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!
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:
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!
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.
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 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!
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.
If ever there was a golf haven, it must be in Lake Tahoe. With 24 golf courses within an hour’s drive of North Lake Tahoe, and the sparkling blue of Lake Tahoe in the background, this is most assuredly one of the most diverse and splendid golf spots in the world.
Diversity is the keynote of this area. One can play golf in mountainous, pine-studded fairways or putt on open desert-fringed greens, all with a backdrop of alpine mountain lakes at the home of the 1960 Winter Olympics.
Here are just a few highlights of some of the best courses around Lake Tahoe.
Farther north around Truckee, are more noteworthy courses:
A little bit further away, but still within an hour’s drive of North Lake Tahoe, you can find:
No matter what courses you choose to play in this golfing haven, you are sure to find the scenery breathtaking, the courses challenging and your experience at Lake Tahoe delightful.
About the Author: Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV, a nationwide RV rental company.
Ever feel like summer flies by so fast that you aren’t able to get to half the activities you wanted to? With so much going on in the Reno Tahoe area, we can hardly blame you. Make sure summer doesn’t slip away from you this year by creating a bucket list with exciting events and new activities to make the most out of your summer! Here are some must-do’s to add to your list:
Not only does North Lake Tahoe offer relaxing beaches with incredible mountain views, it also has some of the clearest blue water that you truly have to see to believe. Go explore more than the beach by trying out a fun water activity like paddle boarding. Or, take on new heights by parasailing over the lake, an unforgettable experience that offers a panoramic view of the lake.
Kayak, boat, Jet Ski, sail, row… so much to do, so little time!
Who doesn’t love live music, cool brews and good eats? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy all of that and more! There is no shortage of exciting festivals in Reno Tahoe during the summertime. Kick off summer by spending the first day of summer at Eldorado’s BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival. And, don’t miss out on The North Tahoe Beer and Bluegrass Festival. Check out all of the exciting festivals!
… with you on one of the wonderful trails Reno Tahoe has to offer! Whether it’s the mountains of Tahoe or the hills of Reno, soak up the rays while staying active and exploring new areas. If you’re more experienced, pack a lunch and give Mt. Rose a go, traversing 10 miles while enjoying breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe. More of a beginner? Not a problem. Start with the Cross Peak trail- an hour long hike that reveals expansive views of Reno and Sparks. Don’t forget to sign the guest book at the top of the summit to prove you made it!
No matter what trail you decide to take, remember to enjoy the journey- don’t forget to stop and smell the pine trees every once and awhile!
Located at the heart of Reno’s downtown, surrounded by local eateries and shops, enjoy the Truckee River and all it has to offer is a must-add to your bucket list. Escape the heat and take a dip in the river at Wingfield Park- a free water park. Feeling more adventurous? Reserve a professional guide and whitewater raft down the river, a fun and exciting journey beginning in Truckee and ending in downtown Reno.
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.
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.”
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.
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!
In honor of the many words of wisdom and encouragement over the year’s from good ol’ Pops, it’s time to show him how much you listened. Tread Dad to a day catered to him, and show him how much his little reminders have stuck with us through the years.
Shut down your computer, step away from the TV, set down your phone (unless your snapping a father-son/daughter photo), and refresh in the great outdoors.
Hike, kayak, bike, boat, paddle board, bum on the beach… just get outside!
Hit up Wildcreek Golf Course this Father’s Day from 11am-3pm for their TaylorMade Demo Day! Give new clubs a shot while scoring a hole-in-one with Dad. TaylorMade Golf will have a special tent set up right by the driving range. Their staff of professionals will be showing their complete line of clubs, and even custom-fitting clubs right there on-site! Dad can fantasize over the latest drivers, irons, wedges and putters on the driving range, followed by the entire family can playing a round on Wildcreek’s beautiful 18-hole championship course.
With over 50 courses within 90 minutes of Reno, there’s a course for every level of play!
More area golf courses:
Another gift idea for the golfing dad: Buy-1-Get-1 Good-Any-Day tickets to the Reno-Tahoe Open with code DAD2014.
Dad taught us to never be afraid of trying something new or to make an adjustment when things don’t go exactly as planned. Give him something new to try this Father’s day – or help him relax.
For foodie father, check out Sparks’ newest summer event – The Sparks Food Truck Drive-In.
Literally, get Dad to be more flexible and treat him to a spa day, yoga day (paddle board yoga, anyone?) or stretch his limits with a day of rock climbing. Spa Toscana has a Bourbon-inspired treatment this time of year or get dirty with a mud wrap at Atlantis.
Speaking of dirt…..
Show up at Country Crossroads with a little mud on your boots and you’ll fit right in! Eli Young Band, Terry Clark and Neal McCoy will be headlining the three-day celebration of great country music. In addition to the performances, enjoy the weekend-long western experience with the Redneck Rodeo Truck Show, the Cowboy (bar) Crawl, and the Country Crossroads party at Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que.
Octane Fest will have dirt and adrenaline flying. Spectators at this year’s Octane Fest will be treated to brand new events that will have race fans on the edge of their seats. The festival includes King of the West Sprint Cars at Rattlesnake Raceway, top fuel drag racing at Top Gun Raceway, and a jamboree featuring monster trucks, a truck and tractor pull, freestyle motocross, and a fireworks finale.
Dad is always making sure his kids are enjoying life, even if it gets him in trouble with mom every once in awhile. Reno Tahoe USA is the perfect place to celebrate Father’s Day with the whole family.
For an official Father’s Day event, check out the Pops Party Concert. The beautiful back lawn of the Governor’s Mansion is the site of the Carson City Symphony’s 30th annual Pops Party Concert. The program features the Carson City Symphony, Carson City Symphony Chorus, Youth Strings and guest singer.
If you can’t make it to Reno Tahoe this weekend, Dad’s love Reno Tahoe year-round.
Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in historic Virginia City, Nevada with the annual Celebration of Heroes Parade Saturday, May 24 at noon. Taking place down C Street, the parade honors the memory of those who gave their lives for this country.
The grand marshal for this year’s Celebration of Heroes Parade is Richard Beaudette of Carson City, who served in both World War II and the Korean War. Beaudette was drafted into the Army in 1942 and served in Germany. After the tour of duty, Beaudette entered the Army Reserve. Four and a half years later he was called back to active duty in Korea where he soon achieved the rank of Captain.
Beaudette was discharged in 1962 after more than 15 years of service. He has been a resident in Carson City for the past 50 years. Other parade entries include veteran’s groups, classic car clubs, equestrian groups and marching units. To join the parade, please go online to download a parade form or call 775-345-5803.
Also opening Memorial Day Weekend is the Virginia & Truckee Railroad, kicking off their season Saturday, May 24. For a list of the schedule and to purchase tickets visit V&T online.
The Wild West Motorsports Park will host two Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series events this summer, showcasing northern Nevada as a premier racing site and giving fans double the action!
The Lucas Oil Series announced that Wild West Motorsports Park will host weekend races May 30-31 in addition to the race planned for Aug. 22-23. This is the third year in a row Wild West Motorsports Park has hosted a Lucas Oil Off Road Race and the first time there has been two races in one season.
Fans have come to enjoy watching Brian Deegan, Jeremy McGrath, Carl Renezeder, Rodrigo Ampudia and the top racers of the sport reach speeds of 90 MPH and jump 100-plus feet through the air in 900 horsepower trucks.
One of the newest plans for both races is the addition of lights and nighttime racing. It goes back back to old-school Friday and Saturday night racing that happened all across our country. It’s a whole new experience watching the action under the lights.
Wild West Motorsports Park is located only 10 minutes east from downtown Reno.