Carson City, Nev. – Many celebrations are scheduled throughout the Silver State in the month of October. These Nevada 150 events celebrate all things Nevada and help bring awareness to the 150th Anniversary of Statehood. The following events are held Oct. 1 through 15.

Celebrate 150 Years of Education in Nevada this Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the historic Glendale Schoolhouse in Victorian Square in Sparks. “Mark Twain” will be joined by State and local officials to celebrate education in Nevada and commemorate the 150th Birthday of the Glendale Schoolhouse & Nevada. The event will end with a special performance by the Reno Philharmonic Brass Quintet of “Home Means Nevada” and will kick off the Western Heritage Festival also taking place the same day on Victorian Square. For additional information please visit or call 775-687-0645.

The Lazy P Fall Farm Festival in Winnemuccais agricultural family fun event, featuring educational displays and interactive activities for children and their families throughout October. The 2014 Fall Farm Festival will feature a 5-acre corn maze with the Nevada 150 logo. Students can put knowledge into action while interacting with live farm animals, challenge their critical thinking skills navigating our maze, experience and learn about growing corn and pumpkins, and utilize all their senses to form a memorable experience on the farm. For more information please call 775-625-1194 or visit

A reception for the Corner to Corner: Artwork Inspired by National Conservation Lands in Nevada exhibit will be held Oct. 2 in Reno. In honor of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial two of Nevada’s largest National Conservation Areas – Red Rock Canyon and Black Rock Desert/High Rock Canyon – welcomed their first groups of resident artists. This exhibition showcases artwork created by the programs’ first participants in celebration of Nevada’s treasured wilderness areas. The exhibit will be on display the entire month of October. For information please visit or call 702-258-7757.

“Home Means Nevada” is an up-beat, humorous hour-long story of Nevada as told by Mark Twain (McAvoy Layne) with music from Shiloh, (Julie Machado & Tim Gorelangton), music that gives Twain’s words wings. Hosted by the Washoe County Library System performances will be held on October 2, 9, 19, and 29 in the Reno-Sparks area for more information please visit or call 775-327-8360.

Celebrate Manufacturing in Nevada at a statewide event held in Sparks, Oct. 1-3. Combining a conference, trade show, and job fair this 3 day event will highlight what is and has been manufactured in Nevada from food to aerospace and defense over the last 150 years. For additional information please visit or call 775-883-4413 ext. 130.

Come party at the 14th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest, October 2-5 in Las Vegas. The fastest growing rally in the West, is a four day celebration at Rally Central (Cashman Center) with over 200 vendors, headline entertainment, factory demo rides, a $10,000 Poker Run, Poker Walks, Custom Bike Show, Baddest Bagger, Las Vegas, Miss & Mr. Las Vegas BikeFest, Motorcycle Giveaways, and more. Registration starts at $30 and includes entry to Rally Central, headline entertainment, event t-shirt, rally pin, commemorative gift, and more. For additional information please visit or call 866-BIKEFEST (245-3337).

Visit the Moapa Ranch in Moapa, NV for the Moapa Valley Corn Maze Oct. 3 – 31. The ranch is packed with activities for all ages to celebrate the fall in Nevada. Check out the many opportunities provided to give guests an awesome experience at the Moapa Ranch. For more information and days of operation please visit or call 775-513-4128.

The Renner Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, in Smith, NV is open the entire month of October from 1-9 p.m. The farm will be celebrating Nevada 150 with a Nevada shaped maze and stations depicting areas of Nevada and its great heritage. Renner Farm is located at 2493 State Route 208 and can be contacted by phone at 775-771-1852 or online at

The Nevada Maize Maze at Lattin Farms in Fallon, NV was home of one of the first corn mazes in Nevada in 1998 and is open this October. Join them for an educational Nevada 150 themed corn maze with quiz trails about Nevada history. Lattin Farms is located at 1955 McLean Road. Maze hours vary. For more information call 775-867-3750 or visit

The Corley Ranch Pumpkin Patch in Garnerville, NV is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 27 – Oct. 31 and includes a hay maze in celebration of Nevada’s 150 Anniversary of Statehood, pumpkin patch, pig races, a bounce house, wagon rides and other family friendly activities. The ranch is located at 859 US Highway 395. For more information call (775)-265-6506 or visit

The Andelin Family Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in Sparks, NV is open Sept. 27 – Nov. 1 during various times. This year’s theme is “Nevada Proud,” in celebration of Nevada’s 150th birthday. Enjoy their new game farm scene investigation, pumpkin picking, hay rides, pony rides and more. Andelin Farm is located at 8100 Pyramid Way. For more information call (775)-530-8032 or visit

Winnemucca Mayor Di An Putnam hosts the Nevada Sesquicentennial Mayor’s Ball Friday Oct. 3 in Winnemucca, NV. This is a semi-formal dinner and dance celebrating Nevada’s Sesquicentennial with proceeds going to benefit Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services. For additional information or to purchase tickets please visit or call 775-625-1313.

Cowboy Fast Draw Association returns to the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon for the Fastest Gun Alive World Championship Fast Draw, Friday, Oct. 3-5. Two hundred of the world’s best shooters are competing for cash prizes, and glory. For additional information please visit or call Cal Elrich at 775-575-1802.

Celebrate Las Vegas as America’s outdoor museum of popular culture at a two hour Las Vegas Pop Culture Walking Tour Downtown from the Plaza Hotel to the Plaza of the new Container Park on Oct. 4 in Downtown Las Vegas.  Led by a spirited well informed local guide, it’s the epic story of how an unlikely railroad stop in the desert grew into the newest and the most remarkable city of the 20th century. Tickets are limited for morning and afternoon tours and offered at a special discount price of $20. For information, to purchase/reserve a ticket, visit or call 702-370-6961 or email

Local photographer Bob Goodman will take you on a visual tour of the natural gardens throughout Nevada, to highlight Nature’s handiwork that at times is obvious, and at times hidden in Nature’s Rock Garden. Hosted by the Washoe County Library System performances will be held on October 4, 9, and 11 in the Reno-Sparks area for more information and presentation times please visit or call 775-972-0281.

Prepare yourself for a scary trip on the Haunted Ghost Train throughout October at the Nevada Northern Railway in Ely, NV. Ghost stories come alive as we see zombies, ghosts, ghouls, aliens and maybe even Big Foot. You never know what’s around the next bend.  About 100 volunteers line up alongside the tracks, creating spooktacular and horrific haunted Halloween scenes that are synchronized to narrated stories aboard the train. Passengers receive a bag of candy when disembarking the train after the evening’s adventure. To purchase tickets please visit or call 775-289-2085.

The Reno Celtic Celebration Oct. 4-5 in Reno will feature Pipe Bands, Clan tents, Scottish and Irish Dancers, historic reenactments, Celtic animals, vendors, Scottish athletics, British cars, kids games and more. Main stage entertainers include 1916, Ciana and the Clarke Brothers. Both the Reno Celtic Celebration and the Nevada Society of Scottish Clans will display the Nevada Tartan explaining the history behind its creation and highlighting famous Scottish persons throughout Nevada history. For additional information please visit or call 775-378-0931.

On Saturday, Oct. 4, The Desert Winds COLORATIONS: Indigo Concert in North Las Vegas presents these hues of humanity as soloist, Leanne Stamp, performs the U.S. premiere of Peter Meechan’s euphonium concerto, “Origins.” As an official event of the Nevada 150th Year Sesquicentennial celebration, this concert will also feature both guest conductor, Dick McGee, and a performance of Eric Whitacre’s “October.” For additional information please visit

Zoom on in to the seventeenth annual Lyon County Fly-In and Punkin Chucking, Oct. 4-5 at the Silver Springs Airport for a weekend of fun-filled skies in Silver Springs, NV. The Lyon County Fly-In is about antique aircraft alongside modern military and fire-fighting planes. Meet pilots, builders, and restorers of military, antique, and ultra-light aircraft. Enjoy the “Young Eagles” program where we take young people aloft for their first off-the-ground experience. New this year will be a Punkin Chucking contest. Many local schools will have teams designing and building devises to see who can launch a pumpkin the furthest. For additional information please visit or call 775-220-0007.

The public is invited to join us in Las Vegas, Oct. 4, as we celebrate the history of Nevada through its coinage at The Las Vegas Numismatic Society Celebrates Nevada’s Sesquicentennial. Learn about the Carson City Mint and the role that silver and gold have played in Nevada’s history.  Free door prizes and refreshments, including a special Nevada birthday cake! Free parking and admission. For additional information please visit or call 702-860-6032.

Join the City of Sparks and the Sparks Heritage Museum for a special birthday bash at the NV150 Western Heritage Festival, Oct. 4 on Victorian Square in Sparks, NV. Celebrating everything that makes the Silver State unique and the industries that built Nevada – Ranching, Mining, Railroading, Gaming and the Military. Celebrate Nevada’s culture and heritage with live music, cowboy poets, crafters, hands on demonstrations, children’s activities, wild horses, and more. For additional information please visit or call 775-355 1144.

Photographer and naturalist Bob Goodman will present photos and information at Hot Springs: A Closer look at Stay Away, Oct. 4, 7 and 11. Although many folks enjoy soaking in hot springs, in Nevada, many hot springs have water at lethal temperatures. Goodman has visited and photographed many of those hot springs infrequently visited because of the water temperature or small size to offer a look at the life that forms in undisturbed areas. Hosted by the Washoe County Library System performances will be held in the Reno-Sparks area for more information and presentation times please visit or call 775-327-8360.

Steve Ellison is the filmmaker that is creating the forthcoming documentary, “Harold’s Club”.  Join him in Reno for a special presentation of, “Harold’s Club or Bust” on Oct. 7. The presentation details the history of this groundbreaking and pioneering club, and why we should appreciate its significance. For additional information please visit or call 775-327-8360.

In honor of Helen J. Stewart, the Friends of the Fort has partnered with a family owned business that sources spices from the Southwest and Internationally, to create unique spice blends for the “Stewart Ranch” spice blend collection. They will be for sale at the Cowboy Trail Farms Market held at the Fort on Oct. 8th in Las Vegas. For additional information or please visit or call 702-486-3511.

The annual Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame Night of Induction. Oct. 10, is the official kick-off event for the PGA TOUR’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. In 2014, amateur Frank Acker, PGA of America professionals John Difloure and Mike Davis, and LPGA Tour professional Stephanie Louden will be inducted as the Class of 2014. For more information please visit or call 702-524-3630.

Reno and Sparks owe their existence to the railroads. Enjoy a trip into history at Rich Railroad History of Reno-Sparks presented by Dick Dreiling, Oct. 10 in Sparks. The presentation will include many slides of locomotives, depots and maps to help illustrate the story.  For more information please visit or call 775-352-3200.

Nevada—in this memory play of the same name—is a place of discovery and dreams, of almost having but then losing, of hope and discouragement. It is a place where the central remembering character, his best friend and his girlfriend come to the end of their journeying road. Nevada – a play written by David Kranes will be at the Judy Bayley Theatre at UNLV in Las Vegas Oct. 10-19. For more information please visit or call 702-895-3666.

Join us for the 70th Anniversary Celebration of the historic Huntridge Theatre’s grand opening in October 1944 in Las Vegas. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, musical entertainment, and a silent auction while dancing the night away.  The historic Huntridge Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places of United States Department of the Interior, National Parks Service and the Nevada Register of Historic Places. To purchase tickets for this limited capacity event, please visit or call 702-277-4566.

For 33 years, the Eldorado has brought the sights, sounds and flavors of Italy to downtown Reno during the Eldorado Great Italian Festival. The festival held each year over Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 11-12, is a celebration of Italian culture and traditions.  The festival transforms downtown Reno into Little Italy with a grape stomp, sauce cookers competition, an Italian farmer’s market, bocce ball, kids’ gelato eating contest, Ferrari car display, Italian Buffet and incredible, free, live entertainment all weekend long. For more information please visit or call 775-786-5700.

The Park to Park Pedal – Extreme Nevada 100, Oct. 11, starts at Kershaw-Ryan State Park and takes peddlers through the historic towns of Caliente and Pioche, and on to three other state parks: Cathedral Gorge, Echo Canyon, and Spring Valley and then back to Kershaw-Ryan where you are served an incredible Dutch Oven Dinner. Three rides are available: 100, 60, and 40. Entry fee is $70 and includes a tee-shirt, snacks, and a Dutch Oven dinner. For more information or to register please visit  or call 775-728-4460.

Classix Two Home Means Nevada Concert will be held Oct 11, 12 and 14 in Reno and feature the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, the Washoe County School District 6th Grade Honor Choir, and University of Nevada piano professor, Dr. James Winn. The performance will feature the brand new arrangement of “Home Means Nevada” for orchestra and chorus, and “Desert Garden” by Reno born composer Sean Shepherd, as well as Lost Vegas by Michael Daugherty, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit or call 775-323-6393.

As part of its NV 150 at your library programming the Washoe County Library System proudly hosts; There’s No Lake on Lake Street Author Presentation & Signing, Oct. 12 in Reno. Join local author James Umbach for a fascinating exploration of the history of local street names, including historical maps and images highlighting this aspect of Reno’s history. A book signing will follow the presentation. For more information please visit or call 775-327-8300.

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Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s admission to the Union, provides opportunities for celebration and reflection as we come together statewide to commemorate our shared history and build a foundation of cultural appreciation for generations to come. Nevada’s one of a kind and diverse history is being celebrated throughout the state for an entire year in order to promote pride in the shared heritage of all Nevadans. Nevada’s Sesquicentennial celebration commenced on Nevada Day 2013 and will conclude with an expanded Nevada Day celebration October 2014. For more information, please visit


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