St. Patrick's Day Events and Activities in Reno and Sparks

St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
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The St. Patrick's Day holiday around Reno and Sparks isn't all about drinking green beer and adult carousing. There are numerous activities and events suitable for everyone in the family. Up in Virginia City, one of that town's quirky annual events includes a big St. Patrick's Day parade.

For adult - oriented St. Patrick's Day affairs that do involve drinking and where you need to be 21+ to take part in the partying, refer to my "St. Patrick's Day for Adults in Reno and Sparks" article.

St. Baldrick's Foundation "Brave the Shave"

"Brave the Shave" is a fund raising head shaving event for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a non-profit supporting Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation. The fun and family friendly event is open to the general community, schools, and businesses. There will be activities for children, including face painting and a photo booth. There will be two Reno / Tahoe events.

This year's Reno event will be at the Reno - Sparks Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Avenue in Reno. The shaving will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014. The minimum pledge requested is $100.

At Lake Tahoe, the St. Baldrick's event will be on March 1, 2014, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The location will be the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena, 1176 Rufus Allen Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA. A minimum donation of $50 is requested.

St. Patrick's Day Family Program at the Washoe County Library

It's almost St. Patrick's Day and that means it's time to "get your green on" by making a Leprechaun hat and a rainbow mobile. So, wear your green and have some Irish fun with us. All ages welcome.

This family event will be on Sunday, March 9, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Spanish Springs Library.

The Leprechaun Race

The Leprechaun Race is a 5K run / walk through midtown Reno and the Wells Avenue district. The leprechaun starts after everyone else, giving participants a head start. If you beat him to the finish line, you win a special prize. Even if the leprechan beats you, everyone who he passes generates a donation. Proceeds go to benefit Reno's Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery). The race begins at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 16, 2014. The start / finish is at The Discovery, 490 South Center Street.

A post-race beer garden will be available at Ceol Irish Pub. The deadline to register online is March 12. You can also download a registration form and mail it in by March 14. There will be no race day registration. 

Sparks Shamrock Shuffle

The Sparks St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Shuffle will have its start / finish on Victorian Avenue. This 5k fun run for runners of all levels will be on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Wear your best leprechaun outfit, paint yourself green, or just show off the Irish in you on a festive run through downtown Sparks. The event begins at 1 p.m. The course will be professionally timed for the competitive runner, but everyone of all abilities can come out and have fun. No pets allowed on the running course. Online registration closes on March 13, 2014, at 8 p.m. You must register online by March 8 to get a T-shirt.

Fees will go up by $10 at bib and T-shirt pickup and on the day of run.

St. Patrick's Day Festivities in Nearby Areas

Virginia City St. Patrick's Day Parade and Annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry

Virginia City's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade starts at 12 noon on Saturday, March 15, 2014, featuring the Minden Irish Dancers, Giant Leprachaun's of Fresno, and other green attractions. In conjunction with the parade, participants in the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry will be serving up this delicacy (Yes, they are either beef or sheep testicles, or some of both. I'm not sure.) cooked in a variety of ways. I've never tried it, but I've heard that if you like clams, mussels, or real oysters, you'll like these.

Over 20 cooks will be trying to win the tasting contest. The Fry will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on C Street in downtown Virginia City. Besides the parade, there will be lots of fun St. Patrick's Day activities for kids, families, and adults, including authentic live Irish music, a beer garden, numerous vendors, and the annual Leprechaun Bar Crawl. For more information, visit the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry web page.