City Of Sparks

Special Events

Nov 28 2014 - Nov 30 2014

Crafts for Christmas

Thanksgiving Weekend

Friday, November 28 – Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 29 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 30 – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

JA Nugget and Williams LLC presents: Crafts for Christmas

A wide variety of Christmas Craft & Gift Booths Christmas Food Demonstrations 

Sparks Florist Holiday Arrangement Making Exhibitions 

Holiday Performance by Local Youth Bands & Dance Groups Caroling by the Great Basin Carolers

The Polar Express Read by Teri Geer, Enzo and Piper

Gift wrapping with donation to Spanish Springs High School Band

Christmas Food & Cheer

And a free visit with Santa Claus from noon – 3:00 p.m.

Free admission – Free parking

For more information: 356-3300


Sparks Nugget
Dec 5 2014 - Dec 6 2014

Sparks Annual Hometowne Christmas Celebration



The City of Sparks is well known for their events - “It’s Happening Here,” as the city’s motto suggests. From fundraising walks at the Marina to car shows downtown to 4th of July, we find ways to celebrate heritage, culture, food, sports, and the grand-daddy holiday of them all, Christmas. This year, the Sparks Hometowne Christmas parade is a celebration of all special events. This year’s theme is “It’s Happening Here All Year Round: A Celebration of Our Hometowne Events!” Parade goers can expect Santa on a jet ski, snowmen eating ribs, and elves driving a sweet ’65 Mustang.

Come downtown on Saturday, December 6, 2014 for a traditional Christmas parade along with entertainment, photos with Santa, and arts and crafts. The tree lighting ceremony will be the night of Friday, December 5, 2014 with the parade on Saturday at 1:00pm.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday December 5, 2014 6:30-7:00 pm

Gather ‘round the tree as Mayor Martini turns on the glorious lights on the tree. Event includes carolers and great entertainment. New surprises are afoot. Come and be a part of the fun.




Hometowne Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Come down early and get hot chocolate compliments of Living Stones Church. Check in on Santa at Santa’s Village at the Schoolhouse, the elves at the Boys and Girls Clubs keep the Santa in the “ho-ho-ho” mood. Enjoy great Christmas shopping (and get out of the cold) at the Hometowne Craft Faire in the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, Victorian and Pyramid Highway.

Parade Applications

If you are interested in submitting a parade entry, please, fill out our online application form at Hometowne Christmas Parade Application 2014. View the 2014 Parade Rules.

Our fee structure for applicants is as follows:

Early Registration             07/03/2014 – 09/08/2014             $35*

Regular Registration        09/09/2014 – 11/10/2014             $40*

Late Registration              11/11/2014 – 11/30/2014             $60 *

Week-of-Event                 12/01/2014 – 12/02/2014             $100*

*Please, be aware that EventBrite also includes a small fee for online payments.

Interested craft vendors wanting more information about participating in the Hometowne Craft Faire can contact Shelly Jackson . Products must be hand crafted. No buy and sell or multilevel marketing.

We are not accepting any applications for food vendor booths.

Victorian Square
Nov 27 2014 - 8:00am

The Scheels Turkey Trot at the Sparks Marina has become a Thanksgiving tradition in the Truckee Meadows. It's a great place to spend time with family and friends, and a healthy way to start a day usually filled with a whole lot of eating. The Thanksgiving Day event starts and finishes in the parking lot of Scheels at Legends at Sparks Marina. Participants can choose from a 10K (6.2 miles) run (timed) or a 2-mile walk or run (not timed). The courses are user-friendly for both runners and walkers. The 10K race begins at 8:30 a.m. and will utilize city streets and the local bike path. The 2-mile run/walk will start at Scheels and circle around the Sparks Marina Park. Register online at or download the entry form here. Cost: $25 by November 20, $30 online only November 21 -23, or $40 November 24-26 at pre-packet pick up only (9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.). $60 registration on race day.

Every runner and walker receives a *commemorative sweatshirt, fruit and refreshments. Proceeds benefit Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful for local beautification projects and the City of Sparks Youth Scholarship Fund.

For more information e-mail or call (775) 353-7898.

Scheels, 1200 Scheels Drive
Oct 24 2014 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Swing your club for a good cause at the Sparks Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament, happening October 24 at 10:00 a.m. at the Resort at Red Hawk on The Lakes Course. Proceeds from this annual event benefit at-risk youth in the community who have limited access to recreational programs due to financial hardships.

Now in its 12th year, the Mayor's Cup features a four-person scramble format and plenty of fun with hole-in-one prizes and contests for closest to the hole and longest drive. Lunch and awards will follow play. The entry fee is $100 per player. Hole sponsorships with signage are also available for $100 each.

Registration for the Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament ends October 20. Entry forms are available online at www.sparksrec.comor at any City of Sparks recreation facility, as well as at Sparks City Hall, 431 Prater Way.

For more information, call (775) 353-7857 or email The Resort at Red Hawk is located at 6600 N. Wingfield Parkway in Sparks.   

Red Hawk Golf Resort - The Lakes Course
Jul 24 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Discover Your Parks Weekly Walk highlights Wedekind Park on July 24. It's probably gonna be hot on this one, so be sure to bring your hat, sun screen and some extra water! We'll be exploring 1.2 miles of some of the last open space in Sparks. Great views from a lookout are attained after moderate climb of a few hundred yards. We'll look at what desert species can survive three years of drought and discuss the mining history of this interesting area. 

Directions:  There are two trailheads to Wedekind Park. We are accessing from the southern trailhead at 4th Street. From 395 North, take exit 70B and merge onto McCarran Blvd heading East. Turn left (north) onto Pyramid Way and take your first right onto Emerson Way. Turn left (north) onto 4th St. and follow that until it dead ends at the Trail Head. We'll see you there! Note: There is no address, but 3800 4th St. Sparks, NV 89431 should work for your GPS and google maps (not so much on Mapquest).

Wedekind Regional Park
Oct 4 2014

A special NV150 birthday bash, this year the Western Heritage Festival celebrates everything that makes Nevada unique.  Featuring the industries that built Nevada – Ranching, Mining, Railroading, Gaming and the Military.  Celebrate 150 years ofNevada’s history and heritage with live music, cowboy poets,crafters, hands on demonstrations, children’s activities,

The Western Heritage Festival is a free to the public event drawing local and regional residents together to gain an understanding and appreciation of traditional Nevada arts and culture through experiential learning.

Demonstrations in basketmaking, spinning and weaving, quilting, saddle making, etc. are planned. Additional activities will include children’s dummy roping, stick horse barrel racing, antique engine displays and square dancing. Throughout the afternoon stage performances highlight cowboy poets, musicians and dancers.

The Western Heritage Festival has something for the whole family from tiny tikes to Grandpa.  A shopping extravaganza of hand crafted goods including native beadwork, clothing, pottery, paintings, saddles, leather goods, homemade jams and much more. 

A Signature Event

Sparks Heritage Museum/Victorian Square
Jun 12 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation in cooperation with the City of Sparks, Washoe County and the City of Reno, will be leading interpretive hikes in area parks every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. this summer as part of the Discover Your Parks Series. Explore a new park and learn about the unique and varied natural and cultural history of each location. Plan on spending a little more than one hour on the walk. Distances range from .5 miles to 1.5 miles. The next hike will be at the Sparks Marina Park on June 12. The walks are free and open to everyone.

Schedule of featured parks:

June 12, Sparks Marina Park, 300 Howard Drive 

June 19, Sun Valley Regional Park

June 26, Virginia Lake Park

July 3, Rock Park, 1515 S. Rock Blvd.

July 10, Bartley Ranch Regional Park

July 17, Oxbow Nature Study Area Trail

July 24, Wedekind Regional Park, 11 Disc Drive

July 31, Rancho San Rafael and May Museum Tour

August 7, Paradise Park 

August 14, Pah Rah Trail and Golden Eagle Sports Complex, 6400 Vista Blvd.

August 21, Crystal Peak Park

August 28, Tom Cooke Trail

To learn more about the Discover Your Parks Series go to    

Sparks Marina Park - 300 Howard Drive
May 31 2014

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will be held for its third year in a row. Event better for 2014, Wild West Motorsports Park will host 2 LOORS events. The first round for WWMP is May 30-31. 900 horsepower trucks will be racing door to door at the Wild West Motorsports Park. The Lucas series is like NASCAR, NHRA, MONSTER TRUCKS and UFC fighting rolled into one action packed show.


Wild West Motorsports Park, 12005 East I-80
Jun 13 2014 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

Sparks Marina: The Sparks Rotary Club and the Nevada Bighorns have joined together to offer free fishing for children with special needs on Friday, June 13 at the Sparks Marina Park. Fishing poles will be provided. Lots of volunteers will be on hand to help cast fishing lines! 

Sparks Marina Park, 300 Howard Drive
Jun 14 2014

Sparks Marina: The Sparks Rotary Club, Nevada Bighorns Unlimited, NDOW and the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Sparks have joined forces to offer a special community event for the area’s children. Kids can enjoy a fun-filled morning of fishing along the south shore of the Sparks Marina from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fishing poles will be distributed at the registration area until supplies run out. There will be fun games and face painting for all ages, bounce houses and a free barbecue lunch will begin at 9 a.m. with hot dogs, soda and ice cream for registered children.

In addition, many generous sponsors also enable this free event to take place. Other generous sponsors, as well as information on the event can be found by clicking "latest news" on the Sparks Rotary Club’s website at

Rotary members from Sparks and Reno, and staff from the Nevada Department of Wildlife will be on hand to assist those with little or no fishing experience. Fishing equipment will be available for children to use if they don't have their own. Parents must accompany their children to the event.

Sparks Marina Park, 300 Howard Drive

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