Nevada — Festivals and Events
From Rodeos to the indescribable festival that is Burning Man, Nevada hosts its fair share of extravegent events throughout year. Most of the big ones take place in and around Las Vegas or Reno, though you can also find cowboy poetry gatherings in Elko and music festivals in Lake Tahoe. Thanks to the warm desert climate all year round there is a good chance you will have something to celebrate while you're here. And if there's no special occasion, well, every day feels like a party in Sin City.
Monster Jam World Finals
Only America could dream up something like a monster truck derby where modified trucks weigh in at 10,000 pounds and 20 feet high. This is the country’s big annual event each March inside the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. The biggest and baddest machines converge to crush regular cars and anything else they can drive over.
Reno Jazz Festival
Celebrate the coming of spring with a series of jazz concerts sponsored by the University of Nevada at Reno. This popular event in April lures a solid lineup of musicians backed by workshops and other educational events. It’s a festival geared towards the true jazz aficionado, which is why it remains one of Nevada’s main annual events.
Billing itself as the wildest and richest rodeo in the American West, Reno’s annual show is a really big deal. A lineup of top professional riders and rodeo folks head to the Livestock Events Center every June to compete for bragging rights as part of the Pro Rodeo Tour and attend a carnival on the fairgrounds.
Las Vegas Bikefest
Motorcycling culture is huge in Las Vegas, and every September Nevada’s main city hosts a gathering of like-minded folks at the Cashman Center. For four days, 250 vendors set up stalls and woo the thousands of bikers who come down for a long weekend of rides, contests and merchandise.
What started 20 years ago as an intimate party in the Black Rock Desert for a group of Nevada friends has evolved into a massive celebration of the weird and the alternative. Around 25,000 people create a city from the ground up in the empty barren desert every August for a week of sharing, partying, music, and ultimately burning a giant effigy of a man at the = end. There’s simply nothing else like Burning Man in the world.
You would expect nothing less than a full-blown extravaganza for New Years Eve in Las Vegas, and Sin City does not disappoint. One of the nation’s hottest sites to ring in the new year closes off Fremont Street in the downtown core for a special ticket-holder party. Even if you don’t pay to enjoy the special events you can always watch the huge fireworks display that cascades down the entire length of the Strip.