Food & Drink

E.g., Jun 23 2017
E.g., Jun 23 2017
August 30, 2017 to September 4, 2017

The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off is America’s biggest and best free-entry barbecue festival!

Come out and enjoy the country’s best grilling competition, located at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada, just outside of Reno. Two dozen of the world’s top barbecue competitors serve up more than 240,000 pounds of ribs for hundreds of thousands of hungry event-goers on Victorian Square.

Admission, parking, shuttles and entertainment are always free!

  • Dates:
    • Wednesday, August 30 – Monday, September 4,  2017
  • Event Hours: 
    • Wednesday – Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • Monday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Kids area: Open every day during the event
  • Rib Village Hours:
    • Wednesday – Sunday: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • Monday: Noon – 5:00 p.m.
  • Event Location:
    • Victorian Square, Sparks, Nevada on Victorian Avenue between 14th Street and Pyramid Way.
  • Free Parking: 
    • Parking near the event is extremely limited and fills quickly. We recommend taking advantage of the free shuttle service!
  • Where to stay:
    • Stay in the heart of the action at the Nugget Casino Resort, located on Victorian Square.
  • What to eat:
    • Check out the list of Rib Cookers and find your favorites.
  • Pet Policy:
    • Pets and non-service animals are not permitted on Victorian Square per local regulations.
Repeats every week every Friday until Sat Sep 02 2017 except Fri Aug 11 2017.
September 1, 2017

The 11th Annual Music on the Beach, a free outdoor concert series, will be held on consecutive Friday evenings, 6-8:30pm at Kings Beach State Recreation Area. The concert series will feature nine concerts starting June 30 through September 1, excluding August 11.

2017 Music on the Beach Lineup 

June 30 – The Sextones 

July 7th – Sneaky Creatures

July 14 – Calling Ophelia 

July 21 – Lumanation

July 28 – Achilles Wheel

August 4 – Mojo Green

August 18 – Big Blu Soul Revue

August 25 – Yolo Mambo

September 1 – The Wrink

Food will be available for purchase. Beverages will also be available from 6:00 - 9pm. The concerts begin at 6:30 pm. Music on the Beach series sponsors are Alibi Ale Works, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, The Grid Bar & Grill, Tahoe Dave's Skis & Boards and Chango Presents. Media sponsors are The Weekly, Tahoe TV, 101.5 Truckee Tahoe Radio and Sierra Sun. For more information call 530-546-9000.

September 2, 2017

At the KT Base Bar outdoor sun deck, unlimited tastings from over 40 craft breweries with purchase of a ticket. Plus amazing live music, with all proceeds benefiting Achieve Tahoe.

Event goes from 2:00PM - 6:00PM. 

Beer enthusiasts can sample over 50 craft beers when Disabled Sports USA Far West hosts its 25th annual Foam Fest. Get unlimited beer tasting with entry. - See more at:
Beer enthusiasts can sample over 50 craft beers when Disabled Sports USA Far West hosts its 25th annual Foam Fest. Get unlimited beer tasting with entry. - See more at:
27th Annual Alpen Wine Fest at Squaw Valley
September 3, 2017

The 29th Annual Alpen Wine Fest includes wine tasting, live music, a silent auction and raffle. Entry into the event is a donation to Can Do MS, a foundation providing wellness and education for people with Multiple Sclerosis. With the donation, attendees receive a crystal souvenir wine glass and tastings from over 40 vineyards.

Labor Day Weekend Fireworks at Gar Woods - Sept. 6th
September 3, 2017

Labor Day in Carnelian Bay! 8:30 PM

The 5th Annual Fireworks Spectacular brought to you by Gar Woods Grill & Pier and The Monte Foundation. This is a free fireworks show for the community and is sure to impress! Donations will be accepted and will go towards local high school sports programs. T-Shirts & glow sticks will also be sold on the beach! Make reservations in advance to dine at Gar Woods!! 530.546.3366

Repeats every week every Tuesday until Sat Dec 30 2017.
September 5, 2017 to May 20, 2018

Topless Tuesdays

Every Tuesday. All day, all night!

$6.25 Wet Woodys. About half the money, twice the float – served on the side!

The Great Reno Balloon Race
September 8, 2017 to September 10, 2017

The mission of the Great Reno Balloon Race is to provide a premier, safe, family-oriented/tourist-attractive, visually dramatic event that celebrates the joy of flight while remaining free to the public.

The Great Reno Balloon Race is the largest free hot-air ballooning event in the world. During three days in early September, you can look up into the Reno skies and see a rainbow of hot air balloons soaring about. From its humble beginnings in 1982 with just 20 balloons, The Great Reno Balloon Race has taken flight with up to 100 balloons each year. The idea was to create an event that would keep visitors in town the weekend between the State Fair and the Reno Air Races and 35 years later, it is known as a world-renowned, and locally, a beloved community tradition.

Taking place just a few miles north of downtown Reno, the event enchants both young and old with its vibrant colors and inspiring music. The Balloon Race has won many awards over the years including ‘Best Special Event in Reno’ and ‘Best Special Event in Northern Nevada.’ With an average of 120,000 spectators attending the event each year, the number of lives touched by the beautiful spectacle continues to rise just like the balloons themselves.

International Camel & Ostrich Races
September 8, 2017 to September 10, 2017

Camels, ostriches and zebras make a fine spectacle to watch as they race around the Virginia City Arena & Fairgrounds with jockeys precariously perched on their backs. It’s a sight you won’t see anywhere else. Bring the family out to enjoy this hilarious family event, a true staple in northern Nevada. After the races, join the Camel Hump to C Street where thirsty camels have been known to duck into a bar or two. 

September 12, 2017 to May 27, 2018

Topless Tuesdays

Every Tuesday. All day, all night!

$6.25 Wet Woodys. About half the money, twice the float – served on the side!

Guitar Strings VS Chicken Wings at Squaw Valley
September 15, 2017

A battle of epic proportions! 6 restaurants and 5 bands will go head-to-head in The Village at Squaw Valley to benefit the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS). Each restaurant will be cooking their own signature recipes for spicy, flavor-packed chicken wings, and joining forces with the region’s best bands to crank the contest to the max. Chicken and music lovers are not going to want to miss a single stop on this around-the-valley face off. Entry is $5 donation.

  • Entry is $5
  • Attendees will receive tokens at the entrance allowing them to place votes for their favorite wings and favorite band
  • Beer and drink specials