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No matter what time of year you visit, there’s always something going on at the Nugget Casino Resort in Reno Sparks. From live concerts to sporting events, holiday celebrations, food expos and more, there’s an activity for just about everybody who visits the Reno-Sparks area!

Some events held annually in Reno-Sparks include Hot August Nights, the Nugget’s Best in the West Rib Cookoff, Street Vibrations, the Reno Rodeo, the Great Reno Balloon Races and more. The Nugget is the perfect home base for checking out all of these events.

The Nugget Casino Resort is not responsible for third party ticket sales. Will Call tickets may only be picked up by purchasing party. Photo ID required. Management reserves all rights.

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Nugget Event Center

The brand new Nugget Event Center is now open in with seating for up to 8,500 for shows. A multi-use entertainment and event venue, the Nugget Event Center brings large outdoor concerts to the heart of downtown Sparks.

Check below for upcoming shows and events:

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2019 Rib Cook-Off
Aug. 28 - Sept. 2

Rib Cook-Off

Rib Cook-Off

2019 Rib Cook-Off


The VIP Rib Village is the hottest ticket to the Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. Available in tables for 10, the Village features ribs from all of the cookers at the event plus all the sides you can eat and beverages you can drink responsibly in a tented area near the Main Stage entertainment.

Rib Village Ticket info:

Wednesday, 8/28, Village open 4-9 pm, entertainer - Joe Nichols. Table price $950, single seat $120 plus tax & fees.  Thursday, 8/29, open 4-9 pm, entertainer - Crash Test Dummies. THE RIB VILLAGE IS SOLD OUT FOR THURSDAY.  Friday, 8/30, open 4-9 pm, entertainer - David Nail. Table price $1,200 plus tax & fees, NO single seats.                    Saturday, 8/31, open 4-9 pm, entertainer - Candlebox. THE RIB VILLAGE IS SOLD OUT FOR SATURDAY.                     Sunday, 9/1, open 4-9 pm, entertainer - Devin Dawson. Table price $1,200 plus tax & fees, NO single seats.          Monday, 9/2, open NOON-5pm, entertainer - Mumbo Gumbo. Table price $800, single seat $100 plus tax & fees. PLEASE NOTE, TABLE TICKET PRICES WILL SHOW AS HIGHER UNTIL ACCOUNT LOGIN AND NAVIGATION TO BILLING INFORMATION PAGE.

In addition to the nightly dinners there will be a special "Ribster Lunch Buffet" on Saturday, 8/31 and Sunday, 9/1 from 10:30 am to 2 pm. This Buffet features ribs from all of the cookers, plus sides and beverages, but does NOT include entertainment and is NOT ADMISSION to the Rib Village after 2 pm. Daily Table price $800, single seat $100 plus tax & fees.

The Rib Village Corporate Lunch is available Wednesday, 8/28, Thursday, 8/29 and Friday, 8/30 from 11 am to 2 pm. Daily Single seat price is $32 plus tax and fees and includes a "Rib Meal Ticket" which can be used at any one of the Rib Cooker booths for a rib meal. Beverages and ice cream are included inside the Village.

Absolutely NO ANIMALS are allowed in the Rib Village except for registered Service Animals. Prohibited by City of Sparks Code of Ordinances Section 9.34.110.



Click HERE for Will Call and Ticket pick-up information.

The Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-Off event features twenty-three of the world’s top barbecue competitors serve up more than 240,000 pounds of ribs for hundreds of thousands of hungry event-goers on Victorian Square.

The 31st annual Rib Cook-Off is a six day Sparks, Nevada, Victorian Square event featuring FREE ENTERTAINMENT on multiple stages, the best ribs from the best rib cookers, a huge ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW and more!

 Event Admission, Parking, Shuttles and Entertainment are FREE!! Main Stage entertainment below. Click HERE for Plaza Stage entertainment.