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Ride the historic V&T train to these popular events in Virginia City

One of the largest national historic districts in the country, Virginia City, Nevada, has much to offer visitors and locals alike. At its peak during the 19th century mining bonanza, Virginia City was a thriving, vibrant metropolis of 25,000 citizens. Silver and gold was buried deep beneath her streets and men and women traveled from around the world to live and work. Today, visitors can take a step back in time walking along the boardwalks, strolling past shops, eateries and saloons, visiting museums or taking a historic walking tour. Complete your "back in time" experience with an authentic train excursion on the V&T Railroad that travels from Carson City to Virginia City or take the short line from the Virginia City depot to Gold Hill.


Memorial Day Celebration of Heroes Parade The Comstock honors all the men and women of the military who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country the weekend of Memorial Day. Join the folks of Virginia City in May to pay tribute to the great service men and women.

4th of July Parade Independence Day is best celebrated on the Comstock. Start your day with the 4th of July parade then browse the great local shops before you catch the Comstock Cowboys Second Amendment Concert followed by the region's longest firework displays.

Labor Day Parade Celebrate the American labor movement and all the achievements of workers in our country up on the Comstock. Virginia City is proud to honor and celebrate the men and women who have made our country what it is today.

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Taste of the Comstock - June

Historic Virginia City, Nevada offers up a chance to get a taste of our town's heritage, from mining history to delicious food to whiskey and cigar tasting. Savor the history of the Comstock and relish in the experience of the way it was in its heyday when life was lived in the upper echelon. Lounge in the Whiskey Tent or go on a tasty tour of Virginia City's finest provisions.

Pick your taste and see what Virginia City has to offer. Tour Options include a Restaurant Tour (More than 20 stops along the way that highlights the flavors of the Comstock). And VIP Whiskey & Cigars (In an outdoor patio setting re-live history right next to the single-jack mining competition. Experience life in the 1800's all while sampling a superb array of American-born Whiskeys). Purchase event tickets in advance.

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Street Vibrations - June & September

Enjoy motorcycle heaven at this celebration of music, metal and motorcycles!
Virginia City plays host to a raucous celebration of music, metal and motorcycles with Street Vibrations. The roar of motorcycles shakes the ground as thousands of bikers ride to the Comstock for good food, live entertainment and plenty of fun. This event is also held in Downtown Reno, Tahoe, and Carson City.

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Hot August Nights - August

Don't miss the kick-off of Hot August Nights, the region's most prominent classic car gathering! This famous car event brings with it free live music, a celebrity Show-n-Shine and hundreds of cars parading down C Street in historic Virginia City. Reserve your seat on the V&T Railroad for this annual event that takes place the first Friday and Saturday in August.
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camel racesInternational Camel & Ostrich Races - September

Camels, ostriches and zebras make a fine spectacle to watch as they race around the Virginia City Arena & Fairgrounds with jockeys precariously perched on their backs. It's a sight you won't see anywhere else. Bring the family out to enjoy this hilarious family event, a true staple in northern Nevada. After the races, join the Camel Hump to C Street where thirsty camels have been known to duck into a bar or two. Purchase event tickets in advance. Reserve your seat on the V&T Railroad for this annual event.
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Annual World Championship Outhouse Races - October

Take a ride through history before seeing a humorous, history-filled outhouse race in Virginia City. First, board the V&T Railroad and follow the same scenic route traveled by entrepreneurs, gamblers, aristocrats, and other colorful characters in the 1800s. Once you've arrived, watch as teams of three zip down C Street in outhouses to hit the toilet paper finish line first. Ride the V&T Railway, and don't worry about parking to see this one-of-a-kind contest.
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For nearly twenty years the V&T was a major political and economic factor in the growth and development of Western Nevada and Eastern California. During the late 1870s, V&T stockholders divided handsome dividends in excess of $100,000 monthly. Additional financial returns provided the capital for nearly 40 other V&T-affiliated concerns. The 300-mile Carson & Colorado Railroad was built from Mound House, Nevada, to Keeler, California, and was operated by principals of the V&T from 1880 to 1900. V&T dividends funded the establishment of Hawthorne, Nevada, the Hawthorne Water Works, lumbering operations at Lake Tahoe and Southern Nevada, the Columbus Wagon Road to Bodie, a large soda plant at Keeler, and dozens of mining ventures at Aurora, Bodie, Hawthorne, Candelaria, Belleville, Columbus, and Cerro Gordo.

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