The Labor Day holiday is really a three day weekend and the last big holiday weekend of the summer. The actual holiday falls on Monday, September 1 in 2014. There are plenty of things to do for your last summer fling, and then begins the long slide into fall and winter. Fortunately, we are situated right in the middle of an activities wonderland, some of which are free and don't even require a car to attend.
Cost - conscious folks (which is just about all of us these days) can have plenty of Labor Day fun without breaking the budget.
Though it is usually nice and sunny, weather can be a factor with your outdoor activities. Check the Reno / Tahoe weather to make sure your weekend plans won't be foiled by Mother Nature.
Reno / Sparks Area Labor Day Activity Ideas
It isn't necessary to drive much to find fun Labor Day activities right here in our own Reno / Sparks neighborhood. Check out this list of possibilities and most of you will find something fun and/or entertaining for this big holiday weekend...
- Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, Victorian Square in Sparks
- Go to The Movies
- Visit a Public Park
- Take a Hike
- Ride a Bike
- Play a Round of Golf
- Go Fishing
- Take the Plunge - Places to Swim and Cool Off
- Visit a Beach at Lake Tahoe
- Visit a Museum
- Go Bowling
- Ride the Virginia & Truckee Railroad
Wolf Pack Football - The UNR Wolf Pack football team opens its 2014 season of games on Saturday, August 30 at Mackay Stadium against Southern Utah.
Kickoff will be at 12 noon. The following weekend Washington State comes to Mackay Stadium to take on the Wolf Pack.
Lake Tahoe Area Labor Day Activities
South Lake Tahoe will have a Labor Day fireworks show. It will be on Sunday, August 31, starting at around 8:30 p.m. Show up early if you want to snag a spot at one of these best viewing areas - Nevada Beach, a couple of miles east of Stateline, Timber Cove Marina, Bijou Community Park, Tallac Historic Site, Edgewood/Tahoe, and Lakeview Commons / El Dorado Beach.
Another option is booking a cruise on either the Tahoe Queen or M.S. Dixie II paddlewheelers and watching the show from out on the water. Here are some other ways to enjoy your Labor Day weekend up in the Lake Tahoe area...
There will also be a Labor Day fireworks show on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. It will be at Gar Woods Grill and Pier in Carnelian Bay on the California side (just west of Kings Beach). The show starts at 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, August 31 and it's free to watch. If you want to dine at Gar Woods, you will be helping benefit local school sports programs. Be sure to make a reservation by calling (530) 546-3366.
- Lake Tahoe's Taylor Creek Visitor Center
- Beaches at Lake Tahoe
- Nevada Beach and Campground
- Sand Harbor Beach and Day-Use Area
- Tour the Lake Tahoe Basin
Tahoe Expo - Tahoe Expo is a series of events around Lake Tahoe designed to demonstrate how a geotourism-based economy would work in the area. The basis of the event is over 20 GeoTracks where you can participate in a variety of low-carbon footprint activities that feature the many wonders of Lake Tahoe. This third Tahoe Expo will be on Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31, 2014. A highlight of the event will be a Washoe Laka'lelup on Saturday at Sand Harbor, followed at 3 p.m. by musical performances on the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Stage.
For more, visit the website and check out the Expo FAQ and other information.
Labor Day Activities in Nearby Areas
- Ride the Virginia & Truckee Railroad
- Virginia City Civil War Days (August 29 through September 1) - Labor Day Parade, Civil War reenactments and camp, live music, BBQ and dance, and Battle Train, presented by the Comstock Civil War Re-Enactors.
- Labor Day Steam Train at the Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City. Trains will run Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. For more information, contact the Museum at (775) 687-6953.