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2016 Fall culture calendar: Food, festivals & family

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Supply your own haggis jokes

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Something Scottish is a daylong bash — the 16th one so far — celebrating the kilt-wearing, sheep-guts-eating, Sean Connery-delivering culture of Scotland. There will be music, food, kids activities and clan stuff. Cosponsored by Saint Andrews Society of Southern Nevada. (SD) 10a, Whitney Library, free, 702-507-4017



Cultural exchange

Taiko drums! Lion dance! Asian food! Enhanced cultural understanding! Every part of the Springs Preserve’s Asian Heritage Celebration sounds like a good reason to attend. (SD) 10a--4p, Springs Preserve, $5 adults, $3 children,

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Not the wurst thing that could happen

If only there were a word for a fall festival devoted to the overconsumption of Germanic foods and brews, listening to oompah bands and contemplating the propriety of public displays of lederhosen. But what word could capture all that? None we can think of. But we’ll ponder the question during Oktoberfest, presented by the city of Las Vegas and the German-American Social Club of Nevada. (SD) 3-9p, Historic Fifth Street School, free,


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Tippling and noshing for a good cause

The annual Grapes & Hops festival combines a widely beloved human activity (drinking fine wines and beers, and enjoying cuisine from excellent restaurants) with a salutary human impulse (to contribute to a good cause, in this case breast cancer awareness). So join in! As long as you’re 21 or older!
(SD) 5-9p, Springs Preserve, $30-$115,



Eat well for a good cause

The March of Dimes’ annual Signature Chefs Auction brings together top Las Vegas kitchen wizards, whose delicacies will dazzle attendees into greater generosity at auction time, the better to raise funds to help infants. (SD) 6:30p, Green Valley Ranch Resort, 702-690-0716



After this, we vow never to use “spooktacular” again

Bring the kids in costume — but if you’re an adult, leave your mask at home (it’s the rulez) — to the spooktacular fun of the Haunted Harvest. There will be ghost stories, a petting zoo (note to Springs Preserve: a ghost petting zoo would be extra spooktacularific!), carnival stuff, games and more. (SD) 5-9p, ticket prices TBA, Springs Preserve,



Because I could not stop for Death, he kindly stopped to arrange this festival in his honor

The Día de los Muertos — Day of the Dead — celebration is a Hispanic tradition going back thousands of years. The idea is to celebrate your deceased loved ones in a mad burst of life-embracing ritual and fun: dancing, arts, theater, skull-decorating and much more. (SD) 4-6p, ticket prices TBA, Springs Preserve,



Elsewhere is here

Unity and diversity are the keywords for the 2016 CultureFest: Look for food and performers representing a number of cultural traditions. In an era when the common wisdom is that globalization is homogenizing the world, here’s a chance to see how varied and interesting the rest of the planet is. (SD) Noon-4p, Pioneer Park, free,



That darn short film festival!

Still going strong as it hits its 13th year, the Dam Short Film Festival will once again bust out more than 100 short films over four days in the quaint Boulder Theatre in Boulder City. (SD) Details TBA,