September 2012 Reno Area Events

BEST IN THE WEST NUGGET RIB COOK-OFF                                 AUGUST 29 – SEPTEMBER 3, 2012                         VICTORIAN SQUARE, SPARKS

A world class event featuring barbecue ribs at their best along with special concerts, an arts and crafts fair and plenty of family fun.  For information, call John Ascuaga’s Nugget at                                                (800) 843-2427 or (775) 356-3300.

GREAT RENO BALLOON RACE                                                             SEPTEMBER 7-9, 2012                                                RANCHO SAN RAFAEL PARK

More than just an exhibition of gorgeous flying machines, the Great Reno Balloon Race brings together the nation’s top balloonists competing in events like the Hare and the Hound, Target Drop and Key Grab.  A trademark of the race is Dawn Patrol, which takes place as the sun rises and provides a great show as balloonists glow, twinkle, and fly along with choreographed music and crowd participation.               Contact 775-826-1181 for details or visit

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AIR RACES                                         SEPTEMBER 12-16, 2012                                              RENO STEAD AIRPORT

The world’s longest running air race is the only place in the world where you can see five days of real air racing with six classes of aircraft competing in a variety of race classes, military and historic airplane displays and aerobatics exhibitions.  Planes reach speeds of over 500 per hour.  While enjoying the races spectators can visit the pits and watch race teams work on their aircraft, browse any of the hundreds of participating vendor’s booths, and enjoy a wide variety of food and beverages.  Contact 775-972-6663 for details or visit

TAHOE BIG BLUE ADVENTURE RACE                                              SEPTEMBER 16, 2012                                                   LAKE TAHOE

Defined by both the incredible beauty of Lake Tahoe and the towering peaks of the High Sierra, Lake Tahoe is one of the world’s most famous sporting playgrounds.  The region has an almost endless variety of spectacular mountain biking trails, adventurous hikes and, of course, waterborne activities on the “Big Blue” –  Lake Tahoe –  one of the largest, deepest and purest alpine lakes on earth.  The Tahoe Big Blue Adventure Race is a celebration of the natural environment of the North Shore and the perfect climate of “Indian Summer.”  September is a favorite month of Tahoe locals…and no wonder:  day-time temperatures are in the 80’s with the evenings cooling into the 60’s, the skies are deep blue with only an occasional afternoon thunderstorm rolling through (to help keep the dust down on the trails!) and, best of all, the bustle of the summer tourist season is a distant speck in the rear-view mirror.  This is a perfect time for a visit to the Big Blue.

STREET VIBRATIONS                                                                              SEPTEMBER 19-23, 2012

 .  Special appearance by Controlled Burn Fire Dancers.                                                                                                                                  


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Holiday Jazz Festival

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino
November 25, 2011 – November 26, 2011

Ring in the holiday season in style with this annual celebration of music, at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe. This two-day festival features today’s most talented jazz musicians in live evening performances. The Hyatt is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe, so the setting is spectacular. What an extraordinary way to kick off the holiday season!    

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Street Vibrations Fall Rally September 21-25th

Music, Metal and Motorcycles
At Street Vibrations 17th Annual Event

Street Vibrations Motorcycle Festival is a celebration of music, metal and motorcycles. Street Vibrations offers tours, live entertainment, ride-in shows, stunt shows and more. This event is so big, it rocks at several locations throughout the region. Major event venues are planned at Harley-Davidson Dealership in Reno and in historic Virginia City. Rides to what Mark Twain called “the fairest picture the whole earth affords,” Lake Tahoe — provide unparalleled entertainment. Flirt with Lady Luck during poker walks and runs. It’s HOG heaven! Don’t miss America’s Finest Custom Bike Builder’s Expo to view the latest creations. Check out the Tattoo Expo for body art extraordinaire. The event is open to all motorcycles. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Association.

For 2011, we have reached an agreement with the City of Reno to bring the vendors back to Virginia Street with special reserved parking for our VIP participants on Reno’s main street. Selected factory rigs, tent vendors, open beer sales on the street (no beer gardens), three live entertainment stages, fireworks, motorcycle aerial stunt shows and food vendors will fill the downtown venue. The Reno Ballroom will host the tattoo expo and indoor vendors. Our Sparks venue will be expanded with the addition of more factory rigs, more food and beverage, more tent vendors and more stages for entertainment. And yes, we’ll have vendors and entertainment in Virginia City. Once again, Reno Harley-Davidson will have vendors and entertainment for your enjoyment.


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Free Summer Activities/Fun in Reno

Within an hour’s drive of beautiful Lake Tahoe and other picturesque mountain ranges, the Reno/Sparks area has much to offer.  Outdoor activities such as golf, bike trails, numerous parks, water parks, outdoor markets and much more.  Shopping and gaming facilities are numerous.  Not all activities and attractions cost money.    Wingfield Park is located in downtown Reno near First and West Streets.  Here you can relax in the shade, picnic,  play and cool off in the river,  and watch the kayakers take on the Truckee River.    The Truckee River pathway for biking and walking passes  through th Park, and goes for miles in both directions.   During the summer months, free music concerts are performed at the Park.  Check times and dates at

The Sparks Marina is a large man made lake with a two-mile walking trail and swimming beaches.  In August the WWA Wakeboard World Championships will be held at the Marina and will be free to watch.  The Marina area also features a large/new shopping mall, other smaller shops, and eating establishments.

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park is home to local wildlife and has many walking trails, open grass areas and a large kid’s playground, and is located close to the University of Nevada, Reno.

There are many walking and hiking trails ranging from short, easy kid friendly trails to strenuous climbs with the Sierra Nevada mountain range close by.  One hiking area is Galena Creek Park on Mt. Rose Highway.

There are many other free or low cost activities such as:

Rattlesnake Mountain Skate Park, enjoyed by  skateboarders and BMX riders, and rumored to be the largest skate park in the west.

Sierra Safari Zoo

Hot August Nights

Free to children with accompanying paying adults:

Nevada State Railroad Museum, in Carson City

National Automobile Museum, free to age 5 and younger

adapted from article by T. Andrew

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Reno Vicinity Local Golf Guide

It is that time of year when we want to get out in the sunshine, get some fresh air and exercise.  If you are a golfer, or hacker like me, you are looking forward to getting your sunshine, fresh air, and exercise on the golf course.  Below is a list of some of the local public golf courses, their phone numbers, addresses, amount of holes, and the par.

Course                                       Telephone                Holes                         Par

Arrow Creek/Legends           775-850-4653                18                              72

D’Andrea                                     775-331-6363                 18                              71

Kiley Ranch                               775-354-2100                   9                              27

LakeRidge                                  775-825-2200                18                               71

Red Hawk/Lakes                     775-626-6000                18                              72

Rosewood Lakes                     775-857-2892                 18                              72

Sierra Sage                                775-972-1564                  18                              71

Somersett Canyon Nine      775-787-4500                   9                              27

Wildcreek                                 775-673-3100                 18/9                          72/27

Wolf Run                                   775-851-3301                   18                              72

Washoe                                     775-828-6640                   18                              72

There are 9 more courses in Carson City/Douglas County and 15 in Truckee/Lake Tahoe, plus 9 private courses in the Reno/Sparks/Carson City/Lake Tahoe/Truckee areas.

Come play with us!

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