2021 Duck Race & Festival

September 16, 2021

Duck Race and Festival, Nevada Humane Society, Reno
If you haven’t already done so, adopt a rubber duck (or several) now for the 2021 Nevada Humane Society Duck Race and Festival. All entries have a chance of winning several prizes, including a new car donated by Carson City Toyota or $10,000 cash.

Rather than being in Wingfield Park like past festivals, the 2021 Nevada Humane Society Duck Race and Festival will be at the Hawkins Amphitheatre in Bartley Ranch Regional Park on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a virtual duck race to close out the evening. In addition to the duck race itself, other family-friendly things to enjoy include vendors, food trucks, a beer garden, games for the kids, pet adoptions, and more. Admission is free.

For more information, call Nevada Humane Society at (775) 856-2000.

2021 Great Reno Balloon Race

September 5, 2021

It’s back after being canceled in 2020. The free Great Reno Balloon Race is a spectacular and fun event for all. This will be the 40th year of the annual event held at Reno’s Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.

The 2021 Great Reno Balloon Race will be from Friday, September 10 through Sunday, September 12. You have to be there well before sunrise to enjoy some of the best sights of the Great Reno Balloon Race. Three events – the Super Glow Show, the regular Glow Show, and Dawn Patrol – all occur while it’s still dark. For the mass ascension, around 100 hot air balloons begin rising from the field as the night sky gives way to early morning light. By the time daylight arrives, the sky is filled with an amazing variety of colorful balloons.

Great Reno Balloon Race in Reno, Nevada

Photo © Stan White

The schedule of events is in my “Enjoy the 2021 Great Reno Balloon Race” article. Be sure to read up on details about attending and enjoying the Great Reno Balloon Race. You will have more fun and stay safe by being familiar with parking procedures and rules for participating and watching the event.

Hot air ballooning is dependent on the weather. Adverse conditions can alter the schedule or even ground some events. It’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast before heading out to the Great Reno Balloon Race.

The 2021 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off fires up on Wednesday, September 1 and keeps cooking through Labor Day on Monday, September 6. This hugely popular event is free to attend and provides a ton of fun for the whole family.

The Nugget Rib Cook-Off takes over Victorian Square in Sparks, next to the Nugget Casino Resort. The rib cooking teams and their sizzling offerings are the main attraction for most folks, but there are plenty of other things going on. There is free entertainment on the outdoor stage, a big kids’ area, a large arts and crafts fair, beer garden and more.

The Nugget Rib Cook-Off is attended by tens of thousands of people. Parking is a major hassle, so I recommend using the free shuttle from nearby locations or public transit. For details on riding the shuttle and more event information, check out “Enjoy the 2021 Nugget Rib Cook-Off.”