If you are one of the fortunate people living in or visiting the Reno / Tahoe region, you don't have to go far (or maybe nowhere at all) to enjoy a fine Memorial Day holiday weekend. As a reminder, most government offices will be close on the Memorial Day holiday, Monday, May 27, 2013.
Things To Do Nearby
Black Rock Rendezvous: May 25 - 27
Here's your chance to learn more about the incredible Black Rock Desert, located within the BLM-administered Black Rock Desert High Rock Canyou Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area (or just NCA for short). This is a weekend of of environmental workshops, tours of significant area features, history, camping, food, raffle prizes, geocaching, and movies under starry desert skies. Friends of Black Rock / High Rock is the main organizer, with assistance from organizations such as the Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Outdoor School, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, and several others.
The Rendezvous starts on Saturday, May 25, 100 miles north of Reno at the main campsite on the Black Rock Playa. A schedule of events, directions, and maps are available at the Black Rock Rendezvous website. This is a free, family-friendly event. If you plan on doing the campout, be sure to read this information about camping in the Black Rock Desert. See some of the fun with my Black Rock Rendezvous pictures. For more information, call (775) 557-2900.
Country Crossroads at the Nugget
Country Crossroads is a Memorial Day country music festival in Sparks at John Ascuaga's Nugget. Featured performers include Gloriana on May 24, Jerrod Niemann on May 25, and Dwight Yoakam on May 26. Visit the Nugget website for more information and tickets. During the weekend, there will also be some free concerts in the Casino Cabaret and live country music and country DJs in Trader Dick's Lounge. The info phone is (775) 356-3300.
Virginia City Memorial Day Celebration and Railfest
The parade starts at noon on Saturday, May 25 and will travel down C St., Virginia City's main drag. The parade celebrates the heroism and sacrifice of those Americans who have died defending our nation. Call (775) 847-4386 for more information. All entries are welcome. Concurrently with the parade will be a Made in Nevada Craft Fair.
The Virginia & Truckee Railfest will also be happening in Virginia City during Memorial Day weekend.
The 150th anniversary of the formation of the 1st Battalion, Nevada Volunteer Cavalry, will be celebrated with Civil War battle re-enactments along the V & T Railroad line and encampments on Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26.
Ride the Virginia & Truckee Railroad (V & T)
Ride a real steam train on the restored Comstock route between Virginia City and Carson City/Mound House. Most of the line opened in 2009 and will be running round and one-way trips for the 2013 season starting on Memorial Day weekend. Trains will run Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October 20. You can get tickets online for this route and also for the excursion train listed below. Call (775) 847-0380 for more information.
Ride the Virginia & Truckee Excursion Train
Come ride the Queen of the Shortlines on Memorial Day weekend. The 2013 season of diesel train excursions between Virginia City and Gold Hill starts on Saturday, May 25. There are departures all day from the depot at F Street and Washington in Virginia City, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult tickets are $9 for diesel, $11 for steam. Children 5 to 12 are $4.50, kids under 5 free. An all day pass for steam is $24 and for diesel it's $18. For more information, call (775) 847-0380. (Note: This is an excursion train, not the V&T that runs round trips all the way to Carson City.)
Nevada State Railroad Museum
The Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City will be open on Memorial Day weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Monday. Bring Mom to ride the historic Virginia & Truckee McKeen Motor Car each day. Special weekend event tickets will be available that include unlimited rides and Museum access to all the exhibits. The Museum is located at 2180 S. Carson Street. For more information, call (775) 687-6953.
Parks and Recreation Areas
Our Reno / Tahoe region has excellent public parks suitable for everything from a quiet walk to big family gatherings. We are also surrounded by public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service, offering a multitude of possible outdoor adventures. If you want to hold a Mother's Day event, you can rent a park shelter or pavillion for your activity.
Reno Aces Baseball
Our Reno Aces will be playing the Tacoma Rainiers at Aces Ballpark during Memorial Day weekend. Home games will be from Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27. There will be fireworks after the Friday game and special promotions at the other games, including the Brett Butler Championship Bobblehead Giveaway, Renown Children's Hospital Family Funday, and Margarita Monday.. Check the Reno Aces schedule for games during the remainder of the season.
Memorial Day at The Discovery
The Discovery will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2013. Bring Mom to enjoy a day of learning and having fun at The Discovery. Kids will like it, too.
Memorial Weekend Music Festival
Dragonstar Entertainment will be hosting a music festival on Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Wingfield Park in Reno. Activities will include games, bounce hoses, and live music starting at 12 noon. Musical acts will include Valentine Rodeo, Steppen Stonz, Tongues of Fire, and Big Bad Wolf.
Wild Island Family Adventure Park
Wild Island Family Adventure Park in Sparks opens its water park for the 2013 season on May 18 and will be open over the Memorial Day weekend. Most days, the water park is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Other attractions, like the Coconut Bowl, Laser Mazes, Pirate Cove, and High Ballocity, will be open as well. For information about hours, rates, and all the things you can do, visit the Wild Island Family Adventure Park website. The park phone number is (775) 359-2927.
City of Reno Recreation Facilities Hours on Memorial Day, May 27, 2013
Rosewood Lakes Golf Course – for tee time information, call (775) 857-2892
Northwest Pool - closed
Idlewild Pool - closed
Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center & Pool - closed
Neil Road Recreation Center - closed
Teglia's Paradise Park Activity Center - closed
McKinley Arts & Culture Center - closed
Southside Cultural Center - closed
Sibayan R.E.C. - closed
Traner Pool - closed
Memorial Day at Lake Tahoe
Go To Lake Tahoe
Incline Village on Lake Tahoe's north shore is a mere 35 miles southwest of Reno. Just visiting this part of the lake is outstanding, but if you want to explore further, read my article with directions for driving around Lake Tahoe and other information and facts about this High Sierra scenic wonder and playground. Be prepared to share the road with lots of other drivers if you opt for the circumnavigation; the Lake Tahoe Basin gets plenty of visitors on holiday weekends.
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park offers two distinct experiences on the east side of Lake Tahoe, just south of Incline Village. Marlette-Hobart Backcountry in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park is the place to go for both hiking and mountain biking. Some trails lead to spectacular views of the Lake Tahoe Basin. For a place to take the family for a day on the beach at Lake Tahoe, you can't beat Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park.
Opening Day at the Lake
Taking place Memorial Day weekend from May 24 through May 27, this Lake Tahoe event features activities like kayaking, biking, big band dance parties, historic tours, and restaurant deck opening parties. The event is sponsored by Tahoe's West Shore Association, so that's where most of the action will be. See the calendar of events to find out what is happening and where.