Halloween in Reno, Nevada
Halloween pumpkin patches and corn mazes are up and running in the Reno region. Many run continuously until Halloween and a few are just at specific times during October. Some of these are pretty elaborate, with lots of activities for both kids and adults. You can even visit the field and search for your own perfect Halloween jack-o-lantern.

Another popular Halloween activity taking place during October are a number of fun and spooky special train rides. In our local area, Halloween trains will be running on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad up in Virginia City and at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. There are more ghoulish trains running at other Nevada locations and over in California.

Of course, you need Halloween costumes and supplies to properly participate in the festivities. These are available in abundance at any of several locations around the Reno region. Be sure to consider shopping at some of the locally owned businesses when gearing up for Halloween.


Duck Race and Festival, Nevada Humane Society, Reno
If you haven’t already done so, adopt a rubber duck (or several) now for the 2018 Nevada Humane Society Duck Race and Festival. On Sunday, August 19 in Wingfield Park, around 20,000 bright yellow rubber ducks will race to the finish line in the Truckee River, raising money and awareness for the homeless pets in our community. All entries have a chance of winning a 2018 Toyota Corolla donated by Dick Campagni’s Carson City Toyota Scion.

The free festival in Wingfield Park, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will have family-friendly things to enjoy including live music and entertainment, a carnival, clowns, face painting, a photo booth, food trucks, pet adoptions and more. The exciting Duck Race launches at 4 p.m.

Ducks can be adopted for $5 each at Nevada Humane Society (NHS), 2825 Longley Lane, Reno and online from NHS. There are adoption tables at a variety of community events, farmers’ markets, shopping centers and businesses until the day of the event. For more information, call Nevada Humane Society at (775) 856-2000.

Update: The Reno Sculpture Fest has been canceled for 2018.

The Reno Sculpture Fest is a free Artown event featuring larger-than-life sculptures, vendors, food, and the opportunity to interact with the artists and enjoy the magic of art. The event will be held at City Plaza in downtown Reno, next to the Truckee River and across from City Hall.

The Reno Sculpture Fest is on July 13, 14, and 15, 2018. Hours are 4 p.m. to to 10 p.m. on Friday the 13th, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the 14th and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 15th.

The Reno Sculpture Fest is only one of hundreds of Artown events and activities. Go to “Artown 2018 in Reno” for more about this unique Reno event.