Silver State, Battle Born State, Sagebrush State – by whatever of its nicknames it is called, Nevada will mark its 152nd anniversary on Monday, Oct. 31. The celebration, however, will begin earlier.
In Carson City on Saturday, Oct. 29, the grand parade takes place at 11 a.m.; a single-jack drilling contest will honor the state’s mining past from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; U.S. Sen. Dean Heller will host the annual free chili feed at the Carson City Nugget from noon to 2 p.m.; the annual beard contest will take place at 2 p.m.; and free tours of the Governor’s Mansion will be offered between 2 and 4 p.m.
This weekend is also, of course, Halloween, and Reno offers two unique settings from some free trick-or-treating. The National Automobile Museum will give out treats on its themed streets from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31 ($2). And Circus opens its midway from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, with treats given out from the booths, a little special entertainment, and the hotel’s security team completing a Child ID process for parents of children up to the age of 17.
The adults come out to play in the evenings, and Thunder Valley has two parties – V101’s Halloween House Party at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, featuring Arrested Development, Kool Moe Dee, and DJ Wiz ($59.75; thundervalleyresort.com); and “Sinners and Saints” at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 ($30).
The MontBleu always goes all out for this holiday and this year offers its 38th annual Freakers Ball on Saturday, Oct. 29, bringing one big party to three venues – the convention center, the Opal Ultra Lounge, and the Blu Nightclub – with DJs, go-go dancers, and $10,000 in costume contest winnings. ($40; Ticketmaster)
The Silver Legacy and Eldorado in Reno will offer a parade of parties, including “Nightmare at NoVi,” a Freddy Krueger-themed party with DJ Roni V, at the Eldorado’s NoVi nightclub Friday, Oct. 29 (10 p.m.; $10 cover, $5 for those in costume); followed by a black light party Saturday (10 p.m.; $10, $5 in costume; eldoradoreno.com). The Silver Legacy’s Aura Ultra Lounge will have two “Scream” parties Friday and Saturday ($10, $5 in costume; silverlegacyreno.com).
Thunder Valley brings Jefferson Starship member and guitar player extraordinaire Craig Chaquico “and Friends” in for an unusual Thursday night concert on Nov. 3 (6:45 p.m.; $45-$150; thundervalleyresort.com);
Jimmie Vaughn of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, whose latest album is “Blues, Ballads, and Favorites,” plays Jackson Rancheria on Saturday, Oct. 29 (7 p.m.; $35; jacksoncasino.com);
Finally, nothing wrong with a little “Korean avant-garde Indie rock” as Cache Creek describes Rose Motel playing Saturday, Oct. 29 (8 p.m.; free with guest card; tickets distributed beginning at 6 p.m. at Guest Services; cachecreek.com).