Top 20 Nevada USA Events and Festivals
This list of Top Events USA presents only the top 20 Nevada events and festivals from January to December.
Two of the main Nevada USA events are Burning Man, one of the world’s biggest counterculture festivals and recognised as one of the TOP 20 EVENTS in the whole of the USA – and the Viva Las Vegas event that is noted to be the biggest rockabilly party in the world.
See below for a complete list of the main Nevada US events.
Viva Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada
Marketed as the biggest rockabilly party in the world, Viva Las Vegas is considered to be one of the top 20 Nevada events and festivals, and features 4 days of music events, the Tiki Pool Party in which those taking part wear vintage swimwear and enter the swimsuit contest, tattoo lounge and contest, the popular Guitar Geek Festival Show, jiving classes and competition, the VLV Car Show, open to the public and not just attendees of the full 4 day festival, which is considered to be the world’s finest car show, as well as burlesque shows and classes, foods and vendors.
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Clark County Fair & Rodeo
Recognized as one of the best Rodeo-based events in the country, attracting more than 500 of the best rodeo athletes in the USA, the Clark County Fair & Rodeo has been a popular event for over 40 years and now attracts over 80,000 visitors. Main features include the rodeo events and fair ground rides as well as concerts, shows of all types from entertaining dogs to racing pigs and circus acts and a wide range of exhibits from creative arts to horticulture competitions offering everything from the best herbs to the best trees.
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Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz and R&B Festival
Las Vegas, Nevada
A popular event for more than twenty years, the annual City of Lights Jazz and R&B Festival takes place near downtown and the Las Vegas Strip. Considered to be the biggest and liveliest Jazz and R&B party festival in the West, the festival showcases national and Grammy Award recognized musicians performing day and night along with craft and food vendors throughout the Jazz Village.
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Reno Jazz Festival
University of Nevada – Reno, Nevada
One of the biggest jazz festivals in the country, and one of the main Nevada US events, for half a century, the Reno Jazz Festival has been the main reason for April being named “Jazz Festival Month” in Reno and has attracted more than 300,000 students and jazz lovers with a wide selection of live bands, guest artists, school bands, jazz clinics and workshops, concerts, competitions and more.
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Northern Nevada’s largest Hispanic heritage celebration for all ages. Entertainment includes popular bands from Mexico, Latin musicians, Mexican dancing horse performances, a soccer tournament and amateur boxing bouts both days. Carnival rides run until 10pm. Playground with bounce houses, free face painting, games and prizes for children. Over one hundred vendors offer specialty items, clothes, art, crafts, community information, Mexican food and other cuisine from 3:00 on Friday and Noon on Saturday and Sunday until 8 pm. Grand Sierra Resort north parking lot. Admission includes all live entertainment, $5 for 12-65 years, under 12 years and seniors free.
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Showcased through downtown Las Vegas, Helldorado Days is a popular cowboy themed festival that began over 70 years ago and comes complete with a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo, a parade, themed festival, exhibits and food vendors. Highlights of the event include the Whiskerino Contest, the Armed Forces Day Operation Free Ride, and the ever popular Helldorado parade on late Saturday afternoon.
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Reno River Festival
Attracting more than 32,000 spectators each year, America’s premier whitewater event, the Reno River Festival, takes place at the Truckee River Whitewater Park in downtown Reno. Known for enticing the world’s top whitewater athletes for an action-filled weekend, the event features professional competitions, competitions open to amateur paddlers, whitewater clinics, and an expo with the latest, hottest gear for whitewater athletes. Other events at the festival include mountain bike speed trials and the Run Amuck relay race.
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Billed as the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West!" the 90-year old Reno Rodeo is now a 10-day event and is a PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) sanctioned sporting event. A nonprofit organization made up of over 350 volunteers, the Reno Rodeo, one of the main Nevada US events, is the 4th richest PRCA tour rodeo attracting more than 120,000 fans each year. The rodeo has been nationally televised on CBS Sports, Fox Sports Net, Versus, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Classic.
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Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
July / August
North Lake Tahoe, Nevada/California
For more than 35 years, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival has drawn visitors to relax on Lake Tahoe’s pristine beaches in Sand Harbor State Park with wine and cheese to enjoy the Bard. Now one of the state’s most popular summer cultural events, the festival, performed on an open-air stage, attracts more than 30,000 attendees each year.
For more information about the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival visit: http://www.laketahoeshakespeare.com
Hot August Nights
Attracting over 800,000 spectators and participants, Hot August Nights is considered to be one of the most important premiere classic car events in the world, and is the largest classic car and nostalgia event in the USA. Taking place in the Reno, Sparks and Lake Tahoe areas, Hot August Nights , “Celebrating America’s Love Affair with Cars and Rock N’ Roll”, also features top entertainers from the 50s and 60s and presents a variety of events including show-n-shines, controlled cruises and more.
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late August - early September
Black Rock Desert, Nevada
Nevada is the host to one of the country’s (or world’s) biggest counterculture festivals every year. Considered to be one of the top 20 Nevada events and festivals, with over 60,000 people in attendance, the city created by attendees each year, named Black Rock City after its location on the Black Rock Desert. Though some participants express themselves via nudity, it is definitely not the main artistic expression. Rather, community-built artwork which is participatory in nature is the main focus of the art at Burning Man. Also, much of the artwork at Burning Man incorporates fire on some level.
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Burning Man is one of the TOP 20 EVENTS in the whole of the USA
The Great Reno Balloon Race
The Great Reno Balloon Race is the largest free hot air ballooning event in the nation. From its humble beginnings in 1982 with just 20 balloons, The Great Reno Balloon Race has taken flight with more than 100 balloons each year. Attracting an average of 140,000 visitors each year, some of the special features of this balloon event include tethered balloon rides for kids and even a Balloon Blackjack competition where pilots attempt to steer the balloons over giant playing cards and throw bean bags from the basket to try to hit “21″. The Great Reno Balloon Race has won many awards over the years including 'Best Special Event in Reno' and 'Best Special Event in Northern Nevada’.
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Reno Air Races
Recognized as one of the top air shows in the world, the most popular parts of the Reno Air Races for half a century include the displays of airplane acrobatics as well as the airplane races in which six classes of aircraft piloted by civilian, amateur and ex-military pilots compete in 3- to 8-mile race courses in the sky.
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One of the biggest and most popular bike events in the country for over 12 years, the 4-day Las Vegas Bikefest attracts more than 30,000 motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world to enjoy the bike contests and all sorts of bikes from Harleys to Hondas, live music concerts, nonstop partying, the “Miss & Mr Las Vegas BikeFest” and “ World's Strongest Biker” contests, big-money poker tournaments, food and drink vendors and the unique Vendor Village focussing on things to do with bikes.
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Carson City, Nevada
The highlight of Nevada Day is the parade in Carson City – a huge celebration to salute the state and look ahead to its future, to remind visitors and citizens alike how and when Nevada became a State. In fact, Nevada is the only state to continue celebrating their historical entry into the Union in the nation. The parade began in 1938.
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Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball
Las Vegas, Nevada
Recognized as “one of the Top 10 Events in the World” by Travel Channel, “One of 5 Top Events to see before you die” by Maxim Magazine and “The World’s Wildest Halloween Party” by Bizarre Magazine, the Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball is an unique event for adults only that celebrates this ghostly, scary time of year with monsters, music, dancing, laser light displays, stage performances, costume contests and more.
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Since 1998, Pahrump Valley has celebrated the spirit and culture of the region’s earliest American Indian inhabitants with its annual social Powwow. Festivities include tribal dancers resplendent in native dress, traditional songs, arts and crafts, tribal booths, and authentic Indian teepees. There are also cash prizes of $6,000 each awarded to the winners of a dance competition and drum competition. The Grand Entry is scheduled between 11:30 a.m. and noon both Saturday and Sunday.
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National Finals Rodeo
Las Vegas, Nevada
Organized by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the National Finals Rodeo, held at the Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, is the grand finale of the modern professional rodeo circuit. It has been held in Las Vegas since 1984. Known as the Super Bowl of Rodeo, this ten-day event puts the talents of the nation's top fifteen money-winners to the test as they compete for championship titles.
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Attracting visitors from all over the world, this New Years Eve Event known as America’s Party occupies the entire length of The Strip from the Excalibur to Stratosphere, the entire length of which features major fireworks, and attracts tens of thousands of visitors (many wearing special hats).
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updated Top 20 Events USA pages do not include every single event on offer in each state or city in America – only those recognized as one of the top 20 in each location, elected by residents, tourists and visitors, the team of travel writers working for Top Events USA, and some officials of the relevant states and cities of the USA too.