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September 2015 Events and Activities in the Reno Region

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Big events during September, 2015 include...

Burning Man - Monday, August 31 through Monday, September 7, 2015. Burning Man 2015 takes place in the Black Rock Desert north of Reno. The 2015 art theme in Black Rock City will be "Carnival of Mirrors."

Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off - Wednesday through Sunday, September 2 - 7, 2015. Come to Victorian Square in Sparks for family fun and entertainment at America's biggest and best free rib festival.

Wolf Pack Football - Thursday, September 3, 2015. The Nevada Wolf Pack football team opens its 2015 season with a home game at Mackay Stadium against the UC Davis Aggies. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Go Pack!

Reno Aces Baseball - Friday through Monday, September 4 - 7, 2015. The Aces will be having a Labor Day Weekend Celebration with four games vs. the El Paso Chihuahuas. There will be lots of fun promotions and fireworks on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Labor Day game on Monday will be an afternoon affair starting at 1:05 p.m.

Labor Day Weekend - Saturday through Monday, September 5 - 7, 2015. This three day weekend is the last big holiday weekend of the summer. There are plenty of things to do for your last summer fling, including steam train rides, hiking, picnicking, swimming and water play, visiting museums, the Nugget Rib Cook-Off, and more.

Senior Fest 2015 - Tuesday, September 8, 2015. Held at the Reno Town Mall, Senior Fest provides seniors with the opportunity to connect with senior service providers and businesses. There will be information and referral, wellness health screenings, entertainment, and trade show. The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The Reno Town Mall is at the corner of S. Virginia Street and Peckham Lane, across from the Atlantis Hotel Casino.

Great Reno Balloon Race - Friday through Sunday, September 11 - 13, 2015. You have to get up real early, but it's worth it to enjoy the colorful spectacle of the world's largest free hot air balloon event.

International Camel & Ostrich Races - Friday through Sunday, September 11 - 13, 2015. Bring the family to Virginia City to enjoy this hilarious event, a tradition that dates back over 50 years. Gates open at 10 a.m. and races start at 12 noon each day, plus there are lots of other activities around town during the weekend.

Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, September 12, 2015. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a day of fun family activities and free admission for all. The theme on this Second Saturday is "Local Landscapes and Wells Fargo Community Day," related to the "Tahoe: A Visual History" exhibition. Enjoy free admission and activities at the Museum. Participate in hands-on art projects and storytelling. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Science Saturdays at the National Automobile Museum - Saturday, September 12, 2015. Join in on the adventures that are out of this world, with "Cars on Mars: Rovers on the Moon, Mars and Beyond." A special live presentation of NASA Mars Rover science and a chance to see "Reba," one of only two Mars Rover Mockups. 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.

Tour de Tahoe - Bike Big Blue - Sunday, September 13, 2015. Experience the adventure of riding your bicycle around Lake Tahoe's 72-mile shoreline by participating in the 13th Annual Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue. Cyclists enjoy great food and participant support stations. You can register online for this event. Proceeds support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Reno Air Races - Wednesday through Sunday, September 16 - 20, 2015. The world's fastest motor sport also features extensive static displays along with spectacular military and civilian aerial entertainment. This is the last pylon air racing event of its kind in the world.

CrossReno 2015 - Saturday, September 19, 2015. CrossReno is top cyclocross pros competing for $10,000 cash, hundreds of amateur racers, skills clinics, live music, cold beer and food trucks. Cyclocross is a spectator-friendly bicycle racing event run on a closed course with obstacles. Cheering and jeering is encouraged. The CrossReno race and festival will be in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. Things start at 8 a.m. and continue all day. See the Festival schedule for details.

Reno Pirate Crawl - Saturday, September 19, 2015. Arrgh! The 6th annual Reno Pirate Crawl begin at 8 p.m. in downtown Reno. Put on your best pirate or wench garb to join this pirate party as it moves among several bars and restaurants. It's only $5 to get on board. You can buy cups online or at the start bar on the night the pirate ship sails. New this year is a scavenger hunt, featuring $500 in cash and prizes.

PTSD Discussion Group Meetings - Wednesdays, September 9 and 23, 2015, 6 p.m. VFW Post 9211 is sponsoring a PTSD discussion group that meets at the historic "Battle Born" bunker post every 2nd and 4th Wednesday. All individuals with a diagnosis of PTSD are invited to join this group. This is NOT restricted to veterans or VFW members. Any member of the community is invited, including civilians and service persons such police, firefighters, and medical personnel. VFW Post 9211 is located a block west of the Virginia Street / Moana lane intersection. The Post number is (775) 825-7007. Direct questions to the Post Surgeon, Dr. Schwartz, at (775) 409-4561.

Edible Pedal 100 - Sunday, September 20, 2015. Organized bike ride with courses around Washoe Valley, Carson City, and Lake Tahoe, depending on which ride you choose. There are 10 mile, 50 mile, and the Nevada 150K from which to choose. The start/finish is at Bowers Mansion Regional Park in Washoe Valley. Edible Pedal 100 is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Reno Sunrise.

Street Vibrations Fall Rally - Wednesday through Sunday, September 23 - 27, 2015. Over 50,000 riders converge for the Fall Rally and there are even more events and things to do, including America's Finest Custom Bike Builder's Expo, Tattoo Expo, more than 300 vendors, factory rigs selling everything motorcycle, stunt shows, rides to Lake Tahoe, and biker drinking places. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Association.

National Public Lands Day - Saturday, September 26, 2015. Enjoy an entrance fee free day at hundreds of units of our National Parks system and other public lands administered by agencies like the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. You can also volunteer and help with public lands projects across the country. Locally, Friends of Nevada Wilderness and Friends of Black Rock-High Rock will be hosting service projects.

Monthly Reno Beer Crawl - Saturday, September 26, 2015. 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.

Genoa Candy Dance Arts & Crafts Faire - Saturday and Sunday, September 26 - 27, 2015. This event carries on a tradition started in 1919. There will be over 300 exhibitors, music and entertainment, and 3,000 pounds of homemade candy. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Tickets required for the Candy Dance and Dinner. (775) 782-8696.

Truckee River Cleanup Day - Saturday, September 26, 2015. Volunteer with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) to help clean up the Truckee River corridor through Reno and Sparks. The cleanup includes projects such as storm-drain stenciling, litter pickup, graffiti removal, in-the-river trash removal (by kayakers and flyfishers), weed pulling and park projects. A volunteer appreciation picnic follows. Sign up online and choose where on the river you would like to work.

Tractors & Truffles - Saturday, September 26, 2015. Centered at Oats Park Art Center in Fallon, NV, this full-day event will include farm tours, wine tasting, gourmet dining, and a live music performance by Leftover Cuties. Gourmet chefs prepare the dinner. $125 per person. For more information and to register, call (775) 423-4556.

Fall Harvest Festival at Bartley Ranch - Saturday, September 26, 2015. Bring the family to the Fall Harvest Festival at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Festival is a benefit for the Nevada Youth Empowerment Project, a community-based youth service provider in Reno. Admission and parking are free. There will be mascots and demonstrations, exhibition booths, pony and carriage rides, food trucks, and an adult cake walk. For the kids there will be carnival games, decorating cupcakes, gold panning, jumping in the bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo, and climbing on a Big Rig. For more information, call (775) 747-2073.

Galena Fest - Sunday, September 27, 2015. The 7th annual Galena Fest will be at Galena Creek Visitor Center and Recreation Area. Those seeking competition can enter the Bloody Rose Mountain Bike Climb or the Wicked Thorn Trail Run. There will also be family friendly things to do like a nature walk, children's activities, and environmental and cultural displays. There will be live music by Escalade, a kids' run, and food vendors. The Fest will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Party in the Garden - Sunday, September 27, 2015. "Come On Up To Get Down" at the May Arboretum Society’s annual benefit, Party in the Garden at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. Mingle in the gardens amongst the trees and flowers with friends; enjoy some bites from local food eateries and taste microbrews, wines and even different varieties of coffee. This year's musical guest is the Colin Ross Band. Tickets are $30 for May Arboretum Society members and $40 for the general public through September 7. After that, ticket prices increase. All proceeds benefit the May Arboretum Society. Tickets are limited and may be purchased online.

Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse - Sunday, September 27, 2015. During this rare type of lunar eclipse, the Moon will be at perigee (closest to the Earth) and about 14% larger in the sky than at apogee (furthest from the Earth). It will pass through the shadow of the earth turning a dark deep red color. This is also the last of the Blood Moon Tetrad (four successive total lunar eclipses). The Moon will rise a little after 6:30 PM and enter the Umbra (full eclipse) about 7:11 p.m., remaining total until 8:23 p.m. This event is supported by members of UNR Physics, UNR Astronomy Club, and Tahoe Star Tours with a representative to answer questions and provide telescopic viewing. It is free to attend and will be at the UNR Redfield Campus, MacLean Observatory, 18600 Wedge Parkway in south Reno. It's just off the south side of the Mt. Rose Highway.

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