Burgers and Fries Get in the Ring at the World Food Championships


Thursday, Nov. 7

The second World Food Championships are taking over the Fremont Street Experience, today through Sunday. What does that mean for you, the spectator? Free demos, tastings, games, contests and more. WorldFoodChampionships.com.

Friday, Nov. 8

The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater closes out its season on a high note tonight with its Fall Concert, featuring the world premier of Firebird, a work choreographed by LVCDT’s own Bernard H. Gaddis with music by Igor Stravinsky. 7:30 p.m. at The Smith Center. Tickets: $24-$79; LVCDT.org.

Saturday, Nov. 9

What, exactly, is the Scavenger Dash? It’s a race, a scavenger hunt, an urban exploration, a costume contest and a puzzle, all rolled up in an event that takes you all over Downtown in search of clues and photo ops. It’s also a good time. Check-in starts at 11 a.m., and the race is at noon. Registration: $130; ScavengerDash.com.

Sunday, Nov. 10

If you ride, why not do it for a good cause this weekend? Bike MS: Vegas Challenge 2013 rolls through town Nov. 9 and today with bicycle rides ranging from 30-150 miles, bike mechanics on hand, refreshments during the rides and parties afterward. Proceeds support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Registration fee: $35; fundraising minimum: $250; BikeNVL.NationalMSSociety.org.

Monday, Nov. 11

Make your way to Fourth Street between Gass and Ogden avenues Downtown for the Veterans Day Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. VeteransParadeLV.com. Or, there’s your morning alternative: Sesame Street Live at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion. This musical treatment of everybody’s favorite kids show is at 10:30 a.m., and it’s the last one before the production moves on. Tickets: $23-$61; UNLVTickets.com.

Tuesday, Nov. 12

Around here, there’s one sure way to know the holiday season has officially begun: Keep an eye on the Botanical Cactus Garden at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory. When it is transformed into a lighted wonderland, it’s time to find a turkey and get your shopping list together. The official lighting ceremony is at 5 p.m. today, and the garden is open for tours beginning tomorrow. EthelM.com.

Wednesday, Nov. 13

Join UNLV students and faculty as they honor the men and women who served our country in the Veterans Day Run/Walk, 6 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Valerie Pida Plaza on campus. All participants receive a T-shirt and a chance to fill out thank-you cards to send to deployed soldiers. UNLV.edu.