1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks
Locals and visitors have a ton of event choices in the area, but the sauciest one has rising to the top for this Best of poll. The Nugget Rib Cook-off features national and local rib chefs competing for a trophy and the love of barbecue fans from the region. Along with the food is a lot of live entertainment, including national acts in rock, alternative and country music. Although another Labor Day Weekend event out in the Black Rock Desert gets a bunch of ink, this one still has the hearts and minds (and stomachs) of many locals.Victorian Square, Sparks
775-356-3300 (Nugget Casino Resort)
Locations throughout Reno, Sparks and Lake Tahoe
775-322-1538 (Artown office)
Great Reno Balloon Race
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St.