Craft fairs and harvest festivals are a good way to get a head start on holiday shopping. You can find good deals and buying locally made art and craft items keeps your dollars circulating right here in our own neighborhood. (Note: More craft fairs will be added as information becomes available.)
Friday - Sunday, October 19, 20, 21 - The McQueen Boosters Guild is holding their 27th Annual McQueen Craft Faire. Friday features adults only shopping from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. - no children or strollers are allowed. Tickets are $10 at the door. Everyone is welcome on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $5. Get a $2 discount by bringing two food items for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Blue Star Moms also get the discount. The event will be held at McQueen High School, 6055 Lancer Street, Reno, NV. There will be about 160 exhibitors, food booths, raffles, and live entertainment at the show. Many of the exhibitors are local artisans and the items are handmade (no imports). There's lots of free parking.
Friday - Sunday, October 12, 13, 14 - The Reno Gem and Mineral Society's annual Fall Craft Fair will be in the Reno Town Mall, 4001 S. Virginia Street. Hours on Friday are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free parking and admission. Get more information at (775) 356-8820.
Sunday, October 28 - Wear your costumes and join us from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for games, food, gourmet coffees, cakewalk, lots of candy, s’mores and more. Activities for all ages. Admission is one can of food. The church is at 2200 El Rancho Drive in Sparks. Call (775) 358-4066 for more information.
Friday - Saturday, November 2, 3 - Get a jump on your holiday shopping. The Senior Sampler Holiday Craft Fair is Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be at the Assistance League Reno - Sparks Thrift Shop at 1701 Vassar Street in Reno. Admission and parking are free. The Thrift Store will be open during the same hours as well. This event provides supplemental income for over 400 senior craftsmen and artisans. For more information call (775) 324-2003.
Wednesday, November 7 - This event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, 3800 S. Virginia Street. Hosted by the Volunteers in Art at the Nevada Museum of Art, this popular event will feature an artisan's mall of handcrafted wares, inviting shoppers to purchase holiday gifts that are distinctive, original creations. Purchase tickets before October 17 to be included in a drawing for a chance to win a Reed Krakoff handbag. Winner need not be present to win. One entry per ticket purchased. Tickets are $50 per person or $450 for a table of 10. Space is limited, prepaid reservations are required. For questions and additional information, call (775) 329-3333.
Saturday, November 17 - Families with children of all ages celebrate the holidays, art and history during this annual free event at the historic Lake Mansion. This is a free holiday family event with eight hands-on art workshops, face painting, tours of the historic Lake Mansion by costumed docents, a holiday boutique, and visits / photos with Santa. This free event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Lake Mansion is at 250 Court Street in Reno. Call (775) 826-6100 for more information.
Friday - Sunday, November 23, 24, 25 - This holiday gift festival will feature craft and gift booths, cooking and cocktail demonstrations, flower arranging demonstrations, Christmas carolers, gift wrapping, and lots more. It will be in the Nugget's Rose Ballroom. Free admission and parking. Hours are Friday from 12 noon to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Nugget is located at 1100 Nugget Avenue in Sparks.
Saturday - Sunday, November 24, 25 - This big show will be at the Reno - Sparks Livestock Events Center, 1350 Wells Avenue in Reno. There will be crafters with thousands of handcrafted gifts. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $4 per person. Get $1 off admission by donating a can of food for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Parking is free.
Harvest Festivals in the Lake Tahoe Area
8th Annual Tahoe City Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 6 through Saturday, October 20 - The Tahoe City Harvest Festival is a whole series of events on Lake Tahoe's northwest shore. There are harvest and Halloween events for families and adults, including Scarecrows on Parade, Zombie Pub Crawl, Gatekeeper's Ghost Walk, Snowfest! Scarecrow Spring & Stroll, and lots more. Visit the Harvest Festival website for details.