Winter is just another season for celebrating across Cerca country as many areas sponsor festivals filled with cold-weather activities.
Through Feb. 16, Reno: “Frida Kahlo: Her Photos Exhibition.” This worldwide tour features 240 images taken by the Mexican artist herself before her death in 1954. Nevada Museum of Art. 775-329-3333. www.nevadaart.org.
Monday through Saturday, Elko: 30th Annual National Cowboy Gathering. A weeklong celebration of western life featuring traditional and contemporary arts. Poetry, music, film, photography. Exhibits, workshops, film screenings. Western Folklife Center. 775-738-7508. www.westernfolklife.org.
Saturday, Death Valley National Park, Calif.: Death Valley Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K. The entire course is below sea level on a relatively flat area. This event benefits the Beatty High School student organizations. 415-868-1829. www.envirosports.com.
Feb. 3-14, Reno: Reno Tahoe Senior Winter Games. Dedicated to promoting and implementing fitness in people 50 years and older. Competitions range from speed skating to skiing to table tennis with everything in between. Various venues. 775-657-4644. www.reno.gov.
Feb. 8, Zion National Park, Utah: Native Plant Seed Propagation. This workshop focuses on native plant landscaping from hoe to propagate seeds and care for your new plants in the pot and in the ground. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. 800-635-3959. www.zionpark.org.
Feb. 8-9, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.: 29th Annual Winterfest. A weekend of family fun featuring more than 400 booths. The Annual Havasu Idol Contest will take place on Saturday morning, demonstrations and plenty of children’s events. 928-855-4115. www.golakehavasu.com.
Feb. 12-16, Lake Havasu City: Winterblast. During this annual meeting of the Western Pyrotechnics Association, visitors will be able to watch random launching and detonation of new fireworks, as the “pyros” test products and show off their newest mixtures. On Saturday night visitors can see a spectacular fireworks show. SARA Park. 928-8453-3444. www.westernpyro.org.
Feb. 14-16, Wickenburg, Ariz.: 66th Annual Gold Rush Days. Head “Out Wickenburg Way” to celebrate the town’s gold mining origins. One of the highlights is the parade that has more than 125 entries including 1,000 horses, classic auto floats and marching bands. Other activities include gold panning, a rodeo and a carnival. 928-684-5479. www.wickenburgchamber.com.
Feb. 15, Parker, Ariz.: 23rd annual Parker Rotary Desert Dash. Enjoy a 5-mile walk, run or mountain bike ride out to the Nellie E. Saloon. 928-669-6511. www.parkertourism.com.
Feb. 15-17, Bryce Canyon, Utah: Winter Festival. This annual event features cross-country ski races, archery clinic and an archery biathlon competition. Snow shoe tours, photography clinics, snow sculpture, children’s fun races, entertainment and more. Ruby’s Inn. 866-866-6616. www.rubysinn.com.
Feb. 20-23, Carson Valley: Eagles and Agriculture. This four-day celebration is the valley’s favorite winter event. Learn about bald eagles and owls, take a photography workshop. There will be the Ranch and Eagle Tour, Owl Prowl and a rafting and birding trip. Various venues. 800-727-7677. www.carsonvalleynv.org.
Feb. 28-March 9, North Lake Tahoe, Calif.: Annual Snowfest. North Lake Tahoe celebrates winter with on and off mountain events. The festival includes parades, live music, contests, comedy shows, ski races and a polar bear swim. Events take place throughout the North Tahoe area. 530-583-7167. www.tahoesnowfestival.com.
March 1, Lone Pine, Calif.: Early Opener Trout Derby. All ages are welcome for this season opener. There will be prizes including an $800 Blind Bogey. Every child who catches a fish will also get a prize. Breakfast burritos and coffee. 760- 876-4444. www.lonepinechamber.org.