Have a ball (or a few!) alongside 7,000 other daring revelers for a party that only the Comstock could throw. Typically occurring each March, during St. Patrick’s Day weekend, this beloved annual event takes over the entire town, combining the Rocky Mountain Oyster tastings, and an Irish-themed bar crawl in historic saloons throughout town. Part of the events scene in historic Virginia City for many years, sample tasty testes from cooks competing for the title of Best Rocky Mountain Oyster Cook in the West with chefs preparing these “delecta-ball” delicacies in a way that’ll sure make you forget what you’re really chowing down on. Sample Rocky Mountain Oysters grilled, smoked, deep fried or even in a taco. Or, go balls out and try them all!
Dress in your most outlandish St. Patty’s Day garb, walk in the parade, join the costume contest and get in on the Ballbreaker Saloon Crawl. This full-on Irish testy festy is the place to be for St. Patrick’s Day, complete with music and the most outlandish St. Patrick’s Day atmosphere found west of the Mississippi.
Tickets are sold online for $45 per person, and must be purchased in advance. This annual event is a fave for locals and visitors alike—be warned that the number of tickets available tend to sell out. You’ll receive one tasting ticket for each of the 10 Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry cooks, who are spread throughout town. For all other samplings, ranging from alcoholic beverages to sweet treats, ticket holders will receive a wristband. Ticket holders must check in at Piper’s Opera House between 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM—no check ins, or walk ups will be allowed beyond 2:00 PM.
For more information about Virginia City’s Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry and to get your hands on tickets, get in touch with event organizers directly at Visit Virginia City by dialing (775) 847-7500.