This weekend is full of fun events like the Blue Jeans Jam, Animal Ark 5K Stampede fun run and Camp Richardson's Oktoberfest at Lake Tahoe.

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This weekend is full of fun family activities like the Blue Jeans Jam, Animal Ark 5K Stampede fun run and Camp Richardson's Oktoberfest at Lake Tahoe. And if that's not enough fun for you, check out local pumpkin patches that have just opened: Andelin Family Farm Pumpkin Patch in Spanish Springs, Ferrari Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch on Mill Street east of downtown or the Toll House Pumpkin Patch in south Reno.

Blue Jeans Jam

A new event this year, the Blue Jeans Jam is a lifestyle festival celebrating the invention of riveted blue jeans by Reno's Jacob Davis running Oct. 2-4. And since jeans are the majority of my wardrobe, I feel I should pay a little tribute to this piece of clothing. The event features symposiums and talks by people like Brit Eaton, who hunts down super old blue jeans, and Levi’s historian Tracey Panek. There also will be a pop-up restaurant honoring Davis at the Whitney Peak Hotel and more.

Animal Ark 5K Stampede fun run

Running is the best way to start the weekend out on a good note, and fun runs are a good way to get out of your normal running routine and into new scenery. Especially with the Animal Ark 5K Stampede fun run. The run winds its way through the animal sanctuary, so you get to see some cool animals while helping the animals with your race fees. There is a 5K run for adults and a quarter-mile dash for children. There will be face painting, raffle prizes and more. The run starts at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 3 at  Animal Ark, 1265 Deerlodge Road, Reno.

Camp Richardson's Oktoberfest

I used to live in New Braunfels, Texas, home to Wurstfest, the 10-day salute to sausage every October. Wurstfest was the worst -- er, best. I looked forward to it every November. Since I can't get back to go to Wurstfest this year, I'll head to Camp Richardson's annual Oktoberfest. There's nothing like beer and hot pretzels. Or beer and bratwurst. Or beer and schnitzel -- you get the idea. Oktoberfest runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3-4 at Camp Richardson Historic Resort and Marina. The most appealing activities include eating German food and desserts and the beer and wine garden. Plus, there's face painting, a pumpkin patch, balloon art, bounce house, bungee platform and a climbing wall for the kids.

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