Summer Begins Here
May 12th & 13th, 2018

This weekend downtown Reno will transform into the ultimate summer kick-off party. Celebrating its 15th year, the Reno River Festival is taking adventure to a whole new level. 
The festivities feature food, shopping, family-friendly rides and attractions, a Craft Beer Experience, a Summer Wine Village, live music featuring nationally recognized artists, a Mother-Daughter Look-A-Like Contest, and the Reno River Roll: one of the most unique bike rides in Northern Nevada. In the center of it all, the world's top whitewater athletes take on the Truckee River Whitewater Park. 
This is your guide to one of the region's biggest events and the beginning of event season in Northern Nevada. 


The Whitewater Events  

The Truckee River is flowing full and fast and the conditions will be perfect for the Reno River Festival whitewater competitions! New in 2018: SUP Surfing, where competitors will surf the rapids of the river. Pro kayakers will also com
pete in Slalom, Boatercross, SUP Cross, and SUP Slalom, and the crowd favorite, Freestyle. The Reno River Festival is a favorite stop on the freestyle kayak circuit, showcasing the top ranking whitewater athletes in the world.World-renowned athletes will be in the water all weekend vying for as much as $10,000 in prizes.

The Divisions
Freestyle Divisions:
  • Men's
  • Women's
  • OC1
  • C1
  • Junior Men (14-18)
  • Junior Women (14-18)
Slalom Divisions:
  • Men's
  • Women's
Boatercross Divisions:
  • Cadets (Under 14)
  • Junior Men (14-18)
  • Junior Women (14-18)
  • Men's
  • Women's
SUP-Class Divisions:
  • Men's
  • Women's
The Schedule

Saturday, May 12th
  • 10am- Noon: Great Basin Orthopedic's White Water Freestyle Prelims
  • 12:30pm - 2pm: SUP Surf  Competition
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm: Great Basin Orthopedic's Freestyle Kayaking Semi-Finals
  • All-Day: Slalom Warm-Up

Sunday, May 13th
  • 10am - Noon: Slalom Kayak and SUP
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm: BoaterCross and SUPcros
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm: Great Basin's Orthopedic's Freestyle Kayak Finals
  • 6pm: Freestyle Awards Ceremony

Bigger & More Amped Up Than Ever!

This moving concert is a celebration of everything bicycle. The Island of Black and White will take you on a soulful, slow ride with a performance and a sound system that will turn heads. The lead singer will weave through the costumed crowd of cyclists as you take an unforgettable tour of the streets of Reno. 2018 features a brand new 7-mile course. The Roll begins with a party under the Reno Arch and ends in the heart of the Reno River Festival. Grab your favorite bicycle, put on your craziest costume, and get ready for the most unique ride of your life! The Reno River Roll is the official kick-off to Bike Week in Northern Nevada. It is open to all ages and all types of bicycles. 

$5 Goes Back to Your Favorite Charity

When you sign-up, you will be making a difference to a local non-profit biking organization. $5 of your registration will go to either the Kiwanis Club, the Truckee Meadows Bike Alliance, or the Reno Bike Project. It's your choice! The Reno River Festival will match the donations of whichever non-profit receives the most votes.


Register Online Before the Roll

Adult Registration - $25
Kids (7 -12 years) - $15
Kids 6 and under - Free (must be secured in bike seat or bike trailer)

The Schedule

Thursday, May 10th
  • Save Time! Pre-Check-In Event at the Eddy: 5:30pm - 8pm
Saturday, May 12th
  • Check-In and New Registrations at the Reno River Roll booth under the Reno Arch: 9am - 11am
  • Launch from under the Reno Arch: 11:30am
  • Costume Contest on the Main Stage: 3:30pm
*times are subject to change




Upgrade Your Taste Adventure

The Craft Beer Village returns set on the peninsula peak overlooking both Truckee River water channels with the perfect view of the Whitewater Slalom and Boatercross events. The Village features a true outdoor bar setting and a wide range of craft beers from New West Distributing's Craft Beer Division and a true outdoor bar setting.  

The full experience now includes a brand new Limited Release Tent set in the heart of the music festival.  The Limited Release Tent hosts the rarest craft beer options that are only available in limited quantities and for a limited time. 

Featured breweries in the Craft Beer Experience include Blue Moon Brewing Company, Saint Archer Brewing Company, Hop Valley Brewing Company, Revision Brewing Company, Lead Dog Brewing Company, and 10 Torr Brewing and Distrilling. 

Choose the Craft Beer Village or upgrade to the full experience with an enhanced ticket to The Limited Release Tent. Sample  them all to be entered into a grand prize drawing to be given away Saturday & Sunday on the main stage between 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Must be present to win.

Craft Beer Village

14 hefty samples of your choice, one full beer inside the Craft Beer Village, and a commemorative cup.

Purchase Tickets Online Before the Festival
$25 per Day
Craft Beer Village & Limited Release Tent Combo

12 hefty samples of your choice and one full beer inside the Craft Beer Village PLUS 6 samples and one full beer inside the Limited Release tent. Also includes a commemorative cup.

Purchase Tickets Online Before the Festival 
$45 per Day

The Schedule

Saturday, May 12th
  • Craft Beer Experience: 11am - 5pm
  • Grand Prize Drawing: 5pm/530pm
Sunday, May 13th
  • Craft Beer Experience:  11am - 4pm
  • Grand Prize Drawing: 5pm/530pm

The Taste of Summer

There is nothing quite like the light, refreshing taste of summer packaged into a crisp glass of wine. Relax under the summer themed shaded wine village with a VIP view of the Reno River Festival's music lineup.  Choose your flights!  Presented by Wild Tonic, the Summer Wine Village will feature a wide range of Reds, Whites, Roses, Champagnes and Sangrias.   The Reno River Festival has carefully selected specific Wines and Sangrias blends that are vast in origin and flavors that embody the refreshing taste of summer.  We're also pouring a variety of Wild Tonic Hard Jun Kombucha flavors. Meticulously brewed and impeccably crafted by hand, Wild Tonic is a naturally fermented drink made with organic raw jun culture, exotic teas, honey, filtered water, organic fruit juices, botanicals, herbs, and spices. It's low in sugar, calories, caffeine, and carbohydrates, and has an impressive profile of prebiotics, probiotics, amino acids, and enzymes. 

Choose Your Flight

Each flight comes with a commemorative wine cup and and approximately 1/2 glass (3oz) in each sample. Space and samples are limited. 

Purchase Tickets Online Before the Festival

Flight of 4: $12

Flight of 6: $16

Flight of 8: $20
The Schedule

Saturday, May 12th
  • 11am - 8pm
Sunday, May 13th
  • 11am - 5pm

The Music Festival Within 
The Reno River Festival

Presented by Custom Ink, this full-scale music festival within the Reno River Festival let's you get up-close to some of the hottest rising stars in country music.  Year after year, the Reno River Festival's Music Festival has been a launching point to Nevada's premier country music festival,  Night in the Country . Previous River Festival headliners Drake White, Clare Dunn, and RCA's Old Dominion have all gone on to perform for massive crowds on the Night in the Country stage.

The music festival also features performances from an award-winning reggae band, a local Reno band with a rocksteady/ska sound, and artists who will have you singing and dancing to your favorite songs.  The concerts in Wingfield Park are free! 

The Line-Up
Saturday, May 12th

Headliner: Jimmie Allen
On Stage: 3:30 p.m.

Critically-acclaimed artist Jimmie Allen is taking the country by storm. 
The hot newcomer burst onto the scene after dropping his EP in October, instantly winning over music lovers with his cutting-edge melodic mix of Country and rock, soulful groove, and heartfelt lyrics. Fans on digital streaming players have taken notice, pushing Allen to the top of the players' Country music playlists and beyond. His feel good song "Blue Jean Baby" reached #8 on Spotify's Viral Top 50 list, proving his cross-genre appeal. His song "Best Shot" was recently the #1 Top Spin on Pandora New Country for several weeks in a row. 

Allen was recently named one of Billboard's "15 Country Artists to Watch in 2018" and earned spots in CMT's "18 for 2018" Listen Up program and Bobby Bones' Class of 2018. He's also been featured on Rolling Stone's "10 New Country Artists You Need to Know," Pandora's "Country Artists to Watch 2018," Sounds Like Nashville's "13 New Country Artists to Watch 2018," NYCountry Swag's "2018 One's to Watch," and Country Music Rocks' "CMR Artists to Watch 2018."

The BBR Music Group artist has written a song that was featured in a Super Bowl commercial. He has also appeared in a Diet Coke ad with superstar Taylor Swift. He is currently introducing his music across the country sharing the stage with the likes of David Nail and superstar Toby Keith. He also performed in a Armed Forces Entertainment tour to Japan.

CMT calls Allen a self-made man whose story is one of the most inspiring tales to come out of Music Row in the last decade. He is sharing his story through his docu-series "Jimmie Allen All In," in which he speaks candidly about being homeless in Nashville while pursuing his dream. Allen's view on life and music: Never give up.

The Freshmakers
On Stage: 10:30am
Jessie Leigh
On Stage: 1:15pm
Island of Black & White
On Stage: 5:15pm

The Line-Up
Sunday, May 13th
Headliner: Brewer's Grade
On Stage: 3:00pm

Brewer's Grade is one of the most sought after independent artists for their unique brand of Northwest Country music. Band member Joe Smart's recent Grammy win for his work on O'Connor Band's "Coming Home" Album of the Year has led to collaborations with music's biggest names including Paul Simon and Zac Brown Band. 
Since the release of their debut album, "Jumpin' In," Brewer's Grade has continued to expand their reach with appearances on large festival stages such as Bi-Mart's Willamette Country Music Fest, as well as performances at top venues like Hollywood's iconic "Wiskey a Go Go." Along the way, they have been invited to share the region's largest stages with many of country music's biggest stars including Randy Travis, Martina McBride, Tracy Lawrence, Eric Church, Randy Houser, Steve Holy and Rodney Adkins... just to name a few.

Along with performing on the main stage of the west coast's top festivals and events, collaborating with other artists, co-writing songs, and studio sessions, the multi-instrumental band also has an independent film soundtrack credit. In recent years, the group has also been honored to serve as house band for legendary artists such as Jim Ed Brown, Stonewall Jackson, Jack Greene, Helen Cornealious, Jeanie Seely, Johnny Lee, T. Grahm Brown, TG Sheppard, Pam Tillis, and Deborah Allen.

Nate Botsford
On Stage: 10:30am
Hit Parade
On Stage: 1:00pm
Keyser Soze
On Stage: 5:00pm
Ride, Play, Bounce, and Dare

In 2018, the Reno River Festival's adrenaline-pumping Reno Tahoe Adventure Park will feature the largest collection of obstacles, rides, challenges, and games ever! The park boasts a summer carnival atmosphere with one-of-a-kind thrills for the entire family. It is vastly expanded this year with bigger, faster, and more daring rides for all ages. Whether you have little ones who like to bounce or you want to fly high above the rapids of the Truckee River, the Adventure Park has fun for everyone. 

Truckee River Zip Line
Mega Rock Wall
30' Bungee Jumping

Mega Trampoline Bungee

Much More!

Tea Cup Ride
Bounty Pirate Swing Boat
Samba Balloon Ride



The Adventure Park will feature 
carnival games where you can 
test your skills  and win a prize.






  • 5-in-1 Giant "Frozen" Bounce House
  • Mega Jurassic Adventure Obstacle Course
  • Giant "Justice League" Slide
  • Dora and Diego Playland
  • And More!
The Schedule
Saturday, May 12th
  • 10am - 5pm

Sunday, May 13th
  • 10am - 5pm
Pub N Grub Village

Presented by Smithfield, this is the largest Pub N Grub Village in festival history! Nineteen vendors will line the street cooking up the tastiest treats of the season. Whether you're craving gourmet hot dogs, hamburgers, tacos, chicken wings, ice cream, gyros, waffles, shrimp, frozen fruit kabobs, Philly cheesesteaks, milkshakes, crab, or a big piece of meat on a name it, you'll be able to get it. Let's not forget there will be plenty of libations to quench that summer thirst.

Celebrity Chef Cooking Demonstration

Smithfield Pitmaster Sterling Ball will do a live cooking demonstration on the Reno River Festival main stage. Owner of Big Poppa Smokers, Sterling Big Poppa Ball is the founder of two highly coveted competition barbecue events, "The Guinea Pig" event and "The SmithfieldĀ® King of the Smoker Invitational Competition." Sterling's Competition Barbecue Grand Champion titles include KCBS Pork Team of the Year, two-time California Team of the Year and is a past Champion of the American Royal World Series of Barbecue. He has his own line of rubs and smokers, and his rubs are featured at nationwide restaurant chain BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse.

Cooking Demonstration
Saturday, May 12th
12:30 p.m.

Featured Food

Smithfield - Good Food. Responsibly
Grilling Demonstrations and Sampling

Asian Taste
Soft Shell Crab, Garlic Shrimp on a Stick, Fried Bread, Papaya & Cucumber Salad

Barrett's Lemonade & Burgers
Specialty Burgers, Chicken Sandwiches, Chicken Fingers, French Fries,  Irish Nachos, Milk Shakes & Lemonade

Bella - Italian Cream Soda
Italian Cream Sodas - Choices of Raspberry, Cherry, Peach, Vanilla, and Strawberry

BNB Wings & Things
Chicken Wings, Chicken Tenders, French Fries, and Waffle Sticks

Brights Delights
Burgers, Curly Fries, Jalapeno Poppers, Deep-Fried Oreos, Funnel Cakes, Kettle Corn, French Fries, Lemonade

Cantina Los Tres Hombres
Specialty Margaritas

Frozen Fantasies
Fresh Frozen Fruit Kabobs Dipped in Dark Chocolate, Local Organic Ice Cream Bars, Organic Whole Fruit Smoothies

Goldilocks Snack Shack
Belgian Waffles, Sausage Waffles, Milkshakes, Iced Coffees, and Lemonade

Goodi's Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
Sausages, Pretzels, Hot Dogs, Lemonade

Hot Doggin'
Specialty Hot Dogs, Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs, and Specialty Polish Sausages

KoKo's Teriyaki
Korean BBQ Chicken Skewers, Steamed Veggies, Lo-mein, Steamed & Fried Rice, French Fries, Lemonade

Poppin' Off Kettle Corn
Lil Orbitz Mini Doughnuts and Organic Kettle Corn

Space Age Food Concessions
Corn Dogs, Specialty Corn Dogs, French Fries, Chili Cheese Fries

Super Swirl
Soft Serve Ice Cream Cones

The Baked Bear
Specialty Ice Cream Sandwiches

Top Gun Restaurant
Philly Cheesesteak & Korean Steak Sandwiches

V Concessions
Gyros - Lamb, Chicken, and Steak

Wings and Strings
Specialty Chicken Wings (Maple Bacon, Honey Garlic, BBQ, Teriyaki, Garlic Parmesan), Fresh Cut Garlic Fries

The Schedule
Saturday, May 12th
  • 9am - 6pm
Sunday, May 13th
  • 9am - 6pm
Smuggler's Village

Inside the Reno River Festival is the perfect Mother's Day Weekend shopping experience! From unique home decor, to handmade jewelry, to summer clothes, to treats for your dog...our Smuggler's Village features more than 100 vendors! In the Village, you can create a custom Reno Tahoe Big Truck hat, create your own t-shirts with Custom Ink, check out the new art by Silver State 98, get your little one's faces painted, find the best places to fish the Truckee with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, and so much more. There really is something for everyone in the Smuggler's Village.

The Schedule

Saturday, May 12th
  • 9am - 6pm

Sunday, May 13th
  • 9am - 6pm
The Cause

The Reno River Festival has once again partnered with One Truckee River to help ensure the future health and well-being of the Truckee. As the public enters Wingfield Park Saturday, May 12th and Sunday, May 13th, they will be asked to donate $1 to the cause. The proceeds will directly benefit the growth and education of the One Truckee River Project as well as the expansion and future of the Reno River Festival. 
Guests who donate $1 will receive a commemorative One Truckee River/Reno River Festival wristband. Donors will also receive a discount on Reno River Festival apparel. Guests can donate as much as they choose. 

The Reno River Festival is proud to be a part of the inaugural One Truckee River Month. 
Bike Valet

Bring your bike to the Reno River Festival! Safe and secure, the Kiwanis Bike Program will be hosting a donation optional bike valet in the heart of the Reno River Festival.

The Schedule
Saturday, May 12th
  • 10am - 6pm
Sunday, May 13th
  • 9am - 6pm
Yoga in the Park

The Schedule
Saturday, May 12th
  • 9am - 10am

Sunday, May 13th
  • 9am - 10am

Get Up and Do It!

Reno Tahoe doesn't do one dimensional. After all, this is where the nation's largest alpine lake collides with the Biggest Little City in the World. So, if you're looking for inspiration to add some spontaneity in your life, check out the action that's available here! 

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