Friday, July 27
Dancing days are here again with CSN’s 14th annual Dance in the Desert Festival, 7 p.m. tonight, and 2 and 7 p.m. tomorrow at the College of Southern Nevada’s Nicholas J. Horn Theatre. Seventeen dance troupes from all over the country, and beyond, will perform alongside local groups. And it just so happens that tomorrow is National Dance Day. $10 adults, $8 students, CSN.edu/pac.
Saturday, July 28
You call yourself a street baller? You’d probably take one elbow to the face and cry like a schoolgirl. The guys from Ball Up Streetball? They’re real players, and they’ll be in town today with their brand of no-holds-barred basketball for the Ball Up Championship, 7 p.m. at the Cox Pavilion. Go and get schooled. BallUp.com.
Tuesday, July 31
Remember when the good guys rode horses and shooting straight was a necessary skill? We don’t either, but Las Vegas loves its Wild West lore and there’s a wagon train full of it coming to the South Point in the form of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association’s Western U.S. Championship. Free, through Saturday, CMSAEvents.com.
Friday, Aug. 3
We’re becoming a regular agricultural mecca here in the desert with so many farmers markets popping up. The latest is fresh52 at Town Square, an event so hip it eschews capitalization even though it’s a proper noun! 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays.
Saturday, Aug. 4. Ah, Las Vegas, the place where people go to escape the humdrum, meet like-minded souls, drink too much and … buy exciting new postage stamps. Philatelists will want to be at the Coin, Currency, Jewelry and Stamp Expo, through tomorrow at Circus Circus.
Sunday, Aug. 5
Why is it that professional soccer never seems to catch on in this country? Promoters try this and that, but in the end it’s the other kind of football that flips our national switch. Maybe the World Football Challenge can push soccer into the Vegas mainstream as Spain’s Real Madrid and Mexico’s Santos Laguna take the pitch at Sam Boyd Stadium. 8 p.m., $71-$256, UNLVTickets.com.
Tuesday, Aug. 7
Back to Town Square tonight, 5-9 p.m., for the 29th annual National Night Out, an event directed at taking back city streets from criminals. But in this case the kiddies can meet McGruff the Crime Dog and you can cruise Banana Republic.