What are your Labor Day plans? It's never too late for a road trip to Reno, which has dining, concerts and festivals to fill the weekend.
Finger-lickin' fun at the Nugget Rib Cook-off
Kick off Labor Day week with the annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off from Wednesday, Sept. 2 to Monday, Sept. 7. at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks. This event is billed as the best culinary, music, craft and family affair in the West and is the perfect way to end the summer. Two dozen chefs will showcase their best ribs, and you won't want to miss the rib-eating championship where professional eaters will try to devour the most ribs in minutes. There also will be a craft show, live music throughout the day and evening, and activities for the kids.
Support the Nevada Humane Society
Join the Nevada Humane Society for Bakers for Barkers, a fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6 in the hotel lobby of the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. Buy a bundle of all-natural homemade dog treats for your favorite four-legged friends for $3. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Nevada Humane Society.
Comic Bill Engvall at the Silver Legacy
Bill Engvall will be at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino on Saturday, Sept. 5. Engvall is one of the busiest comedians on the circuit today. He's able to find the humor in everyday situations, which helps him connect with audiences on an even deeper level. He has hosted many shows for CMT and voices a character on an animated show called Bounty Hunters. Show time is 8 p.m., and tickets range from $55.50 to $69.50.
Bowen brings Texas country to the Knit
Country singer Wade Bowen will sing a brand of country known as Texas Country/Red Dirt when he performs Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Knitting Factory. Bowen's been making music since 2003, when he released his first live album. His biggest success to date was 2008's "If We Ever Make It Home." He's also known for co-writing the song "Don't Break My Heart Again" with Pat Green. His most recent album is Hold My Beer, Volume 1. Bowen will be joined by opening acts Sam Outlaw and Jones & Fischer. Tickets are $14 to $25, and show time is 8 p.m.
Reserve a table at the Reserve
Enjoy happy hour at the Reserve at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. With daily happy hour specials Monday through Friday, the Reserve is home to a wine bar and tasting room where guests can taste wines by the ounce or by the glass. The wines can be paired with appetizers from in-hotel restaurant Charlie Palmer Steakhouse. The Reserve features more than 80 wines from around the world selected by the in-house sommeliers. Double your happy hour value right now by purchasing a $20 wine card and the Reserve will double it to $40.
Three nights for $99 at Eldorado through Dec. 23
Book and stay anytime now through Dec. 23 at the Eldorado Resort Casino with three nights for $99. You can't go wrong with that rate for a last-minute vacation. You'll get a fun book, too, filled with deals to use during your stay, including one free breakfast buffet after earning 20 points on your player's card, a free drink at Cin Cin, 20 percent off show tickets and gift shop discounts.