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Annual Reno NV Events

The Latest Festivals and More

The city hosts a number of events and festivals throughout the year and our downtown hotels are situated within easy proximity of them all. Browse annual Reno NV events below for an overview of what you can expect from this electrifying city of luck and luxury. And be sure to check back often for new Reno festivals and happenings in the downtown area and nearby.

January

February

  • Reno-Tahoe Senior Winter Games: If you are aged 50+ and have a competitive spirit for winter sports, then this year’s Winter Senior Games is for you!   Participants compete within age groups to win gold, silver, and bronze medals! 
  • Brew HaHa: This annual benefit for Sierra Arts features over 20 microbreweries under one roof with “all you can drink responsibly” beer. Over 150 types of beer will be available!
  • Valentine's Pajama Crawl: The annual Reno Valentine's Day Pajama Crawl will be the night when the joys of relaxing in your PJs will combine with partying with all the most fun people in Reno and beyond!
  • Super Bowl Parties: Super Bowl mania is celebrated right here in Reno with numerous places to cheer on your favorite team.

March

  • Monster Jam: Located at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center.
  • Reno Leprechaun Crawl: Who doesn't love to celebrate the luck and good will of the Irish, especially when over 20 bars, contests, entertainment and LEPRECHAUNS are involved!
  • Leprechaun Race: This is an easy run that the entire family can enjoy!  Two of Reno's vibrant and historic neighborhoods are showcased, Midtown and the Wells Avenue District.
  • Annual Shrine Circus: Members of Kerak Shrine in Reno, Nevada are part of an International Organization encompassing the United States, Canada, Germany, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico and the Republic of Panama. Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth with nearly 200 temples (chapters) in seven countries and thousands of clubs around the world.

April

  • Steampunk Tavern Stroll: Dress up like Victorian-era neo-futuristic sci-fi characters and go from tavern to tavern tasting libations, playing parlor games, enjoying some old-timey entertainment and even exploring the, GASP, dark arts!
  • High Desert Steampunk Expo: High Desert Steam presents the Annual Biggest Little Steampunk Expo at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, Exhibit Hall. The event attracts Steampunk enthusiasts and Burning Man participants. Costumes are admired but never required.
  • Reno Craft Beer Week: Reno Craft Beer Week is a region-wide festival for traveling beer enthusiasts and local fermentation aficionados.  Beer dinners, tap takeovers, tastings and beer education events will be offered by participating local breweries and brewpubs throughout the week.
  • Reno Jazz Festival: The Reno Jazz Festival is recognized as one of the biggest jazz festivals in the country. Since its inception in 1962, the festival and its sponsor, the University of Nevada, Reno, have hosted some of the best jazz students, musicians and educators in the country.
  • Reno Ukulele Festival: The annul Reno Ukulele Festival is one of the largest events of its kind in the country that celebrates the growing popularity of the diminutive instrument and includes evening concerts, workshops, instruction and vendor area.  Enjoy the concerts only, or purchase a daily or weekend workshop registration.

May

  • Cinco de Mayo Festival: Northern Nevada’s largest Hispanic heritage celebration for all ages!
  • Vampire Crawl: Come visit a collection of downtown’s best venues and enjoy an evening of dark pleasures with $3 drink specials, exclusive costume contests and performances and dance the night away in an atmosphere designed to bring out the dead in you!
  • Reno Sculpture Fest: FREE festival featuring 3 days and 3 nights of art, music, dance, and larger-than-life sculptures in downtown Reno.
  • Battle Born Enduro: The California Enduro Series (CES) is a for-riders, by-riders operation that is open to pros and amateurs.  A fundraiser to benefit local trail projects, the California Enduro Series kicks off in Reno, NV.
  • Reno River Festival: This spring festival, centered at the Truckee River Whitewater Park, includes adventures both in and out of the water. From kayaking to rafting, the wet and wild action never stops!
  • Gumball 3000: Supercars will line up in downtown Reno to pass under the Reno Arch, which signifies the official start of the U.S. leg of a 3,000 mile journey spanning two continents. Founded in 1999 by British entrepreneur Maximillion Cooper, Gumball 3000 is an annual international motor rally held on public roads.
  • Hot August Nights Spring Fever Revival Classic Car Show: Twist and shout your way back to the '60s & '70s for a weekend of classic cars and Rock 'n' Roll music in downtown Reno. Enjoy food and beverage booths, vendors, live entertainment, classic cars, show 'n' shine and more! Enter the Classic Car Show for a chance to win awards! Interested car enthusiasts can register cars and pick-ups that were built in 1972 and older, either American or European.
  • Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Relay Run Adventure: It's unlike anything you'll experience, lots of fun, and provides an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment and teamwork.  Ideally suited for 12-person teams, runners cover a 178-mile course that is divided into 36 legs of varying lengths and difficulty.
  • Reno Mini Maker Faire: What on earth is Reno Mini Maker Faire? Let us entice you! It is the greatest show-and-tell event/adventure in Northern Nevada! It rounds up local tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, artists, students and commercial exhibitors.
  • Reno Street Food - Party in the Park: Reno Street Food is the original weekly gourmet street food event in Reno, produced by locals for locals, but visitors are enjoyed to attend as well!  Party in the Park at Idlewild Park features over 20 gourmet food, craft dessert, beer, wine and mixed drink vendors to serve you every Friday during the Summer.

June

  • Reno Tahoe International Film Festival: Discover new talent and celebrate seasoned pros at the inaugural Reno Tahoe International Film Festival.  The festival and marketplace celebrates independent film and screenwriters from around the globe.
  • Sands Eurofest: The annual celebration is all about great European cuisine, including grilled bratwurst, chorizo Basque sandwiches and Swedish meatballs with spaetzle.  Of course, there will also be a huge selection of beers! 
  • Street Vibrations Spring Rally: After a long winter, it’s time to liberate your Harley from hibernation and enjoy a weekend of motorcycle fun and cruising down the highway!  The annual event will feature live entertainment, bike games, competition ride-in shows, poker run, more than 80 vendor booths, participant parties for registrants. 
  • Cowboy Crawl: Put on your boots and cowboy hat, then join city slickers and bona fide cowboys at the annual Cowboy Crawl.  Mosey on down to the  Nugget Casino Resort to register and pick up your crawl cups/maps. 
  • Country Crossroads: With a long history as a well-known country music venue, Nugget Casino Resort presents “Country Crossroads,” a three-day celebration of music and activities. 
  • Tour de Nez: From its birth as a tiny coffeehouse party with an impromptu bike race thrown in as pure fun, to a three venue, multi-state, multi-stage race, and now back to its roots as a downtown Reno criterium on the USA Cycling calendar for pros, aspiring pros, nationally-ranked amateurs, and the average Joe and Josephine who want to see how they do in a real race. 
  • Reno Rodeo: With 10 exciting nights of  rodeo competition, the annual Reno Rodeo is one of the premier stops on the Pro Rodeo Tour.  More than 700 contestants compete and over $2.5 million in prize money is paid out!
  • BBQ, Brews, and Blues Festival: Fire up the grills, tap the kegs and crank up the tunes for Reno's best summer kick-off party! The Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival is equal parts barbecue block party, microbrew tasting event with more than 40 microbrews from around the world and music festival with two stages featuring nonstop rock and blues.
  • Nevada Humanities Chautauqua: Join Nevada Humanities for a festival celebrating the humanities and Chautauqua throughout the month of June. The Nevada Humanities Festival features Chautauqua presentations, workshops, special events, book discussions, and more.
  • Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping: The Bob Feist Invitational (BFI) Team Roping Classic is held annually in conjunction with the Reno Rodeo - the "Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West."  This masters roping event does not disappoint as spectators are treated the world's top 100 teams, representing 23 states and Canada, compete for the coveted BFI Championship.
  • Reno Rockabilly Riot: When the streets close, the party starts!  Lots of good, old-fashioned Rockabilly fun that includes contests, entertainment, vendors and tons of cars that will make you drool. 
  • Downtown Reno Farmers Market: The popular Thursday night Farmer's Market moves to downtown Reno!  Vendors and guests alike will benefit from the huge, semi-permanent canopy located in the back parking lot at the Sands Regency Hotel Casino from 4pm to 9pm.
  • Reno Street Food - Party in the Park: Reno Street Food is the original weekly gourmet street food event in Reno, produced by locals for locals, but visitors are enjoyed to attend as well!  Party in the Park at Idlewild Park features over 20 gourmet food, craft dessert, beer, wine and mixed drink vendors to serve you every Friday during the Summer.

July

  • Artown: Celebrate arts and culture in Northern Nevada at one of the most imaginative Reno festivals, featuring dozens of mostly free events and performances throughout July.
  • Fourth of July in Reno: Watch the skies light up as bright as the assortment of downtown casinos in Reno’s July 4th celebration, taking place in Reno, Sparks, Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Virginia City.
  • Biggest Little City Wing Fest: The 3rd annual event is the spiciest, most affordable festival to hit the streets of downtown Reno. More than 70,000 chicken wing lovers (over 3 days) are expected to attend the event to sample outstanding sauces and taste top-notch wings from local and regional restaurants like:  Reno's Paulie's Pizza and Noble Pie Parlor.  
  • Region III Arabian Championship Horse Show: The Region III Arabian Championship Horse Show brings over 400 Arabian and half Arabian horses to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center to compete in a variety of classes.
  • Circus Circus 24-Hour Mural Marathon Competition: In conjunction with Artown, Circus Circus hosts an annual 24-hour Mural Marathon! Seven invited artists compete for the best mural on the side of the hotel.
  • American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament: More than 80 of the biggest sports and entertainment stars will participate in what is considered to be the country's most prestigious and richest celebrity golf event. 
  • Arch Rivals Superhero Run: Did you ever tie a sheet around you to make a cape and run around the back yard as your favorite hero? The Arch Rivals Superhero Run is like that, except its a million times better!   
  • Reno Basque Festival: The Basque culture is a big part of Reno's history and tradition.  Celebrate Basque heritage with traditional food, music, dancing, and activities at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno.
  • Superhero Crawl:  The first and largest superhero crawl in the WORLD returns with more bars, more specials and more superheros!
  • Compression! Art & Fire: It's the "hottest" show during the popular Artown and an opportunity to celebrate contemporary and emergent art.  Large-scale propane flame effects are erected around a performance state featuring music and dance. 
  • Northern Nevada Pride Festival: Build our Center proudly hosts the Nevada Pride Festival and Parade at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno.   The event celebrates Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and friends, to come together in PRIDE!
  • Reno Street Food - Party in the Park: Reno Street Food is the original weekly gourmet street food event in Reno, produced by locals for locals, but visitors are enjoyed to attend as well!  Party in the Park at Idlewild Park features over 20 gourmet food, craft dessert, beer, wine and mixed drink vendors to serve you every Friday during the Summer.
  • Downtown Reno Farmers Market: The popular Thursday night Farmer's Market moves to downtown Reno!  Vendors and guests alike will benefit from the huge, semi-permanent canopy located in the back parking lot at the Sands Regency Hotel Casino from 4pm to 9pm.

August

  • Reno-Tahoe Open: Reno’s annual PGA tournament draws numerous top-ranked players and supports a variety of Northern Nevada charities.
  • Barracuda Championship: Recognized as a favorite stop on the PGA TOUR, the Barracuda Championship is one of only 47 cities to host the PGA TOUR, and the only one offering the exciting Modified Stableford playing format!
  • Hot August Nights: It’s the largest classic car and nostalgic event in the country! Restored hot rods and sexy muscle cars give enthusiasts a first-hand experience of popular decades done by.
  • Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson: The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions® comes to Reno Tahoe to join the world’s premiere classic car and nostalgia festival, Hot August Nights.
  • Reno Gay Pride: Attendees, friends and family honor the diversity of the GLBT community.  The celebration features a great line-up of entertainers and performances on the Wingfield Park amphitheater stage.
  • Reno-Tahoe Senior Summer Games: If you are aged 50+ and have a competitive spirit for summer sports, then this year’s Summer Senior Games is for you!   Participants compete within age groups to win gold, silver, and bronze medals!
  • Reno Street Food - Party in the Park: Reno Street Food is the original weekly gourmet street food event in Reno, produced by locals for locals, but visitors are enjoyed to attend as well!  Party in the Park at Idlewild Park features over 20 gourmet food, craft dessert, beer, wine and mixed drink vendors to serve you every Friday during the Summer.
  • Reno 10 Miler: The Reno 10 Miler & Relay is a 10 mile run for individuals or a 2 or 3 person relay for teams of runners.  It starts and finishes in downtown Reno, Nevada and passes through the University of Nevada campus and other scenic and historic neighborhoods.
  • Reno Greek Festival:  Authentic Greek cuisine crafted by the members of the St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Church infuses the neighborhood with scents of oregano, olive oil and lemon. Traditional Greek dance, music, desserts, and imports create a Mediterranean atmosphere and a family friendly environment.
  • Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is a nationally televised off road racing series on a short course track where spectators watch all of the high-flying action from their seats in the grandstands.  The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is a full contact MMA fight on wheels and the Wild West Motorsports Park is the most challenging track in their series.
  • Reno Reunion Xtreme Barrel Racing: This inaugural Reno event will be the "finals" to the season-long competition of the Burns Events Barrel Racing series.  Contestants from over 10 states will compete for hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and awards.
  • CANFEST: A unique tasting festival dedicated to craft beers poured exclusively from cans.  The event features live music, entertainment, food, vendors and loads of fun!
  • Burning Man: An annual gathering of 65,000 "Burners" who meet in the Black Rock Desert of Northern Nevada to create art, exchange ideas, and participate in the burning of the Man.
  • Downtown Reno Farmers Market: The popular Thursday night Farmer's Market moves to downtown Reno!  Vendors and guests alike will benefit from the huge, semi-permanent canopy located in the back parking lot at the Sands Regency Hotel Casino from 4pm to 9pm.

September

  • Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off: The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off is not only the country’s best rib competition, but a must-attend culinary, music, craft, and family end-of-summer affair.
  • The Great Reno Balloon Race: September 6 - 8 - Each morning of this event, over 100 hot air balloons lift off from Rancho San Rafael Park, filling the sky with blobs of color in the dawn light, an incredible sight to behold.
  • National Championship Reno Air Races and Air Show:  The 52nd annual event is the only closed course pylon racing event in the world, and is the world’s longest running air race. Six different race plane classes battle just 60 feet from the ground, with the Unlimited and Jet classes reaching speeds over 500 mph!
  • CrossReno Cyclocross: The inaugural CrossReno is a USA Cycling sanctioned cyclocross event that is expected to attract more than 400 nationally and internationally ranked professional cyclists and elite amateur cyclists. 
  • Reno Pirate Crawl: Join thousands of scallywags, wenches, cutthroats & buccaneers in downtown Reno.   For only $5, revelers can purchase a commemorative cup and a map that lists the participating bars you can go to on the crawl!
  • Edible Pedal 100: The Edible Pedal 100™ is a recreational yet challenging charitable bike ride that showcases Nevada. The three beautiful ride routes feature outstanding locally sourced food.  Local farmers, ranchers, vintners, brewers, bakers, and other food artisans will be featured at the ride stops and post ride barbecue. 
  • NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity: The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity is a modern showcase for the time-honored vaquero horse training methods of the American West.  This grueling triathlon for young reined cow horse tests the skills of 3-year-old equine athletes in herd work, rein work and fence work.
  • Street Vibrations: Reported to be America's sixth largest motorcycle event, bikes of all makes and models will roll into Reno for five days of intense fun at Street Vibrations, a celebration of music, metal and motorcycles. Street Vibrations offers big name concerts, stunt shows, poker runs, ride-in shows and bike games, 300 retail vendors and the Harley-Davidson Factory display.
  • Reno Street Food - Party in the Park: Reno Street Food is the original weekly gourmet street food event in Reno, produced by locals for locals, but visitors are enjoyed to attend as well!  Party in the Park at Idlewild Park features over 20 gourmet food, craft dessert, beer, wine and mixed drink vendors to serve you every Friday during the Summer

October

  • Blue Jeans Jam: Blue Jeans Jam® is an annual lifestyle event in Reno Tahoe USA, focusing on the role of blue jeans in worldwide popular culture and celebrating their invention by - and the granting of the United States Patent to - Reno tailor Jacob Davis and his manufacturing partner, Levi Strauss & Co, in 1873.
  • Reno Celtic Celebration: Delight in Celtic activities and performances for all ages; including’ pipe bands, Scottish and Irish dancers, Celtic musicians, Highland games, Celtic critters at the animal village, kid’s games, food and drink and Celtic merchandise.
  • Oktoberfest Harvest Jamboree: Celebrate and learn about music, art, foods, games and activities, language and traditions in a feast for all senses on historic Victorian Avenue in Sparks. The cultural fair holds local crafts, activities and attractions for families of all ages, including local craft beers.
  • Eldorado Great Italian Festival:   Downtown Reno is transformed into Little Italy with a grape stomp, sauce cookers competition, wine walk, an Italian farmer’s market, kids’ gelato eating contest, Italian Buffet and incredible, free, live entertainment and vendors.
  • Reno Bites Restaurant Week: Reno Bites Restaurant Week encourages northern Nevadans and visitors to explore and patronize locally owned restaurants.  The week offers prix fix menus, specialty items and price points and exceptional food-based events.
  • ULTRA4 Nitto Tire National Championship: The same vehicles that compete at King of The Hammers in Johnson Valley, CA will be rolling into Reno/Sparks, more than 100 of them!  The course at Wild West Motorsports Park combines technical rock obstacles with short course racing, showcasing the 4 wheel-drive capabilities of all the ULTRA4 classes.
  • ICS World's Championship Chili Cookoff: The International Chili Society (ICS) selected the Grand Sierra Resort as the location of the 2015 World’s Championship Chili Cookoff (WCCC)!  It's the highlight of the year for teams, as well as thousands of "chiliheads" who follow the sport from coast-to-coast.
  • Wrangler/Professional's Choice ACTRA National Finals: ACTRA (American Cowboys Team Roping Association) is the largest non profit team roping organization in the United States. For 22 years, the National Finals have been held in Reno! 
  • No-Brainer All Zombie RunHave you ever been buried, rose from the dead, then run (or walked, or shuffled) five kilometers through a downtown urban environment with hundreds of other zombies seeking fresh, tasty brains, while thousands of people watched in horror?!  EEK!  
  • Reno Zombie Crawl: The thing about the re-animated dead is, they can’t WAIT to return! The Reno Zombie Crawl is back for an 8th year with more of what you love!
  • PumpkinPalooza: It will be tons of old-fashioned fun for the entire family.  Named a "Top 10 Event" by Food Network Magazine in 2014, festivities take place from 11:00am-5:00pm on Sparks Victorian Square.

November

  • Off Beat Arts & Music Festival: Off Beat Arts & Music Festival is a citywide arts and music festival that will showcase northern Nevada’s growing music, art and culinary scene. The four-day festival will feature all the best homegrown musical and artistic talent as well as regional bands and nationally recognized artists. 
  • Comic Con Reno: Join tens of thousands of fellow fans as they converge on the Reno-Sparks Convention Center at Wizard World Comic Con Reno to celebrate the best in pop culture.

December

  • Nevada Chamber Music Festival, presented by the Reno Chamber OrchestraPresented by the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the annual festival features eleven unique concerts showcasing world class musicians and the best in classical music, culminating with a New Year's Eve celebration.  There is no other festival of this kind during the holidays in the world.
  • Reno Santa Pub Crawl: The Santa Pub Crawl is a local charity fundraiser that benefits local schools and every year thousands of Santa’s head downtown to enjoy good spirits at the largest Pub Crawl in the West.
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