Labor Day presents numerous choices of things to do in the Reno / Tahoe area during this last long holiday weekend of summer. The biggest deal is the Nugget Rib Cook-Off right here in Sparks.

Other choices for Labor Day activities include beaches at Lake Tahoe, hiking, picnicking at area parks, cooling off at any of numerous local swimming pools and water play places, going to the movies, visiting museums, and more. There are Labor Day activities in Virginia City as well. Have fun and be safe while enjoying this traditional end-of-summer holiday.

If you are going to be playing outdoors, be aware that the fire danger is extremely high and there are lots of restrictions in force right now. Be extra careful with BBQs and any other fire you may use. If in doubt, do without. The forest you save may be the one you are standing in.


The 2017 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off fires up the grills on Wednesday, August 30, and keeps cooking through Labor Day on Monday, September 4. 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 twin towers of the Sparks Nugget. 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 outdoor stages, a big kids’ area, a large arts and crafts fair, and the World Rib Eating Championship featuring some of the world’s top competitive eaters.

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 2017 Nugget Rib Cook-Off.”

We are between some of Reno’s biggest big events, but there are still plenty of things to do during the weekend of August 18 – 20, 2017. If you plan things out, you can manage several of these.

For more details and to learn about even more things to do during the rest of August, refer to “August 2017 Events and Activities in the Reno Region.” If you are heading to the mountains, be sure to check the highway conditions and weather forecast so you’ll know what to expect.