Visitors can tap into Irish history and culture this St. Patrick’s Day at various local, festive events! Foodies, nightlife enthusiasts and athletes of all stripes have plenty to celebrate. The Luck of the Irish lands in Reno Tahoe.
Run in Reno’s vibrant and historic neighborhoods, Midtown and the Wells Avenue District, at the 6th annual Leprechaun Race. The Leprechaun Race is an easy 5K that the whole family can enjoy. The relatively flat course starts and ends in front of The Discovery. Runners or walkers of all abilities can easily participate in this fun run.
The historic mining town of Virginia City goes “nuts” for St. Patrick’s Day! This special event features marching leprechauns, green attractions, and Rocky Mountain Oysters (a delicacy made up of beef and sheep testicles). It’s a fun-filled day of unique eating as professional and amateur chefs compete for the most creative and unique dishes. More than 20 cooks from around the West serve up Rocky Mountain Oysters by grilling, frying or smoking them to perfection. It’s a full-on Irish Festival with a beer garden, live Irish music, individual and team oyster-eating contests, parade and the Leprechaun Bar Crawl.
The Reno Leprechaun Crawl is already one of the largest bar crawls in the nation, and this year it lands on Saint Patrick’s Day! Reno’s bar crawl scene is widely celebrated, but for those who haven’t experienced it, it is best to think of them as massive costume parties for people who want to tour Reno’s nightlife in off-the-wall style. Crawlers receive commemorative cups and a map that shows you where to go and what to do. Additionally, these cups provide access to awesome exclusive deals at 25 locations!
Ceol Irish Pub throws one of Reno’s favorite St. Patrick’s Day parties, and this year marks its 9th anniversary. There will be food and plenty of Irish beverages. Music and Irish merriment will be featured on indoor and outdoor stages with music by The Blarney Band, the Gnarly Pints, the Clarke Brothers and Liam Kyle Cahill.
The Reno Fire Department and other organizations will participate in the 7th annual Shamrock Shave for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The event will be held at the Ole Bridge Pub (50 North Sierra Street), from 10–6 p.m. Head shaving begins at noon. Contributions from the event will go toward funding to help find a cure for childhood cancer.