Grab a Cocktail and Head to the Bigger and Bouncier Las Vegas Burlesque Festival

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Thursday, Nov. 6

Year 2 of the Las Vegas Burlesque Festival promises to be bigger, bouncier and naughtier than the 2013 debut. The four-day event at the Gold Coast opens today with a cocktail hour at 8 p.m. and a burlesque parade at 9. That’s our kind of entertainment. Tickets: $28-$59.25;

Friday, Nov. 7

Think MMA is exclusively a boys’ club? Well it isn’t. And in order to promote that fact, two MMA organizations are joining forces to award two female fighters a potentially lucrative contract at the Future Stars of MMA. The fights that will decide who gets the contract start at 8 p.m. at Cox Pavilion. Tickets: $28-$53;

Saturday, Nov. 8

What are your plans for today? Well, cancel them because the Brew’s Best Beer Festival is happening, and who among us wants to miss a beer festival? This one happens twice a year at the Village in Lake Las Vegas. There will be dozens of local and regional brews for quaffing and a lovely lake to stroll around. Tickets: $25-$40;

last_chance_wicked_WEBSunday, Nov. 9

Last call for Wicked, the Broadway smash that has spent the last month on the boards at The Smith Center. In case you don’t know, it’s the backstory of the two witches who are featured in The Wizard of Oz, and it’s really good. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; tickets: $45-$161;

Monday, Nov. 10

Mondays are good for taking in some art, and today is a good day for Unnatural Selection, an exhibition of alien curiosities that at first seems quite foreign but really speaks to very human qualities. Through Jan. 15 at Las Vegas City Hall’s Grand Gallery.

Tuesday, Nov. 11

According to the people who put it on, the Las Vegas Veterans Day Parade is the second largest in the nation, behind the one held in New York City. And while we wait for that to be independently verified, there’s no need to check on the fact that this is a great event honoring all American veterans. It starts at 10 a.m. at Fourth Street and Gass Avenue.

food_champ_WEBWednesday, Nov. 12

Now that cooking is a competitive sport, it’s only natural it culminates in the World Food Championships. And it’s only natural that said championships take place in Las Vegas, which they do, today through Nov. 18 at various locations Downtown. These contests pit amateurs against one another in categories from barbecue to bacon. Tickets: $25-$275;

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