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November 2018 Events and Activities in the Reno Region

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Big events during November, 2018 include...

Daylight Saving Time ends - Sunday, November 4, 2018. Set clocks back 1 hour.

Barrels & Bites benefit for the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows - Friday, November 2, 2018. Northern Nevada's premier event for food, wine, beer and spirit connoisseurs. In addition to wines from world-renowned vineyards, attendees sample fine beers, spirits, specialty cocktails and cuisine within themed areas in the venue. A silent and live auction with all proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. Tickets are $75. The event is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Tuscany Ballroom at the Peppermill Reno, 2707 S. Virginia St.

Good Nature! Walking Tours for Older Adults - Friday, November 2, 2018, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy a stroll in a beautiful natural environment while learning interesting facts from tour guides. Admission is free and all older adults are welcome. At the Wilbur D. May Center in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St. in Reno. The theme is "Garden Legends of the Fall, Tales of All Saints Day."

Off Beat Music Festival - Thursday through Saturday, November 8 - 10, 2018. This 4th annual festival will feature 100+ bands and solo artists at different venues around town. Most acts are local, but some are coming from New York, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, LA, and many more locations. Some venues are all-ages, the others being 21+. There are various ticket options depending on what you want to see and do. Ticket information is available online.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival - Friday, November 9, 2018. Wild & Scenic Film Festival comes to Reno's Whitney Peak Hotel (3rd floor). Tickets just $12 for adults, $10 students and $15 at the door. Filmmakers, no-host bar, raffle and more. Prepare to be inspired. Attendees can expect to see award winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures. Doors open at 6 p.m., films start at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online.

Artisan Craft Fair - Friday through Sunday, November 9 - 11, 2018. Hosted by The Reno Gem & Mineral Society. Jewelry created from stones found throughout our state of Nevada; rocks, gems, and minerals for display or to work; local photography; home decor and much more. Many of our artists have won local, regional, and national competitions for their stone art work. It's at the Reno Town Mall, 4001 So. Virginia St. (corner of Peckham and So. Virginia). Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

12th Annual Meet the Turkeys Open House at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park - Saturday, November 10, 2018. Celebrate the season of the turkey by bringing the family to Rancho San Rafael Regional Park for this free event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activities include horse and pony rides ($5, Lorie's Pony Express), farm animals, Moolisa the milking cow, fall crafts, scavenger hunts, and live turkeys. Also, the Washoe County librarians will have story time and activities. Bring your camera for fall and Thanksgiving photos with the turkeys. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

Reno Veterans Day Parade - Sunday, November 11, 2018. Honor our troops and enjoy this parade of ROTC groups from regional high schools, university and high school marching bands, honor guards and other groups representing all the services, other groups wanting to honor the military service of our veterans, and groups representing various veterans' organizations. The parade traditionally gets underway at 11:11 a.m. and marches down Virginia Street through downtown Reno.

Girls on the Run - Sierras - Sunday, November 18, 2018. The 5K course is a 3.1 mile course around the UNR campus. Volunteers will be placed along the course to cheer on the girls and 5K participants. Get registration details and more from the website. (775) 298-0280.

Wolf Pack Football - Saturday, November 10, 2018. The Nevada Wolf Pack football team takes on the Colorado State Rams at Mackay Stadium in Reno. Kickoff is TBA. Go Pack!

Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, November 10, 2018. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a day of fun family activities and free admission for all. Enjoy free admission and activities at the Museum. Participate in hands-on art projects and storytelling. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Science Saturdays at the National Automobile Museum - Saturday, November 10, 2018. Join in on the adventures that are out of this world, with "Eating in Space." Admission is $12 per person for children and adults, which also includes admission to the Museum. For participants age 8 and up. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required approximately two days before the event. Call the Museum at (775) 333-9300 for more information.

Discover Science Lecture Series - Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7 p.m. "Applications of the Tree of Life" by David Hillis. In his lecture, Hillis will discuss the many new applications of phylogenetic information (data relating to the evolutionary development of a species) such as the use of detailed genomic information to solve murder investigations, in the development of vaccines, for study of disease outbreaks, and for building new automated identification technology that was once only imagined in science fiction stories. His talk is free and open to the public.

Chemistry of the Cocktail at The Discovery - Friday, November 16, 2018, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Prepare for an exploration of the science behind wild west-themed libations. Add to that delicious fare from some of your favorite local culinary hot spots, and live and silent auctions, and you've got the recipe for a rootin'-tootin' fun way to support The Discovery. This is an adults-only fundraiser for The Discovery, 490 S. Center Street in Reno. Tickets are $110 or $150 for the VIP experience (which starts at 6 p.m.) and available online. (775) 786-1000.

2018 Polar Express on the V&T Railroad - First trip in 2018 is on Friday, November 16. Plan ahead - getting advance tickets is a must for those wanting to ride the Polar Express to the North Pole this holiday season.

Lake Mansion Jingles - Free Family Art Festival - Saturday, November 17, 2018, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Arts for All Nevada (AFAN) is presenting this event with art stations for kids, face painting, a free book for each child, tours of the Lake Mansion, photos and visits with Santa, and more. Families with children with special needs are invited to attend starting at 10 a.m. Free parking in the AFAN lot or metered parking on nearby streets. Donations accepted allowing AFAN to continue conducting our annual free and open-to-the-public Family Art Festivals in November, March and July. The Lake Mansion is at 250 Court Street and Arlington Avenue in Reno. (775) 826-6100 ext. 2#.

Nevada Women's Expo - Friday and Saturday, November 16 - 17, 2018. Join us for a 2 day shopping extravaganza featuring a holiday craft fair and flea market bazaar. Find unique products and gift ideas. Connect with local service and nonprofit organizations. 12 noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Event will be at Firecreek Crossing, 4813 Kietzke Lane in Reno.

Home 4 the Holidays Craft Fair at Nevada Humane Society - Saturday, November 17, 2018, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Fair will feature a wide variety of local vendors selling handcrafted art, jewelry, and many pet related gifts and pet supplies that will make great holiday gifts for the animal lovers on your shopping list. Artists who participate will be contributing a percentage of their sales to help the homeless pets at Nevada Humane Society, 2825 Longley Lane in Reno. Admission is free. (775) 856-2000.

Reno Onesie Crawl - Saturday, November 17, 2018. Experience the freedom of partying in your jammies at the Reno Onesie Crawl. It starts and 8 p.m. and lasts way past your normal bedtime. For only $5, crawlers get cover-free access to over 20 downtown Reno bars, drink specials, costume contests, live entertainment, give-aways, hotel discounts, and more. Cups are available online or you get them the night of the crawl at one several locations.

Headlock on Hunger - Saturday, November 17, 2018, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. This event is a night of family friendly, professional wrestling at Reed High School, 1350 Baring Boulevard in Sparks. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is only $5. All proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Headlock on Hunger is a campaign and non-profit event that aims to raise awareness, and combat the hunger issue affecting the children of the Truckee Meadows. Tickets are available online.

Tipsy Turkey Wine Walk - Saturday, November 17, 2018. The Riverwalk Merchants present this fun event every third Saturday of the month. In November, it's themed for Thanksgiving and costumes are encouraged. Visit any of the start locations with $20 and receive your wine glass and hand stamp (with photo ID), then make the rounds sampling wines at numerous businesses in the area from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. This is a 21+ event. Pets and strollers are not advised. For more information, call (775) 825-WALK (9255).

Lights Up at The Summit - Saturday, November 17, 2018. The Lights Up celebration will include the official lighting of The Summit's holiday decorations and tree, a laser light show, arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, a live band and choir, food trucks, and more. The event will be at Center Plaza from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Summit is at the corner of Mt. Rose Highway and S. Virginia Street.

Thanksgiving Day Weekend - Thursday, November 22, 2018. There are lots of things to do on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the Thanksgiving weekend.

Dining Out on Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 22, 2018. Reno area hotel/casinos and some restaurants put on big spreads for Thanksgiving dinner. Look these over if eating out sounds better than cooking all day and then cleaning up.

Magic of Christmas Parade - Friday, November 23, 2018, 11 a.m. This is a long-time tradition at Shoppers Square. Come to this free event and see holiday characters, marching bands, and more at Reno's only Christmas parade. The big finale will feature Santa Claus arriving by horse and sleigh. There's also a Christmas tree lot run by Boy Scout Troop 107. Shoppers Square is at the corner of S. Virginia Street and E. Plumb Lane in Reno.

Wolf Pack Football - Saturday, November 24, 2018. The Nevada Wolf Pack football team takes on the UNLV Rebels in the "Battle for the Fremont Cannon." This intra-state rivalry is always a big game. This year, it's down in Las Vegas. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. Go Pack!

Small Business Saturday - Saturday, November 24, 2018. Forget the Black Friday shopping frenzy after Thanksgiving. Use your shopping time and dollars to support locally owned businesses in the Reno area - keep your money here in the Truckee Meadows to improve our own economy and support your friends and neighbors rather than faceless corporations sucking money out of Nevada. The Small Business Saturday website has information for both business owners and shoppers.

"Finding Neverland" at the Pioneer Center - Friday through Sunday, November 23 - 25, 2018. "Finding Neverland" tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. The magic of playwright J.M. Barrie's classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available online.

Crafts for Christmas - Friday through Sunday, November 23 - 25, 2018. Come to The Nugget in Sparks to shop among over 100 craft and gift booths at this annual marketplace. Enjoy cooking, cocktail, and floral arranging demonstrations. Santa will visit and there will be activities for kids. Free admission and parking. Friday 12 noon to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monthly Reno Beer Crawl - Saturday, November 24, 2018. This event is in downtown Reno where all of the participating bars, pubs, and restaurants are within walking (or crawling) distance. It costs $5 to participate and you can just show up at one of the start bars - advance tickets not required, but you can buy tickets online if you wish. Crawling is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Unbelievables Christmas Extravaganza at The Eldorado - November 16, 2018 through January 6, 2019. Featuring "America's Got Talent" semi-finalist Evie Clair and many other great acts from around the globe, this family-friendly show has it all – jaw-dropping magic, breathtaking circus acts, including sand art, magical doves, duo trapeze straps, the Russian bar and local school choirs singing your favorite Christmas carols. Tickets are available online. For more information on show times and tickets call 800-879-8879. The Eldorado is at 345 North Virginia Street in Reno.

Northern Lights Tahoe - November 30 through December 23, 2018. This festival of lights features the north Tahoe communities of Incline Village and Crystal Bay. There will be many special activities at various venues during the festival, including concerts, a Santa crawl, opening day at Diamond Peak ski resort, holiday craft fair, holiday sing-a-long, and lots more. Note that some activities are adults only. Check the website for a complete schedule of events.

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