St. Patrick’s Day 2023 is on Friday, March 17. Some of the festivities will be happening on the weekends rather than being on the big day itself. The Leprechaun Crawl and Leprechaun Race will both be held the weekend before the actual day, on Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12 respectively.

The Leprechaun Crawl is an adult drinking event that draws people from all over the country and beyond, making it one of the largest bar crawls in the world. 20+ different participating downtown bars, nightclubs and restaurants, all in walking distance and no cover charges. Lots of beer and drink specials and giveaways.

The family-friendly Leprechaun Race runs through the Midtown and Wells Avenue districts. This is a great first 5K for new runners. Costumes are encouraged. You race against a leprechaun and if your time is faster than hers, then you will earn a special prize. For every runner and walker who the leprechaun beats, the leprechaun’s pot of gold will grow in size as a benefit for the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum.

Another event before the actual St. Patrick’s day is the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry and related St. Patrick’s Day activities up in Virginia City. It will be the weekend before on Saturday, March 11, 2023.

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


There is a great winter event going on just up the mountain from Reno – the North Lake Tahoe SNOWFEST. The 2023 SNOWFEST takes place March 2 through March 12 at various Lake Tahoe venues, though most of the action is in and around the north shore communities of Tahoe City and Kings Beach. The mission is to support local non-profits, public programs, student organizations, and scholarships.

The North Lake Tahoe SNOWFEST is a a family-friendly event with something for all ages. Come up and enjoy parades, races, parties, concerts, theater, dog and pet events, wining and dining, and more. Check out the Schedule of Events calendar on the website.

Valentine’s Day 2023 is on Tuesday, February 14 and there are numerous ways to enjoy the day in the Reno area. The traditional thing to do is to take your sweetheart out for brunch or dinner. Many restaurants and casinos in the Reno area will be offering special menus on February 14 or thereabouts.

Other ways to share the occasion with your significant other include going to the movies, having fun with the exhibit “Expedition: Dinosaur” at the Wilbur D. May Museum or doing “The Devil Made Me Do It” in Virginia City. With some advance planning, you can even get married (or re-married) on this special day.

Learn about Valentine’s Day dining and other things to do from “Dine and Party on Valentine’s Day around Reno and Lake Tahoe.”