of
  • Sunday, April 9th $20 pre-sale $25 day of

There can be big-ticket prices for family events in the valley but the Pure Aloha festival is feasible for a family of four with 2 adults and 2 children under 5 yr old. We enjoyed the fact that there is re-entry during the day which is great for families who live close by. In case the little ones need a nap or you forgot that extra pair of clothes at home.

There is also a carnival but those ticket prices are separate from the general admission as its run by a third-party.

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pure aloha festival

Food

The food vendors included all kinds of food which was a highlight! We tried Samoan, Hawaiian and Filipino food and treats all day long. Our favorite was the Strawberry or Guava mochi donuts from Paina Cafe for a sweet, chewy afternoon treat!

**The Poké bowl pictured below is from Tersty Treats**

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Activities (Besides the Food!)

Entertainment + Concerts

A highlight of the festival is the concerts – it’s even in the name!

There are concerts in the afternoon and into the evening which include all different kinds of dances. Some of the highlights are the Samoan Fire dancing, Hawaiian Hula, and Tahitian dancing as well. The talent of these men and women (and kids) is incredible and fun to watch!

The entertainment is including in the cost of general admission. The dancing, concerts and performances are in the evening so it may be great for older kids.

Local Handmade Art + Crafts

There are many local artisans who have booths at the Pure Aloha Festival – more than 20 are listed on their website! We were able to get a set of kukui beads, a hat, and a couple of t-shirts to mark the occasion and it was wonderful to see all the different designs from local artists.

There were truly so many options that it was tough to pick just one item to take home!

Carnival Area

pure aloha festival

There is a large carnival area that is operated by a third party. I will say there were a lot of rides that did seem a little rusty, but if your kids love carnival rides, this might be for them!

BRING CASH for the carnival rides as they only accepted cash or credit, no debit. Plus, it makes it easier as using an ATM at one of these events always makes me a little nervous for identity theft.

**The ticket prices below are from 2022, so they may not be the same for the festival you’re attending.**

pure aloha festival

Know Before You Go

Strollers and Wagons

The festival is typically at a large park which means stroller preferences can be challenging, but we loved our UppaBaby Vista stroller. Here’s why:

  • The double stroller was slim and easily navigated through crowds (we had a seat for the toddler and preschooler with an option for the standing kickboard if we needed it!).
  • The wheels of the stroller smoothly navigated grass, dirt and did well on the gravel for the short distance from the parking area.
  • Future Exploration Tips: as our kids get older we will be doing a folding wagon with lap belts since the kids will be older.
  • Bring a stroller or wagon that can easily navigate different terrain – bonus for a baby carrier if you have one you love!

Arrive Early

  • Get there early if you can to take advantage of cheap parking nearby.
  • Also, lines get long VERY quickly and no one likes to wait in the heat for long. Last year the shaved ice line was over an hour wait, just to ORDER, then you had to wait for your shaved ice to be made.

Beat the Heat

It can get pretty hot, so we recommend:

You can find all of our summer must-haves to beat the heat, here.

Baby Food / Formula

Enjoy the food, drinks, vendors and music but know there are crowds so take a deep breath and have your snacks ready! You cannot bring in outside food or drink, however, we were find bringing in some kid snacks in our bag. Here is a list of everything allowed to bring inside:

  • Blanket
  • Beach Mat
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Baby Food/Formula
  • Lawn Chairs (only in designated lawn chair area)

Grab Your Tickets!

Have you been to Pure Aloha Festival? We make this festival part of our activity list every year and have been in both the spring and fall – either time is a fun experience!

Don’t forget to grab your tickets!

Kelsey Daniels is a mama of two, wife, and physical therapist who works with pregnant/postpartum mamas and babies in their homes. She loves to share information that supports parents in the early years and especially supports mama’s as they navigate self-advocacy. After their first baby, Kelsey and her husband realized they wanted to try out the desert life and moved from the Pacific Northwest to the Las Vegas valley. Kelsey and her family are always in search of adventure but also value relaxing time at home. A passion for her family, movement opportunities for all as a physical therapist, and easy beauty hacks helped shape her blog as it looks today.