Street Vibrations Spring Rally is a shorter version of the much bigger motorcycle party held in the fall, yet still includes many of the same attractions – live entertainment, slow bike races, ride-in shows, poker runs, scavenger hunts, more than 80 vendors, VIP parties for participants and more.

Even if you aren’t particularly into the motorcycle scene, this event really is fun to attend. Street Vibrations Spring Rally runs from Friday, June 1, through Sunday, June 3, 2018. The main venue is along Virginia Street in downtown Reno, with additional action up in Virginia City.

You can freely check out the rows of shiny bikes and see what numerous vendors have to offer in the way of motorcycle clothing and accessories, food and drink, and lots of other stuff. There will be free musical entertainment on several stages.


The Virginia and Truckee Railroad (V & T) is about to begin its 2018 operating season.

Regularly scheduled steam train round trips between the Carson City Eastgate Depot and Virginia City will start running on Saturday, May 26, 2018 and continue on Saturdays and Sundays until October 14, 2018. Trains depart Carson City at 10 a.m. There is a layover of a couple of hours in Virginia City, giving you time for lunch and some exploration of the historic Comstock. You’ll re-board the train and head back to the Eastgate Depot at 3 p.m. There will also be Friday trips in July.

V & T train rides are a popular activity and the excursions frequently sell out. To ensure a seat on the date you would like, it is highly recommended that you buy tickets in advance.

Steam locomotive engineers on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad

Engineers keep the steam locomotives running on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. Photo © Stan White

There is a shorter (and less expensive) V & T excursion train that runs several daily round trips between Virginia City and Gold Hill. This 35 minute ride includes historic narration from the conductor. No reservations are required and its schedule is daily from Memorial Day weekend through October.

Refer to my “All aboard the Virginia & Truckee Railroad” article for information about tickets and times.

April is a fairly quiet month around the Reno / Sparks area, but there are still a number of interesting happenings to keep you occupied. Go to “April 2018 Events and Activities in the Reno Region” for details about these activities and more.

  • 56th Annual Reno Jazz Festival
  • Teen Night at the Nevada Museum of Art
  • Monthly Reno Beer Crawl
  • Dine the District Food Tour
  • 47th Annual Virginia City Grand Prix
  • Reno 1868 FC Soccer