september, 2021

11sep10:00 am12:00 pm62nd annual International Camel & Ostrich Races


(Saturday) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Virginia City Fairgrounds

458 F St Virginia City, NV 89440

Future Event Times in this Repeating Event Series

september 11, 2021 2:00 pmseptember 12, 2021 12:00 pm

Event Details


The world is ready to pick up where we left off in 2019, and you can count on Virginia City’s bizarre yet wildly entertaining annual International Camel & Ostrich Races to return in 2021. In an event as hilarious as it sounds, the 62nd annual event will have you bursting with laughter for an all-out family-friendly day. Watch as camels, ostriches and even zebras gather in Virginia City to carry their daring riders across the finish line as the crowd goes wild. It’s a comical racing spectacle that the entire family will enjoy. You can even catch a ride on a camel – a photo op not to be missed.

Races take place:

  • Friday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. for Hot Camel Nights – a special Friday evening performance at a special price
  • Saturday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for Honoring First Responders – Patriot Day Tribute for 20 year anniversary since Sept. 11 includes a Military Flyover, First Responder Tribute by the Storey County Fire Protection District, Color Guard and National Anthem
  • Sunday, Sept. 12 at 12 p.m. for Dolan Family Day – First 100 kids receive a free camel ride before the show valued at $10

General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for kids under 12 and seniors. Premium shaded tickets are $25. Limited VIP parking is available.

New for 2021, a revamped VIP experience. The VIP tent will have fans and air conditioning, choice of food from any vendor, 2 drink tokens, exclusive VIP cocktails, surround sound and a Camel Races Live feed at the VIP bar. Choose from 3 options for the VIP experience: Front Row Reserved Table, Interior Reserved Tables, or Individual Bleacher seats.

Ticket and gates open 2 hours before showtime.

Make a weekend of it!  View our lodging options and book before rooms sell out.



**NO UMBRELLAS OR PETS ALLOWED. Please bring hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen!** 

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 Subject to state guidelines, this event is subject to change or cancellation at any time. Photo and/or video may be produced from this event, and by purchasing this ticket you are consenting to allow your likeness to be used in future Virginia City marketing materials.

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