Halloween in Reno, Nevada
Halloween pumpkin patches and corn mazes are already up and running in the Reno region. Many run continuously until Halloween and a few are just at specific times during October. Some of these are pretty elaborate, with lots of activities for both kids and adults. You can even visit the field and search for your own perfect Halloween jack-o-lantern.

Another popular Halloween activity taking place during October are a number of fun and spooky special train rides. In our local area, Halloween trains will be running on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad up in Virginia City and at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. There are more ghoulish trains running at other Nevada locations and over in California.

Of course, you need Halloween costumes and supplies to properly participate in the festivities. These are available in abundance at any of several locations around the Reno region. Be sure to consider shopping at some of the locally owned businesses when gearing up for Halloween.

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The 2017 Fall Fish Festival is Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8. This free annual event at Lake Tahoe offers things of interest for both kids and adults, and gives everyone a chance to learn more about Kokanee salmon and other fish swimming the waters of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Taylor Creek Visitor Center is the location for the Fall Fish Festival. Besides a chance to watch bright red salmon on their fall spawning run, the event includes lots of activities for children, informational booths by various agencies involved with wildlife and Lake Tahoe, and food and drink vendors. You can take a stroll on the Rainbow Trail to the stream profile chamber and see what life is like below the surface of Taylor Creek.

Taylor Creek Visitor Center is three miles north of the town of South Lake Tahoe on Hwy. 89 (locally known as Emerald Bay Road). It is a right turn (toward the lake), just past the Tallac Historic Site turnoff. There is a big parking lot, but it can fill up during the Fall Fish Festival. The best tactic is to get there early. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Traffic note: Nearby Camp Richardson Resort holds its annual Oktoberfest during this same weekend. Come prepared for extra heavy traffic and be alert for wandering pedestrians.

Eldorado Great Italian Festival, Reno, Nevada, NV
The Eldorado Great Italian Festival is a fun, family friendly affair. The 2017 Eldorado Great Italian Festival will be on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8. The party is on Virginia Street in downtown Reno, centered at the Eldorado Resort Casino near the Reno Arch. A big part of the Festival is music, which will be available for free on two stages.

Just strolling Virginia Street during the festival is entertaining, with street performers, free music from several venues, and good food and drink readily available. People really get into the Italian spirit for this festival, giving it a boisterous yet friendly atmosphere. You can even participate by trying your feet at grape stomping and voting in the Italian sauce competition. Of course, you must taste the sauces in order to vote. Come on down and enjoy one of Reno’s most popular and fun events.