Thursday, Oct. 3
If you’re gonna fight, might as well do it for a good cause. Round 4: Knockout Cancer for Candlelighters Kids is an annual MMA showcase of a dozen top fighters beating on one another for charity. Tickets: $15-$75, 6 p.m., Orleans Arena, OrleansArena.com.
Friday, Oct. 4
They had us at “all you can eat,” but Henderson’s Cowboy BBQ, today through Sunday at the Henderson Events Plaza on Water Street, also offers beer, bands, carnival rides and games. Plus, it’s a cooking competition, so some of the best pitmasters in the nation will be there. 5-10 p.m. Oct. 4, Noon-10 p.m. Oct. 5, Noon-9 p.m. Oct 6; Free; TheCowboyBBQ.com. In the evening, head for the Henderson Pavilion to see the Henderson Symphony Orchestra perform Wagner. 8 p.m., Free.
Saturday, Oct. 5
If you’d rather celebrate the harvest with Dionysus, head over to Springs Preserve this weekend for the Grapes & Hops Festival, 5-9 p.m. As the name implies, you’ll enjoy wine and beer tastings, plus food, music and a silent auction. SpringsPreserve.org. Meanwhile, the season’s first Shakespeare in the Park performance of The Comedy of Errors comes to Henderson’s River Mountain Park at 7 p.m. Additional performances are at Discovery Park on Oct. 12 and Lake Las Vegas Oct. 19. Free, HendersonLive.com.
Sunday, Oct. 6
Catch seven one-act plays by the students in the College of Southern Nevada’s School of Fine Arts, all in one place and at one time. The One-Act Festival at the Cheyenne campus began Friday and concludes with a matinee today. And admission is only $5. CSN.edu/PAC. Also, October 5 and 6 mark the return of Boulder City’s popular Art in the Park to the city’s Bicentennial, Wilbur and Escalante parks. BCHCares.org/Foundation/Art-in-the-Park.
Monday, Oct. 7
This one ticks all the boxes: Books, Bubbles and Brews is a mixer for all Las Vegas residents interested in literature. Rub elbows with authors, including our own Oscar Goodman and Alison Packard, and enjoy complimentary beer and sparkling wine, 6-8 p.m. in the Las Vegas City Hall’s Now Cafe. It’s part of the Vegas Valley Book Festival, so keep your eyes open for more literary events throughout October.
Tuesday, Oct. 8
Should Western states tax carbon as a means of controlling emissions and dealing with climate change? If so, how would we set rates? Manage revenue? Enforce the rules? Such are the issues Adele Morris will tackle at the Brookings Mountain West lecture at 5:30 p.m. in Greenspun Hall. UNLV.edu/BrookingsMtnWest.
Wednesday, Oct. 9
What would we do without UNLV to fill the entertainment lull early in the week? Tonight’s offering is a gem: concerts by the Department of Music’s Jazz Ensemble II and Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, 7 p.m. at the Flamingo Library Theater. Music.UNLV.edu.