Nevada’s Gotta-See Gatherings

Whatever you’re into, just say the word. Chances are, we’ve got an event in Nevada that fits the bill. Chili cookoffs, “oyster” fries, and the Best Dam BBQ out there? Of course. Hot rods, Street Vibrations, and raucous river runs? Definitely here. Basque festivals, powwows, and good ol’ country fairs? Got ‘em all, baby. From cross-state off-road rallies and bicycles racing steam trains to town-wide music festivals and star parties, ghost walks and ballooning above glacially carved canyons to guided art and mural walks and cruising the “highway” of eagles and raptors, all corners of Nevada host gotta-see gatherings that locals and visitors alike keep comin’ back for all year, every year.

The Reno Rodeo
Elko National Basque Festival

If we’re placing bets, we’d put it all on you knowing some iconic shows in Las Vegas, Nevada. Maybe a few Cirque du Soleil mainstays, that damn iconic Blue Man Group, top-tier comedy and magic shows… it’s all here. And up north in Reno? Cowboy and outdoor adventure lifestyles both run true in those parts, so perhaps the whitewater-loving Reno River Festival or even the iconic Reno Rodeo—an event that recently celebrated its hundredth birthday—make your list. But believe us when we tell you that those are just the tip of the iceberg.

If you’re looking for tips on what to see when you visit Nevada, we’ve got your back.

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Better open up your calendar…

Nevada has never been a stranger to a good time. And for every world-famous event anchoring Nevada’s come-as-you-are, cut-loose culture, there are dozens more that are sure to steal your heart and fill up your camera roll. From big-ticket bashes in our two big metros to community-wide celebrations in every small town in between, find out where and when to whoop it up around the Silver State.


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Street Vibrations Fall 2019. A perfect day in one of my favorite old towns❤❤❤
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For 60 years, camels, ostriches and even zebras have come to Virginia City for the annual International Camel & Ostrich Races. This hilarious annual tradition dates back to the 1950s and features jockeys precariously perched on their beasts as they maneuver the track at high speeds. The goal? A win and accolades from the cheering crowd – all surrounded by this historic mining town. Watch it live - September 6-8.
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3 more days until the most epic celebration of statehood kicks off! The Nevada Day Powwow kicks the weekend off in a special way Oct 25-27 head over the MAC to experience a true American Indian Powwow.
Known to many as the “Jackie Robinson” of rodeo, Myrtis Dightman was the first Black cowboy to compete at the National Finals Rodeo. We were honored to have him with us at the 2020 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. 📸: @marlaaufmuth 
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The “Crazy Cat Ladies” Goldwell team competes in the Beatty Days Mattress Race, and wins fourth place... But, a solid🥇 for style. 😹
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The start of the Man Burn, Metamorphosis 2019.
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“The power of imagination makes us infinite.” - John Muir 🎈 #RenoBalloonRace

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Nevada Day is here! We hope you enjoy the festivities, activities and fun this year. Stay safe everyone!