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Labor Day Weekend Guide

Summer is quickly coming to an end, but with Labor Day weekend right around the corner, it’s not too late to squeeze in one last sunny getaway. With a saucy festival, top-notch entertainment and a free glimpse into our country’s past, Reno Tahoe USA has everything to make your three days off unforgettable. Here’s a look at what awaits you.

Please your Palate

Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off
August 28 – September 2 | Victorian Square in Sparks

During Labor Day weekend in downtown Sparks, barbeque stained T-shirts are worn like a badge of honor and using your fingers as dining utensils is completely acceptable. As the most prestigious rib competition in the country, the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off features 24 top cooks from around the world going grill-to-grill in pursuit of the first place trophy. In addition to the fall-off-the-bone fun, you’ll also enjoy free music, crafts, a rib eating contest and much more!


Crank it up to 11

FUN. with guests Tegan and Sara
August 27 | Harvey’s Lake Tahoe

Join indie-pop group FUN. as they take over the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena to perform their hits, including “Some Nights,” “We are Young,” and “Carry On.” Kicking-off the show is Canadian rock duo, and identical twin sisters, Tegan and Sara.

1_rick-springfield[1]Rick Springfield
August 30 | Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Sing along with Grammy award-winner Rick Springfield as he performs his iconic songs, including “Jessie’s Girl,” and “Love Somebody.”

Brad Paisley, Chris Young and Lee Brice
August 30 | Harvey’s Lake Tahoe

Slip into your cowboy boots and pull on your Stetson hat for the Beat this Summer Tour, featuring three of country music’s biggest stars.

Ted Nugent
August 31 | Silver Legacy Resort Casino

The guitar shredding outdoor enthusiast and all-around wild man Ted Nugent is taking over the Silver Legacy Resort Casino to lay down his top tracks, including “Cat Scratch Fever,” and “Journey to the Center of the Mind.”

Relive History

Virginia City Civil War Days & Labor Day Parade
August 30 – September 2 | Virginia City


Jump back in time to the 1800’s for a first-hand look at the American Civil War with a free authentic encampment and exciting reenactments, complete with trains, cannons and soldiers!


Friday, August 30

The Traveling Vietnam Wall and other Veterans’ displays – On display through Monday

Saturday, August 31

Live music from Jimmy Ray & Black Train, a Johnny Cash tribute – 7:30 pm at Piper’s Opera House

Civil War Ball – Following Jimmy Ray & Black Train concert – Piper’s Opera House

Sunday, September 1

Victorian High Tea with special guest President Abraham Lincoln – 2 pm at Delta Saloon

Champagne Battle Train – 7 pm at V&T Station

Monday, September 2

Labor Day Parade followed by Street Battle – 12 pm

*Tickets for all V&T Railroad events and Jimmy Ray & Black Train concert available at the V&T Train Depot and Virginia City Visitors’ Center

Camels, ostriches and emus – oh my! Don’t miss the 54th annual Virginia City Camel and Ostrich Races, September 6-8. Check out our blog for more information.


Film Reno Tahoe, a  new division of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, announced today the grand opening of Reno Tahoe Studios, a reimagining of the south end of the 500,000 sq. ft. Reno-Sparks Convention Center.


“Reno Tahoe has a wide variety of cityscapes and outdoor locations that allow Hollywood to recreate almost any location in the world,” said RSCVA President and CEO Christopher Baum. He continued, “With Reno Tahoe Studios offering three clear-span stages of 50,000, 60,000 and 70,000 sq. ft., and numerous production offices and additional spaces, we now have one of the most flexible studios for building interior sets in the country. And the film tax incentive passed this June by the Nevada Legislature finally allows our state to join the race to capture the billions of dollars of movie and television productions that are currently heading to Louisiana, Georgia and other states that have aggressively welcomed the entertainment industry with economic incentives.”

The state’s new “film production incentive,” SB 165, was co-written by Film Reno Tahoe Film Liaison Jeff Spilman, and goes into effect January 1, 2014. Spilman, Baum and the RSCVA’s government affairs firm, Porter, Gordon, Silver, were instrumental in educating legislators about how film production incentives work and why Nevada needed one to capture its fair share of this huge, non-polluting, job-creating industry. Baum and Spilman had previously worked closely together in Michigan, a film incentive state that saw its share of the entertainment industry grow from $6 million to more than $320 million in just two years, creating thousands of high-paying jobs for local citizens – and using tens of thousands of hotel rooms – in the process.

“The film industry is driven by economic incentives,” said Spilman. “Beginning in January, producers will come to Northern Nevada and spend millions of dollars, hiring our workers and doing business with local companies. This would never have happened without the RSCVA’s leadership and hands-on involvement.”

Glenn Gainor, President-Production for the Screen Gems division of Sony Pictures was also on hand for today’s grand opening. Mr. Gainor is on a scout of the Reno Tahoe area, and Reno Tahoe Studios, as a guest of Film Reno Tahoe, as Baum, Spilman and the RSCVA team continue to educate the movie and television production industry on the many benefits of filming in Northern Nevada.

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The Great Tahoe Sternwheeler Race!

The Great Sternwheeler RaceThe Lake Tahoe area is full of fun, unique traditions, but my favorite may be the Great Sternwheeler Race. This year will be the 21st annual ‘paddle battles,’ and like most Tahoe residents I can’t wait.

There has always been a sort of friendly rivalry between the California and Nevada citizens who each feel an equal amount of pride and ownership of our beautiful lake, and that competition is given form each year when these two giant crafts fight for supremacy.

California’s Tahoe Queen and Nevada’s MS Dixie II will push off from their respective harbors on August 31st and work their way around the shoreline, six miles back to their starting point. Passengers often dress in 19th century period costume and the ships themselves are decked out in their finest.

Tahoe QueenThis proper sternwheeler race is the only one of its kind west of the Mississippi, and the winner is awarded the Korbel Cup. In past years the loser has been presented with the Barton bedpan, another Tahoe tradition. This is to point out to them that they would have been better off staying in bed, and unfortunately for the California supporters, it has been the Tahoe Queen for 12 of the 20 races run so far.

Both boats board at 10am and passengers are offered a delightful brunch. They push off at 10:30 and the race itself begins at 11am. It usually lasts about an hour and a half. This year tickets will cost $25 for adults and $13 for children, plus $10 for parking at the marina if necessary.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Tristan Roberts is a native of South Lake Tahoe who can’t quite help but root for the Tahoe Queen. He currently sells lakefront real estate in the Tahoe area

Prepping for the Playa


Creating a city with 68,000+ citizens takes some prepping… even if it’s temporary. Here are some tips for good times on the playa for Burning Man 2013 from!

What Is Burning Man?

Once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever. Burning Man is also an ever-expanding year-round culture based on the Ten Principles.

Your Survival in BRC


  • At least 1.5 gallons of water per person per day – hydrating, washing, and cooking etc.
  • A reusable water bottle to keep with you at all times – it’s hot!
  • Hearty meals, at least 3 per day, and perhaps a 4th meal – you’ll need the energy through the night, it’s one of the best times to explore!
  • First-aid kit – accidents happen.
  • Warm clothing for evenings—this is a desert at 4,000 feet elevation and it can get cold at night, like beanies are often warn cold.
  • A good camp tent or other shelter and warm sleeping bags and bedding. It’s your home. Don’t end up homeless. The winds can exceed 75 mph , and the midday temperature can exceed 100°F. Evening temperatures can be in the 40s
  • Particle/dust mask (dust storms are common, breathing dust is not fun)
  • Goggles to protect eyes during dust storms – get funky ones at a local store in Reno like the Melting Pot
  • Garbage and recycling bags, and tools to clean up your camp site ( rakes, magnets, gloves, etc.)
  • Rope or tie-down straps—one way or another, you’ll need them.
  • Duct tape—you’ll find a need for it, guaranteed.
  • Any required prescriptions, contact lens supplies (disposables work great), or anything else you need to maintain your health and comfort in a remote area with no services
  • Flashlights and spare batteries (headlamps are useful) so as to see and be seen at night
  • Sunscreen/sunblock & sunglasses
  • Fire extinguishers to protect your camp and property, and if you plan to burn your art
  • Common sense, an open mind, a sense of humor and a positive attitude
  • Shade structures, umbrellas, parasols, sheets; something to break the midday sun
  • A bicycle (mountain bike or cruisers with balloon tires are best)
  • Lights for your bike and your person for safe nighttime travel
  • more items…

Maps and Travel Information

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Gear up for Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series 2013

Watch Brian Deegan and 125 other racers battle it out in 900 horsepower trucks, August 23-25, at Wild West Motorsports Park. The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is a full contact MMA fight—on wheels!

Watch last year’s intensity on the track:


Saturday and Sunday, general admission tickets at the gate are $20/day, kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult.

Friday, Aug 23, is FREE to the public to watch the racers practice.

Advance tickets are available for purchase online for $20 plus a $2 processing fee.


The Pre-Race Party gears up at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 22 at Rum Bullions with live entertainment and the chance to win Friday Road Race ride and tickets to the VIP tent brought to you by Rockstar. And get set for a special autograph party with Corry Weller, the first female racer to compete in the Pro truck class, along with others like Austin Kimbrell, Rodrigo Ampudia, Ryan Beat, Aaron Daugherty, Jerry Daugherty, Justin Bean Smith, Ray Griffith, Mary Hart and more. Stick around for the final Miss Reno Off Road Race Girl competition at 8 p.m. The winner walks away with $2,000 and represents Lucas Oil, Rockstar and Silver Legacy at the race!

Hotel Discounts:

Silver Legacy: Book online with the special room rate to the Racers/friends/family and Fans: “LUCAS13”.

Circus Circus Reno: Book online with the special room rate to the Racers/friends/family and fans: “ILUCAS

Race Schedule

Friday, August 23 (free to the public)LOORRS 3


Pro 4 Practice

Pro Buggy Practice

Pro Lite Practice

Pro 2 Practice


Mod Kart Practice

Pro 4 Practice

Pro Buggy Practice

Pro Lite Practice

Pro 2 Practice


Mod Kart Practice

Lucas OilSaturday, August 24 (tickets $20)

9:00am – Gates open to the public

9:30am – Mod Kart Qualify

9:50am – Pro Lite Group 1 Qualify

10:10am – Pro Lite Group 2 Qualify

10:30am – Pro 4 Qualify

10:50am – Pro Buggy Qualify

11:10am – Pro 2 Qualify

12:15pm – Pro Lite Last Chance Qualifier

12:45pm – Opening Ceremonies

1:00pm – Mod Kart Race

1:30pm – Pro 4 Race

2:15pm – Pro Buggy Race

3:00pm – Pro Lite Race

3:45pm – Pro 2 Race

IMG_0009Sunday, August 25 (tickets $20)

9:00am – Gates open to the public

9:30am – Mod Kart Qualify

9:50am – Pro Lite Group 1 Qualify

10:10am – Pro Lite Group 2 Qualify

10:30am – Pro 4 Qualify

10:50am – Pro Buggy Qualify

11:10am – Pro 2 Qualify

12:15pm – Pro Lite Last Chance Qualifier

12:45pm – Opening Ceremonies

1:00pm – Mod Kart Race

1:30pm – Pro 4 Race

2:15pm – Pro Buggy Race

3:00pm – Pro Lite Race

3:45pm – Pro 2 Race

“Grease” – It’s Still the Word!

Step back to the world of the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies at Rydell High with the high-spirited classic rock‘n’ roll musical “Grease,” at the Eldorado showroom through November 10.

“Grease” is one of the longest running shows of all time and among the most produced shows in the United States. It’s the story of Danny, a popular tough guy, and Sandy, a virgin do-goody who reunite at school after a summer fling. Sandy finds that Danny is a different boy than the one she knew over the summer and must decide whether they really do “go together.”

Guests will have a rockin’, rollin’ good time singing along to songs from the hit motion picture like, Summer Nights, Beauty School Dropout, Born to Hand Jive and Greased Lightnin’.Don’t miss the energetic crowd-pleaser that’s fun for the whole family.“Grease” – it’s still the word!

Tickets for “Grease”start at just $24.95 with dinner and show packages available from $34.95 and room and show packages from $49.90. VIP and group seating, as well as show packages are all available through the Eldorado Showroom Box Office. Performances nightly except Monday with showtimes Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. (schedule subject to change). For more information on show times and tickets call 1-800-648-5966or visit



Sierra Nevada companies team up to give away iconic Lake-themed paddleboard

The Quiksilver Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddle Festival presented by Nature’s Bakery hits the crystalline waters of North Lake Tahoe Aug. 9-11 in Kings Beach. As the nation’s oldest paddle festival located in North Lake Tahoe, this family friendly event features distance and beginner races, a live concert from Mama’s Cookin’, sand castle building contests, and more than $10,000 in cash and prizes, as well as an attempt to set the world record for the most people doing yoga on a stand up paddleboard (SUP).

The 2013 Quiksilver Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddle Festival presented by Nature’s Bakery takes place at Kings Beach State Park in Kings Beach, Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11.

TahoeSUP - photo cred Lorne BuckAs the fastest growing water sport in the world, thousands are expected to attend the annual event – and have a chance to win an amazing event giveaway package that includes a semi-custom designed “Wet Woody” paddleboard ($2,200 Value) from Lakeshore Paddleboard Company, Quiksilver Waterman Collection Gear package ($600 Value), and a Nature’s Bakery snack/swag pack.

In addition to an amazing event giveaway, Nevada-based presenting sponsor, Nature’s Bakery, will be handing out delicious samples of their All-Natural, Kosher, Non-GMO, Cholesterol-free, Dairy-Free Fig Bars to participants and spectators during the event.

With help from local company Aviso, the renowned Lakeshore Paddleboard Company designed, built and donated the “Wet Woody,” a SUP named after the iconic Wet Woody, a famous drink at North Lake Tahoe restaurant, Gar Woods, which acts as a shine of sorts to the famed Gar Wood boat featuring a stunning wooden exterior and massive engine that powered speed boats across Lake Tahoe from the 1920s through the 1940s. The board is uniquely constructed with a hollow core, which makes it only 22 lbs. Gar Woods are now among the most coveted classic boats in the world and can still be seen along the shores of the Alpine Lake, inspiring the sleek, cutting design of Lakeshore’s SUP.

“Being locals to the Reno-Tahoe area, we have innovated and created specific designs for the flat-water lifestyle,” said Sean Adlao, president and CEO of Lakeshore Paddleboard Company. “We are very proud to support the local Ta-hoe Nalu event and help spread the enjoyment of the fastest growing water sport in the world.”

Attendees can visit Nature’s Bakery at the Quiksilver Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddle Festival for a chance to win the “Wet Woody,” enjoy some free fig bars and capture some memories at the Instagram photo booth.  In addition, participants who take a photo with Nature’s Bakery products using the hashtag #paddlejourney, get a chance to win Nature’s Bakery gear.

While you’re in North Lake Tahoe, be sure to check out the Concours d’Elegance Wooden Boat Show, Celebrating its 40th anniversary, it’s one of the most prestigious wooden boat shows in North America.

For a full event schedule and more information, visit

Hot August Nights Guide


From August 6-11, the streets of Reno Tahoe USA will vibrate with the deep rumble of engines as 5,000 classic vehicles rule the road during Hot August Nights. Thousands of spectators and car enthusiast will line the sidewalks of downtown Reno and Victorian Square in Sparks for a glimpse into the past while the polished chrome and custom paint jobs cruise down the streets. The largest nostalgic and classic vehicle event in the country, Hot August Nights, brings a week packed with excitement from decades gone by. And with so much going on, it can be a difficult to keep track of it all, so here are some highlights you won’t want to miss.

Tuesday, August 6

  • 9 am – 4 pm John Ascuaga’s Nugget Ultimate Classic Car Competition
  • 2 pm – 6 pm Summit Racing Equipment Show-n-Shine – 960 E. Glendale Ave., Sparks
  • 5 pm – 10 pm “Official Locals Kickoff” Cruise of Champions – Atlantis Casino Resort
  • 7 pm – 10 pm OPEN CRUISE – Downtown Sparks
  • 8:15 pm Lil’ Elmo and the Cosmos live – Grand Sierra Resort
  • 10 pm Brew Brother Beach Part – Eldorado Hotel Casino

Wednesday, August 7

  • 9 am – 4 pm Barrett-Jackson Cup Show-n-Shine – Downtown Reno
  • 10 am – 5 pm Big Boy’s Toy Store– Reno Events Cents
  • 12 pm Hollywood Classic Free Movie Marathon: Rio Bravo (12:00 pm), The Graduate (2 pm), The King & I (4 pm) – John Ascuaga’s Nugget Celebrity Showroom
  • 5 pm – 8 pm Happy Days Sock Hop – Circus Circus Mandalay Ballroom
  • 7 pm – 10 pm CONTROLLED CRUISE – Downtown Sparks
  • 8:15 pm Ronny &  The Classics live – Victorian Square, Sparks

Thursday, August 8

  • 7 am – 4 pm Hot August Nights Swap Meet & Cool Car Showroom – Reno Sparks Livestock Events Center
  • 12 pm – 10 pm Classic Cars on display – Peppermill Resort Hotel
  • 6 pm – 10 pm Hot August Nights Prom – Circus Circus Mandalay Ballroom
  • 6 pm – 11 pm Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson – Reno-Sparks Convention Center
  • 6 pm – 12 am Drag Races & Burnouts – John Ascuaga’s Nugget West Parking Lot
  • 7 pm – 10 pm CONTROLLED CRUISE – Downtown Sparks & Reno

Friday, August 9

  • 9 am – 4 pm Grand Sierra Resort Daily Classic Cherry Show-n-Shine
  • 10 am – 10 pm Acres of Champions Show-n-Shine – Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
  • 2 pm – 10 pm FREE Jelly Bellys and see the Jelly Belly Dragster – Peppermill Resort Hotel
  • 6 pm – 11 pm Hot August Nights August Presented by Barrett-Jackson – Reno-Sparks Convention Center
  • 8:15 pmThe Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley live – Grand Sierra Resort
  • 10 pm Hot August Nights Fireworks Extravaganza – Silver Legacy Resort Casino

Saturday, August 10

  • 9 am – 4 pm Celebrity Choice Show-n-Shine – Reno
  • 9 am – 4 pm Celebrity Choice Show-n-Shine – Sparks
  • 9 am – 4 pm Celebrity Choice Show-n-Shine – Grand Sierra Resort
  • 9 am – 4 pm Barrett-Jackson Cup Finale Judging of the week’s Best of Show Winners – 4th & Virginia
  • 2 pm – 11 pm Hot August Night Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson – Reno-Sparks Convention Center
  • 7 pm – 10 pm CONTROLLED CRUISE – Downtown Spark & Reno
  • 8:15 pm Paul Revere & The Raiders live

Sunday, August 11

  • 8:30 am Car Awards Presentation & Parade of Champions – Downtown Reno
  • 10 am Official Parade – Downtown Reno
  • 7 pm – 11 pm Chasen 50’s live

Also, be sure to catch “Grease” the Musical showing nightly at 7 pm at the Eldorado Hotel Casino.

To view the full schedule, visit, and to find out more about the Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson, visit our blog.

2013 Reno-Tahoe Open

Big names are among the 132-player field for the Reno-Tahoe Open!

Former champions hitting the course, July 29 – August 4, include Padraig Harrington, David Duval, Mike Weir, Rich Been and Davis Love III. Eight former Reno-Tahoe Open champions will be aiming for another title – including defending champion J.J. Henry!

Returning favorites at the Open include Women’s Day presented by Barrick Gold to kick off the week, the Pro-Am playing opportunity featuring Doctors Supporting Troops, the University of Nevada’s Pack Pavilion, the wild and wacky Loudmouth Lounge (21 & older), the Mirassou Wine Walk, children’s activities and so much more! The RTO will again Salute the Troops by hosting many on-site events just for members of the military including the famous Patriots’ Outpost hospitality suite on the 9th green, presented by GE.

Event Highlights

IMG_9632When: July 29-Aug 4

Where: Montreux Golf and Country Club (par 72, 7,472 yards)

Purse: $3 million (first place, $540,000)

Who: 132 players – check out the complete list!

Tickets: Season badge (week-long ticket) is $65. Daily tickets are $20. Visit for other ticket package options. Children 15-under are free with an accompanying adult.

TV: The Golf Channel, Thursday-Friday, 3:30-5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 3-6 p.m.; Sunday, 4-6 p.m.

Ladies First!

Women’s Day returns, Sunday July 28th at Montrêux Golf & Country Club. Welcome back the incredible LPGA legend Annika Sorenstam as she puts on another of her memorable golf demonstrations, and join us in greeting for the first time the fascinating Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk, the 7-time Canadian Women’s Long Drive Champion who will show us a thing or two about hitting the ball and then give a motivational speech while attendees enjoy an amazing meal.

Two FREE Parking Opportunities

As in years past, public parking is offered for $5 per vehicle, however this year, carpooling vehicles with four or more passengers will be able topark for FREE! Additionally, guests who bring two or more non-perishable food to donate to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada will be guaranteed free parking. All parking will be available at Galena High School, located off of Mt. Rose Highway, and free shuttles to Montrêux will be provided.

Buy tickets now!

Reno Tahoe USA is happy to extend the opportunity to receive $5.00 off a “Good Any-Day” ticket, (no limit on how many you can purchase). Click here to purchase and enter promotional code RSCVA13 to activate the discount.

The Biggest Little City

Reno residents are rallying, sharing personal stories punctuated with passion about a place they love to call home – Reno Tahoe USA .  Fueled with pride, locals are on a mission to inspire others to voice their personal Reno stories about why they choose Reno.

Reno is a place where big meets small, desert meets forest, and passion meets opportunity. There’s no place in the world that mixes the aberrations of life like Reno. Everyone has a story to tell, from a variety of perspecitves. Each story is laced  with a type of swagger only a place as diverse as Reno can inspire.

The Biggest Little City invites the movers, shakers, dreamers and doers, to declare what they love about Reno.

What’s your Biggest Little Story?

Click on the images below to watch a few little stories:


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