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 breweries, brew pubs, distilleries, Nevada, NV
It wasn’t long ago that your choices among locally produced beer, ale and spirits was mighty slim. However, that was then and this is now, when the number of Reno area breweries and distillers of more potent liquor has proliferated. Virtually every drinker will find a variety of brews and hard liquor to wet their whistle, all made right here in our region.

Good beer has always been available in Reno, if you knew where to look. A couple of breweries have been around for years, pre-dating the recent growth spurt – Silver Peak and Great Basin Brewing. Newer establishments are spread across the Truckee Meadows, including both Reno and Sparks. Chances are you live within easy range of a great place to enjoy a fine micro-brew and perhaps even some tasty food to accompany your drink.

Get a good look at what’s out there and where they are located with my “Breweries, Brew Pubs and Distilleries in Reno and Sparks” article.

For readers who live outside of the immediate Reno / Sparks area, I’ve included some breweries and brew pubs in the greater region, including Carson City, Virginia City, Incline Village, Truckee and South Lake Tahoe.

Bring the family to Virginia City for a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine. Meet Sir Topham Hatt, have fun in the Imagination Station, see real engines, and enjoy lots of other activities like temporary tattoos, face painting, story telling, Thomas videos and train play tables.

“Day Out With Thomas in Virginia City” will be at the Virginia & Truckee Railroad 1870 Depot, 166 F Street in Virginia City. Thomas will welcome guests on October 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 2017. Thomas train rides last about 25 minutes and there will be several trips each day starting at 10 a.m. Tickets are $19 and can be purchased online, at the Virginia City Depot, or by calling 866-468-7630. Kids 2 and under are free if sitting on a lap. No dogs (except certified service animals).

You are invited to come an hour before your departure and stay for a while after the train ride. The activities at “Day Out With Thomas in Virginia City” are for you and your children to enjoy for several hours. For more information, call the Virginia & Truckee Railroad at (775) 847-0380.