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October 2016 Events and Activities in the Reno Region

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Reno Celtic Celebration - Saturday and Sunday, October 1 - 2, 2016. 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.

CrossReno 2016 - Saturday, October 1, 2016. CrossReno is top cyclocross pros competing for $10,000 cash, hundreds of amateur racers, skills clinics, live music, cold beer and food trucks. Cyclocross is a spectator-friendly bicycle racing event run on a closed course with obstacles. Cheering and jeering is encouraged. The CrossReno race and festival will be in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. Things start at 8 a.m. and continue all day. See the Festival schedule for details.

Fall Fish Festival - Saturday and Sunday, October 1 - 2, 2016. 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.

World Championship Outhouse Races in Virginia City - Saturday and Sunday, October 1 - 2, 2016. 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. This same form can also be used to register for the Undie Run Relay. Registration closes September 28 at 11:55 p.m.

Fall Break at Washoe County Schools - Monday through Friday, October 3 - 7, 2016. Fall break activities for children and families around Reno and Sparks include camps and other things to do from several area organizations.

Lake Tahoe Marathon - Thursday through Sunday, October 6 - 9, 2016. 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.

Vintage Eldorado - Friday, October 7, 2016. This event is an evening of fun and community support for the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. There will be imported Italian and California Italian wines, spirits, sodas and beer with live action food stations and authentic, live Italian entertainment. Vintage Eldorado is from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Reno Ballroom, 401 N. Center Street. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased online.

Reno Bites Restaurant Week - Friday through Sunday, October 7 - 16, 2016. 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.

Wolf Pack Football - Saturday, October 8, 2016. The Nevada Wolf Pack football team takes on the Fresno State Bulldogs in a conference game at Mackay Stadium. Kick-off time is TBA. Go Pack!

Redrun 4 - Armageddon - Saturday, October 8, 2016. 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. You can participate as a living runner, one of the living dead, or a living insane. There will be two courses - 3.33 miles and 6.66 miles. Visit the Redrun 4 website to register online and get all the details.

Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, October 8, 2016. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a day of fun family activities and free admission for all. Enjoy a "Family Fiesta" from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with Las Vegas-based and Tilting the Basin feature artist Justin Favela and a public celebration featuring his family's traditions with live mariachi, a taco bar and much more. Participate in hands-on art projects and storytelling. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Science Saturday at the National Automobile Museum - Saturday, October 8, 2016. "Driving on Mars" is this month's topic. Participants will see NASA's Journey to Mars, use VR and touch screens to plot a Martian course, and drive a simulated transport rover through Martian terrain. 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 8 - 9, 2016. 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.

Alpine Aspen Festival - Saturday and Sunday, October 8 - 9, 2016. 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.

Ballot Initiative Forum - Wednesday, October 12, 2016. The Joe Crowley Student Union at UNR is hosting a Ballot Initiative Forum in partnership with the Guinn Center for Policy Priorities and the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law. The public forum will present four ballot initiatives voters will approve or defeat during the upcoming general election. The forum will be followed by a reception with light refreshments. Free parking is available to the public on the top floor of the West Stadium Parking Complex. The forum will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre, Third Floor. (775) 682-6209.

Discover Science Lecture Series - Thursday, October 13, 2016. The first speaker in the 2016-2017 series is astronomer Derrick Pitts. His topic will be "Galileo's Revenge: How the Cell Phone Expanded the Universe." There will be 4 more lectures in this 2016-2017 series, held on campus at the University of Nevada, Reno. All lectures start at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first come basis.

19th Annual Fall Fest Craft Fair - Friday and Saturday, October 14 - 15, 2016. The fair features Native American and non-Native vendors with art silver jewelry, beadwork, arts and crafts, blankets, baked goods, Indian tacos and more. Free trick-or-treat bags for the kids. Free admission. Reno/Sparks Indian Colony Gym, 34 Reservation Road in Reno. (775) 842-1385.

Sky Tavern Ski & Sports Swap - Friday and Saturday, October 14 - 15, 2016. The swap will be at the former Sports Authority store, 4813 Kietzke Lane in Reno. New and used winter gear will be for sale at great prices - skis, boards, boots and clothes. Sellers can offer any other sports gear as well. Sellers can drop off gear on Thursday, October 13, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Friday from 12 noon to 9 p.m. The swap will be open to the public from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Admission on Friday is $5 per person, $10 per family. Admission is free on Saturday. All sales benefit community efforts to get kids outside and on the slopes.

Oktoberfest Harvest Jamboree - Saturday, October 15, 2016. 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.

Free Fall Photo Hikes - Saturday, October 15, 2016. Join Washoe County park rangers to explore some of the Reno area's most scenic hiking trails. These hikes provide amateur photographers and hiking enthusiasts with the opportunity to capture their own spectacular fall photography. The first hike is the Mt. Rose Trail. Other hikes in the series will be on the next three Saturdays.

Nevada Women's Expo - Saturday and Sunday, October 15 - 16, 2016. Hundreds of exhibitors, unique products and services, new companies and local resources, all catering to the many needs of women, at every stage of life. At the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $7, with a $2 discount coupon available from the website. Tickets bought on Saturday are good for free admission on Sunday.

Family Health Festival - Wednesday, October 19, 2016. This free event will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Reno Town Mall, 4001 S. Virginia Street. There will be free and low cost health services for children, adults, and seniors, plus flu shots. Sponsored by Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities. (775) 560-2556.

2016 Great Nevada ShakeOut - Thursday, October 20, 2016, 10:20 a.m. Nevada lies within one of the most seismically active regions in the United States. Along with California and Alaska, Nevada ranks in the top three states subject to the most large-scale earthquakes during the last 150 years. The Great Nevada ShakeOut is a simple, coordinated "drop, cover and hold on" exercise. Last year, more than 560,000 Nevadans participated. To register as an individual, business, school or government agency or organization, go to the official website. All Nevada residents are encouraged to register and participate.

Denim and Diamonds, A Wags & Whiskers Affair - Friday, October 21, 2016. Nevada Humane Society's Denim and Diamonds celebrates the love of pets. This premier dinner and charity event will honor the Dianda Family for their selfless giving and support of homeless pets. Unique entertainment is provided by special guest Corbin Maxey, a twenty-seven-year-old nationally recognized wildlife expert and biologist. Other festivities include a VIP hosted reception, silent and live auctions, diamond raffle, dinner, and adoptable pets. The VIP reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the main event kicking off at 6 p.m. and the program to follow at 7 p.m. The event takes place at Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. Tickets are $200 per person; Tables of 8 are $1,600; and VIP tables of 8 with a hosted cocktail reception along with a meet and greet with the Dianda Family and Corbin Maxey are $2,500. All proceeds benefit homeless pets at Nevada Humane Society.

Day Out with Thomas - Friday through Sunday, October 21 - 23 and 28 - 30, 2016. This family event offers aspiring engineers and their families the opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine along with fun activities for the entire family. Activities will be at the V&T Railroad Depot in Virginia City and include a 25-minute train ride behind Thomas™, temporary tattoos, face painting, story telling, videos, train play tables, mini golf, coloring caboose, meet and take photos with Sir Topham Hatt, and shop at the Thomas store. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 866-468-7630, and at the Virginia City Depot.

Wolf Pack Football - Saturday, October 22, 2016. The Nevada Wolf Pack football team takes on the Wyoming Cowboys in a conference game at Mackay Stadium. Kick-off time is TBA. Go Pack!

Reno Zombie Crawl - Saturday, October 22, 2016. 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.

Fall Residential Dump Days - Saturday and Sunday, October 22 - 23, 2016. Residential Dump Days gives Truckee Meadows residents an opportunity to get rid of many bulky items for free and household and yard waste at reduced rates. Fight illegal dumping and use this event to haul off big items like sofas, chairs, stoves, diswashers, etc. for free.

Pumpkinpalooza - Sunday, October 23, 2016. 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.

77th Annual Nevada Day Parade - Saturday, October 29, 2016. 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 the marching starts at 10 a.m. There lots of Nevada Day activities to enjoy, not just the parade. It's a big, family-friendly party in Carson City.

Halloween - Monday, October 31, 2016. 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.

PTSD Discussion Group Meetings - Wednesdays, October 12 and 26, 2016, 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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