Tahoe Music & Festivals | Fall 2017 edition

Ski and adventure films, Thriller dance mobs, Zombie runs, crawls and balls, harvest festivals and Halloween festivities for the tykes mixed with unique cultural events, theater and dance performances and the season’s best music festivals from the Off Beat Music Festival to Hangtown are the hallmarks of fall in the Tahoe-Reno region.



CULINARY DELIGHTS | LIVE MUSIC | PERFORMING ARTS | ARTS & CULTURE | THE GREAT OUTDOORS | SKI & ADVENTURE FLICKS | HALLOWEEN HAUNTS FOR ADULTS | FALL FESTIVITIES FOR THE LITTLE ONES | HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Culinary delights

Downtown Wine Walk | Carson City, Nev. | Oct. 7, Nov. 4 & Dec. 2

Reno Bites
Until Oct. 15 | Area venues | Reno, Nev.
This weeklong event celebrates Reno’s emerging foodie scene and 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

Downtown Wine Walk
Oct. 7, Nov. 4 & Dec. 2 | Carson City, Nev.
Take pleasure in a stroll through historic downtown while enjoying a wine walk on the first Saturday of every month from 1 to 5 p.m. | visitcarsoncity.com

Dine the District
Oct. 14 | Riverwalk District | Reno, Nev.
Reno’s next Dine The District Food Tour is on Oct. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a variety of eclectic culinary options, spanning from Thai cuisine to pizza in the Riverwalk Dining District where foodies come to feast from 1 to 4 p.m. | renoriver.org

Harvest Festival Hoedown
Oct. 21 | Red Hawk Golf | Reno, Nev.
Country-style grub, Best Dressed Competition for kids and adults, dancing and more await at the Harvest Festival Hoedown. | redhawkgolfandresort.com

Pub Crawls
Oct. 21 & Nov. 18 | Area venues | Reno, Nev.
Crawl Reno hosts its ever-popular pub crawls through downtown Reno from 8 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the Zombie Crawl on Oct. 21 and the Onesie Crawl on Nov. 18. | crawlreno.com

Wine Walk
Oct. 21, Nov. 18 & Dec. 16 | Riverwalk District | Reno, Nev.
The Wine Walk along the Truckee River is from 2 to 5 p.m. on every third Saturday of the month. Visit any participating Riverwalk District merchant for a map, then go any participating merchant. For a $20 wine-tasting fee and valid photo ID, receive a wine glass and an ID bracelet to sample wine. Strollers and pets are not advised. | renoriver.org

Grand Sierra Beer & Chili Festival
Oct. 21-22 | Grand Sierra Resort and Casino | Reno, Nev.
With the autumn chill beginning to settle into the air, nothing says fall quite like a hot bowl of chili. The 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

Battleborn Beerfest & Chili Cook-off
Oct. 27 | Chateau | Incline Village, Nev.
Enjoy a beer festival and tasty Chili Cook-off at the Chateau from 4 to 8 p.m. to benefit youth education and Boys & Girls Club North Lake Tahoe. | tahoeinclinerotary.org

South Lake Tahoe Food & Wine Festival
Oct. 27-29 | Harrah’s and Harvey’s Lake Tahoe | Stateline, Nev.
The seventh annual South Lake Tahoe Food & Wine Festival features a weekend of food, fine wine and high spirits with dinners, concerts, parties and more. | ltfoodandwine.com

Barrels & Bites
Nov. 3 | 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

Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival
Nov. 4 | Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe | Incline Village, Nev.
A Night at the Oscars is the theme of the annual Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe. Enjoy sampling chocolate from local chefs paired with regional wines from Northern California. The event benefits Tahoe SAFE Alliance. | tahoechocolatefestival.org

Passport to Dining
Nov. 9 | Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino | Crystal Bay, Nev.
Get your passport to 35 tasting stations from restaurants, caterers, breweries, wineries and distilleries. A raffle and a silent auction showcase Northern California getaway packages and many valuable items. | northtahoebusiness.org

An Evening of Food, Wine & Beer Tasting and Competition
Nov. 10 | MontBleu Casino Resort | Stateline, Nev.
Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe hosts this annual event to raise money for projects, grants and scholarships. Attendees sip wines from Northern California’s top wineries and sample delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts from local restaurants. New this year is a beer competition of local breweries. | sislt.org

Wags & Whiskers Gala

Nov. 11 | Peppermill Resort | Reno, Nev.
This annual benefit raises money and awareness for homeless pets in northern Nevada. More than 17,000 animals come through Nevada Humane Society’s two locations in Reno and Carson City. Tickets include dinner, unlimited wine, beer and signature cocktails and auctions featuring exotic experiences. | nevadahumanesociety.org


Live Music

Classix Two Sibelius’ Second | Nov. 5 & 7 | Courtesy Reno Philharmonic

Carson Valley POPS Autumn Concert
Oct. 14 | CVIC Hall | Minden, Nev.
Carson Valley Pops Orchestra will delight young and old with a lineup of musical selections. “Flight of Fantasy” is the theme for this annual fall concert. | cvpops.org

Sunrise Tavern Festival
Oct. 21 | Sky Tavern | Reno, Nev.
Enjoy 20 hours of outdoor sound with live bands at the base meadow and moving to electronic music on two stages at the top of the mountain with an art car shuttle after sunset. Usher in the sunrise from the summit as you dance to beats echoing through the forest looking out over Reno. | Sky Tavern on Facebook

Trick or Treat Concert
Oct. 25 | UNR Nightingale Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
Experience the ghostly sounds of Halloween when the Reno Wind Symphony performs spooky musical selections featuring the compositions of Danny Elfman, Andrew Lloyd Webber and others. Wear your most frightful costumes. | renowindsymphony.com

Hangtown Music Festival
Oct. 26-29 | El Dorado County Fairgrounds | Placerville
The seventh annual Hangtown Music Festival includes the host band Railroad Earth plus Greensky Bluegrass, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Leftover Salmon, Turkuaz and more. Expect food and drink vendors, a kids’ zone and camping. | hangtownfestival.com

Off Beat Music Festival
Nov. 2-4 | Area venues | Reno, Nev.
Reno’s Off Beat Music Festival features unknown, unheralded bands, as well as local favorites. Check out Everyday Outlaw, Hellbound Glory, Drinking with Clowns, Midtown Social, Grant Farm and many more at restaurants, art galleries, theaters and shops. | offbeatreno.com

Veteran’s Day Salute
Nov. 5 | UNR Nightingale Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
Reno Wind Symphony pays special tribute to the veterans of the armed forces. Radio personality Ross Mitchell will emcee. One performance, “Elegy for a Young American,” written in 1964 and dedicated to the memory of President Kennedy, will include a pictorial montage of his life and career. | renowindsymphony.com

Classix Two Sibelius’ Second

Nov. 5 & 7 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.
Reno Philharmonic presents Classix Two Sibelius’ Second with Christopher O’Riley on piano performing Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15 and Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43. | renophil.com

WinterWonderGrass Tahoe Lineup Party
Nov. 10 | Moody’s Bistro Bar | Truckee
WinterWonderGrass Tahoe will announce the 2018 lineup on Nov. 9, followed by a celebration on Nov. 10 at Moody’s. | winterwondergrass.com

Reno Chamber Orchestra
Nov. 11-12 | UNR Nightingale Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
Michael Sachs, principal trumpet for the Cleveland Orchestra for nearly 30 years, guest conducts this performance. The concert begins with a symphony for strings written by Mendelssohn. Sachs is featured as soloist in compositions by Hummel and Mozart. | renochamberorchestra.org


Performing Arts

“The Real Inspector Hound” | Until Oct. 28 | Dana Nollsch, Bruka Theatre

“The Woman in Black – A Ghost Play”
Oct. 12-15 | Valhalla Boathouse Theater | South Lake Tahoe
Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, travels to the countryside to attend the funeral of his client, Mrs. Alice Drablow and settle her estate. At the funeral, he sees a mysterious woman in black, of whom the locals are terrified. Secrets from the past unravel and Kipps learns the dead won’t be left behind. | valhallatahoe.com

Spellbinders Festival of Magic
Oct. 12-14 | Area venues
Enjoy unbelievable, mind-boggling feats of magic throughout Northern Nevada locations. | spellbindersfestival.com

“A Wrinkle in Time”
Oct. 13-15 | Reno Little Theater | Reno, Nev.
One of literature’s most enduring young heroines, Meg Murry, is back, glasses, stubbornness and all. Once again, she’s joining forces with Mrs. Whatsit, Charles Wallace, Calvin O’Keefe and more to battle the forces of evil so she can rescue her father, save humanity and find herself. | renolittletheater.org

“The Flick”
Oct. 13-21 | UNR | Reno, Nev.
In a run-down movie theater, three underpaid employees sweep popcorn and tend to an antiquated but beloved 35-millimeter film projector. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. | unr.edu/cla/theatredance

“Piaf! The Show”
Oct. 15 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.
“Piaf!” is a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf. | pioneercenter.com

“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”
Oct. 17-22 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.
“Beautiful” tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband, Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. | pioneercenter.com

“A Taco Truck on Every Corner … Or Dreaming in English”
Oct. 18-19 | Reno Little Theater | Reno, Nev.
A one-woman-show that explores and unearths the story of the American Immigrant and their place in today’s society. A verbatim theater piece, it weaves together true stories and words of both liberal and conservative Americans post the 2016 election. | renolittletheater.org

“The Real Inspector Hound”
Until Oct. 28 | Brüka Theatre | Reno, Nev.
Feuding theater critics Moon and Birdboot, the first a philanderer and the second a second-stringer, are swept into the whodunit they are viewing. In the hilarious spoof of the Agatha Christie-like melodrama that follows, Moon and Birdboot become implicated in the lethal activities of an escaped madman. | bruka.org

“Generation WE”
Until Nov. 11 | Good Luck Macbeth Theatre | Reno, Nev.
This innovative production tells the story of four individuals each in possession of a mysterious silver ticket and each searching for America but finding a lot more than they bargained for along the way. | goodluckmacbeth.org

“Charlotte’s Web”
Oct. 20-22 | Community Arts Center | Truckee
The classic children’s book by E.B. White tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. | truckeecommunitytheater.com

WordWave: One-Act Play Event
Oct. 21 | Valhalla Boathouse Theatre | South Lake Tahoe
Theatrical art professionals selected the top three one-act plays out of 100 entries to perform as staged readings. Audience members can meet the writers and ask questions. This special evening of theater shines a light on the process of playwriting and performing. Read the feature on WordWave at TheTahoeWeekly.com. | tahoewordwave.com

“Out of Sterno”
Oct. 27-Nov. 12 | Restless Artists Theatre | Reno, Nev.
In their seven years of marriage, Hamel has forbidden wife Dotty to leave their tiny apartment or speak to anyone, until a phone call forces Dotty to venture out into the vast city of Sterno. The play explores the contradictory societal pressures women face just trying to make it across town. | rattheatre.org

Lula Washington Dance Theatre
Nov. 2 | UNR | Reno, Nev.
LWTD is a Los Angeles-based repertoire dance ensemble that has built an international reputation for the earthiness, vitality, energy and humanism of its repertory, most of it choreographed by founder/artistic director Lula Washington. Stylistically, she fuses African and Afro-Haitian dance; with dance styles of classical ballet, modern, street, theatrical and hip hop. | unr.edu/pas

Fall 10-Minute Play Festival
Nov. 4 | Community Art Center | Truckee
This wonderful program of both published and original short plays showcases local playwrights and multiple directors. | truckeecommunitytheater.com

“Beauty and the Beast”
Nov. 4-19 | Carson City Community Center | Carson City, Nev.
The Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company presents the full Broadway version of Disney’s Tony-winning “Beauty and the Beast,” featuring spectacular production numbers, stunning costuming, sets and lighting, and lavish orchestrations performed by a large, professional orchestra. | wnmtc.com

The Biggest Little Theatre Festival 
Nov. 9-12 | Brüka Theatre | Reno, Nev.
Brüka Theatre presents a new series of short play performances. There are five different short pieces submitted from within and outside the community. Each piece is up to an hour in length. | bruka.org

Fall Dance Festival
Nov. 16-18 |  Redfield Proscenium Theatre  | Reno, Nev.
The Fall Dance Festival showcases UNR dance students in new choreographic works by faculty, guest artists and selected student choreographers. | unr.edu/cla/theatredance

“Rent” 20th Anniversary Tour
Nov. 24-26 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.
In 1996, this original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and changed the landscape of American theater. Jonathan Larson’s play continues to speak to audiences across generations worldwide. | pioneercenter.com

“On Golden Pond”
Nov. 30 & Dec. 1-3 | Community Art Center | Truckee
The Tony- and Academy Award-winning dramatic love story explores marriage and family. Courtney Simson directs. | truckeecommunitytheater.com

“Heisenberg”
Dec. 1-17 | Restless Artists Theatre | Reno, Nev.
In a crowded London train station, Georgie spots Alex, an older man, and plants a kiss on his neck. This electric encounter thrusts these two strangers into a life-changing game. Simon Stephens’ original play brings to life the uncertain and often comical sparring match that is human connection. | rattheatre.org

“Honk, Jr.”
Dec. 8-17 | Brewery Arts Center | Carson City, Nev.
Adapted for young performers, “Honk! Jr.” is a heartwarming celebration of being different that is sure to delight audiences of all ages with its sparkling wit, unique charm and memorable score. | wildhorsetheater.com


Arts & Culture

Truckee Haunted Historic Tour | Oct. 19-20

Writers in the Woods
Oct. 13-14, Nov. 10-11, | Sierra Nevada College | Incline Village, Nev.
Sierra Nevada College hosts its Writers in The Woods series featuring author readings and workshops open to all. | sierranevada.edu

Reno Mural Expo
Oct. 13-15 | Area venues | Reno, Nev.
Art Spot Reno brings two international, 12 national and 14 local artists to create new murals in Reno. They will cover about 20,000 square feet of wall space in a diverse array of styles. The event includes lectures, a film screening, workshops, mural tours and entertainment. | artspotreno.com

Truckee Haunted Historic Tour
Oct. 19-20 | Moody’s Bistro Bar | Truckee
Part fact and part fiction, this spooky nighttime tour begins and ends at Moody’s Bistro Bar. The tour takes guests through historic downtown accompanied by hilarious and outrageous performers from the Old West. | truckeehistorytour.org

Art + Environment
Oct. 19-21 | Nevada Museum of Art Reno, Nev.
Nevada Museum of Art will present the Art + Environment Conference. Guests will traverse time and space across the unsettled terrains, shifting frontiers and limitless horizons of the Greater West, the last part of the planet to be explored and settled. | nevadaart.org

Nevada Day Celebrations
Oct. 27-29 | Carson Street | Carson City, Nev.
Nevada Day commemorates the 36th state’s entry into the Union on Oct. 31, 1864, with three day of celebrations including the 79th annual parade as part of the longest running admission’s day celebration in the nation. More than 200 entries include floats, marching bands, horses, entertainers, youth groups, celebrity guests and Burning Man creations. | visitcarsoncity.com

Carson City Beard Contest
Oct. 28 | McFadden Plaza | Carson City, Nev.
Dozens of beard wearers competed in 10 categories: longest beard, best groomed beard, scruffiest beard, fullest beard, best red beard, best white beard, best black beard, best salt and pepper beard, the best bearded community, and the best overall beard, a fan favorite award. | visitcarsoncity.org

Reno Aerial Fest: Art in the Air
Nov. 4 | Area venues | Reno, Nev.
This immersive event focuses on the aerial arts and includes a workshop series, aerial competition and after party. Audiences will leave with an appreciation of the beauty of aerial arts. Nine talented acts from across the country compete for the 2017 title. | renoaerialfest.com

Veterans’ Day Parade
Nov. 11 | Virginia Street Bridge | Reno, Nev.
The annual parade marches through the heart of downtown Reno and honors veterans and those currently serving in the military. Opening ceremonies start at Virginia Street Bridge at 11 a.m.; the parade follows and continues downtown. | visitrenotahoe.com

Wellness Weekend
Nov. 11-12 | Granlibakken | Tahoe City
Roger Gabriel, master educator at The Chopra Center, will be headlining Wellness Weekend. The weekend is an educational fusion of Eastern and Western teachings, philosophies and medicine, as well as activity classes. | granlibakken.com


The Great Outdoors

“Harnessing the Power of Local Action” | Nov. 9-12 | Courtesy POW

Rebelle Rally
Oct. 12-22 | Area venues | California and Nevada
The 2017 edition of Rebelle Rally will return to California and Nevada. The automotive navigation-based rally for women competitors will cover 2,000 kilometers of historic Wild West areas, iconic OHV locations, remote roads and trails. The course will remain confidential until the event. | rebellerally.com

Western Division BMX Finals
Oct. 13-15 | Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center | Reno, Nev.
The Western Division BMX Finals, the Blackjack Nationals, feature three days of bike madness. Spectators are invited to watch top BMX riders advance to the championships. | usabmx.com

California Avalanche Workshop

Oct. 14 | Lake Tahoe Community College | South Lake Tahoe
This pre-season gathering of snow travelers will share knowledge and network. This seminar is modeled after the International Snow Science Workshop and will feature speakers from the winter sports industry. | ltccconnect.com

Donner Party Hike
Oct. 14-15 | Sugar Bowl’s Mount Judah Lodge | 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 Oct. 14, a variety of hikes will be offered, and on Oct. 15 a walking tour with a tour of Donner Memorial State Park will be given. Do one day or both. | donnerpartyhike.com

Truckee River Day
Oct. 15 | Truckee River venues
Truckee River Watershed Council’s 22nd annual Truckee River Day is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join the community for a day of river, meadow and wetland restoration. Registration is required. | truckeeriverwc.org

Wrangler/Professional’s Choice National Finals

Oct. 22-28 | Reno-Sparks Livestock Event Center | Sparks, Nev.
American Cowboys Team Roping Association attracts competitors from across the country. Young and old, men and women compete in the hopes of capturing the national title. There are also vendors featuring Western furniture and home decor, jewelry, clothing and more. | actra.org

Snowbomb’s Ski & Snowboard Festival

Oct. 28-Nov. 12 | Bay Area venues
Snowbomb will be at the Santa Clara Convention Center on Oct. 28 and 29, at San Francisco Pier 35 on Nov. 4 and 5 and Sacramento Cal Expo Center on Nov. 11 and 12. The events include up to 75 percent off of skis, boards, apparel and more, plus exhibits and sponsor booths. There will be entertainment, beer and wine tastings, complimentary lift tickets and prizes. | Tickets sfskifest.com

“Harnessing the Power of Local Action”
Nov. 9-12 | Clair Tappaan Lodge | Soda Springs

The 2017 Grassroots Advocacy Conference, “Harnessing the Power of Local Action,” will be at Clair Tappaan Lodge with keynote speaker Jeremy Jones. It will include scientists, policy makers, public-land managers, athletes, mountain guides and activists. There will be workshops, presentations and panel discussions. | Register winterwildlands.org


Ski & Adventure Flicks

“Reel Rock 12” | Nov. 3 | Cedar Wright

“Drop Everything”
Oct 12 | Bundox Bocce | Reno, Nev.
This movie is an unexpected, fun-filled adventure through the world of freeskiing. Audiences can expect unparalleled performances from many of the top skiers in the world captured in world-class destinations including Lake Tahoe; Whistler and Revelstoke, British Columbia; and Crested Butte and Silverton, Colo. | skimovie.com

Watch the trailers for the season’s films 

“Rogue Elements”
Oct. 12 | The Freight House | Reno, Nev.
In the winter of 2017, the magnitude of winter’s force was on full display all over the world. Join the Teton Gravity Research team as members embark on an adventure filled with fury and glory. Segments of the film feature locals Jeremy Jones and Sammy Luebke. | tetongravity.com

“Fishpeople”
Oct. 19 | Alpenglow Sports | Tahoe City
Patagonia presents the documentary “Fishpeople,” which tells the stories of a unique cast of characters who have dedicated their lives to the sea. The film investigates the universally transformative effects of time spent in the ocean. | alpenglowsports.com

“Pepper”
Fall release | Diamond Peak | Incline Village, Nev.
A crew of riders dropped in on Diamond Peak for a photo and video shoot in the soon-to-be-released feature-length movie, “Pepper.” Slope-style Olympic gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg and friends sessioned a custom-built jump on Crystal Ridge. A screening at Diamond Peak is scheduled this fall. | snowboarder.com

“An Atmospheric River Runs Through It”
Nov. 1 | Tahoe Art Haus | Tahoe City
Tahoe’s own JonBob Productions presents “An Atmospheric River Runs Through It,” at the Tahoe Art Haus in Tahoe City on Nov. 1. Ten atmospheric rivers pounded Lake Tahoe dropping feet of snow, massive amounts of rain and eventually brought some of the best skiing the JonBob crew has experienced. | therockwoodmedia.com

“Reel Rock 12”
Nov. 3 & 12 | Area venues
Get ready for climbing’s greatest stories, stars and sends coming with Reel Rock 12. This season’s tour features five new short films that will deliver heart-thumping action, big laughs and pure inspiration on Nov. 3 at High Altitude Fitness and Nov. 12 at Lake Tahoe Community College. | reelrocktour.com

Alpenglow Winter Film Series
Nov. 16 & Dec. 7 | Olympic Village Lodge | Olympic Valley
The 12th annual Alpenglow Winter Film Series will be showcasing the outdoor industry’s most respected athletes. Professionals share stories of their incredible adventures in the mountains. Doors open at 7 p.m. at the Olympic Village Lodge and shows are free. | alpenglowsports.com

“Line of Descent”
Nov. 24-25 & Dec. 1-2 | Area venues
The lineage of mountain lifestyle continues in Warren Miller Entertainment’s 68th full-length feature film, “Line of Descent” on Nov. 24 and 25 at Olympic Village Lodge and Dec. 1 and 2 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. Visit the French Alps with professional skier and Tahoe local Amie Engerbretson and come along for some of the deepest lines of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. | warrenmiller.com

Tahoe Film Fest
Nov. 30-Dec. 3 | Area venues
Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships’ third annual environmental film festival will present an important section of new and exciting productions from the U.S. and Latin America that have been screened in various festivals throughout the world. | tahoefilmfest.org

Tahoe Adventure Film Festival
Dec. 9 | MontBleu Resort | Stateline, Nev.
The best adventure sports films of the year will showcase the best outdoor sports talent in the world. The night includes special guest speakers, action photo displays, break-dancers, DJs and a few special surprises. | laketahoefilmfestival.com


Halloween Haunts for Adults

Five Alarm Freak Show | Oct. 31 | Maggie MacPherson

Reno Fright Fest
Until Oct. 31 | Greater Nevada Field | Reno, Nev.
Fans can hop aboard the “Terror Train” for a haunted ride or visit “Slaughter House,” the largest indoor haunted house in Nevada. | renofrightfest.com

Redrun: The Hunt
Oct. 14 | Area venues | Virginia City, Nev.
The Hunt is a twisted, riddle-solving race in the most authentic living ghost town in the world. The eerie landscape of Virginia City will transform into a vast apocalyptic breakout room crawling with the flesh-starved dead. Compete against fellow survivors and explore the depths of the paranormal. | redrunvc.com

Slaughterhouse Lane Coffin & Zombie Stretcher Races
Oct. 14 | Main Street | Gardnerville, Nev.
Teams of four runners push a homemade coffin down the street with a rider inside. Businesses, organizations, service clubs, friends and family are encouraged to form teams and create coffins to race. | mainstreetgardnerville.org

Zombie Prom
Oct. 14 | Cargo | Reno, Nev.
Get your best zombie costume on for the first Zombie Prom from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. featuring live music, free prom photos, costume contests with prizes, professional zombie makeovers, raffle and the crowning of the Prom King & Queen. 21+. | renozombieprom.com

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show”
Oct. 20-Nov. 5 | Redfield Performing Arts Center | Reno, Nev.
TMCC’s Performing Arts puts on a production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” | tmcc.edu

Reno Zombie Crawl & “Thriller” Dance Mob
Oct. 21 | area venues | Reno, Nev.
The Reno Zombie Crawl is back for its ninth year. USA Today puts this zombie bar crawl in the Top 10 of costumed Halloween parties. Participants buy a crawl cup with a map of 50 bars in the downtown area. Costumes are a must. Take part in the “Thriller” Dance Mob under the Reno Arch at 6 p.m. | crawlreno.com

Ghost Walk
Oct. 21 | Carson City, Nev.
Carson City’s spooky and intriguing history is explored and theatrically relived in the Carson City Ghost Walk with guided tours. Hear about lingering spirits of the past centuries, haunted and paranormal stories and meet characters and tour historic homes and businesses along the tour. | carsoncityghostwalk.com

Rockin’ Dead Halloween Bash
Oct. 27 | Hard Rock Hotel & Casino | Stateline, Nev.
At the third annual Rockin’ Dead Halloween Bash, DJ Chris Payne will spin tunes into the wee hours of the morning. The top four costumes win a share of $5,000 in cash and prizes. | hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show”
Oct. 27 | Brewery Arts Center | Carson City, Nev.
Come watch the movie like it was meant to be watched in costume, with a costume contest and games before the show. Party starts at 8:30 and movie airs at 10 p.m. | breweryarts.org

Cadillac Ball
Oct. 28 | Resort at Squaw Creek | Olympic Valley
Rotary Club of Truckee presents the 39th annual Cadillac Ball. The theme is voodoo; participants should wear his or her voodoo best. The night features music by Wonderbread 5, a gourmet buffet dinner, a silent auction, a costume contest for $500 cash and a $10,000 grand prize raffle. | cadillacvoodooball.com

Freakers’ Ball
Oct. 28 | MontBleu Resort | Stateline, Nev.
The 39th annual Freakers’ Ball, Lake Tahoe’s largest and most extravagant Halloween party, offers three parties in one. It has become legendary due to partygoers who take risqué to the limit. DJs, go-go dancers, laser lights and $10,000 in contest prizes. | montbleuresort.com

Creeper’s Ball
Oct. 28 | Crystal Bay Casino | Crystal Bay, Nev.
The Creeper’s Ball returns to the casino’s Crown Room with Tainted Love, guest DJs and Halloween after party. | crystalbaycasino.com

Halloween Bass Ball
Oct. 28 | Cargo Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
Costumes, prizes and a massive lineup of artists will keep you dancing into the wee hours during this Halloween ball. Prizes for best costumes include a season pass to all Bass Camp events and festival. | cargoreno.com

Five Alarm Freak Show
Oct. 31 | Tahoe Biltmore | Crystal Bay, Nev.
At this Halloween show, you’ll be sure to get your dance on. Get out your freakiest costume and rock with Five Alarm Funk, Sneaky Creatures, Mr. Rogers and Lambchop on Halloween night. | tahoebiltmore.com


Fall festivities for the little ones

Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch | Oct. 21 | Courtesy TCPUD

Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Patch
Oct. 12-31 | Corley Ranch | Gardnerville, Nev.
The pumpkin patch is open every October with thousands of pumpkins. Kids can enjoy a hay slide, straw maze, miniature golf and bounce house. Join in on the pig races, take hay wagon rides or visit with farm animals. | corleyranch.com

Fall Festival
Oct. 14 | Northwoods Clubhouse | Tahoe Donner
This popular, local festival offers something for everyone, including food, arts and crafts, vendors, entertainment, doggie dip, seasonal beer offerings, pumpkin patch and a carnival area for kids. | tahoedonner.com

Pumpkin Patch
Oct. 14 | Preston Field | Incline Village, Nev.
Incline Village Nursery School’s annual Pumpkin Patch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food is from the Crystal Bay Club, Azzara’s, Bibo Freddo Gelato; entertainment is from DJ Felipe Leon and Kyle Ledson. There are bounce houses, bungee trampolines, face painting, pony rides, hay maze, pumpkins and more. | (775) 831 4040

Harvest Train
Oct. 14-15 & Oct. 21-22 | Carson City, Nev.
The Nevada State Railroad Museum hosts the third annual Harvest Train with steam train rides, a pumpkin patch, craft fair and food trucks. | nvculture.org

Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch
Oct. 21 | Commons Beach | Tahoe City
This fun-filled day of games and activities includes an obstacle course, carnival games, pie-eating contests and more from f10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Costumes are a must. All ages. | (530) 583-3796

Pumpkin Festival
Oct. 21 | Homewood Mountain Resort | Homewood
The Pumpkin Festival returns from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in North Lodge parking area. The Pumpkin Festival features fall-themed games, pumpkin carving and painting, a pie-eating contest, raffle prizes and ski swap. Entry is free and open to all ages. | skihomewood.com

Pumpkin Palooza
Oct. 22 | Victorian Square | Sparks, Nev.
Expect all things pumpkin: pumpkinseed spitting contest, pumpkin-pie eating contest, a pumpkin beauty contest and a pumpkin derby. Zomboo, the world’s best horror movie host, is the marshal of the Halloween parade. | pumpkinpalooza.org

Trail of Treats and Terror
Oct. 26 | Incline Village, Nev.
Incline Parks & Recreation presents Trail of Treats and Terror from 4 to 7 p.m. | yourtahoeplace.com

Halloween Parade
Oct. 27 | Train Depot | 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. | tdrpd.org

Trick or Treat
Oct. 31 | Heritage Plaza | Tahoe City
Trick or Treat for kids of all ages is from 4 to 6 p.m. starting at Heritage Plaza. Local businesses will pass out candy to those in costume. Pick up a free glow necklace and treat bag. | tcpud.org

Halloween Carnival
Oct. 31 | Kahle Community Center | Stateline, Nev.
Kiwanis of Lake Tahoe hosts a Halloween Carnival Celebration from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Carnival games, treats and community booths. | (775) 586-7271

Goblin Halloween Parade
Oct. 31 | VC Jerky Company | Virginia City, Nev.
Bring your favorite little goblin dressed to scare at 4 p.m. After the parade, enjoy a safe trick or treat on C Street with merchants and saloons. | visitvirginiacitynv.com

Halloween Party and Hay Ride
Oct. 31 | Genoa Town Hall | Genoa, Nev.
This fun party and hay ride at 5:30 p.m. winds around Genoa. Parents bring their ghosts and ghouls for a safe Halloween gathering. The town will provide a main dish and soft drinks. Parents bring a side dish and adult beverages. | genoanevada.org


Holiday Happenings

“The Nutcracker” | Dec. 8-10 | Courtesy AVA Ballet

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”
Nov. 5 & 15-17 | Reno, Nev.
TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada’s second annual Family Gala Fundraiser presents this holiday classic along with photos with Santa, face painting, arts and crafts, dinner and silent auction. | twnn.org

Valhalla Holiday Faire
Nov. 17-19 | Valhalla Grand Hall | South Lake Tahoe
Valhalla Grand Hall, decorated in a festive holiday mode, will host 20 local vendors and artists offering a varied assortment of handmade items for purchase. Santa Claus will visit; local school choirs and other musical groups will perform | valhallatahoe.com

V&T Polar Express
Nov. 18-Dec. 30 | V&T Depot | Virginia City, Nev.
Begin the holiday season aboard vintage, heated coaches traveling along the historic Virginia & Truckee route to Gold Hill. Savor hot chocolate, candy canes and cookies during this magical trip. | virginiatruckee.com

“Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol”
Nov. 24-Dec. 17 | Reno Little Theater | Reno, Nev.
You may think you know the classic Charles Dickens’ tale, but find out what really happened as Jacob Marley works one magical Christmas Eve to redeem the soul of Scrooge. | renolittletheater.org

“Buttcracker 8: The Biggest Little Buttcracker in the World”
Nov. 24-Dec. 23 | Brüka Theatre | Reno, Nev.
The annual “Buttcracker” is in the spirit of the ridiculous – a hysterical/historical time-travel parody based on the holiday favorite “The Nutcracker.” | bruka.org

“The Eight: Reindeer Monologues”
Dec. 1-23 | Good Luck Macbeth Theatre | Reno, Nev.
Eight reindeer dishing about the real Santa. All those rumors you’ve heard about him and the elves? About Rudolph’s little secret? About Vixen’s story that was leaked to the press? All true. Yes, the reindeer finally speak up. | goodluckmacbeth.org

Northern Lights
Dec. 1-31 | Incline Village, Nev.
Celebrate the season with a Santa Bar Crawl, holiday parties, ski films and more. Details TBA.

Christmas on the Comstock
Dec. 2 | Area venues | Virginia City, Nev.
Celebrate Christmas as they did in the 19th Century. Historic Virginia City hosts a Sierra Concert with David John and the Comstock Cowboys at Piper’s Opera House, the Grinch Made Me Do It Saloon Crawl, Parade of Lights, photos with Santa and V&T Candy Cane Express. | visitvirginiacitynv.com

Hometowne Christmas Parade
Dec. 2 | Victorian Square | Sparks, Nev.
This Northern Nevada tradition features marching bands, Christmas costumes, adorable animals and festive floats all representing “A Season of Giving.” The parade starts at 1 p.m. | cityofsparks.us

Parade of Lights
Dec. 2 | Carson City, Nev.
The annual parade offers floats, marching bands, color guard and a special guest from the North Pole. The parade begins at 5 p.m. and goes along State Route 395 from Eddie Street to Minden Park. The theme is “Lucky to Live Here.” | visitcarsonvalley.org

Holiday Crawl
Dec. 2 | Downtown | Carson City, Nev.
Holiday Crawl is a festive pub crawl from 5 to 10 p.m. through downtown bars to raise money for the annual shopping spree for children who classify as homeless. | visitcarsoncity.com

“The Nutcracker”
Dec. 2-3 | Grand Sierra Resort | Reno, Nev.
Kick off the Christmas season with a favorite the entire family will love. Grand Sierra Resort will be hosting “The Nutcracker” by Bay Pointe Ballet in its newly renovated Grand Theatre. | grandsierraresort.com

“Spirit of the Season”
Dec. 2-3 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.
Reno Philharmonic Orchestra delights audiences with this annual tradition. Dr. Jason Alteri leads with the renowned orchestra, Reno Phil Chorus, the Santa Tappers, singers, student performers and Santa Claus. | renophil.com

39 North Pole Village
Dec. 7-9 | 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 and more. | 39northdowntown.com

“The Nutcracker”
Dec. 8-10 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.
A.V.A. Ballet Theatre presents the annual ballet. Artistic director Alexander Van Alstyne has choreographed an exciting rendition of the popular holiday ballet and the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s moving score. | pioneercenter.com

Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 9 | Area venues
Tahoe City Golf Course is the place to have a pancake breakfast with Santa from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with holiday gift vendors, arts and crafts and games. Or, enjoy breakfast with Santa at Kahle Community Center from 9 to 11 a.m. in Stateline, Nev. | tcpud.org or (775) 586-7271

“Messiah”
Dec. 9-23 | Area venues
TOCCATA presents its annual grand performance of Handel’s classic with Maestro James Rawie. | toccatatahoe.com

Reno Wind Symphony Holiday Celebration
Dec. 15-16 | UNR Nightingale Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
One of the highlights of this concert is the recitation of the poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” by KOH Radio personality Ross Mitchell, accompanied by the Reno Wind Symphony. | renowindsymphony.com

Great Santa Dash
Dec. 16 | West Wingfield Park | Reno, Nev.
Get your jollies on and run those cookies off. Dress up like Santa and run around Reno with 20,000 others dressed in their best Santa costumes. | crawlreno.com

Merry Days & Holly Nights
Dec. 16-31 | Village at Squaw | Olympic Valley
Merry Days and Holly Nights include a Reindeer Games scavenger hunt, Winter Solstice yoga, brunch with Santa and a Truckee Dance Factory Show. Family-friendly events include holiday parties, horse-drawn sleigh rides and dinners with Olympians. Enjoy performances by the Reno Jazz Orchestra and TOCCATA. | squawalpine.com


 

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Priya Hutner

Priya Hutner is a writer, personal chef and meditation teacher. She writes feature articles about music, art, food and recreation. Priya loves to immerse in story. Whether jumping from a plane, eating obscure foods or hitting the Tahoe-Reno music scene, she is always up for adventure and experience.
Having moved to the mountains from Sebastian, Fla., she embraces the Tahoe lifestyle and loves to ski, hike, paddle and swim. Priya is the owner of the Seasoned Sage, a business that prepares organic meals and facilitates workshops that promote a health-conscious lifestyle.
She is currently writing a memoir about her experience living on an ashram and working on a series of cookbooks.
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