Many celebrations are scheduled throughout the Silver State over Nevada Day weekend. These Nevada 150 events celebrate all things Nevada and help bring awareness to the 150th Anniversary of Statehood. The following events are held Oct. 31 through Nov. 2.
Join together in song with Gov. Brian Sandoval, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, , the Nevada 150 Commission and the rest of the state of Nevada for #NevadaSings!, a simultaneous sing along of “Home Means Nevada” on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. In an attempt to set the record for the most people in an American state singing their state song at the same time, Nevadans are encouraged to participate at offices, schools, homes, parks, and community centers and submit video or photo proof of co-workers, classes, friends, or family singing Home Means Nevada on www.Nevada150.org. Las Vegas based company, RecordSetter, will then establish and verify the record. Nevada Sings was made possible through a sponsorship from Sempra U.S. Gas & Power. For more information on participation requirements as well as upload instructions and deadlines visit www.Nevada150.org.
Celebrate Nevada's Sesquicentennial in Downtown Las Vegas as the Las Vegas Nevada Day Parade Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. The parade will feature up over 150 different entries in multiple categories with cash prizes awarded for categories including Overall Best Of, Best Historical Significance, Best Float, Best Equestrian, Best Marching Band and Best Vehicle. The parade is produced by the City of Las Vegas and it is the first Nevada Day Parade in Las Vegas. This event is made possible through a $100,000 grant from the City of Las Vegas Centennial Commission's History Grant Program. For more information regarding the parade visit www.lasvegasnevada.org for applications and call 702-229-6672 or send an email to ecarter@LasVegasNevada.org.
The 27th Annual Elko Nevada Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday Oct. 31 in downtown Elko and is sponsored by the Elko Knights of Columbus Council #2511. This family friendly parade through the heart of Elko will feature entries from around the state to honor Nevada's Sesquicentennial. Entries for the parade will be accepted until the day of the parade by Chairmen Jim and Rose Conner. For additional information about Elko's Nevada Day Parade please call Rose Conner at 775-738-7991.
Virginia City's Statehood Parade will take place on Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. down historic C Street. In 1864, silver was pouring from the hills in Virginia City, at the time the most populated city in Nevada. This vital commodity helped to fund the Civil War and influenced President Abraham Lincoln to admit Nevada as the 36th state in the union on Oct. 31, 1864 thereby officially establishing the “Battle Born” state. For entry applications and questions regarding parade, visit www.VisitVirginiaCityNV.com or call 775-847-7500.
Enjoy sweet treats and a no-host bar at the first ever Nevada Day Sesquicentennial Steampunk Ball, with high-energy dance music performed by Nevada's own Rock-N-Roll Rebels. The event will take place on Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight in the Ballroom of the Carson Nugget in Carson City. This event is a costume-party fundraiser for the Nevada Day Parade with prizes awarded to the best costume, supporting a theme that combines the formality of old-time nostalgia with a light-hearted science fiction twist. Tickets are limited and cost $25 per person available for sale online at Steampunk.NevadaDay.com or at the Nevada Day Store on Telegraph Street in Carson City. For additional information visit www.nevadaday.com or call 775-882-2600.
Take a stroll through living history on Nevada Day as Austin opens the doors to ten impressive sights and buildings during the Behind Closed Doors – Austin Walking Tour. All the locations that are visited are listed on the National Register of Historic places, beginning with the Austin Museum on Main Street where you can enjoy a rare opportunity to peer behind the closed doors of Central Nevada's historic treasures. For additional information visit www.austinnevadamuseum.com or call 775-354-9244.
The Longandale Fall Festival will take place Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Logandale, NV. The festival features carnival amusements, kid's events and the Southern Nevada Bluegrass Society Bluegrass Music Festival. There will also be an IBCA sanctioned Barbecue Cook-off with a $5,000 prize purse. Kids under 12 will get in free on Oct. 31 with a donation of 2 non-perishable food items to benefit the Cappalappa Family Resource Center Food bank. For additional information please visit www.logandalefallfestival.com or call 702-379-5919.
Help connect the past to the future through science, education, technology, and history at the National Day of Remembrance for Nuclear Weapon Workers on Oct. 31 in Las Vegas from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. In honor of Nevada's Sesquicentennial admission to the museum is free for Nevada residents that day. This event is designed to honor the thousands of men and women who have worked at the Nevada Test Site as part of the National Day of Remembrance for Nuclear Weapon Workers. The National Atomic Testing Museum tells the story of our nation's nuclear weapons testing program and the individual stories of those who have worked at the test site over its 60 year existence. For more information visit www.nationalatomictestingmuseum.org or call 702-794-5151.
Enjoy a special exhibition of fine art at the Nevada 150 Art Exhibit of Historic Silver City, Nevada event on Oct. 31 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Featured work from Nevada professional photographers and writers showcase the historical community of Silver City during the underground mining days of the Comstock Lode and the great silver rushes in the 1860s. The town includes a landscape rich in historic sites, and is located within one of the largest federally designated National Historic Landmarks in America. For additional information please visit www.facebook.com/pages/Nevada-150-Art-Exhibit-of-Historic-Silver-City-Nevada/37597366590054 or call 775-847-0742.
Fallon Celebrates Nevada's 150th on Oct. 31 from 4 - 6 p.m. is a special celebration of Nevada's statehood at the Churchill County Museum. Activities include a time capsule burial, a display of the Then and Now Exhibit, and the official release of the Arcadia Publication Book, “Images of America: Fallon.” The Churchill County High School premier vocal ensemble, Minor Details, will lead all in a singing of “Home Means Nevada.” For additional information please visit www.visitfallonnevada.com or call 775-423-4556.
Old Nevada Days at Tule Springs will take place from 1:00 - 4 p.m. on Oct. 31 at Floyd Lamb Park in Las Vegas. Guests are invited to wear western attire or costumes depicting the state's history over the past 150 years. This family friendly event will also feature ranch and harvest festival games and activities, Trunk or Treat for the kids and more. For additional information please visit www.theranchlasvegas.com or call 702-885-1943.
Celebrating Nevada at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas will honor Nevada's Sesquicentennial with free admission all day on Friday Oct. 31.This vibrant celebration of Nevada's history takes place at the birthplace of Las Vegas. All day on Nevada Day access to museums, galleries and botanical gardens will be free! The Springs Preserve is a 180-acre cultural institution designed to commemorate Las Vegas' dynamic history and to provide a vision for a sustainable future. For additional information please visit www.springspreserve.org or call 702-258-2417.
Celebrate Beatty 110th birthday and Nevada's Sesquicentennial at the annual Beatty Days celebration in historic Beatty, NV. This annual event takes place over Nevada Day weekend Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 and is presented by the Beatty Chamber of Commerce. This event includes entertainment for both young and old beginning with the crowning of Miss & Junior Miss Beatty, costume and pumpkin decorating contests and live music. Saturday will feature the Antique Car show highlighting nearly 75 vintage cars as well as the Annual Parade, the 5K run and 2K walk, trick or treating in the park and more. Sunday brings the delicious Dutch Oven contest, and new last year, a Kite Flying Contest in the Upper Park. For additional information please visit www.beattynevada.org or call 775-553-2424.
The historic figures that are buried at the Lone Mountain Cemetery in Carson City come to life at the annual Nevada Day Lone Mountain Cemetery Tour. This fun and educational tour will take place twice on Friday Oct. 31 at 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and once on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. Space is strictly limited to 60 people for each tour and advance tickets are recommended. Tickets are available at the Nevada Day Store. For additional information please visit www.nevadaday.com or call 775-882-2600.
The Carson City Historical East-Side Tour is a 2-mile walk touring the east side of Carson City on Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. The tour begins at the steps of the Nevada State Capitol and continues to the location of the former children's home, the site of the Corbett Fitzsimmons fight and more. The tour also includes a visit to the site of the former V&T shops as well as many other historic locations along the way. For additional information please visit www.nevadaday.com or call 775-882-2600.
In honor of the Nevada Day holiday and Nevada's Sesquicentennial celebration there will be Free Admission to all Nevada State Museums all day on Oct. 31 at all seven Nevada state museums. In Las Vegas not only is the Nevada State Museum FREE on the 31st, but the Las Vegas Springs Preserve is also FREE that day as well. In Carson City it's a BONUS weekend as the Nevada State Museum and the Nevada State Railroad Museum will offer free admission on both Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1. The Railroad Museum will have the McKeen car out for a rare opportunity to ride; a fee does apply for the train ride but museum admission is FREE. For additional information please visit www.museums.nevadaculture.org or call 775-687-4340.
On Friday, Oct. 31st, the Nevada State Library and Archives will hold its 22nd Annual Observance of the Nevada State Constitution Nevada Day from Noon to 1:30 PM in Carson City. For twenty-two years the Nevada State Library and Archives has held a public gathering where those who attend talk about the origins and meaning of Nevada's State Constitution. This year's the topic is “From Territory to State -- How It Was Done” and will feature State Archivist Jeff Kintop and attorney and former Historical Records Advisory Board member Jim Smith. Anyone who wants to speak is welcome. For more information, contact Jeff Kintop, 775-684-3410 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fireman's Dance will be held on Oct. 31 from 7 - 9:30 p.m. in Fallon with a special performance by the Carson City River Band. The Oasis Squares will perform at 7 p.m. and a special Nevada 150 Birthday Cake will be cut at 8:30 p.m. This is the culmination of the Fallon Mayor Ken Tedford's Nevada 150 Commission who has held events throughout Fallon to celebrate Nevada's Sesquicentennial over the past year. For additional information please visit www.visitfallonnevada.com or call 775-423-4556.
Riches from Virginia City played a major role in Nevada's statehood, so what better place to celebrate the Sesquicentennial than where it all began than at the Nevada 150 Masquerade Ball on Oct. 31 from 3 - 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the ball will help to support the Comstock Preservation District. Ride the Virginia & Truckee Railroad from Virginia City to Gold Hill where renowned artist Steven Saylor's portrait honoring past and present Nevada governors will be revealed at the Gold Hill Depot. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served and tickets are limited. For additional information or to purchase tickets please visit www.visitvirginiacitynv.com or call 775-847-7500.
Enjoy the McKeen Motor Car Rides at the Nevada State Railroad Museum all day on Nevada Day, Oct. 31, at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. The museum will operate and offer rides aboard the Virginia & Truckee Railway's McKeen motor car No. 22. The car was entered into service for the V&T on May 9, 1910, and was retired in 1945, and is the only restored and operable McKeen motor car in the world. For additional information please visit www.facebook.com/NSRMCCor call 775-687-6953.
The rarely-seen interior of the Gold Hill Depot will be open to the public for the Reception to Unveil “Nine Cheers for the Silver State” Painting on Oct. 31 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. Steven Saylor's painting honoring past and present Nevada governors takes its title from a headline that appeared in the Gold Hill Daily News on Oct. 31, 1864. Prints of the painting are available for purchase to raise money for the historic preservation efforts of the Comstock Foundation. Tickets are $30 and include a ride on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad to and from its Virginia City terminus to the Gold Hill Depot. Tickets are available on the Virginia City Tourism Commission website visit www.visitvirginiacitynv.com/events/nevada-150-masquerade-ball.html or call 775-847-7500.
The California Trail Interpretive Center near Elko is hosting the Great Basin Native Market Oct. 31– Nov. 2. Learn about Great Basin Native American history and traditions through demonstrations and workshops. See beautiful handmade traditional Native American jewelry, baskets, crafts, and gifts for sale. For more information visit www.californiatrailcenter.org or call 775-738-1849.
The Annual La Ka Lel Be Pow Wow will be held Oct. 31 - Nov. 2 in Carson City. The La Ka Lel Be in Washoe translates to “the people gathering in Washoe.” This Pow Wow has customarily been held over Nevada Day weekend and has been proclaimed by Governor Guinn and Senator Harry Reid to remain a Nevada Day tradition. This event is free to the public and everyone is invited. For more information visit www.nevadaday.com/pages/powwow.php or call 775-450-9655.
An annual event since 1989, the Nevada Day Classic is an 8K run, a 2-mile run and a 2-mile walk through the beautiful, historic West Side of Carson City. The races will precede the Nevada Day Parade at start at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. This year, for the race's 25th anniversary and the state's 150th, the Classic will be organized in partnership with the Carson City Guide Dog Club. All net proceeds will go to Guide Dogs for the Blind. For additional information or to register visit www.nevadadayclassic.org or call 775-720-7704.
The RE/MAX Nevada Day Balloon Launch will take place at 8:00am, Friday, Oct. 31 (weather permitting) on the morning of the Nevada Day parade – right on Carson St. (near the Carson Mall) in Carson City. This race is final race in the inaugural Nevada State Balloon Champion Series and first ever Nevada State Balloon Champion Trophy will be awarded before this launch. The balloons take to the skies over Carson City about an hour, and are usually down before the Nevada Day Parade starts. For additional information please visit www.nevadaday.com or call 775-882-2600.
The 76th Annual Nevada Day Parade starts on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 10:00 a.m. through Downtown Carson City. In honor of Nevada's Sesquicentennial this year's parade theme is “Happy 150th Birthday Nevada.” This annual tradition features over 200 entries from around the State including; local law enforcement, public officials, floats, marching bands, a variety of entertainment, and even the occasional surprise celebrity appearance. For additional information visit www.nevadaday.com or call 775-882-2600.
Celebrate Nevada's Sesquicentennial in style during the Nevada Day Parade in Carson City by visiting the Nevada 150 Market Place in front of the Paul Laxalt State Building on Nov. 1. This is a special vendor area that will be selling unique Nevada 150 merchandise and will only open during the Nevada Day Parade. Proceeds from the sale of merchandise will go to support the Nevada 150 Foundation. For information visit www.nevada150.org or call 775-687-0645.
Enjoy a special reenactment of the Morse Code Sending of the State Constitution to President Lincoln by the Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Nov. 1 in Carson City. The society will be set up on the Capitol Grounds next to the miner statue and will have a telegraph station setup for people to visit and to allow visitors to try their luck at sending the constitution themselves. The Nevada State Constitution was originally sent to President Lincoln via telegram for signing to officially make Nevada a state just before the election of 1864. For additional information please visit www.snars.org or call 775-453-4142.
The Friends of the Fort invite you to attend the Native American Visiting Artists Series at the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park in Las Vegas on Nov. 1 in Las Vegas. From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. meet Gerald Pinto, who is a member of the Navajo-Dine Tribe in New Mexico. He will be displaying and speaking about his unique pottery inspired by Japanese Raku pieces. For more information visit www.friendsofthefort.org or call 02-486-3511.
The Nevada Day Beard Contest will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1 and is open to anyone with a beard. Held immediately following the Nevada Day Parade in Carson City, a panel of judges that usually features local celebrities will award prizes for best beards in multiple categories. There is no entry fee, and admission is free to all who'd like to come and watch. For additional information please visit www.nevadaday.com or call 775-882-2600.
HopeLink of Southern Nevada invites you to a special birthday for Nevada and to join them as they celebrate Nevada's Past and support Nevada's Future. The Nevada's 150th Birthday Celebration will be held on Saturday Nov. 1 at the Henderson Events Plaza and Amphitheater in downtown Henderson from 10:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. This is event is free and open to the public and will be fun for the whole family. For additional information visit www.link2hope.org or call 702-566-0576.
Lt. Governor Brian K. Krolicki will be hosting the Lt. Governor's Annual Chili Feed at the Carson Nugget Banquet Center from Noon to 2:00 p.m. after the Nevada Day Parade in Carson City. Former Senator Richard Bryan sponsored this event for 19 years. The first Chili Feed was hosted by then-Attorney General Richard Bryan's in 1982, and became a traditional get together as Bryan went on to the governor's post, then the U.S. Senate seat in 1988. Though Senator Bryan has retired, Lt. Governor Krolicki continues to host this event with his support the event is now in its 32nd year. For additional information, please call the Lt. Governor's office at 775-684-1921.
The Nevada Garden Clubs invites you to attend their Annual Fall Conference in Las Vegas. This year's theme to the annual fall conference is “Celebrate Nevada 150 Years.” The conference is expected to be the highlight of the clubs business and a catered luncheon will be included. For additional information please visit www.nevadagardenclubs.org call 702-269-9631.
Celebrate Nevada's Sesquicentennial with a special Nevada Day Tours of the Governor's Mansion in Carson City on Nov. 1 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Following the tours there will be refreshments served in the backyard of the mansion. For additional information please call 775-687-3000. Join the Southern Paiute Veterans Association in honoring Native American veterans at the 23rd Southern Paiute Veterans Pow-Wow Nov. 1 - 2 in Moapa, NV. The association was established in the year 1990, with the help and support of the Moapa Band of Paiutes members and the Moapa Tribal Council. The Pow Wow now includes all nine Paiute Bands Veterans from Southern Nevada, Southern Utah, and Northern Arizona. For additional information please visit www.sopva.com or call 702-362-9799.
Over 300 re-enactors will be participating in the 9th Annual Civil War Days in the Battle Born State on Nov. 1 - 2 at the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park in Blue Diamond, NV. Activities include; 2 Battles Each Day, a Period Baseball Game, Civil War era Fashion Show, a Ladies Tea, period Church Service, President Lincoln Speech, period field hospital tours. The event is organized by the Southern Nevada Living History Association (SNLHA). For additional information please visit www.snlha.org or call 702-354-6875.
Sandy & Lonnie Hammargren invite you to the 19th Annual and last Open House of the Hammargren Home of Nevada History Nov. 1 – 2 in Las Vegas. A seasoned jack-of-all-trades former Nevada Lt. Governor Lonnie Hammargren's home and backyard is filled wall to wall with objects from across Nevada. The one of a kind collection includes many unique pieces of Nevada history, including various signs from now-closed Las Vegas casinos, a functioning railroad, the rollercoaster that used to sit atop the Stratosphere and the famous Genoa Courthouse vault. Each year on Nevada day, Hammargren opens up his one-of-a-kind adobe for public tours, giving attendees a chance to see many would-be-forgotten Nevada relics. For additional information visit www.nevadadays.org or call 702-286-6604.
The Capital City Community Band will open its thirty-sixth concert season in the thirty sixth state with a free Nevada Day Tribute Concert on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 3:00 p.m. in the Amphitheater in the Legislative Mall in Carson City. The concert is free and open to the public. This year's concert will commemorate Nevada's Sesquicentennial Celebration and the band will perform patriotic music, marches, music from Broadway and concert band favorites. Weather permitting. For more information please visit www.cccb.weebly.com or call 775-883-2219.
To view all the upcoming events for the Nevada 150 celebration, please visit www.nevada150.org.