For three days each year, the “Gateway to Death Valley” fills up for town-wide revelry powered by great chili, live music, bike and car shows, and some of Nevada’s more interesting competitions. Our faves? Root Beer Belching, Chicken “Drop” Bingo, and the Pickle Liquor Hoot-N-Holler (drink a shot with pickle juice and hot sauce… then yell), and the infamous Bed Races. Load the whole fam up for an #NVRoadTrip you won’t forget then hit the road to Beatty Nevada for this top annual Nevada event.
One of Beatty Days main events is the legendary Bed Races—and nope, not a typo. Head for downtown Beatty watch teams of adults and kids race actual beds down main street, then be sure to catch the downtown street parade, historical reenactments and gunfights, Miss and Junior Miss Beatty Days crowning, and the International Chili Society-sanctioned cook-off and more. Other exciting events include a pet parade, car show, trunk-or-treat, Dutch oven cook-off, Tombstone 3K Walk/5K Run, desert art show, poker walk, piñata breaking, climbing wall, model railroad exhibit as well as contests, live music and tasty food. And during your time in Beatty Nevada, be sure to keep an eye out for the storied Beatty Cowboys—your trip to Beatty is incomplete without snagging a selfie with this photogenic bunch.
Since its inaugural inclusion in Beatty Days 2019, the Bullfrog Biennial compliments this signature Nevada event with even more festivities happening in Rhyolite ghost town, just minutes up the road from Beatty. Both Rhyolite and Beatty (along with many more mining camps) were part of the Bullfrog Mining District during their early 1900s gold mining booms, and are now all that’s left of this massive mining district. Celebrating their Old West roots and modern day artist revival, head to Rhyolite to hear more than 35 artists take the stage for live music, poetry and performance art in Rhyolite ghost town and the Goldwell Open Air Museum and Red Barn Art Center.