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The local area boasts plenty of entertaining activities — music, sports, theater, historical areas, parks and shopping. Check out petroglyphs at Grimes Point, for instance, or catch a race at one of two area racetracks. Don’t miss the Fallon Cantaloupe Festival & Country Fair or the challenging corn maze at Lattin Farms’ Fall Festival. And be sure to explore the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge.


Residents of Churchill County enjoy a variety of annual events, festivals and community gatherings.

Christmas Tree Lighting 

Come see the lighting of Maine Street’s Christmas tree each December in Fallon. The event also features cookies and hot chocolate, carolers and Santa Claus himself.

Fall Festival 

Enjoy a cornucopia of fall events at Lattin Farms’ Fall Festival in September and October. The pumpkin patch, Scarecrow Factory, craft market and hay rides are sure to please festivalgoers of all ages. And don’t get lost in the farm’s famous corn maze!

Fallon Cantaloupe Festival & Country Fair 

The festival and country fair have merged to present one exciting event. Usually held at the Churchill County Fairgrounds on Labor Day weekend, this event celebrates the region’s agriculture, particularly the Hearts of Gold cantaloupe. Event activities include live entertainment, fair exhibits, a parade, a junior rodeo, a farmers market and more.

Fallon Rural Rumble 

Each August, Fallon Fights continues the tradition of boxing in rural Nevada. These epic outdoor battles under the stars are held in August at the Churchill County Fairgrounds.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks and Bonfire 

The name says it all. The city of Fallon has continued this tradition every year since 2000 at dusk on New Year’s Eve. Held at the Churchill County Fairgrounds.

No Hill Hundred Century Bike Tour 

Held the first Saturday of October, this annual event takes riders on 30-mile, 60-mile or 100-mile tours of Nevada’s “desert oasis.” True to its name, the ride has no hills, so bike riders of all skill levels can participate.

Octane Fest 

Held in June at the Churchill County Fairgrounds, Top Gun Raceway and Rattlesnake Raceway, Octane Fest combines dirt track racing, drag racing, freestyle motocross and monster trucks into one thrilling event.

World Championship Cowboy Fast Draw 

Competitors vie for the title of “fastest gun alive” in October at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. The event includes Civil War re-enactors, cowboy mounted shooting, gunfight re-enactments, a car show and live music. There are more than 40 food, clothing and arts and crafts vendors, as well.


Churchill County residents enjoy a wealth of artistic endeavors, from theater to music to films and more.

Churchill Arts Council

151 E. Park St.
Fallon, NV 89406

The Churchill Arts Council presents a variety of performances, exhibitions, films, readings and more in Fallon’s Oats Park Art Center.

The center is in the former Oats Park School, which was built in 1914 and closed in 1954. The center features three art galleries, the stunning 350-seat Barkley Theatre and the Art Bar. For a list of upcoming events and performances, visit the council’s website.

Reno Little Theater

147 E. Pueblo St.
Reno, NV 89502

Reno Little Theater provides a setting for people of all backgrounds to learn about live theater. Over the years, Reno Little Theater has offered adult and grammar-school drama classes, play-writing competitions, a children’s theater and more than 5,000 on-stage performances. Reno Little Theater has also taken its productions from the main stage to Reno parks and to other Nevada communities. The theater offers a variety of plays each season, including musicals, comedy, mystery, suspense and drama.

Sierra Nevada Ballet

3929 S. McCarran Blvd.
Reno, NV 89502

Sierra Nevada Ballet has been performing in Northern Nevada since 2001. The organization has an artistic staff of 29 dancers and 10 trainees, a professional teaching staff, a production staff of five and an administrative staff of three. Up to 30 volunteers serving more than 200 hours per year enable Sierra Nevada Ballet to entertain more than 10,000 residents and tourists annually including 4,000 school children. Sierra Nevada Ballet offers a full season of performances from May through December in an 800-square mile service region extending from northeastern California to northwestern Nevada serving a critical need in the region.


Learn about Nevada’s history and cultural contributions by visiting a local museum.

Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada

813 N. Carson St.
Carson City, NV 89701

The Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada is the only family-oriented indoor destination in Carson City where children can explore, learn and safely play. The overall theme of the museum’s exhibits and programs are focused in the arts, sciences and humanities, and are all tied to Nevada State Educational Standards. Visit the website for more information.

Churchill County Museum & Archives

1050 S. Maine St.
Fallon, NV 89406

The Churchill County Museum & Archives showcases the area’s heritage, with exhibits on local Native American tribes, the Emigrant Trail, the Pony Express and early Churchill County. Its motto: “The Best Little Museum on the Loneliest Road in America.”

Fleischmann Planetarium

1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89557

Fleischmann Planetarium is part of the University of Nevada, Reno and Extended Studies. The planetarium offers daily digital planetarium shows shown in the dome theater, field trips and educational outreach in earth and space science, and observatory viewing at the Redfield Campus of the University. Hours vary by season. See the website for more information.

Nevada Museum of Art

160 W. Liberty St.
Reno, NV 89501

The Nevada Museum of Art is the only accredited art museum in the state of Nevada. The Nevada Museum of Art’s permanent collection is divided into four thematic focus areas: Altered Landscape Photography, Art of the Greater West, Contemporary Art and the Work Ethic.


Check your community’s parks and recreation listings to see more of what your local area has to offer.

Grimes Point

Highway 50, 10 miles east of Fallon

Grimes Point is a self-guided interpretive trail that features rock writing and petroglyphs. A guided educational program for those interested in learning more about Great Basin history is also available.

Hidden Cave Tours

1050 S. Maine St.
Fallon, NV 89406

It is believed that Hidden Cave, discovered in the mid-1920s by four schoolboys, was used a cache site 3,500 to 3,800 years ago. The Churchill County Museum offers guided tours of the cave. Tours begin at the museum, which shows a short video about the cave’s history before a caravan heads out to the actual cave site.

Lahontan Reservoir

16799 Lahontan Dam Road
Fallon, NV 89406

Named after an ancient lake, Lahontan Reservoir was originally built as part of an irrigation project to water nearby farmlands. With willows and cottonwoods scattered along 69 miles of shoreline, the park is one of the most popular places in Nevada to boat, fish, water ski, horseback ride, camp and enjoy the outdoors year-round.

Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge

1020 New River Parkway, Suite 305
Fallon, NV 89406

Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge 17 miles east of Fallon features 80,000 acres of diverse wetlands, which attract more than a quarter million waterfowl and 20,000 other water birds. Considered an “oasis in the desert,” the refuge provides visitors with a number of recreational opportunities, including birding, photography, hunting and hiking. Guided tours are available.


Whether you’re looking to cool off with a dip in the pool or test your off-road skills in a dune buggy, Churchill County offers a variety of recreational opportunities.

Churchill County Pool

333 Sheckler Road
Fallon, NV 89406

The indoor county pool offers swimming year-round. The facility hosts a variety of swim lessons and classes, lap swimming and open swims.

Fallon Golf Course

2655 Country Club Drive
Fallon, NV 89406

The nine-hole Fallon Golf Course is set on the Carson River and surrounded by tall cottonwoods and willows. Visit the course’s Facebook page for information on memberships and events.

Rattlesnake Raceway

2000 Airport Road
Fallon, NV 89406

The Rattlesnake Raceway is the oldest continuously operated oval track racing facility in Nevada. Visit the raceway’s Facebook page for information on upcoming races and events.

Sand Mountain Recreation Area

Highway 50
Fallon, NV 89406

The 3.5-mile-long, 1-mile wide, 600-foot-high Sand Mountain is the largest single dune in the Great Basin. This dune and the surrounding 4,795-acre recreation area provide thrilling challenges for off-highway vehicles like sand rails, dune buggies and all-terrain vehicles. The area also offers sand sailing and boarding, camping and a 23-mile trail system.

For information on the site’s fees, visit the recreation area’s Facebook page.

Top Gun Raceway

15550 Schurz Highway
Fallon, NV 89406

Top Gun Raceway, which is the only 1/4-mile NHRA-sanctioned track in northern Nevada, hosts a variety of races as well as a junior drag racing league. For information on upcoming races and special events, visit the raceway’s website.


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