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The Most “Nevada” Ways to Celebrate Nevada Day

The great state of Nevada will celebrate its 158th birthday on October 31 and of course, we have plenty of ways for you to join in the fun! There will be events sprinkled throughout the region, or plan your own authentic Nevada-themed weekend (hot springs and Picon Punch, anyone?). Get inspired to help the Silver State ring in another great year of statehood! And as always, please refer to our rules of the trail for the most up-to-date traveler information in Nevada.

Get inspired to celebrate all things Nevada, whether you’re Battle Born or just passing through!

Your Nevada Day Must-Do List

  • Attend the Nevada Day Parade in Carson City on Saturday, October 29. The day-long celebration also includes a hot air balloon launch, fun run and other festivities.
  • Plan a road trip to the Black Rock Desert via the Burner Byway.
  • Raise a glass and celebrate Nevada at 1864 Tavern, named in honor of the Silver State’s statehood.
  • Soak in one of our many hot springs (we have more than any other state)… remember, the fun is in the hunt so no geotagging!
  • Take a step back in time as you stroll the wooden sidewalks in Virginia City, home of the Comstock Lode.
  • Raise a glass in the spirit of Nevada’s pioneering spirit with a can of Battle Born Beer.
  • Explore the state’s history in the state capital, Carson City.
  • Spend the afternoon at Lake Tahoe – hike to a viewpoint or get on the water via kayak or stand-up paddleboard.
  • Have an “only in Nevada” meal – try traditional Basque food at Louis’ Basque Corner (don’t forget the Picon Punch!), loosen your belt for all-you-can-eat sushi or a meal at one of Reno’s many buffets, or indulge in a large plate of huevos rancheros from Peg’s Glorified Ham n Eggs in downtown Reno.
  • Cheer on the Nevada Wolfpack as they battle the UNLV Rebels for the Fremont Cannon in Allegiant Stadium.
  • Get “Icky” at one of Great Basin Brewing’s two Reno-Sparks locations. Cheers!
  • Try your luck and place your bets at a casino.
  • Snap a photo at one of these iconic, Instagram-worthy locations around Reno Tahoe.
  • Plan a day trip and explore one of these Nevada Historical Landmarks.
  • Take a tour along the historic Virginia & Truckee train route on a Carson Canyon Railbike Tour.

Nevada Facts

  • Nevada is known as the Silver State because of the 1859 discovery of the Comstock Lode in Virginia City.
  • It is also known as the Battle Born State because its location and mineral wealth made it an attractive potential Union state during the Civil War.
  • Mark Twain began his career as a reporter for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise.
  • The ichthyosaur is Nevada’s state fossil – you can learn more about this prehistoric reptile at Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park.
  • Frank Sinatra once owned the Cal-Neva in Crystal Bay.
  • Blue jeans were invented by Reno-based tailor, Jacob Davis.
  • The original Reno Arch was installed in 1926 (it can now be found on Lake Street) and the current arch was erected in 1987.

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