Saturday June 1, 4 to 8 p.m.: It is the fourth annual Brews & Blues Festival offering food and beers from local, regional, domestic and international brewers at the Springs Preserve. Live entertainment will be provided by Twice as Good, Scott Rhiner & The Moanin’ Blacksnakes, The Diane Kallay Band and Dennis Jones. Entry includes sampling mug and unlimited samples. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at gate. VIP tickets are $75 and include access to indoor, climate-controlled brewers lounge with beer samples and food. For more information, visit springspreserve.org.
Thursday to Sunday, May 16-19: Helldorado Days recaptures the spirit of the Wild West with a four-day festival filled with outdoor community events including America’s original extreme sport, a professional rodeo, along with a carnival, parade and entertainment. The annual Helldorado Parade will be held Saturday, May 18, at 5 p.m. The event, produced by the Elks Lodge #1468, donates 100 percent of the ticket proceeds to children and veterans charitable organizations in Southern Nevada. Tickets and event information is available at elkshelldorado.com.
Sunday, June 2, 7:30 p.m.: The Tenors will perform in Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center with the release of their new album, “Lead With Your Heart.” The Canadian quartet have performed on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (with Celine Dion), for Her Majesty The Queen, the live broadcast of the 2011 Emmy Awards, at the opening ceremonies of Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics and for the NBA, MLB and NHL All-Star Games. They have been hailed as musical ambassadors and Canada’s national treasure. For more information and tickets, visit thesmithcenter.com.
Thursday, July 4, 8:30 a.m.: The 19th annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade will be held to celebrate Independence Day with more than 40,000 people expected to attend. The parade features more than 60 entries including traditional floats, Macy’s-style giant helium balloons, bands and performing groups and a variety of kids’ favorite storybook and cartoon characters. The main event begins at 9 a.m. at the corner of Hillpointe Road and Hills Center Drive in The Trails village of Summerlin. Participants travel south on Hills Center Drive toward the Village Center Circle roundabout before heading west on Trailwood Drive. The parade will end at the corner of Trailwood Drive and Spring Gate Lane. For more information, call The Summerlin Council at 702.341.5500.
May 29-July 16: The 44th World Series of Poker 2013 will be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Poker stars and spectators are invited to the annual World Series of Poker 2013 Las Vegas championship for more than a month of high-stakes gaming. The winner has been known to take home more than $8 million; the Big One for One Drop, a charity poker tournament at the WSOP, awarded the winner more than $18 million.
July 18–21: The Las Vegas Film Festival will be held at Las Vegas Hotel and Casino offering a variety of film screenings from Oscar-winning films to world premieres, exclusive celebrity tributes and interviews, interactive panel discussions, a screenplay competition, red carpet parties, a filmmaker reception, as well as a closing night ceremony and awards. The festival showcases feature films, shorts, foreign films, documentaries, animation, music videos, television pilots, a Nevada filmmakers showcase, experimental films and screenplay competition. For more information, visit lvfilmfest.com.
May-June: The 24th season of the Clark County Parks and Recreation County Jazz in the Park free concert series will feature the Las Vegas Academy Jazz Combo, which has invited the first three artists to perform with them: Dee Dee Bridgewater on May 11, The Jeff Hamilton Trio on May 18 and Tom Scott on May 25. The series continues with Earl Klugh on June 1 and Pete Escovedo on June 8. Seating for those with picnic baskets, blankets and low-back chairs will begin at 6 p.m. with performances beginning at 7 p.m. at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. Food vendors also will be available. Parking is free. For more information, call the Clark County Parks and Recreation at 702.455.8200 or visit clarkcountynv.gov/parks.
Friday-Sunday, Aug 9-11: The Neighborhood Awards (formerly The Hoodie Awards) created by talk show host and entertainer Steve Harvey honors local businesses, religious/neighborhood leaders, churches and high schools for their contributions as well as excellence within their own neighborhoods. Along with the awards show; concerts, parties and a golf tournament will be held. The Steve Harvey Morning Show will broadcast live Friday morning and Neighborhood Awards Interactive Expo will showcase live product demonstrations, product sampling and free giveaways for Neighborhood Awards attendees. For ticket sales and more information, visit neighborhoodawards.com.
Through Labor Day, Sept. 2, daily 9:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.: Imagine Exhibitions Gallery at The Venetian Las Vegas presents the traveling exhibition “50 greatest Photographs of National Geographic,” which showcases some of National Geographic’s most remembered and celebrated photographs from its 125-year history, such as Steve McCurry’s unforgettable “Afghan Girl,” Nick Nichols iconic image of Jane Goodall and chimpanzee and Thomas Abercrombie’s never-before-seen view of Mecca. Additionally, documentary videos throughout the exhibition tell the stories behind the photographs and the photographers who shot them. For more information, call 702.414.9000 or visit venetian.com.
Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Centennial Hills Children’s Arts Festival is a free festival to be held at Centennial Hills Park and Amphitheatre. Participants will enjoy award-winning musicians including Aaron Nigel Smith, Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players and Alex & the Kaleidoscope Band. Other performers include the Nevada School of the Arts, Broadway in the Hood, the West Las Vegas Arts Center Drum Ensemble, and DJ Tony. Children will participate in make-and-take art activities, interactive demonstrations in drama, music and dance as the experience “The Zone.” Other activities include jump houses, face painting, balloon artists, circus clowns, petting zoos, chalk on the walk, a recycling demonstration and workshop. The festival also will include a marketplace with a mix of local family-oriented businesses, organizations and food vendors. Call 702.229.6383 or visit artslasvegas.org more information.