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October 2019 Events and Activities in the Reno Region

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Day Out With Thomas

Day Out With Thomas, Virginia Truckee Railroad, Virginia City, Nevada, NV Day Out with Thomas, The Steam Team Tour, will be in Virginia City on two weekends. Take a ride with the classic storybook engine and enjoy fun activities for the entire family.

Halloween Fun around Reno

Halloween activities, events, trick or treat, Reno, Nevada, NV Halloween activities around Reno happen all during the month of October and offer something for everyone.

Ride the Polar Express

Polar Express, Virginia Truckee Railroad, Nevada, NV Riding The Polar Express™ to the North Pole has become a popular family outing during the Christmas holiday season in the Reno / Tahoe area.

Free Fall Photo Hikes

Fall photo hikes, Washoe County parks, Reno, Nevada, NV Join Washoe County park rangers to explore some of the Reno area's most scenic hiking trails with opportunities for spectacular fall photography.

UNR Wolf Pack Football

Wolf Pack football, University Nevada, Reno Nevada Wolf Pack football home games are played in Mackay Stadium on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

October is Disability Awareness Month. Learn more from "City of Reno Inclusion and Adaptive Programs."

Big events during October, 2019 include...

Off Beat Music Festival - Thursday through Saturday, October 3 - 5, 2019. The Off Beat Music Festival is a 3-day citywide music festival showcasing northern Nevada's growing music scene. The festival will feature all the best homegrown musical and artistic talent as well as regional bands and nationally recognized artists at 12+ venues in Midtown Reno. Most, but not all, shows are 21+. Tickets are available online.

"The Legend of Georgia McBride" at Bruka Theatre - October 4 - 5, 10 - 12, 17 - 19, 23 - 26 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees at 2 p.m. on October 13, 20, 2019. This play is a comedy and kicks off Bruka Theatre's 27th season. Tickets in advance are $22 general, $20 students / seniors, plus a service fee. All tickets at the door are $25.

Fall Fish Festival - Saturday and Sunday, October 5 - 6, 2019. Bring the family to this free annual event celebrating a variety of fish species that live in Lake Tahoe and surrounding streams. It is held every October at Taylor Creek Visitor Center on the south end of Lake Tahoe. The Fall Fish Festival includes lots of activities to help children and parents learn about the Lake Tahoe environment and have fun doing it. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

World Championship Outhouse Races in Virginia City - Saturday and Sunday, October 5 - 6, 2019. The Races pit teams of costumed outhouse racers against each other. One person rides and the remaining team members push, pull or drag the decorated outhouses down the racetrack, which is C Street in Virginia City. This event is free to the public and is quite the spectacle. To participate, get a 3 person team together and register online.

Southern Fare on the Square - Saturday and Sunday, October 5 - 6, 2019. Put the South in your mouth and enjoy down home cookin', music and Southern hospitality at the Nugget Event Center in Sparks' Victorian Square. Featuring live Brass, Zydeco and Southern Rock bands, fun crafts and your favorite Southern food. There's no entry fee and the outdoor entertainment is free. Opens at 11 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Alexander von Humboldt — The Forgotten Scientist - Sunday, October 6, 2019, 12:30 p.m. Why do you suppose there are so many places in Nevada named "Humboldt?" They honor the famous 19th century scientist Alexander von Humboldt, who did not travel in Nevada but did travel in the Americas. Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center Street, Reno. Presented by David vonSeggern, Ph. D., Geophysicist.

Fall Break at Washoe County Schools - Monday through Friday, October 7 - 11, 2019. Fall break activities for children and families around Reno and Sparks include camps and other things to do from several area organizations.

HRPS Old Movie Night - Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 6 p.m. Join Historic Reno Preservation Society (HRPS) for a night of intrigue at a showing of the 1952 film noir movie, "A Captive City." Filmed in Reno, this crime-drama was one of the first movies to capitalize on the 1951 Kefauver Committee hearings on organized crime. The movie will show at Reno Little Theater, 147 East Pueblo Street. Tickets are available online.

Lake Tahoe Marathon - Friday through Sunday, October 11 - 13, 2019. This is actually a series of several running events. There will be lots going on at this family-friendly event. Refer to the Time Line of Events for all the details.

Double Scoop's 1st Anniversary Ice Cream Social - Friday, October 11, 2019, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Double Scoop - the news outlet that reports on Nevada visual arts - celebrates its first birthday with free ice cream sundaes and music by Baldo Bobadilla. If you're new to Reno arts and want to know more, local arts groups will be there to introduce you to their programs, exhibitions and offerings. At The Holland Project, 140 Vesta Street in Reno.

Wolf Pack Football - Saturday, October 12, 2019. The Nevada Wolf Pack football team takes on the San Jose State Spartans in a conference game at Mackay Stadium. Kick-off time is 1 p.m. Go Pack!

Eldorado Great Italian Festival - Saturday and Sunday, October 12 - 13, 2019. It's free to attend the Great Italian Festival, when downtown Reno becomes Little Italy. This is a fun, family-friendly festival, with street performers, free music from two stages, plenty of good food and drink, and lots more. Hours on Saturday are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, October 12, 2019. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a day of fun family activities and free admission for all. Participate in hands-on art projects, storytelling and museum tours. October has a Halloween theme - "Día de los Muertos." Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Science Saturday at the National Automobile Museum - Saturday, October 12, 2019, 9:30 a.m. Join us for "Living on the Moon." Admission is $12 per person for children and adults, which also includes admission to the National Automobile Museum. For participants age 8 and up. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required approximately two days before the event. Call the Museum at (775) 333-9300 for more information.

Lincoln Highway Tweed Ride - Sunday, October 13, 2019, starting at 10 a.m. A tweed ride is part group bike ride, part costume party, and part historical tour. We invite everyone to break out their dapperest of historical fashion (but it isn't required) and join us for a family-friendly bike ride from the Sierra Water Gardens, to Idlewild Park, and back. Sponsored by Truckee Meadows Bike Alliance along with City of Reno and City of Sparks.

Artown presents Momix: VIVAMOMIX - Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 7:30 p.m. Explore wonder through a lens that only MOMIX can provide. Viva is a mix-and-match variety of sections from their beloved shows Botanica, Alchemia, Remix, Opus Cactus and Lunar Sea. Small vignettes make up the two-act performance, mixing traditional MOMIX styles of illusion, beauty, magic and fun. At the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia Street in Reno. Tickets available online or by calling (775) 434-1050.

The Saga of the Alfred Doten Diaries - Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 5:30 p.m. Doten's importance is as a diarist who kept a 53-year daily record of his life during a significant period of Nevada and California history. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, Reno. Presented by Donnelyn Curtis, Librarian UNR IGT Knowledge Center.

Family Health Festival - Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free flu shots will be available at the Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities Family Health Festival. Flu shots will be provided to those 6 months and older while supplies last. The event, which offers a host of free health services and information, is at the North Valleys High School gym, 1470 E. Golden Valley Rd. in Reno.

3rd Thursdays in Sparks - Thursday, October 17, 2019, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Every month, Sparks Museum and 39 North invite you to come downtown to Victorian Square to enjoy the museum, train and historical school house. Also on tap will be musical acts, art displays, kids activities, food trucks, vendor booths and free movies. Free admission.

2019 Great Nevada ShakeOut - Thursday, October 17, 2019, 10:17 a.m. Nevada lies within one of the most seismically active regions in the United States. Along with California and Alaska, Nevada ranks in the top three states subject to the most large-scale earthquakes during the last 150 years. The Great Nevada ShakeOut is a simple, coordinated "drop, cover and hold on" exercise. Last year, more than 600,000 Nevadans participated. To register as an individual, business, school or government agency or organization, go to the official website. All Nevada residents are encouraged to register and participate.

Fall 2019 Reno Spiritual Wellness Expo - Friday through Sunday, October 18 - 20, 2019. The Reno Spiritual Wellness Expo will showcase products, services and resources to help you to grow towards wholeness and self understanding. The Expo will also feature workshops and speakers on a wide range of subjects. Admission is free. Hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. At the Reno Town Mall, 4001 S. Virginia Street.

Nevada Field Day - Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors to this free event will enjoy hands-on activities and information focusing on the latest advancements in agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, natural resources and the environment. Learn about fall planting and pruning, as well vegetable gardening and other topics for home gardeners. The Desert Farming Initiation will be holding a Farmers Market, selling local produce. Plants grown in the University’s greenhouses will also be for sale to support future research and graduate student work. The event will be at the University of Nevada, Reno's Main Station Field Lab, 5895 Clean Water Way in Reno, near the intersection of McCarran Boulevard and Mill Street.

Discover Science Lecture Series - Saturday, October 19, 2019, 7 p.m. Gabriela Gonzalez, LIGO physicist will discuss the discovery of gravitational waves with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) team, who measured for the first time the gravitational waves that Einstein predicted over 100 years ago.. Lectures are free and open to the public. They are held in the Redfield Auditorium in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Day Out with Thomas - Friday through Sunday, October 19 - 20 and 25 - 27, 2019. This family event offers aspiring engineers and their families the opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine along with fun activities for the entire family. Activities will be at the V&T Railroad Depot in Virginia City and include a 25-minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine™, temporary tattoos, face painting, story telling, videos, train play tables, mini golf, coloring caboose, meet and take photos with Sir Topham Hatt, and shop at the Thomas store. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 1-866-468-3399, and at the Virginia City Depot.

2019 Beer & Chili Festival - Saturday and Sunday, October 19 - 20, 2019, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. both days (VIP tickets get you in an hour earlier at noon). Featuring chili samples and other menu specialties from local restaurants. A wide array of local and national brews will also be available. Festival admission and entertainment are free, but you have to buy the tasting packages. The event is at the Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. 2nd Street in Reno.

Electric Car Guest Drive - Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is your chance to test drive several electric vehicles from one location - Idlewild Park in Reno, on Spoon Drive. NV Energy and NDOT will host a variety of rides, such as the Chevy Volt, Hyundai Kona, Jaguar iPace, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan Leaf and Tesla's vehicles. There will be ebikes to try out as well. Space is limited so RSVP from the website is required. You are free to attend and check things out even if you don't do the guest drive. Snacks and drinking water will be available. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink, but please observe our strict no alcohol policy. The venue prohibits glass containers.

Riverwalk Wine Walk - Saturday, October 19, 2019, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Riverwalk Merchants present this fun event every third Saturday of the month. In October, it's themed for Halloween. Visit any of the start locations with $20 and receive your wine glass and hand stamp (with photo ID), then make the rounds sampling wines at numerous businesses in the area. This is a 21+ event. Pets and strollers are not advised. For more information, call (775) 825-WALK (9255).

Run for Education - Sunday, October 20, 2019, 7 a.m. to 12 noon. Competitive athletes to novice runners are invited to participate in 4K, Sparks Marina March, or the Fun Run at this annual community-wide event. Show your support for student health and wellness in Washoe County. The Run for Education raises needed money for PE and student wellness and nutrition in WCSD Elementary Schools. Events will be at Scheels in Sparks and at Sparks Marina Park. Visit the website for more information and to register online.

PumpkinPalooza - Sunday, October 20, 2019, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate all things pumpkin at Victorian Square in downtown Sparks at the 2019 Pumpkin Palooza. This event is free to enter, but tickets are required for games, activities and pumpkin decorating. This is great family fun for Halloween.

Reno Zombie Crawl - Saturday, October 26, 2019. The Reno Zombie Crawl is one of the top 10 costumed Halloween parties in the nation, attracting around 20,000 undead to prowl the of downtown Reno. Enjoy thousands of dollars worth of costume contest prizes and drink specials at over 55 bars, clubs, restaurants and taverns. It's only $10 to join in. You can buy cups online or at the start bar on the night the zombies stalk the streets.

81st Annual Nevada Day Parade - Saturday, October 26, 2019. Nevada Day is America's largest statehood celebration. Nevada Day activities and celebrations are centered in Carson City. Parade activities begin at 8 a.m. and the marching starts at 10 a.m. There lots of Nevada Day activities to enjoy, not just the parade. It's a big, family-friendly party in Carson City.

Monthly Reno Beer Crawl - Saturday, October 26, 2019. This event is in downtown Reno where all of the participating bars, pubs, and restaurants are within walking (or crawling) distance. It costs $5 to participate and you can just show up at one of the start bars - advance tickets not required. Crawling is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Halloween - Thursday, October 31, 2019. Haunted houses, trick-or-treating, pumpkin patches, and much more. The Reno area does Halloween in a big way and there are plenty of activities for everyone in the family, including a few for adults only.

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