Thursday, September 4: Pole dancing is a sport. If you don’t believe us, bear witness at the Pole Classic Competition and Pole Star Showcase at the Pearl. The 7 p.m. kickoff to the three-day Pole Expo at the Palms gathers the top 20 rising athletes in the industry—plus 10 pros—on one stage. $49; PoleExpo.com.
Friday, September 5: We like to think of the Harvest Festival as the arena rock tour of craft shows. Traveling through nine cities this fall, the legendary artisan exhibition brings thousands of arts and crafts to Cashman Center today through Sunday. 850 Las Vegas Blvd. North; $4-$9; children under 12 are free. HarvestFestival.com.
Saturday, September 6: The Las Vegas Pride Festival takes over Clark County Amphitheater from noon to 10 p.m., with a little something for everybody. A food court, family activity zone and bar booths complement live music and performances from a bevy of celebrity impersonators. If amphitheater parking overflows, drive to World Market Center’s Gold Lot for complimentary shuttle service. $10-$15; children 5 and under are free; LasVegasPride.org.
Sunday, September 7: Las Vegas is known for pricey meals, but $10,000 for one piece of meat? That’s the purse up for grabs at the Great Vegas Gridiron Grill-Off BBQ & Tailgate Festival. Sample competitor entries while also enjoying live entertainment, grilling demonstrations and games at the newly opened Downtown Las Vegas Event Center. Noon; $20; DLVEC.com.
Monday, September 8: “Harvest Moon” is more than an acoustic classic from Neil Young. It’s also the last full moon closest to the autumnal equinox on Sept. 23—and it’s happening tonight. It’s so named because farmers can work late into the night by the light of the moon. Just look up, Las Vegas.
Tuesday, September 9: It’s your twice-yearly excuse to gorge on sausage and peppers: San Gennaro Feast is back! The homage to the Italian martyr runs today through September 14 at the Grand Canyon Shopping Center. If for some reason food is not enough of an incentive, there will be rides and music, too. 4245 Grand Canyon Dr.; $9; SanGennaroFeast.com.
Wednesday, September 10: UNLV’s Jazz Concert Series kicks off the new season with a performance by the Joe Williams Sextet at the Clark County Library. Every second Wednesday at 7 p.m. until November 12, you can count on student ensembles to keep the library hopping with everything from smooth jazz to big-band sounds. 1401 E. Flamingo Rd. UNLV.edu.