Main Street Mingle
(February, August & November) Join us for our Main Street Mingles and an opportunity to network with other community businesses. Learn about their upcoming events, sales and projects and share your own. A great way to meet and share ideas with your neighboring businesses. Feel free to bring any promotional materials you would like to share with other attendees.
Volunteer Recognition Gala
(April) Volunteers are an essential resource for most nonprofits and membership organizations, which is why volunteer appreciation is important. There are legions of volunteers throughout the Carson Valley and we want to CELEBRATE ours! Includes an award for the volunteer of the year and more.
Sweep the Town
(April or May) Our Sweep the Town community cleanup brings volunteers together to clean, repair, and improve public spaces or other areas (such as vacant lots or abandoned properties) that have been neglected, vandalized, or misused. Cleanup projects can involve all kinds of public spaces—parks, empty lots, schools, trails, sidewalks, and even parking lots, to name just a few. Occasionally we have special painting and planting projects too.
Garden Open House & Plant Faire
(May) Mother Nature always keeps us on our toes, alternating back and forth between Spring and Winter. But statistics show that gardeners should be good to go by May at the latest. To celebrate the end of winter, come to the Open House and Plant Faire at Heritage Park Gardens. Kids are invited to join in on the activities in the Children’s Garden sand there will be a Scavenger Hunt. Or you can walk the labyrinth, play chess or checkers or choose some plants for your home gardens. A variety of other plants will be available along with some “Garden Goodies” to enhance your garden décor.
Third Thursday Wine Walk
(May-September) The purpose of these wine walks is to invite people to the Main Street District to see what downtown has to offer. Over 50 businesses participate each year in the five wine walks, creating a wonderful opportunity to explore the many unique, locally owned businesses that are showcased. Some folks that join us don’t register as wine walkers – they come to walk the streets while visiting with friends and neighbors, or to take advantage of the shops staying open late and make some special purchases.
Freedom 5K Fun Run
(July 4th) Start your 4th of July off right with some outdoor activity, a good breakfast and some patriotic music with your whole family, including Rover too. Main Street Gardnerville and The Town of Gardnerville will host their annual “Freedom 5K Fun Run” on July 4th, 7am for registration and start at 8am -10am at Heritage Park. Come dressed in your best patriotic colors and compete for the "Best Dressed" award. Come enjoy a half day in the park with 5K run/walk around Heritage Park and Martin Slough Nature Trail. Following the 5k the Carson Valley Lions Club will host a “Pancake Breakfast” as a fundraiser for the club. Immediately followed by a concert of Patriotic Songs by the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra and the voices of the Sierra Choral Group.
Main Street Fall Fest
(1st Saturday in October) It wouldn't be fall in the Carson Valley without the annual Scarecrow and Harvest Festival hosted by Main Street Gardens and East Fork Gallery. Or the Annual Slaughterhouse Lane Coffin and Stretcher Races. The new Main Street Fall Fest, combine all of these along with music, activities, demonstrations, and vendors at Heritage Park. The festival is a free community-driven event celebrating the region’s traditions and history as well as showcasing the continued talents, creativity and diversity of its residents. Come join us for activities, demonstrations & performances on the pavilion, arts & crafts, community organizations and businesses.
NYE Candlelight Labyrinth Walk
(December 31st) Start a new tradition with your family and focus on creating hopeful tomorrows. Labyrinths are used throughout the world as a way to quiet the mind, recover a balance in life, to meditate, gain insight, reduce stress, to create and celebrate. Luminaries will light the way as you enjoy this newest tradition in the Carson Valley. “Walk out the Old Year and Welcome the New Year” during this family friendly event on New Year’s Eve.