Nevada Day’s run of activities are Thursday through Sunday

Nevada Day’s nearly weeklong celebration includes Saturday’s Great Balloon Race.
Brett Fisher / Carson Now
The Silver State celebrates its birthday this week in Carson City and will put on a statehood celebration like no other as Nevada Day comes into full swing, featuring the annual parade down Carson Street on Saturday, a carnival at Mills Park, The La Ka Lel Be Pow Wow at the MAC, activities for adults and kids, contests, delicious food dishes, pancakes, chili and plenty of beverages to suit every wild hair. Admitted into statehood on Oct. 31, 1864, Nevada is the only state to continually celebrate its historical entry into the Union, giving true meaning of our state motto: Home Means Nevada. The modern parade started in 1938 in Carson City but the history of commemorating our statehood predates the 1938 parade by more than 60 years, thanks to the Society of Nevadans who hosted smaller celebrations throughout the state. Go here for the official Nevada Day 2019 website. The celebration gets underway this week, with the start of the RSVP Nevada Day carnival Thursday. Here is a list of events, dates, times and locations, Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 24 –27, 2019. RSVP NEVADA DAY CARNIVAL Mills Park in Carson City Carnival rides for adults and children, live music, food booths, craft vendors & more. Hours: 10/24 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.; 10/25-26: Noon – 9 p.m.; 10/27: Noon – 8 p.m. All-day ride wristbands are $30; $5 Discount Coupons available at RSVP website, RSVP office, & RSVP booth. Proceeds assist seniors to help them remain independent and at home with dignity. Carnival Thursday – Sunday; Thursday All Rides $1. Halloween Costume Contest at Mills Park on Saturday, 10/26 at 3 p.m. DJ Friday and Sunday. Live Music Saturday. Wheelhouse Skate Expo all weekend To learn more, visit NEVADA DAY STORE Features Nevada and Battle Born Logo Wear, Home Means Nevada, local pottery, jewelry, authors, and more. Located at 716 N. Carson St., open Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Home Means Nevada will have their booth out front of the store on Friday October 25th from noon to 5:00 p.m. and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Parade Day, as well as at Telegraph Square near Curry and Proctor. For more info visit, or call 775-882-2600. Friday October 25, 2019 HISTORICAL EAST-SIDE TOUR Join Bernie Allen on Fri., Oct. 56, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. as guides lead you on a two mile walking tour of the historical east side of Carson City. This free tour begins at the Capitol steps and continues to the location of the former children’s home, which was also the site of the 1897 Corbett Fitzsimmons heavyweight title fight. The tour also includes a visit to the site of the former V&T Railroad shops as well as many other historic locations. For more info, call 775-315-7616. HISTORICAL WEST-SIDE TOUR This free tour begins at 1:30 p.m. in the front courtyard of the Nevada State Museum. Explore the historic Westside of Carson City where many notable residents have lived. These include Abraham Curry, Orion Clemens and his brother, Samuel, Duane Bliss, William Stewart, James Nye, Dat-So-La-Lee and many others, including the Governor’s Mansion. This approximately 90 minute walking tour will highlight the homes, churches and schools of early Carson City. Most of this area is also a historic district with other beautiful historic homes all along the way. For more information, call Debbie Lane at 775-841-4456. 7TH ANNUAL BLINKY MAN BIKE RIDE Blinky Man is a nighttime bike ride through the streets of Carson City. Participants dress up in costumes and decorate their bicycles with colorful lights, before riding together through town on a circuit with five stops at local bars and eateries. This year’s event is Friday, Oct. 25th at 6:30 p.m., starting at Jimmy G’s, 301 N. Carson Street. From there, riders to then go to The Tap Shack, The Feisty Goat and Living the Good Life before finishing at Westside Pour House at Telegraph Square. Anyone with a bicycle that is properly lighted for night riding is free to participate. For more information, go to Friday and Saturday October 25-26, 2019 NEVADA STATE RAILROAD MUSEUM Located at South Carson Street & Fairview Drive, the museum is open Thursday through Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In honor of Nevada Day, FREE admission all day Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, 2019! The museum also offers McKeen Motor Car rides October 25-27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Ride tickets: $8 for ages 12+; $4 for ages 4-11 yrs; free for ages 3 and younger. Purchase ride tickets at the Wabuska Depot at the Museum. For more info, call 775-687-6953 or visit NEVADA STATE MUSEUM The Nevada State Museum – located at 600 N. Carson Street in Carson City. The museum celebrates Nevada’s natural and cultural history and features the historic Carson City Mint. The Historic Press Number 1 will be running and minting medallions. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In honor of Nevada Day, the Nevada State Museum is offering FREE admission all day on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, 2019. Regular Museum Admission other days: $8 for adults; FREE for ages 17 & younger and for museum members. For more information call 775-687-4810 or visit Friday – Sunday, Oct. 25 -27, 2019 LA KA LEL BE NEVADA DAY POW WOW Grand Entry Times: Friday 7:00 p.m.; Saturday 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at Noon The MAC, 1860 Russell Way, Carson City. Open to the public, the Nevada Day Pow Wow is held at the MAC Center/Boys & Girls Club in Carson City each year during the Nevada Day weekend in October. This public event showcases Native American/First Nations dancing and singing, also a wide variety of Craft and Food vendors are on site. There is a Hand Game Tournament, Horse Shoe Tournament, Youth 3 on 3 Tournament and new this year, Corn Hole Tournament. Saturday, October 26, 2019 PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT GOVERNOR’S MANSION A Nevada Day tradition, the pancake breakfast at the Governor’s Mansion (606 N. Mountain St.) is hosted by the Carson City Republican Women’s Club and takes place from 7:00-9:30 a.m. on parade day. Cost is $6 for Adults and $3 for Kids 10 and younger. Proceeds go towards a scholarships of $2,000 to a deserving senior from Carson or Dayton High School. Breakfast includes: pancakes, eggs, ham, orange juice and coffee. The Governor is often available for photos. You might even spot surprise celebrities and famous political guests at this annual Carson City tradition! For more info visit or call Mary Burgoon, 775-315-0993. NEVADA BUILDERS WOMEN’S COUNCIL PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT RED’S OLD 395 GRILL 20th Annual Nevada Builders Foundation, Nevada Day Breakfast Buffet at Red’s Old 395 Grill. Saturday, October 26th 2019 6:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Red’s Old 395 Grill is located at 1055 S. Carson St. Enjoy a full breakfast buffet of pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, potatoes, coffee, orange juice or hot chocolate! Red’s famous Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas are also available at the bar. Proceeds go to the Nevada Builders Foundation Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships to all four community colleges in our great state. Early Bird Special $6 tickets purchased in advance or before 7 a.m. Parade Day. Tickets bought after 7 a.m. are $8.00. Hurry and get your tickets now NEVADA DAY PARADE PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT CARSON LODGE No. 1 FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS 7 to 10 a.m. Located at 13 E Washington Street, Carson Street, Carson City. This annual event, tickets $5, is hosted by Carson Lodge No. 1, Free & Accepted Masons for the benefit of our youth programs, scholarships and historic preservation. Community, friends and family are all invited. 30TH ANNUAL NEVADA DAY CLASSIC RUN/WALK The Classic, hosted by Tahoe Mountain Milers, benefits Guide Dogs for the Blind. Local guide dog puppies-in-training and their raisers from the group Eyes for Tomorrow will serve as course marshals to guide runners and walkers through the west side of Nevada’s capital city. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. on the corner of Telegraph and Curry Streets (just west of the Carson Nugget) and makes its way through the city’s beautiful historic district. Regular registration is $35 (thru 10/25/19); Race Day registration is $40 (between 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m., at the Nugget Casino, 2nd floor.) Participants get an event T-shirt, post-event refreshments, and a swag bag. Any extra event T-shirts will be available for $15 after the race starts. More info at, or contact Steve Lang at 775-720-7704. CARSON VICTORY ROLLERS The Second Annual “Battle for the Silver Skate” No. B4SS Tournament hosted by your local roller derby team, the Carson Victory Rollers, returns as a featured activity for the Nevada Day weekend festivities. Six teams from Nevada, California, and Idaho will battle it out at the Carson City Community Center on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Special Co-ed exhibition bout starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday night. Free to Public! For more information go to RE/MAX NEVADA DAY BALLOON LAUNCH Watch the majesty of hot air balloons launching right on Carson Street near the Carson Mall beginning at 8 a.m. on parade day (weather permitting). The balloons fly for about an hour and are usually down before the parade even starts. The launch operates under the assistance of the Great Reno Balloon Race. Team RE/MAX flies their signature hot air balloon, along with many other balloons. Sponsors can ride in a balloon and hang their banner from the balloon’s basket. To sign up as a future sponsor or learn more, call: 775-882-2600. NEVADA DAY PARADE: 10 a.m. The military fly-over will signal the start of the parade, which begins at William Street and N. Carson Street, and ends 4 hours later at the intersection of Stewart Street and S. Carson Street. The parade features marching bands, floats, equestrian groups, political candidates, historical displays, burning man art cars, and much more. View a list of parade entries further back in this program. Go here for the complete parade lineup NEVADA DAY BEARD CONTEST Held immediately following the parade, the Beard Contest takes place on the main stage at McFadden Plaza There is no entry fee, the contest is open to anyone with a beard. Award categories include: best overall winner, longest, fullest, reddest, whitest, blackest, best salt and pepper, best groomed, scruffiest, and most bearded community. Learn more at 46TH ANNUAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLE JACK DRILLING CONTEST The World Championship Single Jack Rock Drilling Contest takes place on Sat., Oct. 26, 2019 in its new location: Max Casino parking lot on North Carson St. The competition begins around 11:00 a.m. Contestants use 4 1/2 pound hammers and a 3/4” bit of steel to drill as deep and as fast as they can in a 4,320 pound piece of Sierra White Granite from the Yosemite area (the hardest known granite in the region). Contestants have 10 minutes to pound the drills into the solid stone, their only help is from an assistant who runs water into the hole so the loose stone chips are splashed out with every stroke of the hammer. The deepest hole wins. The contest goes back to the Comstock mining skills of earlier times, when blast holes for dynamite were punched into ore bodies by hand. Contestants vie for a chance at a World Champion title. To learn more visit GOVERNOR’S MANSION TOURS Tours of the Governor’s Mansion (606 N. Mountain St.) take place after the parade from 2 – 4 p.m. Tour the upstairs and downstairs of the home where Nevada’s Governors and their families have lived since 1909 – the current home to Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and First Lady Kathy Sisolak. For more info call 775-687-3000. 35TH ANNUAL CHILI FEED Secretary of State Barbara Cegvske and State Senator James Settelmeyer will host the annual Chili Feed in the Carson Nugget’s upstairs Banquet Center (507 North Carson St.) on parade day from Noon – 2 p.m. Admission is free, so arrive early for the popular event! Enjoy free chili with all the fixins. It’s a great opportunity to meet old and new friends, plus chat with federal, state, and local leaders. More info available at, or contact Janet at (775) 315-3373. TELEGRAPH SQUARE BLOCK PARTY Join old and new friends and dance to the music of “The Trippin King Snakes” from 3 – 6 p.m. in Telegraph Square (at Telegraph & Curry Streets), sponsored by the Westside Pourhouse. Enjoy free live music, plus visit food and drink vendors and nearby businesses. NEVADA DAY FREE CONCERT The Capital City Community Band opens its 43rd concert season with a free concert of patriotic and Halloween favorites on Sat., Oct. 26th, at 2 p.m. at the Amphitheater in the Legislative Mall in Carson City, NV (weather permitting.)The concert is FREE to the public. Parents are encouraged to bring their children. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. For more information, visit Sunday, October 27, 2019 POST NEVADA DAY TRASH MOB Meet at the Farmer’s Market Parking lot at 3rd Street and Curry Street to help us clean up downtown the day after the parade. For more details, visit our website at or give us a call at (775) 887-2262 Thursday, October 31, 2019 TRICK-OR-TREATING IN CARSON CITY & THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION The OFFICIAL night for trick-or-treating in Carson City this year is Thursday, October 31st. Stop by the Governor’s Mansion (606 N. Mountain St.) where Governor Sisolak and First Lady Kathy Sisolak will hand out candy from 5 – 8 p.m.

– Jeff Munson, Carson Now

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