Carson City in the Fall
It’s PSL season! Err, we mean fall. Travelers anticipating the cooler months after summer can look forward to spooky celebrations, exciting activities with a lively community and numerous outdoor adventures—all with views of the season’s best colors. Carson City, Nevada is prepped and ready for numerous events happening nearly every weekend throughout September and October.
For Halloween lovers of all ages
The Carson City Ghost Walk officially celebrates 30 years of bringing supernatural sightseers together to hear intriguing lore about the city’s haunts and history. Led by Madame Curry—a historically fictional character named after the widow of the city’s founder, Abe Curry—and her Spirit Wranglers, tour goers are guided through the city’s Victorian-era architecture to many historic stops along the Kit Carson Trail. Evening tours are available Saturdays, Sept. 9-30 and Oct. 7 with a special daytime tour available Saturday, Oct. 21. Tickets may be purchased in advance online for $15 per person or at the door for $20 per person.
The annual Harvest Train rides at the Nevada State Railroad Museum are available from 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on the weekend of Oct. 14. Our city also offers fun for all ages with the Trick O’ Treating event on Halloween at the Nevada Governor’s Mansion.
For art enthusiasts
The Carson City Murals and Music Festival beginning at the Brewery Arts Center will bring over a dozen artists to create murals throughout Carson City Thursday, Sept. 28 – Saturday, Sept. 30. Attendees can enjoy watching the artists bringing their creations to life in person all three days.
The Silver State Art Festival will be held Friday, Sept. 8 – Sunday, Sept. 10 at Fuji Park and will feature award-winning gourd artists, painters, photographers, jewelry artists and more.
For Silver State Superfans
Nevada Day Weekend brings Nevadans and visitors together each year for a grand celebration of state pride to mark the founding of the Battle Born state on October 31, 1864. This year’s festivities take place Friday, Oct. 27 – Sunday, Oct. 29 as Carson City will ring in Nevada’s anniversary with a lively and colorful parade, a beard contest, hot air balloons, the Nevada Day Powwow and free admission at both the Nevada State Museum, the Nevada State Railroad Museum.
Other festivities to enjoy in Carson City this fall:
- Saturday, Sept. 16: The Sassabration Pride Event
- Saturday, Sept. 30 – Sunday, Oct. 1: Bonanza Kennel Club Dog Show
- Wednesday, Oct. 4 – Saturday, Oct. 7: The Bronco Super Celebration
- Thursday, Oct. 26: BOO-nanza trick-or-treating
For the outdoor enthusiasts
“Each season brings a world of enjoyment and interest in the watching of its unfolding,” former Carson City resident, Mark Twain, once said.
This sentiment rings true in Carson City, and there’s no better place to see fall unfold than the east side of the Sierra Nevada. Nevada’s capital city is in the middle of the action, making it the perfect place to watch nature put on a vibrant show. Make the most of shorter days and cooler temperatures by hiking, biking, kayaking or fishing. Designated by the Division of Forestry, Carson City is also a Tree City USA for its successful urban forestry program that improves the health and longevity of its trees.
One fantastic spot where everyone can immerse themselves in fall colors is Carson River Park, which features walking paths, a fishing pier and a river access area. Enjoy a fall colors-themed wagon ride at Silver Saddle Ranch between 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22. Tickets will be available online.
Additionally, hikers can take a moderate climb to the top of C-Hill to get an incredible view from above town. The Ash to Kings Canyon trail takes adventurers on a hiking and biking path for 13.4 miles—the smooth, twisting track lies right between two scenic Carson City canyons.
Go all-out for fall in Carson City! Experience the season’s celebrations, take in the arts and culture events, and spend some time outdoors as the leaves change colors. Plan your adventure at visitcarsoncity.com.