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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.

The 2014 Hydro-Turf Pro Watercross Tour to Make a Splash (Or Two) at Sparks Marina

Starting at 9:00 AM on Saturday, June 28, the Pro Watercross Tour will be providing a weekend full of screaming engines and strong wakes at the Sparks Marina. Deemed as the “NASCAR of Watercross,” this high-adrenaline sport will leave spectators screaming as racers reach top speeds of 90 mph while racing around buoyed courses!

sparks_1The US Open of Watercross is the third stop on the Hydro-Turf Pro Watercross Tour. Top USA and International competitors and race teams will be in attendance.  These riders will utilize some of the most advanced equipment and technology, and engage in a fierce battle of skill, technology and innovation on and off the water.

When the race is set, heavily modified watercrafts and their daring drivers will wait anxiously in the side-by-side gates. Upon command, the half-machine/half-man cyborgs will jolt to life as the opening gates release the racers to scream past the crowd at racing speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. High adrenaline leave the ringing memory of a great experience in your ear.

Witness the potential for history to be made on June 28, as the title for Guinness World Records “Most Consecutive Back Flips on a Personal Watercraft” will be attempted.  This trick-filled day will surely leave any age in awe.

Schedule your visit accordingly to get the best experience out of this full throttle event. For more information visit www.prowatercross.com/sparks.com

Weekend Schedule of Events (Sparks Marina)

Saturday, June 28

9:15am              Practice session for racers

10:15am             Amateur racing begins

11:00am             Opening ceremony with prayer and national anthem, Pro Runabout Open – MOTO 1

11:20am             Pro Ski GP – MOTO 1

11:40am             Pro Runabout Stock – MOTO 1

12:00pm             Pro Freestyle – MOTO 1

1:00pm              Intermission – autograph session with pros

1:30pm              Racing continues, all classes

5:00pm              Racing ends for the day

7:00pm              Guinness World Record setting event (Sparks, NV only)

Sunday, June 29

9:15am              Amateur racing

11:00pm             Pro Runabout Open – MOTO 2

11:20am             Pro Ski GP – MOTO 2

11:40am             Pro Stock – MOTO 2

12:00pm             Pro Freestyle (finals)

1:00pm              Pro Runabout Open (finals) – MOTO 3

1:20pm              Pro Ski GP (finals) – MOTO 3

1:40pm              Pro Runabout Stock – MOTO 3

2:00pm              Amateur racing

4:00om              Awards ceremony

The Ultimate Fourth of July in Reno Tahoe

Sport your Red, White and Tahoe Blue as sparks fly on the Fourth of July in Reno Tahoe USA! Reno, Sparks and North Lake Tahoe will light up the night with the largest firework shows in the region, good eats and treats for the kids.

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Go to North Lake for sun, sand and the largest fireworks display in Lake Tahoe for the 4th! The sixth annual celebration offers good old-fashioned fun for all ages, with a parade and festival, aerial and land military demonstrations, beer and wine tastings, and carnival. Voted by MSN.Travel.com and AOL.com as one of the “Top Ten 4th of July Festivals in America.”

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The region’s longest, most spectacular fireworks display is set off from the roof of JA Nugget while thousands of revelers celebrate July 4th on Victorian Square below. Live entertainment for the whole family, a kid’s area and an array of food choices complete the evening.

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Celebrate the Fourth with America’s pastime. Grab a hot dog, watch the Reno Aces baseball team take on Sacramento, sip on a cold local brew, and sit back for a major pyrotechnic presentation after the game at Aces Stadium! It doesn’t get much more American than that.

Downtown Reno will spice up the All-American weekend with the 13th annual Wing Fest! Sample sauces, get wigged out on wings and jam to (free!) live entertainment!IMG_1353

Celebrate Hot Rods and Pin-Ups at the 4th Annual Reno Rockabilly Riot

Reno Rockabilly RiotJA Nugget will host Northern Nevada’s largest celebration of hot rods and pin-ups at the 4th annual Reno Rockabilly Riot from June 26 – 29, 2014. This is the first time Reno Rockabilly Riot will be held in Sparks, as the Nugget adds to the growing number of Sparks summer special events geared around motor vehicles.

“Reno Rockabilly Riot is all about the cars, the music, the pin-ups, the dancing, dressing up, fixing your hair and living the rockabilly lifestyle,” said Reno Rockabilly Riot Organizer Paul Samson. “We expect this event to draw rockabilly fans from all over the western region.”

The action packed four-day event will keep thousands of attendees busy and entertained with drag racing, burnout contests, model car contests, the fastest mechanic contest and more. The music lineup features a number of great rockabilly bands, including Blood Shots, Hot Rod Frankenstein, Dusty Miles & Crying Shame and Back Alley Barbers.

The ladies of Reno Rockabilly Riot will compete for top honors in the Pin-Up Girl Contest emceed by San Francisco stunner Miss Rockwell DeVil. Additionally, the Riot will host a burlesque show featuring tantalizing performers.

This year’s event will also feature a tattoo convention that is free to the public.

The event is now in its fourth year and has grown bigger each year.

Off-Road Racing Mecca of the West

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

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

Slide20Just imagine what can happen when a specialty off-road racing vehicle boasts a 6-foot vertical surface climbing ability, coupled with 500 horsepower and speeds well over 100 mph.

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

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

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

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

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

2014 St. Patrick’s Day in Reno Tahoe

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

The Leprechaun Crawl- Downtown Reno

Saturday, March 15, 2014

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

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

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

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Often Referred to as the “Testicle Festival!”

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

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The Leprechaun Race

Sunday, March 16, 2014 8:30AM

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

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

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

Monday, March 17, Starting at Noon

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

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

Reno Irish Pubs

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

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

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

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

Silver Legacy- Miss Naughty Leprechaun Contest

Thursday, March 13, 2014 8:00PM

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

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

Grand Sierra Resort-Sexy Redhead Contest

Friday, March 14, 2014 10:00PM

WET Nightclub

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

Galaxy Luxury+ IMAX to Open in Sparks This February

Galaxy Luxury+ IMAX opens Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 12:01am!

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Northern Nevada has been anxiously awaiting the opening of our area’s only Luxury+ IMAX experience.

Galaxy Luxury+ IMAX at the Legends at Sparks Marina will officially open its doors to moviegoers with northern Nevada’s only IMAX 3D showing of “RoboCop.” Tickets and reserved seating will go on sale today at GalaxyTheatres.com.

The Reno/Sparks area’s only IMAX theatre will feature a 75-foot screen for the ultimate in IMAX and 3D viewing experience, which northern Nevada has never had before. Everything about IMAX viewing, from the film itself to the sound, technology, and design, is crafted to make viewers feel like they are part of the movie. The theatre features stadium seating with high-back, plush rocker chairs and plenty of legroom.

IMG_4104 (2)In addition to the IMAX theatre, the 11 other auditoriums will be equipped with state-of-the-art digital projection and Dolby ATMOS, the most advanced sound experience available. But perhaps the best part of these theatres is the comfort of their touch button, fully reclining power seats with footrests. Movie patrons have never experienced this type of comfort in northern Nevada before. Galaxy Luxury+ IMAX will also offer an expanded selection of concessions with a build-your-own sausage bar and Orville Redenbacher popcorn topped with real butter.

New Plans for JA Nugget in Sparks

The international architecture and design firm Cuningham Group Architecture Inc. has been selected to assist in the redesign of John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada.

NuggetGamingFloorCuningham Group put together a comprehensive design plan for the Nugget that reflects the resort’s strategy to reinvigorate and reposition the property as THE place to go in Northern Nevada. The design will feature upgraded finishes, colors and lighting to evoke a sense of fun, excitement and energy.

The renovations will feature new experiences in  food and beverage, entertainment, gaming and rooms offerings intended to honor traditional Nugget values while generally broadening their appeal.  The Nugget’s new owners plan to invest up to $50 million dollars into the property in the coming years to update and renovate the Nugget’s casino floor, hotel rooms, restaurant concepts and entertainment venues.

Fans of laid-back, all-stops-out, down-country good times will have a new place to party when the Sparks Nugget casino resort debuts Gilley’s Reno Sparks later this spring.  Gilley’s will offer Northern Nevadans a unique combination of total entertainment, including a restaurant, nightclub, live entertainment, DJs, dancing, those charming Gilley Girls and more. Line-dancing, two-stepping and boot-scooting will take center stage on the dance floor, supplemented by world-class barbecue including steaks, pork, and chicken, and following in the rich tradition of the annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off.

Those who follow pop culture–and almost anyone in search of quality recreation–will recognize Gilley’s as the iconic dance hall and saloon featured in the country classic film, Urban Cowboy. That concept has been replicated successfully at clubs in Texas, Oklahoma and Las Vegas, but it’s an exciting first for the Reno/Sparks area, as well as a fitting and fun nod to Northern Nevada’s rich ranching history.

And Yes, There Will Be A Bull.

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Gilley’s will open with 10,000-plus square feet in the space formerly occupied by the venerable Trader Dick’s restaurant and lounge.

Sparks Hometowne Christmas 2013

Sparks is kicking off their holiday season with a holly jolly weekend of festivities!

The Hometowne Christmas Parade: Celebrating 150 years of Nevada Heritage honors the Sesquicentennial – 150 years of Statehood for Nevada!  Come downtown on December 7 for a traditional Christmas parade along with entertainment, photos with Santa, and arts and crafts. The tree lighting ceremony will be Friday night with the parade on Saturday at 1pm.

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Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday December 6, 2013 6:30-7:00 pm

Gather ‘round as Mayor Martini turns the lights on the glorious tree. Event includes carolers and great entertainment. New surprises are afoot, come and be a part! Refreshments courtesy of John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Hometowne Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 7, 2013, Parade: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Come down early and get hot chocolate compliments of Living Stones Church. Check in on Santa at Santa’s Village in the Schoolhouse, where the elves from the Boys and Girls Clubs keep the Santa in merry mood. Warm up with great Christmas shopping at the Hometowne Craft Faire in the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, at Victorian and Pyramid Highway.

Ugly Sweater Run

Saturday, December 7 at 10:00am.

Registration available at Scheels Customer Service starting November 1, 2013.

FEE: $20 OR New Toy Donation  – 100% of the proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots!

Halloween Parties for Adults in Reno Tahoe

Adults deserve to play dress-up, too! From wild dance parties to hoedowns, free concerts to a bloody bash,  here’s a list of a few of the major Halloween parties for all types of party goers in Reno Tahoe:

01-HollowSkin & Scare Halloween Party

The 8th annual Skin & Scare Halloween Party is back at EDGE Nightspot! Go all out on the costumes, because $7,500 in cash prizes will be given away in costume contests. The amazing DJ ERock is spinning the party. Doors open at 10 pm on Halloween.

Wild Erotic Ball

The most wild Halloween party is happening at the Silver Legacy Grand Exposition Hall. Take the elevator home, and get a discounted room rate at The Silver Legacy by using code: WILD13. There will be $3,000 in cash and prizes given away in the costume contest and more!

Scream!

On All Hallows’ Eve, “Scream!” at BuBinga Lounge with DJ Loczi. Cash giveaway for the scariest and best overall costumes. $10 cover or free in costume.

Halloween Hoedown

The Nugget in Sparks is having their third annual Halloween Hoedown, October 26. This free party and $1,000 costume contest will cast a spell on the Casino Cabaret from 9 p.m. – midnight. Guests will enjoy the best in country music and dancing with host DJ Jamie G.

Keyser Soze Halloween Concert

FREE concert with Keyser Soze in Peppermill’s Terrace Lounge on Halloween from 8 pm to midnight

Zombie Four Play

On October 26, BuBinga’s Four Play Saturday will be taken over by Zombies after the Reno Zombie Crawl. There will be $1,200 in cash giveaways for the scariest, sexiest and best zombie couple. $15 cover without costume, $5 cover in costume.

7934e1c5-8a61-46dd-88b6-5708ec225e20The Blood Brothers Halloween Bash

On October 25 and 26, The Brew Brothers will be hosting the town’s scariest Halloween Bash! Compete in the costume contest for a chance at $2,400 in prizes.

Sprites and Monsters Party

Dance the night away at the Sprites and Monsters Party on Halloween at Rise Nightclub. Get free entry if you arrive in costume before midnight. Costume contest for sexiest sprite and scariest monster.

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Click here for family Halloween events!