Sept 10-12/RENO – The world’s largest free hot-air balloon festival featuring close to 100 hot-air balloons lifting off from Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. Spectators. Sit atop blankets or folding chairs with hot beverages to gaze into the early morning sky for the ethereal Glow Show that takes place this year at 5 a.m. Following that, some hot-air balloons launch for Dawn Patrol at 5:30 a.m. The rest will rise at Mass Ascension at 7 a.m., and a select group begin the completion portion of the race, while tens of thousands of visitors look on in awe, patronize vendors and take tethered rides in the balloons that aren’t gunning for the win. Skill and consistency are the keys to a victory and a piece of the prize purse. Spectators can expect to see a variety of special-shaped balloons, including Angry Birds; Jewel, a hummingbird; Pegleg Pete, a pirate parrot; Rio Grande Raider, a pirate ship; SnoBird, a camera carrying penguin; Miss Bell, a replica of the Liberty Bell; and Smokey Bear. .>MORE

Genoa Candy Dance Arts & Crafts Faire

Sept. 24-25/GENOA – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Celebrated and beloved since 1919, be part of one of Carson Valley’s top annual events. What began as a community fundraiser to purchase streetlights for the small, enterprising community of Genoa has transformed into 300 specialty vendor booths, great food & drink, live music, and one of the best craft fairs in the West more than 100 years later. A perfect way to get ahead of the holiday shopping season with one-of-a-kind gifts. See more at

Food & Wine Festival.

Oct. 6-10/LAS VEGAS,  — The who’s who of culinary talent will converge at the 12th annual event. Celebrity Chefs from all over the world will take part in showcasing their skills by bringing you deeper in the world of creations within the live culinary demonstrations.  There will be a plentiful number of mouthwatering treats. Tickets are now on sale and range from $100$150. Tickets include a special tasting of world-class wines, beers, spirits, and delicious food. Individuals interested in attending are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets as soon as possible due to popular demand. >MORE

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