2013 Events Calendar
Jan 02, 2013
Please check with the events’ websites to confirm dates and other details.
January 19 - 20
White Pine Fire and Ice Show: In Nevada, art has been known to take many—often peculiar—forms. Maybe the most unusual (and temporary) are the sculptures at the annual White Pine Fire and Ice Show at Cave Lake State Park near Ely. The snow- and ice-sculpting event includes a fireworks show, and the town of Ely lights off fireworks from the historic Ghost Train. For more information, visit www.elynevada.net or call 775-289-3720, 800-496-9350.
January 19 - December 21 (ongoing)
Riverwalk District Wine Walk: The Riverwalk Merchants Association presents Wine Walks the third Saturday of every month along the Truckee River and on neighboring streets in the Riverwalk District downtown Reno. You must be 21 or older to participate in Wine Walks. For more information, visit www.renoriver.org or call 775-825-9255.
January 28 - February 2
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering: The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, held annually in Elko, celebrates its 29th anniversary this year. It is a music festival and week-long celebration of ranch and cowboy culture. Poetry, music, stories, gear, film, photography and food all contribute to an event that has become an annual ritual for thousands of people who value ranching and cowboy life in the West and on ranches everywhere. For more information, visit www.westernfolklife.org or call 775-738-7508
Lock your love this Valentine's Day in Lovelock: Locking your love, Lovelock style, is the perfect opportunity for couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day – or anytime. Lovers Lock Plaza in downtown Lovelock features a series of green posts connected by chains where hundreds of lovers have affixed locks to the chain links for a lasting love, according to ancient Chinese tradition. Lovers Lock Plaza is on the grounds of the Pershing County Courthouse and easily accessible, several blocks off Interstate 80. Locks can be purchased at downtown businesses. For more information, visit www.LoversLock.com or call 775-273-7213.
February 22 - 24
Eagles and Agriculture: The annual Eagles and Agriculture in northern Nevada’s Carson Valley features ranch tours and workshops that focus on the influx of bald eagles and other birds of prey that flock to the scenic Carson Valley each year during the winter calving season. Staged and hosted by the Carson Valley Inn on U.S. Hwy 395 in Minden. For more information, visit www.visitcarsonvalley.org or call 775-782-8207.
March 1 - 10
North Lake Tahoe Snow Festival: North Lake Tahoe comes alive for 10 days packed with family friendly winter fun. Check out snow-sculpture contests, parades, races, parties and concerts, as well as a polar bear swim and a luau. For more details on the North Lake Tahoe Snow Festival, visit www.tahoesnowfestival.com or call 530 583-7167.
March 3 - 10
Lake Tahoe WinterFest: Winterfest is Lake Tahoe's original Gay and Lesbian Ski Week since 1996. Come join the friendliest skiers from the U.S. and around the globe and plan a week of skiing and boarding on Lake Tahoe’s scenic south shore. The event generates plenty of buzz with nightly entertainment and non-stop action all week long. Everyone is invited. For more information, visit www.laketahoewinterfest.com or call 877-777-4950.
March 6 - 10
Shooting the West: Shooting the West is a photographers’ symposium in the western-style city of Winnemucca with distinguished presenters in many different photographic fields. The event includes participant shows, juried contests, vendors like Canon and Epson, portfolio reviews, great Basque food and lots of Western-style fun and you have a pretty good idea what it’s all about. For more information, visit www.shootingthewest.org or call 877-623-3501.
March 8 - 10
NASCAR Weekend: The annual NASCAR Weekend held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway will show off performances of the Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Sam’s Town 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and Stratosphere Pole Day. Don’t miss the fast, adrenaline pumping action of this popular sporting event. For more information, visit http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series.html or call 800-644-4444.
Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry and St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Get your taste buds ready for a gustatory experience when the “Gonadologists” start their stoves up for the annual Mountain Oyster Fry in Virginia City, Nevada’s most famous historic mining town. Cooking begins at 10 a.m. and tasting begins at noon in the Delta Saloon parking lot, C and Union Streets. The cost is $1 per taste. Top off the fun with the St. Patrick's Day Parade on C Street at noon. For more information, visit www.nvshows.com, www.visitvirginiacitynv.com or call 775-847-4306, 800-718-7587.
Monster Jam World Finals: The Monster Jam World Finals, held at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, features the ultimate monster trucks in the world competing for the highly coveted titles of Racing World Champion and Freestyle World Champion. For more information, visit www.unlvtickets.com or call 800-388-3267
April 5 - 7
Red Rock Rendezvous: Red Rock Rendezvous, the nation’s largest climbing festival, returns to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (a short drive west of the Las Vegas Strip). With more than 125 clinics to choose from, climbers of all skill levels will find an activity that suits them. For more information, visit www.redrockrendezvous.com or call 800-829-2009 or 509-340-1151.
Henderson Heritage Parade and Festival: Come and celebrate with fun for the whole family at the City of Henderson's Heritage Parade and Festival in the Water Street District. Festivities include live entertainment, international food booths, dance and cooking demonstrations, craft booths and a classic car show. For more information, visit www.hendersonlive.com or call 887-775-5252.
April 20 - 21
Boulder City Fine Arts Festival: Eligibility is opened to fine artists in all media residing in the seven southwestern states served by the Colorado River: Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Idaho and Utah. The artists exhibit their work in an outdoor setting over 130 acres in historic downtown Boulder City. For more information, visit www.bcfineartsfestival.com/ or call 702-293-2138..
April 24 - 28
Laughlin River Run: The annual Laughlin River Run is the largest motorcycle event in the western United States and features nonstop casino action, Nevada-style gaming, top-name entertainment, demo rides, exhibits and more. Entertainment in the past has included REO Speedwagon, Edgar Winter and Rick Dirringer. For more information, visit http://www.laughlinriverrun.com
April 25 - 27
Reno Jazz Festival: The Reno Jazz Festival ranks as one of the nation’s largest and most vibrant jazz festivals of its kind and attracts thousands of participants each year. The annual festival hosts hundreds of performances and clinics featuring popular jazz artists along with middle school, high school and college groups from around the West. For more information, visit http://www.unr.edu/rjf/ or call 775-784-4046.
April 27 - 28
Las Vegas City Lights Jazz & Rhythm & Blues: The annual Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz & Rhythm & Blues Festival is back by popular demand and will remain at its new location the Clark County Government Amphitheater near the Las Vegas Strip. The superior sound system and seating arrangement ensures that every seat is a good seat. For more information, visit www.yourjazz.com or call 800-969-VEGAS.
May 3 - 5
Genoa Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival: Grab your favorite Cowboy hat and boots and travel on down to Genoa for a kickin’ good time at the Genoa Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival. The event will feature talented cowboy poets, gifted musicians and craftsman, horsemen, cooks and folks who love and appreciate the western lifestyle. Tickets are available online at http://www.cowboypoetrygenoa.com or call 782-8207, 775-782-8696.
May 4 - 5
Cinco de Mayo Festival: The Reno/Sparks Cinco de Mayo Festival offers one of the largest and most spectacular showcases of Latino culture in the country, featuring world-class musicians, comedians, Charros, sporting events, a food festival, auto show, film, beauty pageant and gala awards. Location: Victorian Square in downtown Sparks and throughout Reno. For more information, visit www.cincodemayoreno.com or call 775-291-3651.
May 9- 12
Vegas Uncork’d: Vegas Uncork'd, presented by Bon Appétit magazine, is the world's most innovative culinary festival held in one of the most dynamic and important culinary destinations in the world. You'll see celebrity chefs, as well as the rising stars of the Las Vegas restaurant scene. The weekend is packed with delicious opportunities and unique-to-Vegas experiences such as world-renowned resorts and 24-hour entertainment. For more information, visit www.VegasUncorked.com or call 877-884-8993.
May 11 - 12
Reno River Festival: The Reno River Festival is America's Premier whitewater event that takes place in the heart of downtown Reno at the Truckee River Whitewater Park. Known for attracting the world's top whitewater athletes for an action-filled weekend in Reno. The festival also offers free kayak clinics for all ability levels and ages. The event attracts more than 32,000 people to the thriving riverfront district in downtown Reno. For a schedule of events, clinics and more information, visit www.renoriverfestival.com or call 775-784-9400, ext, 119.
May 16 - 19
Helldorado Days: The longest-running civic event in the history of Las Vegas is an outdoor tribute to the Wild West that attracts 40,000 people. Helldorado Days offers a four-day pro rodeo, a parade, carnival treasure hunt for gold, whiskering contest, golf tournament, poker tournament, art show and auction, trail ride, exhibits and food. For information, visit www.elkshelldorado.com or call 702-870-1221.
May 17 - 19
Spring Wings Bird Festival: Spring Wings is a celebration of birding in and around Fallon, the Lahontan Valley Wetlands and Stillwater Wildlife Refuge, a lush area on the Pacific Flyway that attracts hundreds of species of birds. The two-day event features workshops, field trips, tours, guest speakers and a banquet. This year's event will be located at Churchill County Parks and Recreation mulltipurpose building and pavilion. For more information, visit www.springwings.org.
May 24 - 26
Run-A-Mucca Motorcycle Rally: The annual Run-A-Mucca Motorcycle Rally in Winnemucca is sure to be their best event ever. Get ready for plenty of action with free live concerts, a $1,000 Poker Run, death defying special acts, and of course, the burning bike. For more information, visit http://www.runamucca.com.
May 25 - 27
Jim Butler Days: Tonopah just wouldn’t be Tonopah without a stubborn donkey and a man named Jim Butler, the rancher credited with the original silver claim that launched one of Nevada’s biggest mining booms in 1900. Every Memorial Day weekend, Jim, his wife, Belle, and his mule are fondly remembered at the annual celebration known as Jim Butler Days. Come join in all the fun – parade, dirt track races, state mining events, children’s events, street dance and vendors. For more information, visit http://www.tonopahnevada.com or call 775-482-3558.
May 26 - October 21 (Carson City-Virginia City)
V&T Railroad rides: Travel back to Virginia City’s bonanza days aboard the Virginia & Truckee Railroad, the “Queen of the Shortlines.” Powered by an authentic steam engine, the V&T travels through spectacular Wild West scenery where passengers can glimpse wild horses and other wildlife, mining artifacts and other Old West remnants during the one-hour ride along the original route through the Flowery Mountains. For more information, visit www.visitcarsoncity.com, www.visitvirginiacitynv.com or call 800-NEVADA-1-800-718-7587, 775-687-7410.
May 31 - June 1
Reno-Tahoe Odyssey: Relay teams race through the alpine and desert on a 178-mile course in the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey. Trails bypass mountain streams and follow the path of pioneers and settlers. Take in some of the most stunning scenery in northern Nevada on this two-day trek. Proceeds benefit local charities. For more information, visit www.renotahoeodyssey.com or call 775-825-3399.
May 31 - June 2
Winnemucca Mule Races, Show & Draft Horse: Competitors flock from across the country for the first event of the mule-racing season and a weekend of fun for the whole family in Winnemucca. Talented mules gallop, leap and trot through dozens of competitions as spectators cheer them on from the stands. Vendors selling everything from gourmet hot sauces to jewelry and antiques will be there. For more information, visit http://www.muleshow.com or call 800-962-2638.
America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride: This annual bicycle ride around Lake Tahoe has a reputation for spectacular scenery, great food and support. The event, held the first Sunday in June, includes a boat cruise, 35-mile fun ride and a 72-mile ride around the lake, as well as a 100-mile “century” ride. The course circles the lake with a challenging 800-foot climb to a vista point overlooking serene Emerald Bay. Proceeds benefit the Lake Tahoe Bikeway plan to build and interconnect bike lanes and trails around Lake Tahoe. It is the culmination of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America’s National Team in Training spring fund-raising program. For more information, visit www.bikethewest.com or call 800-565-2704.
June 6 - 9
Carson Valley Days: The event has its roots in schutzenfests (shooting contests) of late 19th century, first held by the early-day settlers from Germany. Stay for the parade, pro rodeo, craft fair fine-art exhibit, dance, games and kangaroo court. All events are at Lampe Park in Gardnerville. For more information, visit www.carsonvalleynv.org or call 775-782-8145.
June 7 - 9
Street Vibrations Spring Fever Rally: Street Vibrations Spring Fever Rally condenses the excitement of Street Vibrations into one weekend at Victorian Square in Sparks. The event will include the Controlled Burn Fire Dancers, live entertainment bike games, competition ride-in shows, poker runs and walks, more than 80 vendors, VIP parties for participants and more. Admission is free, but there is a fee for motorcycle participation. For information, visit www.road-shows.com.
June 7 - 9
Carson City Rendezvous: Living history weekend at Mills Park in Carson City, Nevada’s capital. Mountain Man encampment, Native American dancing and crafts, Civil War Volunteers with skirmishes, stage coach rides, camel rides, Pueblo de Nevada dancing, Scottish clan camp. Nevada Gunfighters show, arts and crafts, food court. Free western music on the star stage all weekend. Encampments open at noon. For more information, visit www.visitcarsoncity.com or call 775-687-7410, 800-638-2321.
June 14 - 16
Elko Motorcycle Jamboree: More than 6,000 motorcyclists converge on the streets of Elko for the annual Jamboree. The weekend’s activities include an open-air market, live music, antique and classic motorcycle show, parade, “outdoor interactive” activities such as touring, dirt-biking and a poker run. For more information, visit www.elkomotorcyclejamboree.com or call 775-738-4091.
June 20 - 29
Reno Rodeo: The “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West” features the best rodeo athletes from around the world, as well as a parade, a carnival and numerous craft booths. Let the kids try their hand at “mutton bustin” and grab a ringside seat for the excitement of steer wrestling, bronc riding, bull riding and more. For more information, visit www.renorodeo.com or call 775-329-3877.
June 21 - 22
Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival: Nothing washes down a good barbecue like a cold beer and cool blues, and party-goers will find all that plus live music, great food and microbrews, right in downtown Reno. For more information, visit http://www.eldoradoreno.com/reno-entertainment/schedule/?tab=4 or call 800-879-8879.
June 24 - 28
Nevada Humanities Chautauqua: Nevada Humanities Chautauqua blends the insightful depth of historical research with the fun of theatrical entertainment. The Chautauqua format is simple: a performer, in the guise of a historical figure, such as Mark Twain or Thomas Jefferson, tells "first-hand" stories about important episodes in the characters lives. Location: Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Reno. For more information, visit www.nevadahumanities.org or call 775-784-6587.
Boulder City Damboree Celebration: This year’s celebration is "Be Kind, it Takes All of Us". The event will have a pancake breakfast, a parade, music, fireworks, games and other festivities in Boulder City. For more information, visit http://www.bcnv.org/?q=node/724 or call 702-293-9256,
Star Spangled Sparks: The annual Fourth of July celebration with a day-long extravaganza and spectacular fireworks starts at Sparks Marina at 7:30 a.m. with numerous fun-filled activities for the entire family. Stretch your legs during the two-mile Fun Run/Walk or the 5K course. The celebration moves to Victorian Square at 7 p.m. with more events and a spectacular fireworks show beginning at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.janugget.com or call 800-648-1177.
July 1 - 31
Artown: Named one of the nation’s largest arts events, the annual summer arts festival in Reno features hundreds of performing and visual arts in dozens of locations citywide, including music, dance, theater, opera, children’s workshops, movies in the park, cowboy poetry, historical walks, visual arts and much more. For more information, visit http://www.renoisartown.com/ or call 775-322-1538.
July 5 - 7
National Basque Festival: When Nevada celebrated its statehood centennial in 1964, the Elko Basque Club decided to commemorate the state’s rich Basque history with a grand-scale festival. They invited all of the existing Basque clubs to participate and to send musicians, dancers, and athletes to Elko for the event. Because of the success of the activities, and the geographical centrality of Elko to other Basque communities, Elko became the site of the annual National Basque Festival. Festivities include traditional dancing, music, sporting events, food and a parade. For more information, visit www.exploreelko.com, www.elkobasque.com or call 775-738-6854.
July 12 - August 25
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: Experience one of Lake Tahoe’s most popular events and get a front row seat to the lake’s greatest cultural production at Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe State Park. This season the festival performance is about "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Tickets start at $15 for open seating and are available online, along with additional information, at www.laketahoeshakespeare.com or by calling 800-74-SHOWS (800-747-4697).
July 16 - 21
American Century Celebrity Golf Championship: Come watch more than 75 of your favorite athletes, movie stars and television stars as they vie for top honors in this annual tournament held at the Edgewood Golf Course in Stateline, Nev., on Lake Tahoe’s south shore. For more information, visit www.tahoecelebritygolf.com or call 775-588-2787.
July 25 - 28
Tour de Nez: The annual Tour de Nez, a Celebration of Cycling, is part of USA Cycling’s national race series comprised of 33 events throughout the United States with participants earning points toward individual national ranking. The schedule includes a masters race and a pro race with cyclists winding through the streets of Reno’s downtown Truckee River district. Additionally, the event features a race expo area and other festivities including live music. For more information, visit www.tourdenez.com or call 800-GO-NORTH (800-466-6784).
July 26 - 27
Reno Rainbow Fest: The Rainbow Fest has teamed up with Artown to enhance the month-long festivities. Celebrate with gay folks and enjoy remarkable entertainment like the sounds of Mumbo Gumbo and thunderous booms of Taiko Tsurunokai Drummers. Browse the many exhibitor booths and savor American and Asian cuisine. The party doesn’t end yet for those over 21. Get ready to get wet during Reno’s notorious Splash-pool party. Enjoy live music and pool games – starts at 6 p.m., Harrah’s Reno Hotel & Casino. For more information, visit www.RenoRainbowFest.com or call 742-9953.
July 29 - August 4
Reno - Tahoe Open at Montreaux: The Reno-Tahoe Open held at the Montreaux Country Club golf course is truly 'BIG TIME' as one of just 47 PGA TOUR events worldwide, and now the only event on the PGA TOUR calendar with a Modified Stableford scoring format. Bringing top-tier professional sports to the Reno/Tahoe area for the 15th year and featuring a variety of special events right on the course, this is the ultimate opportunity to see professional sports up close and personal in a beautiful setting that the entire family will enjoy. For more information, visit www.renotahoeopen.com or call 775.322.3900.
August 1 - 4
The Legends Reno-Tahoe Open at Montreux: A field of PGA TOUR professionals faces off at one of the area’s toughest and most scenic golf courses, the private Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno. The event features a pro-am tournament and golf professionals competing for a $3 million purse. For more information, visit www.renotahoeopen.pgatour,com or call 775-322-3900.
August 2 - 4
Silver Dollar Car Classic: One of Carson City’s legendary events, the Silver Dollar Car Classic, offers a spectacular fireworks show, treasure hunt, drive-in movie, champion speedway parade laps, contests and prizes. Help celebrate the show’s 17 years of classic cars, speedway excitement and hot-rod magic. For more information, visit www.silverdollarcar.com or call 775-687-7410.
August 2 - 4
Hot August Nights – The South Lake Tahoe Experience: Don’t miss this event where cars are “cherry,” cruisin’ is “too cool” and rock ‘n roll rules. Free family entertainment of automotive exhibits, 50s and 60s style outdoor stages of live music, awards and competition. For more information, visit www.hotaugustnights.net/ or call 775-356-1956.
August 6 - 11
Hot August Nights: This nationally recognized annual celebration of vintage music and autos returns to Reno for another famous cruise down Virginia Street. Featuring top entertainers of the ’50s and ’60s, car auctions, poker runs, drag races and parades, this event promises to be the best of the best for car-lovers everywhere. For more information, visit www.hotaugustnights.net.
August 8 - 12
Lake Tahoe Concours D'Elegance Wooden Boat Show: Be a part of Lake Tahoe's Classic history! The Annual boat show is a celebration of classic wooden boats. The event features social gatherings and competitions presented by the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation at the Sierra Boat Company in Carnelian Bay, CA. The boat show is one of the most prestigious in North America, drawing 80-110 restored antique and classic boat entries and 5,000 spectators. For more information, visit www.laketahoeconcours.com or call 775-851-4444.
Reno Gay Pride Festival: Come join the fun with Reno Gay Pride – the largest annual gathering of LGBT in Northern Nevada. Attendees, friends and family from all walks of life are in for quite a celebration with a first rate lineup of entertainers. The festivities kick off on Friday at 6:30 p.m., with a welcoming party and comedy show at the host hotel, Harrah’s Reno Hotel & Casino, and the festival activities are at Wingfield Park on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Great room rates are available. For more information, please call 866-344-Reno (866-344-7366) or visit www.renogaypride.com.
August 26 - September 2
Burning Man: Once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert northeast of Reno for the week-long Burning Man Festival where they create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self reliance. The art theme this year is "Cargo Cult." For more information, visit www.burningman.com.
August 28 - September 2
Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off: The biggest and most prestigious rib cook-off competition in the United States features more than 20 cookers, 100 crafts booths and free entertainment, including headliner acts nightly on the main stage, all in the heart of downtown Sparks. The event draws more than 500,000 hungry visitors and has been featured on the Food Network year after year. For more information, visit www.nuggetribcookoff.com, or call: 775-324-6435..
August 30 - September 1
Hearts O' Gold Cantaloupe Festival and Country Fair: The Hearts o’ Gold Cantaloupe Festival features concerts, parade, livestock show, mud volleyball, entertainment, kids games, and locally grown cantaloupe foods and contests. Come to the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon to taste the sweet fruit of autumn and take part in the fun. For more information, visit www.falloncantaloupefestival.com or call 775-427-4076.
August 31 - September 2
Virginia City Civil War Days ; The Virginia City, Civil War Days Labor Day weekend is sure to be a hit! There will be a true period “camp” at Miners Park with tents, re-enactors and even a camp cook to show spectators how “It Really Was” during the Civil War era. There will even be a medical practice in the camp after battles- maybe even an amputation. Don’t miss this educational and “fun” event. For more information, call 775-847-7500 or visit www.visitvirginiacitynv.com.
September 6 - 8
Virginia City International Camel Races: While not known for their speed, these desert troopers hit the racetrack as a nostalgic reminder of the Comstock Lode’s bonanza days. This family event features camel and ostrich races for a hilarious good time, plus booths selling food, gifts, souvenirs and other items. For more information, visit www.visitvirginiacitynv.com or call 775-847-4386.
September 6 - 9
The Great Reno Balloon Race: The Great Reno Balloon Race will be proudly showing off its colors with a rainbow of hot air balloons soaring about. It's more than just an exhibition of gorgeous flying machines and will feature the nation's top balloonists competing in aerial events like the Party Panda, Strawberry Heights and Soccer Ball, Target Drop and Key Grab. Location: Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Reno. For more information, visit www.renoballoon.com or call 775-826-1181.
September 7 - 10
World of Speed: Thrill-seekers test their limits at the annual World of Speed competition near West Wendover. Land-speed racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats includes streamliners, lakesters, roadsters, highway-haulers, trucks, production, altered, street-legal, electric bar stools, go-carts, and junior dragsters. For more information, visit www.saltflats.com or call 314-692-0247.
September 11 - 15
National Championship Air Races: The world’s longest running air race is a favorite among Reno locals and visitors alike. The nationally recognized event features a variety of race classes, military and historic airplane displays and aerobatics exhibitions. Location: Reno Stead Field, eight miles north of Reno. For more information, visit www.airrace.org.
Tractors & Truffles: Fallon Showcases two of its greatest assets that are alive and thriving; agriculture and the fine arts. Crowds are treated to farm tours, wine tasting, exciting entertainment and a four-course gourmet dinner prepared almost entirely from Nevada-grown foods by top chefs. It can't get any fresher than that! For more information, visit www.fallontourism.com or call 775-423-4556.
Edible Pedal 100: Gather up the family and your cycling buddies and head to the Battle Born state of Nevada, Reno area, for the scenic and delicious Edible Pedal 100 bike ride. The ride showcases Nevada’s scenic treasures and culinary delights and stages from the historic Bowers Mansion in Washoe Valley. In addition to gobbling up the beautiful landscape, riders will eat fresh and seasonal bounty at rest stops along the way and at the post-ride barbecue. The event offers something for every rider from young children to serious roadies ready for a challenge. A cost is involved – amount depending on route. For more information, visit www.ediblepedal100.org, or call Kerry Crawford, 775-393-9158.
September 18 - 27
Re/Max World Long Drive Championship: The event has grown from a mostly low-key event to one that includes golfers from virtually all corners of the world. Competitors come from more than 125 countries and compete for a purse worth over $450,000. The 2011 Re/Max championship event held in Mesquite is open to all pros and amateurs alike. For information, visit www.longdrivers.com.
September 25 - 29
Street Vibrations Fall Rally: Get your motor running with five days of motorcycle tours, live concerts and entertainment, ride-in shows, a parade, poker run and numerous vendors in Reno, Sparks and Virginia City.. An official event of the Harley-Davidson Dealers Association of Northern California, Street Vibrations is H.O.G. heaven. For more information, visit www.road-shows.com.
September 27 - 29
Ruby Mountain Balloon Festival: The sky over Elko fills with more than 40 brightly colored balloons during the Ruby Mountain Balloon Festival. Spectator admission is free. For more information, visit www.rubymountainballoonfestival.com or call 775-392-249, 800-248-3556.
September 27 - 29
Greek Food Festival: Get ready to enjoy the big fat Greek Food Festival, which returns to St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Las Vegas. This one falls squarely under the heading of “family entertainment,” and it doesn’t get much more wholesome than this. Listen to Greek music, buy trinkets from the marketplace, and, most importantly, eat. The festival promises everything from baklava to dolmathas to savory meats and beverages. For more information, visit www.lasvegasgreekfestival.com or call 702-889-6376.
Las Vegas - Smith's 350 Camping World Truck Race: The 2013 Smith's 350 Camping World Truck Race will be held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas. Join us for an exciting time as the top racers from across the country compete. For more information, visit www.nascar.com/en_us/camping-world-truck-series/schedule.html or call 800-644-4444.
September 28 - 29
Genoa Candy Dance: The annual Genoa Candy Dance: a craft fair like none other, nestled in the small town of Genoa in Carson Valley, is a perfect place to start your holiday gift shopping. It’s the ultimate candy and craft sale to which artisans from all over northern Nevada flock to sell their wares. Breathe in the small-town spirit of an old-fashioned craft sale and stock up on candy and sugarplums for the upcoming holidays. The vendor booths are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are scattered all through town, so wear walking shoes and get there early for a good parking spot. For more details, visit www.genoanevada.org/candydancefaire.htm or call 775-782-8696.
Chicken Wing-Off: Get ready for some finger lickin' when the Carson Station brings its chicken wing cook-off to town. Besides lots of tasty chicken wings, attendees can enjoy live music and a deejay, while sampling chicken wings and shopping for arts and crafts among the vendors. Prices for sampler plates start at $3 for four wings and can cost $5-$7 for 12 wings or $7-$9 for a plate of 18.The event, presented by the Great International Chicken Wing Society, is held in the Best Western Carson Station Hotel Casino parking lot, 900 S. Carson St., Carson City. For more information, visit www.carsonstation.com or call 775-883-0900.
October 3 - 6
Las Vegas BikeFest: Come join more than 40,000 motorcyclists for this annual event. A four-day international event with a $100,000 Poker Run, custom bike show, vendor display, Miss & Mr. Las Vegas BikeFest competitions, Grand Prize Giveaways, entertainment, and more. Don’t miss Artistry in Iron, Master Builders’ Championship, where you will see a display of the 25 hottest builders’ bikes. For more information, visit www.lasvegasbikefest.com or call 702-450-7662.
October 5 - 6
Art in the Park: The largest outdoor juried art festival in the Southwest will be held over two days in beautiful Boulder City, not far from Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and the bright lights of Las Vegas. Over 300 artists will display juried fine art, crafts and original art work. Unique food, beverages, demonstrations, live music, and activities for children and raffle giveaways will be on site. The event is free to the public and draws more than 100,000 visitors. For more information, visit www.artinthepark.org or call 702-293-0214.
October 12 - 13
Great Italian Festival: The annual installment of this proud celebration is held at the Eldorado Hotel Casino in downtown Reno. Activities include a grape-stomp, spaghetti eating contest, Italian food booths and entertainment. For more information, visit www.eldoradoreno.com.
October 5 - 6
Reno Celtic Celebration: Look for lots of music, dance, and unique athletic competition at the Reno Celtic Celebration. Bag Pipe bandswill play throughout the weekend, along with an assortment of dance troupes and Celtic music bands. Wander the grounds to see what you will find in the way of food, drink, and vendors with a variety of Celtic-themed goods. Location: Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno. For more information, visit www.renoceltic.org or call 775-827-5250.
October 17 - 20
Haunted Ghost Walks: Minden, Gardnerville, Genoa – Relive history through the departed when ghosts rise from their resting places to tell you their stories and guide you through Carson Valley’s colorful past. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit www.visitcarsonvalley.org or call 775-782-2555.
October 19, 2013
Kit Carson Trail Ghost Walk: Walk the path of yesterday with spirits of old Nevada appearing in historic homes. The first walking tour departs at 9:30 a.m. in the Nevada State Museum courtyard, downtown Carson City. For more information, visit www.visitcarsoncity.com or call 775-687-7410.
October 23 - 27
Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough World Finals: The final stop on the PBR circuit, Las Vegas hosts the world finals at Thomas and Mack Center with a variety of fun events and celebrations throughout town. For more information, a full schedule of events and world finals competition, visit www.pbrnow.com, www.pbr-lasvegas.com or call 800-732-1727.
October 24 - 27
Nevada Day Celebration: Enjoy four days of events to celebrate Nevada’s birthday starting with the Kit Carson Trail Ghost Walk. Come enjoy many events including a beard contest, food, music and the largest parade in the state, the Nevada Day Parade on Saturday, Oct. 26. For more information, visit www.nevadaday.com or call 866-683-2948.
CANFEST beer festival: The CANFEST event showcases dozens of breweries from every corner of the globe to bring the deliciousness of canned beer to the masses. It is the first event of its kind and serves as recognition of the fast-growing popularity of canned craft beer and a celebration of the benefits of the aluminum cylinder. Long regarded as a symbol of inferior beer, the can has come into its own in recent years as beer drinkers realize that cans offer superior protection from sunlight and oxygen infiltration, and the containers are much more portable and environmentally friendly than their glass counterpart. Location: Downtown Reno at the Reno Events Center, Reno Ballroom, held from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. For more information visit www.canfestbeer.com or call 775-323-2977.
November 9 - 10
Aviation Nation: Presented by the U.S. Air Force: Aviation Nation has been called one of the most diverse, entertaining and well-run air shows in America, as well as one of the largest aviation events in North America. Approximately 125,000 spectators are expected to attend the free event at Nellis Air Force Base outside of Las Vegas, held annually Veterans Day weekend. For more information, visit www.nellis.af.mil/aviationnation or call 702-652-7469.
November 12, 2013 - January 5, 2014
The Magical Forest: The Magical Forest is a wonderful experience for kids of all ages. From the moment you enter, you are enchanted by the sights and sounds of the Christmas holiday season. From strolling through decorated trees and displays to photos with Santa, rides on the carousel or train and nightly entertainment, there is something for everyone. For more information, visit www.opportunityvillage.com or call 702-259 3700.
November 15, 2013 - January 1, 2014
Chocolate Wonderland: During this special time of year in Henderson, visitors can take a self-guided factory tour and stroll down Ethel’s Cactus Garden’s illuminated cacti pathways featuring half a million lights and enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of Chocolate Wonderland. Throughout the season, local choirs will perform holiday favorites and Santa will appear. Events and tours are free to the public – all ages are welcome. Open 5 p.m.-10 p.m. For more information, visit www.ethelschocolate.com or call 702-435-2641.
Las Vegas Great Santa Run: Looking for some festive family fun? Put on your Santa suit and meet 12,000 runners from all over the world at the. Join Grand Marshal Terry Fator and a host of celebrities for a fun-filled morning of live entertainment, parachuting Santa’s and great food! This event is sure to get you warmed up for Rock ‘n’ Roll and in the holiday spirit. Register before November 1st to win a fabulous Vegas weekend getaway! For more information, visit http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/las-vegas.
December 5 - 14
National Finals Rodeo: Rodeo's brightest stars meet in Las Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo. It's 10 days of ropin,’ ridin’, buckin,’ racin’ and wrestlin’ a.k.a. cowboy heaven! Once again rodeo's top-notch competitors will leave it all on the dirt at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas during their quest for respect, glory and rodeo gold! Vegas becomes a true cowboy scene with Western-themed events all over town. The official kickoff is the annual Downtown Hoedown at the Fremont Street Experience. Watch country stars perform live in the heart of Las Vegas. The party starts at 6 p.m. and admission is free. For more information on the Downtown Hoedown, visit www.vegasexperience.com, National Finals Rodeo, www.nfr-rodeo.com or call 888-637-7633.
December 6 - 8
Christmas on the Comstock Parade of Lights: Christmas on the Comstock kicks off with an annual Christmas Parade of Lights in Virginia City. Shops are decorated in Victorian splendor and most stay open after the parade to serve warm apple cider. Stop by the Historic Fourth Ward School for a Victorian Christmas Tea or meet Father Christmas at the Visitors Center. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.visitvirginiacitynv.com or call 775-847-7500, 800-718-7587.
Silver and Snowflake Festival of Lights: Witness the lighting of the state Christmas tree, State Capitol building and all of downtown Carson City during this spectacular festival of lights. Other activities include a visit from Santa and caroling. For more information, visit www.visitcarsoncity.com/ or call 775-687-7410.