One thing I love most about Reno is its holiday spirit and festive nature towards the changing seasons.
There are endless events and experiences in and around Reno that always give locals and visitors something exciting to look forward to, many of which become traditions that lend themselves to precious moments & memories.
Take advantage of spectacular fall scenery and ideal crisp weather, all with the best events, destinations, experiences, and eats.
Find plenty to do in town or travel short distances to reach more action.
***I will update this guide often as I get more information.
*What farms to visit
*Where to see fall folliage
Fall Bucket List
|You gotta check out Mountain Music Parlor|
|Bishop Pumpkin Farm. A must visit...|
Fall Foodie Guide Coming soon!
Order Some Halloween Treats From Mix Bakeshop
-Halloween Cookie Decorating Kits
-Halloween Ready Made Cookie Boxes
-Jack Skellington Jumbleberry Pie
-Seasonal Pies - Pecan, Pumpkin, Apple, Pumpkin Streusel
Mix Bakeshop has wonderful pies and so many to choose from. They have seasonal pies on top of their usual suspects. They also come in smaller cutie pie sizes that make sampling each one a piece of cake (or pie). Pre-order ahead of time to beat the crowds. Their sugar cookies are so delicious.
Batch Cupcakery is a local bakery favorite that makes one of the best pumpkin cupcakes. This shop uses all natural ingredients and caters to different dietary needs: paleo, vegan, keto.
Great Basin Co-op is another place you can get seasonal goods. They cater to different dietary needs as well. Their pumpkin cupcakes are also extremely delicious.
|The Chocolate Shoppe|
Halloween Themed Chocolates & Other Treats
*The Chocolate Shoppe in Gardnerville (50 minutes away form South Reno) has the widest selection of holiday-themed chocolates. They can whip up custom baskets that fit your budget and have them sent out by mail.
*Dorinda's has a wide array of everyone's favorite treats and makes delicious pumpkin truffles that I love eating as is and also added into their rolled ice cream. One in the ice cream and one on top. Drizzle with caramel. You'll thank me later. My favorite location is the one at The Village at Rancharra, which is one of my favorite places to hang at.
|View in front of Dorinda's at the Village at Rancharra|
Tip: Add any of their chocolates from their case to make yourself a special ice cream concoction.
*Sierra Nevada Chocolate Co. makes everything in house and has a fun selection of truffles, brittles, caramels and also sells delicious caramel apples. If you're pressed for time on gifts, they also have helium balloons for sale. Espresso bar in house.
If you're a serious party person during the holidays, they rent out chocolate fountains.
*Fuzziwig's in Scheel's at the Outlets at Legends, Sparks, makes the widest varieties of caramel apples and they're all really yummy.
Year-Round Farmer's Market
Riverside Farmer's Market is dedicated to nourishing the community with seasonal local produce, made from scratch goods, entertainment, all natural products, educational activities for children, and the most welcoming atmosphere and community.
This market is my medicine and a welcome addition to any day.
They're gearing up for their transition fall, so be on the lookout for the most amazing seasonal goods/products/crafts. Follow them on Instagram for the latest updates.
Subscribe to their newsletter on their website to learn more about the rad businesses that make this market one of the best in town.
Sparks, NV 89436
Some Activities on the Farm:
|El Dorado Orchards, Placerville. Train Ride.|
To get to Apple Hill from Reno, you'd take a scenic ride through South Lake Tahoe and the winding El Dorado National Forest on Highway 50. About 2 hours away without traffic.
My post on Apple Hill with some useful links and tips.
It all started with one man's dream of working the lands and reaping the rewards of being a lifelong farmer and ended up with a collection of ranchers passionate about preserving the history of the lands while providing families with good old-fashioned fun (source).
Throughout the span of 50 years, the Apple Hill Growers Association has worked hard in tailoring the perfect experiences, filled with lots of family fun.
Farms in October are super busy. Going early and/or going on weekdays makes a big difference if you want to avoid lines and traffic.
|An amazing non profit that provides a huge space for all things art. Strengthens community through promoting and supporting self growth through the arts.|
|Farmily Organics Farm Instagram|
|The town of Genoa is small and charming and their streets close for this event. They have tons of craft vendors and arguably the older bar in Nevada.|
|Pumpkin Palooza October 22 & 23 Sparks Victorian Square|
|Virginia and Truckee Railroad, Virginia City|
|@ The Village at Rancharra|
|@ Truckee's Kid Zone Museum|
|@ GSR Casino|
|@ Sparks Methodist Church|
|@ Animal Ark|
|Pumpkin Patch Train V&T Railroad, Virginia City|
|Pumpkin Patch Train V&T Railroad, Virginia City|
|@ Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe|
|@ National Automobile Museum|
|Young ones under 21 showcase their art at Holland Project. On the last day of showing they will end with a reception and carnival.|
|Visitors Admiring the Scenery|
|Wylder Resort in Hope Valley|