(Carson City, Nev.) — An event-filled lineup of Old West history, live music, cultural festivals, vintage train rides aboard the Virginia & Truckee Railroad, car shows and a traditional Native American Pow Wow are on tap this summer in Carson City. (www.VisitCarsonCity.com).
In 2012, away.com – one of the nation’s premier vacation-planning websites – named Carson City as the country’s No. 3 Family Destination. Nevada’s capital city offers family-friendly and affordable adventures that blend its western heritage and charm with popular current events.
The city’s rich and colorful past comes to life during Ghost Walk Tours on June 16, July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15. The popular 90-minute stroll through the city’s historic district includes stories of its haunted past with stops at Victorian mansions.
The Virginia & Truckee Railroad’s 2012 season continues with round-trip and one-way excursions along the historic 14-mile Comstock route that meanders along scenic vistas. Train enthusiasts can expect all the Old West sights and sounds with these rides including passage through two tunnels, crossings at abandoned mine shafts from the 1860s Comstock silver boom, old cemeteries and occasional sightings of Nevada’s wild mustangs. The V&T trains run Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 21.One-of-a-Kind Events
Summer Kickoff Arts Sale and Open House at the Brewery Arts Center, June 2
Painters, potters, musicians and performance artists will highlight this event with plenty of food and demonstrations by local and regional professional artists. www.breweryarts.org or 775-883-1976
Carson City Rendezvous at Mills Park, June 8-10
Mountain encampments, live Old West cannon demonstrations, battlefield re-enactments, gun slinging shoot-outs and plenty of food; arts and crafts create an authentic and entertaining look at Nevada’s history. 800-NEVADA-1or 775-687-7410Native American Pow Wow on Father’s Day Weekend
Local and visitors celebrate the area’s Native American past at this must-see event featuring a Pow Wow, competitive dancing, drum groups, food booths, authentic Native American jewelry, quality artists and craft vendors. 775-687-8333Taste of Downtown, June 16
The Annual Taste of Downtown features cuisine from more than 25 local restaurants, wine bistros and pubs in the heart of charming downtown Carson City. The benefit for Advocates to End Domestic Violence also hosts unique live music throughout the 20-block event. 775-883-7654
Carson City Airport’s Capital Wings Open House, June 16.
Enjoy views from the air and tarmac at this free event include demonstrations and interactions with historic aircraft like War Birds, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, T6 Texan and P51 Mustang. www.FlyCarsonCity.com or 775-841-2255
New Legends of the West Bike and CarFest, June 30
Carson City’s newest event will showcase motorcycle engines from 250cc to over 900cc and classic auto engines from 4-cylinder to giant V10s, as well as host activities including a motorcycle agility competition, live entertainment, Miss Legends Contest, a show & shine, raffles, cruise parade, Elk’s breakfast and plenty of local fare. www.EventsNevada.com/legends.
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Fourth of July Week at Mills Park, June 30-July 4
The week-long Fourth of July Celebration offers major carnival rides, games, concessions, arts, crafts, novelties, an assortment of food vendors and a fireworks show on July 4.
AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference, July 26-29
Lady riders will have a weekend of their own in Carson City at this premiere event, featuring inspirational speakers, demo rides and product showcases, for women who love motorcycles. www.americanmotorcyclist.com or 800-262-5646
Annual Silver Dollar Car Classic Car Show, Aug. 3-5, at Mills Park
Check out the chrome and roar of engines of all makes, models and years at this weekend filled with plenty of food, music and awards.775-687-7410 or 800-638-2321
Jazz and Beyond: Carson City Music Festival, Aug. 4-19
The summer sizzles with live jazz, swing and blues performances by regional and international artists at eclectic local venues. www.JazzCarsonCity.com or 775-883-4154Carson City Mint Coin Show, Aug. 24-25
With the price of rare-struck coins continuing to surge, this event hosted at the Nevada State Museum, is a favorite for collectors worldwide featuring 30 dealers, free appraisals, raffle prizes, jazz, gold panning and a kid’s treasure chest. See Coin Press No. 1, Carson City’s original working press, in operation and get a commemorative medallion. 775-687-4810 x237Golf the Divine 9 Courses all Summer Long
The Divine 9, nine courses that represent the best golf between Lake Tahoe and Reno, provide a variety of challenges and easy-on-the-wallet green fees and lodging packages for visitors. With more than 70,000 yards of spectacular golf terrain, the courses have earned a reputation as being affordable, challenging and rewarding among enthusiasts worldwide. To enjoy each course, The Divine 9 offers its “Ticket to Paradise,” golf all nine properties for just $289, a 50 percent savings. www.DivineNine.com.A world of culture, history, dining and adventure awaits in Carson City. For the latest in summer travel deals, lodging, activity information and further details on the destination, visit www.VisitCarsonCity.com or call 800-Nevada-1.