The UNLV School of Music presents dozens of free classical music recitals and concerts every term. Most are by students, performing solo or in small groups. There are also performances by music faculty, guest artists, and visiting ensembles. Some things, such as their symphony orchestra and wind band concerts, have a small charge. You can find the complete list on their website.
Gilcrease Orchard in the northwest part of the Las Vegas Valley has fruit and vegetables for sale. You can purchase from their stand or pick your own on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon. Check their website to see what's available. They also have apple cider.
If you enjoyed the photos from the ‘Focus on Nevada’ annual photo contest from the June issue of Desert Companion, you can now feast your eyes on all the finalists at various locations around the valley. Come check out all the beautiful photography of Southern Nevada — including people and places, abstracts and nature shots, and even altered images.
Visit Nevada’s longest running stand-alone haunted attraction as it celebrates its 18th year of being a “Top Haunt.” Walk through the sanitarium as a terrifying story unveils. This isn’t your basic monsters and spooks attraction, this is the real deal. $15–$35. Fri. & Sat. 6:30 p.ml.; Sun & Thu 6:30 - 10 p.m. Meadows Mall, lvhaunts.com
Continually voted one of the scariest haunted houses on the planet! Enter through the Gates of Hell (rated R), be vexed by the Coven 13 and sink you fangs into Castle Vampyre. $14–$35. Grand Canyon Shopping Center, 4245 S. Grand Canyon Drive, freaklingbros.com
The Copycats and Other Critters animal program runs on the weekends at the Springs Preserve January 29. It explores the range of special skills found among Mojave Desert animals. Participate in experiments and activities.
Some 50 large-scale photos examining the whole lifespan of oil: drilling, production, distribution, the uses it’s put to. (The Canadian artist took some of the photos in North Las Vegas.) Oil — it gets into everything. Free, unlv.edu/barrickmuseum
Looking for a new best friend? The Animal Foundation is discounting adoption fees for select dogs and cats during the rest of October. Fees are reduced 50% for all dogs 6 months and older, with no fees for pit bulls 6 months and older. All cats six months and older can be adopted for $5.
Hundreds of butterflies and an array of plants return to the seasonal butterfly exhibit at the Springs Preserve. Wander through the unique Butterfly Habitat and witness the interactions between free-flying butterflies and the plants that sustain them.
This exhibition brings the science of the future into the present, sending you on a unique journey filled with explorations, curiosity and discovery. Interactive, engaging exhibits challenge the mind and body. You can move objects with your mind, become invisible, play games with robots, experience augmented reality and more. Science Fiction, Science Future is a co-production of Scitech Discovery Centre and Imagine Exhibitions.
Left of Center Art Gallery presents "In Pursuit of Sanity," an exhibition of artists pursuing either a Masters or Bachelors Degree in Fine Art at UNLV. In the midst of the chaos in the world, these students are pursuing art as a career, which is the the only sane path according to architect Frank Gehry. There's a reception on November 12.
MonteLago Village at Lake Las Vegas will hold their 2016 Fall Festival through November 27 with free activities daily from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Included: pumpkin patch, hay bale maze, trick or trike tricycle course and a corn pile. Plus, many special events on Fridays and Saturdays.
OCT. 14 -31, 5:30-10P; This child-friendly event will feature rides and attractions including The Haunted Adventure, the Forest Express Ghost Train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel and Boris the Elf’s 3-D Experience. Guests will enjoy nightly parades, crafts, spooky movies, storytelling, “Scary-oke,” the Candy Cabin and special entertainment in the Haunted Castle Courtyard. Each night will feature a different theme with costume contests and prizes awarded to winners. $11.99, adults; $9.99, children.Opportunity Village, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd., opportunityvillage.org
Go in costume and enjoy this family-friendly event featuring a petting zoo, trick-or-treat stations, crafts, family bingo, carnival games, live music and performances by Chimps on a Blimp. $7. Springs Preserve, Weekends, October 14-30 , 5 to 9 p.m.
Twenty-one Southern Nevada Allstate Insurance agencies will host a community-wide teddy bear drive for children in need at eight Clark County schools October 17 through November 17. You can hlep them reach the goal of 1,200 bears - enough to provide one to each child. The teddy bears drive is part of a larger effort to raise funds, necessities, and toys for the children in need at the schools.
Ethel M Chocolate Factory & Cactus Garden holds Decadence in the Desert on the third Thursday of every month from 4 to 9 pm. There will be beautiful and cutting-edge local art, unique cuisine from local food trucks, and some truly decadent chocolate. No charge to attend.