Reno is Artown for this 18th annual festival during July, 2013. The Artown Festival runs the entire month of July at numerous venues around Reno and Sparks. Artown includes an amazing variety of art and cultural events. Hundreds of the events are free to the public, including opening night at the Wingfield Park Amphitheater on July 1 featuring a 40th-anniversary presentation of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Other free Artown shows and events include 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. In all, there are around 500 activities and events during Artown.
Artown Opening Night
Artown 2013 opens on Monday, July 1 with a 40th-anniversary presentation of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, featuring Corey Glover, Karl Denson, Melvin Gibbs, Nona Hendryx, and more. This group of jazz, R&B, and funk musicians presents a show called "The Return to the Dark Side of the Moon." Local band Jelly Bread will be the opening act. Admission to the show at Wingfield Park is free and it will play from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fair warning - Artown opening night shows are always packed out. If you want to get into the park and actually get a place to sit, get there way early.
I can't possibly list all of the hundreds of events that are part of Artown. To get the full list, go to the searchable Artown 2013 Events Calendar. You can find events by type (theatre, visual arts, workshop, etc.), date, time, and by searching for what's going on at any of Artown's numerous venues and galleries.
While over 66% of Artown events are free, you will need tickets for some big shows. Big ticketed events for 2013 include Rickie Lee Jones, jazz musician Dave Koz, and Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra. There is truly something for everyone. Where required, you can buy tickets online. Get more information by calling (775) 322-1538.
Where to Get Artown Information
In addition to the Artown online events calendar, here places you can pick up a copy of The Little Book of Artown, a pocket guide to all of Artown's events, dates, and times...
- Artown office at 528 W. 1st Street, Reno, NV 89503.
- Scolari's Food and Drug stores
- US Bank locations
- Washoe County public libraries
- Nevada Museum of Art
- Numerous other locations that will be announced
Artown Apps for Smartphones
Free Artown apps are available for the smartphones listed below. Instructions and links for downloading your app are available from Artown's mobile apps page.
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Artown Encore Series
Artown Encore presents a series of top performers and shows during the year apart from the main Artown festival in July. Check my article about Artown Encore to see what's coming to Reno for your Artown entertainment pleasure.
Controlled Burn and Fire at Artown
Controlled Burn is a Reno fire dancing group that performs at various events throughout the area. During Artown 2010, Controlled Burn performed in downtown Reno at the Dual Nature art installation by the Truckee River. Dual Nature was at Burning Man 2006. At Artown 2011, Controlled Burn did shows at the Spire of Fire in downtown Reno. The Spire of Fire art installation was at Burning Man 2010. In 2013, Controlled Burn will be back. The main event will be the Compression! Art and Fire Festival, an evening of fire art and flames like you might see at Black Rock City. The Festival will be in City Hall Plaza on Saturday, July 27, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. The suggested donation is $3.
Controlled Burn presented Fire Jam! at Artown in 2009. These Fire Jam! video clips will give you a look a what the performance is like...
- Controlled Burn in The Celtic Forest 1
- Controlled Burn in The Celtic Forest 2
- Controlled Burn in The Celtic Forest 3
- Controlled Burn in The Celtic Forest 4
Burning Man at Artown
Artown has made a good habit of having displays of artwork that first appeared at Burning Man. In 2012, Portal of Evolution, a beautiful 32 foot tall kinetic butterfly, was set up in Reno City Plaza, between Reno City Hall and the Truckee River. In 2011, Spire of Fire added that Burning Man flaming touch to Artown. Check out my Spire of Fire video to see what it was like.
Give $3 to Keep Artown Free
With over 66% of its events free, Artown is continuing the Give $3 to Keep Artown Free campaign to solicit a few extra bucks to support this non-profit organization. The goal is to increase individual contributions so Artown can continue to present the high-caliber free programming attendees have come to expect. Here's how you can help...
- Donate at participating branches of US Bank throughout the Reno / Sparks area.
- All month at Artown produced events.
- Through Give $3 donation envelopes distributed in the Reno Gazette-Journal.
- With donation envelopes included in the Little Book of Artown.
- Online at Artown's donation site.
Artown Accommodations in Reno
If you are traveling to Reno for Artown, 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. Over 300,000 people attend Artown and Reno is busy during July with other events as well.
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