About the Artown Encore Series
The Artown Encore series is an expansion of the Artown festival that takes place in Reno during the entire month of July. Artown Encore brings an amazing variety of top performers and performances to Reno outside the July time frame of the main festival. Many are acts you would have to travel to a much larger city to see. Past Artown Encore performers have included Steve Martin, Pat Metheny, Bernadette Peters, the Alvin Ailey II dance troupe, and Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott with The Assad Brothers. Here is the lineup for Artown Encore's 2012 - 2013 season. Check back periodically as more artists and shows may be added.
- Tommy Emmanuel - January 24, 2013 - at John Ascuaga's Nugget.
- Itzhak Perlman and Rohan De Silva - February 14, 2013 - at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.
- Bobby McFerrin - April 6, 2013 - at the Grand Sierra Resort Grand Theatre.
- David Sedaris - April 29, 2013 - at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.
Tickets for Artown Encore Performances
Artown Encore performances are in various venues around the Reno area. Tickets for each show can be purchased online (click on the links above), by calling the ticket phone number at the location, and usually with no service charge by visiting the venue's box office.
Accommodations in Reno
If you are traveling to Reno for an Artown Encore show, it's probably a good idea to arrange your flight to RenoTahoe International Airport, book hotel accommodations, and reserve a rental car well ahead of time. Some Encore performances sell out, such as the last Encore appearance by Steve Martin.
"Artown's mission is to strengthen Reno's arts industry, enhance our civic identity and national image, thereby creating a climate for the cultural and economic rebirth of our region. Artown's primary goal is to encourage local artist participation and highlight the best performers in northern Nevada. Additionally, we exist to market and promote these arts events locally, regionally, and nationally as a premier arts festival."
Artown is a colorful visual delight everywhere you look. To get a glimpse of what's in store, view my Artown pictures gallery.
Artown: A Brief History
Artown started in 1996 as a way to counteract suburban flight and revitalize downtown Reno by getting more people to visit the city center. An arts themed festival was created through the efforts of civic leaders, business people, and the arts community. With a combination of free and ticketed events, the first Artown attracted an estimated 30,000 participants. Growing rapidly from its initial success, Artown today is a major annual production lasting throughout the month of July. In addition to local and regional talent, internationally known artists regularly perform at Artown. Past performers have included Marcel Marceau, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Diavolo Dance Theater, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Pilobolus, Vusi Mahlasela, Mikhail Baryshnikov, American Ballet Theater, Yo Yo Ma, and Pink Martini.
Artown today consists of nearly 400 art and cultural events attended by an estimated 300,000 people. Most events are free to the public, including some performances by world famous artists. Ticketed feature events are held at various venues around town such as the Pioneer Theater and hotel/casino theaters. The City of Reno is Artown's major sponsor, aided by other government entities and businesses in the Reno / Tahoe region. The Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts provide support as well. Artown 2012 is the 17th anniversary of this extraordinary event.