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Thanksgiving Weekend Menu of Events

Make spirits bright after the gravy is gone with this menu of weekend starters, Thanksgiving dinner options and post-dinner delights!

Weekend Starters

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Wet your palate at the ultimate Friendsgiving Feast with $5 Turkey Basters, $3 Coronas, $4 Fireballs and good tunes. Catching up with family and friends available on the side.……………………… Nov. 27

Turkey Trot

A guilt-free appetizer fresh from the world’s largest all-sports store. The annual 10k fun run on Thanksgiving will give you the head start you need on the candied yams and pumpkin pies.

Lighter options available: 2 mile run or 2 mile walk.……………………… Nov. 28

Thanksgiving Dinner

Click here to refer to the Thanksgiving dining blog for delectable options.

After Dinner Delights

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Choose between two hunks of country music – Rodney Carrington or Gary Allan; both bringing platinum albums to the table.……………………… November 29 and 30 respectively.

UNR Football

Two competing ingredients, UNR and BYU try to steal the spotlight. Served with intense fans. Beer included.……………………… November 30

Sharp Shoppers

A shopoholic’s favorite! Holiday Shopping Guide (Coupons included!), Crafts for Christmas and Magic of Santa Art & Crafts Faire are stuffed with rich goodies.……………………… All weekend.

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A variety of palate pleasing options and artistic flavor to top off the weekend – all catered to your liking. Recommendations include: Sinbad if you’re craving a good laugh, Artown Encore Presents: Pink Martini for a dash of musical delight, Ice Fantasy for a flavorful mash-up, and The Addams Family to please the kids.……………………… Click on events for dates.

For more side options, check out our events calendar!

7 Ways to Celebrate Nevada Day This Weekend

Happy 149th Birthday, Nevada! Here are seven ways to celebrate Nevada’s big day, this weekend:

  1. Watch the Nevada Day Parade in Carson City on Saturday, Oct 26 – it’s the biggest event. The parade goes from 10am-1pm. This will be the 75th parade!
  2. Look up for the Balloon Launch before the big parade, at 8am, followed by a…
  3. Military Aircraft Flyover from Fallon Naval Air Station and Nevada Air Guard.
  4. Attend the UNR vs UNLV football game for the Freemont Cannon on October 26, at Mackay Stadium in Reno. (Go Pack!)
  5. Dig in to the 19th Annual Chili Feed hosted by Lt. Governor Brian K. Krolicki at the Carson Nugget at 2:00pm on Parade Day, Oct 26.
  6. Get moving at the Nevada Day Classic Run/Walk in Carson City – 8k  Run and 2 Mi Run/Walk – at 8am, Oct 26.
  7. Enjoy Free Museum Admissions: Sparks Museum for Nevada residents on October 25, and Nevada State Museum during the Parade in Carson City, October 26.

Click here to view the complete list of events and festivities!

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Haunted Halloween in Virginia City

What better place to celebrate Halloween than a place that is known as one of the three most haunted towns in the country? With Virginia City’s rich history, there are plenty of ghost stories to go around. If you can handle it, we invite you to come see what Halloween on the Comstock is all about.

Several spooky events take place throughout the month of October to celebrate this haunted holiday. Virginia City Ghost Tours offer a chilling overnight ghost walking tour on select nights throughout the month. On October 31, kids can come dressed in their costumes and enjoy the Halloween Parade then trick-or-treat down C Street. The V&T has a special Halloween night train, the Witches Delight Train. The cemetery, usually closed at night, opens for night-tours Halloween night only. This is not for the faint of heart! .

There’s plenty more ghostly stuff happening in Virginia City. Check online for more information.

Virginia City street view

Feeling Brave? Stay in One of The Haunted Hotels

If you really want a scare, stay overnight to get the full haunted Halloween experience in Virginia City. There are quite a few haunted bed and breakfasts, hotels and motels to choose from, each with their own stories of ghosts and other unexplained mysteries.

The Silver Queen Hotel & Wedding Chapel offers 28 beautifully restored rooms and one of the most notably haunted sleeps in Virginia City. It is said to be haunted by a woman who killed her own baby, then committed suicide in one of the rooms. The Silver Queen offers ghost tours Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

The Gold Hill Hotel, opened in 1861, is the oldest hotel in Nevada. It is also supposedly haunted. In 1869 a terrible fire killed dozens of miners at the nearby Yellowjacket Mine. It is said these miners have stayed around. Other ghostly appearances at Gold Hill Hotel include a woman that emits a rose fragrance and sounds of giggling children.

If you’d rather stay somewhere less haunted, Virginia City has more lodging options online.

Real Ghost Stories

Not sure if Virginia City is haunted enough for you? Check out these recent stories and YOU decide what’s real:

It’s Always Haunted in Virginia City – Huffington Post

Who You Gonna Call? – AZ Sports & Lifestyle

We Need Ghosts More Than They Need Us – Psychology Today

Spectator’s Guide to Ironman North Lake Tahoe

It’s race week of the inaugural Ironman Lake Tahoe! Cheer on the insanely fit Ironman athletes as they compete in a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run race. The event takes place September 22, with 2,500 athletes competing for a slot in the Ironman World Championships and a piece of the $75,000 purse. These athletes are excited to compete in stunning Lake Tahoe… after all, the event registrations sold out in less than 24 hours!

First-Impression_Ironman_2012Here are some of the best places to watch the event according to Ironmon event producers:

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE SWIM:

Kings Beach State Park, athletes will enter the swim from Kings Beach State Park, and Transition is in the parking lot adjacent to the beach. The best place to park will be at Kings Beach Elementary School, a few short blocks from the beach off Steelhead Ave.

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE BIKE:

Spectators have a number of great places to watch athletes on the bike course. Spectators can watch athletes at two “hot corners” where athletes will pass multiple times. One is at the entrance to Squaw Valley under the Olympic flame where you can see your athlete pass three times. The second will be in Kings Beach at the Corner of 267 and 28 where athletes will be starting their day on the bike, and then passing 3 additional times. The Town of Truckee will also be having a street celebration closing down Donner Pass road thru old town Truckee with the athletes racing down the middle of the street. There will be live music, activities for kids and adults, and food at restaurants adjacent to the course.

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE RUN:

The run course has a number of lively spots to catch your athlete multiple times. The

Squaw Valley Village will be an ideal location, close to the finish line, with food, music, the Ironman Village expo, and athletes making multiple passes in the area before finishing. Easy parking also makes this an ideal location to spend the day. The “hot corner” under the Olympic flame will also be a location where athletes can be cheered on three times on the bike, and 4 times on the run.

Be sure to hop over to Reno before or after the race – it’s close enough that the Ironman runners could probably run there!

Camel, Ostrich and Zebra Racing – Jockeys Unite

The Virginia City International Camel Races are in their 54th year! This annual tradition features camel, ostrich and zebra racing as jockeys from around the globe converge to compete for trophies and bragging rights. This on-of-a kind event takes place atop a historic mining quarry and promises to be a weekend full of fun and laughs.

It all started with a Tall Tale from a newspaper man! And here we are 54 years later and still living up to the Legend. Come and see these extraordinary animals race in the desert sand! Each day races will start at High Noon.

Click here to purchase your tickets

IMG_2766Catch a ride!

Beat the traffic and take the travel bus from Summit Sierra Mall to downtown Virginia City. Bus leaves Summit Sierra Mall at 10am and Virginia City at 4:30pm. Pick up / drop off location at Virginia City will be the Delta Parking lot next to the Bucket of Blood Saloon. Pick up / drop off location at Summit Sierra Mall to be at TBA. $25 round trip   Click here to purchase your tickets

What’s New at the 2013 Great Reno Balloon Race

New balloons, brew, Super Glow Show, and mobile app at this year’s Great Reno Balloon Race

Twitter photo: @renoballoonAnyone who has been to Dawn Patrol knows it’s worth the early wakeup call, as a handful of colorful balloons light up the early morning sky. This year, the Great Reno Balloon Race team is supersizing the Glow Show at Dawn Patrol for a wowing spectacle. Between 50-100 balloons are expected to participate in Friday morning’s 5:15 a.m. Glow Show – it’s even choreographed to music!

New special-shaped balloons you’ll see in this year’s race include a Spider Pig and a Hummingbird Jewel! Can you spot them in the poster?

Download the new mobile app from the App Store or Google Play for an updated event schedule, and finder for balloons, pilots and vendors.

The new Dawn Patrol Brew, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Dawn Patrol, was created by Great Basin Brewing Co.

Cheers!

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.

Memorial Day Weekend in Reno Tahoe

Cowboys, comedians, crawls, concerts and even a few clunkers will be coming to Reno Tahoe for Memorial Day Weekend – and you should too! Check out the star-studded lineup!

Nugget Country Crossroads

May 24-26

A three-day celebration of music featuring well-known country acts, country music DJs, free line dancing lessons, country karaoke contests and more.

Headliners:

May 24 -  Gloriana

May 25 – Jerrod Niemann

May 26 – Dwight Yoakam

Owen_K Girls Jumping Sand Harbor 049 lr“Opening Day” at Lake Tahoe

May 27, Memorial Day, is “Opening Day” at the Lake! Looking for some guidance and possibly some free swag? Download a printer friendly passport which includes a complete calendar of events.

Reno Street Food

May 24

Reno Street Food celebrates the street food culture produces artisan and gourmet food truck, food trailer and pop-up restaurant events weekly for people that love good food.

Redneck Rodeo Truck Show

May 24

The Redneck Rodeo Truck show is what it says – a competition just for trucks . . . .  old, new, funky or just plain cool.

Amy Schumer

May 25

Amy Schumer is quickly becoming the hottest star in the world of comedy, not to mention the creator, star and writer of “Inside Amy,” her Comedy Central television show.

Carson City Ghost Walking Tour

May 25

Carson City’s rich and intriguing history is explored and theatrically relived in our seasonal Ghost Walking Tours led by Madame Curry. The Carson City Ghost Walk is a delightfully spooky and enjoyable way to experience Carson City’s Victorian Era and diverse past.

Memorial Day Parade

May 25

Celebrate our nation’s military heroes, past, present and future with a beautiful parade down the streets of Virginia City.

Reno Beer Crawl

May 25

For just $5, you get a wrist band, map & glass to use for $1 refills of 6 ounce samples (that’s half a beer folks!) at multiple downtown Reno locations.

And that’s not all, folks. Check out our complete Events Calendar.

13 Reasons to Attend the 2013 Reno River Festival

For the River Fest fanatics to potential first-timers, here are 13 reasons this year’s 2013 Reno River Festival is going to be extra splash-tacular!

  1. Copy of Jason CraigReno River Festival is celebrating their 10th anniversary at the Truckee River Whitewater Park
  2. The event is back to its original weekend to take advantage of spring runoff – big rapids are rolling through
  3. All of the events’ whitewater competitions are happening, pitting some of the world’s top kayakers against each other for top honors, and top prize money, in freestyle, slalom, boatercross and SUP events
  4. Daily yoga in the park
  5. Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with a fun day for all
  6. Weekend temps are predicted to be in the 80s
  7. Food, drink and top industry vendors will be selling their best in an outdoor expo
  8. Children’s play area – keep kids entertained while parents soak up some sun.
  9. A dozen outdoor adventure clinics lead by Cabela’s experts
  10. 7 FREE concerts
  11. Some of the world’s top kayakers will be competing; national and international champions such as Eric Jackson, Adam Chapel, Courtney Kerin and Nick Troutman, as well as local favorites including Sage Donnelly, Jessica Yurtinas, Jason Craig and Colin Kemp.
  12. Zip Line across the Truckee River
  13. One of the toughest fields in the festival’s history

SATURDAY

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Buster Blue
1 – 2:30 p.m. –  Whitney Myer
3 – 4:30 p.m. – Mark Sexton Band
5 – 6:30 p.m. – Keyser Soze

SUNDAY

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Oddly Enough
1:30 – 3 p.m. – GrooveSession
3:30 – 5 p.m. – Jelly Bread

2013 Special Events Brochure

It’s here! Jot down the dates to all of your favorite events, and find new ones, for 2013!