Mint 400, Lacrosse in the Desert and St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

A curated guide to this week in your city


Thursday, March 12

Few things say “Las Vegas” like the Mint 400. Off-road racing, parties, parades, all that heavy-duty machinery and (of course) the Miss Mint 400 contest add up to an iconic weekend. The actual race is Saturday, but the festivities began March 11.

Friday, March 13

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t until the 17th, but who wants to party like the Irish on a Tuesday? Henderson has you covered this weekend with the 49th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade, 5:30 p.m. today through Sunday. Games parades, crafts and food are all on tap in that other downtown.

Saturday, March 14

Experienced garage-sale shoppers know: Size absolutely matters. The bigger the sale, the better the chances of scoring something really cool. Which is why the Great Garage & Antique Sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Silverton, is a good bet. It’s like 100 neighborhood sales in one convenient location.

desert_lax_WEBSunday, March 15

Seen a good lacrosse match lately? If not, this is your lucky weekend, as the UNLV women’s lacrosse team is hosting its annual Desert Lacrosse Tournament, Friday through today at the Thunderbird Sports Complex (6105 N. Durango Dr.). Teams from north and south gather here, with today’s games at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Monday, March 16

A few weeks back we mentioned that Springs Preserve’s annual photo contest was accepting entries. That deadline has passed, but now you can see what area photographers came up with at the Springs Preserve Photo Contest Exhibition, through June 21. The theme of this year’s show: Celebrations and Traditions.

Tuesday, March 17

If Henderson’s St. Paddy’s Day throw down didn’t satisfy your need for good, green fun, here’s another opportunity: the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Firefighter Fun Challenge at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The parade starts at noon, followed by six challenges of firefighter physical prowess.

farm_short_film_WEBWednesday, March 18

We’re going to get all avant-garde on you today with two short films by video artist Dale Hoyt. Farm and The Complete Anne Frank are both psychedelic and slightly freaky pieces by an artist whose work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Getty Contemporary. Should be a mind-bending evening. 6 p.m. at UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum;