Nevada State Fair returns starting Thursday |

Nevada State Fair returns starting Thursday

Nevada State Fair
The Nevada State Fair will take place from Thursday to Sunday at Mills Park.
Carson City Visitor’s Bureau | Nevada Photo Source File photo

If you go

When: Thursday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Where: Mills Park

Cost: Free to the Public

Where to park: Free Parking at Carson High School



1 p.m.: Opening ceremony — National Anthem/opening remarks

5 p.m.: Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association Volunteers

6 p.m.: Sage Creek

7 p.m.: Sierra Sweethearts

8 p.m.: Suspect Terrane


Noon: Kiba

1 p.m.: Busking by Moonlight

1:45 p.m.: Sam Jimenez

2 p.m.: Jimmy Baldwin

3:30 p.m.: Scarlett

4:30 p.m: In Stride

5:30 p.m: Side FX

6:30 p.m: Daniel Echo

7:30 p.m: Rick Radecki

8:30 p.m: Lizano Band


Noon: Sierra Silverstrings

1 p.m.: Vista

2 p.m.: Lex N’ Scotty

3 p.m.: CW & Dr. Spitmore

4 p.m.: LSierra Silverstrings

5 p.m.: Vista

6 p.m.:’ Lex N’ Scotty

7 p.m.: Horses of Thought

8 p.m.: CW & Dr. Spitmore


11:30 a.m.: Stellas Dance Group

Noon: TNT & PDC Cheer and Dance

1 p.m.: Soul Serve Dance

2p.m.: We Rock Kids from Reno Rock Camp

3:30 p.m: We Rock Kids from Reno Rock Camp

4:30 p.m: Athena Mcintyre

5:30 p.m: Xing Bridges

6:30 p.m: Hannah Hoybar

7:30 p.m: Crush

8:30 p.m: The Pear Republic


The Nevada State Fair Rendezvous brings history to life during our four day fair.

Enjoy Civil War battle re-enactments with gunfighters, horses and the Cavalry.

Stroll through the Mountain-man encampment or enjoy American Indian dancing and crafts.

Groups represented:

Nevada Civil War Volunteers

Eagle Valley Muzzle Loaders - Mountain Men

Nevada Gun Fighters

Washoe/Paiute Tribe

Nevada Pony Express


2 p.m.: Artillery Demonstration

4 p.m.: Civil War Skirmish Show

6 p.m.: Nevada Gun Fighters Show


10:30 a.m.: Assembly/ Officers Call

Noon: Artillery Demonstration

2 p.m.: Nevada Gunfighter Show

4 p.m.: Civil War Skirmish Show


10:30 a.m.: Assembly/ Officers Call

11 a.m.: 1st Civil War Battle Show

Noon: Nevada Gunfighter Show

3 p.m.: 2nd Civil War Battle Show

4 p.m.: Nevada Gunfighter Show

7 p.m.: Artillery Demonstration Show

9 p.m.: Nevada Gunfighter Show

9:30 p.m.: Night Battle Show


10:30 a.m.: Assembly/ Officers Call

11 a.m.: 1st Civil War Battle Show

Noon: Nevada Gunfighter Show

2 p.m.: 2nd Civil War Battle Show

3 p.m.: Nevada Gunfighter Show

Car Show

Nevada State Fair Car Show with Freaks of Nature at the Pavilion in Mills Park

Thursday and Friday:

Early registration at the pavilion/car show takes place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


6-10 p.m.: Street Dance at the pavilion


8-11 a.m.: Registration at the pavilion from 8am-11am

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Car show at the pavilion


8 a.m.-2 p.m.: Car Show at the pavilion

Noon: Awards at the pavilion

Four days of fun, entertainment, carnival rides, culture, music and more comes to Carson City this week. The Nevada State Fair kicks off on Thursday and runs through Sunday. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. It takes place at Mills Park. The cost is free to the public. Free parking is available at Carson High School.

Festivities get going Thursday with a grand opening ceremony at 1 p.m.

The ceremony will take place on the main stage and is expected to feature the Nevada National Guard Joint Forces Color Guard; the National Anthem performed by Paige Adkins; Gov. Brian Sandoval; Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison; State Sen. Ben Kieckhefer from District 16; State Sen. James Settlemeyer from District 17; State Assemblymen Jim Wheeler (District 39) and P.K. O’Neill (District 40); Carson City Mayor Robert Crowell; Carson City Board of Supervisor members: Karen Abowd, Brad Bonkowski and Jim Shirk.

The fair will feature a midway of rides by Brass Ring Amusements. Brass Ring will be bringing its “Midway of Fun to Mills Park for the events. Rides are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Advanced ride coupons can be bought here:

The Nevada State Fair is proud to showcase exhibits from each participating county from the state.

On Saturday, fairgoers can celebrate the fair aboard the V&T Railway’s vintage steam train on the “Wild West Wine Run.” Riders can have a glass of wine along with snacks as they take in river canyon views. Special guests will be the Naughty Tea Mistresses of Nevada.

The train ride is from 5 to 6 p.m. Arrive at the Carson City Deport at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 plus fees. To purchase tickets, go to

The Nevada State Fair we also mark the return of the Rendezvous. The Rendezvous brings history to life with Civil War re-enactments, western themed gunfights and horseback cavalry shows. Groups participating are Nevada Civil War Volunteers; Eagle Valley Muzzle Loaders – Mountain Men; Nevada Gun Fighters; Washoe/Paiute Tribe; and Nevada Pony Express.

This year’s fair will not include an agriculture and livestock aspect. However, the Nevada State Fair committee with the 4H and University of Nevada, Reno Cooperative Extension leaders to expand and include agriculture and livestock functions to the Nevada State Fair in 2017.

The Nevada State Fair was originally founded in 1874 and had been Nevada’s longest running event. The Board of Directors for the Nevada State Fair met on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, and decided to close, ending a 136-year run (1874-2010). In August 2013, a completely new Nevada state non-profit company was formed to continue the legacy. With collaborative efforts from both state and private sectors, the Nevada State Fair is welcomed back and is pleased to be held in Carson City.