Reno/Sparks is home to the Reno/Tahoe Open, Hot August Nights, Reno Rodeo, Reno
Championship Air Races, Great Reno Balloon Races, The National Bowling Stadium,
and Shakespeare at Lake Tahoe and the home of The Reno Aces AAA Baseball Team.
Other events include Cinco de Mayo Celebration, The Great Italian Festival and
Street Vibrations and the counter-cultural festival, Burning Man held in the Black
Rock Desert 90 miles north.
The arts are alive with
the area's own Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and the annual UNR Jazz
Festival. One of the area's most successful events is ARTown, which has grown in
to one of the largest visual and performing festivals in the country because of
the events that take place during the entire month of July.
Reno/Sparks/Tahoe's natural beauty and its distinctive four season climate combine
to offer almost every type of recreational activity.
The majestic Sierra Nevada
mountains form the western boundary of the Truckee Meadows features Alpine and
Nordic skiing at 18 major resorts. Fishing, sailing, swimming, hiking, biking,
camping and horseback riding are all exceptional and less than half an hour away
in the numerous mountains or desert lake surrounding the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area.
For event location and details, visit Visit Reno Tahoe
Reno Winter Bachata
The Reno Winter Bachata is a Latin dance festival with workshops taught by
professional instructors, night parties with hours of social dancing featuring
some of the best Latin DJs, and an evening showcase, where dance couples and teams from all over the nation entertain the audience with their energy and creative
USA BMX Silver Dollar Nationals
The USA BMX National Series is the most prestigious national series in the sport
of BMX racing and kicks off with the season opener in Reno. Catch exciting race
action - and it's FREE to spectators! You can practically feel the adrenaline in
each race when 8 riders line up, poised for the start gate to drop, then blast at
a full sprint towards obstacles, big jumps (and big air), steep backsides, deep
turns, and downhill sections that add up to massive speeds.
Rahlves Banzai Tour - Wall Banzai
The Rahlves' Banzai Tour is the world's premier big mountain freeski meets ski /
boarder-cross event on the planet! Taking place at four Lake Tahoe, CA resorts it's head to head action four at a time, top to bottom, down a wide open course over natural terrain and snow conditions. This is the ultimate test of ski and riding skills.
Reno Tahoe Senior Games
The Winter Senior Games is a program dedicated to promoting and implementing
fitness programs and activities for people 50 years and better. Some of the winter activities featured in the Senior Games include: Baggo, Ice Skating, Hockey, Bowling, Cross Country Skiing and Ski Racing.
Looking for an alternative to all the lame Valentine's events? The 5th annual
Valentine's Vampire Crawl is back to put a bite back into the holiday everyone hates. Pick up fangs and costumes when you pre-purchase your cups!
Snowfest North Lake Tahoe
Every spring since 1982, North Lake Tahoe comes alive with ten fun-filled days and nights, jam packed with events and activities for all ages. This year, the annual favorites will be back, along with a host of great new ones!
USHRA Monster Jam
Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. For tickets call 800-745-3000 (Ticketmaster) or tickets may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com
Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival and St. Patrick's Day Parade
In March, the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry & St. Patrick's Day Parade features
marching leprechauns, green attractions, and a Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry.
Nature Valley U.S. Alpine National Championships
The Nature Valley U.S. Alpine National Championships will return to Squaw Valley
Resort for five days of elite ski racing.
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.
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.
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.
Reno Film Festival
If you are a film buff, be sure to attend the Reno Film Festival. Enjoy four days
of films, competitions, workshops, parties, and celebrities.
Cinco de Mayo Festival
Victorian Square in Sparks is the scene of this two-day celebration. Featured
entertainment will be La Internacional Sonora Show and Latin music.
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.
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.
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.
Northern Nevada's celebration of arts and culture features events and performances throughout July. Admission to most events is free.
Sparks Hometowne Farmer's Market
Nevada's oldest certified farmer's market in Victorian Square features more than
100 booths, cooking demonstrations, and live entertainment. Every Thursday in July & August, except during Hot August Nights.
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.
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.
Legends 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 State Fair
Our State Fair is a classic event; livestock, carnival rides and corn dogs. This
is good old-fashioned family fun.
Great Truckee River Duck Race
Picture thousands of yellow rubber duckies floating down the Truckee at Wingfield
Park and you get the idea. Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Nevada is the recipient of donations to this fun event.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nevada's own official state holiday fosters community spirit with a parade in
Carson City and numerous other events to celebrate Nevada's heritage.
Eldorado Great Italian Festival
Downtown Reno becomes Little Italy during this exuberant event. Enjoy great food
from old family recipies, accompanied by music and a grape stomping contest. This family-friendly event is lots of fun.
Reno Celtic Celebration
Bartley Ranch Park becomes the Scottish Highlands for this yearly celebration.
Highland games, Irish dancing, bagpipes
Veterans Day Parade
The parade marches through the heart of downtown Reno and honors those who have sacrificed to protect our country. ROTC units, marching bands and flag-waving citizens turn out in force.
Crafts for Christmas
This annual holiday gift marketplace features more than 100 craft and gift booths,
Santa Claus, cooking and cocktaildemonstrations, floral arranging demonstrations, kids activities, and much more. As always, admission and parking are free!
Sparks Annual Hometown Christmas Celebration
It's how we kick off our holiday season. Come downtown for a traditional Christmas
parade along with entertainment, photos with Santa, arts and crafts and a tree lighting ceremony. Tree lighting ceremony on December 6 and the parade on December 7. Enjoy great Christmas shopping (and get out of the cold) at the Hometowne Craft Fair in the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center.
Christmas on the Comstock Parade of Lights
This historic community hosts an early evening Christmas parade in which the
floats and marching bands must incorporate lights. It's a celebration of the holidays with a hometown ambiance. Take a step back in time in Virginia City! Once a vital settlement between Denver and San Francisco, Virginia City influenced the entire country. During its boom, proceeds from mining amounted to millions of dollars (which would equate to billions today).
For event location and details, visit Visit Reno Tahoe
Best Regards, Kelly