Thursday, March 21, 2024

Spring in Reno, 2024 - Easter Hunts & Activities, Earth Day, Cinco de Mayo, & More

*Updated 6/2/2024

Hello Everyone,

Spring in Reno, is a time of rejuvenation and outdoor bliss. With mild temperatures and blossoming landscapes, it's the perfect season to step outside and embrace nature's beauty.

However, its beauty is fleeting, lasting only about two to three months.  I always love seizing the moment to make the most of this beautiful season while it lasts.

Whether hiking in the Sierra Nevada mountains, enjoying a leisurely bike ride along the Truckee River, or savoring fresh produce at a farmers' market, spring in Reno offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature and celebrate the vibrant life of the season.
My Favorite things to do during spring:
*Admire wildflowers - you won't believe how many unique wildflowers you'll see on Hunter Creek Trail. A short drive to Carson City to the capitol building will be worth your while.  
*Seasonal foods - Engine 8 Brewery has a delicious Spicy Conductor pizza that comes with candied jalapenos and a hot honey drizzle. Sip on the flavors of spring at Old World Coffee, Star Village Coffee, Coffeebar, Pangolin Cafe, & The Lodge.
*Riverside Farmer's Market is a favorite activity year-round, especially during spring when everyone starts coming out of their caves, LOL
*Exploring open trails before the summer heat sets in. We have lots of  beautiful open trails in Reno to take advantage of. 
*Gardening - did you know that cherry tomatoes are so easy to grow and are so fun to snack on throughout summer.  Visit our rad local nurseries: Moana Nursery, Old Stone House, catch the annual seedling sale at Great Basin Co-op
*River walks are so calming. #spoiled.  A good river spot - Barbara Bennett Park. 
*A good read on a lawn & under a tree can be magical. Check out Sundance Books & Music & Barbara Bennet Park. 
*Dust the bikes off and get moving - The Tahoe Pyramid trail follows the Truckee River and runs throughout our city. It's pretty epic.
*Bird Watching - Rosewood Nature Study Center, Oxbow Nature Center, Virginia Lake Park, &Rancho San Rafael Park are all great places to find some wildlife to enjoy. 
*Movies - they can compliment the positive feelings of renewal that come with spring.  Have you watched these hits yet? - Pride n Prejudice, Big Fish, Into the Wild, A Walk in the Clouds?  My favorite theater is Galaxy Theater at The Outlets at Legends.  They have comfy reclining seats, food + beverages & promos.  Also, can't help but watch new releases IMAX style.
*Easter festivities - join in on the excitement with the whole community.  We do holidays justice.
*Plan for summer trips - Yosemite National Park is only 3.5 hours away form us.  Can you believe it? Book camp sites at least 6 months in advance.  Tioga Pass is the entrance closest to us.  Check online for latest updates on when the snow clear and the pass opens up.  Looking for a proper staycation?  Lake Tahoe is practically in our backyards.  Looking for big city life?  Sacramento is just 2 hrs. away, SF, 3.5hrs.
*Baby Animal Days at Andelin Farm - Have you ever fed baby goats with bottles and held baby chicks? You'll be thrilled by this experience. Recommended for all genders, all ages, and everyone, period.

Please check back for any updates.  
Hope you have a wonderful spring,
Kat

Ongoing Jam Sessions at Mountain Music Parlor
Mountain Music Parlor | Instagram | Facebook | Website

The ongoing jam sessions at Mountain Music Parlor are truly magical experiences in Reno. Regardless of your skill level, whether you're a musician or simply a fan of soulful music and talent, everyone is welcome to join.

Here, you can learn, create music, make friends, and nurture the musician within you. 

Set in a charming Victorian house with a rad and talented owner, Mountain Music Parlor offers quality instruments for sale, a delightful gift shop filled with trinkets and treasures, and music lessons to enhance your skills. 

It's a haven for music lovers of all kinds!

Enjoying Spring
1. Explore some trails.  
2. Admire beautiful wildflowers.
3. Spend time in the garden.  Start a patio garden.
4. Stargaze under the night sky.
5. Visit a Farmer's Market.
6. Observe wildlife (birds, rabbits, deer, bees... many animals are active during spring).
7. Enjoy outdoor dining al fresco.
8. Play mini-golf.
9. Take a leisurely stroll along the Riverwalk.
10. Go for a bike ride.
11.  Go rock climbing.
12.  Refresh your living space with spring cleaning.
13.  Enjoy a picnic.
14.  Enjoy playing your favorite instrument(s) outdoors.

Wildfires:
Last year, we were fortunate to experience minimal summer disruptions from wildfires in 2023. However, conditions can shift swiftly. It's unpredictable when fires might drive indoor confinement.  This is one big reason I love to seize every moment of spring.

Below, I've compiled events and locations that may be overlooked by a simple Google search for things to do in Reno this spring. Tickets and reservations fill up quick, so I recommend securing yours promptly for any events that catch your eye.

For more gems, I invite you to follow me on Instagram.

Thanks for dropping by. 
I truly hope you have the best spring yet.
-Katherine
 

Events
-Every Saturday @ 7pm (March 23 & 30, April 6)
Stargazing  
*Location:
Jack C. Davis Observatory
2699 Vanpatten Ave.
Carson City, NV 89703
*Lectures every 3rd Saturday of the month.
October 1 - March 3 at 6:30 p.m. 
April 1 - September 30 at 7:30 p.m.

***Weather permitting, clear skies make for the ideal days to attend.

Photo Source


-March 21 | 8pm
Crowd Work Comedy
150 North Arlington
Reno, NV 89501



-March 22 | 8pm
Step Back to the 80s Concert with the Breakfast Club
*Location:
Silver Legacy Casino
407 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501
*Tickets (discount code: YELP 2024 for 50% off tickets)
*Host - Step2
*Yelp Instagram




-March 23 
Spring Celebration
 *Location:
 7300 Rancharrah Parkway, 
Reno, NV 89509, Reno, United States
The Village @ Rancharra is a trendy and modern shopping center that has quickly become a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

While the boutiques may lean towards the higher end, the variety of eateries adds a fun and lively atmosphere to the experience.

The highlight of the center is the communal area at its heart, making it the perfect spot for hanging out and enjoying the ambiance.

*Armando & Sons
*The Waste Less Shop
*Rolled Mountain Creamery & Dorinda's Chocolates
*Hinoki Poke
*Perenn Bakery
*The Village Well
*Desert Strands
*Mari Chuy's Tequilaria & Botanas 
*Grafted 
*Nektar Juice Bar


-March 23 | 10am - 1pm
Biggest Little Egg Hunt & Resource Fair
*Location:
Boys & Girl's Club of Truckee Meadows
2680 E. 9th St. 
Reno, NV 89512
-March 23 | 7pm- 11pm
Barn Dance
*Location:
Ferrari Farms
4701 Mill St, Reno, NV 89502


-March 28, 29, & 30 | 7pm-11pm, 8pm-12am, 8pm-12am
Cruz Control Ft. Whitmey Myer Arroyo Performance
*Location:
Peppermill
2707 S Virginia St, 
Reno, NV 89502
*Website
*R&B, Hip-Hop, & Rock 'N' Roll

I'm loving this incredibly talented local band!  They'll have you on your feet and grooving in no time. When the moment arrives, go with the flow and hit the dance floor – it's going to be tons of fun!

The Peppermill is undoubtedly one of the best casinos in town and Cruz Control will be performing at their Terrace Lounge, which includes panoramic views, a chic interior, an extensive whiskey collection, proper mocktails, friendly bartenders, and all the vibes. 

Tip: Local's get 20% everyday for hotel stays, dining, bars, boutiques, and Spa Toscana.  Enjoy discounts with your Passports Rewards Card.  Get one for free at one of the many kiosks at the casino with a, I.D. or license. 

The to-go sushi from Oeano at Espresso Cafe is amazing.  And don't miss out on the delicious desserts at Biscotti's next to Terrace Lounge. 



-March 29 | 9pm
Scott Pemberton O Theory
*Location:
Cypress
761 S Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89501



-March 30 | 9am - 6pm
Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory Easter Egg Hunt
*Location:
Chocolate Nugget Factory
611 US-395, New Washoe City, NV 89704



-March 30 & 31 | 9am- 4:30pm
Spring Eggstravaganza
*Location:
Nevada State Railroad Museum
2180 South Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701 United States
*Tickets to special egg hunt (they're limiting each day to 40 participants, so don't delay in securing your tickets if interested).  Included with entry - logo bags filled with treats. $25/child, $60/3 children
*10am special egg hunt
*11am & 1pm regular hunts


-March 30 | 11am-2pm
Pictures With the Easter Bunny
*Location:
Reno Experience District
2072 Experience Avenue 
Reno Nevada 89502
*Egg hunts canceled due to rain.
*Free pictures with Easter Bunny, 11am-2pm
*20+ Vendors, food & shopping




-March 31
Heavenly Village Easter Egg Hunt 
*Location:
Heavenly Village (South Lake Tahoe)
1001 Heavenly Way
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
*Instagram | Heavenly Fire & Ice
*$5 egg hunt
*Brunch with Easter Bunny - $25 at Fire & Ice
*Build a Bunny $20
*Age Groups
5-under
6-8
9-12
Easter at Heavenly Village is a delightful experience for everyone. 

In addition to exciting egg hunts for children, you can prolong the enjoyment by exploring the village's charming shops—our family particularly enjoys browsing the sock and toy shops.

Afterward, indulge in delicious dining options or grab a snack, and unwind at one of the many inviting hangout spots scattered throughout the village.

Additional Information:
- Consider adding on breakfast at Fire & Ice and/or a build-your-own bunny kit for extra Easter fun.
- The Village has its own cinema for entertainment.
- If the main garage is full, there's a parking lot across the street next to Lake Parkway
- Egg hunts take place on a grassy area next to the gondola.

Tip: Sunday Matinee Magic shows at The Loft offer free admission for children. These shows feature a rotation of talented and entertaining magicians that are definitely worth watching. Additionally, the same building houses a lounge and bar with a cozy, dimly lit, and enjoyable atmosphere.
The walk from Heavenly Village (bottom right) to Lakeside Beach is nice and short.



-March 30 | 11 am-2:30 pm
Peter Rabbit's Pizza Workshop
*Location:
Noble Pie Parlor Midtown
777 South Center Street #100 
Reno, NV 89501
Tickets include (1) Personal Pizza + Beverage for (1) Child + (1) Adult (adults 21+ may receive an adult beverage — Let's Mull Things Over Sangria, Draft Beer, or House Wine).  Egg hunt & photo ops.



-March 30
Underwater Easter Egg Hunt
*Location 
*Address:
841 N Roop St.
Carson City, NV 89701


-March 31 | 8am - 4pm
PinkFest Tahoe
*Location:
Winter's Creek Lodge
*$70 pre-registration
  $100 Day of
*Breakfast, lunch, gift bag, awards, music, flash mob



-April 3 to May 4 | Wednesday - Thursday, 3pm-7pm; Friday-Saturday, 10am-7pm
Baby Animal & Tulip Festival
*Location:
Andelin Farm
My Blog post on Andelin Farm
*Children 2 and under enter for free, and tickets are $2 cheaper when purchased online.




-April 5-7
WinterWonderGrass
*Location:
Palisades
1960 Squaw Valley Road
Olympic Valley, CA 96146



April 6 | 9am- 12pm
Spring Into Action Community Cleanup
1725 S. McCarran Blvd Sparks, NV 89502



-April 6 | 12pm
Pond Skim
*Location:
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe


-April 8 - May 5
Monday Night Putters League
*Location: 
Flatstick Pub
4101 Lake Tahoe Blvd. #101, South 
Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
*$20 registers a team of two.  You will be given two free beers the first two weeks.



-April 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25-27 @ 7:30pm
April 14, 21, & 28 @ 2pm
The Quality of Life
*Location:
Reno Little Theater
147 E. Pueblo St. Reno, NV 89502

Nevada's longest running community theater.  I LOVE their shows. They are incredibly professional, inspirational, entertaining, and an absolute hoot of fun. 



-April 13 | 10am-3pm
Jaguar Spotlight
1265 Deerlodge Rd. Reno Nevada
*My blog post of Animal Ark
*enrichment viewings, crafts, face painting, games, & special guest Northerm Jaguar Project

Animal Ark is a rehabilitation center and animal sanctuary dedicated to caring for injured and non-releasable animals. They offer educational programs, events, and presentations year-round.  

Animal Ark's very own, Santo



-April 13 | 10am-6pm
Hands ON! Second Saturday
*Location:
Nevada Museum of Art
160 W Liberty St, 
Reno, NV 89501

-April 19 | 6pm
Art Battle
*Location:
The Generator
2450 Oddie Blvd Suite 110
Sparks, NV 89431
*12 artists, 3 rounds, 1 champion
The Generator is an exceptional organization that celebrates all forms of art. They organize incredible events year-round and foster a strong sense of community support. I love this non-profit so much.



-April 20 | 10am-6pm
Reno Earth Day
*Location: 

The Reno Earth Day celebration at Idlewild Park is an annual event in Reno that features exhibits, live performances, workshops, and children's activities focused on environmental awareness and sustainability. 

Attendees can learn about eco-friendly products, conservation efforts, renewable energy, and enjoy delicious food from local vendors. 

I love that it's held at beautiful Idlewild Park, where there's an abundance of natural beauty and ample space that enhances Earth Day celebrations and makes them more enjoyable.

At Idlewild, enjoy two playgrounds, a rose garden, mini railroad train (operates in the summer), multiple ponds, wildlife, skate park, picnic areas, sensory garden, restrooms, and more. 


-April 20 | 5pm-10pm
Cariacatures @ Saturday Night Cosplay Karaoke Prom Night
*Location:
Coffee N' Comics
1235 Baring Blvd, 
Sparks, NV 89434



-April 20, May 4, May 18, June 15, June 29 | 11am-3pm
(Every other Saturday)
Markets in The Park
*Location:
Experience District
2072 Experience Ave.
Reno Nevada 89502

"Have you heard?! RED's Market in the Park is back! ☀️ Get ready for some fun in the sun every other Saturday, kicking off next week on April 20th from 11am - 3pm. From local vendors to delicious food trucks, we've got it all covered. Send this to the person you'd want to go with! πŸ›️" -Description from Instagram


-April 20 & 21
Reno Punk Rock Flea Market
*Location:
El Sol
1580 Hymer Avenue, #120
Sparks, NV 89431

-April 21
The Ben Ghusn Quintet
*Location:
Reno Little Theater
147 E Pueblo St, Reno, NV 89502

Reoccurring event once every month.





-April 21 |1pm
MidTown April Clean Up & Planting Flowers
*Location:
Living Stones
445 S. Virginia Street
Reno NV 89501



-April 24 | 12pm-1:30pm
MidTown Lunch & Learn : Get Your Business in The Movies
*Location: 
902 South Virginia St.
Reno NV 89502
*Instagram - MitdTown District


-April 26 & 27
Biggest Little Circus Presents: Heartbreakers
*Location:
Flux Movement Lab
646 Eureka Avenue
Reno NV 89512

Please follow BLC on Instagram for updates on future shows at J Resort and The Virgil.

Biggest Little Circus is a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on enhancing performance opportunities and circus education in Northern Nevada and the Mountain West.


-April 26 to April 28
Genoa Western Heritage Days (SOLD OUT)
*Location:

Saturday Festival (free, 10am-4pm)
Cowboy Poetry
Porch Concerts
Civil War Reenactments
Native American Demonstrations
Western Vendors
Chautauqua Performers
Children's Activities

Did you know that Genoa, located one hour south of Reno, holds the distinction of being Nevada's first settlement?

I had the pleasure of discovering Genoa during their annual Candy Dance Festival a few years ago. It's a quaint and charming town that definitely deserves a visit. 

From its natural beauty to cute boutique shops, museums, restaurants, outdoor activities, charming lodging, and arguably the oldest bar in Nevada, there's plenty to explore and enjoy in Genoa.

Situated just one hour from South Reno and a short 25-minute drive from Lake Tahoe, Genoa offers a perfect blend of history, charm, and outdoor adventure.



-April 25 - May 5
Finding Nemo Jr.
*Location:
Brewery Arts Center Performace Hall
511 West King St.
Carson City NV 89703




-April 27  & 28 | 10am-5pm
Viginia City Grand Prix
*Location:
Main strip of Virginia City 
86 C St, Virginia City, NV 89440



-May 3-5 
Cinco de Mayo Celebracion
*Location:
Brewery Arts Center
449 W King St, 
Carson City, NV 89703


-May 4 | 1pm-3pm
May the Fourth Be With You 
Star Wars Day
*Location:
Coffee N' Comics
940 W Moana Ln, Reno, NV 89509


-May 4  | 4pm-10pm
May the Fourth Be With You 
Star Wars Day
*Location:
Coffee N' Comics
1235 Baring Blvd, Sparks, NV 89434


-May 4
Star Wars May the Fourth Be with You Party
*Location:
Playfield 76
150 N Arlington Ave, Reno, NV 89501
"Young Skywalkers of Reno…it is BACK! πŸš€πŸͺ Last year’s May the Fourth party was such a success, we’re doubling down, going twice as hard, and can’t wait to share this night with you! NO COVER and games on FREE PLAY until close! Come decked out in your fave Star Wars gear (lightsabers WELCOMED and ENCOURAGED!) to enter our costume contest. πŸ’₯πŸ§‘‍πŸš€πŸ‘½ We’ll have photo ops with your favorite live characters, giveaways, and food & drink specials all night long! Shake off the force to the smooth, Sithy sounds of @renotahoe_maso. This is gonna be one for the books, friends. See you Saturday 5/4 @ 8PM!" -Description from Instagram


-May 5 | 11am-9pm
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
*Location:
J Resort's Glow Plaza
670 W 4th St, 
Reno, NV 89503

"Northern Nevada's largest annual celebration of Hispanic heritage! Dancing horses, music, food, and MORE!

Get ready to fiesta like there’s no maΓ±ana at our electrifying Cinco de Mayo Festival! Join us for an unforgettable celebration packed with vibrant music, mouthwatering food, and non-stop fun for the whole family. See you there!" - Description from website.

*Tickets are $10 and available for purchase on the day of the event at the door*


-May 5 | 4pm-7pm
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
*Location: 
Heavenly Village
1001 Heavenly Way
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
*Live Mariachi, food & drink specials




-May 5 | 2pm-8pm
Cinco de Mayo
*Location:
306 E 4th St, 
Reno, NV 89512
*Instagram | The Jesse | Estella

The Jesse stands out as one of the most beautiful bars/hotels in Reno, nestled in the brewery district. Its modern aesthetic features clean lines, live plants, and elegant wood accents. A refreshing, shaded patio seamlessly connects The Jesse to a contemporary local Mexican eatery, The Estella, offering innovative twists on classic dishes—a perfect combination to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.



-May 5 | 5pm
Michael Tegio & Something Else 
band performance
*Location:
Pignic Pub & Patio
235 Flint St. 
Reno NV 89501
*21+
*FREE SHOW



-May 7 | 7pm-10pm
Reno Hip Hop Open Mic with Spoken Jams
presented by pisco one x dj nickeeze
*Location:
The Bird
555 East 4th St.
Reno Nevada 89512



-May 7
Midtown Improv Jam
*Location:
Reno Little Theater
147 E Pueblo St, Reno, NV 89502


-May 8 | 6pm
Old Time Jam
*Location:
Mountain Music Parlor
735 S Center St, 
Reno, NV 89501

"Here it is folks - the second Wednesday of the month! Time for that Old Time Music we love to get your toes a tappin’ ! Grab your geetars, banjo’s, fiddles and doohiggers and let’s make some music! πŸ˜„πŸŽΆπŸŽΆπŸŽΆπŸŽΆπŸŽΆ"
-Description from Instagram


-May 10 | 8pm
Gitkin with Carlo Show
*Location:
Lo Bar Social
445 California Ave, 
Reno, NV 89509



-May 11 | 7pm
Old School Vibes
80s, 90s, and 2000s
*Location:
Reno Public Market
299 E Plumb Ln, 
Reno, NV 89502

"This Saturday, 80’s - 90’s - 2000’s!

Come by this Saturday and EAT, DRINK, PLAY and enjoy the nostalgia of your favorite #OldSkool Music!
The best of the 80s, 90’s, and early 2000’s in the Mixx with our own #MoAyala ➡️ @moforadio

Boxing, UFC, Basketball and your favorite sports on all screens at @honeybarreno Must be 21+ to Drink BUT @renopublicmarket is a Family Friendly location and enviorment."

-Description from Sierra Event Group Instagram



-May 11&12
Mother's Day Weekend Train
V&T Railway
*Location:
Carson City to Virginia City 
(Round Trip)
-Carson City Eastgate Depot: 4650 Eastgate Siding Road Carson City, Nevada 89701
-Virginia City F St. Depot: 166 F St, Virginia City, NV 89440
Throughout the year, the Virginia & Truckee Railroad hosts numerous exciting event trains, including some highly popular ones like:

- The Polar Express (December)
- Pumpkin Patch Trains (October)
- Father's Day Trains (June)
- V & T Candy Cane Express (December)

The dedicated staff always goes above and beyond to create magical experiences for their guests.

Virginia City, where the V&T Railroad is located, is a quaint and charming town that transports you back to the "Wild Wild West" with its wooden boardwalks, historic saloons, and cowboy history. I instantly fell in love with this small city during my first visit, and the railroad was the perfect cherry on top.

For more tourist information about Virginia City, visit their website or stop by the visitor's center located at:

Virginia City's Visitor Center
86 South C Street
Virginia City, NV 89440
Phone: (775) 847-7500

Here, you can gather all the details you need to make your trip memorable, including information about lodging, attractions, restaurants, tours, shopping, events, and more.



-May 11 | 9:30-11am
Mother's Day Brunch 
*Location:
8100 Pyramid Way 
Sparks, NV 89436

Tickets (limited amount available)
My post on Andelin Farm

Notes
*14+ event 
*Fig Tree Catering | Entertainment by Gina Rose
*Vendor market to follow 11am - 6pm

Everyone who knows about Andelin Farm, LOVES Andelin Farm.  

If you're lucky enough to get a ticket to this event before it sells out, you'll have the perfect Mother's Day activity on your hands. 




-May 11 & 12 | 10am - 3pm
Petals & Pottery: Mother's Day Weekend Flower
*Location:
Wedge Ceramic Studio
2095 Dickerson Road
Reno NV  89503

"Choose from hundreds of handmade ceramic vases made at our studio and then fill your vase with flowers from our flower bar! Prices of the vases include flowers! Come make and arrangement with or for your mom, or for yourself!  This is one of favorite markets at the studio." -Description from Instagram




-May 10-12 
Second Annual Mark Twain Days Festival
*Locations:
Brewery Arts Center
Nevada State Museum
Children's Museum of Northern Nevada
Western Nevada College Library
Carson City Library




-May 12 | 9am-2pm
Riverside Farmer's Market 
*Location:
Idlewild Park
 2055 Idlewild Dr, 
Reno, NV 89509

Riverside Farmer's Market is our year-round market, home to a wide variety of amazing small businesses, including services, farmers, food trucks, crafters, bakers, and other artisans.


During major events, Riverside Farmer's Market pulls out all the stops, creating an amazing atmosphere with entertainment for adults and children alike.  


Mother's Day Boutique and Fall Festival are their biggest markets of the year, though every other market contains just as much magic.  It's really the village vibes that make this market appealing year-round.


At the upcoming boutique, enjoy live music from local musicians, participate in free classes, get the children busy with fun and engaging crafts, and treat your taste buds to an array of delightful cuisines, all while finding everything you need for an unforgettable Mother's Day celebration.


It's important to note that the market's home, Idlewild Park, is one of our biggest and most dynamic parks in Reno, worthy of a visit all on its own.  Just imagine adding a village market in the middle of all this natural beauty. 


Notes:

- I always aim to arrive early to events to secure the best parking spot, although there is a good amount available at Idlewild Park.

- For those who plan on shopping, tote bags will come in handy, or better yet, bringing a stroller (guardians) does wonders for keeping your hands free.

- If you're a fellow foodie, come to the market hungry

- Vegetarians and vegans, there are plenty of finds for you at this market. 
- This market prioritizes all things and people local, wholesome, all natural, and organic


-May 17, June 14, July 19 | 9pm-10:30pm
Stargazing in Partnership with Fleischman Planetarium
*Location:
Animal Ark
1265 Deerlodge Rd, 
Reno, NV 89508

Join us at Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary for Summer Stargazing! 🌟 Explore the night sky with UNR’s Fleischmann Planetarium on May 17, June 14, & July 19 from 9-10:30pm. Immerse yourself in celestial wonders through telescopes and expert guidance. Advance tickets are required. Stargazing tickets also grant daytime access to the park on your ticket date. Purchase tickets in the Special Events tickets tab at www.animalark.org or by calling 775-475-9626.
-Description from Instagram




-May 18 | 10:30am - 1:30pm
90s Drag Brunch
*Location:
Cafe Whitney
255 N Virginia St, 
Reno, NV 89501

"Do the same old Drag Brunch? As if!
The ladies of @hausdoesmoore are BACK for an afternoon filled with iconic performances, brunch, and as always, bottomless mimosas and signature cocktails."  -Description from Instagram


-May 18 | 9am-12pm
Plantapalooza Spring Planting Event
*Location:
Rosewood Nature Study Area
6800 Pembroke Drive
Reno NV 89502
*Host: Truckee Meadows Park Foundation
*Sponsor: Waste Management
"Our 4th Annual Plantapalooza event will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Rosewood Nature Study Area at 6800 Pembroke Dr. Reno, NV.   

The annual, spring Plantapalooza event brings together volunteers in the community to reintroduce native plants to the nature study area and help with the restoration process. Registration now open! Use the link in our bio!" -Description from Instagram


-May 18 & 19| 10am - 4pm
Chili on the Comstock
*Location:
Virginia City
86 S C St, 
Virginia City, NV 89440

"We're bringing the heat with the annual Chili on the Comstock and craft brew tour! πŸ”₯🍺 Prep yourself as chili professionals go head-to head in the International Chili Society World Finals. Want to get in on the competition? Sign up for the chili pepper eating contest now and see if you can beat the heat. πŸ₯΅ Mark your calendars for May 18-19 for the 42nd Chili on the Comstock Festival!" -Description from Instagram


-May 30 | 8pm
The Deadly Skallows Drought
*Location:
40 Mile Saloon
1495 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89502
*Instagram | Deadly Gallows | 40 Mile Saloon

"Come celebrate another year at sea with Captain Johnny Disaster and his gang of rude boys as we dance the night away to ska tunes at 40 Mile Saloon on Thursday, May 30th! Opening up we also have locals Drought!" -Description from Instagram



-June 2 
Grand Opening Celebration & Free Performance Event
*Location:
Sierra Nevada Ballet
500. E Moana Ln.
Reno, Nevada 89502



-June 4 & June 18 | 7pm-11pm
Reno Hip Hop Open Mic with Spoken Jams
*Location:
The Bird
555 4th Street
Reno Nevada 89512


-June 7-9
Reno River Festival 
*Location:

Wingfield Park

2 South Arlington Avenue

Reno, NV 89501

*Adventure park, cornhole championships, live music, craft beer, vendors, food trucks, and river activities — all in one place!

Every celebration is always better next to water.  This is a fun one. 


-June 7-9
Street Vibrations Motorcycle Rally
*Location:
Virginia City
Carson City



-June 8 
High Desert Reggae
*Location:
Nugget Event Center
1040 Victorian Ave, Sparks, NV 89431


-June 3 - 15
Reno Food Week
*Location:
Citywide 
*Promotional Partners:

-June 10
Teacher Appreciation Party
*Location
Coffee N' Comics (Reno & Sparks)
940 W Moana Ln, Reno, NV 89509
1235 Baring Blvd, Sparks, NV 89434



-June 13 | 5:30pm
Pignic Wood Craft Night
*Location:
Pignic Pub & Grill
235 Flint St, Reno, NV 89501
*Instagram | Pignic 


-June 15 | 12pm
Father's Day Pottery & Pints
*Location:
The Depot
325 E. 4th St.
Reno Nevada 89512


-June 20 - 29
Reno Rodeo
*Location:
Reno Livestock Events Center Outdoor Arena
1350 N Wells Avenue
Reno NV 89512



-July 20 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm | VIP 5:30pm | General 6:30pm
Hot Havana Nights 
Benefiting Safe Embrace
*Location: National Automobile Museum
1 Museum Dr, Reno, NV 89501
*Attire: Cuban Inspired

"All funds raised will support Safe Embrace and our mission to end the cycle of intimate partner violence with innovative intervention and prevention services."



ONGOING
Year-Round Riverside Farmer's Market (Reno)

Every Sunday 
9am - 12pm

Our unique Riverside Farmer's Market, operating year-round, was established by @premafarm, a local organic farm, with the goal of offering a gathering place for local farmers, crafters, and artisans to showcase and share their goods and services with the community.

The market offers ample open spaces for enjoying the winter sun and features tall shade trees, grassy areas, and the scenic Truckee River during the summer months.

What I adore most about this market is its strong sense of community and commitment to highlighting and supporting local talent, including crafters, farmers, artisans, bakers, musicians, food trucks, and much more.


-Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6pm
Rosewood Science Talks


I'm a Karaoke Junkee 
WITH HOST DJ Ryon
Location: 
Noble Pie Midtown
777 S Center St #100, Reno, NV 89501


Art & Ales 
2nd Saturday of Every Month starting at 1pm

"🎨🍻✨ Calling all art and beer lovers! Today is the day for Arts & Ales presented by Clay Canvas at The Brewer's Cabinet production facility ! πŸ–Œ️🍺 Bring the whole family for a day of creative fun and delicious brews. Let's paint, sip, and make memories together! πŸŽ‰" 
-Description from Instagram


No City Coffee Drawing Night
2nd Thursday of Every Month 
"Drawing night tonight at No City so come on down to West Street Market! All ages/skill levels, several people have asked if people who don’t know how to draw can of and the answer is: of course you can! If you don’t have stuff to draw with we got you covered or we recommend the good folks at @nvfinearts @nevadafinearts! Check this new cool flyer by the enormously talented and down @r0deojones! Join us and get some marks on that paper!" -Description from Instagram



Drag Brunch with the Twampsons
Every 1st & 3rd Sunday of the Month
*Location: Silver Peak Taproom
135 N Sierra St suite e, Reno, NV 89501


*Bikes or a Surrey with Tahoe Bike Company 
(South Lake Tahoe)

While other bike rental companies close during the winter, Tahoe Bike Co. remains open year-round. It's conveniently located in the bustling area of South Lake Tahoe, surrounded by shops and dining options, and just a short walk from El Dorado Beach.

During the summer, one of my favorite biking destinations is Artemis Lakefront Cafe. Here, you can enjoy delicious food, access a beach offering water sports rentals, and treat yourself to amazing locally made popsicles from Tahoe Pops.




Expedition Dinosaur - Rise of the Mammals
January 28th - May 5th
1595 N Sierra St, Reno, NV 89503

This exhibit highlights the emergence of mammals following the extinction of dinosaurs. It features numerous engaging interactive exhibits, including one where you can color a dinosaur by hand and see it come to life on a projected screen. 

Tickets to the museum also include access to the regular Wilbur D. May collection, artifacts that Wilbur collected around the world. 

For added fun, there are activities for children like dress-up, coloring pages, and screenings of "Land Before Time" next to the gift shop. Ample parking is available at the museum.

The museum is located within Rancho San Rafael Park, one of Reno's largest and most interactive parks.

Don't miss the museum's fantastic gift shop, stocked with treats and unique souvenirs from various parts of the world.

Follow the museum on Instagram to stay up to date with the latest information on new exhibits, holiday events, sales, and more.

Third Thursday Open Market @ The Generator

*Learn How to Ski & Snowboard at one of Our Nearby Local Resorts
You don't have to be a skier or snowboarder to appreciate the fantastic ski resorts near Reno. However, if you've never tried skiing or snowboarding, there's no better place to learn than here, with our numerous beautiful and convenient ski resorts.

Families with young children may find skiing or snowboarding to be a rewarding activity, as little ones often pick up the skills quickly.

I witnessed firsthand how much joy it brought my son and daughter during their first ski lesson at the start of the season. They declared it was the best day of their lives.

After taking a lesson myself, I completely understood their excitement. There's something magical about gliding down the slopes in a picturesque outdoor setting, especially when shared with loved ones.

Ski/Snowboard Lesson Recommendations for Kids and Adults
 
Discounts
Keep an eye out for special deals on passes for next season around this time. Many resorts offer them towards the end of the ski season.

Also, consider subscribing to resort newsletters to receive updates on special promotions and deals throughout the season.

Mt. Rose Buds lessons are so rad.

Other resorts to explore for more than just winter sports.

Palisades Tahoe (46 minutes from Reno)

Palisades is a year-round resort that has its own village featuring live entertainment, festivals, lodging, shops, restaurants, an incredible aerial tram ride leading to an Olympic museum, ski runs, a mini-market, and much more.

Additional activities available at the resort include snowshoeing, ice skating, tubing, roller skating during the summer months, and cross-country skiing.

For further information and a comprehensive list of activities, visit their activities & events page.

Palisades Instagram

Heavenly Village Ski Resort (1hr 20 minutes from Reno)
Ice skating rink Heavenly Village. Private lessons available for an extra charge. 

Heavenly Village stands as the premier ski resort in South Lake Tahoe, drawing in a substantial number of visitors year-round.

Known for its proximity to casinos, the beach (within walking distance), and a wide range of restaurants and shops, Heavenly Village is a favorite among tourists. However, locals also frequent the area for its lively atmosphere, stunning scenery, diverse culinary offerings, and live entertainment options.

The village is loaded with shops, activities, and dining spots.  

While lodging is available directly at the resort, there are numerous alternative lodging options conveniently located across the street, providing guests with a range of choices for their stay.

Some of my favorite activities at the Village
Ice Skating (still open for the season)
Magic show and dining at The Loft
ToySock shop, Rocket Fizz candy shop | Other Shops
Theater
Live outdoor entertainment at Basecamp Pizza

The Shops at Heavenly Village Instagram


Northstar (40 minutes from Reno)

Northstar is another fantastic option worth exploring, featuring its own village complete with shops, restaurants, and various activities.

What makes Northstar stand out:
- Convenient proximity to downtown Truckee, offering a charming strip of shops and dining options.
- A large ice skating rink for winter fun.
- An on-site cinema for entertainment.
- The ski resort hosts incredible events year-round, including a month long holiday celebration with DJs, fireworks, complimentary smores, and firepits, ice skating, and more.

Northstar Instagram

***All opinions are my own.  Information subject to change.  Some events are weather dependent.  

Photography
© Katherine Fung,
All rights reserved.

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