ALL OF OCTOBER
Enjoy the fresh outdoors and the splendor of fall with the littles in your life with a Visit to the Pumpkin Patch and/or Corn Maze! The harvest is abundant and Reno-Sparks has a few great family-farm options, each with a different twist. NewToReno.com conveniently provides a comprehensive list of pumpkin patches and corn mazes that are open to the public, so check out the website and pick the one that’s best for you and your family.
ALL OF OCTOBER
VIRGINIA CITY, NEVADA
When it comes to spooky experiences during the entire month of October, historic Virginia City is overflowing! Hair-raising ghost tours lead curious visitors through the most paranormal sites of this old mining town. A stroll though the cemetery at dusk on Halloween night would be enough to induce nightmares for me, no doubt. Not-so-spooky activities for kiddos include a day out with Thomas the Tank Engine and a V&T Railroad Pumpkin Patch Train Ride. For a complete list of details and events happening through the remainder of the month, and specifically this weekend, hop online at VisitVirginiaCityNV.com.
THURSDAY-SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17-19
GREATER NEVADA FIELD & KINGDOM OF HORRORS
As I’ve mentioned in the past, I caution you to not enter these horror attractions unless your bladder is empty. Indeed, due to the intensity of the fright experienced at Slaughterhouse, AKA Fright Fest,or Kingdom of Horrors, you may require a change of clothing at the end of it all. Looking for something a little more on the “tame” side? For younger visitors, or those wishing not to soil themselves, Fright Fest offers a Laughter House attraction, suitable for all ages. Learn more about both venues at RenoFrightFest.com and Facebook.com/KingdomOfHorrors.
THURSDAY-SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24-26
PIONEER UNDERGROUND & LEX NIGHTCLUB
Welcome to Reno actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Mark Christopher Lawrence! Best known for his role as Big Mike on the NBC series Chuck, this likable entertainer has also appeared in several other films and TV sitcoms including Seinfeld, Malcolm in the Middle, Crossing Jordon, Touched by an Angel and more. Click HERE for a fun clip of him talking about “How to Name Your Kids.” Catch him live at LEX Nightclub or Pioneer Underground at one of his 3 performances this weekend. Tickets are on sale at RenoTahoeComedy.com.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 (7:30 pm)
WHITNEY PEAK – CARGO CONCERT HALL
Take in an evening of easy-listening reggae music with Common Kings at Cargo Concert Hall Friday night! The four-man band from Orange County has been busy since 2013 producing five studio albums. Common Kings’ 2017 EP Album, Lost in Paradise, received a GRAMMY nomination for “Best Reggae Album” category and topped the Billboard Reggae Albums chart. They followed up in 2018 with the album One Day reaching number 2 on the chart. Don’t miss your chance to see Common Kings live in Reno! Click HERE for their video of “Wade in Your Water,” and purchase tickets to see them live at EventBrite.com.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 (9 pm)
GRAND SIERRA RESORT – GRAND THEATRE
Los Temerarios have made a name for themselves over the better part of four decades, cranking out 35 studio albums, and winning the Latin GRAMMY Award for “Best Grupero Album” at the very first Latin GRAMMY Awards in 2000. Led by brothers Adolfo Angel and Gustavo Angel, the band hails from Fresnillo, Mexico and has produced fan-favorites like “Todo Me Recuerda A Ti,” “Derrotado y Sin Cariño” and “Quise Olvidarme de Ti.” For tickets to see Los Temerarios live, visit GrandSierraResort.com.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26
If you’re new to Reno, you will learn very quickly, that this town likes to get dressed up! Pleasurable pub crawls, fancy fundraisers, private parties, and of course, Adult Halloween Soirées top the list of reasons to dive into your costume collection, bust out one’s alter-ego and hit the town. Check out the list of costume-donning opportunities this weekend:
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 (8 pm – 4 pm)
Join the walking dead by becoming one of them this Saturday night at Reno Zombie Crawl. Named by USA Today as one of the “Top 10 Costumed Halloween Parties” in nation, this mass corpse gathering is a people-watching frenzy that leads you on a tour of 38 participating bars with free cover charge when you present your crawl cup. Post-mortum crawlers enjoy drink specials with no last call and room discounts at local hotels. For more details about the creepy crawl and the enormous group Thriller Dance Under the Arch, visit CrawlReno.com.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 (7 am-4 pm)
CARSON CITY, NEVADA
It’s that time of year! We turn our attention to our Capitol, Carson City, where for the last 81 years, our community has faithfully celebrated its admission into statehood on October 31, 1864. Yes, Nevada has officially been a state for 155 years now, and this Saturday, we salute our past and look ahead to our future. Nevada’s Heritage Celebration begins with a pancake breakfast, and continues with a hot air balloon launch, a fun run/walk, the traditional Nevada Day Parade and Beard Contest, and tours of the Governor’s Mansion. Learn more about the history and offerings of this great annual event at NevadaDay.com.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 (8 pm)
GRAND SIERRA RESORT – GRAND THEATRE
When your mission is to “rebel against the serious singer-songwriter mentality” your musical style will naturally be anything but ordinary… an pretty darn funny too. Indeed, Kyle Gass and Jack Black formed Tenacious D 15 years ago, and have been producing side-splitting comedy rock music ever since. The hilarious duo’s songs evoke heavy metal clichés of bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest and poke fun at mainstream music in general. Check out this video of “Wonderboy,” a superb example of Tenacious D’s work and talent. Learn more about the band and get your tickets to see them live at GrandSierraResort.com.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27 (9 am)
BEGINS @ STEVENSON ST & ENDS @ BREWER’S CABINET PRODUCTION FACILITY
Sport your epic Wookie or Star Wars-themed attire and join the force of many in the fun annual point-to-point Dirty Wookie 10k Run that starts in Downtown Reno and finishes with a delicious coldie at Brewer’s Cabinet Production Facility (8565 White Fir St, Reno). Shuttles are available, if needed, from the end point to the starting point. Visit DesertSkyAdventures.com for registration and event details. “May the course be with you!”