The big Nevada Day celebration involves a whole series of weekend activities in Carson City. The main event is the Nevada Day Parade through downtown Carson City, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 28. The theme for Nevada Day 2017 is “A Parade of Arts And Entertainment.” The parade is just one of many events surrounding Nevada Day. It will be a fun weekend down in Carson City.

The Nevada Day holiday for state and local government and schools (but not federal offices) is Friday, October 27, 2017. Offices will be closed to celebrate the admission of Nevada to the union on October 31, 1864. An admission day holiday like Nevada Day is only observed in a few other states and ours is the biggest celebration of all.


Get down at the 2017 Street Vibrations Fall Rally in downtown Reno and other nearby venues for the best in noisy, colorful street parties. This event really is fun to attend, even if you aren’t particularly into the motorcycle scene. Street Vibrations Fall Rally 2017 runs from Wednesday, September 27 through Sunday, October 1.

The main Street Vibrations venue is along Virginia Street in downtown Reno. You can freely check out the long 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 entertainment, along with other attractions like the Tattoo Expo and Denver’s Choppers Bike Show. There will also be Street Vibrations action at Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson, Battle Born Harley-Davidson in Carson City and up in Virginia City.

Those not familiar with parking in the area should check out “Where to Park in Downtown Reno” for places to leave your ride while attending Street Vibrations.

Street Vibrations Fall Rally in Reno, Nevada

Photo © Stan White

Tickets for the 2017 Polar Express™ are now on sale. If you want to ride the Polar Express™ to the North Pole this holiday season, get your tickets soon or you’ll be left out in the cold.

The Polar Express™ excursion train on the V & T Railroad has sold out in all past seasons, making early ticket purchases imperative. Tickets must be purchased in advance – you can’t buy them at the depot. Polar Express™ tickets are available online and by phone.

There will be three types of tickets in 2017 – regular coach, VIP and Twilight Trains. The trips are on the same train, but VIPs ride on a separate parlor car that includes additional entertainment, extra time with Santa, a special holiday treat, and more. Everyone, however, receives the special Christmas gift of a silver sleigh bell from Santa, hot chocolate and cookies, and a reading of the Polar Express™ story by Chris Van Allsburg.

During the 2017 holiday season, the Polar Express™ will provide service to the North Pole on select dates starting on November 18 and running through December 30.