The leaves are changing and there’s a chill in the fall air. The days are shorter and the advent of winter has Tahoe buzzing. Chop wood, carry water and get ready for the winter months ahead. The resorts are promising an early opening season and we’ll be skiing in no time. But, in the meantime, there are lots of entertainment and activities to enjoy – hiking, mountain biking, music and the arts. There is something for everyone from Reno to Tahoe to explore this fall.
Take in the view and a little history on a Donner Party Hike | Erskine Photography
Tequila Tasting | 1st Thursday | Caliente!
Tequila & Mezcal Weekend | Oct. 6-8 | PlumpJack
Give Hunger the Boot | Oct. 8 | North Tahoe Event Center
Epicurean Weekend | Oct. 8-9 | Ritz-Carlton
Science of Beer | Oct. 13 | Tahoe Environmental Research Center
Community Thanksgiving | Nov. 25 | North Tahoe Event Center
Guided wine tasting | 3rd Tuesday | North Tahoe Event Center
Wine tastings | 3rd Thursday | Pour House
Hops for Huskies | 1st Fridays | Tahoe Mountain Brewing Taproom
Oct. 7-16 | Area venues | Reno, Nev.
A weeklong event celebrating Reno’s emerging foodie scene, Reno Bites invites guests to sample the variety of restaurants popping up in The Biggest Little City. Purchase a Yelp Passport to Reno to get started. | renobitesweek.com
Fall Food Fest 2016
Oct. 8 | Hard Rock Hotel & Casino | Stateline, Nev.
Enjoy sampling food, wine and beer from local restaurants and breweries in South Lake Tahoe while benefitting local schools. Hosted by the Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation, the event combines music, culinary delights and both silent and live auctions. | ltedf.org
Eldorado Great Italian Festival
Oct. 8-9 | Eldorado Resort Hotel Casino | Reno, Nev.
Celebrate Italian heritage at the Great Italian Festival. For 35 years, the Eldorado has brought the sights, sounds and flavors of Italy to downtown Reno. The outdoor festival is a celebration of Italian culture and tradition. Downtown Reno is transformed into Little Italy with a grape stomp, sauce cookers’ competition, wine walk, an Italian farmers’ market, kids’ gelato-eating contest, Italian buffet, free entertainment and vendors booths. | eldoradoreno.com
Oktoberfest Harvest Jamboree
Oct. 15 | Victorian Square | Sparks, Nev.
Celebrate German heritage and the harvest season with food, drink and dancing during the Sparks Oktoberfest. Enjoy authentic Bavarian and Alpine music in the Victorian Amphitheater or see cirque-style aerialists, performers and harvest dancers. Games and crafts will be offered for kids. | oktoberfestnv.com
Art, Food & Roots
Oct. 16 | Reno, Nev.
The 7th annual Art, Food & Roots is a community celebration to benefit Urban Roots. The four-course farm-to-fork dinner with wine and cocktails includes a tour of Urban Roots farm, art auctions and raffle baskets. Chef Mark Estee and six other Reno chefs will orchestrate the event. | urgc.org
Grand Sierra Chili & Beer Festival 2016
Oct. 21-23| Grand Sierra Resort and Casino | Reno, Nev.
With the autumn chill just beginning to settle into the air, nothing says fall quite like a hot bowl of chili. The Chili & Beer Festival features the International Chili Society’s 50th Annual World’s Championship Chili Cookoff with cooks from around the country competing head to head. | grandsierraresort.com
Food & Wine Festival
Oct. 21-23 | Stateline, Nev.
The seventh annual South Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival at Harrah’s and Harveys features a weekend of food, fine wine and high spirits with dinners, concerts, parties and more. | harveystahoe.com
Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival
Nov. 5 | Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe | Incline Village, Nev.
The 28th annual Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival returns with master of ceremony Wendy Damonte. The theme is modern Renaissance. Dress in your best cabaret cocktail attire and enjoy sampling chocolate from local chefs paired with regional wines from Northern California. The event benefits the Tahoe SAFE Alliance. | tahoechocolatefestival.org
Passport to Dining
Nov. 10 | North Tahoe Event Center | Kings Beach
The event will feature up to 35 tasting stations from restaurants, caterers, breweries, wineries and distilleries, as well as a raffle and a silent auction that showcases Northern California getaway packages and many valuable items. | northtahoebusiness.org
Barrels & Bites
Nov. 11 | Peppermill Resort Hotel | Reno, Nev.
Barrels & Bites to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows is a food, wine, beer and wine connoisseurs delight. Attendees can sample more than 500 wines, fine beers, specialty cocktails and themed cuisine. | barrelsandbites.com
Red, Wine and Blue
Nov. 11 | MontBleu Casino Resort | Stateline, Nev.
Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe hosts An Evening of Food & Wine Tasting. Attendees will sip wines from 25 of Northern California’s top wineries and sample a wide variety of delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts from 20 of the South Shore’s finest restaurants. The event raises money to fund the club’s many projects, grants and scholarship programs. | sislt.org
Reno Steampunk Stroll
Nov. 19 | Area venues | Reno, Nev.
Gears meet beers at third annual Reno Steampunk Stroll. Get a cup, dress up and party. The official stroll cup entitles guests to premium drink specials at each of the locations — and with more than 70 bars in the downtown area, guests can stroll, roll and dance until the sun comes up. Costumes can help participants get in the mood. | crawlreno.com
Reno Steampunk Stroll | Jay Hayden
MUSIC & THE PERFORMING ARTS
Oct. 6-Nov. 13 | Eldorado Resort Casino | Reno, Nev.
“The Producers,” a Mel Brooks masterpiece that chronicles the hilarious adventures of a washed-up Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant. Their scheme to get rich quick by producing the most notorious flop in the history of showbiz is a comic tour-de-force that spoofs old-fashioned Broadway musicals while paying tribute at the same time. The classic score contains such gems as, “I Wanna Be a Producer,” “When You Got It, Flaunt It,” “Springtime for Hitler” and “Prisoners of Love.” | eldoradoreno.com
Oct. 6-22 | Brüka Theatre | Reno, Nev.
Sarah Ruhl’s romantic comedy, “Stage Kiss,” is art imitating life and life imitating art. When two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage. It is a charming tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss — or when actors share a real one. | bruka.org
“Silence! The Musical”
Oct. 8-22 | Good Luck Macbeth | Reno, Nev.
“Silence! The Musical!” is the unauthorized parody of everyone’s favorite horror movie/unintentional camp classic, the 1991 film “Silence of the Lambs.” If you ever wondered what kind of crooner or dancer Hannibal Lector was, this play is for you. | goodluckmacbeth.org
Lake Tahoe Dance Collective
Oct. 14-15 | Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema | Tahoe City
New York choreographer Claudia Schreier brings her critically acclaimed ballets to Lake Tahoe featured in the Lake Tahoe Dance Collective. Schreier is collaborating with six dancers from Los Angeles Ballet for the performances in Lake Tahoe. Among the works to be featured are Schreier’s ballets “Elysium,” “Vigil,” “Anomie” and “Traces.” | laketahoedancecollective.org
Reno Chamber Orchestra
Oct. 15-16 | UNR Nightingale Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
Reno Chamber Orchestra presents “Myth and Romance.” Violinist Bella Hristova, a long-time RCO and Nevada Chamber Music Festival favorite, performs the violin concerto her husband, David Ludwig, wrote for her as a wedding present. Maestro Theodore Kuchar conducts the program that also features Hristova performing Dvorák, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. | renochamberorchestra.org
Hangtown Music Festival
Oct. 20-23 | El Dorado County Fairgrounds | Placerville
The 6th annual Hangtown Music Festival brings the best in fall sounds. This year’s lineup includes the Brothers Comatose, Achilles Wheel, The Kitchen Dwellers, Ideateam and Swamp Zen, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and much more. There will be food and drink vendors, activities including pumpkin carving, a kids’ zone, opportunities to shop and tent and RV camping. | hangtownfestival.com
Tall Timber Ball: Steampunk Party
Oct. 21 | Valhalla Tahoe | South Lake Tahoe
Dust off your bowler hat, lace up your high-heeled boots, go steampunk or go grunge under the timber beams of Valhalla’s Grand Hall. DJ Damien spins from the massive stone fireplace. Cool prizes will go to the most interesting looks of the night. The event, from 6 to 10 p.m., kicks off the Tahoe WordWave. | tahoewordwave.com
“The Odd Couple”
Oct. 21-23| Community Arts Center | Truckee
Truckee Community Theater presents “The Odd Couple.” Two suddenly single pals, a sloppy sportswriter, Oscar Madison, and a fastidious news writer, Felix Unger, strain their friendship by turning into roommates and unconsciously repeating the same mistakes they made in the marriages they just left. Neil Simon’s most famous comedy is about to come to Truckee. | truckeecommunitytheater.com
Kristie Pellegrino | Truckee Community Theater
Carson Valley POPS Autumn Concert
Oct. 22 | CVIC Hall | Minden, Nev.
Co-conductors William John Zabelsky Jr. and Stephanie Dodge Reynolds lead the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra for an evening of music sure to send chills down your spine. The annual Autumn Concert features “The Phantom of the Opera March,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “March to the Scaffold” from Symphony Fantastique and “The Barber of Seville.” | cvpops.org
Reno Philharmonic Classix Season
Oct. 30-Nov. 1 | Reno, Nev.
Classix Two, “Tribute,” is a depiction of cultural pride with each composer paying homage to his heritage though music. The concert set features the Reno Phil String Quartet performing “Concertino Cusqueño,” a piece by young composer Gabriella Frank; Kodaly’s “Dances of Galánta” and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, op. 74, Pathétique.” | renophil.com
Offbeat Art & Music Festival
Nov. 3-6 | area venues | Reno, Nev.
The lineup is set for the second annual Offbeat Arts & Music Festival to be held in venues throughout Reno. Headlined by The Polish Ambassador, The Veils, The Main Squeeze and Con Brio, the event also boasts an impressive list of rising talent from the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle and local areas. Explore art galleries and enjoy locally sourced food while listening to the best in music. | offbeatreno.com
The Biggest Little Theatre Festival
Nov. 4-8 | Brüka Theatre | Reno, Nev.
Brüka Theatre hosts the Biggest Little Theatre Festival showcasing the best local actors, directors and playwrights on stage. Each piece is between 40 and 55 minutes. | bruka.org
“The Little Mermaid”
Nov. 4 | Carson City Community Center | Carson City, Nev.
Western Nevada Musical Theater presents Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” Venture into the sea for this dazzling and hauntingly beautiful love story.| wnmtc.com
“Dorothy in Wonderland, The Musical”
Dec. 10-12 & 17-18 | Cargo Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
Dorothy, Toto and the characters of Oz get caught in another whirlwind that sweeps them off to Wonderland, where they meet Alice, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, March Hare, the Cheshire Cat and many more. Now they face a dangerous new foe: the Queen of Hearts. At least Dorothy’s companions now have their brains, heart and courage. | roundtown.com
FUN FOR TYKES
Tahoe Donner Fall Festival
Oct. 8 | Northwoods Clubhouse | Tahoe Donner
The 7th annual Fall Festival combines seasonal beer tastings and food with crafts and harvest-themed activities. Bring the kids to the pumpkin patch and carnival area or enjoy music from After Eights. Dogs are invited to join the fun with the annual Doggie Dip. | tahoedonner.com
Courtesy Tahoe Donner
Pumpkin Patch Harvest Festival
Oct. 8-31 | Corley Ranch | Gardnerville, Nev.
The pumpkin patch is open every October with thousands of pumpkins. Kids can enjoy a hay slide, kiddie land straw maze, miniature golf, bounce house. Join in on the pig races, take hay wagon rides, go through the haunted corn maze or visit with farm animals. | corleyranch.com
Oct. 15 | Rideout Community Center | Tahoe City
Harvest Festival and pumpkin patch is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a barbecue, drinks, kids’ activities, a hayrides and pony rides. | tdpud.org
Oct. 15 | Preston Field | Incline Village, Nev.
Incline Village Nursery School’s 37th annual Pumpkin Patch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food from the Crystal Bay Club, Azzara’s, Bibo Freddo Gelato, entertainment from DJ Felipe Leon and Kyle Ledson, bounce houses, bungee trampolines, face painting, pony rides, obstacle courses, hay maze, mini golf, pumpkins and more. | (775) 831 4040
Big Truck Day
Oct. 22 | Town Corporation yard | Truckee
The 6th annual Big Truck Day at the new Town Corporation yard in Truckee is all about the kids. Although kids of all ages can get the chance to see big trucks and heavy equipment up close and personal. | tdrpd.org
Oct. 23 | Victorian Square | Sparks, Nev.
Everything having to do with pumpkins can be found here: pumpkin seed spitting contest, pumpkin pie eating contest, a pumpkin beauty contest and a pumpkin derby. Zomboo, the world’s best horror movie host, will once again be the marshal of the Halloween parade. Kids can show off Halloween finery during the children’s costume parade. Add music, vendors and carnival games, and you’ve got a full day of fun. | pumpkinpalooza.org
Oct. 28 | Downtown Truckee
Kids of all ages can parade down Donner Pass Road to the Community Arts Center where they trick or treat with area nonprofits and businesses. The parade leaves the Train Depot at 6 p.m. | tdprd.org
Trick to Treat
Oct. 31 | Downtown Tahoe City
Trick or Treat for kids of all ages is from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Heritage Plaza. Local businesses will pass out candy to those in costume. Free glow sticks and treat bag. | tcpud.org
Oct. 31 | VC Jerky Company | Virginia City, Nev.
Bring your favorite little goblin dressed to scare to the Goblin Parade. After the parade, enjoy a safe trick or treat on C Street at participating merchants and saloons. | visitvirginiacitynv.com
Halloween Party and Hay Ride
Oct. 31 | Genoa Town Hall | Genoa, Nev.
A howlingly fun party and hair-raising hay ride at 5:30 p.m. around Genoa. Parents are encouraged to bring their ghosts and ghouls for a fun and safe Halloween gathering. The town will provide a main dish and soft drinks. Parents can bring a side dish and adult beverages. | visitcarsonvalley.org
Nov. 18-20 | Truckee Community Arts Center
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “Spamalot” retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table in a special version adapted for middle school and high school performers. | truckeecommunitytheater.com
V&T Candy Cane Express
Nov. 25-25, Dec. 3-4 & 10-11 | V&T Depot | Virginia City, Nev.
Begin the holiday season aboard vintage, heated coaches and travel along the historic Virginia & Truckee route to Gold Hill. Savor hot chocolate, candy canes and cookies during this magical trip. | virginiatruckee.com
“Lion King Kids”
Dec. 3-4 & 10-11 | Truckee Community Arts Center
Truckee Community Theater and the Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus offer this exciting play for the entire family. | truckeecommunitytheater.com
Get a call from Santa
Dec. 8-9 | Your home | Tahoe City
The kids can send a note to Santa, and he or Mrs. Claus will answer all notes received from local boys and girls with a personalized phone call. Fill out a “Secret Santa” letter at Rideout Community Center or download one from the Web site. Letters must be submitted to the Tahoe City Recreation Office by Dec. 7. This service is free. | tcpud.org
39 North Pole Village
Dec. 9-10 | 39 North Victorian Ave. | Sparks, Nev.
Downtown Sparks becomes a sparkling winter wonderland as the Nugget Casino Resort and 39 North Downtown team up to host 39 North Pole Village. Stroll through the holiday lights and enjoy visits with Santa, kids’ activities and more. | nuggetcasino.com
CULTURE & HISTORY
Donner Party Hikes
Oct. 8-9 | Donner Summit | Truckee
Explore Donner Summit with experienced historians and follow in the footsteps of the emigrants who braved the Sierra Nevada to start a new life in California. On this 24th annual Donner Party Hikes, explore the camps of the famed the Donner Party that spent a winter stranded in record-breaking snowstorms. On Saturday, a variety of hikes tailored to different interests will be offered and on Sunday guests may enjoy an interpretive hike and a tour of Donner Memorial State Park. | donnerpartyhike.com
Alpine Aspen Festival
Oct. 8-9 | Blue Lakes Road Sno-Park | Hope Valley
Celebrate the wilderness of Alpine County during the Alpine Aspen Festival featuring music, guided hikes, Dutch-oven cooking workshops, fly-fishing lessons and information about the surrounding watershed and natural history. Proceeds benefit the Alpine Watershed Group. | alpineaspenfestival.com
Truckee Haunted Historic Tour
Oct. 13-14 | Downtown Truckee
Celebrate Truckee’s colorful history while touring downtown’s most famous haunts. Part fact and part wild fiction, this tour takes guests through some historic gems accompanied by hilarious and outrageous performers from the Old West. Participants must be age 21 and older. | truckeehistorytour.org
Courtesy Truckee Haunted Historic Tour
Carson City Ghost Walk
Oct. 22 | Area venues | Carson City, Nev.
Carson City’s rich history is explored and theatrically relived during the seasonal Ghost Walking Tours led by Madame Curry. These are a delightfully spooky and enjoyable way to experience Carson City’s Victorian Era and diverse history. Each tour is a 90-minute guided walk. | carsoncityghostwalk.com
Oct. 21-23 | Valhalla Tahoe | South Lake Tahoe
The second annual WordWave is a free festival featuring creative and inspiring writers, storytellers and performers. This event is for readers, writers and lovers of story with readings, workshops, plays, open mics, guided hikes and oral storytelling. Guest speaker Galadrielle Allman will talk about her memoir, “Please Be With Me: A Song for My Father Duane Allman.” | tahoewordwave.com
Nevada Day Parade
Oct. 29 | Carson Street | Carson City, Nev.
Nevada Day commemorates the state’s entry into the Union. The Battle Born state was the 36th to enter on Oct. 31, 1864. The parade is the largest and longest running admission’s day celebration in the nation. This year’s event will be the 77th annual held in Carson City, the state’s capitol. More than 200 entries include floats, marching bands, horses, entertainers, youth groups, celebrity guests and Burning Man creations. | nevadaday.visitcarsoncity.com
Veterans’ Day Parade
Nov. 11 | downtown | Reno, Nev.
The annual parade marches through the heart of downtown Reno and honors those who protect and have protected the country. The parade starts at 11 a.m. on Court and Virginia streets and travels to 5th and Virginia streets. Show your support, watch the parade. | visitrenotahoe.com
Great Basin Geek Con
Dec. 3-4 | Sands Regency Casino | Reno, Nev.
Calling all geeks and nerds to enjoy live gaming demos, crafts, music and panels all in celebration of geek culture. Meet the artists and minds behind favorite games, stories and comic books. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. | greatbasingeeks.com
SKI & ACTION FLICKS
Reel Rock Film Tour
Oct. 7 & 15 | Area venues
Reel Rock cranks it up with the latest collection of electrifying climbing films showcasing the sport’s biggest stories and athletes. The five new films deliver edge-of-your-seat action, globetrotting exploration, big laughs and true inspiration. Showings on Oct. 7 at Lake Tahoe Community College in South Lake Tahoe and on Oct. 15 at Cargo in Reno, Nev. | cargoreno.com
Adventure film series
Oct. 14, 18, 19, 26, 27 & Nov. 2 | Tahoe Art Haus | Tahoe City
Tahoe Art Haus presents a series of adventure films this fall kicking off with “Ring the Alarm” and “Be Inspired” on Oct. 14, “First Descent: The Average Season” on Oct. 18, “Mountains of Storms” on Oct. 19, DPS’ “Ski Cinematic” on Oct. 26, Warp Wave’s “Aurora Boardealis” on Oct. 27 and Powder’s “Monumental” on Nov. 2 | tahoearthauscinema.com
Oct.20 | MontBleu | Stateline, Nev.
Join Teton Gravity Research to celebrate TGR’s 21st birthday with the release of “Tight Loose.” From India to Alaska, discover pristine spine walls, massive airs and full-throttle riding in some of the wildest and most spectacular places on earth. | tetongravity.com
Nov. 5 | Moment Skis | Sparks, Nev.
Voleurz, a Vancouver-based lifestyle clothing brand, presents its seventh feature-length film documenting the antics and exploits of the infamous Voleurz Family, comprised of skiers, snowboarders and skateboarders, making the multi-sport offering one of the most well-rounded and diverse films in the action sports world. | facebook.com/momentskis
Alpenglow Winter Film Series
Nov. 17 & Dec. 1 | Olympic Village Lodge | Olympic Valley
Alpenglow Winter Film Series will showcase its best lineup to date. Hear from professional climber Dave Nettle, as he shares stories of his incredible adventures in the mountains. The series continues monthly through February with Will Gadd featured on Dec. 1. Many of these shows are a rare opportunity to meet and hear from such talented athletes. Shows are free. | squawalpine.com
“Here, There & Everywhere”
Nov. 19, 25, 26 & Dec. 2, 3, 10 | Area venues
In this 67th annual Warren Miller film, take a free-ski adventure with industry veterans Ingrid Backstrom and Wendy Fisher in Crested Butte, tour Eastern Greenland by dog sled with Seth Wescott and Rob Kingwill and follow Jess McMillan and Grete Eliassen on a Swiss holiday aboard the Glacier Express. The film will be shown at the Reno Ballroom on Nov. 19; at Olympic Village Lodge on Nov. 25, 26 and Dec. 10; and at Harrah’s South Lake Tahoe on Dec. 2 and 3. | skinet.com/warrenmiller
SWEP Film Fest
Dec. 1-4 | Area venues
Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships promotes environmental stewardship by connecting students to the community and local environment through comprehensive watershed education and service learning. The film festival features screenings at Incline Village and Northstar Village cinemas. The festival consists of new environmental films, as well as important American independent films, Latin American films and a special filmmaker tribute. | 4swep.org
THE LIVING DEAD
Redrun 4: Armageddon
Oct. 8 | Area venues | Virginia City, Nev.
Not for the faint of heart, Redrun 4 is an obstacle race that takes competitors through some of the most haunted locations in Virginia City. Choose from 3.33- or 6.66-mile distances and take on a variety of obstacles as zombies hunt for your blood. Then join the festivities for the Zombie Manifestival Block Party and Redrun Saloon Crawl. | redrunvc.com
Courtesy Redrun VC
Reno Zombie Crawl
Oct. 22 | area venues | Reno, Nev.
The Reno Zombie Crawl is back for its ninth year. This humongous zombie bar crawl has been placed by USA Today in the Top 10 of costumed Halloween parties in the U.S. Participants buy a crawl cup, get a map and crawl to the more than 50 bars in the downtown area. Costumes are a must. | crawlreno.com
Rockin’ Dead Halloween Bash
Oct. 28 | Hard Rock Hotel & Casino | Stateline, Nev.
At the 2nd annual Rockin’ Dead Halloween Bash, DJ Chris Payne spins tunes until the wee hours of the morning. The top four costumes win a share of $5,000 in cash and prizes. Swing by for some Halloween shenanigans. | hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com
Oct. 29 | MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa | Stateline, Nev.
The 38th annual Freakers Ball, Lake Tahoe’s largest and most extravagant Halloween party, offers three parties in one. The holiday costume soiree in South Lake Tahoe has become legendary thanks to imaginative partygoers who take mind-bending creativity risqué to the limit. DJs, go-go dancers, laser lights and $10,000 in contest prizes. | montbleuresort.com.
Oct. 29 | Crystal Bay Casino | Crystal Bay, Nev.
The Creepers Ball returns to the Crystal Bay Casino with Tainted Love and an after party. | crystalbaycasino.com
Nugget Brews & Boos Beer Festival
Oct. 30 | Nugget Casino Resort | Sparks, Nev.
Get a taste of the region and the nation’s best fall and winter craft brews Halloween-style at the 2nd annual Brews & Boos Beer Festival. This beer fest will offer all-you-can-responsibly-drink tastes of delicious brews from more than 40 breweries. Event goers show up in Halloween costumes to compete for great prizes and rock out to the sounds of Boogie Knights. | nuggetcasinoresort.com
Oct. 31 | Area venues | Virginia City, Nev.
A Goblin Parade kicks off a safe trick or treat on C Street. Silver Terrace Cemetery opens after dark for one night only. Walk amongst the graves of the spirits on the spookiest night of the year then, take a late-night Halloween Ghost Walk Tour. | visitvirginiacitynv.com
“A Christmas Carol”
Nov. 12-22 | Lake Tahoe Community College | South Lake Tahoe
Tis’ the season to celebrate the holidays with Charles Dickens’ classic tale “A Christmas Carol.” This quick-paced, highly theatrical re-telling of Dickens’ classic will delight the entire family. | ltcc.edu
Valhalla Holiday Faire-Holiday Craft Faire and Celebration
Nov. 18-20 |Valhalla Grand Hall | South Lake Tahoe
The Valhalla Grand Hall will be decorated in a festive holiday mode. Twenty-plus local vendors and artists will be offering a varied assortment of hand-made and other special items for purchase. Santa Claus comes to visit; local school choirs and other musical groups perform Saturday and Sunday. | valhallatahoe.com
“Buttcracker 7: Ozmosis”
Nov. 27-Dec. 5 | Brüka Theatre | Reno, Nev.
The annual holiday production of “Buttcraker” is a parody based on the two-act ballet “The Nutcracker Suite.” Bruka’s version is wild and wildly danced and hilarious. | bruka.org
Christmas on the Comstock
Dec. 3 | Area venues | Virginia City, Nev.
Step back in time this holiday season and celebrate Christmas as they did in the 19th Century. Historic Virginia City hosts its annual Christmas on the Comstock with a Sierra Concert with David John and the Comstock Cowboys at Piper’s Opera House and don’t miss the Grinch Made Me Do It Saloon Crawl, Parade of Lights, photos with Santa and V&T Candy Cane Express. | visitvirginiacitynv.com
Sparks Hometowne Christmas Parade
Dec. 3 | Victorian Square | Sparks, Nev.
The Sparks Hometowne Christmas Parade, a Northern Nevada tradition as deep rooted as the spirit of the season itself, features marching bands playing the holiday tunes we all know and love, Christmas costumes, adorable animals and festive floats all representing “A Season of Giving.” The parade starts at 1 p.m., but come early to get a good spot. | cityofsparks.us
Parade of Lights
Dec. 3 | downtown | Carson City, Nev.
The 21st annual Parade of Lights offers floats, marching bands, color guard and the special guest from the North Pole. The parade begins at 5 p.m. and goes along State Highway 395 from Eddie Street to Minden Park. The theme is “Lucky to Live Here.” | visitcarsonvalley.org
Parade of Lights
Dec. 3 | C Street | Virginia City, Nev.
The Parade of Lights sweeps down C Street starting at 5 p.m., lighting up the town and spreading Christmas cheer along the way. | visitvirginiacitynv.com
Dec. 3-4 | Grand Sierra Resort | Reno, Nev.
Kick off the Christmas season with a favorite the whole family will love. Grand Sierra Resort will be hosting “The Nutcracker” in its newly renovated Grand Theatre. | grandsierraresort.com.
“Spirit of the Season”
Dec. 3-4 | Pioneer Center |Reno, Nev.
The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra delights audiences with this annual tradition for the whole family. The dynamic Dr. Jason Alteri leads this seasonal classic with the renowned orchestra, Reno Phil Chorus, the Santa Tappers, singers, student performers and special guest Santa Claus. “Spirit of the Season” is certain to conquer anyone’s inner Grinch. | renophil.com.