Festivals abound in Cerca country in June, ranging from Father’s Day celebrations to rodeos to parties for Nevada’s 150th year of statehood.
June 1, Lake Tahoe: 23rd annual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Race. This event features a 35-mile fun ride, 72-mile ride around the lake and a 100-mile century. Proceeds benefit the Lake Tahoe Bikeway plan. 800-565-2704. www.bikethewest.com.
June 5, Zion National Park, Utah: Thursday Trek. Explore the park with a naturalist and learn about the animals and plants that call Zion home as well as the geological activity that formed Zion. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. 800-635-3959. www.zionpark.org.
June 7, Lake Tahoe: National Trails Day. This is a celebration of the 64 Acres Park/Tahoe City North Trailhead. There will be trail-building and family activities. Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Long-sleeve shirt and long pants required. Tahoe Rim Trail Association. 775-298-4485. www.tahoerimtrail.org.
June 11, 18 and 25, Zion National Park, Utah: Zion Narrows Service Project. Join a naturalist to discover the world famous Zion Narrows. This 7-mile hike will include a discussion of the geology, plants and wildlife of the area and a short service project while in the canyon. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. 800-635-3959. www.zionpark.org.
June 12-15, Eureka: Eureka Western Heritage Days. Eureka County Fairgrounds. The Eureka Cow Dog Trials and the World Championship Blacksmiths competition will be the featured events. Entertainment, food and vendors. 775-385-6184. www.co.eureka.nv.us/westernheritagedays.
June 13-14, Wells: Nevada State Fiddlers Contest. Fiddlers from across the state compete in the last of a series before the national contest in Idaho. 775-752-3540. www.nvfiddlerscontest.org.
June 13-15, Carson City: Stewart Father’s Day Powwow. American Indian dancing and art as well as food and craft vendors. This special event helps support the establishment of the Stewart Indian Cultural Center. Stewart Complex. 775-687-8333. www.nic.nv.gov.
June 14, Ely: Father’s Day Trains 2014. East Ely Railway Depot. Enjoy a free train ride for Dad at the Nevada Northern Railway. 775-289-2085. www.nnry.com.
June 16, Genoa: Genoa Sesquicentennial Celebration. To honor Nevada’s sesquicentennial and the 65th birthday of the Genoa Volunteer Fire Department. Historical presentations, Civil War re-enactments and workshops. 775-781-1236. www.nevada150.org.
June 16-22, Fallon: Fallon’s “Nevada 150” Festival. Fallon celebrates Nevada’s 150 years with a weeklong variety of events. Parades, arts and crafts, farmers market, local tours, contests, and chautauqua and historical re-enactments. 866-432-5566. www.visitfallonnevada.com.
June 19-28, Reno: Reno Rodeo. This is called the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West,” where participants come from around the world. There will also be a parade, carnival and plenty of children’s activities. 775-329-3877. www.renorodeo.com.
June 20-21, Reno: The Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival. This annual event features a barbecue block party, microbrew tasting and entertainment. Eldorado Hotel. 800-648-5966. www.visitrenotahoe.com.
June 21, Kingman, Ariz.: Hualapai Mountain Chili Cook-Off. Enter your favorite chili dish or just enjoy some chili tasting. Music and prizes. Hualapai Mountain Resort. 928-757-3545. www.kingmantourism.org.
June 23-29, Cedar City, Utah: Annual Groovefest American Music Festival. This seven-day festival features music, workshops and seminars. Art, food and vendors. Cedar City Main Street Park. 435-867-9800. www.groovefestutah.com.
June 23-Oct. 18, Cedar City, Utah: Utah Shakespeare Festival. This season’s plays are “Henry IV, Part One,” “The Comedy of Errors,” “Measure for Measure,” “Twelfth Night,” “Into the Woods,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Boeing Boeing” and “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure.” Matinees and evening performances. Dark Sundays. 800-752-9849. www.bard.org.
June 28, Ely: Cocktails &Cannons. The annual Bathtub Races, where competitors convert bathtubs into boats and race them in the lake. Cave Lake State Park. 800-496-9350. www.elynevada.net.
June 30-July 6, Prescott, Ariz.: 127th annual Prescott Frontier Days, World’s Oldest Rodeo. Prescott’s biggest event of the year includes rodeo performances, trail rides, parade, fireworks, fine arts and crafts fair, dances and live entertainment. 928-445-3103. www.worldsoldestrodeo.com.
July 1-Aug. 1, Reno: 2014 Artown. This art festival features more than 500 events. Artists from around the world will showcase their talents in the visual, performing and humanities arts. Various venues. 775-322-1538. www.renoisartown.com.