Head to Reno for a 5K zombie obstacle run, Reno Bites restaurant week and the World's Championship Chili Cookoff at the GSR.


It's two weeks until Halloween, and if the plethora of scary movies on TV isn't enough for one frightfest, head over to one of Northern Nevada's zombie runs. There was one last weekend (Redrun III in Virginia City), there's the STEP2 Running Dead 5K Walk/Run on Saturday and the 5K All-Zombie Run on Oct. 24 in conjunction with the Zombie Crawl.

If you prefer restaurants to the undead, head over to Reno Bites restaurant week to check out the awesome schedule of events. Reno Bites is Reno's only restaurant week, and it's a great way to check out local restaurants with prix fixe menus, special events, a chef showdown and more. Or, head over to the Grand Sierra Resort this weekend for the International Chili Society's World's Championship Chili Cookoff

Reno Bites restaurant week

Reno Bites offers different events each year, and this weekend's events include Pigtoberfest from 4 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16 at Pignic Pub & Patio featuring sausages from Butcher Boy, sauerkraut, German potato salad and more, all-you-can-drink German Oktoberfest beers and live music. Head over to Czyz's Appliance from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 17 for the chef showdown, where local chefs will battle it out using secret ingredients to compete for top chef honors. Still not enough? Check out the pizza-making class at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at SouthCreek Pizza Co. where you can learn how to make pizza like a pro.

STEP2 Running Dead 5K Walk/Run

It's the second weekly installment of "It's fun to run from zombies." Participants can choose whether to be a walker or runner in the 5K obstacle course, or a zombie in one of the Zombie Zones. Proceeds from the event benefit STEP2, a nonprofit treatment program for women and their children. The run is Oct. 17 at Ranch San Rafael Park, 1595 N. Sierra St.

World's Championship Chili Cookoff at GSR

Beans or no beans? Beans are a serious point of contention among chili lovers and chili cookers. As I'm from Texas, I suppose I should unite with the no-beans camp, but I just can't be -- I love beans, and they're a cheap and healthy addition to the dish. So, I'll dissent from other Lone Star Staters. You, too, can decide which chili is for you at the World's Championship Chili Cookoff running Oct. 16-18 at the GSR. The cookoff will include cookers competing for titles in the following categories: best homestyle chili, best chili verde, best salsa, best traditional red chili and the people's choice.

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