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The First-Annual Mark Twain Days Festival

Join us April 21-23, 2023 to celebrate one of Nevada’s most prolific, witty, wise (and wise-cracking) writers, Mark Twain. Learn more about his work and how he helped to define Carson City.

Carson City is Circling the Wagons

Come Celebrate a Local Legend

Mark Twain’s time in Nevada was fast, furious, and left a lasting impact. The region and Twain were changed forever and the dust he kicked up has never quite settled. To carry on with what Mark Twain loved most about Nevada—the characters, the excitement, and the spirit of the west—we invite you to the Mark Twain Days Festival in Downtown Carson City. Discover yourself like Samuel Clemens did when he left Mississippi to find his true identity in Nevada with art, music, treasure hunts, costume contests, the Twain "Cocktail" Train, and so much more.

April 22

Bow Tie Ball

"I talked in a snow-white fulldress, swallow-tail and all, and dined in the same. It's a delightful impudence. I think I will call it my dontcareadam suit." 

Join us for the Bow Tie Ball, an event through the ages at the Governor's Mansion! Coming in costume from the 1860's era is highly encouraged, but not required, to honor the time in which Mark Twain lived in Carson City. Heavy appetizers and a cash bar will keep you going into the evening as you dance the night away. Music styles will progress through the centuries from Mark Twain era to current hits. 

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October 22

Mark Twain Days Fundraiser Event

Thank you for supporting our benefit! 

Join us at the Brewery Arts Center on October 22nd.  McAvoy Layne, famed Mark Twain Impersonator and actor, Spins the Yarn to fundraise for the first-ever Mark Twain Days Festival in Carson City, NV on April 21-23. Cash bar will be available.

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Twain Train: Cocktail Excursion

Ride the historic rails of the V&T Railway train and enjoy the stories of Mark Twain and some of his favorite libations!

More details to come. 

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Even More

Mark Twain Days Events

Neighborhood Tour

More details coming soon.

Lookalike Contest

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Downtown Treasure Hunt

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Picnic Basket Auction

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If interested in becoming a vendor for Mark Twain Days please fill out the form by clicking below.


As we continue planning the festival's events, we are actively searching for costumed ambassadors and event volunteers.