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.”


Reno Ice Skating Rink, Greater Nevada Field, Reno, Nevada, NV

The Reno Ice Skating Rink at Greater Nevada Field is a popular place for family fun during the depths of winter. Photo © Stan White

The 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday is Monday, January 15. Government offices, libraries, and some businesses will be closed in observance of the civil rights leader’s birthday. Around Reno and Sparks, there will be some events and activities for those wishing to observe and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy. There will also be volunteer opportunities with the concurrent Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is one of the dates in 2018 when there is free admission to our national parks and other public lands. For more information about free admission days, refer to “Free Days to Visit National Parks and Public Lands.”