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Reno Annual Events & Festivals

Reno Events Mean Fun for Residents & Visitors

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Hot August Nights on Virginia St., downtown Reno, Nevada

Photo © Stan White
Reno events and festivals bring big excitement to the Reno / Tahoe region. Both residents and tourists come by the thousands to enjoy everything from the Reno River Festival to Artown to Hot August Nights. At Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival brings the bard to the stage at Sand Harbor. Besides being just plain fun, almost all of these events provide support to a number of worthy charities.

April

Earth Day
Earth Day at Idlewild Park features displays on environmental issues, sustainable energy, recycling, and a variety of green products by over 100 local non-profits, state agencies, and businesses. There's also some pretty good entertainment at this family-friendly event. See my pictures of Earth Day.

Reno Jazz Festival
The Reno Jazz Festival is sponsored by the University of Nevada, Reno. This event has grown into one of the biggest and best jazz festivals in the country.

May

Cinco de Mayo in Reno
Cinco de Mayo is our annual celebration of Mexican American and south-of-the-border Mexican culture. It is not Mexican Independence Day, but a festival commemorating the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. See my Cinco de Mayo pictures to get the flavor of this fun event.

Reno River Festival
What started as a little kayak action in downtown Reno has evolved into a major spring event. Centered at the Truckee River Whitewater Park, the Reno River Festival includes adventures both in and out of the water. See our Reno River Festival pictures and Run Amuck pictures.

June

Reno Rodeo
The Reno Livestock Events Center hosts this rodeo extravaganza, the 4th richest PRCA event on the circuit. It gets national coverage on several sports TV networks. See my Reno Rodeo Parade pictures and Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive.

Reno - Tahoe Odyssey
Teams adventure race starting and finishing in Reno, with the 178 mile course taking participants up into the Sierra and along the shores of Lake Tahoe.

July

Artown
Northern Nevada's celebration of arts and culture features events and performances throughout July. Admission to most events is free. See the Artown pictures.

Fourth of July in Reno
Fourth 4th of July fireworks shows, and 4th of July Independence Day celebrations will be found throughout the area; Reno, Sparks, Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Virginia City.

Sparks Whole Foods Hometowne Farmer's Market
Nevada's oldest certified farmer's market in Victorian Square Plaza features more than 100 booths, cooking demonstrations, and live entertainment. Every Thursday in July & August, except during Hot August Nights. See my Farmer's Market pictures.

Tour de Nez
Downtown Reno becomes professional cyclist criterium course during the Tour de Nez. The event attracts top teams and riders around the world, yet keeps a hometown flavor with fun events for local riders. See my Tour de Nez pictures.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
Join the Bard at Sand Harbor, on the shores of Lake Tahoe, for Shakespeare and other plays during July and August. There are kid's plays and other activities in conjunction with the festival.

Lake Tahoe Music Festival
Sit back and relax under the stars as the Lake Tahoe Music Festival brings exciting contemporary artists to venues in the North Lake Tahoe area. Enjoy the artists performing in this stunning Sierra Nevada setting. Visit the Lake Tahoe Music Festival website to get the schedule and ticket information.

August

Hot August Nights
This is THE big annual event. For a hot summer week, Reno, Sparks, and vicinity host thousands of classic cars and tens of thousands of visitors. Multiple venues feature car-related activities, and big-name entertainment plays all over town. See my Hot August Nights pictures.

Reno - Tahoe Open
Our own annual PGA golf tournament draws top celebrity players, and supports many Northern Nevada charities. It is played at Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno.

Reno - Tahoe Blues Fest
Big name blues musicians bring their talents to Rancho San Rafael Park. Past performers include Patti LaBelle, Keb Mo, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and Bay Area Blues Society.

Nevada Territory Wild West Fair
The Nevada State Fair / Nevada Territory Wild West Fair has been canceled due to financial problems. It remains to be seen when and if the fair will return.

Western States Wild Horse & Burro Expo
The Expo celebrates and promotes wild horses and burros, those unique symbols of the Wild West and wide open spaces.

September

Street Vibrations
Downtown Reno reverberates with the sounds of thousands of Harleys when Street Vibrations takes over Virginia Street. This is the 6th largest motorcycle event in the country. See my Street Vibrations pictures.

Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off
It's touted as the biggest barbeque in the country and I believe it. Join over 300,000 people to taste-test the wares of 25 cooking teams, and vote to select the best. Competition is fierce but friendly. See my Rib Cook-Off pictures.

Great Reno Balloon Race
The Great Reno Balloon Race is a spectacle to behold. Each morning, over 100 hot air balloons rise in mass ascension from Rancho San Rafael Park, filling the sky with blobs of color in the dawn light. See my Great Reno Balloon Race pictures.

Reno National Championship Air Races and Air Show
The Reno National Championship Air Races and Air Show is a whole series of activities centered around the actual air racing. The first air races were in 1964, and except for being suspended on 9-11-2001, have been held every year since. See my Reno Air Races pictures.

Burning Man
This is both an experience and an event. Take time to explore their website before you even think about trying this. Held on the Black Rock Desert playa north of Reno, near Gerlach.

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