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Snowy conditions in Reno Tahoe won’t stop the Santa Crawlers

Flights have been grounded, cars are stalling, power-lines are down and Reno Tahoe is all but buried under record low temperatures and snow, but all that won’t make a difference to this year’s Reno Santa Crawl which is expected to draw nearly 5,000 Santa-clad visitors this year for the weekend-long events.

In fact, the blizzard makes for an improved event and another surge in attendance if the pass remains open, says Matty Goedert, event founder and San Francisco based tax-attorney-by-day. “In our eight-year history we’ve lived through two huge snow storms, and the crawlers love it. This is the first year we’re doing Santa Skiing so if conditions continue, it will be the best fresh powder to kick off the season.”

Dubbed “Reindeer Games,” the weekend of Dec. 11-13 kicks off Friday night with a Santa Crawl Pajama Ball at Reno’s National Bowling Stadium. Then, all day Saturday, discounted Santa Skiing at Mt. Rose ski resort for those dressed as Santa.

The games come to head on Saturday night when more than 45 bars, pubs and casinos within a half-mile radius in downtown Reno host a flurry of Red, White and Beards for the eighth annual Reno Santa Crawl into the wee hours of the morning.

Beginning with only a handful of participants, the crawl has steadily grown each year. At the onset of the recession in 2008, organizers experienced a significant and unexpected surge when attendance doubled from 1,500 to 3,000 participants. This year, they are expecting close to 5,000.

In true holiday spirit, proceeds from the event go to the Hashimoto Widows and Orphans Fund for the families of fallen law officers of the Reno-Sparks area.

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Celebrate the holidays with ice dancing show

HolidayIce_900x235_eldoThe Eldorado Hotel Casino plays host to a celebration of the holiday season with the Holiday Ice Spectacular playing through Dec. 29 on the Showroom Stage.

This dazzling show is a thrilling combination of skillful ice-skating and theater. Dozens of charismatic, world-class figure skaters will lift, turn and twirl to the tune of a modern mix of classic holiday favorites. The Holiday Ice Spectacular is produced and directed by Jeb K. Rand, a former U.S. National figure skating competitor who has been featured in the Ice Capades, Disney on Ice and the famous Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City. Event Details

Party like St. Nick: Reno Santa Pub Crawl commences Dec. 12

Short of delivering presents the world over, it’s the most fun you’ll have in a Santa suit.

The annual Reno Reindeer Games returns the weekend of Dec. 11-13 with an expanded slate of events highlighted, of course, by the Reno Santa Pub Crawl, where visitors flock to the watering holes of downtown Reno for a night of holiday revelry.

This year, the charity event gets even bigger with a holiday pajama party, discount skiing at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe and discounts for attendees who book a hotel room. In 2008, event organizers estimate as many as 3,000 Santas crawled Reno’s pubs, and 2009 is expected to be even bigger. There is NO EXCUSE to miss a party this fun.

Reno Reindeer Games Events:

Bowling + Pajamas = Fun. The party starts Friday evening at the “Taj Mahal of Tenpins,” the National Bowling Stadium, with the Santa Crawl Pajama Ball. The mammoth facility usually plays best to 100 lanes of world-class bowling, usually aired on ESPN – Not tonight. Festivities include pictures with Santa, raffle prizes, holiday drink specials and a best dressed in holiday pajamas contest. The cover charge for party revelers dressed in pajamas or holiday flare is $15, which covers bowling and a donation to the Reindeer Charities. For those not dressed in pajamas or holiday flare the cover charge is $20. The party starts at 9 p.m.

Dress festively & get a $39 all-day lift ticket at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe with $5 dollars going to Support the Claus during the Santa Crawl Skiing Extravaganza! Join other Reindeer Game revelers for holiday drink specials and the best-dressed contest. Added bonus: watching hundreds of Santas shredding pow. That’s worth the price of admission.

The magical anticipation of St. Nick dropping down the chimney on Christmas Eve may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean the adults can’t have fun. The highlight of the Reno Reindeer games, the Reno Santa Pub Crawl, brings the whole event home. Basically, several thousand Santa crawlers hit the streets and more than two-dozen participating watering holes of downtown Reno, showing off their best Santa-inspired costumes – the party reaches a crescendo when revelers meet under the legendary Reno Arch.

Event organizers have teamed up with the Silver Legacy Resort Casino to create a killer package: Rooms start at $59 and include a $35 coupon book, $5 food voucher, 2-for-1 drinks at Aura Ultra Lounge, health spa admission, 20 percent Silver Legacy Shopping Discount, $4 off ticket to Catch a Rising Star comedy club and one free ace-in-the-hole.

Calendar: Dozens of Halloween events and parties in Reno, Sparks and Lake Tahoe

Attention zombies, ghouls and ghosts. Check out the calendar of Halloween events and parties in Reno, Sparks and Lake Tahoe.


  • Halloween Warm-up with Enzyme Dynamite, Black Rock City Allstars
    Vixens – 906 Victorian Ave. – Sparks

    October 23 @ 9 p.m.
    Party the week before Halloween with a costume contest, giveaways and performances by Enzyme Dynamite of the Bayliens, DJ True Justice, XienHow, Black Rock City Allstars, Wordplay and live art by Stk One.
  • Reno Beer Crawl – Halloween Homecoming Edition
    Amendment 21 Grill & Sports Bar – 425 S. Virginia St. – Reno
    Every 4th Saturday of the month (starting October 24)
    Monthly crawl serves specialty beers downtown. Dress up for this one and take part in some special UNR homecoming stops.
  • Nowloween – Dance of the Dead
    Reno-Sparks Convention Center – 4590 S. Virginia St. – Reno
    October 24 @ 7 p.m.
    An early Halloween costume party featuring several electronica artists and DJs in several rooms. They include Frankie Bones, DJ ESP, Bryan Cox, DJ Flave, Danny the Wildchild, Tom Foolery, and Ripple. Full bar for those over 21. Benefits local food banks.
  • Skin, Sin and Ink Tattoo Competition
    Diamond Dolls – 310 Spokane St. – Reno
    October 29 @ 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Finals)
    The Skin, Sin and Ink Competition is back for a third year, so join Chris Payne and KRZQ every Thursday at Diamond Dolls for a different tattoo parlor’s show every week and tattoo contest where one lucky person will win a custom-designed tattoo worth $600. And at the end, on Oct. 29, the finals will pit the best designs against each other. Every night enjoy $2 Jager shots and $2 Coors and Coors Lights. The event has gotten so big, it’s even being featured in Skin Ink tattoo magazine. Schedule: July 23: Deep Ink Tattoo July 30: Aces Tattoo Aug. 6: Lucky 7 Tattoo Aug. 13: Stain Tattoo Aug. 20: Body Graphics Tattoo Aug. 27: Reno Tattoo Sept. 3: Battle Born Tattoo Sept. 10: Distinct Ink Sept. 17: Neighborhood Ink Sept. 24: Nightmare Studios Oct. 1: Absolute Tattoo Oct. 8: Stingray Tattoo Oct. 15: Under Your Skin Tattoo Oct. 22: Evolution Tattoo Oct. 29: Tattoo Competition Finals
  • Reno Zombie Halloween Bar Crawl
    Amendment 21 Grill & Sports Bar – 425 S. Virginia St. – Reno
    October 30 @ 8 p.m.
    Last year, more than 300 people came out for the Reno Zombie Crawl, shuffling from stop to stop in downtown Reno. The event returns with a vengeance, promising more brains, gore and, probably most important, beer. The goal is $2 drink specials at all the participating bars.
  • Fantasies in Chocolate Vampire’s Ball
    Grand Sierra Resort and Casino – 2500 E. Second St. – Reno
    October 30 @ 7 p.m.
    Fantasies in Chocolate is a black-tie benefit party for the Reno Gazette-Journal Foundation and, even more important, overflows with chocolate and drinks. This year, it’s taking advantage of the proximity to Halloween and just going all out. More than 65 vendors serve chocolate and champagne and all kinds of other treats and drinks. Feel free to dress up or go with classic formal attire, but $1,000 goes to the best-dressed vampire and vampiress. Liquid Blue has taken over organizing duties and are bringing in new vendors and adding new twists to the annual event, now in its 25th year. Win a pair of tickets from us!
  • Wild Erotic Ball – Blood Lust
    Grande Exposition Hall at the Silver Legacy – 407 N. Virginia St. – Reno
    October 30 @ 9 p.m.
    Wild 102.9’s annual Halloween party has caught vampire fever, and you can feel the Blood Lust at this year’s Wild Erotic Ball, a night of drinks, dancing and costumes. There’s a contest, of course, and live DJ.
  • Day of the Dead Live Art Show & Masquerade Ball
    The Tree House Lounge – 555 E. Fourth St. (behind The Underground) – Reno
    October 30 @ 7 p.m.
    Reno Erotico Diablo presents a benefit for breast cancer research. The second annual party features a ball and live art for sale with half the proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen foundation. Performers and other entertainment include Black Rock City Allstars, Bohemian Burlesque, body painting, and costume contest.
  • Punk Skalloween
    The Underground – 555 E. Fourth St., Suite B – Reno
    October 30 @ 9 p.m.
    A Halloween concert with some ska and a lot of punk. Keyser Soze headlines with Del Mar and the Humans. DJ D. Bruce also spins.
  • Halloween Cover Band Show
    Rainshadow Community Charter High School
    – 121 Vesta St. – Reno
    October 30 @ 7 p.m.
    Halloween party show with tributes to The Clash, Sam Cooke, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Bangles, Blondie, Violent Femmes and more. Sponsored by the Holland Project.
  • Halloween weekend at Eldorado
    Eldorado Hotel Casino – 345 N. Virginia St. – Reno
    October 30 @ 8 p.m.
    The Eldorado’s many nightspots host Halloween activities, kicking off Oct. 30 with a coffin crawl at 8 p.m. to places like Brew Brothers and Cin Cin for drinks and prizes before reaching the Wild Erotic Ball at the Silver Legacy. On Oct. 30 and 31, Brew Brothers hosts a party at 10 p.m. with $5,000 in prizes for the costume contest. DJ Spook and dancing go down at Cin Cin starting at 9 p.m. on Oct. 31.
  • AC/DShe
    Crystal Bay Club-Casino – 14 Nevada 28 – Crystal Bay
    October 30 @ 9 p.m.
    The all-female AC/DC tribute band plays for a Devil’s Night Party in the Crown Room followed by The Marones playing an after party Red Room show.
  • Skin & Scare Ball
    EDGE at the Peppermill – 2707 S. Virginia St. – Reno
    October 31 @ 10 p.m.
    The Peppermill’s fourth annual Skin Scare Ball takes place at Edge, with just the normal $20 cover. $5,000 in prizes will be awarded in the costume contest, with winners for scariest, sexiest, silliest and more.
  • Halloween $500 Beer Pong Tournament
    Club Cal Neva Hotel Casino – 1 E. First St. – Reno
    October 31 @ 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    Since this beer pong tournament is every Saturday, it’s also on Halloween. But the holiday event is earlier than usual, at 6 p.m., so players will still have time for other Halloween events. Aside from the usual $500 in prize money, prizes will also be awarded for best and scariest costume.
  • Freakers Ball 12
    Bruka Theatre
    – 99 N. Virginia St. – Reno
    October 31 @ 9 p.m.
    The annual Bruka Halloween event includes music, magic, masquerade, mayhem and much more.
  • Hollywood Undead Halloween Party
    Jungle Vino – 248 W. First St. – Reno
    October 31 @ 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    Haunting both Jungle Vino and Java Jungle, this Halloween party has a Hollywood theme, with guests encouraged to dress as their favorite movie character, bit player or rock star for the costume contest.
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show
    Red Martini – 214 West Commercial Row – Reno
    October 31 @ 11:55 p.m.
    Celebrate Halloween in style with a full-fledged Rocky Horror Picture Show, complete with all of the props, costumes and other types of adult fun. All costumes welcome, so drop by in between or after other Halloween festivities.Donations of peanut butter, jelly or loafs of bread for the local charity Spread Peace Reno, which serves the area’s homeless, are appreciated.
  • Helloween Metal Fest 2009
    The Underground
    – 555 E. Fourth St., Suite B – Reno
    October 31 @ 11 p.m.
    Seven bands play for a Halloween concert, with Zend, Deplete, Fire to Reason, Sinister Scene, Dominion NV, Dead Wreckoning and Determined. The costume contest has $150 in cash prizes and $5 shots get you a free PBR. Buy advance tickets from any of the bands. After 11 p.m, the event is 21 and over only.
  • Halloween with Ashlee Stone
    Biggest Little City Club – 188 California Ave. – Reno
    October 31 @ 9 p.m.
    Join Ashlee Stone, DJ Sean Murray and the BLCC Crew for Halloween fun, including costume contests (such as rhinestone cowboy) with $200 cash prize. VIP table service is available (e-mail for details).
  • Halloween Party and Shames CD release
    Chapel Tavern
    – 1495 S. Virginia St. – Reno
    October 31 @ 10 p.m.
    Halloween concert with the Shames (celebrating their CD release), the Humans, and Pinky Polanski, with prizes for best male and female costume.
  • Halloween party at Strega
    Strega Bar – 310 S Arlington Ave. – Reno
    October 31 @ 9 p.m.
    Halloween at Strega features a costume contest and scary specials including $4 TUACA Hot Cider and $4 Peppermint Patties.
  • Glam-Rock Gala with the Reagan Years
    Tonic Lounge
    - 231 W. Second St. – Reno
    October 31 @ 10 p.m.
    The Reagan Years host this retro bash, with all costumes encouraged but special discount for those rocking ’70s and ’80s glam-rock outfits. $100 costume contest and prize giveaways. Courtesy Call opens. Drink specials include $2 pumpkin beer.
  • Hellaween with Evergreen Terrace
    Vixens – 906 Victorian Ave. – Sparks

    October 30 @ 7:30 p.m.
    Touring band Evergreen Terrace performs with For the Fallen Dreams, Asking Alexandria, Unholy, and Barcadia. For those who like their candy-oriented holidays loud.
  • Beck’s House of Horrors
    Beck’s Brew House
    - 3611 Kings Row – Reno
    October 31 @ 7 p.m.
    The mayhem starts at 7 p.m. with drink specials and a potent witches brew. The costume contest is at 10 p.m. with prizes for best costume, best couple and most disturbing.
  • Nigels’ 14th Annual Halloween Bash
    3rd Street – 125 W. Third St. – Reno
    October 31 @ 8 p.m.
    The annual party features the band Hardrive and a contest for best costume at midnight.
  • Halloween open bar at Amendment 21
    Amendment 21 Grill & Sports Bar
    – 425 S. Virginia St. – Reno
    October 31 @ 10 p.m. – 12 a.m.
    On Halloween from 10 p.m. to midnight, enjoy $5 mugs and $20 for free refills on all well and draft drinks.
  • Halloween parties at Bonanza
    Bonanza Casino
    - 4720 N. Virginia St. – Reno
    October 30 @ 7 p.m.
    On Oct. 30, there is a DJ debuting the bar’s new dance floor. On Oct. 31, the Bonanza hosts a costume contest at 9 p.m. with $500 in prizes. Registration is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fort Reno Booth, and then there’s dancing all night.
  • Creeper’s Ball Costume Party – Tainted Love
    Crystal Bay Club-Casino
    – 14 Nevada 28 – Crystal Bay
    October 31 @ 9 p.m.
    Annual costume party featuring the ’80s tribute band.
  • Le Chamois Halloween Party
    The Village at Squaw Valley – 1750 Village East Road – Olympic Valley
    October 31 @ 8 p.m
    DJ Blue 42 will be spinning dance tunes at 9 p.m. at the Le Chamois bar. Costumes are strongly encouraged.
  • Virginia City All Hallow’s Eve
    Silver Queen Hotel – 28 N. C St. – Virginia City
    October 31 @ 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.
    Presented by Bats in the Belfry. Spend a chilling Halloween night with the spirits of Virginia City. Includes a buffet style dinner, discussion panel on paranormal investigating presented by Ghost Posse Inc. and four hours of ghost hunting in some of the most haunted places in Virginia City. Advance ticket sales only. Event goes from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Halloween Party Dinner and Dance
    Gold Hill Hotel – 1540 Main St. – Gold Hill
    October 31 @ 5 p.m.
    Fine dining from 5-9 p.m. followed by music for dancing from 9 till midnight. Costumes are encouraged with awards for best costume. Call to reserve.

Nevada Day: Celebrate the Silver State

Each year the floats come out … along with the horses, the Shriners in their little cars, kids and high school bands from miles around during the Nevada Day Parade.

Nevada has the distinction of being the state with the largest formal celebration honoring its admittance into statehood. This year, it will commemorate 145 years of statehood during the annual Nevada Day Celebration, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Carson City.

The highlight of the celebration is the Nevada Day Parade on Oct. 31 with the theme for our 2009 parade “A Salute to President Lincoln.”
Come see the Silver State shine on the streets of Carson City.

Street Vibrations motorcycle rally rumbles into town

Street Vibrations, one of the nation’s largest motorcycle events, Sept. 23-27, brings together enthusiasts of every stripe, taking over Reno Tahoe with rides, competitions, food, music and fun.

You don’t have to be a motorcycle nut to enjoy Street Vibrations, but it helps. Thousands of bikers mix with casual riders, builders and spectators to check out each others’ rides, listen to some rock n’ roll, and share the company of friends on a sunny afternoon.

For more information and a schedule of events, visit the event Web site.

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Reno National Championship Air Races flies into town

militaryplanes600It’ like Nascar racing, but a lot more dangerous …. and a lot faster.

Daredevil pilots take to the sky during the Reno National Championship Air Races this week (Sept. 16-20), bringing the world’ best pilots together to compete for prize money and bragging rights at Stead Field north of Reno, Nev.

The annual event enters its 64th year, offering spectators a jaw-dropping spectacle of speed – racers reach up to 500 mph, the fastest-moving machines in motorsports – as they jockey around pylons placed throughout the field. The view from the grandstands is up close and personal, and the action is non-stop. Several different classes of aircraft compete throughout the week, and between races a procession of aviation-related events, from acrobatic performances to static aircraft shows – including a performance by the Blue Angels – keeps the entertainment going. Come out and celebrate one of the best shows in the sky.


Sept. 16

  • Qualifying begins at 8 a.m., with race heats throughout the day and into the late afternoon, including: Biplane, F-1 Stage, Jets, T-6 and Sport. The Blue Angels perform circling maneuvers at 1:15.

Sept. 17

  • Races start at 8 a.m., with the Biplane heat kicking off the action. Following morning racing, performer David Martin takes to the sky at 9:50 a.m., with racing and performances throughout the day, including: Patty Wagstaff, Smoke and Thunder (Red Eagles) and the Blue Angels.

Sept. 18

  • Races in all classes are held all day, 8:25 a.m.-4:10 p.m. Special performances include: The Red Eagles, Patty Wagstaff, Smoke and Thunder, Blue Angels, David Martin and a military demo.

Sept. 19

  • Racing from 8:25 a.m.-4 p.m. in all classes, with performances by David Martin, Patty Wagstaff, another military demo, Smoke and Thunder, the Blue Angels and the Red Eagles.

Sept. 20

  • Final day of white-knuckle racing in all classes, and more acrobatic performances and military demonstrations. The final race, the Unlimited Gold Race, will be held at 4:05 p.m.

    For complete information on the Reno National Championship Air Races, log on to

    Up, up and away: The 2009 Great Reno Balloon Race takes off

    It was nearing our scheduled 7 a.m. launch time, and pilot David Wakefield was busy with last-minute details: checking rigging, test-firing the burners, tethering the balloon to the bumper of the chase vehicle. And he was doing it all with a grin stretching from ear to ear.

    Such is the life of a balloon pilot during the Great Reno Balloon Race. Safety is first, but fun runs a close second. And Wakefield was obviously having fun.

    “When you love something this much, it never gets old,” he said. He ran from one side of the balloon to the other, all the while trading jokes with our fellow passengers and doing the “work” of preparing for our ascent in the Harrah’s-sponsored balloon.

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    Thursday’s media day event was a scaled down version of what visitors to Reno’s Rancho San Rafael Park (map) can expect this weekend (Sept. 11-13). About two-dozen balloons were set out in the park’s green pastures, propane burners blasting hot air as the colorful nylon bloomed all around us. My first ride in a balloon offered perfect conditions, as the sun peaked over the Virginia Range to the east. It was majestic.

    Our route took us in a box formation about 1,500 feet up where we mingled with other balloons and traded positions with fellow fliers. The silence is the striking thing – interrupted only by the occasional burner blast that would give us our lift. From our vantage point, we could see all of the Truckee Meadows, with the cities of Reno and Sparks laid out before us. We floated east, then south above the University of Nevada campus. With predictable wind, and luck of the draw, a draft brought us back almost directly to where we started.

    With a master’s touch, Wakefield set us down about 100 feet from our original launch site. And with my first flight under my belt, I stepped out of the basket, grinning from ear to ear. This would never get old.

    The Great Reno Balloon Race 2009

    • When: Sept. 11-13
    • Where: Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno
    • Cost: FREE!
    • Time: Events starting at dawn
    • On the Web:

    Burning Man – Live Video Feed

    burning man live feedHave you ever attended “Burning Man,” the wildly original annual art event that attracts more than 50,000 people to a remote area of northern Nevada on the Black Rock Desert?

    Described as an “experiment in community, radical self-expression and radical self-reliance,” it’s really out there, both artistically and geographically.

    Many friends make the annual trek to this destination. After getting to Reno, it requires a three car ride through ascetically beautiful desert and small but not forgotten towns.

    Now, thanks to the wonders of technology, you can get a sense of the place without leaving home.

    All you have to do is watch the live stream from “Burning Man,” which gets its name from the ritualized, Saturday night burning of the colossal male timber figure.

    Tips for a Memorable Experience at The Great Reno Balloon Race

    grbr_600The Great Reno Balloon Race is a beloved event, which has decorated the Reno sky for 28 years. The early hours are all worth it once 100 balloons ascend into the early morning sky for a spectacular show of bright colors and fun shapes.

    To make this year’s event an easy and worry free experience, follow some of these simple tips provided by the event organizers:

    Stay in your pajamas on Saturday, Sept. 12 for The World’s Largest Pajama Party, sponsored by and Farmers Insurance! Hang out in the pajama party tent and get your photo taken by the Pajamarazzi. Come in your best (or worst) bed-head to enter in the Bed-Head competition. Register at

    • September mornings tend to be a little chilly and the weather can be unpredictable, so be sure to dress in layers.
    • Please leave your pets at home. Large of crowds of people, strange surroundings and weird noises may scare them and make them act out of character.
    • Smoking is prohibited on the launch field. Dry grass, propane and sparks do not mix.
    • Bring a camera with you so you can capture every moment of this incredible event.
    • Admission is free, but make sure you bring money for tethered rides, souvenirs or food and drink from a variety of vendors.
    • Parking is limited at the event so make sure to arrive early. You can also use RTC RIDE, which will have both pick-up and drop-off at three different locations: CITICENTER in Downtown Reno, Reed High School and Meadowood Mall. Also, many local hotel sponsors provide transportation, so be sure to ask when you check in.

    For more information about this year’s Great Reno Balloon Race and a complete schedule of events, visit

    - Provided by the Great Reno Balloon Race