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It’s Happening in Sparks – June 29 to July 4

Enjoy some great events to kick off your weekend and holiday fun!

39 North Marketplace
The 39 North Marketplace held on Thursday evenings in Victorian Square showcases the best in art and crafts, and highlights produce and specialty food from local farmers. As it’s important to know where your food comes from, education is provided via cooking demos and food/health tutorials. Chef Sparky Walsh will show you how to prepare a Caribbean themed dish with jerk sweet potatoes and a coleslaw recipe (with free tastings) in Saint Mary’s Amphitheater at 6:00 p.m. 

Children and foodies alike will enjoy hands on experience, whether playing in the Kids Connect Zone or staying for dinner at a Victorian Square restaurant. The New Harvesters will perform a free show live on the Great Basin Stage at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a game of chess at Lillard Park across from the museum. Free train tours in the stationary train will boost your love of the rail so why not hop on Engine 39, the newest trackless electric train in Sparks. Details: 39northdowntown.com

Last Friday
The City of Sparks has teamed up with the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center to bring you “Last Friday.” On the last Friday of the month, June – September, visitors can experience the museum, tour the train and Glendale Schoolhouse for free with docents on hand for tours. A free movie is scheduled in Saint Mary’s Amphitheater.

• Museum and Gallery: Visitors can see the latest art show upstairs in the Cultural Center and explore Sparks’ history downstairs with artifacts and displays.

• Historic Schoolhouse: The school marm is holding class from the past in the nationally registered historic Glendale Schoolhouse, newly restored for its 150th birthday.

• Train: The conductor leads a tour through the steam locomotive, a cupola caboose and a Pullman executive car.

• Local acoustic bands are set for the Great Basin Stage at 7:30 p.m. June’s featured performer is Jason King.

• To cap off the evening, a FREE family friendly movie will be shown in Saint Mary’s Amphitheater. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and chair. June’s movie is UNCLE BUCK. Movie starts at dusk, approximately 8:15 p.m. Popcorn and ice cream sandwiches will be for sale. Details: Cityofsparks.us

Star Spangled Sparks
The Nugget is proud to host two days of Independence Day celebrations! On Saturday, July 1st, come down for the All-American Block Party and Fireworks show. From 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., enjoy a live show from Rebel Soul, food vendors, crafts, fireworks, and more! 

On Tuesday, July 4th, head to Victorian Square for the Star-Spangled Sparks Spectacular. From 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. there are plenty of food vendors, crafts, musical guest Left Of Center, and a bike parade! Beginning at 4:00 p.m. families can sign up for the Patriotic Bike Parade at the 39North tent located at 10th Street and Victorian Square. The parade begins at 6:00 p.m. and prizes will be awarded to the ten most patriotic kids. 

VIP viewing packages are available for both dates. Details: nuggetcasinoresort.com 

Don’t Drive Arrive Campaign
The City of Sparks and RTC are promoting “Don’t Drive Arrive” for the 2017 summer event season. Shuttle services will be available on July 1st and July 4th at the Iron Horse Shopping Plaza at Prater Way and McCarran Blvd. It’s also recommended to ride your bike, carpool, or take ride sharing services to get to downtown Sparks. Road closures for the event and current construction leaves minimal parking available, and the City of Sparks wants you to enjoy your holiday weekend without the stress of parking. Details: dontdrivearrive.com

Artown in Sparks
July 1 marks the beginning of Artown. Be sure to see the full line up of events in Sparks at cityofsparks.us/artown.