Nevada Day Events Across The State

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It’s almost Nevada Day, one of our FAVORITE holidays to celebrate each year. Being born and raised in this wonderful state means my battle-born blood runs thick and Nevada Day events never come up short.

What is Nevada Day?

So what’s the big deal with Nevada Day anyways? Nevada became a state on October 31, 1864. Every year we celebrate it to remind the citizens how and when Nevada became a State.

Nevada Day is observed on the LAST FRIDAY in October (which may or may not fall on October 31).

Typically our state goes wild and we celebrate with Nevada Day events ALL WEEKEND LONG.

FUN FACT:

We are the only state to continually celebrate our historical entry into the Union.

nevada day events

DOUBLE FUN FACT:

Cofounder Leanna’s husband is a 5th-generation Carson (you know, Kit Carson the frontiersman). His name is also Kit Carson and they have a little 6th-generation Carson turning one this winter!

Nevada Day Events in Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City

Check out this list of Nevada Day events, activities, and offerings around town. Events are listed in order by date and time.

Horses4Heroes Nevada Day & Nevada Day Camp

Date: Oct. 27; Day Camp: 8am-3pm, Family Farm Friday: 10am-12pm, Open Barn: 2pm-6pm

Location: Horses4Heroes Family Equestrian Center; 4975 North Miller Lane Las Vegas, NV 89149

Day Camp Cost: $75/Members, $100/Non-Members

Cost: General Admission for Kids, $10/Military, $15/Non-Military Members, $20 /Non-Members

Celebrate Nevada Day at the Horses4Heroes Family Equestrian Center. Horse rides for adults now with paid general admission.

Springs Preserve

Date: Oct. 27 from 10am-4pm

Location: Springs Preserve; 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas, Nevada 89107

Cost: FREE, no reservation required

What better place to celebrate Nevada Day than at the birthplace of Las Vegas? Join us on Friday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. for FREE general admission, explorations at the Nevada State Museum, and 180 acres of Nevadan nature.

AREA15 Nevada Day Tricks & Treats

Date: Oct. 27 from 12-5pm

Location: AREA15

Cost: Free

Families are invited to trick AND treat through AREA15 for SPINE-tingling surprises around every corner! Don’t miss out on the spooky delights, family-friendly games, and, of course, LOTS of candy!

Nevada Day Tricks-and-Treats will be FREE to all AREA15 guests.

Costumes welcome! Complimentary goodie bags for kids.

Boulder Railroad Museum – Kids Ride Free

Date: Oct. 28 and 29 at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

Location: Boulder Railroad Museum

Cost: $10/Adult, Free/Ages 17 and Under

To promote education concerning Nevada’s railroading history and culture, and to say thanks to all the families who support the museum throughout the year, children age 17 and under will receive free train rides Nevada Day weekend.

NevadaWeen

Date: Oct. 28 from 9am-12pm

Location: The Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort

Cost: $3/person, Free/Ages 12 and under

Celebrate Nevada Day and Halloween! Lots of great things planned by the volunteers of “Friends of The Fort”. Admission to this Nevada State Park is $3.00 per person. Children under 12 are free. Come join in the fun.

Nevada Day at The Mob Museum Not Confirmed for 2023

Date: Oct. 28 from 10am-2pm

Location: The Mob Museum; 300 Stewart Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89101

Cost: Buy One Get One Admission for Adults, Free/Ages 10 & Under

Celebrate Nevada Day at The Mob Museum’s new outdoor Event Plaza! There will be live music, games, giveaways, trick-or-treating, food and drinks and fun, family-friendly activities. The event is free to attend. Nevada residents can also enjoy buy-one-get-one admission to the Museum all day, and children 10 and under get in free.

Shop & Sip at Pink Desert Not Confirmed for 2023

Date: Oct. 28 from 11am-1pm

Location: Pink Desert Las Vegas; 7901 W. Tropical Pkwy Suite 140, Las Vegas

Cost: FREE

Visit us in-store to celebrate Nevada Day! Pop-ups from The Succ Truck & The Soda Spot from 11am -1pm. Get $10 off a purchase of $50+ and enjoy buy 2 get 1 free of Happy Threads by Kels and Pink Desert Fall Tees.

Nevada Day Events in Reno, Sparks, Carson City

Check out this list of Nevada Day events, activities, and offerings around town. Events are listed in order by date and time.

Nevada State Museum Free Admission

Date: Oct. 27 & 28 from 8:30am-4:30pm

Location: Nevada State Museum; 600 N. Carson St

Cost: FREE

Nevada State Museum will be offering free admission on Nevada Day, October 27 and the following day, October 28, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The original Howitzer “Fremont Cannon” will be on display to the public for the first time since 2019. See the coin press in action. Museum volunteers will be conducting presentations in the Coin Press room.

Nevada State Railroad Museum Free Admission

Date: Oct. 27 & 28 from 9am-4:30pm

Location: Nevada State Railroad Museum; 2180 South Carson Street

Cost: FREE

Nevada State Railroad Museum will be offering free admission on Nevada Day, October 27 and the following day, October 28, 9:00am to 4:30pm. As a special Nevada Day Weekend treat, the museum will be operating the McKeen Motor Car, fares for the McKeen Motor Car are $8 for ages 12 and over, $4 ages 4-11 and museum members; and free for ages 3 and under. McKeen Car rides operate 10:00am until 2:00pm each day.

Historical East Side Walking Tour

Date: Oct. 27 at 10am

Location: Capitol Steps in Carson City

Cost: FREE

Join Bernie Allen on Friday, Oct. 27, 2022 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.

35th Annual Nevada Day Parade – Elko

Date: Oct. 27 at 11am

Location: Downtown Elko

Cost: FREE

The 36th Nevada Day Parade will be held on Friday, October 27 at 11 a.m. with Line Up starting at 10 a.m. at the Crystal Theater.
Our parade will take the official Elko parade route starting at the Crystal Theater and ending at 11th St. where entries will make their way back into the corridor.

Nevada Day Pow Wow

Dates:

  • Oct. 27 at 7pm
  • Oct. 28 at 2pm and 7pm
  • Oct. 29 at 12pm

Location: MAC Center / Boys & Girls Club in Carson City

Cost: FREE

The Nevada Day Pow Wow is held at the MAC Center/Boys&Girls Club in Carson City each year during the Nevada Day weekend. This public event showcases Native American/First Nations dancing and singing, also a wide variety of Craft and Food vendors are on site. There is a Hand Game Tournament, Horse Shoe Tournament, Youth 3on3 Tournament and new this year, Corn Hole Tournament.

32nd Annual Nevada Pancake Breakfast at the Governors Mansion

Date: Oct. 28 at 7-9:30am

Location: Governor’s Mansion; 606 N. Mountain St.

Cost: $7/Adults, $4/Ages 10 and Under

A Nevada Day tradition, the pancake breakfast at the Governor’s Mansion is hosted by the Carson City Republican Women’s Club.

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!

33rd Annual Nevada Day Classic Walk / Run

Date: Oct. 28 at 8am

Location: Carson Street in Carson City

Cost: Starts at $20

hirty-five years running!! We are excited and thankful, as always, to put on one of our signature races and be part of the Nevada Day weekend!

This is a classic road course through the streets of west Carson City. Costumes are HIGHLY encouraged! This year’s theme is Home Means Nevada so be creative and be part of the fun!

An annual event since 1989, the Nevada Day Classic is an 8K run and a 2-mile run/walk that kicks off Nevada Day and sends runners/walkers through the beautiful, historic West Side of Carson City and a finish down the main drag with spectators lining the way. All runners of all distances will receive a custom wooden medal! The first 300 runners that register are guaranteed a t-shirt!

Nevada Day The Metcalf Way Breakfast

Date: Oct. 28 at 6am – 9am

Location: Red’s Old 395 Grill

Cost: $8/early $10/at the door

Join us at Red’s for a great breakfast buffet, a Nevada Day tradition from Nevada Builders Foundation! Arrive early, and avoid standing in line.

Pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, hot chocolate, coffee, and orange juice.  Red’s famous Bloody Mary’s and mimosas are available at the bar.

Balloon Launch in Carson City

Date: Oct. 28 at 8am launch (weather permitting!)

Location: Carson Street near Carson Mall

Cost: FREE

The balloons fly for about an hour and are usually landed before the parade 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 banners from the balloon’s basket.

8th Annual Nevada Day Fall Fest

Date: Oct. 28 at 8am

Location: Arlington Square outside Carson Nugget Casino

Cost: FREE

Shop local crafters, reps, & businesses! Food Trucks, Food Booths, Kettle Corn, Raffles, Shopping, Candy & More! There is an estimated 20,000 people that will be in downtown Carson City to celebrate NV Day!

Annual Nevada Day Parade – Carson City

Date: Oct. 28 at 10am

Location: Starts on William Street and N. Carson Street in Carson City

Cost: FREE

Since 1938, the Annual Nevada Day Parade in Carson City continues! The Nevada Day parade is scheduled to take place on October 29, 2022 moving from north to south along Carson Street in Carson City.  It starts at 10:00 am however, Nevada Day hosts many other activities such as rock drilling, beard contests and more.  Don’t miss the balloons that fill the sky that morning beginning at 8:00 am.

50th World Championship Single Jack Drilling Contest

Date: Oct. 28 at 11am

Location: Carson Mall Parking lot on Carson St.

Cost: FREE

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.

39th Annual Nevada Day Chili Feed

Date: Oct. 29 at noon-2pm

Location: Carson Nugget Banquet Center; 507 North Carson St.

Cost: FREE

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. Be prepared for a little line, but well worth it!

Nevada Day Sales and Offerings

Looking for some fun Nevada gear to represent at one of the events or activities above (or all year long!)? Here’s some sales and offerings happening:

State36 Clothing | 15% Off Any Purchase

CODE: NEVADAMOMS Expiration: 12/31/22

Home Means Nevada Co. | Buy 2 Get 1 Free

CODE: ND22 Expiration: 10/31/22

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are some other fun facts about Nevada?

A: Here are some fun facts about our state:

  • State Flower: Sagebrush
  • 36th State Motto: All for Our Country
  • State Bird: Mountain Bluebird
  • Nickname: The Silver State
  • State Reptile: The Desert Tortoise
  • Song: Home Means Nevada
  • Tree:Single leaf pinon and bristlecone pine

Q: If Nevada Day is on October 31, when do we trick-or-treat for Halloween?

A: Across the state, Nevada Day is always October 31st. But it is OBSERVED on the last Friday of October now (fun fact, it didn’t always use to be observed on a different day – we used to have Halloween off which was fun!).

In Southern Nevada, Halloween and trick or treating ALWAYS occur on October 31st no matter what day the observed Nevada Day falls on.

In Northern Nevada, it is the same as Southern Nevada EXCEPT for in Carson City where the annual Nevada Day Parade is held. If the Nevada Day Parade and Halloween happen to be held on the same day (Oct 31) then trick-or-treating is moved to Oct. 30 for safety reasons. The parade is HUGE and an all day event (heck Nevada Day is HUGE up there and celebrated all weekend long!).

We do have Halloween events and trunk or treats all month long hosted by individual businesses and organizations.

Q: Is there school on Nevada Day?

No. The public school districts also recognize Nevada Day as a holiday. There will be no classes held. However, classes will be held on Monday, Oct. 31 unless Nevada Day OBSERVED and Nevada Day/Halloween fall on the same date.

Celebrate Nevada Day!

How will you and your family be celebrating the birth of our state? Let us know what Nevada Day events you are headed to this year in the comments below or tag us on social media @NorthernNevadaMoms and @SouthernNevadaMoms.

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