Each October, Nevadans turn their attention to the state capitol, Carson City, home of the “official” Nevada Day Parade. Since 1938, the Nevada Day Parade in Carson City has been an annual coming together to celebrate Nevada’s heritage and the founding of this great state on October 31, 1864! Make it a weekend in Carson City with great events all weekend long!

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FRIDAY EVENTS

WAITING FOR CONFIRMATION FOR 2022 – BLINKY MAN CARSON CITY

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. 29th at 6:30 p.m., starting at Fox’s Brewpub, followed by Living the Good Life, the Feisty Goat and Tap Shack., the last stop is to be determined! Anyone with a bicycle that is properly lighted for night riding is free to participate. For more information, go to https://www.Facebook.com/BlinkyManCC/

HISTORICAL EAST-SIDE TOUR 

Join Bernie Allen on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022 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.

SATURDAY EVENTS

WAITING FOR CONFIRMATION FOR THIS EVENT – 32ND ANNUAL NEVADA DAY CLASSIC RUN/WALK

UPDATE: The race will start at 8am. Register online at the link below. Plan to pick up your packets Friday from 1-5pm or Saturday morning at 7am. PLEASE – NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION. ALL TRANSACTION THROUGH SQUARE.

Photo by Gai Phanalasy

We are both excited and thankful that we are able to return this year and put on one of our signature races during the Nevada Day Weekend! This is a classic road course through the streets of west Carson City. Costumes are HIGHLY encouraged! An annual event since 1989, the Nevada Day Classic – presented by the Tahoe Mountain Milers – is an 8K run and a 2-mile run/walk through the beautiful, historic West Side of Carson City, Nevada. The races precede the Nevada Day Parade celebrating Nevada’s entry into the Union with a course finish down the main drag of Carson City with spectators lining the way. All runners of all distances will receive a custom wooden medal! The first 200 runners that register are guaranteed a t-shirt!

The Nevada Day Classic is organized in partnership with Guide Dog for the Blind, Kaia Fit, and Lynn Mentzer Timing. All net proceeds will go to Guide Dogs For The Blind. Link for registration: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=88055. The email for general public inquiries is: tahoemtnmilers@gmail.com

32TH ANNUAL NEVADA PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT THE 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 $7 for Adults and $4 for Kids 10 and younger.  Proceeds go towards a scholarship of $2,000 to a deserving senior from Carson or Dayton High School. All are welcome and we encourage you to come and meet our Republican officials.

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 www.ccrwclub.com or contact Patty Johnson 775-846-8480/email patty.johnson@frankincovey.com.

36th ANNUAL NEVADA DAY CHILI FEED

Waiting to find out who will host the annual Chili Feed in the Carson Nugget’s upstairs Banquet Center (507 North Carson St.) on parade day. Time 11am-2pm. 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.

NEVADA BUILDERS FOUNDATION BREAKFAST BUFFET

22nd Annual Nevada Builders Foundation Nevada Day Breakfast Buffet at Red’s Old 395 Grill. Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 from 6:00 am to 9:30 am. Tickets are $6.00 in Advance and $10.00 at the Door. Reds is located at 1055 S. Carson St. Enjoy a full breakfast buffet of pancakes and scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages and potatoes and much more.  Be sure to treat yourself to Red’s famous Bloody Mary or Mimosa they are available at the bar.

NEVADA BUILDERS FOUNDATION LUNCH BUFFET

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. Tickets are $40 Tickets and include live music, all-you-can-drink Battle Born Beer and Lunch. Proceeds from both events will support local students seeking a fulfilling career in construction.

BALLOON LAUNCH

Watch the hot air balloons launching right on Carson Street near the Carson Mall beginning at 8:00 a.m. on parade day (weather permitting).

The balloons fly for about an hour and are usually landed before the parade 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 banners from the balloon’s basket. For more information contact Nevada Day at 775-882-2600 or email nevadaday@nevadaday.com.

NEVADA DAY PARADE

Beginning at 10:00 am sharp, we play the Star Spangled Banner as the Navy flies overhead, it’s the 84th annual NEVADA DAY PARADE! The largest celebration of statehood in the country, right here in Carson City, with around 200 entries and lots of excitement. It takes 4 hours to complete, and you won’t want to miss it – well, you kinda can’t miss it because we take over downtown till about 2:30 pm.

NEVADA DAY BEARD CONTEST

Hosted by Cipriani’s Downtown Barber Shop and Paradise Salon – Spa – Wellness. Held immediately following the parade, the Beard Contest takes place on the main stage at McFadden Plaza (3rd St.) 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.

48TH ANNUAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLE JACK DRILLING CONTEST

The World Championship Single Jack Rock Drilling Contest takes place on Sat., Oct. 29, 2021 at the Carson Mall Parking lot. The competition begins around 11:00 a.m.

Men and Women contestants use 4.5 pound hammers and a 3/4 inch bit of steel to drill as deep and as fast as they can into 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 loosse stone chips are splashed out with every stroke of the hammer. The person who drills 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.

GOVERNOR’S MANSION TOURS

Governor’s Mansion will again be hosting tours this year on Nevada Day (which includes upstairs!) from 2:00 to 4:00.  This is a unique opportunity to see the upstairs of the mansion and meet the Governor and First Lady.   Docents will do the tours in period clothing and they usually have a little treat to hand out as well.

GOVERNOR’S MANSION TRICK OR TREAT

They will also be handing out candy on the 31st, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm there will be music and entertainment for the whole family.