Carson City Halloween and Nevada Day events

Between Nevada Day and Halloween, Carson City is gearing up for a busy holiday weekend. Trick-or-treating takes place tonight in Carson City.

RSVP’s 30th annual Nevada Day Fair runs from noon to 9 p.m. today and Saturday; and from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. All-day ride wristbands cost $30 each. Discount coupons are available for $5 at This year’s carnival also includes Days of Service events — a food drive for FISH and police information; veterans services; and support group suicide prevention booths — from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A blood drive is from 1 to 5 Saturday. To make an appointment, call Anita Moreno, 775-687-4680, ext. 110. Nevada Humane Society is offering free identification chips from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Blinky Man, a costumed night bike ride, is from 5:30 to 10 p.m. today. Meet at the Firkin & Fox, 310 S. Carson St., and continue to The Tap Shack, The Feisty Goat, Governor’s Mansion, Living the Good Life, and other locations.

Games and face painting are offered from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at a Nevada Day party at the Carson City Pumpkin Patch at Red Horse Ranch, 4849 Cochise St. Call 775-291-7631.

Trick-or-treating in Carson City is today. Halloween at the Governor’s Mansion also is today.

The Downtown Business Association’s Candy Crawl is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today in downtown Carson City. Go to

Carson Mall’s Annual Safe Trick-or-Treat event is from 3 to 5 p.m. today.

Children are invited to dress up for trick-or-treating at the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada’s Safe Halloween Celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Admission is free for adults and $5 per child. Call 775-884-2226.

History buffs can take a look at the history of Carson City’s east side during the annual East Side Tour, led by Nevada Day Parade Director Bernie Allen. The free tour begins at 10 a.m. today at the Capitol steps. Call Allen at 775-883-7264.

Check out Nevada State Museum’s newest exhibit — Ranching in the High Desert: Five Generations, One Family — when the museum offers free admission from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and Saturday. Call 775-687-4810.

Take a ride on the McKeen Motor Car at the Nevada State Railroad Museum, which is offering free admission Saturday and Sunday. Rides cost $8 for ages 12 and up and $4 for children 4-11 and museum members. Call 775-687-6953, ext. 237.


Sage, the College Saving Desert Tortoise, Treasurer Dan Schwartz and representatives from the Nevada Treasurer’s Office will be at the Nevada Day Parade as part of the Treasurer’s bus tour across Nevada. Stop by the north end of the Legislature, between the Legislature and the Capitol, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to meet Sage, learn more about the college savings plans offered through the Treasurer’s office and pick up goodies.

Nevada Builders Alliance’s annual Nevada Day breakfast is from 6 to 10 a.m. at Red’s Old 395 Grill. The buffet breakfast costs $6 per person.

Carson City Republican Women’s annual pancake breakfast is from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at the Governor’s Mansion. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Call Mary Burgoon at 775-315-0993, or go to

Weather permitting, hot air balloons will float above Carson Street and open parade day when they launch with the help of the Great Reno Balloon Race at 8 a.m. near the Carson Mall on Carson Street. Call Stephen Lincoln at 775-841-1000.

Prizes for fullest, reddest, whitest, blackest and scruffiest beards, as well as best salt and pepper beard and best groomed beard, and most bearded community will be at stake in the Nevada Day Beard Contest immediately following the parade in the south parking lot of the old Citibank building, 308 N. Curry St.

Carson and Mills Park Railroad train rides every 30 minutes from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is $2 per person. Go to

Hot dogs and chili will be given away until supplies last during the parade in Carson Plaza Hotel & Event Center’s upstairs Sierra Room, 801 S. Carson St.

The Carson Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons will host a pancake breakfast from 6 to 11 a.m. in the Lodge dining room, 113 E. Washington St. The cost is only $5 and the proceeds benefit Carson Lodge’s Historical Building Maintenance Fund and Carson Lodge’s youth organizations. The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, eggs, orange juice and coffee. For more information, contact Secretary Mike Williams at Carson Lodge No. 1 at 882-3931.

More than 400 runners and walkers will participate in the annual Nevada Day Classic 8K Run and 2 Mile Run/Walk. A benefit for Guide Dogs for the Blind, the race precedes the parade at 8 a.m. at the corner of Telegraph and Curry streets. Go to, or call Steve Lang at 775-720-7704.

The 41st Annual Nevada Day World Championship Single Jack Drilling Contest is at 11:05 a.m. in the Carson Nugget’s west parking lot. Entry costs $50.

The 34th annual Nevada Day Chili Feed will be hosted by Senator Dean Heller and will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the Carson Nugget Ballroom.

Old-fashioned band music will fill the Amphitheater of Carson City’s Legislative Mall as Capital City Community Band — opening its 38th season — will present its free Nevada Day concert at 2 p.m. Call Richard Doede at 775-883-2219.

Tours of the Governor’s Mansion, 606 N. Mountain St., are offered from 2 to 4 p.m. Call 775-687-3000.

FamFest, a family-friendly fun zone on Curry Street near Telegraph Square, will offer food, vendors and live music by Trippin’ King Snakes from 3 to 6 p.m. and Double Shot from 3:30 to 6 p.m. FamFest includes a roller derby demonstration by Carson Victory Rollers at 3 p.m.


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