Thursday, May 24
The UNLV baseball team has wrapped up a sub-.500 regular season, but that’s OK; the Rebels still have the Mountain West Conference Championships to look forward to, today through Saturday at UNLV’s Wilson Stadium. Check TheMWC.com for a tournament bracket and ticket information.
Friday, May 25
Here’s a mashup aimed squarely at a younger demo: the Amateur Fighting Championships at 5:30 p.m. at South Point Arena. Yes, it’s got lots of cage-match MMA fighting. It’s also got bikini bull riding, free beer tasting and, of course, food trucks. Because who wants to do anything without a food truck nearby? SouthPointCasino.com.
Saturday, May 26
Memorial Day weekend is upon us, which means you’re free for the next three days. Perhaps those three days should include the annual Rockabilly Rod Reunion at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Pre-1964 cars, vendors, music, drag racing, a swimsuit competition, a burnout contest … sounds pretty bitchin’ to us. Gates open at 10 a.m. today and tomorrow; check LVMS.com for ticket info.
Sunday, May 27
Who says you need to bowl alone? The 14th annual Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival, featuring NOFX, Rancid and other groups not traditionally associated with the bowling alley, comes to Las Vegas from Friday through Monday. Catch concerts at the festival stage at Sixth and Stewart streets and at clubs throughout downtown. The bowling tourney is at Sam’s Town on Saturday and Sunday. Check PunkRockBowling.com for tickets and info.
Monday, May 28
We interrupt your beer drinking and barbecuing for a reminder of the real reason behind Memorial Day: to honor the fallen servicemen from all our country’s conflicts. Toward that end, the Palm Downtown Mortuary is holding its 47th annual Memorial Day service at 9 a.m. in the large Chapel. 1325 N. Main St., PalmMortuary.com.
Tuesday, May 29
The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater marks five years of pushing boundaries tonight at The Smith Center. The 7:30 p.m. show kicks off its spring concert series. Go and raise your culture quotient. $27-$65, TheSmithCenter.com.
Wednesday, May 30
In 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt created the Bracero program to bring guest workers from Mexico to the United States to alleviate a labor shortage in our fields and factories. It lasted 22 years, and enabled 2 million Mexicans to come here on short-term labor contracts. Learn more about this suddenly relevant bit of history through the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit Bittersweet Harvest, at the Springs Preserve through July 29. SpringsPreserve.org.