St. Patrick’s Day 2018 is on Saturday, March 17. With it falling on a Saturday this year, more of the festivities (but not all) will be happening right on St. Patrick’s Day itself rather than being stretched out over a few days.

For example, the Sparks Shamrock Shuffle at Victorian Square, Reno’s Leprechaun Crawl, the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry and related St. Patrick’s Day activities up in Virginia City, and several other activities and events will all be on St. Patrick’s Day. Most of us are going to have to make choices since it will be real tough to get in so many fun things in a single day and night.

For adults only, one of the biggest parties will be at Ceol Irish Pub in Reno, though you will find a number of other Irish pubs in the area in which to celebrate.

You can ride Reno / Sparks public transit RTC buses for free on St. Patrick’s Day after 4 p.m. Hop on the bus for a safe ride home after enjoying that green beer and Irish whiskey.

Get details about these events and more from “St. Patrick’s Day Activities in the Reno Region.”


Valentine’s Day 2018 is on Wednesday, February 14 and there are numerous ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day in the Reno area. The traditional thing to do is to take your sweetheart out for brunch or dinner. Many restaurants and buffets in the Reno area will be offering special menus on February 14. Note that some dining events are not on Valentine’s Day itself, but shortly before or after.

There are other ways to share the occasion with your significant other, including going to the movies, enjoying a “Come in from the Cold” show, and enjoying fantasy at the May Museum with the “Hall of Heroes” exhibit. You can even get married on this special day with a little advance planning.

Learn about Valentine’s Day dining and other things to do from “Dine and Party on Valentine’s Day around Reno and Lake Tahoe.” Since Valentine’s Day is during the week, there are activities on the weekend before and after that are worth checking out.

The Year of the Dog begins on February 16, 2018. This celebration is also known as the Chinese Spring Festival. Around the Reno area, there are a variety of ways for you to celebrate and partake in this ancient Oriental observance.

Chinese New Year at Eldorado Resort Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino and Circus Circus Reno – Thursday through Sunday, February 15 – 18, 2018. The Year of the Dog will be celebrated at these three resort casinos in downtown Reno. Festivities include Asian cuisine specials and spectacular lion dances. Each casino will have different food choices and entertainment times – visit the website for menu details and information about when the traditional lion dances will perform. Other live entertainment for the Chinese New Year includes Hins Cheung and Vincy Chan at the Reno Ballroom on February 18, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Chinese New Year Celebration at the Washoe County Library – Friday, February 16, 2018. Make your own Chinese lantern and learn about the traditions of China. This all day event will be at the North Valleys Library, 1075 North Hills Blvd. #340 in Reno. Friday library hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Chinese New Year Celebration at the Atlantis – Saturday, February 24, 2018, 6 p.m. Celebrate Chinese New Year with an all-you-care-to-eat buffet, a traditional Chinese lion dance, and a performance by Lini Evans, who entertains audiences worldwide with songs in eight languages. Tickets are $130 for two. To purchase tickets, call 888-551-7007 or 775-824-4467.

Reno Chinatown – Sunday, February 25, 2018. Free presentation from the Historic Reno Preservation Society. Reno, Nevada, like other mining and railroad towns in the American West, had a Chinatown that originated with the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Reno’s Chinese population existed along the periphery of the larger white community for nearly 40 years. Sierra View Library, 4001 S. Virginia Street (Reno Town Mall), 1:30 p.m.