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Reno Zombie Crawl 101

If you’re looking to meet someone who will love you for your brains, this is the event for you!

This Saturday, Oct. 25, the undead will awaken for a night of drinking, dancing, and crawling from bar to bar with fellow zombie friends. For those of you who are new to the Reno bar crawl scene, or anybody looking for a bit of guidance, we have created a Reno Zombie Crawl guide to help you prepare for the night! Plus, it was recently voted one of the “10 Best: Halloween Costume Parties” by USA TODAY for 2014!

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Who: You and all of your zombie friends (21 and older, of course)!

What: The Reno Zombie crawl is on again for its 7th year of zombie fun. The bar list includes over 50 bars throughout Reno (mostly downtown), over 100 different drink specials, a flash-mob style Thriller dance underneath the Reno Arch, and tons of costume contests throughout the night. The night draws in thousands of attendees from the surrounding area, and Reno’s no last call policy means that the event goes until 6:00 am the following day. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to dress in your best undead gear in order to make the night as fun and as thrilling as possible! Rip your t-shirt, throw on some fake blood, and get into the zombie spirit!

When: Saturday, October 25th. Sign-in for the Thriller dance begins at 6pm and the actual crawl is set to begin at 8pm.

Where: With the participation of over 50 bars throughout Reno and thousands of crawlers, the Zombie Crawl might seem intimidating to some. The Reno Zombie Crawl site has pinned crawl start locations on a map for us to help ease into the event. There is also a complete list of participating bars on the crawl site, as well as each bar’s drink specials and entertainment for the night.

Why: Recently voted one of the “10 Best: Halloween Costume Parties” by USA TODAY for 2014, the Reno Zombie Crawl and annual Thriller dance under the Reno Arch will awaken the undead once again. Reno Zombie Crawl has been attracting attendees for seven years, and that must mean that they know how to throw one heck of a party! The crawl committee and all participating bars are dedicated to providing crawlers with a safe and fun environment, and they are doing everything they can to make sure that attendees can just focus on having a great time! With new additions to the crawl like red open container barrels at the exit of each bar, which allow crawlers to dispose of any unfinished beverages before leaving each location (and thus avoiding an “open container” citation), Reno Zombie Crawl understands how to balance safety and rules with having fun. The fun is going to be bigger and badder this year, as we can see with the new and improved Thriller Under The Arch. This year the city is closing off Virginia Street from Commercial Row to 2nd Street from 5 pm to 8 pm in order to give dancers more room to celebrate! There will be various performers for attendees to watch while everyone gets staged, and at 7pm the dance will begin! Be sure to arrive on Virginia Street early in costume to join in on one big Thriller flash-mob under the Reno Arch. Reno Zombie Crawl has videos on their site to help you learn the moves to Michael Jackson’s famously spooky song before the big night arrives.

How: Begin preparing for the crawl by purchasing a Zombie Crawl Cup for $5 at various locations before the event (either in advance or at the beginning of the crawl at start bars). These cups will be your ticket to the crawl, giving you access to drink specials, contests, and clubs cover-free. Remember to get a map of participating bars along with your cup so that you can plan your crawl ahead of time! Participating retail stores are a great place to get your cups because they have staff members full prepared to help you put together your best crawl outfit! Retail locations include: Junkee Clothing Exchange, Chocolate Walrus, and Adam & Eve Carson City. Visit the Reno Zombie Crawl “Buy Cups” page for a full list of where to get your cups in advance!

Not sure how to zombie-fy yourself? Check out our Pinterest page for zombie makeup ideas, or head over to Reno Zombie Crawl’s website for costume ideas and video tutorials that show you how to look your best for the night, as well as a list of local shops that have everything you need from costumes to makeup to get you ready.

For those who are looking to make their entire night vehicle-free Reno Zombie Crawl has teamed up with a couple of hotels to offer special room discounts for the night of the crawl. Booking a discounted room in the area is a great way to stay safe even when you’re finished crawling. For even more convenience guests can purchase two Zombie Crawl Cups with their reservation to be waiting for them when they check in. Learn more about these special crawl rates and which hotels are participating on Reno Zombie Crawl’s hotel page.

For a safe and hassle-free Zombie Crawl, please be sure to follow all laws and city policies. Do NOT drink and drive. The crawl is called a crawl for a reason, so join the fellow zombies and travel with your friends on foot from bar to bar. For those of you who opt out of the hotel discounts, be sure to have a designated driver lined up before the evening starts.

Happy Crawling!

Are you getting scared, yet?

There are plenty of events surrounding Halloween weekend (check out our blog on 21+ Halloween parties for some awesome Halloween events happening throughout the month), and it seems as though Reno is trying to make Halloween a month-long holiday (but hey, we’re not complaining! Maye Reno is looking to transition into a real-life Halloweentown). Are you looking for somewhere to unleash your spooky side on October 31st? With all of the parties and events going on around town leading up to Halloween, you might be thinking that our city will be too partied out to celebrate on the scariest day of the year, but don’t worry! Here are some exciting and bone-chilling events happening on October 31 to wet your whistle, get your groove on, and bring this haunting month to a close.

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Silver Legacy is continuing tradition with their 14th Annual Wild Erotic Ball. From 9:00pm to 3:00am the Grand Exposition Hall is transformed into a wild Halloween bash. The event is for those 21 and over, and will include $3000 in cash and prizes for winners of the costume contests, including most unique and best couple’s costumes, and more. For tickets, information, and room discounts at The Silver Legacy, head over to the Silver Legacy website.

The 7th Annual Fright Fest Halloween Party at Reno’s Knitting Factory is sure to get you in the party mood! Starting at 10:00pm on the night of Halloween, the Knitting Factory will play host to a number of DJ’s, such as DJ Kentot, DJ A-Kran, and DJ Mario B., and provide attendees with a night of dancing (with a  full bar for those of you who are over 21). Visit the Knitting Factory’s event page for tickets and information.

If you’re looking for something new, check out LEX Nightclub’s Beetle Juice in Wonderland. Taking place in Reno’s newest nightclub inside the Grand Sierra Resort, this first-time event is sure to be a great way to celebrate Halloween. The night will be filled with dancing and scary-delicious cocktails. There will also be a costume contest and $5,000 in cash and prizes. Visit LEX’s website for information and ticket prices. LEX is also providing a discount on rooms at the Grand Sierra the night of their party, so check out their Facebook page for the discount code and details!

The Eldorado is also getting in on the Halloween fun with their Trick-or-Treat Halloween Party at the BuBinga. Students get in free (with ID) between 10:00 and midnight, and those who dare to dress in costume will receive an admission discount. Of course, there will be music, drinks, and dancing for those who attend. The Eldorado is also offering lower rates for the whole week of Halloween to keep its visitors safe (The Eldorado’s website).

If you’re a lake-goer and want some Halloween fun up in Tahoe check out “The Creepers Ball” at Crystal Bay Casino in Incline Village. Beginning at 9pm in their Crown Room, Crystal Bay is hosting their Halloween dance party with DJs Tainted love and After Party W/ Corey Lee. The night will be filled with dancing and great music, all up in beautiful Lake Tahoe. Tickets are on sale now for $25, so be sure to snag them while you still can!

EDGE Nightspot at the Peppermill is hosting their REDRUM Halloween contest and party where they will be giving away $4000 in cash prizes. The contest winners include: scariest, sexiest, and most creative costumes, as well as the most festive party-goer. The event is part of EDGE’s Halloween contest weekend, so the fun is scheduled to continue beyond October 31. Visit their webpage for more information on REDRUM and how to make VIP reservations for the entire Halloween weekend.

Ghostly Halloween Fun (Ages 21+)

October is full of changing leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and choosing to get totally spooked all month long. The Reno area offers plenty of adult-oriented events this October to get you in the Halloween spirit and send chills up your spine all month long. So pull out your costumes and get ready for a spook-tacular time!

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On October 11 Virginia City is hosting Redrun II- a Zombie Sequel. This six-mile race course consists of six dead zones and six obstacles, along with “creatures hunting for your blood” as you race around cemeteries, mining bunkers, and more throughout one of the oldest living ghost towns in the country. Virginia City is one of the most visited towns by ghost hunters and researchers of the supernatural, and their professional opinions all agree on one thing: its haunted! Are you brave enough to make the dash through some of the most haunted locations in the world? Check out www.redrunvc.com to view race details, registration information, and details about all six course dead zones. Good luck!

Reno’s annual Zombie Crawl is a great excuse to celebrate Halloween a week early. Starting at 8PM on October 25 at various bars throughout Reno, zombies of all shapes and sizes gather under the moon with a common goal: a scary-good time. Crawlers are encouraged to rise from their graves and visit over 50 bars with the rest of Reno’s undead! The night is full of specials, such as $3 drinks and beers at every bar and no cover charge at any of our clubs, as well as hotel discounts for those who crawled a little too hard. Before the crawl, join your fellow zombies for a flash-mob style dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller under the Reno Arch. To participate, purchase a Zombie Crawl cup from a few selected shops around town and bring it with you! Check out the Crawl website for a list of participating bars, Halloween discounts, and other information (http://renozombiecrawl.com).

For more scary fun throughout the month of October, the Eldorado is hosting six different Halloween-themed parties in four different venues over four nights. The celebration starts on Saturday, October 25 with the Zombie Crawl. Participating Eldorado bars include The Brew Brothers, BuBinga Live, Stadium Bar, and Cin Cin Bar & Lounge. These crawl stops include a costume contest, drinks, and music by DJ Dragon. On October 28 The Brew Brothers will host an Industry Halloween party with Blood Club Tuesday. A second costume contest will be held, and DJ Chris English will be keeping the party going all night long. Another costume contest and party will be held at The Brew Brothers October 30 for Student Bloody Thursday. On All Hallows’ Eve, the party really gets going. The Brew Brothers transforms themselves into The Blood Brothers with another costume contest, drinks, and dancing. And to bring the spooky season to a close Skyy High Fridays is hosting a Trick-or-Treat Party at BuBinga with a costume contest, a DJ, and student discounts. The month is full of parties and $6,250 in cash prizes for costume contest winners! It’s sure to be a thrilling time!  Visit www.eldoradoreno.com for more information on all of the Eldorado’s parties and all Halloween events.

Another costume party to consider is the Fantasies in Chocolate’s 30th year celebration on October 25. The event is a wine tasting and chocolate sampling fundraiser, and the event will benefit the RGJ Foundation. General Admission attendees are welcomed to sample wines and chocolates, as well as dine on savory dishes created by some of the top chef’s of the area. The vendors for this year’s event include: Men Wielding Fire, Batch, 1864 Tavern, and many more! Besides great food and delicious drinks, there will be a DJ and dancing, a live auction, and more! For more information  see http://blog.visitrenotahoe.com/fantasies-in-chocolate-celebrates-30th-year-with-black-tie-costumed-event/.

Happy Halloween! Be safe!

Halloween Activities For The Whole Family!

For family-friendly Halloween fun, the Reno area has oodles of options to keep kids safe and entertained!

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The Wilbur D. May Museum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park is hosting their third Great May Center Pumpkin Walk on Saturday, October 18. This new Reno tradition is a favorite for families and people of all ages, and it draws over one thousand visitors each year. Visitors line up to view hand-carved pumpkins throughout the museum and arboretum, and the May Center will have 500 pumpkins on glowing this year! Kids are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat during the walk. Fall refreshments such as hot chocolate and cider will be available to keep you warm throughout the night. Go to www.maycenter.com for prices, times, and more information.

Virginia City, one of the most haunted towns in the country, is offering safe trick-or-treating for kids at shops around town as an opportunity to celebrate both the city’s history and the spooky holiday. Later in the evening, Virginia City’s Halloween parade will coincide with the Nevada Statehood parade, which is celebrating Nevada’s 150th birthday. Parade viewers are encouraged to dress up in costume, and the event is a not-so-spooky alternative to scarier Halloween events going on in the city. For a full list of Virginia City’s Halloween events visit www.visitvirginiacitynv.com/events.

On October 26 visit Pumpkinpalooza at Sparks Victorian Square. Here, families can meet with fortune-tellers, build and race a pumpkin in the Pumpkin Derby, compete in a pumpkin seed spitting contest, and end the day with the official Lighting of the Pumpkins and more! Children are invited to wear costumes and participate in the children’s costume parade. It’s a celebration of all things pumpkin and is a fun way to get kids in the Halloween spirit. See http://www.pumpkinpalooza.org/ for more details.

Scheels is hosting two events for the holiday this year. On October 27, stop by Scheels to decorate your own pumpkin! Kids from the Reno area will be getting crafty at 6:00 that evening, hoping to make the perfect Halloween pumpkin to complete their spooky decorations. On October 31, kids are welcome to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt throughout the store where they will trick-or-treat and have a fun time. For both Scheels events, kids will receive a free Ferris wheel ride. Scheels encourages you to email events RS@scheels.com if you have any questions.

Reno Street Food and Magic 95.5 is hosting their “Truck or Treat” event at Idlewild Park on October 30. With 25 food trucks and 20 candy stations, this is another fun, safe trick-or-treating option for families. The night will be filled with food, candy, and a children’s costume contest, so don’t miss out! See Reno Street Food’s Facebook page for more information.

To make sure your costume is the best on the block check out Faces 4 Fun face painting at Circus Circus Reno for trick-or-treating and costume parties. The team of artists has extended their hours for the Halloween season, and they all have impressive experience with painting and promise to bring your costume, whether is a zombie or a fairy, to the next level. Visit Circus Circus Reno for more information and scheduling.

Three local farms are opening their doors and sacrificing their corn for family-friendly corn mazes all month long. Corley Ranch, Andelin Family Farm, and Lattin Farms all have corn mazes and fall activities this month to enjoy the fall season! View http://blog.visitrenotahoe.com/corn-mazes for information on these farms and all they have to offer.

E ‘tempo di festa! It’s time to party!

Ciao Reno!

The Eldorado Great Italian Festival is right around the corner! For 33 years the Eldorado has hosted an authentic celebration of Italian culture, and this year is going to be nothing short of fantastic. The festival typically takes place over Columbus Day weekend, but the Eldorado is getting a head start with a new wine and food event and Italian dinners in the buffet starting October 6. This new addition to the schedule of events allows guests to celebrate all week long.

On October 9 the Eldorado will debut a new Italian wine and food pairing event, Vintage Eldorado. This new event will feature Italian food stations, Italian wines, and Italian beer and spirits to sample and enjoy. The event will also include a silent auction to benefit the Boys & Girls club of Truckee Meadows. Ticket prices include a Riedel stemless “Swirl” wine glass souvenir to use throughout the event. October 11 and 12 are the days when downtown Reno will be transformed into Little Italy. Here guests can take on a grape stomp, taste sauces in the sauce cookers competition, stroll on a wine walk, shop at an Italian farmer’s market, cheer on a kids’ gelato eating contest, get their fix at the Italian buffet, and enjoy life free entertainment the entire weekend.

The fan-favorite sauce cook-off will take place throughout the holiday weekend each afternoon starting at 2p.m. Guests can enjoy different sauces brought from West Coast Italian families, which can be found at the pasta booth on the corner of 4th and Virginia streets. If you can’t wait for the weekend, The Buffet will feature an extended Italian menu starting Monday the 6th until Thursday the 9th and an Italian Seafood Feast on Friday, October 10. Here guests can enjoy traditional Italian meals, snacks, and desserts throughout the week to get in the Italian state of mind.

For a full schedule of events and prices go to http://www.eldoradoreno.com/reno-events/Eldorado-Great-Italian-Festival/.

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RSCVA’S ANNUAL “BLUE GENES JAM®” LIFESTYLE FESTIVAL TO CELEBRATE INVENTION OF BLUE JEANS IN RENO, NEVADA

A new event is coming to Reno Tahoe USA! The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) announced today the creation of a new special event, to debut on October 2-4, 2015, celebrating the invention of one of the world’s most iconic products – riveted denim “blue jeans”- by Reno tailor Jacob Davis in the early 1870s.

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According to RSCVA President and CEO Christopher Baum, “The fact that the world’s favorite item of clothing was invented and patented in Reno by Mr. Davis is unknown to most locals, and many denim fans worldwide… but not for long.”

“Blue Genes Jam®” will be a three-day lifestyle festival featuring numerous fun and unique activities around Reno, Sparks and North Lake Tahoe, including: rock and country music concerts; “Jeaneology,” scholarly presentations on the history of blue jeans and their impact on popular culture; the “Jean Pool,” a retail marketplace for vintage jeans, designer denim and accessories; “Jean Therapy,” special discounts at area health spas; the “Blue Jean Ball,” a banquet and silent auction benefitting the Nevada Humane Society; “Jacob’s Joint,” a pop-up bar and restaurant; “Pop(corn) Culture,” a mini-festival of milestone films in the history of blue jeans, such as James Dean’s “Rebel Without a Cause”; and denim fashion shows by international jean manufacturing companies, both large and small.

The concept for Blue Genes Jam® got its start more than a year ago, when Baum received a telephone call in his office from Mr. Robert Wexler of Reno.

According to Baum, “Mr. Wexler had heard me being interviewed on a local radio station and thought I would be interested in a little-known historical fact about our city.”

Wexler shared the story of a tailor named Jacob Davis who had patented his invention of rugged work pants while working at his shop in downtown Reno (on Virginia Street, where the “Knitting Factory” is currently located), and how a group of civic-minded residents (including Mella Harmon, then of the Nevada Historical Society, and former state archivist Guy Roche) worked with the Reno Historical Resources Commission to place a commemorative plaque at the site in May 2006.

Said Baum, “I thanked him for the fascinating information, and promised to get back in touch if I ever found a way to use it to benefit the future growth of tourism in Northern Nevada.”

In the months that followed, Baum would take a few minutes here and there to scour the Internet and bookstores for more details about Jacob Davis and his invention. He learned that the inspiration for Davis’ breakthrough idea occurred when a woman entered his tailor shop in January 1871 complaining that her husband’s work pants kept ripping, due to the rough demands of his job. Davis sewed a new pair of cotton

duck cloth pants for the man and, spying some hardware he normally used for horse blanket straps, added copper rivets to all of the key stress points. The copper riveted pants were a huge success, and soon he was swamped with hundreds of orders, at the premium price of $3.00 a pair. Demand grew further when he started offering the pants in tough, indigo blue denim fabric. Sensing that he had a bona fide hit on his hands, Davis reached out to his fabric supplier – Levi Strauss & Company of San Francisco – to see if they might be interested in helping him pay the $68.00 required to fund the patent application process. On August 9, 1872, “Jacob W. Davis, assignor to himself, and Levi Strauss & Company” submitted the patent application, written and signed by Jacob Davis, who was credited as “Inventor” on the accompanying illustration. On May 20, 1873, the United States Patent Office granted Davis and Levi Strauss & Co. Patent No. 139,121, and a multi-billion dollar fashion industry juggernaut was born, continuing to this day in the United States (where the average American owns a staggering seven pairs of blue jeans!) and virtually everywhere else around the globe.

Jacob Davis spent the rest of his life overseeing the manufacture of his invention for Levi Strauss & Co., selling his interest in the patent and manufacturing rights in 1907. His occupation in the San Francisco City Directory was listed as “manufacturer” in 1874, but by 1903, it had been changed to “capitalist.” He died in 1908 at the age of 77.

Once Baum had formed the basic concept for the Blue Genes Jam® (he dreamed up the name and RSCVA Special Projects Coordinator Ken Koser contributed the “genes” for “jeans” twist), he turned the project over to the entire RSCVA Marketing Department, which will work with local partners – such as concert venues and resort hotels, as well as those facilities owned and/or managed by the RSCVA – over the next 12 months to book the talent, attract the jeans companies and otherwise coordinate the creation of a brand new special event for the region.

“The RSCVA doesn’t normally produce our own events,” said Baum. “But in this case, I am confident in my team’s ability to take a great idea and turn it into a fantastic asset for the region, attracting denim fans from around the country – and around the world – to Northern Nevada.”

According to Baum, “The story of blue jeans started right here in Reno with Jacob Davis, and Levi Strauss & Co. helped make his product into a worldwide work wear and – eventually – fashion staple. But other manufacturers – from Wrangler and Lee to Lucky, Ralph Lauren, Cinch, Ben Davis, and many others – and boutique selvedge/raw denim companies – like the eponymous Jacob Davis, Mister Freedom, Roy Denim, Rogue Territory, imogene + willie, Left Field NYC, and Raleigh Denim Workshop, to name just a few – keep the momentum going today. We look forward to welcoming them all to “The Birthplace of Blue Jeans” on the first weekend of October, in 2015 and every year after, because as those of us fortunate to live and work in Reno Tahoe USA now like to brag, “We have copper rivets in our genes.”

To keep up-to-date on details of the Annual Blue Genes Jam®, please go to the event website, www.BlueGenesJam.com.

Exhibits to Visit: October Edition

Reno Tahoe museums contribute largely to the culture here in Reno, and there are always wonderful exhibits to visit around town. One exhibit you cannot miss is the celebration of Nevada’s 150th birthday, which will be featuring several iconic documents, including The Emancipation Proclamation. From birthday celebrations to wildlife exploration, here are a few major exhibits going on around town.

nevada art 2The Nevada Museum of Art is celebrating Nevada’s big day with a special exhibit that displays artifacts that tell the story of Nevada’s journey to statehood with their 36th Star: Nevada’s Journey from Territory to State exhibit (through November 1). Three of the museum’s galleries hold special documents and objects, such as the original copy of the Nevada State constitution, artifacts belonging to Nevada’s first governor, Nevada photographs taken by O’Sullivan that date back to 1867, and much more! This exhibit is a rare and special event, hosting historical objects that the museum tracked down and loaned from museums across the state and nation. It is a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit that provides visitors a unique opportunity to see all these historical objects in one place. The celebration continues on October 16 with a historical lecture by curator Toby Jurovics on Timothy O’Sullivan’s photography of the civil war. The birthday celebration comes to a close on November 1 with a steampunk ball and carnival, Honest Abe’s Imagination Celebration. At this event, visitors are encouraged to engage in the “grand re-imagining of the future through the wondrous lens of the past.” The Emancipation Proclamation will be on display at the event, as well as on October 30 and 31 and November 2, and visitors are encouraged to dress in costume appropriate for an 1864 party!  For more information on this event visit http://blog.visitrenotahoe.com/nevada-museum-of-art-the-36th-star/.

The Nevada Museum of Art is also showing films from the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour, which consists of six different session of more than 20 independent films from the festival. These films focus on wilderness, wildness, the great outdoors, culture, and environment. Starting with a Kids and Family session at 10:30 on October 18, the event continues until 7:00 that evening. Join others in exploring the wilderness that surrounds us and enjoy a day filled with films and a unique take on outdoor life.

The Sparks Museum & Cultural Center hosts the annual Western Heritage Festival on October 4. Celebrate Nevada arts, culture and traditions through experiential learning. Enjoy demonstrations in basket-weaving, spinning, quilting and saddle-making. There will be cowboy poetry, live music and dancers, displays and children’s activities.

An 11-month exhibit at Reno’s National Automobile Museum is coming to an end on October 10, 2014. The World War II Hits Home exhibit tells the story of WWII in Nevada. It demonstrates the commitments of America’s automakers to producing resources for the war, such as tanks, ammunition, and aircrafts. Learn of the impact on daily life, commitments of local families, and the history of the Tonopah Army Air Field. The exhibit is enriched by the presence of artifacts from private collections, and it is an exhibit that no history buff should miss.

Happy 150th Birthday, Nevada!

Nevada will be celebrating its 150th birthday this month! There are plenty of fun things to do in the Reno area all month long to cheers to Nevada pride until the big day on October 31st.

NV 150The Nevada Museum of Art exhibit titled The 36th Star: Nevada’s Journey from Territory to State displays significant objects and documents that tell the story of Nevada’s journey to statehood, including the transcription of Nevada’s State Constitution that was sent from Governor Nye to Abraham Lincoln by telegram, the original copy of the Nevada State Constitution, artifacts belonging to Nevada’s first governor, and Civil War-era muster rolls that have never been displayed. The exhibit is on display through November 2, 2014. For more information on this event please visit http://blog.visitrenotahoe.com/nevada-museum-of-art-the-36th-star/.

In various locations throughout Reno and Sparks, the Home Means Nevada event consists of a reading of the Nevada-themed story written by Mark Twain. This reading will be accompanied by music from Shiloh, which will be performed by Julie Machado & Tim Gorelangton. These readings take place on October 1, 2, 9, 19, and 29 of 2014.

The NV150 Western Heritage Festival pays tribute to Nevada’s most significant industries- ranching, mining, railroading, gaming, and the military, and it celebrates their important roles in our state’s history. The festival also celebrates Nevada’s culture and heritage through music, poetry, crafts, and more. It takes place on October 4, 2014 in Victorian Square, Sparks.

At the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Reno you can come watch the Classix Two Home Means Nevada Concert. Over three days in October (the 11, 12, and 14) the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, along with the Washoe County School District 6th Grad Honor Choir and UNR piano professor Dr. James Winn, will perform a new arrangement of Home Means Nevada. This performance will also feature Desert Garden by Reno born composer Sean Shepherd, Lost Vegas by Michael Daughtery, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

One more event before Nevada’s big day is the 4th Annual Nevada Day Governor’s Banquet. This event, which will be held on October 28, 2014 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, is both a gala tradition and a fundraising event led by Nevada’s Governor Brian Sandoval. The evening will feature special guest speakers, live entertainment, a silent auction, a Nevada birthday cake cutting ceremony, and more! A portion of the proceeds will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nevada, as well as the non-profit Nevada Day, Inc.

On October 30 at 10am, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki is inviting all Nevadans to join him for #NevadaSings, an attempt to set a record for the most people in an American state to sing the state song all at once. Nevadans are encouraged to join in at the designated time wherever they may be: schools, offices, parks, etc. Remember to take a photo or video of you and your group singing “Home Means Nevada”, as video or photo proof will be submitted to RecordSetter, a Las Vegas-based company, to verify the record. For rules, directions, “Home Means Nevada” lyrics, and where to submit your proof, visit www.Nevada150.org.

The celebration expands into Virginia City on October 31st with four events to keep the party going. Starting in the afternoon, an unveiling of Steven Saylor’s portrait “Nine Cheers for the Silver State”. This portrait depicts when Virginia City got the news of Nevada’s statehood. The unveiling of this portrait will be followed by a reception, where paintings will be sold to benefit the Comstock Foundation of History and Culture. After the reception, the Virginia City Statehood Parade will cruise down C Street and is expected to be the largest parade in the state for the celebration. Following the parade, children are invited to spend the night trick-or-treating around town. The child-friendly fun starts at 5pm with a costume contest, and all shops will be open late to make the event fun and safe for everyone. At 7pm the Nevada 150 Masquerade Ball begins at Piper’s Opera House. Participants are encouraged to don “period attire”, such as Victorian era or Steampunk costumes. The Ball is comprised of a meet and greet with dignitaries, champagne and hor d’oeuvres, and live music and dancing to bring our state’s birthday celebration to a close.
(For a full list of events and details please visit www.nevada150.org/events-calendar/ and www.NV150Ball.com)

Fall in love with Reno Tahoe’s Fall Festivities

Despite the relentless summer-like weather, fall is finally upon us! While donning a scarf and sipping hot chocolate may seem like something for the distant future, anyone who’s familiar with Reno Tahoe weather knows that can change in an instant. The Reno area is gearing up for all things autumn with a plethora of events for all members of the community.

Starting on September 24, Street Vibrations kicks of the season with their Fall Rally. The Wednesday through Sunday event offers enough music and motorcycles to satisfy any bike-lover’s dreams. Events throughout the rally include live music, scavenger hunts, and celebrity appearances by big names such as History Channel’s Paul Teutul Sr. and Danny Koker. With 250 vendors and 15 factory rigs, Street Vibrations will have everything motorcycle and more!

For those interested in a different kind of wild, the Animal Ark is holding a number of events throughout the month of October.  Their “Harvest Festivals” take place on October 4th and 18th, and promise an afternoon of animal watching. On these Saturdays, the Ark’s predators are given pumpkins containing their favorite treats. Visitors are encouraged to watch and take pictures as the animals work to open their pumpkins and enjoy their snacks. Another event hosted by the Animal Art is the Cheetah Run, which will put on its final run of the season on October 12th. At this event, cheetahs are allowed the rare privilege of running off their leashes demonstrating grace and incredible speed. Watching these wild animals run free is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Of course with October comes Halloween, which means that ‘tis the season for horror and spooky fun. The Aces Ballpark is hosting Fright Fest Production’s 9th annual “Slaughter House,” which is open Thursday through Sunday, starting October 3rd. For those who enjoy getting their heart rate up in a unique way, Northern Nevada’s largest indoor haunted house is for you! After a full redesign, this year’s House contains new rooms and scarier scenes that are guaranteed to keep your adrenaline pumping all night long. In addition to the Slaughter House, the ballpark’s “Fright” House District will be open for food and beverages to help you unwind after an evening of screams and scares.

Prost! Bavarian music, brats and beer gardens will be of plenty at Squaw Valley’s annual Oktoberfest, September 27 from 2pm to 6pm. Participate in a friendly competition of traditional games, or relax with a beer in hand and a view of the Sierra all around. Entertainment at the event is free. For $10, you’ll receive a specialty glass and first beer, $5 for additional beer.

A more kid-friendly event that is sure to entertain is the Andelin Family Farms Pumpkin Patch and Cornmaze Harvest Festival. Starting September 27th and continuing through the 1st of November, the family farm provides fun for participants of all ages. The harvest includes the crowd-favorite corn maze, which is designed to celebrate Nevada’s 150th year birthday. There will also be barnyard games, animals, and a pumpkin patch that guarantees a large selection of pumpkins perfect for carving and pie making.

So whether you’re a rowdy biker looking for loud music and new bike gear or a family interested in a peaceful afternoon, the fall season offers a number of festive events for all ages and interests. Check out the events calendar for a full list of fall events that are guaranteed to make this fall fun, family-oriented, spooky, or anything else you’re hoping for!

20th Annual Street Vibrations Fall Rally

More Riders, Gawkers and Celebrities

Thousands of riders and motorcycle enthusiasts will enjoy music, metal, motorcycles, amazing bikes, and TV celebrities during the 20th annual Street Vibrations® Rally Sept. 24-28 in downtown Reno, at Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson and in Virginia City.

The 4th largest motorcycle event in the nation, Street Vibrations®, will take over the main streets in downtown Reno and Virginia City. Special event plazas, parking areas and event space in hotels/casinos will be filled with live entertainment and vendors selling everything from leather chaps, helmets, artwork and sunglasses to motorcycle boots, chrome, LED lights and insurance.

The event is free and open to the public.  Motorcycle participants pay a fee to take part in Street Vibrations® to participate in; poker runs, ride-in competitions, slow bike races, scavenger hunts and VIP parties. Registered participants receive a 5 day VIP parking pass, an official ride pin and an exclusive 20th anniversary Street Vibrations® 2014 shirt.

Celebrities

This year, co-founder of Orange County Chopper’s and star of the Discovery Channel’s reality TV series “American Chopper,” Paul Teutul Sr. and Danny Koker, star of the History Channel’s reality TV series “Counting Cars” will be joining in the fun.

Teutul, is a custom and production motorcycle manufacturer originally based in Orange County New York and the outspoken “American Chopper” TV star.

Koker is star of the reality TV series that chronicles daily activities at Count’s Kustoms, an automobile restoration and customization company he owns and operates in Las Vegas, NV.

Both Teutul and Koker will be available for photographs and conversations during “Meet and Greet” sessions at multiple venues during Street Vibrations®. Koker will perform with his band, Count’s 77 on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Jagermeister Stage on the El Dorado special events plaza.

Reno

Virginia Street in downtown Reno will host multiple Street Vibrations® stages with non-stop music from live bands, Factory Rigs, vendors selling all things motorcycle, festival food booths and more from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thurs. through Sat., Wed., 12 to 9 p.m., and Sun.,

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson® is also an official venue hosting vendors, live bands and festival food and beverages.

The Reno Ballroom in downtown Reno will host participant and vendor registration, vendor booths, the Tattoo Expo and meet and greet sessions with TV Celebrities.  The Reno Ballroom is also where you’ll find America’s Finest Custom Bike Builder’s Expo featuring cutting edge custom motorcycle creations and the Bike Corral, where registered participants can buy or sell a bike to private parties.

Virginia City

In Virginia City the action will be on “C” Street, the main street through the historic mining town.  Enjoy live music from a variety of bands and vendors from across the nation.

Some Highlights

Street Vibrations® will feature a Huey Lewis & The News concert at the Silver Legacy on Fri., Sept. 26, ceremonial flag raising on both Fri. and Sat., Sept. 26 & 27, police on parade led by Grand Marshall Paul Teutul on Thurs. Sept. 25 and Grand Marshall Danny Koker on Sat., Sept. 27.  The event includes a popular wet T-shirt contest and drawings to win Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. VIP registered participants will enjoy scavenger  hunts in downtown Reno and poker runs up to historic Virginia City and beautiful Lake Tahoe. Free, non-stop entertainment from live bands can be enjoyed by everyone at all venues.

Watch this short video from last year’s event!