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The Great Reno Balloon Race 2014

It’s worth the wake! Be dazzled by hundreds of colorful balloons as they rise above Reno, September 5-7! It’s the largest FREE hot-air balloon event in the world!

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Glow Shows
Beginning at 5:00am on Saturday and Sunday, a handful of glowing balloons will act as a beacon to those sleepy spectators making their way to the launch field. Friday morning only is the Super Glow Show starting at 5:15 a.m. This new feature showcases 20+ balloons glowing and twinkling to music across the field.

Dawn Patrol
A trademark of The Great Reno Balloon Race worth the early rise, the show features a handful of balloons that are qualified to fly in the dark. This is a dangerous task as atmospheric conditions change drastically as the sun begins to rise. Balloonists glow, twinkle and fly along with choreographed music across a darkened sky, leaving the crowd awe struck. Saturday and Sunday only starting at 5:30 a.m.

T-6 Formation Fly Over
Each morning during the national anthem, just as the American flag is presented for Mass Ascension, spectators will be thrilled by a T-6 formation fly over. Thanks to our partnership with National Championship Air Races, visitors can experience just a brief taste of what the Air Races are all about.

Mass Ascension Launch
Starting at 6:45am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, nearly 100 balloons will launch from Rancho San Rafael Park. The splendor of these unique and beautiful balloons thrills the crowd as they enjoy the multitude of vibrant sights and sounds in the early morning light.

Balloon Boulevard
Crafts, souvenirs, food and warm drinks await spectators at the concession line. Official posters may also be purchased here along with official Balloon Race clothing and memorabilia. We encourage you to visit and support our vendors as they are part of the reason this event continues to be free.

Check out the list of participating balloons this year – from Darth Vader, to the soccer ball, to Smokey the Bear, to chili peppers, to beagles to fish – this year’s event has it all!

26th Annual Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-Off Set For August 27th through September 1st

The 26th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off will run Wednesday, August 27, through Monday, September 1, 2014. This must-attend culinary, barbecue, music and craft festival is open 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday. Admission is free!

More than 500,000 visitors and 230,000 pounds of ribs were served in 2013. The wide variety of activities within the event, including the Nugget World Rib Eating Championship, a carnival area with rides and activities, and top-notch entertainment – not to mention the best BBQ in the country  – all come together to draw thousands of people to Victorian Square every extended Labor Day weekend.

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Rib Cookers

Twenty-three of the world’s most decorated and talented rib cookers will feed event goers, while competing for a total cash purse of $14,500 and the title of “Best in the West” – a designation many cookers consider to be the ultimate prize in high-volume competitive BBQ.  In 2013, Famous Dave’s BBQ took home the title of “Best in the West,” their third time following wins in 2006 & 2007 at the event. Another top honor – the 2013 People’s Choice Award was given to Chicago Barbecue Co. See the full list of rib cookers here: http://www.nuggetribcookoff.com/About-The-Event/Cookers.html

2014’s winners will be announced on Monday, September 1, 2014 at the West End Stage at 2 p.m.

Rib Eating Competition

Major League Eating (MLE), the governing body of all stomach-centric sports, will host the 9th annual Nugget World Rib Eating Championship at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27, at the Main Stage area. The country’s best competitive eaters, including Joey Chestnut will vie for $5,000 and the title of World Champion.  It’s estimated the top competitors will consume eight-plus pounds of meat during the 12-minute competition.

Entertainment

As always, the Nugget will welcome many talented musicians to be a big part of the celebration. Free headline concerts include: Lit on Wednesday, Eric Hutchinson on Thursday, Joan Osborne’s Soul Revue on Friday, Joe Diffie on Saturday, Jefferson Starship on Sunday and Robert Randolph & The Family Band on Monday. All headline concerts will be at 7:00 p.m. except Monday, which will be at 3:00 p.m. In all, more than 40 bands will play on multiple stages throughout the six-day Victorian Square event.

Shuttle Service

Daily shuttle service from the Legends at Sparks Marina will run Wednesday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.  There is no shuttle service on Monday. The pickup location will be in the unpaved lot between Fuddruckers and Popeye’s, and the drop-off location is the Sparks RTC Centennial Plaza.

Kids’ Area

There will be a children’s area located on the west end of Victorian Plaza. Children will delight in an array of rides and activities including:  an obstacle course, bounce house, slide and mechanical swing. Ride tickets will be available for purchase just outside the kids’ area.

New Cookers

New to the event this year are Hole In the Wall BBQ from Oregon and Yazoo’s BBQ from Mississippi. Four of the 23 rib cookers will be locate on Victorian Plaza near the movie theater. You will be able to find Desperado’s BBQ Rib Co., Yazoo’s BBQ, Butch’s “Smack Your Lips” BBQ and Hole In The Wall BBQ at this location.  Crafters and vendors will also be located at the East end of Victorian Avenue during the cook-off. See map: http://www.nuggetribcookoff.com/Maps-Directions/Event_Maps.html

Burning Man 2014 Live Stream

Check out what’s happening on the Playa at Burning Man 2014 with this live stream of Black Rock City, NV:


Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

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Burning Man Style Guide – Prepping for the Playa

Burning Man is the perfect place to show your true self. If you want to wear combat boots with a pink tutu- rock it! The playa requires a dress code of fun, funky, and downright exotically fabulous . Check out PHOTOS from previous years to get costume ideas, and hit up these local shops for affordable vintage, recycled, custom and one-of-a-kind clothing to complete your Burning Man ensemble. From dresses to jumpsuits, from faux fur coats to masks, these places have it all for you to be the most stylish – and YOU – on the playa.  Don’t forget, it’s going to be hot, hot, hot, during the day – so plan accordingly! P1780265

Here are a few stores top stores in the Reno Tahoe area to complete your Burning Man experience:

Junkees Clothing Exchange – 960 South Virginia St. – 775-322-5868

The Melting Pot World Emporium – 1049 South Virginia Street – 775-322-9445

Polyesther’s Costume Boutique – 655 South Virginia Street -  775-420-5050

Menagerie Costumes – 1999 South Virginia Street, #B -  775-322-5427

Prism Magic Clothing & Imports – 2161 Pyramid Way  – 775-356-5577

No matter what Burning Man look you decide, here are some essentials you’ll want to add to your costume:

-          Lights: A flashlight is helpful, but you need more than that to be seen at night. Wear glow sticks, flashing lights, EL wire, head lamps…  Anything and everything glowing!

-          Goggles: Essential for keeping the dust and dirt out of your eyes!

-          Shoes: Going bare-foot may seem like a good idea… I mean, you’re channeling your inner nature, focusing on self-expression, right? Unfortunately, going without shoes results in what is known as “Playa Foot”- a painful drying, cracking rash caused by prolonged contact with the alkali lake bed. Burning Man suggests bringing rubber Birkenstock clogs or boots that won’t get trashed by the alkali.

-          A broad brimmed hat with a cord: You’ll no doubt need a head covering… and having a hat with a cord will keep it on your head during gusts of wind.

*Also, don’t forget to leave out those decorations and costume items behind, keeping in mind the Leave No Trace mantra.. Feathered beaus may seem like a cool idea, but when you’re spending all your time picking up all the feathers you shed, you may want to reconsider.

Happy Burn!

Hot August Nights 2014 is Revving Up Excitment in Reno Tahoe

HotAugustNights2Thermometers are rising and the faint sound of nostalgia is growing loud as Hot August Nights and Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson gear up for the week ahead (July 29-August3) in the Reno-Sparks area (the Official Kick-Off Party is July 28 at Peppermill Resort Spa Casino).  For the 28th annual celebration, Hot August Nights will turn back the clock to the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s where flapper skirts and leather jackets meet among fleets of smoking rides. After a week full of non-stop action the region-wide event will cool down on Sunday, August 3 with thousands classic cars parading through the streets of downtown Reno.

“It’s little wonder hundreds of thousands enjoy revisiting the great era, whether it be a sock hop or drag racing, to craft fairs and exhibitions, to the Big Boy’s Toy Store and Swap Meet, to Show-n-Shines offering over $150,000 in cash and prizes or to witness the extraordinary sight and sounds of an auctioneer at the Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson. It’s not only a great family vacation destination, but it is worth checking off your bucket list for,” said Tony Marini, Executive Director of Hot August Nights. “Not to mention unequaled entertainment featuring the incredible and memorable musical icons of the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s such as Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone or The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley and with this year adding a Country Night for the first time, 28 years has never been younger.”

Whether a participant or a spectator, the ten days of Hot August Nights will surely zoom past.  To schedule your trip, visit the Hot August Nights event schedule. Here are a few great events that should not be missed:

Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson

For the participants who yearn for something more than to vicariously live through a classic car owner’s life, or for the seasoned car-collector wanting another set of keys, Barrett-Jackson will be holding three days of auctions at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.  From Thursday, July 31 – Saturday, August 2, buyers will bid on classics at the “World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions.”  For ticketing information, and to view the docket of cars, visit Barrett-Jackson’s website.

Hot August Nights Autocross

To view smoking tires push the limits of hot rod racing, Hot August Nights Autocross at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center will provide the full experience, Thursday, July 31 to Saturday, August 2, from 9:30 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. Also at the Livestock Events Center is the traditional Swap Meet. This event features pre-1976 automotive parts, services and nostalgic items offered for sale by well over 700 vendors in 1500+ outdoor spaces as well as 250 covered spaces. Swap Meet attendees will also see well over 400 Collector Vehicles offered “For Sale” in the outdoor car corral that is adjacent to the swap area. No matter if you come for the cars, the competition, or the concession, this event will offer enough thrill for the entire family.  Racing and admission is free for Hot August Nights registered car participants, and if you’re not registered, the Autocross and Swap Meet Admission is $6 daily.

Hot August Nights Drag Race and Burnouts

From 6:00 P.M. until midnight, Wednesday, July 30 to Sunday, August 3, the stars of the streets will be racing down the track located at the Nugget in Sparks.  The modified drag strip at the Nugget offers the full race experience to street legal cars showcased at Hot August Nights.  Rivals will push the limits of their pre-1976 cars in order to get the best time, and as if pushing a classic car to the limit was not enough pressure, all the races will be done in front of a sea of spectators.  Admission for non-Hot August Nights registered participants is $10, and if you are a participant in Hot August Nights, you might need the drag race registration information!

Second Annual Barrett-Jackson Cup

The Barrett-Jackson Cup Show-n-Shine will display the best Hot August Nights cars in the streets of downtown Reno.  This showcase will kick-off on Wednesday, July 30 and last until Friday, August 1.  Cars will be parked from 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. on 4th Street just between Center and Sierra Street. This event will display impeccable show car creations, traveling masterpieces, and extremely rare one-of vehicles, making this a spectator must!

For more information on Hot August Nights visit the event website where you can find all of the daily happenings that will populate the Reno-Sparks area!

Circus Circus holds the first annual 24-Hour Mural Marathon

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Stroll by Circus Circus anytime between 10:00am, July 13 – 10:00am, July 14 to witness seven artist battle to create the most unique and vibrant mural on the Virginia Street side of the building shown above.

The idea of the Mural Marathon sparked from a conversation between Howard Rosenberg (UNR Arts Professor) and Richard Bartholet (president of the Regional Alliance for Downtown and UNR faculty member) while the two were observing the blank canvas of Circus Circus.

“This mural concept started when Howard Rosenberg and I walked through the city from the Courthouse to the University. We saw there was a lot of potential to spruce up the Circus Circus Reno building facing Virginia Street, which would in turn do wonders for the community. Those discussions got the ball rolling to this Mural Arts Project with Circus Circus Reno” said Bartholet.

The addition of murals to the outside walls of Circus Circus is part of the greater beautification project that has been taking Reno by storm. Murals in Reno’s Midtown District are found splattered across the map, and the migration to the downtown district is a pleasant sight to see.

“One of the goals of the festival is to see art on every street corner and in spaces where you least expect to see it. This is a wonderful addition to the downtown and excellent use of blank canvases.” Says Director of Artown, Beth Macmillan.

The 24-hour competition will be a new annual event added to Reno’s Artown calendar where each year a panel of judges will pick seven artists, three reserved for locals, to re-decorate the building and compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes.

Being on-site during the competition will surely be a ecstatic experience, but between the brush strokes make sure to check out more Artown events available on their website’s event calendar.

Celebrating 19 Years of Amazing BBQ, Brews and Blues!

New Beer and Food Pairing Event to Kick-Off Festival This Year

Equal parts barbeque block party, micro-brew tasting event and rock and blues festival, the Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues festival has become synonymous with summer. The unofficial kick-off to summer happens a little earlier this year with a newly added Samuel Adams beer and food pairing event held at the BuBinga Lounge inside the Eldorado Resort Casino on Thursday, June 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will kick-off the 19th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival, which is set for June 20-21.

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Street side on Friday and Saturday, the Eldorado will have the perfect complement to the festival’s variety of microbrews. Food booths will line Virginia Street serving a variety of tasty options from traditional barbecue fare such as slow smoked brisket, St. Louis style ribs and whole hog pulled pork served with creamy coleslaw, baked beans and cornbread. All American favorites like Geno’s smoked New York steak sandwich, buffalo style chicken wings, hotdogs and grilled hamburgers can also be found. More eclectic offerings like BBQ Asian Ribs with Pho Mein Special BBQ Sauce and fire roasted corn with roasted poblano-cilantro crema and ground cotija cheese will also be available. Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in fruit cobbler and ice cream.

Attendees can wash it all down with a selection of the Eldorado’s own custom microbrews from The Brew Brothers or the more than 50 microbreweries from around the world. The $30 daily or $50 weekend tasting package includes an eight ounce souvenir cup and unlimited tastings. VIP packages are also available for one-day at $100 or two-day for $120. The packages include a commemorative tasting mug with unlimited beer tasting wrist band (for one or two days), a 64-ounce Growler filled once with choice of The Brew Brothers beer and a BBQ platter from main food booth.

Northern Nevada breweries pouring samples at this year’s event include; The Brew Brothers, Battle Born, BJ’s Brewery, Brewer’s Cabinet, High Sierra Brewing Co., Stoneyhead Brewery, Brasserie Saint James, Great Basin Brewing Co. and Ruby Mountain Brewing Co. Additional stateside breweries include; Alaskan Brewing Co., Anderson Valley Brewing Co., Anchor Brewing Co., Anheuser Busch, Bison Brewing Co., Boulder Beer Co., Brooklyn Brewing, Big Sky Brewing Co., Black Diamond Brewing Co, Boston Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Drakes Brewing Co., Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Full Sail Brewing Co., Grand Teton Brewing Co., Green Flash Brewing Co., Joseph James Brewing Co., Lagunitas Brewing Co., Lost Coast Brewery, Mammoth Brewing CO., Miller Coors Brewing, New Belgium Brewing Co., Ninkasi Brewing Co., North Coast Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery, Pyramid Brewery, Rogue Brewing Co., Rubicon Brewing Co., Santa Fe Brewing Co., Speakeasy Brewery, Tenaya Creek Brewery and more.

And in the midst of it all are two outdoor stages featuring non-stop rock and blues. Headlining this year’s event are Tommy Castro & The Painkillers and John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band and Friends, including Alex Ligertwood of Santana and Wally Palmar of The Romantics. Additionally attendees can see the U.S. Air Force Band, Mobility; American roots music artist, Shane Dwight; critically acclaimed rock and blues guitar groover, Eric Sardinas; soulful South Bay guitarist and vocalist Maxx Cabello Jr.; high-energy harmonica and horns blues band Delta Wires; plus festival favorites the Jason King Band, Carolyn Dolan Blues Band, Rick Hammond Blues Band and Buddy Emmer Blues Band.

There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with the 19th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival, set for Friday, June 20 from 2 until 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visit www.eldoradoreno.com for more information or call 1-800-648-5966 to book your stay.

Full Schedule for the 19th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival


Third Street Stage

Friday, June 20

4 p.m. – U.S. Air Force Band, Mobility

6 p.m. – Shane Dwight Band

Saturday, June 21

11:30 a.m. – Rick Hammond Blues Band

1:30 p.m. – Carolyn Dolan Blues Band

3:30 p.m. – Delta Wires

5:30 p.m. – Eric Sardinas

Fourth Street Stage

Friday, June 21

3 p.m. – Jason King Band

5 p.m. – Buddy Emmer Band

7 p.m. – Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

Saturday, June 21

11 a.m. – Buddy Emmer Blues Band

1 p.m. – Maxx Cabello Jr.

3 p.m. – U.S. Air Force Band, Mobility

5 p.m. – John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band and Friends

Alex Ligertwood, lead singer of Santana

Wally Palmer, lead singer of The Romantics

7 p.m. – Shane Dwight Band

Hot August Nights and the Downtown Properties Present Spring Fever Revival

To keep the flames ablaze Hot August Nights and the Downtown Properties present Spring Fever Revival Friday, May 30 and Saturday May 31, from 10a.m. to 9p.m.

Registration for the event is open to all 1976 and older vehicles with free entry for Hot August Nights 2014 registered car participants. All contributors will receive a commemorative dash plaque, a two for one buffet at Silver Legacy and lunch provided by A&W. For non-registered participants there is a $25 entry fee.

“With over 600 classic cars that participate and free live entertainment provided by the Silver Legacy this is a great kickoff to  get the crowd excited for our main event, July 29 through August 3 ,” said Tony Marini, Executive Director of Hot August Nights. “This event grows each year with the commitment and collaboration of our downtown sponsors, Silver Legacy, Eldorado, Circus Circus and Harrah’s, we are grateful to have their participation.”

To add to the celebration there will also be a Celebrity Choice Show-n-Shine with ten winners on Saturday, Food & beverage booths, memorabilia and street faire vendors. Keeping with the tradition, as Virginia Street lines with cars from our past, DJ Smerk will spin us into the live performances by Travelin Band, Decades and Nathan Owens.

Entertainment Schedule Provided by the Silver Legacy:

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10:00 am – 4:00 pm         DJ Smerk

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm             Travelin Band

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm             Travelin Band

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm             Travelin Band

5/31/14 (Saturday)

10:00 am – 12:00 pm       DJ Smerk

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm          Decades

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm             Decades

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm             Decades

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm CHANGE OVER

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm             Nathan Owens

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm            Nathan Owens

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm            Nathan Owens

As Spring Fever Revival rumbles on for the last two days of May, it will also play a part in this year’s main event registration as the discounted price of $170 will increase on June 1st. The $170 package includes admission into the Spring Fever Revival show, the main event on July 29 – Aug. 3, dash plaque, hat, pin, t-shirt, an admission into the Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson, Swap Meet and more.

Take a step back in time, and join us for the kickoff to the premiere classic car event in the world. For more information please call the Hot August Nights Office with questions (775) 356-1956 or visit www.hotaugustnights.net.

Celebrate Hot Rods and Pin-Ups at the 4th Annual Reno Rockabilly Riot

Reno Rockabilly RiotJA Nugget will host Northern Nevada’s largest celebration of hot rods and pin-ups at the 4th annual Reno Rockabilly Riot from June 26 – 29, 2014. This is the first time Reno Rockabilly Riot will be held in Sparks, as the Nugget adds to the growing number of Sparks summer special events geared around motor vehicles.

“Reno Rockabilly Riot is all about the cars, the music, the pin-ups, the dancing, dressing up, fixing your hair and living the rockabilly lifestyle,” said Reno Rockabilly Riot Organizer Paul Samson. “We expect this event to draw rockabilly fans from all over the western region.”

The action packed four-day event will keep thousands of attendees busy and entertained with drag racing, burnout contests, model car contests, the fastest mechanic contest and more. The music lineup features a number of great rockabilly bands, including Blood Shots, Hot Rod Frankenstein, Dusty Miles & Crying Shame and Back Alley Barbers.

The ladies of Reno Rockabilly Riot will compete for top honors in the Pin-Up Girl Contest emceed by San Francisco stunner Miss Rockwell DeVil. Additionally, the Riot will host a burlesque show featuring tantalizing performers.

This year’s event will also feature a tattoo convention that is free to the public.

The event is now in its fourth year and has grown bigger each year.

National Championship Air Races taking off Bigger than ever in 2014

The runway has  cleared, and all systems are ready. Prepare for takeoff in 3…2…1…AND THEY’RE OFF!

The National Championship Air Races of Reno Nevada plans to return this September with more music, more buzz, and of course more planes!

The Reno Air Racing Association has revamped many of its planning strategies allowing for more efficiency, effectiveness, and creativity for the 51st event. These changes allow spectators to experience not just a few races, but a “full festival of flight.” Attendees will enjoy more interactive exhibits, more live music, and more racing events.

The 51stannual event is the only closed course pylon racing event in the world, and is the world’s longest running air race. Six different race plane classes battle just 60 feet from the ground, with the Unlimited and Jet classes reaching speeds over 500 mph! Besides the on-your-feet action of the races, spectators have close-up access to racing aircraft, pilots and crews in the “pits.” There’s a world-class air show, military display and demonstrations, aircraft display and great concessions. Experience the action of the “World’s Fastest Motorsport”!

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