Some of this stuff you can’t make up – they are that crazy.
Here is a rundown of the whacky, bizarre and off-the-wall events for 2023 in Virginia City, Nevada. They include – are you ready for this – the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry, the International Camel & Ostrich Races and the World Championship Outhouse Races. Keep reading for dates and details on these 2023 Virginia City events. Some of them are not so, well, nuts, such as the motorcycle Grand Prix.
• 10th annual The Devil Made Me Do It Saloon Crawl, Feb. 11
Spend a romantic weekend away in the richest place in the west with this Valentine’s weekend getaway and tasting tour. Participants receive a broken heart medallion to show off their relationship status or find a match along the way.
• 32nd annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry, Mar. 11
Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry attendees join in on the Silver State’s largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration by sampling all the fried, pounded, peeled, poached, grilled, smoked, sautéed and braised Rocky Mountain Oysters around. Coinciding with the fry is the Ballbreaker Saloon Crawl for a tasting tour of the oldest, most historic saloons in Nevada. Other festivities include a parade, costume contests and more.
• 52nd annual Virginia City Grand Prix, Apr. 29-30
Virginia City’s historic streets are transformed into a motorcycle arena as nearly a thousand off-road bikes gather for this competitive race. Races begin on C Street so spectators can get an up-close view of this high-speed race before riders zoom to the off-road portions of the race. The annual two-day event is the ultimate Comstock battle of racers versus the rough terrain.
• 40th annual Chili on the Comstock & Craft Brew Tour, May 20-21
Top chili cooks from around the region partake in what has become a hearty spring tradition in Virginia City. Combined with a Craft Beer Tour featuring pours from our local saloons and award-winning craft breweries, it tops the list as one of the most delicious and satisfying ways to kick off summer in the Reno-Tahoe region.
• Fourth of July on the Comstock, July 4
This is pure Americana with a jovial atmosphere all day and night. With a candy-throwing parade, free patriotic concert and a fireworks display to remember, Virginia City’s Fourth of July is a bucket-list item.
• Virginia City Official Hot August Nights Kickoff Event, July 28-29
Old cars and an old town unite during the region’s most prominent classic car gathering, Hot August Nights. The official kickoff event brings 400 classic vehicles and thousands of spectators for a Show-n-Shine, rumbling engines, nostalgic tunes and a cruise.
• 64th annual International Camel & Ostrich Races, Sept. 8-10
The camels, ostriches, zebras and good old-fashioned fun happens with the 64th International Camel & Ostrich Races,. This hilarious tradition started as a prank between two newspaper editors more than 60 years ago and remains as silly and fun as its origin.
• October – Hauntober
As one of America’s most haunted towns, October features events all month with most focused on the town’s haunted past including The Spirits Made Me Do It Saloon Crawl, ghost tours, the Hauntober Parade, cemetery tours and many more spooky attractions and tours.
• 34th annual World Championship Outhouse Races, Oct. 7-8
This free event dates back to when outdoor plumbing was outlawed and angry residents took to the streets with their outhouses in protest. A tradition was born and continues to this day.
• December – Christmas on the Comstock
Virginia City’s holiday atmosphere lifts spirits with festive celebrations that capture the holiday spirit. Festivities include the Believe Again Christmas Challenge shopping spree, the Parade of Lights, a Magical Christmas Fireworks Show, the fun-filled Candy Cane Express and the evening Train O’Lights, a saloon crawl, holiday artisan craft fairs and more.
Go to VisitVirginiaCityNV.com to view more event details, get travel/hotel information and to purchase tickets for the ticketed events.