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2020 Labor Day Holiday Weekend Around Reno

Labor Day Things To Do in Reno, Sparks, and Lake Tahoe

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The 2020 Labor Day holiday is on Monday, September 7. This four day weekend (September 4 - 7) is the last big holiday weekend of the summer. Despite the coronavirus, there are still things to do for your last summer fling. Fall in 2020 officially arrives on Tuesday, September 22.

Picnic in a Public Park

Labor Day picnics are a popular activity and we have plenty of public parks where you can set up to enjoy eating outdoors with family and friends. Here are some local favorites...

Take a Hike

The variety of "Reno Area Hiking and Walking Trails" ranges from easy urban paths to challenging mountain treks. You can choose something right here in the Truckee Meadows or drive to some spectacular hikes in nearby areas. Be sure to check the weather forecast before heading out. If thunderstorms are predicted, be extra cautious about going high on exposed ridges and peaks like on the Mt. Rose Trail.

Washoe Valley view from the Ophir Creek Trail
Washoe Valley view from the Ophir Creek Trail above Davis Creek Regional Park. Photo © Stan White

Take a Railbike Ride

The newest attraction on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad is railbike tours on the Carson River Canyon trail route. Labor Day rides will be accompanied by festive decor and available from September 4 through 7, 2020, departing at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets can be booked online or by calling 877-724-5007.

Train Rides in Virginia City

The Virginia City to Gold Hill round trip train ride will be running during Labor Day weekend. The steam train is running on weekends, otherwise it's a diesel locomotive. There are seven departures daily from the Virginia City 1870 Depot and reservations are not required. (775) 847-0380.

Ride Steam Trains at the Nevada State Railroad Museum

Steam trains will be running all Labor Day weekend (September 5 - 7, 2020) at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. There are regular departures from Wabuska Depot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Reservations not required. Due to COVID-19, trains will run with limited capacity. Tickets must be purchased at the Admissions Desk instead of the Wabuska Depot.

Virtual Burning Man

You may not be able to attend the real Burning Man out in the Black Rock Desert, but you can enjoy a Virtual Burning Man experience through these sources:

  • City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man is a documentary film about the evolution of Burning Man from its beginning on Baker Beach in San Francisco to the event we have today in the Black Rock Desert north of Reno. It was produced in 2017 in conjunction with a Burning Man exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art.
  • From Burning Man itself, you can have a virtual Burning Man Multiverse experience. From now through Sunday, September 6, 2020, you are invited to participate in numerous activities, including building and burning your own Mini Man (in a safe and legal manner, of course). Check this out for other online Burning Man activities.

Play in the Water

The Truckee River at Wingfield Park in Reno and Rock Park in Sparks are popular places for a fun Labor Day of water play. To find out about public swimming pools (most closing after Labor Day weekend), follow the links from my "Public Swimming Pools and Water Play Places in Reno and Sparks" article.

Sand Harbor at Lake Tahoe, an extremely popular beach park, will be even more so on Labor Day weekend. If you want a parking place and spot on the sand, get there real early. Otherwise, you will need to find another Lake Tahoe beach.

Visit a Museum

The Reno area has numerous museums covering a wide range of interests. Here are a couple of particular interest. Be sure to check their COVID-19 rules before showing up at any museum.

Nevada Museum of Art - The Museum will be closed on Labor Day, but open on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Admission is by advance online ticket sales only due to the coronavirus.

The Discovery - The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum is one of the best places in Reno for family fun in an educational atmosphere. Unfortunately, it is temporarily closed due to low visitation. Plans are to re-open in October for the school fall break.

Reno 1868 FC Soccer

Our Reno 1868 FC soccer team takes on the Portland Timbers 2 in a home game at Greater Nevada Field. It's on Saturday, September 5, 2020. At this writing, games are being played with no fans in the stadium, but you might check to see if that has changed.

33rd Annual Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow

Thursday through Sunday, September 3 - 6, 2020. The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony hosts its nationally acclaimed Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow. This free, family event features some of the best Native American dancers, singers and drummers in the country. Over 25 vendors will be selling traditional native foods and handcrafted silverwork, beadwork, baskets and other American Indian art. Hungry Valley is in Eagle Canyon, 19 miles north of downtown Reno and west of Spanish Springs.

Labor Day at Lake Tahoe

There are two great places at Lake Tahoe for Labor Day play. On the north shore near Incline Village, check out Sand Harbor for a beautiful beach, picnic areas, a nice visitor center, and more. Down near the city of South Lake Tahoe is Taylor Creek Visitor Center, operated by the U.S. Forest Service. However, it is closed for the season. There are still other things to do - fun and easy interpretive trails and access to beaches on Lake Tahoe.

Elsewhere around Lake Tahoe, all National Forest trails, trailheads, and lands in the Tahoe Basin are open.

Labor Day in Virginia City

The Labor Day parade and other events in Virginia City have been canceledd.

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