Thursday, Nov. 1
If cooking is a competitive sport—and judging by all food-themed reality TV, it must be—then it needs a crowning event. And it’s got one: the World Food Championships, through Sunday at Bally’s and other venues. It’s four days of cooking contests in categories from burgers to side dishes, with winners advancing to the final table for a shot at being crowned World Food Champion. WorldFoodChampionships.com.
Friday, Nov. 2
Master storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston weaves African-American stories and songs into mesmerizing performances that are half cultural enlightenment and half entertainment. Take the kids, the show is free (but requires tickets, which can be picked up in advance). 7 p.m., West Las Vegas Arts Center, 229-4800.
Saturday, Nov. 3
If you’ve ever seen a hot-air balloon and wondered, “How do they steer those things?” today is your chance to find out. The Friends of Metro Search and Rescue Las Vegas are holding their inaugural balloon festival and carnival from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow at Southern Hills Hospital, 9300 W. Sunset Road. About 30 balloons, and their pilots, will be on hand to answer your questions. LasVegasBalloonFest.com.
Sunday, Nov. 4
If crafts are your thing, Cashman Center will be the center of your universe this weekend. The Great Craft Festival is rolling into town, and that means 50,000 square feet of cute stuff. The show starts Nov. 2 and ends today at 5 p.m. StevePowers.com.
Monday, Nov. 5
Revel in the beauty and precision of the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, a cultural institution that has been touring the world for 50 years. The first show is Nov. 4; the second one is today. $24-$59, 7:30 p.m., TheSmithCenter.com.
Tuesday, Nov. 6
Heard anything about some election today? Apparently polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and you can find your polling place on the Clark County Election Department’s website, ClarkCountyNV.gov. It’s like they were keeping this a secret or something.
Wednesday, Nov. 7
Veterans Day isn’t until next Monday, but UNLV is getting a head start with a walk/run to honor Rebel vets from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. today on the main campus. The free event includes a wreath ceremony at the UNLV Veterans Memorial, located near that iconic flashlight on campus. Go to UNLV.edu/events to sign up for the run.