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Labor Day Weekend Reno – Tahoe Family Events and Activities

The first three day weekend of the school year is upon us, and the weather forecast looks good!  We’ve found some great family-friendly events and activities in the Reno – Tahoe area that are sure to get you and your kids excited for the weekend.

RENO / SPARKS 

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Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off at Victorian Square in Sparks (August, 27- September 1)  Have some delicious ribs, peruse the one of the largest craft fairs in Northern Nevada, and ride some carnival rides in the Kids Carnival area.  Admission is free, and there are convenient shuttles for easy parking.

 

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Cheer on the Pack at the first UNR football game of the season – Nevada Wolf Pack vs. Southern Utah on August 30 at 12pm. Tickets range from $14 and up.  Children 2 and under are free.  For more information about the Pup Club for kids, parking, tailgating, and more, see our new Guide to Tailgating and UNR Football with Kids! (Plus there are some cool UNR Wolfpack freebies!)

 

 VIRGINIA CITY / CARSON CITY 

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Virginia City Civil War Days    Step back in time and enjoy bbq dinners, Battle Trains, parades, hot air balloon rides, a Victorian High Tea and more during Virginia City’s Civil War Days Labor Day weekend.  All weekend there will be a hot air balloon for tethered rides in the Silverland parking lot.  Rides are $15 for adults and $7 for kids.  Battle Trains run every day at multiple times and transport passengers and soldiers into the heat of battle as the opposing side attempt to take the train!  Tickets are $24 for adults and $11 for kids 11 and under.

 

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Ride the historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad Train with 1905 Steam Locomotive at the Nevada State Railroad Museum  If you never taken your kids to the Railroad Museum, this weekend may be the time.  Not only can you take a short ride in a historic train, kids can also get an up-close and personal view of trains as they were years ago.  (For photos of our last trip to the museum, check out our Instagram page.) Steam train rides are about every 40 minutes and run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from the Wabuska Station Saturday through Monday. This weekend, ticket prices include unlimited train rides and access to all exhibits.  Adults 18 years and older $12, children 12 to 17 years $6, children 4 to 11 years $3, children 3 years and under FREE.   For other activities to do with your kids in Carson City, see our resource guide.

 

 TAHOE AREA

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Labor Day fireworks in Tahoe   Enjoy the last of the summer at Tahoe by viewing the fireworks over the lake.  The show begins Sunday evening at 8:30pm, and are visible from several sites. You can book a cruise on the the M.S. Dixie, or picnic at Nevada Beach.  For more places to view the fireworks from, see the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority website.

 

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The 2nd Annual Kiwanis Community Fair will take place Friday, August 29th through Monday September 1st at Lake Tahoe Community College. (One College Drive, South Lake Tahoe.)  Tons of fun activities for the entire family including, carnival rides, BBQ, and a pie eating contest, a cupcake walk, live entertainment, a VW car show, free bike valet, AND Level-Up Curbside Gaming – a new mobile video game arcade.  There is no entry charge for the event, and all proceeds benefit youth programs in South Lake Tahoe. The fair runs from 4pm – 10pm on Friday, and 10am – 10pm Saturday through Monday. Tickets for the games will be available at the site.

 

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Labor Day Party for the Kids at Tahoe Tot Spot (1012 Al Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe)  Drop the kids offs Saturday August 30th from 5:30pm to 9.30pm.) for 4 whole hours while you get a night out (or in)! They’ll take care of the rest with games, free play, arts & crafts, story time and a “G” rated movie to finish off the night. Pasta, fresh fruit and water will be provided for dinner.  Make sure to dress up in red, white and/or blue. The cost is $30.00 for the 1st child and only $25.00 for additional siblings. Date Night is for children who are ages 3 up to 10 (potty trained). For more information, see their website or call (530) 541-5994.

 

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Tahoe Geotourism Expo  Learn all about the history and ecology of Lake Tahoe at this weekend’s Geotourism Expo, that runs from August 30th to 31st  in various locations around Lake Tahoe.  In addition to several “Geotracks” you can choose to attend, there will be concerts at Sand Harbour, and a Washoe gathering “lakalelup” which will demonstrate cultural practices of the Washoe Peoples, “past, present and future.” Geotracks include kayaking to historic campsites occupied by Mark Twain, bird watching, and rock climbing for beginners.   This Labor Day event is sure to be remembered by your kids for years to come.

 

We hope you and your family have a great Labor Day weekend!  We’d love to hear what you have planned, so let us know below in the comments!