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What to do this Memorial Weekend

The first long weekend of the season is here, Memorial Weekend! With summer peeking out from around the corner it is the perfect time to explore the “Biggest Little City in the World” and its fantastic surrounding areas.

Friday evening, relax at the Reno Street Food- Party in the Park! Enjoy gourmet food from 25 different local vendors all while listening to live music played by local musicians. Located in Idlewild Park from 5pm to 9pm it is family friendly and is the kickoff event for summer 2015.

Northstar California’s Bike & Hike Park opens this Friday where you can experience cross country and downhill mountain bike trails that range from beginner to advanced.

On Saturday, show your support for the veterans in our community by heading up to Virginia City for Virginia City’s Celebration of Heroes Memorial Day Parade. It honors and celebrates veterans of the past and the present.

The Historic Route at the Virginia and Truckee Railroad opening weekend is here! Take a historic route from Virginia City to Gold Hill all while listening to the famous history of the mining boom in the 19th century that made Virginia City one of the most dominant cities at the time. For more information on tickets visit Virginia and Truckee Railroad.

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Wild Island waterpark opening day is May 23! Perfect for the family to have fun spending the day outside at the waterpark and at night hang out at the Coconut Bowl or even squeeze in a game of mini golf!

Saturday night leave the kids at home and experience downtown Reno at the Reno Beer Crawl from 2pm-6pm. Explore the different attractions that make Reno great while tasting nationally recognized and local distributed craft beers. The starting location is The Waterfall 134 West 2nd St. and then move and taste as you want all for $5.

If you’re with the entire family The Jam On It Memorial Day Tournament happening at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center also check out the Discovery Museum. The museum will be open all weekend, including Memorial Day, so go ahead and discover something new!

On Memorial Day get outside and enjoy the warm spring air and the sunshine that is expected with either a picnic at the park, a day at the sandy beach of Lake Tahoe or the numerous hiking trails in Reno and Lake Tahoe!

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JetBlue Connecting NY & Reno: What To Check Out During Your Stay

JetBlue is coming to Reno Tahoe! Starting May 28 there will be a non-stop flight available from Reno, at the Reno Tahoe Airport, to New York, at the JFK Airport. Currently the flight is a featured deal on JetBlue’s website here for a special starting price of $149 for one way. The schedule for the 6-hour flight includes JFK to RNO, 7:40 to 11:07 pm and RNO to JFK, 11:59 pm – 8:09 am. Soon it will be all too easy to get from the Biggest Little City to the Big Apple in just a few hours. We welcome all New Yorkers and other east-coasters coming to experience our beautiful area. Here are some awesome reasons to come and things to check out during your upcoming spring/summer stay in Reno Tahoe.

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  1. BaseCamp: Located inside and on the side of the Whitney Peak hotel in the heart of downtown Reno, BaseCamp is a rock climbing experience unlike any other. Here you can experience elevated thrills in the middle of the busy city or take on the indoor climbing walls. BaseCamp features the world’s tallest climbing wall, 162 feet tall, on the side of the hotel and over 7,000 square feet of indoor climbing.
  2. Mountain Biking Trails: In Reno and in nearby Carson City, there are a number of great mountain biking trails that any outdoor adventurer would enjoy. There are trails for bikers of all skill and adventure levels. Take on a new trail to see great views of Reno, the surrounding mountains and desert areas.
  3. Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: July 10 to August 23, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival returns to the shores of Sand Harbor. Bring your own picnic and wine and see this year’s productions of Romeo and Juliet and the Fanstasticks. The Sand Harbor State Park amphitheater is located so close to the shores of Lake Tahoe that it boasts some of the best views of the surrounding nature and crystal blue lake. Here you can relax and immerse yourself in Shakespeare’s world. For information about more excellent Reno Tahoe summer events, check out our post about Artown, Reno Rodeo, Burning Man and more here.
  4. Hiking: Experience Tahoe’s beautiful scenery while getting outside to get some exercise. The hiking around Lake Tahoe is truly some of the best around. There are tons of trails that will take you around every part of the lake to see every part of the gorgeous area.
  5. Weather: Our summers in Reno Tahoe are always consistently sunny. The dry desert heat makes every day a great day to be outside. Lay on the shore by Lake Tahoe and soak up some sun or enjoy the outdoors in Reno.
  6. Wild West Motorsports Park: Located just a few minutes outside Reno, the Wild West Motorsports Park is an off-road race track that can seat up to 10,000 spectators and definitely something you will want to check out during your trip. They host a number of big off-road racing events including the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series in August and the ULTRA4 Nitto National Championship in October.
  7. Breweries: Reno Tahoe has some quality breweries as the craft beer scene is becoming an integrated part of our area. A few weeks ago, Reno held a successful Reno Craft Beer Week that combined fun events with craft beer. Also recently, the Reno Brew Bike came to town, this custom bike takes participants on a mini brewery tour around downtown Reno. Some of our breweries include Tahoe Mountain, Silver Peak, Great Basin, Stoneyhead, Pigeon Head, The Brewer’s Cabinet, St. James, Brew Brothers, High Sierra, IMBIB, The Depot and more.
  8. Reno Tahoe is Positively Electric: Overall, Reno Tahoe is a booming area with award-winning brewpubs, hip new bars, nationally-recognized eateries in Midtown, Downtown, and all over town.

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Golf Courses Open at Incline Village

The sun has come out and the courses are reopening, come spend some time on the green! Incline Village in North Lake Tahoe offers two unique golf courses, the Mountain Course and the Championship Course, for golfers of any skill or budget.

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The Mountain Course recently opened on May 1. This 18-hole mountain layout course is fun and affordable. Located in a scenic mountain setting, this course also offers a large chipping and putting green, an award winning golf shop, and snack bar and beverage cart. Rates for this course are $40 to $50 until 12 pm, $35 to $45 from 12 to 5 pm, and $2 per hole after 5 pm.  The Mountain Course has a few weekly events which include Wednesday Night Skins Games starting June 3, Nine & Wine (play nine holes and enjoy appetizers and wine on the deck) Thursday nights starting June 18, and Thrill & Grill (play the back nine holes and then enjoy BBQ and beer) starting June 21.

The Championship Course opens in a few days on May 8. Offering a classic course layout with scenic views, this course offers a chipping and putting green, 28-stall driving range, practice green, an award winning golf shop, Tahoe golf tech for repairs and service, snack bar and beverage cart, and full service restaurant, The Grille at the Chateau. Rates for the Championship Course are $120 to $140 until 12 pm, $100 to $120 from 12 to 2 pm, and $80 to $100 from 2 to 4 pm, and $50 to $60 after 4 pm. The driving range rates are $6 for a small bucket of balls, $10 for a medium bucket, and $12 for a large bucket.

Both courses offer a number of specials for golfers. Play both the Mountain and Championship course in 72 hours for $199 or play both in the same day for $179, if you play after 3 pm it’s only $99. Present an Active Duty Military Personnel ID and play either course after 2 pm for $25 per person. NGCA members play the Mountain Course for $55 or the Championship Course for $135. Show your season pass for Homewood, Boreal, or June Mountain and receive a discount for both courses. Kids 17 and under golf for 50% off normal rates.

More information and to book tee times, please visit their website here.

Top 10 Reasons to Check Out the Reno River Festival

The 12th annual Reno River Festival will be in downtown Reno, May 9 and 10, at Wingfield Park. This weekend festival brings together water sports and other outdoor fun to downtown Reno. This year, the drought has lead to the cancellation of the kayak races, but the event is making up for it with more fun and more options than ever before. Kick off the beginning of summer and enjoy all of downtown’s possibilities at this free festival!

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1. Biggest Little 5k Birthday Run: Register today for the 5k run happening at 9 am on Saturday, May 9. Come to the race dressed in your birthday party finest to celebrate Reno’s birthday month, tutus and tiaras are highly encouraged! Race registration is available here.

2. Adventure Play Center: This center has all-day family fun which will include obstacles, slides, toys, mechanical bull, zip line, human hamster balls and more!

3. Yoga: Find some inner peace and enjoy some Yoga In The Park presented by The Studio on both Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 10 am.

renoriverfestival (2)4. Kayak Clinics: Family kayak clinics will be presented by California Canoe and Kayak from 9 to 10:30 am, 11 to 12:30 am, and 1 to 2:30 pm on both Saturday and Sunday of the festival.

5. Climbing Wall: Push your limits and see how high you can get at the climbing wall!

6. VIP Cabana Experience: Enjoy a relaxing time with up to 25 of your closest friends at the festival inside a cabana sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings and Coors Light. Cabanas feature couches and a coffee table and is fully stocked with lunch from Buffalo Wild Wings and plenty to drink! Cabana access is available for purchase here.

7. Paddleboarding: Come see paddleboarders navigate the river’s tricky waters and show off their skills!

8. The Craft Beer Village: More than 20 craft beers are available for tasting inside the village with purchase of a passport, available here. Then head to Reno’s River District to enjoy even more varieties of delicious beer. Pass is good for both days of the festival.

9. Swimming Holes: A silver lining to the drought is that the water has dipped low enough to go swimming! Bring your swim suit and sunscreen and splash around in the river and slide down the rocks! The white water rescue team will be on guard to ensure everyone’s safety.

10. Live Music: The live music line up is stellar this year with big names such as, Clare Dunn, Mark Sexton, Jackson Michelson, Island of Black and White, the Wiz Kid, and Street Urchinz.

If these aren’t enough reasons to head down to the Reno River Festival, check out their website here for the full schedule of events.

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Make Mother’s Day Special in Reno Tahoe

Mother’s Day is May 10, which is just right around the corner! Moms are one of the best kinds of people out there so it’s important they have a special day dedicated to them. If you’re still unsure what to do with your mom on this special day, Reno Tahoe has plenty of options.

mothersday Special Dining: Take your mom out for a delicious meal she won’t have to cook herself! Reno Tahoe has plenty of quality dining specials for either brunch or dinner on this day. Check out all the dining options here.

Upscale Shopping: Treat your mom with some specialty shopping. Whatever your mom’s style, Reno Tahoe has a variety of shopping options for any fashionista. Check out our seven favorite boutiques here.

Reno River Festival: If your mom is more into the great outdoors, she would enjoy attending the Reno River Festival. Happening in downtown Reno May 9 to 10, the festival is the premier outdoor adventure showcase that brings together top athletes. In addition to the outdoor sports, there will be live music, delicious food options, and a variety of vendors. For more information, visit their website.

Spa Time: What mom doesn’t need a day of rest and relaxation? Reno Tahoe has a number of luxury spas that any mom would love to have a personal day at. Make appointments at any Casino or independently owned spa, check them out here.

tahoequeenTahoe Cruise: If you are looking for a relaxing day outdoors, take your mom on a scenic cruise around the beautiful Lake Tahoe. The Tahoe Queen is departing at 11 am for a Mother’s Day brunch and cruise, tickets are $69 per adult.

Reno Sculpture Fest: Bring your mom downtown to the Reno arch to experience Reno Sculpture Fest. See local artists and their new work. Many sculptures are promised to be “human sized or larger” and will have interactive elements such as performances, the opportunity to be painted on, educational components, moving pieces, and more. Musical performances will be held in Whitney Peak’s music venue, Cargo and Eldorado’s NoVi. For more information about the artists and music, visit their website.

Tea Time: Dress up in your Sunday finest and bring mom down to The Isles Teashop in Reno’s MidTown. Enjoy a classy morning of tea and treats at this Celtic Teashop. On Sunday, they are open from 11 am to 4 pm.

Summer And Beyond: The Dynamic Dozen

The summer festival season is quickly approaching! Here are 12 of our favorite upcoming events, or what we at Reno Tahoe like to call it, the Dynamic Dozen. These events are all unique from one another and offer something for everyone. Attend these great events and experience a Reno Tahoe summer unlike any other!

June 18-27, Reno Rodeo: Dubbed the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West,” the Reno Rodeo brings together 700+ contestants to compete for over $2.5 million during this week-long event. Here you will see pro bull riding, cattle driving, bareback, women’s professional barrel racing, team roping, and much more. In addition to the rodeo events, there’s a full carnival, Double RR marketplace, and food court. Cowboys and cowgirls alike will want to come down to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center this summer to see the impressive rodeo. Tickets are available online here.

Artown_VisitRenoTahoeJuly 1-August 1, Artown: For an entire month, Artown offers over 500 events including live music, dance, theater, performances, visual arts, workshops, multicultural events, fashion shows, tours, and much, much more. Artown takes place in various Reno and Sparks locations and brings together distinguished artists from around the world, from across the country, and from our local community. Over 60% of the Artown events are free, but a majority of the Thursday night concerts require tickets which can be purchased here.

July 10-August 23, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: Taking place at the Theater at Sand Harbor State Park, this year’s festival will showcase two Shakespeare favorites, Romeo and Juliet and The Fantasticks. Showings for these plays are every Tuesday to Sunday night and tickets are available here. A different performance will be featured every Monday during the Monday Night Showcase. Enjoy gourmet food options and wine tastings at Shakespeare’s Kitchen, or bring your own picnic dinner to the show! The full list with ticket information is available here.

August 3-9, Barracuda Championship, PGA Tour Golf Tournament: See golf pros play at one of 47 stops on the PGA tour at the Montrêux Golf & Country Club located in Northern Nevada. These 132 PGA Tour professionals will play the beautiful, yet challenging course as they compete for a $3 million purse and 300 FedExCup points. Watch up close and personal as the pros play some incredible golf! Tickets for the event are available here.

HotAugustNights_VisitRenoTahoeAugust 4-9, Hot August Nights: See restored hot rods and muscle cars during the largest classic car and nostalgic event in the country, Hot August Nights. Taking place across Reno and Sparks, this event brings together, not only 5,000+ classic cars, but an entertainment line-up from some of the greatest decades in music. Show-n-Shines, drag races, controlled cruises, concerts, a swap meet, sock hop, prom, and classic car auction are just some of the great events at this popular festival. More information is available through their website here.

August 6-8, Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson: Barrett-Jackson brings the World’s Greatest Car Collector Auctions to Reno during Hot August Nights. The auction will take place at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center from Thursday to Saturday during the car festival. Attendees will be able to bid on and purchase cars from Barrett-Jackson’s selection of car AND take the car directly from the auction block to the streets to participate in a cruise or show-n-shine! More information about the auction is available here.

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August 31-September 7, Burning Man: Head to the heart of the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada to meet up with over 65,000 other Burners for this week-long festival. Here you will participate in the temporary metropolis that is dedicated to preserving community, art, self-expression, self-reliance, and more. The meaning of this festival varies from each attendee, but one thing is for sure, you have to experience it for yourself! Spend a week getting away from it all by reconnecting with your self and others in this popular desert festival. Ticket information is available here.

September 2-7, Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-off: BBQ lovers won’t want to miss out on America’s best rib cook off hosted by JA Nugget in Sparks. This favorite food festival brings over 24 cookers together to show off their BBQ expertise. In addition to delicious, fall-off-the-bone ribs, the cook-off will have other BBQ favorites, sweet treats, live entertainment, special brews and drinks, shopping vendors, and so on. More information about the BBQ’ers and the 2015 event is available through their website here.

TheGreatRenoBalloonRace_VisitRenoTahoeSeptember 11-13, The Great Reno Balloon Race: At the crack of dawn, at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, you will be able to see nearly 100 hot air balloons start to rise into the air for the Great Reno Balloon Race. This colorful event is in its 34th year and a Reno favorite. This is truly one sight worth waking up for! More information is available through their website here.

September 16-20, National Championship Air Races: At the 52nd annual event, spectators can see six different race plane classes battle just 60 feet from the ground and have close-up access to racing aircraft, pilots, and pit crews. Located at the Reno Stead Airport, you will be able to view a world class air show, military display and demonstrations, aircraft display and awesome concessions. You won’t want to miss this world renown event! Ticket information is available here.

September 23-27, Street Vibrations Fall Rally: Immerse your self in compete motorcycle culture during the Fall Rally in downtown Reno. Featuring the celebration of metal, music, and motorcycles, Street Vibrations is something bike lovers and metal music fans won’t want to miss. This event brings over 50,000 motorcycles enthusiasts together for tours, live entertainment, ride-in shows, stunt shows, and more.  More information can be found here.

Blue Jeans JamOctober 2-4, Blue Jeans Jam: Come experience the world of denim at Reno Tahoe’s newest festival, Blue Jeans Jam. Inspired by Reno tailor, Jacob Davis, and his work with Levi Strauss, this festival is centered around all aspects of blue jeans and the good old USA. At the festival, you can attend rock and country concerts, presentations from leaders in the denim world, a jean marketplace with vendors from all over the country, a mini film festival dedicated to history of blue jeans, discounts at local spas, specialty foods and drinks, and much more. This unique event is something fashion lovers and country music fans won’t want miss out on! For more information, check out the website here.

For more information on the Dynamic Dozen and more events in Reno Tahoe, check out the full brochure here.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame: The Aces Are Back!

Reno AcesWhat better way to kick off the start of spring than with America’s favorite pastime? Reno’s own baseball team, the Reno Aces, is back! The highly anticipated 2015 season starts April 9 with an away game against Albuquerque and the home opener game on April 17 at the Aces Ballpark, also against Albuquerque. The Aces season runs until the first week in September, with plenty of opportunities for you and your family to see the Reno stars do what they do best.

Catch the players before they head out of town for their first game, at the annual Aces and Nevada Wolf Pack exhibition game. This game is on April 7 at 6:05 pm at the Aces Ballpark. This tradition brings together the Aces professional players with the university’s all-star team and is a great chance to see Reno’s two favorite teams come together on one field. Tickets for this game are offered online at regular price or at the Reno Aces Ticket Office and the University of Nevada Ticket Office for a discounted rate. All proceeds will benefit the Nevada Dugout Club, which benefits the University of Nevada baseball team.

Upcoming themed nights at the Reno Aces include:

April 18: Fleece Blanket Giveaway- be one of the first 1,000 people through the Rotunda Entrance and get a free blanket

May 16: Star Wars Night- the Aces host Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion and Mandalorian Mercs

May 29: Pink in the Park- the Aces players and coaches wear pink in support of women affected by cancer and proceeds will benefit charity

June 5: Military Appreciation Night- A special night paying tribute to the US Military

June 29: Dog Days of Summer: Bring your dog to the stadium, special ticket required

For a detailed schedule and information on tickets, visit the Reno Aces website.

Five ways to take on spring in Reno Tahoe USA

First day of spring is officially Friday. Thrillist just named the region as one of “The 13 Destinations You Absolutely Need to Visit This Spring” (picks span the entire world), but don’t just take their word for it, test it out yourself. Time to warm up to new activities in the area with the changing seasons…

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Flirt with Lake Tahoe until it’s warm enough to jump in and paddleboard. The lake lays pretty flat before the waves of crowds hit in the summer.  As your paddleboard navigates the harbor’s iconic rock formations, watch fish hunt for breakfast more than 50 feet below the surface.

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Spring Skiing Capital

Salutable après ski outings and goggle tans will be of plenty. Spring skiing in Reno Tahoe is one big party (touted as the best in the world), and the pond skims aren’t to be missed. The mountains are calling for you to join the fun…

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Dog Days of Spring at Sparks Marina

Sparks Marina’s impressive landscaped and roam-friendly dog park offers “man’s best friend” a real treat – at the doggie snack shack after working up an appetite swimming and rolling around in the grass.1939457_10152583181311461_159877297401016219_n

Go wild on the golf course

Time for your back swing to warm up along with the weather. Try Wildcreek Golf Course – their hole 17 brings mesmerizing views mixed with challenging terrain. Lady golfer

Reno is Blossoming

Literally. Cherry blossoms in Washington DC, meet your match. Take a stroll along the Riverwalk and you’ll see what we’re talking about.

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Sparks Marina’s impressive landscaped and roam-friendly dog park offers “man’s best friend” a real treat – at the doggie snack shack after working up an appetite swimming and rolling around in the grass. – See more at: http://www.visitrenotahoe.com/the-hive/summer-2013#sthash.bxxcEYYe.dpuf
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Spend Your Spring Break in Reno Tahoe

Goodbye winter, hello spring! Along with the arrival of spring, comes spring break, a perfect week to escape everyday life to ski, attend a concert, or enjoy a drink. Whether you want to spend your time with a beer in your hand, celebrating a much needed break from school with friends, or you want to take your family on vacation to have quality time together, Reno Tahoe has what you are looking for to make the most of your spring break. And with Condé Nast Traveler naming Reno, Nevada as one of the top drivable destinations with great value for spring, do you need any more reason to make Reno Tahoe your spot for spring break?

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For those looking to party with friends:

The Reno Leprechaun Crawl is March 14, starting at 8 pm. Grab your festive St. Patrick’s Day costume and an official crawl cup to see what the downtown Reno bar scene has to offer. There will be drink specials and costume contests throughout the night. Check out more St. Patrick’s Day fun in Reno Tahoe here and festive dining options here.

The next Downtown Reno Wine Walk is March 21, starting at 2 pm along the Truckee River in downtown Reno.  For only $20, you will get a wine glass, a wristband, map of participating vendors and wine tastings from 25+ vendors.8343237391_dcd9acf843_o

The WinterWonderGrass Festival is March 20-22 in Squaw Valley. This winter bluegrass music and craft beer festival will feature 15+ brands and 12 California breweries. Headliners include Trampled by Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Elephant Revival, and more.

College Week at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is March 23-27 and March 30-April 3. With valid college ID, students can hit the mountain by getting an all day lift pass for only $62. On March 24 and 31, enjoy live music and happy hour specials after a long day on the slopes at the resort’s Locals Après Hour at the Sierra Pub.

The next Reno Beer Crawl is March 28, starting at 2 pm in downtown Reno. $5 gets you a commemorative beer crawl glass, a wristband, map of participating vendors and $1 6 oz beer refills (6 oz is equal to half a beer!!)

Other places to check out during your visit:

LEX Nightclub- Reno’s newest nightclub at the Grand Sierra Resort  is open Thursday through Saturday from 8 pm to 4 am. LEX will be hosting djs DVBBS on March 13 and 3LAU on March 21. Tickets for these events, as well as guest list and table services are available online.

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The Brew Brothers- One of Reno’s most popular downtown bars is located inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino. Every day from 2 to 5 pm is Happy Hour. Every Thursday the bar has live djs and $7 wristbands for all you can drink Brew Brother’s beer from 10 pm to midnight for Student Body Thursdays.

For those looking for some family time:

The Monster Jam will be coming to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center March 13-15. Tickets for the world’s largest monster truck tour range from $27 for adults and $12 for kids ages 2-12.

The Gold Nugget Kids Race at Royal Gorge is open March 14-16. A free obstacle course will be open on the mountain starting at 10 am for kids and adults to try out on the Summit Station Start. There will be a prize for the skier/snowboarder with the fastest race times!7304105598_bb59e456b8_o

The 68th Annual Shrine Circus will be at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center March 20-22. Bring the whole family to see elephants, exotic animals, trapeze, motorcycles, clowns, face painting and more. Proceeds from the circus will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Tickets are $12 for kids under 12 and $14 for adults.

Other places to check out during your visit:

Nevada Museum of Art- The Reno located museum is currently featuring exhibitions such as Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Paintings, Victoria Sambunaris’ Taxonomy of a Landscape, Dave Eggers’ Insufferable Throne of God, and many more. The Hands On! Second Saturdays event offers free admission for everyone to the museum and free activities like art projects and storytelling. Upcoming dates include March 14 and April 11.

Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum- Also known as “The Discovery,” this Reno located museum offers hands-on art, history, nature and science exploration for kids. Current interactive exhibits include Truckee Connects, Nevada Stories, Da Vinci’s Corner, and more. Admission to the museum is $8 for adults and children, Wednesdays after 4 pm, admission is just $4!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Reno Tahoe

It’s almost time to paint the town green! Between the “Testicle Festival,” leprechaun runs and crawls, and traditional Irish pubs, there is a pot full of golden reasons to celebrate the Luck of the Irish in Reno Tahoe this St. Patrick’s Day. Locals and visitors alike will find what they are looking for to make the most of the holiday. Follow the rainbow to one of these events to find your own pot of gold here in Reno Tahoe!

The Reno Leprechaun Crawl is on March 14th beginning at 8 pm. With over 25 bars in downtown Reno participating this year, the crawl is sure to be bigger and better than ever. Make sure to pick up a crawl cup and dress in your craziest costume because there will be tons of drink specials and costume contests.

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The Sparks Shamrock Shuffle is a 5k fun run on March 14th at 10 am in Sparks. The event is open to runners at all levels and those running are encouraged to dress up in their St. Patrick’s Day finest. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Athlete in You Foundation. Participants who register by March 7th and are 21 years and older will receive a free Leprechaun Crawl cup to use later that night!

The 24th Annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry is on March 14th at 10 am in downtown Virginia City. Over 20 cooks will be coming together to face off in the oyster fry competition; come and taste all the varieties they have to offer! Starting at 5 pm, there will be the Ball Breaker Saloon Crawl at the unique Virginia City bars. Tickets for the oyster fry and cups for the crawl are available online.

The 3rd Annual Leprechaun Race is a 5k fun run/walk on March 15th at 8:30 am through Reno. A leprechaun will also be running the race, if a runner beats him across the finish line, they will win a prize! Proceeds from the race will benefit the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum and every entry will receive free admission into the museum on that day. Online registration closes March 11th, so make sure to sign up soon!

Scheels is hosting Kids Klub: Leprechaun Luck on March 16th at 6 pm at their location in Sparks. Kids will craft festive St. Patrick’s Day crafts and follow the rainbow to a pot of gold. All kids who attend will receive a free ride on the Scheels Ferris wheel. This free event is open to the first 100 kids, so make sure to be on time!

If you’re looking to feed your inner leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day, a number of Reno Tahoe casinos, restaurants and pubs are offering a variety of Irish specialties March 17. Check out all the festive dining options in Reno Tahoe here.