Each month, the Washoe County Library and Nevada Museum of Art offer a huge variety of events and activities suitable for the whole family. Many are free.
Entire Month of July
Artown 2014 is the 19th annual incarnation of this festival. Artown runs the entire month of July at numerous venues around Reno and includes an amazing variety of art and cultural events. Hundreds of the events are free to the public, including World Music at Wingfield Park, Monday Night Family Series, Monday Night Music Series at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater in Bartley Ranch Park, Discover the Arts at various locations, Movies in the Park, and numerous art gallery exhibits.
Friday, July 4 - 4th of July / Independence Day
Enjoy fireworks and other 4th of July events around the Reno / Sparks area. Activities at some locations carry on through the weekend. There are even more fireworks shows and celebrations up at Lake Tahoe.
Friday through Sunday, July 4 - 6
NV 150 Railfair
Come to the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City for three days of the NV 150 Railfair. The museum will display and run many of its trains, including the steam locomotives V&T No. 25 and the famous Inyo. Rides will be available behind the 25 and on the McKeen Motor Car. Tickets each day are $15 for adults; $10 for museum members; $5 for children 3 to 17 and free for those 2 and younger. Admission includes unlimited train rides and entrance to the museum's Jacobsen Interpretive Center, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during this special event.
Friday through Sunday, July 11 - August 24
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
This is the 42nd season of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, held at Sand Harbor on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe. On the playbill for 2014 is As You Like It, a Shakespeare comedy and suitable for all ages. There are also numerous other performances and activities for both children and adults.
Saturday, July 12
hands/ON! on Second Saturdays at the Nevada Museum of Art
The second Saturday of each month is a day of free admission and family activities at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. Throughout the month, you can enjoy numerous events, events, and world-class art exhibits at the only accredited art museum in Nevada.
Reno Pirate Crawl
The 5th Annual Reno Pirate Crawl is an adult drinking event. As the name implies, the Crawl involves visiting over 20 downtown Reno bars, drinking, and being dressed up in some sort of pirate-related costume while crawling. It's $5 to come aboard, which gets you $2 and $3 drink and beer specials, participation in costumes contests, and more. You'll also be stimulating local business and having a lot of fun. Crawling starts at 8 p.m.
There are lots of related events in Reno if you like this sort of thing. Learn about more from "Reno Beer, Bar, and Pub Crawls."
Tuesday through Sunday, July 29 - August 3
Hot August Nights
Hot August Nights is the biggest Reno and Sparks event of the year. It's a celebration of everything to do with classic cars, vintage rock 'n roll, and the American era of the 50s and 60s when cruising, sock hops, and high school proms were all the rage. Hot August Nights is a party that takes over the town during its run. A warm-up for Hot August Nights, at South Lake Tahoe, will be July 25 and 26. The South Shore will share the Hot August Nights event with free entertainment, show-n-shines, cruises, vendors, and more.
Monday through Sunday, July 28 - August 3
Barracuda Championship Golf Tournament
The Barracuda Championship is the only PGA Tour event held in the Reno area. Watch some of professional golf's top players at the Montreaux Golf & Country Club in south Reno. This event was formerly known as the Reno - Tahoe Open.
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