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MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

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.

Virginia City Memorial Day Parade

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.

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.

Leprechaun Race

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!

Christmas on the Comstock

This Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, Virginia City, Nev. kicks off its annual holiday tradition, Christmas on the Comstock. Located just 25 miles from Reno, the town boasts the Parade of Lights, a country Christmas concert and Breakfast with Father Christmas. The festivities continue throughout the month with unique gifts and boutique holiday shopping at local merchants.

Breakfast with Father Christmas – Dec. 7, 9 – 11 a.m.

Join Father Christmas for breakfast, photos and a chance to share Christmas wishes at Piper’s Opera House. Price: Adults $10, Kids $8.

The Candy Cane Express Trains –Dec. 7-8 and 14-15. Two departures daily: noon and 2 p.m.

Create holiday memories aboard the Candy Cane Express Holiday Train on the famous Virginia & Truckee Railroad. Delight with visits from the Candy Cane Sisters while sipping hot chocolate, spiced apple cider and enjoying delicious cookies and candy canes. Price: $14 adults, $7 children, ages 2 and under free. Purchase tickets online.

Christmas Movies at Piper’s Opera House Dec. 7, 12 – 4 p.m.

Bring the kids to watch classic Christmas movies at the historic Piper’s Opera House before the Parade of Lights. Price: FREE.

Christmas on the Comstock Parade of Lights – Dec. 7, 5 p.m.

Bundle up and gather along C Street for Virginia City’s only evening parade and watch as the town lights up with Christmas cheer. Price: FREE.

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Christmas in the Sierra – Concert with David John & The Comstock Cowboys, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Bring your cowboy boots and Santa hat to this boot-stomping good time with David John and the Comstock Cowboys for a country Christmas concert at Piper’s Opera House. Buy your tickets in advance online. Price:  $25.

Photos with Father Christmas – Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Stop by the Virginia City Visitors Center at 86 South C Street to meet Father Christmas and create a holiday memory. Call 775-847-7500 for more information.

Virginia City Merchant Christmas Gift Giveaway, Dec. 7 – Dec. 30, merchant business hours vary.

Pick up a lucky number card at Forever Christmas, The Mark Twain Museum or the Visitor Center for a chance to win one of 2,000 free gifts at over 20 participating merchants. Price: FREE.

Gingerbread Social and Charity Auction – Dec. 8, 5 p.m.
Enter your gingerbread creation for a chance to win fabulous prizes at Piper’s Opera House. Price: FREE.

To purchase tickets and for more information on Christmas on the Comstock events taking place in Virginia City, Nev., visit online or call the Virginia City Tourism Commission at 775-847-7500.

Haunted Halloween in Virginia City

What better place to celebrate Halloween than a place that is known as one of the three most haunted towns in the country? With Virginia City’s rich history, there are plenty of ghost stories to go around. If you can handle it, we invite you to come see what Halloween on the Comstock is all about.

Several spooky events take place throughout the month of October to celebrate this haunted holiday. Virginia City Ghost Tours offer a chilling overnight ghost walking tour on select nights throughout the month. On October 31, kids can come dressed in their costumes and enjoy the Halloween Parade then trick-or-treat down C Street. The V&T has a special Halloween night train, the Witches Delight Train. The cemetery, usually closed at night, opens for night-tours Halloween night only. This is not for the faint of heart! .

There’s plenty more ghostly stuff happening in Virginia City. Check online for more information.

Virginia City street view

Feeling Brave? Stay in One of The Haunted Hotels

If you really want a scare, stay overnight to get the full haunted Halloween experience in Virginia City. There are quite a few haunted bed and breakfasts, hotels and motels to choose from, each with their own stories of ghosts and other unexplained mysteries.

The Silver Queen Hotel & Wedding Chapel offers 28 beautifully restored rooms and one of the most notably haunted sleeps in Virginia City. It is said to be haunted by a woman who killed her own baby, then committed suicide in one of the rooms. The Silver Queen offers ghost tours Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

The Gold Hill Hotel, opened in 1861, is the oldest hotel in Nevada. It is also supposedly haunted. In 1869 a terrible fire killed dozens of miners at the nearby Yellowjacket Mine. It is said these miners have stayed around. Other ghostly appearances at Gold Hill Hotel include a woman that emits a rose fragrance and sounds of giggling children.

If you’d rather stay somewhere less haunted, Virginia City has more lodging options online.

Real Ghost Stories

Not sure if Virginia City is haunted enough for you? Check out these recent stories and YOU decide what’s real:

It’s Always Haunted in Virginia City – Huffington Post

Who You Gonna Call? – AZ Sports & Lifestyle

We Need Ghosts More Than They Need Us – Psychology Today

Camel, Ostrich and Zebra Racing – Jockeys Unite

The Virginia City International Camel Races are in their 54th year! This annual tradition features camel, ostrich and zebra racing as jockeys from around the globe converge to compete for trophies and bragging rights. This on-of-a kind event takes place atop a historic mining quarry and promises to be a weekend full of fun and laughs.

It all started with a Tall Tale from a newspaper man! And here we are 54 years later and still living up to the Legend. Come and see these extraordinary animals race in the desert sand! Each day races will start at High Noon.

Click here to purchase your tickets

IMG_2766Catch a ride!

Beat the traffic and take the travel bus from Summit Sierra Mall to downtown Virginia City. Bus leaves Summit Sierra Mall at 10am and Virginia City at 4:30pm. Pick up / drop off location at Virginia City will be the Delta Parking lot next to the Bucket of Blood Saloon. Pick up / drop off location at Summit Sierra Mall to be at TBA. $25 round trip   Click here to purchase your tickets

Happy Veterans Day! Parades and Discounts:

First, huge thanks to all of our veterans for bravely serving our country! Here’s how Reno Tahoe is celebrating Veterans Day:

Downtown Reno

The 5203083442_f1c55b8fce_oparade marches through the heart of downtown Reno, honoring those who have sacrificed to protect our country. ROTC units, marching bands and flag-waving citizens turn out in full force to show their appreciation and support of our nation’s heroes.

Harrah’s Reno

All Veterans and active military personnel are eligible to receive a free buffet on Sunday, November 11, and Monday, November 12.  Simply show your military identification to the Carvings Buffet cashier. Carvings features a 16-foot carving station with all the finest meats, fresh seafood daily, wood-fired pizzas, sushi and your favorite Italian, Mexican and Asian dishes.  An extensive selection of delectable desserts is waiting to top off every meal.  Sunday Brunch is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Sunday and Monday dinner buffet hours are 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Squeeze In

Veterans can enjoy a free meal – up to $15 – with proof of ID on Monday, November 12.

Virginia City

At the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval joins the Virginia City, Nev. Veteran’s Day Parade alongside Korean War veterans.  The parade, held Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., takes place along C Street – the town’s main drive.

All Aboard National Train Day

Grab your train whistle and conductor hat and get ready for a Saturday full of locomotive fun! Commemorating the vehicle that helped build America, May 12 has been declared National Train Day. With a rich history of railroads, there’s no better place to celebrate than Reno Tahoe.

Ride the Mckeen Motorcar- Nevada State Railroad Museum

4295783033_0ebc408a9f_zTake a step back in time and celebrate National Train Day with a ride on the vintage McKeen motorcar at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. From 1910 to 1945, the McKeen took passengers between Carson City and Minden on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. This treasured piece of Nevada history was donated to Nevada State Rail Road Museum where it underwent a decade of serious restoration. In 2010, the 70 ft. gas powered motorcar returned to the railroad and now takes a new generation of passengers on a limited number of rides each year.  Don’t miss your chance to climb aboard the only operating McKeen motorcar in the world for an unforgettable ride through Carson City!

Rides run from 10 am to 4 pm. $10 for adults (12 years and up), $5 for children (4 to 11 years) and FREE for children 3 years and younger.

Reno Sparks Railroad Days – Reno Amtrak Station

A fun-filled day for families and rail fans alike, Reno Sparks Railroad Days is a celebration of America’s love of locomotives. The Galena Jazz Band and New Chorale Singers kick off the festivities with a lively welcome as the California Zephyr #5W rolls into the station. The revelry continues with exhibits from the Union Pacific Railroad, Nevada Railroad Museum and Virginia & Truckee Railroad, as well as model train displays, refreshments and music. Join the excitement from 8 am to 4 pm and show your passion for one of the nation’s first forms of transportation. Admission is FREE!

For more information on National Train Day and other exciting adventures in Reno Tahoe, visit our events calendar at VisitRenoTahoe.com.

St. Patrick’s Day Reno Tahoe Style

With everything from beef “fries,” to 2,000 year old artifacts, to shaved heads, Reno Tahoe USA is the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day celebration destination!

Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival & St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 17, Virginia City

1_rocky-mountain-oyster-festivalOften referred to as “The Testicle Festival,” this fun filled cook-off is by far the most unique way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Professional and amateur cooks will gather in Virginia City to compete for the most creative and appealing way to prepare the delightful delicacies known as beef “fries” (yep – those are beef and sheep testicles). Prizes include $500 for the best tasting recipe, as well as $250 for the most creative dish, best presentation and best booth. The fun continues with marching leprechauns and dazzling floats during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicking off at noon!

Celtic Heritage Exhibit & Celebrations

February 18 – April 30, Sparks Heritage Museum

The Celtic Heritage Exhibit is a unique compilation of over 30 different people’s private collections and features artifacts dating back as far as 30-40 AD. For the next three months visitors will have the opportunity to learn about Celtic traditions and customs, not only in the Museum but through dance and music performances in the Cultural Center, including:

  • March 4, 1-4 pm – The Blachette Irish Dancers, Celtic Session Musicians and others will perform at a reception for The Sons & Daughters of Erin and honor the “Irish Person of the Year”
  • March 17 Victorian Square St. Patrick’s Day Music & Festivities
  • April 21 – Scottish Clans Reception & Celtic Jam

St. Patrick’s Day Beer Crawl

March 17, Club Cal Neva

Dust off your green top hats and join the shenanigans at Club Cal Neva where $10 gets you an array of drinks throughout the casino; including, Irish whiskey shot, Killian’s Red, Irish Car Bomb, Melon Bomb and much more! Don’t miss the costume contest where $100 will be awarded to the most traditional, most sexy and most outrageous costumes.  The crawling begins at 5 pm.

St. Patrick’s Day Wine Walk

i_love_shamrock_reno_st_patricks_day_postcard-p239757067022059667z7knw_152March 17, Downtown Reno

Grab your friends and start your St. Patrick’s Day celebration early with an afternoon of wine tasting along the Truckee River and neighboring streets. Pick up your wine glass, map and ID bracelet for $20 at any of the 33 participating merchants. The St. Paddy’s Day fun kicks off at 2 pm!

St. Baldrick’s Day

March 17, Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center

This St. Patrick’s Day, be brave and go bald in support of kids fighting cancer. Hosted by the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation, the 6th annual event has raised over $675,000 and shaved more than 770 heads in northern Nevada, making it one the largest St. Baldrick’s Day celebrations in the world! Show your support from 5-8 pm.

St. Patty’s Parties

March 17, Eldorado Hotel Casino

The Eldorado Hotel Casino is going green with St. Patties Patty’s Parties. Celebrate the luck of the Irish at BuBinga Lounge where you’ll party the night away while dancing to the beats of (((xmfredie))), Roni Romance, Jessica the Ripper and VJ A-Jay  starting at 10 pm. At The Brew Brother’s St. Patrick’s Day Bash, rock out to your favorite top 40 hits performed live by Alias followed by late night sets from DJ D. Rek. The bash begins at 9 pm.

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March 12 – 18, Silver Legacy Resort Casino

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, each of the bars at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino will serve up special Irish inspired drinks; including, green beer and Irish drop kicks, from Monday, March 12 to Sunday, March 18. You’re bound to work up an appetite during all the bar hopping so stop by Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse, Flavors the Buffet or Fresh Express for a delicious Irish cuisine on Saint Patty’s Day.

Green Party

March 17, EDGE Nightclub

EDGE Nightclub inside the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino is turning up the heat this St. Patrick’s Day with the Green Party. Enjoy Jameson, Guinness and Car Bomb specials all night, and receive complementary cover when you show up in your best green attire.

A Metal Madness St. Patrick Celebration

March 17, The Underground

If you’re looking for a head banging, face melting St. Patrick’s Day celebration, The Underground has the perfect party for you. Rock out to the hard hitting sounds of As They Sleep, Nightshade, It Lies Within, Cranium and Nevermute while enjoying $5 PBJs, $3 Guinness and $2 whiskey shots, plus receive a FREE green beer when you wear green! The show kicks off at 8 pm.

A Hometown Holiday Weekend Lights Up the Start of the Season

Festivities and activities to nativities and sugar plum fairies,  December is here and Reno Tahoe USA is wasting no time jumping into the holiday spirit!

SPARKS HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS ~ Dec 2-3

5330823374_5ab658c20d_zThe spectacular tree lighting ceremony happens tonight, followed by the extensive Christmas Parade on Saturday. The Parade’s Grand Marshals include: Ian Petrella (played Randy, Ralphie’s younger brother in “A Christmas Party”), American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke and Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Natalie Caughlin. The parade will travel from east to west on Victorian Avenue, from 1:00pm-3:00pm.

CHRISTMAS ON THE COMSTOCK PARADE OF LIGHTS ~ December 3

Let the traditional holiday light cruises drive past you this year. This quaint community hosts an early evening parade, in which the floats and marching bands must incorporate lights. It’s a celebration of the holidays with a hometown ambiance.

THE NUTCRACKER ~ December 3-4

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without the retelling of one of the season’s most beloved tales. Experience the season’s joy as Tchaikovsky’s classic music guides you on a journey through a world full of beauty and magic, dancing snow flakes and sugar plums, and a war betwixt rat and a charming heroic prince. For more performances of the Nutcracker in the Reno Tahoe region, click here!

SPIRIT OF THE SEASON ~ December 3-4

The traditionally popular, Spirit of the Season holiday show is finally here. The hair on the back of your neck – be warned! This year’s guest artist Kip Wilborn – an SF Opera performer and former “Phontom” – is lending his amazing pipes to the music of the holidays. The concert set will be held on Saturday, December 3 (7:00 p.m.) and Sunday December 4 (2:00 p.m.) at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.

Happy Holidays!

Haunted Hotels … do you dare?

1_virginia-city-ghost-huntingMAPES HOTEL SITE

The original Mapes Hotel, a grand beauty of a building near the Truckee River, was haunted for decades by an unknown spirit. After it was torn down, the same presence has been reported lingering near the ice rink on the spot of the old hotel that is set up in the winter months.

GOLD HILL HOTEL

A few miles out of Virginia City is the little town of Gold Hill.  This is the town where the actual gold strikes began just prior to the biggest gold and silver strike ever (called the Comstock Lode) occurred in Virginia City.

Gold Hill has its share of mines that are still under the ground.  The Yellow Jacket mine, the Commons mine and all the rest are still here.  Miners were killed in some of these mines due to accidents.  Right behind the Gold Hill Hotel is the Yellow Jacket mine.  The miners didn’t have electricity with which to do their work.  They had to use candlelight.  Oxygen was limited underground and the gases that emanated from under the ground combined and fires were a constant danger.  Unfortunately, a fire broke out in the Yellow Jacket mine in 1873 and 37 miners were killed and were left buried at the bottom of the mine shafts behind this hotel.

21a_0021THE OLD WASHOE CLUB

~ AKA ~

The Millionaires Club

“Locals and tourists rub shoulders and swap stories at The Old Washoe Club. Originally called The Millionaires Club, it was built so that nouveau riche gentlemen might enjoy the pleasures of wealth, in comfort and style. At one time, the building was even used to store corpses when the ground was frozen too solid for digging graves.

“Three ghosts haunt The Old Washoe Club; A lovely, blonde apparition, known as the lady in blue, the specter of a scared little girl, and a grizzled prospector who occasionally cadges drinks from unsuspecting patrons. Ladies be warned, the door to the women’s room locks and unlocks itself.” – Janice Oberding, Suite 101 Article.

These stories and more are part of the Old Washoe Club.  What people don’t know is that there are two totally different sites of the Old Washoe Club.  There are two different “parts” to the Old Washoe Club.  There is the bar and snack bar downstairs.  There you will find the winding staircase.  This staircase was the original front door to The Millionaires Club.  This would be where respectable men turned millionaires would be greeted.  Behind the scenes was where the real action took place.

OVERNIGHT GHOST HUNTING EVENT

Halloween is just around the corner! Spend it with us as we Ghost Hunt and attempt to communicate with the lovely spirits here at St. Mary’s Art Center, fondly known as The St. Mary Louise Hospital, established in 1876 located in Virginia City, NV.  Mark your calendar and make your reservation now. Price includes overnight accommodations plus we have a special 2 nighter package as well.  Go to the following link for more info and to purchase your ticket.

http://www.virginiacityparanormal.com/upcoming-events.html