Things to Do in Sunrise/Whitney, Oct. 1-7


Midnight Mayhem is scheduled from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 4 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 7000 Las Vegas Blvd. North. The event is designed as a safe alternative to illegal street racing and allows drivers to pit their own street vehicles against one another on a drag strip. The entry fee for races is $15, and admission for spectators is $5. Call 800-644-4444 or visit

A free Jazz Picnic is planned for 5 to 9 .m. Oct. 5 at the park at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Drive. Ronnie Rose and his quintet, David Poe’s Dixieland Band and Michito Sanchez and his jazz and clave ensemble are set to perform. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Call 702-455-7340.

The Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society plans to open its 51st season with a concert of “American Music” at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Drive. This performance will feature hymns and folk songs from the Revolutionary War, Civil War and World Wars I and II. Tickets are $10 in advance at the front desk of the center or $12 the day of the concert from 1 to 2 p.m. at the door.

Sam’s Town, 5111 Boulder Highway, is scheduled to host a WWE “Battleground” viewing party at 5 p.m. Oct. 6 inside Sam’s Town Live! Doors will open at 3:30 p.m., and admission is $5 cash only at the door.

Piano experimentalist and poet Carlos Mongrut is set to perform a free concert from 3 t0 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave. Call 702-507-4011.

Bank of America is offering free museum access through its Museums on Us program the first weekend of every month. Oct. 5-6, anyone with a U.S. Trust, Merrill Lynch or Bank of America debit or credit card can visit the Discovery Children’s Museum, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum or the Springs Preserve free. Show your card at the ticket window. Visit

The Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave., plans to host the exhibit “Wanderings of Western Desert and Mountains” during regular library hours through Nov. 19. Call 702-507-6222.


Hogs & Heifers Saloon’s eighth anniversary party is scheduled at 9 p.m. Oct. 2 at the venue, 201 N. Third St. Visit or call 702-676-1457.

The Pure Aloha Festival is set to return to the Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, from 4 to 11 p.m. Oct. 3-4, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 5 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 6. The event will feature crafts, food, live entertainment and amusement rides. General admission is $8. Tickets for senior, military and children 5 or older are $6. Visit

The annual Woodturners exhibition is set to run Oct. 3 through Dec. 8 during regular library hours at the Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Drive. An artist reception is planned for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3. View the craftsmanship and skill of the association’s members, including lathe-turned wood, wood vessels, wood boxes with inlay and other creations. Visit

Tickets are available for October performances at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave. “War Horse” is set for Oct. 2-6, and “Sister Act” is scheduled Oct. 15-20. For more information and tickets, visit or call 702-749-2000.

Jazz B4 Midnight with RJ and the Assignment is set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave. Tickets are $22 to $25. Visit or call 702-749-2012.

The 13th annual Las Vegas Bikefest, an event for motorcycle enthusiasts, is scheduled Oct. 3-6, with activities planned at several locations. The main events are set at Cashman Center, 850 Las Vegas Blvd. North, beginning at noon Oct. 3 and ending at 3 p.m. Oct. 6. Additional events include two poker runs and a poker walk starting at the Bikefest’s host hotel, the Golden Nugget, 129 Fremont St., and a Joe Nichols concert set for 8:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 5 at Cashman Center. Visit

Students at the College of Southern Nevada and members of the Las Vegas theater community are set to join together to direct and perform one-act plays scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and 5 and 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at the BackStage Theatre, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave. General admission is $5. Seating is limited. Experienced actors and directors, as well as those who are new to theater, are encouraged to participate. The festival involves more than 30 people as directors, actors or crew members. Call the CSN ticket office at 702-651-5483 or visit

The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre is set to perform “The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers” at 7 p.m. Oct. 4, 5, 11 and 12 and 2 p.m. Oct. 6, 12 and 13 at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. Visit or call 702-229-6383.

The second annual Cowboy BBQ Cookoff is scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 4, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 5 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water St. The event is to feature entertainment and barbecue vendors. Admission is free. Visit

The fourth annual Grapes & Hops Festival is set from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Wine and beer tastings are planned, along with food samples from Stripburger, El Segundo Sol and Mon Ami Gabi, music by The Busker Kings and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Par for The Cure, a nonprofit that raises funds for breast cancer research. Tickets are $40 in advance or two for $70. Remaining tickets will be sold at the gate for $50. Each admission includes a sampling glass and unlimited wine, beer and food samples. Springs Preserve members receive $5 off each ticket. Visit

The fifth annual Oktoberfest is scheduled from 2 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. The free, family friendly event is set to include German music, dance, food and beer. The celebration is presented by the city of Las Vegas and the German-American Social Club of Nevada. Visit,, or call 702-229-3515.

An event called Everything and Nothing is scheduled at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Onyx Theatre, 953 E. Sahara Ave. Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. The event is scheduled to feature several silent films accompanied by a cellist and guests musicians. Tickets are $20. The event is a fundraiser for the Huntridge Foundation, an organization aimed at preserving the architectural integrity, history and culture of the Huntridge Theater and the surrounding community. Visit or call 702 732-7225.

The Silver Statesmen barbershop chorus and its quartets plan to present “Celebrate Harmony” in honor of the 75th anniversary of the group’s parent organization, the Barbershop Harmony Society, at 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at Desert Spring United Methodist Church, 120 N. Pavilion Center Drive, for $15. Visit

A Taste of Shakespeare in Summerlin is slated from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 5 at The Hills Park, 9110 Hillpointe Road. Join Mayor Pro Tem Stavros Anthony, City Councilman Bob Beers and the Summerlin Council for eight scenes from some of Shakespeare’s best-known plays, as well as face painting and other family-friendly activities. Scenes start every half-hour. Admission is free, and food is to be available for purchase. A second stage will host “Shakespeareoke” and at least one scene conducted predominantly in French. Expect photo opportunities with costumed performers after the plays. Call 702-229-6405.

Books, Bubbles and Brews, a pre-Vegas Valley Book Festival event, is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 7 at NOW Cafe at Las Vegas City Hall, 495 S. Main St. The event is set to provide readers with an opportunity to meet local and national authors. Visit or call 702-229-5902.

Locals with valid ID can enjoy $6 off the $20 admission to the “50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic” exhibit by mentioning “Imagine Exhibitions Loves Locals” at the Imagine Exhibitions Gallery box office in The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, during October. Visit

The exhibit “Flores para el Día de los Muertos (Flowers for the Day of the Dead)” is set to feature work by local Hispanic artists exploring flowers and other objects as part of the annual Day of the Dead celebration. The exhibit is scheduled at Chamber Gallery at Las Vegas City Hall, 495 S. Main St., through Nov. 7. Visit or call 702-229-1012.

“Sculptural Patterns: Life, Nature, and Reflections from the World We Live In,” featuring work by Bobbie Ann Howell, is scheduled at the Grand Gallery at Las Vegas City Hall, 495 S. Main St., through Nov. 14. Visit or call 702-229-1012.

Left of Center Art Gallery is set to host “Perceptions in Translation” through Nov. 23 at 2207 W. Gowan Road. The art installations from “three unique artists with similar ethnic backgrounds” will be open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call gallery director Marylou Evans at 702-647-7378.

The Children’s Book Illustrators Exhibit is scheduled through Nov. 30 in the Mayors Gallery of the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. Visit or call 702-229-1012.

Ballroom dancing is planned from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Fridays at the Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road. Music is provided by Boyd Coulter’s Good Times Band. The cost is $4 per person. Call 702-795-8140.

The Country Fresh farmers market is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays at the Henderson Pavilion, 200 S. Green Valley Parkway. Admission is free.


Sam’s Town, 5111 Boulder Highway, is scheduled to host its first annual Health & Wellness Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11. The free event is set to feature more than 30 local health and wellness companies and offer complimentary health screenings. Visit

The Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival is planned for 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at Sunset Park, 2601 E. Sunset Road. Admission is $10 per day for adults and $5 per day for seniors ages 60 or older and children 5-12. Children 4 or younger will be admitted free. Visit

The Wonderground variety shows are scheduled at 8, 9 and 10 p.m. Oct. 17 at The Olive, 3850 E. Sunset Road. The show features artists, magicians, dancers, musicians and more. Tickets are $10 at the door. Visit

Teens are invited to participate in a Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournament at the Sunrise Library, 5400 E. Harris Ave., from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Players must bring their own deck of cards. No buying, selling, or playing for cards are allowed. A winner will be awarded a prize at the end of the tournament.

The Kumukahi Ukulele and Hula Festival is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19 at Sam’s Town, 5111 Boulder Highway. Tickets range from $22 to $55. Visit

The Sunrise Library, 5400 E. Harris Ave., plans to host a Guitar Basics for Beginners class from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19 and Nov. 16. Players will learn tuning, simple chords and a song. No registration is required, and the class is free, but players must bring their own guitar. Call 702-507-3907.

The Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave, invites teens to participate in the Teen Zombie Survival event scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Participants will be divided into teams to compete in challenges, including a zombie makeup challenge and a dance-off to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Prizes will be awarded.

Jazz and blues musician Brian Culbertson is set to play Oct. 26 at the Railhead at Boulder Station, 4111 Boulder Highway. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30. Guests must be 21 or older. Visit

A Halloween puppet show is planned for children at the Sunrise Library, 5400 E. Harris Ave., from 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 31. The show invites children to wear costumes and enjoy puppet tales featuring pumpkins, ghosts and other Halloween characters.


The “Las Vegas Rocks Variety Show” featuring Tony Sacca is scheduled to play Fridays beginning Sept. 13 at the Railhead at Boulder Station, 4111 Boulder Highway. Doors open at 1 p.m. Guests must be 21 or older. Visit

Classic rock tribute band Yellow Brick Road is set to play Fridays at the Railhead at Boulder Station, 4111 Boulder Highway. Doors open at 9 p.m. Guests must be 21 or older. Visit

Sam’s Town, 5111 Boulder Highway, plans to host Monday Night Football viewing parties inside Sam’s Town Live! Doors open one hour before kickoff. The events are free to B Connected members and will offer one free draft beer and prizes. Guests must be 21 or older. Visit


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