St. Patrick’s Day 2018 is on Saturday, March 17. With it falling on a Saturday this year, more of the festivities (but not all) will be happening right on St. Patrick’s Day itself rather than being stretched out over a few days.

For example, the Sparks Shamrock Shuffle at Victorian Square, Reno’s Leprechaun Crawl, the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry and related St. Patrick’s Day activities up in Virginia City, and several other activities and events will all be on St. Patrick’s Day. Most of us are going to have to make choices since it will be real tough to get in so many fun things in a single day and night.

For adults only, one of the biggest parties will be at Ceol Irish Pub in Reno, though you will find a number of other Irish pubs in the area in which to celebrate.

You can ride Reno / Sparks public transit RTC buses for free on St. Patrick’s Day after 4 p.m. Hop on the bus for a safe ride home after enjoying that green beer and Irish whiskey.

Get details about these events and more from “St. Patrick’s Day Activities in the Reno Region.”


Valentine’s Day 2018 is on Wednesday, February 14 and there are numerous ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day in the Reno area. The traditional thing to do is to take your sweetheart out for brunch or dinner. Many restaurants and buffets in the Reno area will be offering special menus on February 14. Note that some dining events are not on Valentine’s Day itself, but shortly before or after.

There are other ways to share the occasion with your significant other, including going to the movies, enjoying a “Come in from the Cold” show, and enjoying fantasy at the May Museum with the “Hall of Heroes” exhibit. You can even get married on this special day with a little advance planning.

Learn about Valentine’s Day dining and other things to do from “Dine and Party on Valentine’s Day around Reno and Lake Tahoe.” Since Valentine’s Day is during the week, there are activities on the weekend before and after that are worth checking out.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! May you have a joyous and safe holiday and a New Year that brings happiness and prosperity.

Christmas holiday lights, home in Reno, Nevada, NV

Photo © Stan White

Don’t want to cook on Christmas? Learn about “Christmas Day Dining in Reno and Sparks” and enjoy a delicious meal with family and friends.

Other suggestions for things to do on Christmas include going for a ride to see some Christmas lights displays or perhaps taking a turn around the ice at the Reno Ice Rink at Greater Nevada Field.

If you are looking for things to do with the kids during winter break at Washoe County Schools, refer to “Winter Break Camps and Activities in Reno and Sparks.”

New Year’s Eve wraps up the holiday season. There are some awesome parties and spectacular fireworks to bring in 2018, around Reno, up at Lake Tahoe and throughout northern Nevada.