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.”

Virtual Burning Man 2021

August 21, 2021

Burning Man 2021 won’t be happening live out at Black Rock City (for the second year in a row), but you can enjoy a virtual experience with a theme of “The Great Unknown.”

Go to the “Virtual Burn 2021,” featuring six Virtual Burning Man Experiences for the Burning Man community (and the Burn-curious) during Virtual Burn Week, August 22 – September 7, 2021. Anybody with an internet connection is invited to participate in the creativity and community, whether you’re dropping in with a VR headset, a desktop computer or a mobile device. This is open to world-wide participation.

You can host your performances, talks, workshops, dance experience, events, or whatever you’d like in the Virtual Burning Man Experiences. There are also opportunities to volunteer. Visit the “Virtual Burn 2021” website to sign up.

There are a number of interesting happenings to keep you occupied during the upcoming weekend (August 19 – 22, 2021). Go to “August 2021 Events and Activities in the Reno Region” for details about these activities and more.