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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!

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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Dance Inferno Now Open in the Eldorado Showroom

Eldorado Reno’s summer show is sizzling!

“Dance Inferno,” is an electrifying dance show that has turned the Eldorado Showroom stage into a glittering disco club. This non-stop party performed by a dynamic cast of 20 talented singers and dancers showcases glittering costumes and dazzling choreography. Perfectly capturing the era, they perform ABBA’s biggest hits as well as other disco classics from the Bee Gees, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Gloria Estefan, Village People and more.

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Feel the heat of “Dance Inferno” in the Eldorado Showroom. Tickets start at just $24.95 with dinner and show packages available from $38.95. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 7 p.m. with an additional 9:30 p.m. showing on Saturday nights. For more information on show times and tickets call 800-648-5966 or visit www.eldoradoreno.com.

Cirque Meets Ice in the Eldorado Showroom with “Ice Fantasy”

Dancing pink poodles? Check. Beatboxing clown? Duh. Insane stuntwoman? No doubt. Ripped contortionist? You betcha. Fire juggling?  Aerial Acrobatics? World-class ice skating? The talent in this show is unstoppable… be prepared for your jaw to be dropping with amazement the entire performance. Ice Fantasy at the Eldorado is definitely a must-go!

This holiday season, guests can experience the magic of “Ice Fantasy” – Where Cirque Meets Ice, on stage at the Eldorado Hotel Casino beginning November 19. This original theatrical production combines the beauty and athleticism of figure skating with the wonder and excitement of world-class specialty acts, all delivered within a humorous Cirque-style storyline.

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“Ice Fantasy” is created, produced and directed by well-known international ice and theatre producer, Jeb K. Rand, and choreographed by world renowned choreographer, Pasquale Camerlengo.  Camerlengo is a two-time Olympic Ice Dancer and the creative driving force behind more than two dozen World and Olympic medalists and is credited with choreographing more than 20 original ice and theatrical productions. He was most recently was awarded the Professional Skater’s Association (PSA) Choreographer of the Year – 2012.

“Ice Fantasy” is emceed by Ryan Stilwell, who has been seen by millions of people around the word beat-boxing, street dancing, performing ice acrobatics and creating sound effects and comedy routines on renowned shows such as X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent!, where he was a finalist. The featured specialty acts include a French aerialist and fire spinner; a Ukranian hula hoop artist and acrobat who can skate on her hands; a Cuban who performs a strength and contortion act; a Czech stilt skater; an incredible three-person strength act from Russia; and from Chile, The Cartoon Poodles, a creation of the Abuhadba family who are 6th generation circus performers and animal trainers specializing in the Poodle breed. The Cartoon Poodles have performed with Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus and many more.

Experience the magic of “Ice Fantasy” in the Eldorado Showroom November 19, 2013 through January 26, 2014. Tickets for “Ice Fantasy” start at just $24.95 for adults, $19.95 for children ages 3-12. Dinner and show packages available from $38.95 and room and show packages from $49.90. Performances nightly except Monday.  For more information on show times and tickets call 1-800-648-5966 or visit www.eldoradoreno.com.

Eldorado Great Italian Festival Highlights

Sights, Sounds and Flavors of Italy Come to Downtown Reno during the Eldorado Great Italian Festival, October 12 and 13.

For 32 years, the Eldorado has brought the sights, sounds and flavors of Italy to downtown Reno during the Eldorado Great Italian Festival. The festival, held each year over Columbus Day weekend, is a celebration of Italian culture and traditions.

1265017_10151900723901461_935297455_oSet for October 12 and 13, the festival transforms downtown Reno into Little Italy with a grape stomp, sauce cookers competition, an Italian farmer’s market, bocce ball, kids’ gelato eating contest, Ferrari car display, Italian Buffet and incredible, free, live entertainment all weekend long.

The music line-up includes festival favorites such as, Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms, Moreno Fruzzetti, Tre Bella, Bella Ciao, Capuano n’ T Rock and Primo Basso. Joining the festival this year are the Nevada Opera, Martin Bonventre, and Italian pop singer and world-class whistler, Michael Barimo.

A crowd favorite year after year continues to be the Great Italian Festival Sauce Cook-off.  Italian families from across the West Coast bring their recipes to life right on the street for guests to taste. Pasta tasting bowls will be sold for $3 at the pasta booth on the corner of 4th and Virginia streets starting at 2 p.m. daily.

No Italian Festival would be complete without plenty of homemade Italian food! The Eldorado’s Famous Italian Dinner Buffet will be served in the Eldorado Convention Center on Saturday and in The Buffet on Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. Guests can enjoy an array of Italian specialties including handmade pasta dishes, osso bucco, eggplant parmesan, clamari with lemon butter, capers and basil, and many others as well as an assortment of homemade Italian salads and desserts, including the Eldorado’s famous gelato and tiramisu!

There are plenty of offerings street side as well— traditional Italian fare including house-made pastas, deep fried raviolis, meatball and sausage sandwiches, garlic bread, grilled flatbread, the Eldorado’s famous mushroom ravioli and more.

Festival Highlights:

-        Wilson_H F2011 RSCVA Italian Festival_0001Pasta bowls for sauce tasting will be sold for $3 at the pasta booth on the corner of 4th and Virginia streets starting at 2 p.m. daily.  Don’t wait, they go fast!

-        Grape stomping is fun, free and open to the public Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Members of the media, politicians and local celebrities stomp Sunday starting at 11 a.m. The grape stomping stage is located on the train trench plaza on the south side of the Eldorado.

-        The Ferrari Club of America will have more than 30 specialty cars in a special Ferrari display on 4th Street all weekend.

-        A bocce ball tournament for competitive players begins Saturday at 8 a.m. on the train trench plaza on the south side of the Eldorado. There is a $10 sign-up fee.  Stop by Sunday for free beginner and family play starting at 10 a.m.

-        An Italian Farmers Market with fresh fruits and vegetables will run all day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

-        An Italian Mercado, located on Virginia St between 3rd Street and Commercial Row, will feature cannolis, garlic bread sticks, sourdough flutes, gelato and coffee from the Eldorado Coffee Company. The Mercado will also have items such as olive oils, vinegars, aprons, fresh cut flowers, Italian cookbooks, dried pastas, Italian meats and more.

-        The Eldorado’s Famous Italian Dinner Buffet will be served in the Eldorado Convention Center at 4 p.m. on Saturday and in The Buffet at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for $26.99 for adults, $13.99 for kids 10 and under and $21.99 for Eldorado Gold Card members and above.

-        A Kids’ gelato eating contest will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the grape stomp stage.

Italian Festival Entertainment Schedule:

Saturday, October 12

ROME STAGE – 4th and Virginia Streets

9:30-10:15       Nevada Opera

10:30-12:00     Michael Barimo

12:30-2:00       Tre Bella

2:00-2:15         Grease

2:30-4:00         Moreno Fruzzetti

4:30-6:00         Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms

VENICE STAGE – 3rd and Virginia Streets

10:30-11:30     Martin Bonaventre

12:00-1:30       Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms

2:00-3:30         Bella Ciao

4:00-5:30         Capuano n’T Rock

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Sunday, October13

ROME STAGE – 4th and Virginia Streets

9:30-11:00       Bella Ciao

11:30-1:00       Michael Barimo

1:15-1:30         Grease

1:45-3:15         Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms

3:45-5:15         Moreno Fruzzetti

VENICE STAGE – 3rd and Virginia Streets
10:00-11:30     Primo Basso Band
12:00- 1:30      Tre Bella
2:00 – 3:00      Martin Bonaventre
4:00 – 5:30      Capuano n’ T Rock
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“Grease” – It’s Still the Word!

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

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

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

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

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Celebrating 18 Years of Amazing BBQ, Brews and Blues!

Fire up the grills, tap the kegs and crank up the tunes! The 18th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues festival is set for Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22. The event is equal parts barbeque block party, micro-brew tasting event and music festival with two stages featuring non-stop rock and blues.

3671750931_b8c20c0ae4_zHeadliners for this year’s event include Blood Sweat & Tears, Greg Kihn Band and Tommy Castro and The Painkillers. Festival favorites like the Shane Dwight Band, Maxx Cabello Jr. and Jason King Band will be returning with newcomers like Carolyn Dolan & Big Red, Rick Hammond Blues Band, The Schall Adams Band, Valentine Rodeo and Whiskey Hauler rounding out the line-up.

Attendees can wash down the hot rock and blues with some cool brews! A selection of the Eldorado’s own Brew Brothers’ custom microbrews will be on tap along with more than 40 microbreweries from around the world including; Battle Born, Lagunitas, Sam Adams, Anheuser-Busch, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Alaskan Brewing Co., Kona Brewing Co., High Sierra Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewery, Moab Brewery, Lost Coast Brewery and many more. Beer lovers will appreciate the flat rate tasting fee instead of using tokens to sample brews. The $30 daily or $50 weekend tasting package includes an eight ounce souvenir cup and unlimited tastings during the festival tasting times of 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Plus they’ll determine which brew is crowned the winner of the “People’s Choice” award.

Nothing says summer like barbecue and the Eldorado has the perfect complement to the festival’s variety of microbrews…grilled chicken, ribs, sausage and more fresh from the outdoor charbroil grill. Food booths will line Virginia Street serving a variety of tasty options.

There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with the 18th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival, set for Friday, June 21 from 2 until 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 22 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.

Eat. Drink. Relax. Stay. Hotel Specials this Valentine’s Day

From a pampered day at a spa to a romantic stay in a luxurious suite – plus divine dining options and North Lake Tahoe getaway specials – Reno Tahoe USA has everything you need to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day. And don’t worry, we’ll let your one and only think it was all your idea.

For a romantic and relaxing celebration, delight you and your sweetheart to an exclusive Valentine’s treatment at Spa Atlantis. Indulge in the hour long Grand Marnier Pedicure complete with a coconut milk soak, hydrating chocolate mask, and hand and foot massage with orange blossom body butter; all for $80. Experience the passion of the Hawaiian Islands with the Lomi Lomi: Tropical Romance massage and let all your stress and tension melt away with the deep, rhythmic kneading along your body.  Prices for this unique massage range from: $130 single or $270 couples for 60 minutes, or $160 single or $330 couples for 90 minutes. And make sure you have Kiss-ably Soft Lips for your Valentine with a complementary collagen lip plumping treatment with every facial booked in February.

Treat your amour to a passionate getaway at the Eldorado Hotel Casino with the special ‘VICP’ – Very Important Couple’s Package for $159; featuring two tickets to the intimate new show Benise – Nights of Fire and a night in the Player’s Spa Suite. Turn up the romance with hand dipped chocolate strawberries and a bottle of champagne for only $40.

The Silver Legacy Resort Casino wants to help you romantics create an unforgettable night with that special someone, and you won’t even have to leave your suite. Starting at $259, the Romance Package includes a one night stay in the luxurious Spa Suite, an in-room dinner, bottle of champagne and delectable strawberries and cream or chocolate dipped strawberries. If you’re in the mood to step out for dinner, substitute the in-room meal, champagne and strawberries for a $125 credit to Sterling’s Steakhouse. Either way, it will be a Valentine’s Day you and your loved one will cherish for years to come.

Romance is in the air at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino with the All You Need is Love package including a night’s stay in a Deluxe Peppermill room or Tuscan Suite, two 50 minute massages at Spa Toscana and dinner for two at Bimini Steakhouse. Rates for this very special Valentine’s Day start at $279.

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John Ascuaga’s Nugget is offering a Suite Deal for your Sweetheart, starting at $104.99. For one exciting night, enjoy a stay in a beautiful Premier East Tower Suite and a $60 dining credit to any restaurant or in-room dining.

Give Back, Get BASSted and Go Bananas This Holiday Season

EDGE Nightspot

This Thanksgiving, get out of the house and get BASSted at EDGE as DJ Jessica the Ripper spins Dubstep, House and the best dance music in Reno. You’ll have a lot to be thankful for with $4 cranberry baster shots and potato vodka specials. Make this year’s Thanksgiving one you will never forget.

Every Friday until December 16, take advantage of “The Give Back” where EDGE will accept canned goods, winter coats or unopened toys in exchange of the $20 cover. They’ll also throw in a line jump! All goods will be donated to the Evelyn Mount Community Outreach program.

On December 1 EDGE is partnering with Northern Nevada Outreach to honor World AIDS Day. They’ll be throwing a Red party, with complimentary cover for ladies and complimentary bottle service for parties of 6+ girls.

BuBinga Lounge

Before the family dysfunction and food-induced coma comes Thanksgiving Eve, one of the biggest party nights of the year. At BuBinga Lounge inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino that means feasting on the sounds of (((xm fredie))) and Roni Romance and imbibing in $3 drink specials like pumpkin pie shots, cranberry cosmos, Wild Turkey and Coors Lights.

So burn a few extra calories before Thanksgiving by dancing the night away at BuBinga Lounge.