Nevada 150 Masquerade Ball

Friday, October 31, 2014

Nevada's 150th birthday celebration and fundraiser for Comstock Preservation District. Take the Virginia & Truckee Railroad from Virginia City down to Gold Hill where renowned artist Steven Saylor’s rendition of the day it all started is unveiled at the newly renovated Gold Hill Depot. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Then catch the train back to Virginia City for the parade, shopping and Virginia City atmosphere before heading to Piper’s Opera House for a meet and greet with dignitaries before the ball. Riches from Virginia City played a major role in Nevada's statehood, so what better place to celebrate the sesquicentennial than where it all began?



Reserve your spot now by purchasing a ticket! 



Schedule of Events

12 - 5:30 PM: Artist Showcase and Music: Featuring artists, musicians and The Wall mural. 

3 - 5 PM: Portrait Unveiling Ceremony and Reception, $30: Be part of the unveiling of Steven Saylor's portrait, "Nine Cheers for the Silver State." The painting takes its name from the Gold Hill Daily News headline from Oct. 31, 1864 and depicts the moment the news of statehood reached Virginia City. Nevada governors, elected officials, first ladies and directors of the Comstock Foundation are pictured. Take the V&T train from Virginia City to the Gold Hill Depot for the unveiling and reception. Included in the cost is the train ride, champagne toast and hors d'oeuvres. The event and reproduction painting sales benefit the Comstock Foundation for History and Culture, an organization charged with the restoration and promotion of the Comstock Historic District, a national landmark.

5:15 - 8:15 PM: Halloween Express on the V&T Railroad, $14 adults, $7 child: Take a spooky ride on the V&T Railroad steam train departing every hour from 5:15 until 8:15 p.m. For more information, click here.

5:30 PM: Virginia City Statehood Parade, free: The evening parade down C Street, the town's main drag, is expected to be the largest parade in the state on Nevada's actual birthday. Virginia City is making the call to all towns, organizations, counties, groups, schools and bands to join the parade and the official celebration. There is no fee to participate and the deadline for applications is Oct. 30. Download parade application here. For questions, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 775-847-7500.

After the Parade: Safe Trick or Treat, free: Kids in costumes are encouraged to trick or treat on the Comstock starting with a costume contest and parade sign-up at 4:30pm - 5pm at Comstock Creamery. Halloween entries are then invited to walk as the last parade entry before starting to trick or treat on C Street at participating merchants and saloons. For questions, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 775-847-7500.

7 PM: Nevada 150 Masquerade Ball, $125: Celebrate Nevada's 150th birthday at the historic Piper's Opera House with a step back in time to 1864. Period attire is highly encouraged and can include Victorian era, Civil War, Steampunk, formal western or perhaps costumes reminiscent of Jack Skellington of the "Nightmare Before Christmas." Ticket includes meet and greet with dignitaries before the ball, champagne toast, hor d'oeuvres, live music and dancing. Tickets are limited. Buy tickets here.

All-inclusive Ticket, $150: Includes the portrait unveiling ceremony, train ride and reception and the Nevada 150 Masquerade Ball.

Nevada 150 Celebration - What to Wear

Come party like it is 1864. Dress in formal period attire from the 1864 era with a twist. Suggested costumes include: Victorian, Civil War, Steampunk, formal western or harness your inner Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas. See below images for helpful tips. 

Visit Fred's Closet in Virginia City for old west and Victorian clothing rentals. 

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 Don't forget your mask! It is a masquerade ball, after all. Check out Sandies General Store on C Street in Virginia City for beautiful masks.

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Be a Part of the Celebration

Join us in celebrating Nevada's birthday with the Virginia City Statehood Parade, October 31, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. Kids intending to trick or treat during the parade meet at the Fourth Ward School parking lot at the start of the parade. 

Entry deadline: Oct. 30, 2014
Parade Entry Application

Get more bang for your buck! Enter in two parades to celebrate Nevada's birthday. The Nevada Day parade is November 1, 2014 in Carson City. 
Nevada Day Parade in Carson City Entry Application


 Thanks to the following sponsors who help make this event possible:

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nv150logoThe Nevada 150 Masquerade Ball is proud to be a signature event of the Nevada Sesquicentennial celebration. Learn more about Nevada150 here.


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