From May through September the City of Sparks and the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center have teamed up to bring residents and guests the Last Friday, a series of family-friendly events held on the last Friday of the month in Victorian Square. To ease into the weekend, families are invited to participate in fun contests in the amphitheater, tour the museum, listen to live music and watch a movie to cap off the evening.
The final Last Friday of the 2017 season is set to be held on Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. Families can get into the Halloween spirit by partaking in Last Friday “spooky” events including a mummy-wrapping contest and who can scare the wits out of the crowd with their most evil laugh.
People are encouraged to check out the museum, the train, and Glendale Schoolhouse to learn about Sparks’ history (open until 7 p.m). In the gallery of the Cultural Center, guests can enjoy the Sierra Watercolor Society’s (SWS) “Show Your Colors” exhibit. Holding educational classes and lectures throughout the year, the SWS Art Angels program volunteers teach art in local elementary schools and hosts an art scholarship program.
For a truly historical educational experience, enjoy class from the past in the restored Glendale Schoolhouse. Taught by the school “marm”, the nationally registered historic landmark is celebrating its 150th birthday. Tours are also offered through Sparks’ steam locomotive, the Pullman executive car, and the cupola caboose.
At around 7:30 p.m., grab a beer at Great Basin Brewery and check out Scarlett Moon- a Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd tribute band to be held right there on the brewery’s stage. After the live show, walk over to the outdoor amphitheater located at 10th and Victorian Avenue to see the featured movie, the original Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff. The movie starts at dusk and since it tends to get chilly in the evenings, it is recommended that you bring blankets and chairs to stay warm.
All family activities at Last Friday are free and costumes are encouraged.