2021 Labor Day Holiday Weekend Around RenoLabor Day Things To Do in Reno, Sparks, and Lake Tahoe
The 2021 Labor Day holiday is on Monday, September 6. This four day weekend (September 3 - 6) is the last big holiday weekend of the summer. Despite the coronavirus and wildfire smoke, there are still things to do for your last summer fling. Fall in 2021 officially arrives on Wednesday, 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.
Take a Railbike Tour
The newest attraction on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad is Carson Canyon railbike tours. Rides are available Wednesday through Sunday, departing at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be booked online or by calling 855-724-5102. Note that this ride runs on Labor Day weekend but not on Labor Day itself.
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.
Motor Car Weekend at the Nevada State Railroad Museum
Both the Edwards Motor Car and McKeen Motor Car will be running all Labor Day weekend (September 4 - 6, 2021) at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. There are regular departures from Wabuska Depot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Reservations not required. Purchase tickets in the museum.
Reno Aces Baseball
The Reno Aces will be playing a six game homestand at Greater Nevada Field against the Tacoma Rainiers. There is a game each day from September 2 through September 7, 2021. Reno Aces games are always great family fun that is affordable.
Virtual Burning Man 2021
There won't be a real Burning Man out in the Black Rock Desert, but you can enjoy a Virtual Burning Man experience playing out from August 22 through September 7, 2021. Tune in to enjoy Burning Man without the dust.
Ride the Idlewild Park Train
The Idlewild Park train is one of Reno's most popular family attractions. Train rides for the 2021 season end on Monday, September 6, which happens to be Labor Day.
Up to Labor Day, the train operates from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
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 ride the shuttle or go to 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.
Nevada Museum of Art - The Museum will be closed on Labor Day, but open on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend. It is no longer necessary to buy tickets in advance. They can be purchased at the time of your visit.
The Discovery - The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum is one of the best places in Reno for family fun in an educational atmosphere. It is now open Tuesday through Sunday and advance tickets are not required.
Chow Down at the Nugget Rib Cook-Off
The Nugget Rib Cook-Off runs from Wednesday through Sunday, September 1 - 6, 2021. The Nugget Rib Cook-Off is really a cooking competition between the professional barbeque teams that will also be serving ribs and fixins to the public during the event. It will be going full tilt during Labor Day weekend. Admission to the Nugget Rib Cook-Off and parking are free. There is a free daily shuttle bus, saving you a big parking hassle. Held at Victorian Square in Sparks.
Wolf Pack Football
The UNR Wolf Pack football team opens its 2021 season with a road home game against the Cal Bears at UC Berkeley. The contest is on Friday, September 4 and kicks off at 7:30 p.m. You can follow the game online, on TV or on the radio.
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 has been closed for the 2021 season. There are still other things to do - fun and easy interpretive trails and access to beaches on Lake Tahoe.
Labor Day in Virginia City
Comstock Heritage Days are September 3 - 6, 2021. Live through history in Virginia City as the Great Civil War Reenactors bring Comstock Heritage Days to life. Hundreds of reenactors battle out great scenes on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad and even right in the middle of C Street as part of the Labor Day Parade. Visit the website for more information.
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