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Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off 2013

“If you like ribs, there’s no better place to be than this great gastronomic feast that competes to win over your taste buds. Music, meats, and crafts (of the art and beer variety) make for a family-friendly way to cap off the summer.” – Salon.com

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This summer, 24 of the nation’s top competitive rib cookers will vie for the coveted first place trophy, cash prizes and the People’s Choice Award as 500,000 hungry BBQ-lovers consume more than 233,400 pounds of ribs over an extended Labor Day weekend. The crowd also loves the annual Best in the West Nugget World Rib Eating Championship, featuring pros from Major League Eating, including the #1-ranked competitive eater, Joey Chestnut.

Entertainment lineup:

Free Main Stage Entertainment:

Diego’s Umbrella
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 28

A mix of soul, punk and gypsy rock, this band from the Bay area will wow audiences on the first night of the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off.  Diego’s Umbrella is sure to get people dancing with their high-energy, funky music.

Keller Williams
7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 29
This musician really is a jack-of-all-trades. Keller Williams plays music reminiscent of jazz, funk, reggae, bluegrass, folk and more. He creates his own evocative sound and is often described as a ‘one-man jam-band’ due to his frequent use of live phrase looping with multiple instruments.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds
7:00 p.m., Friday, August 30

This blues rock group started in 1974, and will be sure to get people up on their feet dancing. They’re best known for their hit “Tuff Enuff.” Sure to be a crowd-favorite!

Mark Chesnutt
7:00 p.m., Saturday, August 31

Country-favorite Mark Chesnutt propelled into the spotlight with his late-1980’s album, Doing My Country Thing. Since then, he’s charted more than 30 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs, including eight #1 singles.

Bad Company with Brian Howe
7:00 p.m., Sunday, September 1

This popular English rock band formed in 1973 and the group has included many popular rockers throughout the years. The band is best known for their hit songs “Can’t Get Enough,” “Bad Company,” and “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad.”


Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
3:00 p.m. Monday, September 2

Mixed styles of country, rock and bluegrass music will entertain rib-eaters on the last day of the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. The band is known as a pioneer in incorporating Western Swing into its music, and became known for marathon live shows.

US Open of Watercross

Sparks Marina will be the host site of the 2013 US Open of Watercross, June 29-30, 2013.

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This will be 8th annual US Open of Watercross which has traveled from coast to coast bringing the best watercross riders throughout the USA and drawing competitors from all over the world, including Australia, Columbia, Kuwait, and Indonesia. These competitors will be vying for the prestigious title of the Sparks US Open of Watercross Champion and winning means earning a place in watercross history, this internationally recognized event will be one of the highest paid events in the country.

The Sparks US Open of Watercross is expected to draw one of the largest gatherings of competitors in the country; participants in pursuit of the US Open title and a cash purse of over $12,000.

On Saturday and Sunday, the premier watercross classes will begin at 11 am to 2pm, these classes will showcase the pro riders in each class. Each of premier classes on Sunday will be followed by awards, interviews and autograph sessions.

UWP would like to welcome the folks from  Jetavation Inc. to the Sparks US Open of Watercross on June 29-30 at the Sparks Marina Park.

The Jetovator has the capability of flying up to 30 feet in the air and diving down 10 feet below the water. You can fly at speeds of up to 25 mph and can perform aerial stunts such as back flips! The Suspension Landing Gear option allows experienced Jetovator operators to take off from, and land on, docks or boats decks. See the live demo right after freestyle on Saturday and Sunday!

EVENT SCHEDULE:

Saturday, June 29
9:00am Practice begins
10:15am National anthem is played and racing begins with novice and amateur
11:00am Pro Runabout Open – MOTO 1
11:30am Pro Ski GP – MOTO 1
12:00pm Pro Freestyle – MOTO 1
1:00pm Intermission – autograph session with pros
Pro Runabout Stock – MOTO 1
1:30pm Pro Ski Stock – MOTO 1
2:00pm Racing continues, all classes
4:30pm Racing ends

Sunday, June 30
10:15am National anthem, racing begins
11:00am Pro Runabout Open – MOTO 2
11:20am Pro Ski GP – MOTO 2
11:40am Pro Runabout Stock – MOTO 2
12:00pm Pro Freestyle (finals)
1:00pm Pro Runabout Open – FINALS
1:20pm Pro Ski GP – FINALS
1:40pm Pro Runabout Stock – FINALS
2:00pm Finals begin
4:30pm Racing ends; award presentation

Outlets at Legends Breaks Ground on Northern Nevada’s First IMAX Theatre

Galaxy Theatres officially breaks ground on northern Nevada’s first and only IMAX experience on June 18 at the Outlets at Legends.

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The new state-of-the-art theatre complex will feature all digital sound and projection in its 12 auditoriums along with 3D capabilities and a giant screen IMAX auditorium. The expansive, curved IMAX theatre screen will span from ceiling to floor and wall-to-wall, and be more reflective and brighter than traditional theatre screens to provide a true image from wherever moviegoers sit.
An audible difference will be heard as well, with IMAX’s six laser-aligned loudspeakers that distribute equal volume throughout the auditorium, and are more powerful with a wider frequency range than typical speakers.

President of Galaxy Theatres, Rafe Cohen, remarks, “We’ve had our eye on the northern Nevada market for years, and are thrilled to be making the region’s first IMAX theatre a reality at the Outlets at Legends. We feel it will become an integral part of the community, providing a state-of-the-art entertainment option, plus a venue for everything from school and corporate functions to special events.”

The construction of the theatre kicks off the next phase of development for the Outlets at Legends. In recent months, the property has added more than 45,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space, including TJ Maxx, Old Navy Outlet, and coming this fall, a new Buffalo Wild Wings.

Outlets at Legends General Manager Dennis McGovern states, “Our vision for Legends has been to create a 365-day destination that combines visitor attractions with appealing everyday retail and dining. We’re so pleased to be partnering with Galaxy Theatres to bring a new, top-notch movie going experience to Sparks.”

Sparks Mayor Geno Martini exudes, “Sparks is one of Nevada’s most vibrant, family-oriented cities. The Galaxy IMAX Theater will continue to support the city’s branding efforts as a place where there is always something happening, fun to do and see in northern Nevada!”

IMAX Corporation is a global entertainment technology leader specializing in immersive motion picture technologies. IMAX comes from the term “maximum image,” and was developed by a small group of Canadian experimental filmmakers who formed the IMAX Corporation in 1968.

Located at 1310 Scheels Drive in Sparks near the Outlets at Legends Tower on the west side of the property, the theatre is scheduled for completion in 2014. Throughout the construction, the new theatre will employ approximately 400 people, and another 50 upon opening.

The 62,000-square-foot theatre will open in 2014. For more information, visit www.OutletsatLegends.com or call 775-358-3300.

Independence Day in Reno Tahoe

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Between three fireworks displays, a beer and bluegrass festival, a late-night DJ party, local music, a gourmet dinner event, and a host of boating, hiking and biking options — North Lake Tahoe is serving up a weekend full of activities fit for everyone this coming 4th of July.

Catch any of three lakeside fireworks displays at Kings Beach (July 3), Incline Village (July 4) or Tahoe City (July 4) by night. And enjoy some uniquely Tahoe experiences by day. Watch a parade of historic wooden boats on Tahoe’s West Shore, attend bluegrass concerts and taste microbrews at Northstar, or take a front-row seat to the best of Tahoe’s homegrown musicians at Squaw Valley’s Made in Tahoe festival.

• Red White and Tahoe Blue

Incline Village’s Independence Day festival since 2007, Red, White and Tahoe Blue has 28 events in Incline Village and Crystal Bay, including a parade and concerts and one of the nation’s best fireworks displays July 4at Incline Beach!

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Star Spangled Sparks

Celebrate America’s independence with free tethered hot air balloon rides, a pancake breakfast, fun-run-walk, Model Dairy Milk Carton Boat Races, a military fly-over and the Reno/Sparks’ Got Talent Competition. The excitement continues with craft and food vendors, and a game area for the kids.

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Biggest Little City Wing Fest

July 4-6

Taste the best wings Fourth of July weekend in downtown Reno! With some smokin’ live music all weekend long, chicken wing vendors from all over competing for cash prizes, an amateur wing-eating contest and street faire vendors, Virginia Street is the All-American place to be for 4th of July weekend!

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Fourth of July Parade, Fireworks and Concert in Virginia City

July 4

The celebration includes a parade, the Red White and YOU Wine Walk, the Comstock Cowboys Second Amendment Concert, and of course a spectacular fireworks show.

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Deals for Dad this Father’s Day in Reno Tahoe

Skip the tie and golf balls this year and give dad a gift he’ll remember – a vacation to Reno Tahoe USA! Treat Dad to these awesome deals!

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Take your gearhead to one of the “Top 5 Car Museums in the World.” This Father’s Day, dads get in free when visiting with their families.

2-for-1 at Washoe Golf Course

Treat Dad to a day of golf – and you’re free! Washoe Golf Course is honoring a 2-for-1 deal on Father’s Day for playing times between noon and 6pm.

Many Meaty Menu at Hash House A Go Go

Hash House A Go Go will feature Father’s Day specials ranging from $8.75 to $15.95, June 16, that will make any dad feel like a king.

  • Papi Chulo Hash – crispy potatoes, pork tenderloin in chipotle adobo, fresh corn, tomatoes, jalapeños, cilantro, fresh avocado and queso fresco, crowned with two eggs and served with a fresh tortilla ($14.95). Add a cold Corona for $4.
  • Peanut Butter Banana Flapjack – topped with fresh whipped cream ($8.75).
  • Crispy Pork Tenderloin Quesadilla – Flour tortilla filled with charred tomatoes, fresh corn, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, scrambled eggs and crispy pork, all on a bed of mashed potatoes and crowned with Bar B Que cream ($15.95). Add a Hamms for $1.
  • The Spicy BBBLT – Dad loves bacon because bacon rules! Our BBLT is even better with spicy jalapeño bacon on fresh milk bread with chili mayo and a choice of fries or a house salad ($12.95).
  • Felix’s “Front of the TV Meal”- 14-ounce Certified Angus Beef New York steak with griddled mash, sliced tomatoes, your choice of eggs and fresh fruit ($14.95).

Father’s Day Dining at Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Toucan Charlie’s Buffet & Grille

Champagne Brunch                        $20.99 adult | $12.99 child (ages 4-10)| Served from 9a.m.-3p.m.

Beer & BBQ Dinner Buffet            $22.99 adult | $12.99 child (ages 4-10) | Served from 4:30p.m.-9p.m.

Bistro Napa Special

Steak Oscar $28.00 | Dinner from 5p.m.

10 oz. prime rib eye topped with crab meat and hollandaise sauce.

Manhattan Deli Special

BBQ Platter with Ribs, Beef Brisket & Chicken $19.99 | Lunch and Dinner served from 11a.m.

Accompanied by coleslaw and housemade corn bread.

10 More Father Focused Ideas…

  • Take him out to a ballgame at the Aces Stadium – or even better, the Triple-A All-Star Game! Details…
  • Whitewater rafting in the Truckee River. 2358365371_5ccbb2b5ca_zDetails…
  • Reno Rockabilly Riot. There will be live music, a pin-up contest, drag racing, and much more!  Details…
  • Tickets to a night at the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West” with all the fixings – bulls, BBQ, and beer. Details…
  • Take the entire family for a fun outing at one of the many activities everyone loves. Details…
  • Be “Gone Fishin’” Details…
  • Go sailing across the “Best Lake in America” according to readers of USA Today – Lake Tahoe! Details…
  • Take a hike – a breathtaking one. Details…
  • Off-Road Tours. Details…
  • Check out our website VisitRenoTahoe.com for more ideas!

FREE Fishing Day

Go Fishing… Get Hooked! Saturday, June 8, 2013, is Nevada’s Free Fishing Day!

2532233942_3cf5d2a6fd_bFree Fishing Day is your one chance during the year to get hooked, and hook others, for free! No license or trout stamp is needed for adults or children on this date.

During our annual Free Fishing Day, anglers may fish in any public fishing water in the state without needing a fishing license or trout stamp.*

Events

Sparks Marina is hosting a special event for kids, offering commemorative T-shirts, fishing poles, face painting, hot dogs and more (for FREE)! At Idlewild Park, kids are encouraged to bring their own poles, however 300 poles will be available on a first come first served basis. Both events go from 7 to 11 a.m.

*All limits and other regulations apply.

Sparks Farmers’ Market Sweetens Summer

Lemons, tomatoes and pears… o my! The 2013 Sparks Farmers’ Market is back, every Thursday, on Victorian Avenue, directly in front of John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Each week of the Farmer’s Market offers new themes, community group involvement, exciting stage music and street performers. The event takes place every Thursday evening, June 6 – August 22, 2013 (except July 7 and August 8) from 3:00pm to 8:00pm.

Shoppers will be able to buy fresh fruits and vegetables directly from local and regional farmers, along with items from various vendors, and try out food from some of our local food trucks.

There will also be a Kids’ Area, complete with fun and educational activities for children, on the plaza near the movie theater. The Sparks Farmers’ Market is a family-friendly event.

Whole Foods Hometowne Farmer’s Market

Sparks Revs Up for Street Vibrations Spring Rally

Get ready for the rumble – Street Vibrations Spring Rally is rolling into Sparks, June 7-9!

Fun for the Entire Family

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Street Vibrations® Spring Rally is free to the public.  Motorcycle participants pay a fee to ride in poker runs and walks, be involved in bike games, attend VIP parties, receive an official rally shirt and ride pin and enjoy premium secured bike parking.

Crowd pleasing live entertainment; including, arm wrestling competitions,  slow races and thrilling motorcycle stunt shows are planned throughout the three-day event.

Globe of Death

John Stotts exhibits unbelievable speed and controlled balance in his Globe of Death.

Live Entertainment

Enjoy a variety of bands performing a wide spectrum of music throughout the event. You’ll find contemporary rock from Adrenalin, southern rock from Rockin’ Down the Highway, non-stop blues from Jason King and the Rick Hammond Blues Band and biker rock ‘n roll from Nevada Hazzurd. John Ascuaga’s Nugget Celebrity Showroom will host the Alan Parsons Live Project, Sat., June 8 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $39. This British rock band known for “Eye in the Sky” and “Games People Play” puts on a great show.

Examine Rolling Rembrandts

The Saturday Ride-in Show during Street Vibrations® Spring Rally from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. allows participants to showcase their bikes.  The show also provides motorcycle enthusiasts with a chance to check out the amazing artwork, chrome and customization on some of the finest bikes in the West.

Special Event Locations

Most Street Vibrations® Spring Rally event activity will start, end or take place entirely on the West Events Plaza at the Nugget, but the Rally has expanded to include some additional locations.

Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson is an official Street Vibrations® Spring Rally Venue and the Market Street dealership will be hopping throughout the weekend with live entertainment and great deals.

Virginia City will provide VIP parking, host live entertainment and sponsor a poker walk for Street Vibrations® Spring Rally participants.

Street Vibrations Spring Rally Schedule of Events at John Ascuaga’s Nugget:

Friday, June 7:
2:00 p.m. – Vendors open for business
2:00 p.m. –Music by the Cindy Graf Duo
4:00 p.m. – Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show
4:15 p.m. – Live Entertainment from Adrenaline Band
5:00 p.m. – Flag Raising Ceremony by Spanish Springs High’s JROTC
5:15 p.m. – Slow Bike Races
6:00 p.m. – Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show
8:00 p.m. – Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show
8:00 p.m. – The Vegas Road Show in the Nugget’s Casino Cabaret

Saturday, June 8:
10:00 a.m. – Vendors open for business
10:00 a.m. – Ride-in Show in the VIP Parking Area
10:00 a.m. – Poker Run to Virginia City
11:00 a.m. – Live Entertainment, Rockin’ Down the Highway Band
12:00 p.m. – Live Entertainment, Suspect Zero
12:45 p.m. – Globe of Death Motorcycle Stunt Show
2:00 p.m. – Slow Bike Races
3:00 p.m. – Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show
3:15 p.m. – Live Entertainment – Jason King Band
4:00 p.m. – Flag Raising Ceremony by Spanish Springs High’s JROTC
5:00 p.m. – Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show
7:00 p.m. – Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show
7:15 p.m. – Arm Wrestling Competition at the Main Stage
8:00 p.m. – The Vegas Road Show in the Nugget’s Casino Cabaret
9:00 p.m. – The Alan Parsons Project Live in the Nugget’s Celebrity Showroom (Tickets: $39)

Sunday, June 9:
10:00 a.m. – Vendors open for business
10:00 a.m. – Live Entertainment, Rick Hammond Blues Band
11:45 a.m. – Globe of Death Motorcycle Stunt Show
1:00 p.m. – Slow Bike Races
1:45 p.m. – Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show
2:15 p.m. – Live Entertainment – Nevada Hazzurd
4:00 p.m. – Globe of Death Motorcycle Stunt Show
7:00 p.m. – The Vegas Road Show in the Nugget’s Casino Cabaret

Contact Information

To see a complete Street Vibrations® Spring Rally schedule and a detailed program visit www.roadshowsreno.com.  Apps are now available for iPhones and iPads on the Web Site.  For more event information call 775-329-7469

Redneck Rodeo Truck Show Kicks Off Country Crossroads Weekend

WHEN: Friday, May 24, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: John Ascuaga’s Nugget – Roof Garden Parking Lot (Victorian Ave. & Victorian Plaza Cir.)
COST: Free to Attend and Free to Register your Redneck Truck

RedneckRodeoTruckShow2The 2nd Annual Redneck Rodeo Truck show will kick off Country Crossroads Memorial Day Weekend at its new location at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort. Whether you’re the proud owner of one of the area’s best redneck trucks, or you just want to check out some of the dirtiest, most redneck trucks Northern Nevada has to offer, the Redneck Rodeo Truck Show will have it all!

Stop by from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24 for lots of redneck fun! John Ascuaga’s Nugget is turning the truck show into a redneck tailgate party, selling delicious BBQ and beer for you to enjoy as you walk around and help judge the show!

Redneck truck owners – there are still spots left to register your truck for the show! You could win a $250 Summit Racing gift certificate, tickets to the Reno Rodeo, or dinner for two at The Rotisserie Buffet at John Ascuaga’s Nugget. To register, visit: tinyurl.com/rednecktruck. Thanks to sponsors Reno Dodge, Coors and Dynagraphics Printing, it is now FREE to register your truck!

Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:

People’s Choice – Best Redneck Truck

  • Most Truckable
  • Dirtiest
  • Best Dodge – Sponsored by Reno Dodge
  • Best Granddaddy Rig – Classic Truck
  • Best Nevadatude
  • Most Patriotic
  • Best Hick Chick Truck

For photos of last year’s event, visit: http://bit.ly/14inSQr, or see the Redneck Rodeo Truck Show photo album on Reno Rodeo’s Facebook Page.

The Redneck Rodeo Truck Show kicks off Country Crossroads at John Ascuaga’s Nugget, featuring country artists Gloriana on May 24, Jerrod Niemann on May 25, and Dwight Yoakam on May 26. To buy tickets to these shows, please visit www.janugget.com.

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.