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October 2015 Events and Activities in the Reno Region

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Big events during October, 2015 include...

Discover Science Lecture Series - Thursday, October 1, 2015. The annual Discover Science Lecture Series brings renowned scientists and science lecturers from around the country to share their knowledge with the community. The series is held on the University of Nevada, Reno campus and sponsored by the UNR College of Science. The first program of this year's series presents Simon Winchester, geologist, journalist, explorer and New York Times best-selling author. His lecture is titled "The Man Who Made the Map that Changed the World." Lectures start at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Blue Jeans Jam - Friday through Sunday, October 2 - 4, 2015. This is a denim lifestyle event to celebrate the invention of riveted blue jeans by Reno tailor Jacob Davis. The event kicks off with "Denim: Cool Rags and Rides" at the National Automobile Museum in Reno. There are several venues involved - refer to the Events Calendar for dates, places and details.

Wolf Pack Football - Saturday, October 3, 2015. The Nevada Wolf Pack football team takes on UNLV at Mackay Stadium in the annual Battle for the Fremont Cannon. Kick-off is at 4 p.m. Go Pack!

Disability Awareness Festival - Saturday, October 3, 2015. The free Festival will be centered in downtown Reno at Virginia Street and Comm Row, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The day will include free entertainment and several activities where attendees can participate. Numerous organizations will be on hand with goods and services geared toward those with disabilities. See the schedule of events for details.

Reno Celtic Celebration - Saturday and Sunday, October 3 - 4, 2015. The Reno Celtic Celebration at Bartley Ranch Regional Park features activities and events that originated mostly in Scotland and Ireland, such as highland athletic events, spirited music, and graceful, energetic forms of dance. This great family event has food and drink vendors and parking is free. Tickets are $15 or $25 for both days. Kids 12 and under are free with a paid admission.

World Championship Outhouse Races in Virginia City - Saturday and Sunday, October 3 - 4, 2015. The Races pit teams of costumed outhouse racers against each other. One person rides and the remaining team members push, pull or drag the decorated outhouses down the racetrack, which is C Street. This event is free to the public and is quite the spectacle. To participate, get a 3 person team together and register online.

Fall Fish Festival - Saturday and Sunday, October 3 - 4, 2015. Bring the family to this free annual event celebrating a variety of fish species that live in Lake Tahoe and surrounding streams. It is held every October at Taylor Creek Visitor Center on the south end of Lake Tahoe. The Fall Fish Festival includes lots of activities to help children and parents learn about the Lake Tahoe environment and have fun doing it. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Wagon Wheel Country Music Festival - Saturday and Sunday, October 3 - 4, 2015. This inaugural festival will be in Ranch San Rafael Regional Park in Reno. Come enjoy top performers, food, art, clothing and country western vendors.

Lake Tahoe Marathon - Thursday through Sunday, October 8 - 11, 2015. This is actually a series of over 20 events, including running, swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding. There will be lots going on at this family-friendly event. Refer to the Calendar of Events for all the details.

Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, October 10, 2015. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a day of fun family activities and free admission for all. The theme on this Second Saturday is "Dia del los Muertos," with art activities related to this Mexican tradition. Participate in hands-on art projects and storytelling. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Redrun 3 - Return of the Living Dead - Saturday, October 10, 2015. Run for your life as the zombie apocalypse engulfs the haunted town of Virginia City. The run to escape the zombies takes you through chilling landmarks like cemeteries, old tunnels, mining bunkers, and through the middle of this living ghost town. There will be two courses - 3.33 miles and 6.66 miles. Registration for the 6.66 mile course is $45 and the 3.33 is $35. Visit the Redrun 3 website to register online and get all the details.

Science Saturday at the National Automobile Museum - Saturday, October 10, 2015. "Tricorders and Telesurgery: Mobile Medicine in the Space Age" is this month's topic. Participants will start with a welcome in the theatre by a medical professional starting in the morning and will then move through various activities. Part of the program simulates a submersible ride through the human body – participants can learn about new medical treatments where they can view organs and individual cells up close. Admission is $12 per person for children and adults, which also includes admission to the National Automobile 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.

Eldorado Great Italian Festival - Saturday and Sunday, October 10 - 11, 2015. It's free to attend the Great Italian Festival, when downtown Reno becomes Little Italy. This is a fun, family-friendly festival, with street performers, free music from two stages, and plenty of good food and drink. Hours on Saturday are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fall Harvest Festival - Saturday, October 10, 2015. Fall Harvest Festival will feature over 30 breweries from around the Nevada region showcasing their craft beers. The festival will also include music by local bands and food from local food trucks. The event will take place on the field at Aces Ballpark and attendees are invited to bring blankets to sit, eat, drink and enjoy all of the festivities. Festival tickets include beer tasting, a meal and commemorative tasting cup. You can get tickets online for general admission, VIP (get in an hour earlier), and designated driver. VIP admission is at 12 noon, then everyone else from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Oktoberfest Harvest Jamboree - Saturday, October 10, 2015. This Oktoberfest celebration will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring live music, crafts and activities for family fun, a Volk's Spielen (Peoples Games) as well as a Bier Spielen. It's free to attend. The event will be at Victorian Square in Sparks.

Wolf Pack Football - Saturday, October 10, 2015. The Nevada Wolf Pack football team takes on the New Mexico Lobos at Mackay Stadium. Kick-off is at 4 p.m. Go Pack!

Alpine Aspen Festival - Saturday through Monday, October 10 - 12, 2015. This multi-faceted event is centered in the Hope Valley area south of Lake Tahoe and in the town of Markleeville, in Alpine County, CA. You can choose from numerous activities, including a fall photography workshop, a variety of hikes and tours, watercolor workshop, horseback riding, speakers, music, and more. There is a fee for some activities and others are free. Get the details and sign up for activities of interest on the Festival website.

Reno Bites Restaurant Week - Monday through Sunday, October 12 - 18, 2015. Explore and enjoy locally owned restaurants. The week offers prix fix menus, specialty items and price points and exceptional food-based events. The event culminates in a Chef Showdown in which Reno's best chefs compete against each other for prizes and bragging rights.

Fall Photo Hikes - Friday, October 16, 2015. Join Washoe County park rangers to explore some of the Reno area's most scenic hiking trails and bring your camera to photograph the fall color. The first hike will be on Friday from the Thomas Creek Trailhead at the end of Timberline Road, starting at 3 p.m. All hikes are free. There will be three more, on October 23, 30, and November 6, 2015.

A Wicked Wine Walk - Saturday, October 17, 2015. The Riverwalk Merchants present this fun event every third Saturday of the month. In October, it's themed for Halloween. 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. This is a 21+ event. Pets and strollers are not advised. For more information, call (775) 825-WALK (9255).

OutWest Film Fest - Friday through Sunday, October 16 - 18, 2015. The OutWest Film Fest is a three-day festival celebrating LGBTQ films with screenings, discussions and parties held across downtown Reno. A wide range of movies will be screened during the festival, including shorts, documentaries and feature-length films. Visit the website for information about the films, venues, times and tickets.

RenOpen Streets - Saturday, October 17, 2015, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. RenOpen Streets is designed to increase the health and physical activity of all Reno residents by transforming streets in a designated area and giving that space to residents to celebrate, walk, bike, dance and play in their neighborhood. The RenOpen Streets route and participants are shown on the event's route map. It begins on Riverside Drive and winds through the city to Virginia Street. It's free to come out and enjoy this new way to discover Reno.

All Things Cats - Sunday, October 18. Calling all cat lovers! For the 5th year in a row, Nevada Humane Society is hosting the Cat Convention, All Things Cats. If you love cats, don't miss the cat event of the year at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno. There will be a Cat Marketplace, over 100 cats of various breeds for adoption, a variety of vendors, raffle and free giveaways, and more. It's from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

Reno Zombie Crawl - Saturday, October 24, 2015. The Reno Zombie Crawl is one of the top 10 costumed Halloween parties in the nation, attracting around 15,000 undead to prowl the streets of downtown Reno. Enjoy thousands of dollars worth of costume contest prizes and drink specials at over 55 bars, clubs, restaurants and taverns. It's only $5 to join in. You can buy cups online or at the start bar on the night the zombies stalk the streets. Before the adults-only Zombie Crawl, there will be an all-zombie fun run and Thriller Dance under the Reno Arch, both of which are open to everyone.

Monthly Reno Beer Crawl - Saturday, October 24, 2015. 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. Crawling is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wolf Pack Football - Saturday, October 24, 2015. The Nevada Wolf Pack football team takes on the Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors at Mackay Stadium. Kick-off is at 1 p.m. Go Pack!

Make a Difference Day - Saturday, October 24, 2015. Volunteer to join KTMB and your neighbors during the nation's largest day of community service with park cleanup and beautification projects throughout the Truckee Meadows. The event is from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, followed by a volunteer appreciation BBQ at Sun Valley Community Park. You can volunteer by signing up online.

Pumpkinpalooza - Sunday, October 25, 2015. Celebrate all things pumpkin at Victorian Square in downtown Sparks at the 2015 Pumpkin Palooza. This free event is a great way to family fun for Halloween.

Fall Break at Washoe County Schools - Monday through Friday, October 26 - 30, 2015. Fall break activities for children and families around Reno and Sparks include camps and other things to do from several area organizations.

Halloween - Saturday, October 31, 2015. Haunted houses, trick-or-treating, pumpkin patches, and much more. The Reno area does Halloween in a big way and there are plenty of activities for everyone in the family, including a few for adults only.

77th Annual Nevada Day Parade - Saturday, October 31, 2015. Nevada Day is America's largest statehood celebration. Nevada Day activities and celebrations are centered in Carson City. Parade activities begin at 8 a.m. and starts marching at 10 a.m. There is a whole weekend of Nevada Day activities to enjoy, not just the parade. It's a big, family-friendly party in Carson City.

PTSD Discussion Group Meetings - Wednesdays, October 14 and 28, 2015, 6 p.m. VFW Post 9211 is sponsoring a PTSD discussion group that meets at the historic "Battle Born" bunker post every 2nd and 4th Wednesday. All individuals with a diagnosis of PTSD are invited to join this group. This is NOT restricted to veterans or VFW members. Any member of the community is invited, including civilians and service persons such police, firefighters, and medical personnel. VFW Post 9211 is located a block west of the Virginia Street / Moana lane intersection. The Post number is (775) 825-7007. Direct questions to the Post Surgeon, Dr. Schwartz, at (775) 409-4561.

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