Greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe is an events mecca. Visitors come from all around to enjoy some of the world’s most unique and diverse events around art, sports, culture, and just plain fun!
Hot August Nights is the premiere classic car event in the world, annually drawing more than 800,000 spectators and participants to northern Nevada to revel in nostalgia, enjoy top entertainers from the 50s and 60s and participate in a variety of events including show-n-shines, controlled cruises and more.
Every Labor Day weekend, the John Ascuaga’s Nugget Best in the West rib competition and festival attracts thousands of visitors for six days of amazing ribs (from all over the country), arts & crafts, music and more.
Artown, recipient of five consecutive National Endowment for the Arts grant awards, brings the arts to life in Reno each July with a packed calendar of events. Artown captures the imagination and brings with it a celebration of distinguished artists from around the world, across the country and those that live in our community all for the sake of cultural diversity and artistic innovation.
The July 2012 calendar brought nearly 500 events, more than 100 workshops and over 30 ongoing programs. In 2011, more than 300,000 visitors attended Artown.
Held every September just north of Reno, the National Championship Air Races have become an institution for northern Nevada and aviation enthusiasts from around the world. In the past ten years, the event has attracted more than 200,000 spectators annually. The event features six racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civil flight demonstrations.
The Great Reno Balloon Race is the largest free hot air ballooning event in the United States. During three days in early September, you can look up into the Reno skies and see a rainbow of hot air balloons soaring about. From its humble beginnings in 1982 with just 20 balloons, The Great Reno Balloon Race has taken flight with more than 100 balloons each year.The Balloon Race has won many awards over the years including ‘Best Special Event in Reno’ and ‘Best Special Event in Northern Nevada’ with an average of 150,000 spectators attending the event each year.
The 14th annual Reno-Tahoe Open at Montrêux, an official PGA TOUR event, takes place at Montrêux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nev. The tournament is one of just 47 full-field stops during the PGA TOUR Regular Season and is part of the FedExCup series, a points competition for PGA TOUR professionals. The internationally-televised event brings in millions of dollars in coverage for the Reno-Tahoe region through its affiliation with The Golf Channel as it follows 132 PGA TOUR professionals competing for a share of the tournament’s $3 million purse.
Now in its ninth year on the Truckee River, the annual Reno River Festival takes place at downtown Reno, Nevada’s Truckee River Whitewater Park at Wingfield, just steps away from hotels, dining, shopping, cultural attractions and 24-hour gaming and nightlife venues. The festival includes open freestyle, boatercross and stand up paddle boarding competitions, slalom kayaking, a free kick-off party and concert in the park, an outdoor expo featuring food, drink and outdoor products of all kinds, the “Run Amuck” mud run and costume contest, yoga in the park and live music all weekend long. It also added two new events in 2012: a Splash Dog Competition and the Biggest Little Dog Jog.
Street Vibrations Motorcycle Festival is a celebration of music, metal and motorcycles. Street Vibrations offers tours, live entertainment, ride-in shows, stunt shows and more to more than 50,000 biking enthusiasts. This event is so big, it rocks at several locations throughout the region. Major event venues are planned at Reno, Sparks, historic Virginia City, Lake Tahoe and Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson Dealership. Rides to what Mark Twain called “the fairest picture the whole Earth affords”, Lake Tahoe – provide unparalleled entertainment. Flirt with Lady Luck during poker walks and runs. It’s HOG heaven!
The “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West,” the Reno Rodeo is a 10-day event. The Reno Rodeo is a PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) sanctioned sporting event. Reno Rodeo is a non-profit organization made up over 400 volunteers. Over 140,000 fans will be in attendance for the 4th richest PRCA tour rodeo. The Reno Rodeo has been nationally televised on CBS Sports, Fox Sports Net, Versus, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Classic.
Visit the Reno Tahoe USA website for a full list of the best events in Greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe.