Ne­vada Events

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Pome­gran­ate Arts & Crafts Fes­ti­val, Lo­gan­dale, Nov. 4-5, 2016 Pomegranates aren’t a na­tive fruit to the Moapa Val­ley re­gion, but after Mor­mon set­tlers in­tro­duced the fruit to the re­gion in the early 1900s and found that it thrived, the fruit be­came a cel­e­brated part of the area. To­day, the Pome­gran­ate Arts & Crafts Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates the fruit with home­made jams and desserts. Ad­di­tion­ally, re­gional artists and crafters set up shop for vis­i­tors, sell­ing any­thing from dec­o­rated gourds to paint­ings. At­ten­dees can shop around while lis­ten­ing to lo­cal mu­sic from artists like the Nel­son Fam­ily Band.

V&T Rail­road Po­lar Ex­press, Car­son City, Nov. 17 to Dec. 23, 2016 You know the hol­i­days are around the corner when his­toric Ne­vada rail­ways be­come gate­ways to the North Pole. The V&T Rail­road was a highly suc­cess­ful route es­tab­lished in the late-1800s as a way to trans­port gold and sil­ver. To­day, its his­tory is pre­served through such themed rides as the V&T Rail­road Po­lar Ex­press. The Po­lar Ex­press ride al­lows fam­i­lies to ex­pe­ri­ence Cour­tesy Travel Ne­vada the joys that Santa brings while rid­ing an au­then­tic and his­toric train. Chil­dren on the Po­lar Ex­press will meet hol­i­day char­ac­ters and go home with a sil­ver sleigh bell. Guests can pur­chase coach or VIP tick­ets for this un­for­get­table child­hood ex­pe­ri­ence.

Wran­gler Na­tional Fi­nals Rodeo, Las Ve­gas, Dec. 1-10, 2016 The Wran­gler Na­tional Fi­nals Rodeo is the pre­miere rodeo event in the U.S. The most rec­og­niz­able rodeo stars from around the na­tion come to Las Ve­gas each De­cem­ber to com­pete for gold. Known as “Cow­boy Christ­mas” to at­ten­dees and fans, the event is full of cow­boy favourites, in­clud­ing live coun­try mu­sic, an expo with cow­boy boots and other rodeo gear, and, of course, steer wrestling, bull rid­ing, bar­rel rac­ing and rop­ing. It’s 10 days of cow­boy heaven.

Reno Santa Crawl. Dec. 10, 2016 In Reno, the Santa fun is for adults, too. The Reno Santa Crawl is the largest Santa Pub Crawl in the coun­try, where al­most 15,000 hol­i­day-clad par­ty­go­ers hop from bar to bar in down­town Reno. In ad­di­tion to draw­ing at­ten­dees from as far away as the East Coast, the event has raised more than $200,000 for lo­cal char­i­ties. Par­tic­i­pants can also signup for a 5K run or Santa skiing at Mt. Rose-Ski Ta­hoe.

Me­teor Show­ers Ne­vada’s ru­ral ar­eas and parks aren’t just great ar­eas to ex­plore for scenery and cul­ture, but they also give the state some of the dark­est night skies in the coun­try. Those skies are per­fect for stargaz­ing. This fall, there are sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties to catch one of the most spec­tac­u­lar phe­nom­ena of the skies, me­teor show­ers.

Leonids Me­teor Shower, Nov. 17, 2016 Named for its lo­ca­tion near the Leo con­stel­la­tion, the Leonids me­teor shower oc­curs an­nu­ally in midNovem­ber. This year, stargaz­ers will get the best view the night of Nov. 17.

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