July 2
Celebrate Independence Day festivities at the Lake Las Vegas Community with a free event featuring two simultaneous fireworks shows, patriotic music from the Henderson Symphony Orchestra and a DJ and band during the day. Additionally, enjoy dining options in the MonteLago Village, Seasons Grocery, Reflection Bay Clubhouse, Hilton Lake Las Vegas and Westin Las Lake Vegas, and water sports and watercraft activities through Lake Las Vegas Water Sports. The event is part of Lake Las Vegas’ Summer of Celebration. For information, visit lakelasvegasevents.com.

July 4
The 23rd annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade is the valley’s largest Independence Day parade with over 35,000 people expected to attend, 2,500 participants and more than 500 volunteers assisting with parade operations. It features over 70 entries, including traditional floats, giant helium balloons, bands and performing groups, and a variety of kids’ favorite storybook and cartoon characters. The parade begins at the corner of Hillpointe Road and Hills Center Drive in The Trails Village of Summerlin; it travels south on Hills Center Drive toward the Village Center Circle roundabout before heading west on Trailwood Drive. The parade ends at the corner of Trailwood Drive and Spring Gate Lane. New this year: a free shuttle from Downtown Summerlin to the parade start location that will run every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to noon. For more information, call the Summerlin Council at 702.341.5500 or visit summerlin.com/patriotic-parade.

July 10-14
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is offering Camp Broadway for students ages 6 to 9 (Shining Stars Camp) and 10 to 17 (Mainstage Camp). The program is designed for students who love the theater, giving them the chance to enjoy an authentic Broadway experience. Broadway artists and performing arts partners will teach campers how to deliver as if they’re live on stage and in the Big Apple. Classic Camp is open to students of all skill levels; no previous experience is necessary. For more information, call 702.749.2538 or visit thesmithcenter.com.

August 19
Aid for AIDS of Nevada is hosting the 31st annual Black & White Party featuring live entertainment, gourmet food and handcrafted cocktails for a crowd all dressed in black and white. All the proceeds from the event will benefit AFAN, Nevada’s largest and oldest nonprofit dedicated to serving the HIV/AIDS community in Southern Nevada. For tickets and more information, visit afanlv.org. Must be 21 and over to attend and black and white attire is required.

June 14
The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce will present Business Expo 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in the South Hall. The Business Expo transforms a trade show floor into a pop-up community using street signs, a central networking park and other fun, interactive elements to enhance the theme and create new opportunities for the local business community to connect and build relationships with one another. It is an opportunity to meet and network with nearly 2,000 potential customers, contacts and service providers. For more information, visit lvchamber.com.

July 4
The 4th of July annual Pahrump Fireworks display lights up the sky with one of Southern Nevada’s longest fireworks. In the evening bring a blanket or a lawn chair and watch the explosion at Petrack Park. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit visitpahrump.com.

May 26
Lee Canyon opens for the summer season Friday through Sunday. Activities include scenic chairlift rides, disc golf, hiking, a mini skateboard ramp and patio games. The Bristlecone Bar & Grill will serve food and beverages in the restaurant and on the patio. Scenic chairlift rides on the Sherwood lift offer sweeping views of Lee Canyon. Lee Canyon’s 18-hole disc golf course starts at 9,300 feet in elevation and leads players on a hike down through the resort’s mountain terrain to each hole. Players get to the top of the course by riding the chairlift or hiking for roughly 40 minutes. With temperatures roughly 20 degrees cooler than in the Las Vegas Valley, Lee Canyon is a summer exercise spot for local and visiting fitness enthusiasts for running, hiking and mountain biking on the nearby Bristlecone Trail. The resort will be open through September 4, Labor Day, weather permitting. For more information on Lee Canyon, visit leecanyonlv.com.

June 9
The 12th annual Señoras of Excellence / Señores of Distinction Gala will be held at Wynn Las Vegas. The men and women honored at the gala support the educational growth of young Latinos and Latinas in Southern Nevada. Honorees include Dr. Barbara Atkinson, UNLV School of Medicine; Yolanda T. King, Clark County, Nevada County Manager; Brad Friedmutter, Friedmutter Group; Honorable Governor Bob Miller; Julie Murray, Moonridge Group; Las Vegas Sands and Encore Productions. To purchase tickets, 702.638.4654 or visit soesod.org.

June 3
The Las Vegas Philharmonic Guild will host a Romanian Rhapsody fundraising gala at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino. The annual gala will honor the first Honorary Consul appointed to the newly formed Nevada Consular Corps in the state of Nevada and long-standing Guild member, Lia Roberts. Special guests include His Excellency George Cristian Maior, Ambassador of Romania and Las Vegas Philharmonic Music Director Donato Cabrera. The event will include a champagne reception and silent auction followed by a dinner, live auction and entertainment. Musical performances will include a welcome salute by T.A.P.P.S. (Trumpeters Alliance to Perform Patriotic Services), the Romanian Children’s Choir and other special guests performing works by Romanian composers. To purchase tickets, email GuildGala@lvphil.com or call Toni Carpenter at 702.275.6565.

July 13-15
The Professional Darts Corporation will present the 2017 World Series of Darts at the Tropicana Las Vegas. A very popular sport around the world, the biggest names in darts are returning to compete in a three-day tournament including participants from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Dubai, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Two days of qualifiers on July 11 and July 12 will allow any darts player from North America the chance to win a spot in the eight-player North American Championship. To buy tickets or for more information, visit pdc.tv/Vegas.