Mark your Calendars…Your guide to fun fall happenings in Reno/Tahoe.

Make magical memories this fall and holiday season in Reno/Tahoe. Here are some great events you will remember forever and will be enjoyed by all ages!


Nov 16 – 18, 23 – 25, 29 – 30 &  Dec 1 – 2, 6 – 9, 13 – 16: The Polar Express Train Ride, V&T Railroad (Carson City)

Bring the story of the “Polar Express” to life aboard the V&T Railroad Polar Express Train Ride. This one-hour train ride is a holiday adventure for the whole family. Every child receives a souvenir sleigh bell to remember the journey.


Nov 8 – 10: Off Beat Music Festival (Reno)

This is a three-day music festival with 100+ performances at 18+ venues. The Off Beat Music Festival is performed in venues throughout downtown and Midtown Reno. For tickets and a full list of artists and venues see their website.


Nov 11: Veterans Day Parade (Reno)

Honor our veterans and march hrough the heart of downtown Reno for the Veteran’s Day Parade. Opening ceremony will start at 11:11 a.m. (11th hour of the 11th day of the month on the 11th month of the year) and the parade will follow, starting at the Virginia Street Bridge.


November 22: Scheel’s Turkey Trot (Sparks)

Start a new tradition on Thanksgiving morning with your family by participating in the Scheel’s Turkey Trot at the Outlets at Legends. Dress up in a Thanksgiving outfit (optional) and run or walk the distance of your choice. They have an untimed two-mile walk/run and timed 10K run. Sign up today!


December 7 – 8: Christmas Holidays in Genoa (Genoa)

Begin the Christmas holiday celebration early with Christmas Holidays in Genoa. They have a variety of events going on all weekend. From Christmas caroling, tree lighting, breakfast with Santa, a food drive and more, you are sure to get in the holiday spirit.


December 7 – 9: Barton Health Festival of Trees and Lights (MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa)

The 10th annual Barton Health Festival of Trees & Lights is a family event perfect to celebrate the holidays. They have a tree decorating competition, you can meet Santa and get your photo taken, there is local entertainment and more! This is the Barton Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year.


December 18 – 31: Heavenly Holidays (Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe)

‘Tis the season! Heavenly Holidays is a two-week festival full of fun events in the heart of South Lake Tahoe. They have ice sculptures, live entertainment, a 16-foot snowglobe what you can get in and take a picture with Santa, and more. Then ring in the New Year with an outdoor concert, Gondola ball drop and fireworks.


Dec 29 – 31: Snowglobe Music Festival (South Lake Tahoe)

This is a one-of-a-kind experience of music and mountains. Snowglobe Music Festival is an all-ages event full of live entertainment on multiple stages, ending with a huge New Year’s Eve party! And they have updated their shuttle offerings making it easier to get to and from the festival.


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By: Rebecca David