Fitz and The Tantrums Between a 2011 residency at Cosmo’s Book & Stage and this year’s tour with Bruno Mars, Vegas has watched the soulful six-piece grow into a breakout act. Catch ’em once again, and be ready to dance your socks off. September 5, 8 p.m., $25, Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool.
The Cult Longtime frontman Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy (along with a newish rhythm section) hit the stage for a live rendering of the British rockers’ breakout album, 1987’s Electric, along with a second set of other material. Time to brush up on those “Love Removal Machine” lyrics. With White Hills, September 6, 8 p.m., $35-$38, House of Blues.
UNLV vs. Arizona After a lopsided loss at Minnesota last week the Rebels face the Pac-12’s Wildcats in their home opener. We’re not holding our breath for a win in this one, but we’ll be there, beer in hand, cheering the home team on nonetheless. September 7, 7:30 p.m., $20-$50, Sam Boyd Stadium.
Ironman 70.3 World Championships The 70.3 refers to miles—the 1.2-mile swim at Lake Las Vegas, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run 1,800 badass triathletes will complete as they battle to be called the best in the world. Next year, the epic race moves abroad, so scream yourself hoarse and get a hefty dose of athletic inspiration while you still can. September 8, Lake Las Vegas start, 6:30 a.m.; Henderson Pavilion finish line and Ironman Village, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Harvest Festival The super-show for handmade arts and crafts is back, with more than 200 artisans showing their stuff, and a stilt cowboy, rock pianist and plate-spinning comedian billed as the “Funny Waiter” on the side. September 6-8, Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $4-$9, Cashman Center.
Indelicate Artist JW Caldwell curates an exhibit of works by Las Vegas artists—Chris Bauder, Justin Favela, Todd Duane Miller, Brent Sommerhauser and Erin Stellmon—all known for their brilliant use of unconventional materials and methods. September 5-28, CAC’s Project Space.