Event Details

Home / Event Details


Download the MOPO mobile app
to get all the latest Nevada Day information and updates about the weekend’s events. See what other people are doing and saying. There’s even cool things to do long after the party’s over!

ALL WEEKEND EVENTS

HALLOWEEN TRAIN RIDE AND FESTIVE SCAVENGER HUNT

Celebrate Nevada Day and the harvest season by coming “all aboard” the V&T Railway for a Halloween train ride and festive scavenger hunt Sat. and Sun, Oct. 30 & 31! Upon arrival to Eastgate Depot, receive a special treat for wearing your spookiest costume then embark on your journey to Virginia City behind the historic Engine 18. Choose between the “Family” or “Adults Only” themed scavenger hunts for a chance to win one of 2 grand prizes selected via raffle of completed hunts. Both hunts take participants on an adventure both on the track and throughout Virginia City.  

“Family Hunt” prize is the “Ultimate Carson City Family Day” with 4 tickets to the Nevada State Museum, 4 tickets to the Nevada State Railroad Museum plus train ride tickets, Nevada Day and Carson City swag, and $75 to Duke’s Steakhouse.

“Adults Only Hunt” prize is a bottle of Cemetery Gin and Bucket of Blood’s Bloody Mary mix to concoct your very own Bloody Muckers along with 2 tickets to a mine tour and 2 tickets for a trolley ride for your next return to Virginia City

RAIL BIKE TOURS AND TRAIN RIDES

All weekend long join the V&T Railway and Carson Canyon Railbike Tours for special train and railbike rides including spooky Halloween rides! This will be the last regular rides of the season.

FRIDAY EVENTS

BLINKY MAN CARSON CITY

Blinky Man is a nighttime bike ride through the streets of Carson City. Participants dress up in costumes and decorate their bicycles with colorful lights, before riding together through town on a circuit with five stops at local bars and eateries. This year’s event is Friday, Oct. 29th at 6:30 p.m., starting at Fox’s Brewpub, followed by Living the Good Life, the Feisty Goat and Tap Shack., the last stop is to be determined! Anyone with a bicycle that is properly lighted for night riding is free to participate. For more information, go to https://www.Facebook.com/BlinkyManCC/

HISTORICAL EAST-SIDE TOUR

Join Bernie Allen on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. as guides lead you on a two mile walking tour of the historical east side of Carson City. This free tour begins at the Capitol steps and continues to the location of the former children’s home, which was also the site of the 1897 Corbett Fitzsimmons heavyweight title fight. The tour also includes a visit to the site of the former V&T Railroad shops as well as many other historic locations. For more info, call 775-315-7616.

SATURDAY EVENTS

32TH ANNUAL NEVADA DAY CLASSIC RUN/WALK

UPDATE: Race will start at 8am. Register online at the link below. Plan to pick up your packets Friday from 1-5pm or Saturday morning at 7am. PLEASE – NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION. ALL TRANSACTION THROUGH SQUARE.

We are both excited and thankful that we are able to return this year and put on one of our signature races during the Nevada Day Weekend! This is a classic road course through the streets of west Carson City. Costumes are HIGHLY encouraged! An annual event since 1989, the Nevada Day Classic – presented by the Tahoe Mountain Milers – is an 8K run and a 2-mile run/walk through the beautiful, historic West Side of Carson City, Nevada. The races precede the Nevada Day Parade celebrating Nevada’s entry into the Union with a course finish down the main drag of Carson City with spectators lining the way. All runners of all distances will receive a custom wooden medal! The first 200 runners that register are guaranteed a t-shirt!

The Nevada Day Classic is organized in partnership with Guide Dog for the Blind, Kaia Fit, and Lynn Mentzer Timing. All net proceeds will go to Guide Dogs For The Blind. Link for registration: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=88055. The email for general public inquiries is: tahoemtnmilers@gmail.com

32TH ANNUAL NEVADA PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION

A Nevada Day tradition, the pancake breakfast at the Governor’s Mansion (606 N. Mountain St.) is hosted by the Carson City Republican Women’s Club and takes place from 7:00-9:30 a.m. on parade day.  Cost is $7 for Adults and $4 for Kids 10 and younger.  Proceeds go towards a scholarship of $2,000 to a deserving senior from Carson or Dayton High School. All are welcome and we encourage you to come and meet our Republican officials.

Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, ham, orange juice and coffee. The Governor is often available for photos. You might even spot surprise celebrities and famous political guests at this annual Carson City tradition!  For more info visit www.ccrwclub.com or contact Patty Johnson 775-846-8480/email patty.johnson@frankincovey.com.

36th ANNUAL NEVADA DAY CHILI FEED

Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske and State Senator James Settelmeyer will host the annual Chili Feed in the Carson Nugget’s upstairs Banquet Center (507 North Carson St.) on parade day. Time 11am-2pm. Admission is free, so arrive early for the popular event!  Enjoy free chili with all the fixins. It’s a great opportunity to meet old and new friends, plus chat with federal, state, and local leaders. 

NEVADA BUILDERS FOUNDATION BREAKFAST BUFFET

21st Annual Nevada Builders Foundation Nevada Day Breakfast Buffet at Red’s Old 395 Grill. Saturday, Oct. 30, 20216 am to 9:30 am. Tickets are $6.00 in Advance and $10.00 at the Door. Reds is located at 1055 S. Carson St. Enjoy a full breakfast buffet of pancakes and scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages and potatoes and much more.  Be sure to treat yourself to Red’s famous Bloody Mary or Mimosa they are available at the bar.

NEVADA BUILDERS FOUNDATION BREAKFAST BUFFET

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. Tickets are $40 Tickets and includes live music, all you can drink Battle Born Beer and Lunch. Proceeds from both events will support local students seeking a fulfilling career in construction.

NEVADA DAY BEARD CONTEST

Hosted by Cipriani’s Downtown Barber Shop and Paradise Salon. Held immediately following the parade, the Beard Contest takes place on the main stage at McFadden Plaza (3rd St.) There is no entry fee, the contest is open to anyone with a beard. Award categories include: best overall winner, longest, fullest, reddest, whitest, blackest, best salt and pepper, best groomed, scruffiest, and most bearded community.

48TH ANNUAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLE JACK DRILLING CONTEST

The World Championship Single Jack Rock Drilling Contest takes place on Sat., Oct. 30, 2021 in its new location: Max Casino parking lot on Carson St. The competition begins around 11:00 a.m. 

Men and Women contestants use 4 1/2 pound hammers and a 3/4” bit of steel to drill as deep and as fast as they can in a 4,320 pound piece of Sierra White Granite from the Yosemite area (the hardest known granite in the region). Contestants have 10 minutes to pound the drills into the solid stone, their only help is from an assistant who runs water into the hole so the loose stone chips are splashed out with every stroke of the hammer. The deepest hole wins.

The contest goes back to the Comstock mining skills of earlier times, when blast holes for dynamite were punched into ore bodies by hand. Contestants vie for a chance at a World Champion title. To learn more visit www.NevadaDay.com.

BALLOON LAUNCH

Watch the majesty of hot air balloons launching right on Carson Street near the Carson Mall beginning at 8:00 a.m. on parade day (weather permitting). The balloons fly for about an hour and are usually down before the parade even starts. The launch operates under the assistance of the Great Reno Balloon Race. Team RE/MAX flies their signature hot air balloon, along with many other balloons. Sponsors can ride in a balloon and hang their banner from the balloon’s basket. 

NEVADA DAY STORE & OFFICE

Features unique Nevada and Battle Born products. Nevada Day custom goods, Home Means Nevada apparel,  local artists, jewelry, authors, woodworking and so much more!  Located at 1013 S Carson St. (by Red’s Old 395), open Tuesday-Saturday 12 – 4 p.m. For more info visit www.NevadaDay.com, or call
775-882-2600.

GOVERNOR’S MANSION TOURS

Unfortunately the Governor’s Mansion will not be open to the public this year on Nevada Day and there will be no tours following the parade.

MILLS PARK CARNIVAL

Unfortunately there will be no carnival this year.