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Fall in love with Reno Tahoe’s Fall Festivities

Despite the relentless summer-like weather, fall is finally upon us! While donning a scarf and sipping hot chocolate may seem like something for the distant future, anyone who’s familiar with Reno Tahoe weather knows that can change in an instant. The Reno area is gearing up for all things autumn with a plethora of events for all members of the community.

Starting on September 24, Street Vibrations kicks of the season with their Fall Rally. The Wednesday through Sunday event offers enough music and motorcycles to satisfy any bike-lover’s dreams. Events throughout the rally include live music, scavenger hunts, and celebrity appearances by big names such as History Channel’s Paul Teutul Sr. and Danny Koker. With 250 vendors and 15 factory rigs, Street Vibrations will have everything motorcycle and more!

For those interested in a different kind of wild, the Animal Ark is holding a number of events throughout the month of October.  Their “Harvest Festivals” take place on October 4th and 18th, and promise an afternoon of animal watching. On these Saturdays, the Ark’s predators are given pumpkins containing their favorite treats. Visitors are encouraged to watch and take pictures as the animals work to open their pumpkins and enjoy their snacks. Another event hosted by the Animal Art is the Cheetah Run, which will put on its final run of the season on October 12th. At this event, cheetahs are allowed the rare privilege of running off their leashes demonstrating grace and incredible speed. Watching these wild animals run free is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Of course with October comes Halloween, which means that ‘tis the season for horror and spooky fun. The Aces Ballpark is hosting Fright Fest Production’s 9th annual “Slaughter House,” which is open Thursday through Sunday, starting October 3rd. For those who enjoy getting their heart rate up in a unique way, Northern Nevada’s largest indoor haunted house is for you! After a full redesign, this year’s House contains new rooms and scarier scenes that are guaranteed to keep your adrenaline pumping all night long. In addition to the Slaughter House, the ballpark’s “Fright” House District will be open for food and beverages to help you unwind after an evening of screams and scares.

Prost! Bavarian music, brats and beer gardens will be of plenty at Squaw Valley’s annual Oktoberfest, September 27 from 2pm to 6pm. Participate in a friendly competition of traditional games, or relax with a beer in hand and a view of the Sierra all around. Entertainment at the event is free. For $10, you’ll receive a specialty glass and first beer, $5 for additional beer.

A more kid-friendly event that is sure to entertain is the Andelin Family Farms Pumpkin Patch and Cornmaze Harvest Festival. Starting September 27th and continuing through the 1st of November, the family farm provides fun for participants of all ages. The harvest includes the crowd-favorite corn maze, which is designed to celebrate Nevada’s 150th year birthday. There will also be barnyard games, animals, and a pumpkin patch that guarantees a large selection of pumpkins perfect for carving and pie making.

So whether you’re a rowdy biker looking for loud music and new bike gear or a family interested in a peaceful afternoon, the fall season offers a number of festive events for all ages and interests. Check out the events calendar for a full list of fall events that are guaranteed to make this fall fun, family-oriented, spooky, or anything else you’re hoping for!

20th Annual Street Vibrations Fall Rally

More Riders, Gawkers and Celebrities

Thousands of riders and motorcycle enthusiasts will enjoy music, metal, motorcycles, amazing bikes, and TV celebrities during the 20th annual Street Vibrations® Rally Sept. 24-28 in downtown Reno, at Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson and in Virginia City.

The 4th largest motorcycle event in the nation, Street Vibrations®, will take over the main streets in downtown Reno and Virginia City. Special event plazas, parking areas and event space in hotels/casinos will be filled with live entertainment and vendors selling everything from leather chaps, helmets, artwork and sunglasses to motorcycle boots, chrome, LED lights and insurance.

The event is free and open to the public.  Motorcycle participants pay a fee to take part in Street Vibrations® to participate in; poker runs, ride-in competitions, slow bike races, scavenger hunts and VIP parties. Registered participants receive a 5 day VIP parking pass, an official ride pin and an exclusive 20th anniversary Street Vibrations® 2014 shirt.

Celebrities

This year, co-founder of Orange County Chopper’s and star of the Discovery Channel’s reality TV series “American Chopper,” Paul Teutul Sr. and Danny Koker, star of the History Channel’s reality TV series “Counting Cars” will be joining in the fun.

Teutul, is a custom and production motorcycle manufacturer originally based in Orange County New York and the outspoken “American Chopper” TV star.

Koker is star of the reality TV series that chronicles daily activities at Count’s Kustoms, an automobile restoration and customization company he owns and operates in Las Vegas, NV.

Both Teutul and Koker will be available for photographs and conversations during “Meet and Greet” sessions at multiple venues during Street Vibrations®. Koker will perform with his band, Count’s 77 on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Jagermeister Stage on the El Dorado special events plaza.

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Virginia Street in downtown Reno will host multiple Street Vibrations® stages with non-stop music from live bands, Factory Rigs, vendors selling all things motorcycle, festival food booths and more from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thurs. through Sat., Wed., 12 to 9 p.m., and Sun.,

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson® is also an official venue hosting vendors, live bands and festival food and beverages.

The Reno Ballroom in downtown Reno will host participant and vendor registration, vendor booths, the Tattoo Expo and meet and greet sessions with TV Celebrities.  The Reno Ballroom is also where you’ll find America’s Finest Custom Bike Builder’s Expo featuring cutting edge custom motorcycle creations and the Bike Corral, where registered participants can buy or sell a bike to private parties.

Virginia City

In Virginia City the action will be on “C” Street, the main street through the historic mining town.  Enjoy live music from a variety of bands and vendors from across the nation.

Some Highlights

Street Vibrations® will feature a Huey Lewis & The News concert at the Silver Legacy on Fri., Sept. 26, ceremonial flag raising on both Fri. and Sat., Sept. 26 & 27, police on parade led by Grand Marshall Paul Teutul on Thurs. Sept. 25 and Grand Marshall Danny Koker on Sat., Sept. 27.  The event includes a popular wet T-shirt contest and drawings to win Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. VIP registered participants will enjoy scavenger  hunts in downtown Reno and poker runs up to historic Virginia City and beautiful Lake Tahoe. Free, non-stop entertainment from live bands can be enjoyed by everyone at all venues.

Watch this short video from last year’s event!

The Great Reno Balloon Race 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rib Cookers

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

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

Rib Eating Competition

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

Entertainment

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

Shuttle Service

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

Kids’ Area

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

New Cookers

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

Where to Burn your Time in Reno Tahoe

If the crazy weather is raining on your parade (literally) as you try to get to Burning Man 2014, let Reno Tahoe brighten your day!

Here is a list of things you can do to burn your time in Reno Tahoe – parties, activities, burner shops, food stops and more:

LEX Nightclub

You aren’t the only one who is stuck in town tonight – the DJs who were set to play at Burning Man are here in Reno with you! Come party with fellow Burners and Burning Man’s hottest DJs. No cover, no dress code. 10pm. Tonight!

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Aces Stadium

Watch the Reno Aces play Omaha in downtown Reno at Aces Stadium!

Nevada Museum of Art

Learn more about Nevada’s history outside of Black Rock City’s city limits. “The 36th Star” celebrates Nevada’s 150th anniversary!

Eat Fresh and Local Food

Enjoy some delicious eats before you head back out to the Playa. Here is a food lover’s guide to Midtown Reno that will surely have you drooling in no time.

Shop for More Burning Man Outfits

You can never have enough, right?! Here are a few of the top stores for finding the perfect Burning Man outfits and necessities for the Playa. Plus, we have included a list of a few essential you may or may not have packed!

Food for Thought for the Playa

Stock up on more great eats for your time in Black Rock City. Here are a few key stores that will have your favorite foods.

Hotel Deals

Let your friends know about these packages and deals for Reno hotel rooms to stay dry, clean and cozy before heading back out to the Playa tomorrow!

Burning Man 2014 Live Stream

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


Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

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Burning Man Style Guide – Prepping for the Playa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Burn!

The Nevada Museum of Art Shines Brights with its New Exhibit – “The 36th Star”

The Nevada Museum of Art, located at the heart of downtown Reno, is honoring Nevada in a huge way! In celebration of the “Battle Born” state’s 150th anniversary, the museum is holding a special exhibit that details Nevada’s journey from territory to state. Three galleries on the museum’s second floor house a unique combination of significant objects telling Nevada’s story; including, the 175-page transcription of Nevada’s State Constitution that was sent from Territorial Governor James Nye to Abraham Lincoln via telegram, the original copy of the Nevada State Constitution, never-before-displayed Civil War-era muster rolls of the Nevada Volunteers, artifacts belonging to Nevada’s first governor Henry G. Blasdel and Captain Joseph Stewart, commander of Nevada’s Fort Churchill, 20 Nevada photographs taken by O’Sullivan in 1867… and more! This once-in-a-lifetime exhibit provides the opportunity to see all these historical objects (which have been loaned from museums across the state and nation) under the same roof, in order to truly grasp Nevada’s journey toward October 31, 1864. This exhibit runs until November 2, and is a must-see for all, especially those whose “Home Means Nevada.”

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Programs & Events:

VIEW THE ORIGINAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION:

One of the most important documents in American history is coming to the Nevada Museum of Art! The Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, will make its way from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. to Reno, Nevada for a special appearance. It’s only here for four days, due to strict restrictions on how long it can be exposed to light each year, so don’t miss out on the rare opportunity to see the original document for yourself:

  • Thursday, October 30    10am-7pm
  • Friday, October 31    10am-5pm
  • Saturday, November 1     10am- 5pm
  • Sunday, November 2    10am- 5pm

Timed tickets to view the Emancipation Proclamation will be available on a first-come, first-served basis each viewing day.

nevada the 36th starHONEST ABE’S IMAGINATION CELEBRATION

Join Nevada’s Museum of Art as they party like its 1864! Part steampunk ball, part carnival, this celebration of our state’s visionary spirit will be a “grand re-imagining of the future through the wondrous lens of the past.” At the celebration, you will have the opportunity to view the original Emancipation Proclamation as El Radio Fantastique rouses imaginations with a unique blend of sights, sounds, and musical styles. Dress in costume appropriate for the period!

Saturday, November 1    7:30pm-11pm
Tickets: $50.00

HISTORICAL LECTURES:

  • Nevada State Archivist Jeff Kintop on Nevada’s Historical Documents: Friday, August 8 12:00pm-1:00pm – Celebrate the opening of The 36th Star with Nevada State Archivist Jeff Kintop, who discusses the significance of historic objects highlighted in the exhibition.
  • Historian Ron James on Nevada in the 1860s: Friday, September 12 12:00pm-1:00pm – An examination of 1860’s Nevada. Learn what it means to be Battle Born.
  • Curator Toby Jurovics on Timothy O’ Sullivan: Thursday, October 16 6:00pm-7:00pm – Join guest curator Toby Jurovics as he discusses Timothy O’ Sullivan’s timeless Civil War photography featured in the exhibition.

    Hot August Nights 2014 is Revving Up Excitment in Reno Tahoe

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

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

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

    Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson

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

    Hot August Nights Autocross

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

    Hot August Nights Drag Race and Burnouts

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

    Second Annual Barrett-Jackson Cup

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

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

    SUMMER AT SPARKS MARINA

    Summer is in full swing in Reno Tahoe- the sun’s beaming, the temperature’s blazing, and every day is full of activities to undertake, events to attend, and good times to be had. At the Sparks Marina, all the same rings true! With walking paths, trees, and sandy beaches surrounding a 77-acre lake, the Sparks Marina is a wonderful place for a sunny-day outing and a must-add to your summer to-do list. Better yet, the Marina is conveniently located in the heart of Sparks, right off Interstate 80 and next to Legends Outlet Mall… just a few miles from downtown Reno!

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    The Marina contains an estimated 1 billion gallons of water with a naturally occurring aquifer that replenishes the lake with 2 to 3 million gallons of fresh water daily. All this water is put to good use with an assortment of recreational activities offered.

    Water activities include:

    • Windsurfing
    • Sailing
    • Swimming
    • Scuba diving
    • Fishing
    • Boating
    • Kayaking
    • Paddle boarding

    Furthermore, the marina contains an array of additional activities and facilities. Whether you want to host a large family picnic, throw a friend a birthday party, take the kids swimming, visit the dog park with your pup, stroll the quaint path around the lake, or just relax and soak up some rays, you can do all of this and more at the marina.

    Amenities Include:

    • Beaches (2)sparks marina bench
    • Picnic areas
    • Fishing pier
    • 2-mile walking path
    • Volleyball courts
    • Playgrounds
    • Concession Stand
    • Restrooms
    • Canopies (2)
    • Dog Park

    Click here for directions and more information on the Sparks Marina.