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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

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!

2013 Special Events Brochure

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

Experience Reno Tahoe USA Events at the Reno-Tahoe Open

WillysIf you’re planning to go to the Reno Tahoe Open, stop by Experience Reno Tahoe USA Events! There’s great prize giveaways, free special event decals, cool displays and discount tickets for an upcoming off-road race.  This exhibit tent is located between the driving range and the #1 tee box, just look for Washoe Willys!  Entry cards for the prize giveaways are available on the public parking shuttles or at Experience Reno Tahoe USA Events!  Deposit your completed entry in the raffle drum at the exhibit tent; winners will be selected on Monday, August 6.

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ExperienceRenoTahoePrizeFormThe Biggest Little City is known for its plethora of great special events that entertain locals and visitors alike year round.  Reno-Tahoe Open is a proudly showcasing several partner events as they bring a piece of their special event right to the golf course! Guests will enjoy a hot air balloon display , a classic car exhibit from Hot August Nights and the National Automobile Museum, a jet from the Reno Air Races and more, right on the grounds of Montrêux Golf & Country Club. Available for viewing August 02-05, 2012.

Street Vibrations® Spring Rally to Rock Sparks Victorian Square June 1-3

Hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts have already registered for Street Vibrations® Spring Rally and hundreds of others will join them for the official kickoff to the riding season.  It’s a three day party with live entertainment, death defying motorcycle stunt shows, great food, motorcycle vendors and more, in Sparks Victorian Square, June 1 – 3.

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Street Vibrations® Spring Rally is free to the public.  Motorcycle participants pay a fee.

There will be live entertainment, arm wrestling competitions, bike games and competitions, slow races and crowd pleasing motorcycle stunt shows throughout the three day event.

Globe of Death

John Stotts exhibits unbelievable speed and controlled balance in his Globe of Death.  Catch his show Friday afternoon, June 1 at 2:45, 4:45 and 6:45.  On Saturday afternoon June 2nd see him at 12:45, 3:45 and 6:30.  Sunday he’ll perform at 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.

Aerial Stunts & Jumps

Jaw-dropping aerial stunt shows featuring LivFast team members are incredibly popular.  These dare devils jump motorcycles 50 feet through the air 30 feet off the ground ramp-to-ramp and land on what appears to be a postage stamp.

LivFast will perform throughout the day Saturday, June 2 at 11:45 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.

Live Entertainment

Enjoy a variety of bands performing a wide spectrum of music throughout the event.

You’ll find non-stop blues, funk and soul music from Big Band; alternative rock from Rigorous Proof, hard rock and classic rock from Scarlet Presence; and rockabilly from Hellbound Glory.

Cheap Lick, a Cheap Trick Tribute Band, will serve up humor and rock while the High Octane Dance Band performs songs from the 80’s to today. Crush serves Beatles tunes and more with crunchy electro-rock productions.

Catch the Unauthorized Rolling Stones in the Celebrity Showroom at John Ascuaga’s Nugget at 9 p.m. Fri., June 1.  Doors open at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $10.

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Ride in Shows allow participants to showcase their bikes.  They also provide motorcycle enthusiasts with a chance to check out the artwork, chrome and customization on some of the finest bikes in the West.

Ceremonial Flag Raising

“This year we’re having our traditional ceremonial flag raising by the Spanish Springs High School Junior ROTC on the entertainment stage across from John Ascuaga’s Nugget at 4:45 p.m. on Sat. June 2nd.  The National Anthem will be sung by Nevada showroom entertainer Tamara Evans,” Burke said.  “We have a lot of veterans who participate in our events and it gives us an opportunity to thank them for their service to our country.”

Special Event Locations

Most Street Vibrations® Spring Rally event activity will start, end or take place entirely on Victorian Square in Sparks but the Rally has expanded to include some additional locations.

Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson is an official Street Vibrations® Spring Rally Vendor and the Market Street dealership will be hopping throughout the weekend with live entertainment and great deals.  Catch Alias Smith’s hard and relentless classic to contemporary rock at Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson on Saturday.

Specialized Events for Motorcycle Participants

While Vendor Village will provide non-stop entertainment with bands and groups throughout Victorian Square in Sparks, registered motorcycle participants will take part in “poker runs” showcasing scenic rides in and around Reno, Virginia City, and Carson Valley.

At each poker run stop, participants draw a card and try to compile the best poker hand to claim prizes.

For their $40 registration fee, participants get an event T-shirt, a ride pin, they participate in poker runs and ride in shows, enjoy special parking and VIP parties with entertainment.

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Live entertainment continues on Sunday on Victorian Square and trophies and medals will be awarded in the Open Bike Competition which is open to all motorcycles.

Sponsors

Street Vibrations® Spring Rally is sponsored by: The City of Sparks, John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort, Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson, Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority, Tamarack Junction Casino, Coors Beer, Coca-Cola and the Virginia City Merchants Association.

Contact Information

To see a complete 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.

Schedule

Friday June 1

9:00a – 6:00p Chester’s Reno Harley open for business
10:00a Registration / Secured Parking
11:00a – 2:00p Chester’s Reno Harley – Food truck in parking lot ~ tentative
2:00p Vendors open for business. Merchants selling all things motorcycle and more! Leather, helmets, jewelry, women’s clothing, audio equipment, handbags, sunglasses, ear plugs, LED lighting systems. Hot dogs, hamburgers, pork, tri tip, corn dogs, fried pickles, teriyaki, lemonade Coors beer and Coke.
2:00 – 8:00p Hot rods and pin striping expo at the Millers Chop Shop booth. Striper Josh is the featured artist.
2:00p Go-go bar open
2:45p Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show
2:00 – 2:45p Live Entertainment – The Big Bad
3:00 – 5:00p Poker walk along Victorian Ave. Participants only. High hands win prizes.
3:00 – 3:45p Live Entertainment – Rigorous Proof
4:00 – 4:45p Live Entertainment – Scarlet Presence
4:45p Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show
5:00 – 6:00p Slow Drag & Iron Horse Rodeo
5:30 – 7:00p VIP party
6:00 – 8:00p Live Entertainment – Hellbound Glory
6:45p Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show
Saturday, June 2
9:00a – 6:00p Chester’s Reno Harley open for business
9:00a – 4:00p Chester’s Reno Harley – Dish Café food service in lot
10:00a Vendors open for business. Merchants selling all things motorcycle and more! Leather, helmets, jewelry, women’s clothing, audio equipment, handbags, sunglasses, ear plugs, LED lighting systems. Hot dogs, hamburgers, pork, tri tip, corn dogs, fried pickles, teriyaki, lemonade, Coors beer and Coke
10:00a Registration / secured parking
10:00a Ride-in show on Victorian Avenue. Examine these rolling Rembrandts up close and check out their personalized chrome and amazing designs
10:00a Go-go bar open
10:00 – 8:00p Hot rods and pin striping expo at the Millers Chop Shop booth. Striper Josh is the featured artist.
10:00a Poker Run to Carson City and Virginia City
11:00 – 11:45a Live Entertainment – Scarlet Presence
11:45a LivFast aerial stunt show
12:00 – 1:45p Live Entertainment – Cheap Lick
12:45 Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show
3:00 – 5:00p Poker walk along “C” Street in Virginia City. Participants only. Enjoy the boardwalks in Virginia City and gather a poker hand. High hands win prizes.
1:00 – 4:00p Live music: Alias Smith at Chester’s Reno Harley
1:00 – 5:00p Bike competition
2:00 – 3:00p Slow Drag & Iron Horse Rodeo
2:30p LivFast aerial stunt show
3:00 – 5:00p Poker Walk through Nugget
3:00 – 5:45p Live Entertainment – Adrenaline
3:00p Arm Wrestling Competition
3:45p Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show
4:45p Flag Raising Ceremony by Spanish Springs High School JROTC color guard
5:45p LivFast aerial stunt show
6:00 – 7:00p VIP Party at the Nugget.
6:30p Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show
6:45 – 8:00p Live Entertainment – Jason King Band
Sunday, June 3
9:00 – 10:00a Christian Motorcycle Association of Reno (CMA) church service on the main stage
10:00a – 5:00p Vendors open for business. Merchants selling all things motorcycle and more! Leather, helmets, jewelry, women’s clothing, audio equipment, handbags, sunglasses, ear plugs, LED lighting systems. Hot dogs, hamburgers, pork, tri tip, corn dogs, fried pickles, teriyaki, lemonade, Coors beer and Coke
10:00a – 5:00p Chester’s Reno Harley open for business
10:00a Go-go bar open
10:00a – 8:00p Hot rods and pin striping expo at the Millers Chop Shop booth. Striper Josh is the featured artist.
11:00 – 11:45p Live Entertainment – Crush
11:00a – 1:30p Bike competition
11:45a Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show
12:00 – 1:30p Live Entertainment – Eric Andersen Band
1:30 – 2:30p Bike Competition awards
1:30 – 2:30p Slow Drag & Iron Horse Rodeo
1:45p Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show
2:30 – 5:00p Live entertainment – Jelly Bread
4:15p Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show

Italian Fest Celebrates 30 Years – Buon appetito!

Join the Eldorado in celebrating the 30th Annual Great Italian Festival Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.

5331582344_c0608ef463_zFor 30 years, crowds from near and far return to the Italian Fest to indulge in fan favorites; including, the Grape Stomp, Sauce Cookers Competition, an Italian Farmer’s Market and everyone’s favorite homemade Italian Buffet.  A few new highlights are adding more Italian flavor to the mix in what promises to be a robust celebration of everything Italy.

The fun runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.  Try your hand at the art of wine making during the Grape Stomp, open to Festival-goers of all ages Saturday or play a bit of Bocce Ball on the Eldorado’s Train Trench Plaza.  The Bocce Tournament for competitive players begins Saturday at 8 a.m. with a $10 signup fee.  Not sure how to play?  Stop by Sunday for free beginner and family play starting at 10 a.m.5331505164_01a074323a_z

Competition at the Italian Festival isn’t all about Bocce Ball, it’s also about who makes the best pasta sauce.  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 “secret recipes” to life right on the street for guests to taste.  Pasta tasting plates will be sold for $2 at the Spaghetti Booth on the corner of Fourth and Virginia Streets from starting at 1 p.m. daily.  Don’t wait, they go fast!

New to the 30th Annual Italian Festival is the fastest product of Italy; the Ferrari Club of America will have dozens of Ferraris lining the Plaza on the south side of the Eldorado for the weekend.  Other newcomers are on the entertainment lineup, including Tammurriatarock!, a jam-band from Italy that mixes Italian world music with a reggae and Latin flare and Nick D’Egidio, famous Frank Sinatra impersonator.  Returning Italian Festival favorites include Moreno Fruzzetti and 2010 Festival sensation Mitch Franco.

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 at 4 p.m. on Saturday and in The Buffet on Saturday and Sunday.  Enjoy a special array of Italian dishes will be served, including Veal Tortelloni, Ricotta and Spinach Canneloni, Cioppino, Steamed Clams and Linguini, Turkey Scallopine with Marsala and Mushrooms, Eggplant Parmesan and an assortment of homemade Italian Salads and desserts, including our famous gelato and tiramisu!2387938334_96f586b98a_o

Great tastes are also available street side—grab a handmade pasta sampler with Tortellini Eldorado, Meat Ravioli Bolognese and Penne with Pesto or try the creamy Risotto.  Other specialties include Sausage and Peppers with Polenta and of course, delicious Garlic Bread.

Join in as Reno celebrates the 30th Annual Great Eldorado Italian Festival on Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9.  For more details, photos and other Italian Festival information visit www.eldoradoreno.com or call 775-786-5700.

Stampede Bringing Horsepower to Reno This Weekend

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The 2nd annual Torchmate Ultra4 Reno Stampede race will be held this week on September 10 and 11 at Exit 28 Motorsports just outside of Reno, Nevada. There will be multiple parties and events for fans and drivers throughout the week at both Exit 28 Motorsports and the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV. The unlimited 4 wheel drive vehicles known as Ultra4 cars have already begun descending upon Reno.  For those that haven’t seen an Ultra4 race in person, this is a great opportunity to see extreme horsepower at its finest. These cars are capable of speeds in excess of 100 MPH and are able to traverse some of the most treacherous rocky terrain, and this year’s race features a brand new short course section to watch these powerful vehicles soar through the air.

The Ultra4 Torchmate Reno Stampede was created by the founders of King of The Hammers, which is regularly referred to as “the hardest one day off-road race in the world.” With more than 120 miles of brutal course laid out and only 8 hours to finish, The Torchmate Reno Stampede will prove to be just as hard, if not harder than this year’s King of The Hammers. Only 19 of 50 cars finished The Stampede last year and this year’s race is nearly double the miles. This weekend’s race will definitely test the limits of both Ultra4 cars and their drivers.

Some of the biggest names in Ultra4 Racing will be on hand this weekend, including this year’s King of The Hammers winner and current Ultra4 Series leader, Monster Energy’s Shannon Campbell and Torchmate Racing’s JT Taylor and Jesse Haines. Last year’s King of the Hammers winner, Loren Healy,  and Aussie Ben Napier who is currently 2nd in the 2011 Ultra4 series will also be racing this weekend.

Spectators will have their choice of viewing areas. Exit 32’s spectator area offers a short course section, views of the valley for high-speed racing and live action in the pits and concession areas. Exit 28 offers the gnarly rock crawl section known as Giant’s Throne where many spectators saw tons of carnage and rollovers at last year’s event. Spectators are encouraged to bring camp chairs and binoculars and will be able to travel between the two spectator areas. Admission is free on Friday for qualifying rounds and $20 for adults, and $10 for children on Saturday.  Fans will be able to save $5 on admission if they purchase their tickets Friday during the qualifying rounds!4988256658_7689482a7f_o

Spectator Tips for a Worry-Free Time at the Great Reno Balloon Race

BalloonsEvent organizers of The Great Reno Balloon Race, scheduled for Sept. 10 – 12at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, have put together some helpful tips to ensure that all spectators have a wonderful weekend at the Balloon Race. Tips include important information on transportation to the event, where to park, what to wear and other dos and don’ts:

  • Admission is free, but make sure to bring money for tethered rides, souvenirs or food and drink from a variety of vendors, including a VIP breakfast catered by High Pointe Catering.
  • Dress in layers; September in northern Nevada tends to bring chilly mornings.
  • Weather information is available at www.kkoh.com or News Talk 780.
  • Arrive early on Saturday and Sunday, in time to watch the Glow Show at 5 a.m., to get VIP seating for a $5 donation, or prime blanket area for free.
  • Please leave your pets at home. The abundance of people along with strange noises and surroundings can make animals anxious and confused.
  • Smoking is always prohibited on the launch field.
  • Don’t forget your camera so you can catch every moment of this spectacular event.
  • Please remember to recycle while at the event, you’ll not only be keeping our community clean, but you’ll be helping out the NorthStar District Boy Scouts Troup #168, who will use the recycling as a fundraiser. The more you recycle the more money they’ll raise.
  • Visit the kids play area on Balloon Boulevard, the vendor area, after Mass Ascension.
  • Stay in your pajamas on Saturday, Sept. 11 for The World’s Largest Pajama Party. Come in your best (or worst) bed-head to enter in the Bed-Head Competition. Judging starts at 8 a.m. at the Pajama Party tent.

 Transportation/Parking Tips:

  • There is a limited amount of parking at the event so be sure to arrive early. There is free parking available at the University’s north lots, but all cars must be removed by 10 a.m. Parking is also available at N. Sierra St. and McCarran Blvd. or the Coleman St. parking lot for a $5 donation to the Reno South Rotary Club children’s charities. Parking is prohibited along McCarran Blvd and violators will be towed.

 

  • Transportation to and from the event is provided by RTC RIDE, which offers direct, nonstop service to the entrance of the park on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11 and 12, from 4 to 10 a.m. Each of the three stops in downtown Reno, Reed High School in Sparks and the Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority Convention Center on south Virginia, are serviced every 30 minutes. Round trip fares are $5 for adults and $2.50 for youth (ages 6 to 18) and seniors/disabled. For more information call (775) 348-RIDE.

 

  • Handicap parking is available at the Washington St. entrance to the park for those with a handicapped placard or license plate.

 

  • If you’d rather ride your bike to the event, you can leave it with the bike valet at the Washington St. entrance for a donation to the Reno Bike Project.

 For a full schedule of events and more information about this year’s event, please visit www.renoballoon.comor call the Great Reno Balloon Race hotline at (775) 826-1181.

 Thanks to the continued support of generous sponsors, The Great Reno Balloon Race continues as a free event for its 29th year. This year’s major sponsors include: Wells Fargo Bank, Wilbur D. May Foundation, Silver Legacy Resort Casino,  Peppermill Hotel Casino, Harrah’s Reno, City of Reno, Jack in the Box, Great Basin Internet Services, News Talk 780 KOH, Bonanza Casino, Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. With a special thanks to our Founding Sponsors: Circus Circus, IGT, Sands Regency Casino Hotel, Muckel Anderson CPAs and the University of Nevada, Reno.

-Written by Rebecca Wikler, special to VisitRenoTahoe

National Geographic Names Reno One of America’s Best Adventure Towns

River Fest BlogNational Geographic released its ultimate, state-by-state guide to the top outdoor hubs in the U.S., selecting only 100 towns. The criteria – the town must offer something for everyone. It’s no surprise Reno, Nevada was selected to be on the list with year-round special events, hiking, skiing, cycling, kayaking, climbing, snowboarding, fine dining…the list could go on. (And it does!)

In the words of NatGeo, “Reno’s hospitality jobs, a refurbished downtown, and a new $1.5 million white water park—all reasons enough to stick around for awhile.” We know that’s why we’re here!

Check out the interactive map to see which other cities and towns made the list. While you’re there, be sure to share your favorite restaurants, hotels and Reno Tahoe adventures with National Geographic!

Balloon, air races return to Reno-Tahoe

BalloonsHigh-flying fun returns to Reno-Tahoe with the Great Reno Balloon Race this weekend, Sept. 5-7, followed by the National Championship Air Races next weekend, Sept. 10-14.

From a humble beginning in 1982 with only 20 balloonists participating, the Great Reno Balloon Race has blossomed into one of the country’s premier events for balloon enthusiasts – Reno’s festival is the largest free hot air balloon gathering in the country.

The event now boasts more 140,000 spectators viewing more than 100 balloons soar above the Sierra sky. Less a competition than an opportunity for camaraderie, the festival offers no shortage of parties and events, along with the occasional free ride.

Over three days, spectators make their way to Reno’s Rancho San Rafael Park (map) to be part of the “Dawn Patrol” festivities. Also new for this year is the World’s Largest Pajama Party, where participants are encouraged to arrive in their best (or worst) PJs on Saturday, and compete for bragging rights in contests for “best bed-head,” while enjoying movies, hot chocolate and games during the race’s famous dawn patrol.

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For Reno-Tahoe visitors seeking an adrenaline fix, the National Championship Air Races showcases some of the world’s best pilots taking on a grueling course at daredevil speeds.

Over five days, six classes of aircraft race up close and personal at speeds up to 500 mph.  When the racers aren’t in the sky, spectators will be wowed by flying demonstrations, and displays, including a world-class air show featuring the USAF “Thunderbirds”, top aerobatic performers, military and civil flight demonstrations, and a large display of static aircraft.

The Air Races have been run since 1964 near Reno, and are currently held at Reno Stead Field, about eight miles North of Reno.

- Also check out Whitewater kayak, tubing and rafting options improving in Reno-Sparks

- Also check out Food, shopping and events at Reno’s West Street Market