You can support locally owned businesses during the Black Friday frenzy by shopping and buying at stores owned and operated by your friends and neighbors who live right here in the Truckee Meadows. Locally owned businesses in the Reno area work every day to earn your trust with quality goods and services. While they are at it, they employ local residents, pay local taxes, and in turn support other locally owned businesses.

Supporting locally owned businesses is good for everyone living in the Reno area. Dollars circulate through the community rather than leaving town like they do when we spend at big box stores. Buying local helps create a wonderful mix of small businesses throughout various districts in town, giving us more personal shopping experiences that can actually be enjoyable.

Learn more about the good things that result by avoiding the malls and big box stores from “Buy Local – Support Reno Area Locally Owned Businesses.” There is also information here about how small business owners can promote themselves and participate in Small Business Saturday and other marketing efforts.


Thanksgiving Day and weekend in Reno / Sparks area are almost here. We have a variety of family friendly events and activities to choose from. These range from turkey trots to train rides and lots more. With the early arrival of snow in the mountains, you can even go skiing or visit one of our nearby snow play areas.

For the big day itself, you can eat out for Thanksgiving at one of our local hotel / casinos or restaurants instead of fixing a big meal yourself.

As for Black Friday, it’s already been going on for quite a while and pretty much not happening on a special day anymore. I suggest you try to spend your dollars by shopping local, thereby supporting your friends and neighbors and keeping your dollars circulating right here rather waving bye-bye as they leave town.

On Saturday, October 22, 2022, Reno’s population of zombies takes to the streets to haunt the place for Halloween, but mostly to enjoy adult beverages at dozens of downtown bars and restaurants.

Reno Zombie Crawl in Reno, Nevada, NV
Logo image courtesy Reno Zombie Crawl

Reno Zombie Crawl zombies will need to pay $10 for an official crawl cup and map to participating drinking establishments. You begin to crawl from 8 p.m. to whenever, if you live that long. There will be $4 drink and beer specials along with lots of contests (various bars do their own thing) and hotel room discounts. Obviously, the Reno Zombie Crawl is a 21+ event.

The start location this year is the ReTrac Plaza next to the Reno Arch. If you still need a cup, you can get one here at the beginning of the crawl.

There are many more Halloween activities going on leading up to the big day. See what there is to do at “Reno Area Halloween Happenings.”