October in Carson City and Carson Valley brings a cornucopia of activities to satisfy every autumn craving. From thrilling adventures in Virginia City to the tranquil charm of downtown Genoa, there’s no shortage of excitement.

Hauntober in Virginia City

  • When: Sunday, October 1 – Tuesday, October 31
  • Where: Virginia City, 85 S. C St., Virginia City

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October transforms Virginia City into Hauntober, a month-long celebration of the supernatural. As one of America’s most haunted towns, it’s the ideal destination for spine-tingling events. Join us for Cemetery Gin’s Hunt for Spirits, eerie Bats in the Belfry Guided Ghost tours, the quirky World Championship Outhouse Races, V&T Railroad Pumpkin Patch rides, illuminated adult Lighted Trains, the chilling Hauntober Parade, Safe Trick or Treat, and paranormal tours at various haunted attractions. Prepare for a month filled with otherworldly experiences and thrills.

Main Street Gardnerville Annual Coffin Races & Fall Festival

  • When: Saturday, October 7
  • Where: Heritage Park, 1447 Courthouse Alley, Gardnerville

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The Main Street Gardnerville Annual Coffin Races & Fall Festival takes place annually at the picturesque Heritage Park in Gardnerville. This family-friendly event has something for everyone, including exploring the Harvest in the community Heritage Park Garden, racing a coffin with friends, or crafting your own scarecrow at the East Fork Gallery Scarecrow fest. The festival also features dancers and talented performers, making it a full day of fun, delicious food, drinks, and fall-themed entertainment. Mark your calendars for October 7th, 2023, for this free, open-to-the-public event from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with live music by Mo’z Motley Blues.

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Town of Genoa Oktoberfest

  • When: Saturday, October 14
  • Where: Genoa Park, 2285 Genoa St., Genoa

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Embrace the spirit of autumn while backing the Town of Genoa at their annual fundraiser event! Head to Genoa Town Park on October 14th, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., for a delightful experience featuring live music, craft vendors, delicious food, beer, and much more. Admission to this event is free, so bring your friends and family for a fantastic fall outing!

Carson City Ghost Walk

  • When: Sunday, October 28
  • Where: Carson City McFadden Plaza, 223 W. 3rd, Carson City

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Carson City’s Ghost Walking Tours proudly marks its 30th season with Madame Curry and the Zeitgeist – Spirit of the Times. Save the date for the all-day October Ghost Walk on Saturday, October 21, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Join Madame Curry and her Spirit Wranglers as they theatrically guide you through Carson City’s Historic and Haunted West Side, sharing tales of the Wild West town’s legends and history. Rain or shine, these guided tours offer a spooky and entertaining glimpse into Carson City’s Victorian Era. Tickets are $15 in advance with an additional online fee or $20 at the door, available online or by mail. Don’t miss this immersive journey into the past!

Nevada Day Parade

  • When: Saturday, October 28
  • Where: Downtown Carson City, 716 N. Carson St., Carson City

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The Nevada Day Parade in Carson City stands as the nation’s grandest celebration of statehood. Since 1938, this annual event has united Nevadans to honor their heritage and commemorate the state’s founding on October 31, 1864. Explore the website for everything you need to know about the parade, the World Championship Single Jack Rock Drill Competition, the Beard Contest, and the Balloon Launch. Delve into the archive of past parades and programs and stay updated as new information rolls in. Wear your Silver & Blue and be part of the celebration!

At Dickson Realty, our team of local experts knows about the best activities and places to live, including the best things to do in October in the Carson Valley area. To learn more about how to enjoy the Northern Nevada region, contact one of our realtors today.