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Spring’s Top 11 Things to Do in Reno Tahoe

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Ok, just take a look outside and you’ll see that spring has sprung in Reno Tahoe! Temperatures are warmer, trees and flowers are blooming and winter clothes are headed for storage, so that opens up a lot of fun activities and events for everyone to enjoy. That being said, here are our Top 11 picks for you and your family to check out!

1. Reno Aces Baseball – April 1st

Plaaaayyyy Baaallllll! It’s that time of year again, when the boys of summer take to the diamond, and begin a full season of America’s favorite pastime! The Reno Aces play (in our opinion) one of the most beautiful minor league parks anywhere in the country, and this season promises to be an exciting one as the Aces vie for the championship of the Pacific Coast League. So come out to the park, get a dog and a drink, sit back and enjoy a great evening of baseball!

2. Reno Jazz Festival – April 10-12

If you’re a jazz aficionado, this annual festival is the place to be! One of the world’s largest and most enduring celebrations of jazz, this three-day event hosts a variety of jazz artists, and this year be sure to see trumpeter Avishai Cohen and Grammy-nominated Kneebody.

3. Skiing, Golf and Grilling!

How many places anywhere in the world can boast of having great skiing and snowboarding resorts that are less than an hour away, and then have the option to end the day back in town, swinging the clubs or cooking outside in shirtsleeves and sandals? Well, the early days of spring in Reno Tahoe have all of that going for it! The snow typically stays fresh in the area ski resorts throughout the month of April, and the evening temperatures in the valley are nice enough to spend the evening outside, enjoying great food and great company. So fire up the grill, put on your best chefs apron, and try it – you’ll love it!

4. Virginia City Grand Prix – April 26-27

This outlaw motorcycle race is famous throughout the world and starts in historic downtown Virginia City. The racing heads out to the surrounding hills for more than four and a half hours of action-packed excitement, and the bikes reach speeds of up to 90 miles per hour! Catch some of the race, and then head to one of the many wonderful restaurants and bars in Virginia City – and also take in some of the great shopping that’s available there as well!

5. Reno River Festival – May 10-11

Few cities are lucky enough to have a river as beautiful as the Truckee wind through downtown, and every May there’s a festival to prove it! This premier outdoor event includes paddle sport whitewater competitions, yoga in the park, live music and entertainment, unique vendors selling their wares, and plenty of children’s activities. Dip your toes in the water, and join in the fun!

6. Go hiking and take in the wildflowers – all spring long!

The Reno Tahoe area is loaded with great hiking possibilities, so why not put on your boots and check out the beautiful scenery! There are some amazing overlooks, particular around Lake Tahoe, but you can stay closer to home and hike up some of the hills just outside of town! One of the added benefits of the spring season is the many beautiful species of wildflowers that seem to grow everywhere in a rainbow of different colors, so be prepared to be dazzled!

7. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series – May 30-31

The Lucas Oil series is a nationally televised off-road racing series that matches action sports celebrities against motocross champions and racing legends. The series is held at the Wild West Motorsports Park, which offers fantastic, unobstructed views from the grandstands and lets fans really feel close to all of the racing action! Just imagine 900 horsepower trucks battling it out – it’s like a full contact MMA fight on wheels!

8. Spring Fever Revival – May 30-31

If you’re into classic cars and some good old-time rock and roll, twist your way back to the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s during a fun-filled weekend in downtown Reno! There’s plenty of food and beverage booths, vendors showing their wares and live entertainment for people of all ages.

9. Street Vibrations Spring Rally – June 6-8

Has your Harley spent the winter locked up in the garage? It’s time to take it out, tune it up, and enjoy a weekend of pure motorcycle fun! Street Vibrations will be held throughout the streets of downtown Reno and there will be live entertainment, bike games, competition ride-in-shows, poker runs and walks, lots of food and street vendors selling everything from apparel to bike parts! It’s the ultimate weekend for motorcycle lovers.

10. Bike riding on the Tahoe Flume Trail

Are you a dedicated trail rider or a newbie who wants to try a challenging course with beautiful scenery? The Tahoe Flume Trail may just be the challenge you’re looking for! The Flume Trail is constantly cited in magazines and blogs as one of the most scenic trails for mountain bikers and trail runners anywhere in the country. Just remember to be safe, and you might want to take along a camera to shoot some beautiful vistas of Lake Tahoe.

11. Reno Rodeo – June 19-28

Widely considered the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West,” the Reno Rodeo features 10 nights of best rodeo competition in the country. The rodeo is held at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Center and features over 750 athletes competing in events including team roping, professional bill riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bronc riding. Also take in the Double R Marketplace for western shopping, great food, a carnival and mutton bustin’!

Well, that’s just a small sampling of what’s available in Reno Tahoe in the spring! For more ideas be sure to check our website at www.visitrenotahoe.com

Off-Road Racing Mecca of the West

JA Nugget, the City of Sparks and Wild West Motorsports Park to host Silver State 4WD & UTV Jamboree July 14-19, 2014

A new kind of special event is coming to Northern Nevada this summer. In July, JA Nugget, the City of Sparks and Wild West Motorsports Park will host 4-wheel and off-road racers from all over the Western Region at the first Silver State 4WD & UTV Jamboree, July 14-19, 2014.

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“With space for unlimited motorized recreational activities and hotel rooms to accommodate off-road racers and enthusiasts, Sparks is uniquely positioned to become the off-road and 4-wheel racing mecca of the West,” said Jeff Knoll, Silver State 4WD & UTV Jamboree Organizer.

A former producer of the popular King of the Hammers event in California, Knoll studied the area carefully before selecting Sparks to host the Silver State 4WD & UTV Jamboree. Participants will be provided with a host of recreational opportunities that highlight Northern Nevada. Fly fishing or floating the Truckee River, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, photography, UTV and 4WD trail riding are examples of the types of recreation available in the area. This event has nightlife, with OHV themed parties scheduled for most evenings in the Nugget Casino.

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In addition to racing at the Wild West Motorsports Park, Northern Nevada is close to two of the West’s most famous off-road trails, The Rubicon and Fordyce Creek Trail. Both are located within an hour of Reno-Sparks.

Motorized recreation, coupled with Northern Nevada’s hospitality industry, make the Silver State 4 Wheel and Off-Road Jamboree a unique opportunity to build an off-road event like no other.  Finally, an event the whole family can enjoy. Relax at the spa, have a drink poolside, take a Jeep or UTV trip, float the river, or just enjoy Nevada style gaming, this event offers the perfect summer vacation.

For more information, please visit www.janugget.com and www.silverstatejamboree.com.

Hunger Games Archery Coach and Five-Time Olympian at Wasting Arrows

May the odds be ever in your favor with the woman who taught “Katniss” all she knows as your archery coach!

Khatuna Lorig, five-time U.S. Olympian and bronze medal winning archer, will be in Reno this weekend hosting workshops at Wasting Arrows Indoor Archery Range. Hear all about her experiences, including coaching coaching Jennifer Lawrence as “Katniss” for the Hunger Games. After, be sure to stick around for a meet and greet, plus autograph signing session. Lecture will be March 14, from 7-8:40pm for $30. Workshops will take place Saturday and Sunday at Wasting Arrows.

Sign up for this weekend’s workshop or find out more information at WastingArrows.com, or by calling 775-360-6556.

Register for Khatuna Lorig’s lecture here.

LEX unveiled as name for Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s new nightclub

Game-changing, 25,000 square-foot venue set to open in July

As part of its ongoing commitment to establish itself as the premier resort destination in northern Nevada, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (GSR) announced, today, the name and opening date for its unprecedented new nightlife venue. LEX, a 25,000 square-foot, $15 million nightclub will rival the country’s top nightlife venues found in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. With an adult, indoor pool, three full bars, 31 VIP tables and some of the top nightlife entertainment acts in the country, “elegance will become unruly” beginning this July.

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While specifics on LEX’ grand opening celebration will not be revealed until later this spring, GSR has promised, not only an unforgettable debut, but nightlife entertainment equivalent to what is found in other premier nightlife destinations around the country. Announcements on LEX’ entertainment lineup will be made in the next few months.

LEX is just the latest in a series of aggressive renovations and upgrades that GSR has made since 2012, which have totaled more than $30 million. In addition to the new nightclub, renovations have been made to a majority of the property’s more than 2,000 resort rooms, the casino floor and dining establishments. Last year, the property also introduced a brand new William Hill Race and Sports Book and luxury spa.

“We believe that Reno has a bright and prosperous future, and it’s important for all of us to invest in creating a world-class community to live, work and play,” said Rosen. “We are confident that LEX, coupled with our other ongoing investments, will provide opportunity for our entire region.”

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Find LEX on Facebook, follow LEX on Twitter and Instagram or visit www.grandsierraresort.com.

Spring Break in Reno Tahoe USA

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Looking for some excellent spring break ideas? There are many options for all types of spring breakers right here in late March and early April, so make Reno and Tahoe a spring break destination!

WARNING: Be prepared to pack your swimsuits, tank tops, heavy jackets, AND your ski gear! Reno Tahoe has a lot to offer, but there are no promises to what the weather is going to look like. Spring break is a great time of year to take advantage of all that northern Nevada has to offer, in both warm and chilly weather! Click here to see some more great pictures of Reno Tahoe in the spring!

Downtown Reno Wine Walk

The Riverwalk District
March 15  2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The original and still the best!

Join fellow wine-o’s every third Saturday of the month from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm when the Riverwalk Merchants Association hosts the popular Wine Walk  along the Truckee River and neighboring streets in downtown Reno.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS.

Visit any of the participating Riverwalk District merchants on Wine Walk day to get a map of Wine Walk merchants.

Go to the participating merchant of your choice, and, for a $20 wine-tasting fee and valid photo ID, you’ll receive a wine glass and an ID bracelet that allows
you to sample wine at any participating merchant.

Enjoy a taste of the Riverwalk District…do the Wine Walk!

And if three hours of wine walking is not enough, the Leprechaun Crawl begins two hours later! Click here for more details on what will be known as the greenest pub crawl ever!

Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships

Squaw Valley
March 19, 2014 – March 23, 2014

Bring your cowbells!  The world’s best athletics go head-to-head for the National Title in Super G, Giant Slalom and Slalom at Squaw Valley.

The Nature Valley U.S. Alpine National Championships will return to Squaw Valley Resort for five days of elite ski racing.  Over 250 national club athletes compete against the U.S. National Team to identify both a National Champion and tomorrow’s talent.   American Olympians from Sochi are anticipated to compete. Squaw Valley hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics and is located just 42 miles southwest of Reno; it typically takes less than one hour to drive, depending on weather and traffic conditions.

RENO MARCH MADNESS BEER CRAWL

Downtown Reno
March 22, 2014 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Every 4th Saturday of every month, Reno goes nuts for the beer crawl. It is a lot like the Wine Walk, only with everyone’s favorite carbonated beverage!
For more details on how the beer crawl works, click on the picture above here for “how it works” and the official rules!

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The enigmatically smooth Garrett “G. Love” Dutton is one of Philadelphia’s funkiest performers of laid back, alternative hip-hop blues (a genre he helped define). As an insatiable musical omnivore, G. Love somehow manages to synthesize his iconic influences by shedding their layers to find that harmonic convergence where song and listener bare their souls to each other speaking nothing but the raw-boned truth. Don’t miss this incredible one-night performance in the Grand Theatre. – See more at: http://www.grandsierraresort.com/entertainment/calendar/view_event/306/g-love-special-sauce-with-special-guest-ethan-tucker#sthash.mfg1xCWw.dpuf
The enigmatically smooth Garrett “G. Love” Dutton is one of Philadelphia’s funkiest performers of laid back, alternative hip-hop blues (a genre he helped define). As an insatiable musical omnivore, G. Love somehow manages to synthesize his iconic influences by shedding their layers to find that harmonic convergence where song and listener bare their souls to each other speaking nothing but the raw-boned truth. Don’t miss this incredible one-night performance in the Grand Theatre. – See more at: http://www.grandsierraresort.com/entertainment/calendar/view_event/306/g-love-special-sauce-with-special-guest-ethan-tucker#sthash.mfg1xCWw.dpufThe enigmatically smooth Garrett “G. Love” Dutton is one of Philadelphia’s funkiest performers of laid back, alternative hip-hop blues (a genre he helped define). As an insatiable musical omnivore, G. Love somehow manages to synthesize his iconic influences by shedding their layers to find that harmonic convergence where song and listener bare their souls to each other speaking nothing but the raw-boned truth. Don’t miss this incredible one-night performance in the Grand Theatre.
The enigmatically smooth Garrett “G. Love” Dutton is one of Philadelphia’s funkiest performers of laid back, alternative hip-hop blues (a genre he helped define). As an insatiable musical omnivore, G. Love somehow manages to synthesize his iconic influences by shedding their layers to find that harmonic convergence where song and listener bare their souls to each other speaking nothing but the raw-boned truth. Don’t miss this incredible one-night performance in the Grand Theatre. – See more at: http://www.grandsierraresort.com/entertainment/calendar/view_event/306/g-love-special-sauce-with-special-guest-ethan-tucker#sthash.mfg1xCWw.dpuf

The enigmatically smooth Garrett “G. Love” Dutton is one of Philadelphia’s funkiest performers of laid back, alternative hip-hop blues (a genre he helped define). As an insatiable musical omnivore, G. Love somehow manages to synthesize his iconic influences by shedding their layers to find that harmonic convergence where song and listener bare their souls to each other speaking nothing but the raw-boned truth. Don’t miss this incredible one-night performance in the Grand Theatre. – See more at: http://www.grandsierraresort.com/entertainment/calendar/view_event/306/g-love-special-sauce-with-special-guest-ethan-tucker#sthash.mfg1xCWw.dpuf
The enigmatically smooth Garrett “G. Love” Dutton is one of Philadelphia’s funkiest performers of laid back, alternative hip-hop blues (a genre he helped define). As an insatiable musical omnivore, G. Love somehow manages to synthesize his iconic influences by shedding their layers to find that harmonic convergence where song and listener bare their souls to each other speaking nothing but the raw-boned truth. Don’t miss this incredible one-night performance in the Grand Theatre. – See more at: http://www.grandsierraresort.com/entertainment/calendar/view_event/306/g-love-special-sauce-with-special-guest-ethan-tucker#sthash.mfg1xCWw.dpuf
The enigmatically smooth Garrett “G. Love” Dutton is one of Philadelphia’s funkiest performers of laid back, alternative hip-hop blues (a genre he helped define). As an insatiable musical omnivore, G. Love somehow manages to synthesize his iconic influences by shedding their layers to find that harmonic convergence where song and listener bare their souls to each other speaking nothing but the raw-boned truth. Don’t miss this incredible one-night performance in the Grand Theatre. – See more at: http://www.grandsierraresort.com/entertainment/calendar/view_event/306/g-love-special-sauce-with-special-guest-ethan-tucker#sthash.mfg1xCWw.dpuf
The enigmatically smooth Garrett “G. Love” Dutton is one of Philadelphia’s funkiest performers of laid back, alternative hip-hop blues (a genre he helped define). As an insatiable musical omnivore, G. Love somehow manages to synthesize his iconic influences by shedding their layers to find that harmonic convergence where song and listener bare their souls to each other speaking nothing but the raw-boned truth. Don’t miss this incredible one-night performance in the Grand Theatre. – See more at: http://www.grandsierraresort.com/entertainment/calendar/view_event/306/g-love-special-sauce-with-special-guest-ethan-tucker#sthash.mfg1xCWw.dpufThe enigmatically smooth Garrett “G. Love” Dutton is one of Philadelphia’s funkiest performers of laid back, alternative hip-hop blues (a genre he helped define). As an insatiable musical omnivore, G. Love somehow manages to synthesize his iconic influences by shedding their layers to find that harmonic convergence where song and listener bare their souls to each other speaking nothing but the raw-boned truth. Don’t miss this incredible one-night performance in the Grand Theatre.

Pond Skim

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe
April 5, 2014

This event held in front of the Winters Creek Lodge is a great way to enjoy spring skiing at the end of the season! There is a maximum of 50 entries and all participants are required to come in costume, ski or snowboard. It’s an event not to miss!
A local’s favorite and crowd pleaser, the Pond Skim attracts all kinds of people in costumes prepared (or unprepared) to brave the cold water in an attempt to make it to the other side.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is the closest ski resort to Reno (just 25 minutes) and has the highest base resort in Lake Tahoe.

Be sure to check out the events calendar for all happenings in Reno Tahoe, during spring break and beyond!

LAKE TAHOE HONORED BY OUTSIDE TRAVEL AWARDS 2014

OUTSIDE, America’s leading active lifestyle brand, has selected Lake Tahoe as an honoree of their annual Travel Awards, which celebrate the top destinations, companies, products, and travel providers—in the U.S. and around the world—that inspire people to participate in an active lifestyle. Lake Tahoe, located in both California and Nevada, is honored as the Best Lake. The entire list of honorees appear in OUTSIDE’s April issue (on newsstands March 18), and online at www.outsideonline.com/travelawards.

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This year, OUTSIDE tapped its global network of correspondents, who traveled across America, to Belize, Switzerland, Italy, and beyond, identifying the best new adventures, stunning lakes, gorgeous new lodges and hotels, family vacations, secret getaways, high-tech airports, and foodie hotspots. The result is more than 50 spectacular trips, plus the best travel apps, tour guides, gear, tips for traveling green, and advice for traveling solo.

“We’re so proud to be honored with the ‘Best Lake’ title,” said Andy Chapman, chief marketing officer of the North Lake Tahoe Marketing Cooperative. “Not only is Lake Tahoe one of the most beautiful places on earth, it’s a mecca for human-powered sports on or off the lake year-round ranging from mountain biking to sailing. North Lake Tahoe is one of the only places you can ski and golf in the same day, and then cap it off with five-star cuisine and unbeatable hospitality. This recognition is a truly a tribute to all that we have to offer here in the Sierra.”

The 2014 award notes that Lake Tahoe “is freakishly perfect for just about every outdoor pursuit.” North Lake Tahoe is proud to offer 10 major downhill skiing resorts including the Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl Resort and Diamond Peak. North Tahoe is also home to the largest cross country resort in the nation, Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort. In summer North Lake Tahoe offers miles of biking and hiking trails, dozens of beaches to explore by stand up paddleboard or kayak, award winning festivals like Autumn Food & Wine, Ta-Hoe Nalu and more.

“Whether you’re looking to go big for an expedition, splurge on a luxurious paradise, or plan an epic family trip, OUTSIDE has unearthed fifty travel gems that will inspire you to renew that passport,” said OUTSIDE Editor Chris Keyes.

This award adds to Lake Tahoe’s numerous other awards including “America’s Best Lake” by the readers of USA Today, #1 “Ski Destination”  with Rand McNally and  Orbitz, #1 “Travel Destination” with TripAdvisor and a top finisher in USA Today’s reader’s poll for “Best Ski Destination”.

The complete list of Travel Awards winners will be featured in the April issue of OUTSIDE, available March 18, and online at www.outsideonline.com/travelawards.

For more information about North Lake Tahoe, visit www.gotahoenorth.com. And for the best bargains, including lodging, check out the “Cool Deals” tab, which is updated daily.

2014 St. Patrick’s Day in Reno Tahoe

For some, it is a day to commemorate a man named Patrick who chased some snakes out of Ireland. For the rest of us, it is an excuse to party, and pay homage to the Irish and their many traditions. There are many locations in Reno Tahoe that will provide entertainment, Irish music, and of course, great Saint Patty’s libations. Here is a list of some of the venues that will keep you occupied from the ‘top of the morning’ until the wee hours of the night!

The Leprechaun Crawl- Downtown Reno

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Reno Leprechaun CrawlThe crawl is back again folks! Saturday, March 15, the leprechauns (and wannabe leprechauns) will be out and about. Only instead of pots of gold, these guys will have cups of liquid courage! Dress in green or risk getting yourself pinched by a lot of fellow crawlers. The crawl starts at 7:30PM.

Get your cups at one of these locations. You even can buy them online!

There will also be discounted room rates at the Silver Legacy and the Sands Regency during the weekend of the Leprechaun Crawl. Use the promo code LEPCRAW at the Silver Legacy and CRAWL14 at the Sands!

More info will come shortly, and we can’t hardly wait to tell everyone all about it! Time to paint the town GREEN!

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Show your Irish spirit by running in the Sparks Shamrock Shuffle!  It will be a 5k fun run for runners of all levels, with a start and finish at Victorian Square. Wear your best Leprechaun outfit, paint yourself green, or just show off the “Irish” in you on a festive run through downtown Sparks.

Downtown Virginia City-Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry and St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Often Referred to as the “Testicle Festival!”

In March, the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry & St. Patrick’s Day Parade features marching leprechauns, green attractions, and a Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry (yep—they are either beef or sheep testicles, or some of both.)
This is a fun filled day of unique eating as professional and amateur cooks compete for the most creative and unique dishes utilizing these unique delicacies.  More than 20 cooks compete in one of Northern Nevada’s most popular tasting contests serving up tasty testes all day, hoping for fame and glory as one of the best Rocky Mountain Oyster cooks in the West.
it’s a full-on Irish Testicle Festival with a Beer Garden, live Irish music, individual and team ball-eating contests and topped off with the Leprechaun Bar Crawl.   At 12:00noon, catch the Virginia City St. Patrick’s Day Parade on C Street, featuring the Minden Irish Dancers, our Giant Leprachaun’s of Fresno and more.

Leprechaun Race

The Leprechaun Race

Sunday, March 16, 2014 8:30AM

The day after you’ve stuffed yourself with delicious rocky mountain oysters, work off those calories at the Leprechaun Race through Wells Avenue and the Midtown District! There will be a very athletic leprechaun in the race. He will give participants a head start, but be warned. This little green guy will be tough to beat! A special prize will be given to whoever can place ahead of him.

Click here to register for the race. The entry fee is $15 for youth, and $30 for adults. Make sure you register by midnight on March 12!

Montbleu Lake Tahoe- St. Patrick’s Day Party with Young Dubliners

Monday, March 17, Starting at Noon

If you happen to be in the Tahoe area, you won’t want to miss the St. Patrick’s day party at the Montbleu. With $3 Guinness and $3 Jameson at the HQ and The Zone lounges, those with the blood of the Irish would approve of partying here.

Celtic rock band Young Dubliners will be performing at 10:00PM. Tickets are $30, with $1 drinks at the Blu nightclub!

Reno Irish Pubs

of course, what kind of St. Patrick’s day would it be if you didn’t visit a few Irish pubs? Here are a few that are having special St. Patrick’s Day events!

http://0.tqn.com/d/renotahoe/1/0/O/F/-/-/irishpubs-ceol2.jpgCeol Irish Pub- On Monday, March 17, which is actually St. Patrick’s day, Ceol is throwing their annual celebration! There will be live music on the outdoor patio from 3PM until 8, then the Blarney Band will be playing indoors.

Shea’s Tavern- They haven’t posted any events yet, but since this Irish pub is ALWAYS open, you can be sure they will be raging this St. Paddy’s day. Check out their Facebook for event updates.

O’Skis Pub & Grille- If you happen to be at the Victorian Square in Sparks, O’Skis will be worth checking out. Enjoy some authentic Irish food and beverages in this building constructed in 1908.

Silver Legacy- Miss Naughty Leprechaun Contest

Thursday, March 13, 2014 8:00PM

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It’s a simple dress up contest! Ladies can dress up for the chance to win $1,000!

For more details, and to register, click on the cute leprechaun girl.

Grand Sierra Resort-Sexy Redhead Contest

Friday, March 14, 2014 10:00PM

WET Nightclub

If the Leprechaun dress up contest isn’t as appealing, try participating in the Sexy Redhead Contest at the Grand Sierra Resort, lass!

S’no reason not to go to SNOWFEST 2014!

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Have you been procrastinating all winter, just waiting for the perfect reason to head out into the snow? Well, wait no longer! The 33rd Annual North Lake Tahoe SnowFest starts this Thursday, Feb. 27 and packs a whole season of fun into just eleven days. One highlight is the infamous Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim on Saturday, March 1, where brave souls venture out into the frigid waters of Lake Tahoe – if only briefly! But no worries, there are plenty of local restaurants and watering holes where you can warm up and even listen to a wide variety of live music.

There’s plenty of activity for the kids as well, including a variety of parades, the Granlibakken’s Gone Bonkers Kids Ski Race on Sunday, March 2, and they are also invited to Paint the Bear at the North Tahoe Arts Center on the Saturday before the race.

Don’t forget to bring your appetite! There’s ice cream eating contests, a pancake breakfast, a pizza party, a Hawaiian-style Luau, the sixth annual Bridgetender Rib Fest and the LUNAFEST film, food and wine event at Squaw Valley on Saturday, March 8.

Along with plenty of great skiing and snowboarding there’s and races and competitions throughout SnowFest, including the Diamond Peak Uphill Downhill Dash on Saturday, March 8th, and the Tahoe Mountain Man Contest at Homewood Mountain Resort Sunday, March 2 is not to be missed!

And that’s just a small sample of all of the happenings at this year’s SnowFest! From sports enthusiasts to artistic types, there is truly something for everyone. For a complete schedule of events go to http://www.tahoesnowfestival.com/#!vstc2=media-menu/vstc1=events

Mardi Gras Celebrations in Reno Tahoe

Fat Tuesday feasts and Mardi Gras merriments are soon-to-be underway in Reno Tahoe. Come hungry, come thirsty, and come prepared for a wild weekend. Laissez les bons temps rouler!  Let the good times roll!

Come Hungry – and Thirsty

Silver Legacy – February 28-March 4

Let’s begin with they’re handing beads out in all of their restaurants!

Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse, Pearl Oyster Bar & Grill, and Café Central will be serving a Mardi Gras feast to mark the celebration. Enjoy delicacies like Gumbo Ya Ya, New Orleans BBQ shrimp with white rice and smothered cabbage with Andouille, blackened CAB rib eye steak, and Bailey’s and coffee cheesecake with praline syrup and Chantilly cream. Mardi Gras would not be complete without some quality adult libations – like a traditional Muddy Water or Hurricane!

JA Nugget – February 28-March 4

Enjoy a fun, party atmosphere with free, live New Orleans-style music, $5,000 in free play giveaways, face painting, a caricaturist, Cajun food and drinks, free Marti Gras beads, free party favors and free King Cake!

All of the Nugget’s restaurants will feature special, Cajun-style menu items during the Parti Gras event, including Duet of Cajun Rib Eye & Prawns Etouffee at The Steakhouse Grill, Cajun Chicken Andouille Pasta at The Noodle Hut, “Ragin’ Cajun” Dinner buffets on Friday and Saturday at the Rotisserie Buffet, a Parti Gras Brunch on Sunday at the Rotisserie Buffet, Oyster Bar Jambalaya and more! Traditional Marti Gras beverages, such as hurricanes, will also be available for purchase.

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Stay for the Party

Eldorado’s Mardi Gras Party – March 4

  • $250 Cash For the Person with the Most Beads!
  • Hurrican Shooters $2
  • Fireball $3
  • Patron $4
  • Who Dat Bomb $5
  • No Cover

Family Friendly Festivities

Northstar Ski Resort – February 28-March 4

Live Music

Saint Gabriel Celestial Brass Band will be performing on the Village stage from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 1. The American jazz & blues, soul & funk band was formed by Tom Wiggins in 1990 and has performed around the world.

Mardi Gras Mask Face Painting

Giggle & Grin Face and Body Art will be on-site three days over the holiday weekend to delight kids and adults with free Mardi Gras mask face painting. Face painting will happen inside Starbucks.

“Where the Wild Things Are” in Reno Tahoe

The Wild Things are headed to the Nevada Museum of Art in downtown Reno, March 1-April 27!

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Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works is a comprehensive memorial exhibition of 50 select artworks by the late author, artist and illustrator Maurice Sendak celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak’s universally revered children’s book.

Presented by the Nevada Museum of Art Education Department, the exhibition is geared towards children and families and is accompanied by special family events for all ages, storytelling in the galleries, special classes, film screenings, and literacy and writing workshops.

The exhibition includes works in a variety of media and offers a survey of the highlights of Sendak’s career and the diverse art forms in which he was renowned. From children’s literature and Broadway to the opera, animated films and young adult textbooks, Sendak remained an iconic American illustrator and author, acclaimed around the world for his genius and influence on generations of readers and young adults.

Events

  • Teen Art Night: Wild Things

    Friday March 21, 2014 / 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    Inspired by the Spike Jonez film and Maurice Sendak’s book Where the Wild Things Are, teens will enjoy an all-ages night featuring live music by the Third Wheelers, American Goodfellas and DJ Nick Rattingan. Admission includes hands-on projects like a printing workshop, beast-making, an interactive photo booth, vintage photos, bleached t-shirts and more! Teen Art Night is presented in partnership with The Holland Project and the Museum’s Youth Arts Initiative.

    Sponsorship provided by the Hearst Foundation

    $5 / $5 Museum members | Buy Tickets

  • Where the Wild Things Are: Pajama Party and Film Screening

    Friday April 18, 2014 / 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    Parents and children are invited for a festive pajama party at the Museum. Participants will enjoy a hands-on art project, after-hours access to the exhibition, Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons, evening snacks and a special screening of the 2009 Spike Jonze film Where the Wild Things Are. This event is designed for families with children ages 7 – 12. This film rating is PG. Come in your coziest PJs!

    $20 / $16 Museum members | Buy Tickets