Reno Events

Reno EventsHot August Nights
Vintage cars, live music and nostalgic 1950s and 1960s memorabilia rock Reno every August in the country's largest classic car festival. The mega-event kicks off in South Lake Tahoe, then takes over downtown Reno, a variety of local casinos and spreads out to neighboring Sparks, all in the spirit of celebrating classic cars, rock 'n roll and drag racing. Registration for the classic car show is limited to 6,000 cars, but tens of thousands of people attend the raucous event each year. Adults and children alike will delight in the event's sock hop, "show 'n shines," controlled cruises, live concerts and abundant refreshments.

The area's reputation as a haven for all things motorized extends beyond the Hot August Nights car event to other festivals such as the Street Vibrations Spring Rally. The rally happens each June in nearby Sparks and features motorcycles galore, live entertainment, poker runs, motorcycle games and competition ride-in shows.

Reno Rodeo
For nearly 90 years, cowboys and cowgirls of all ages have relished the fun and competition of the Reno Rodeo. More than 140,000 people and 400 volunteers converge in Reno for the 10-day event that is touted as the "Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West." Each year, the rodeo receives more than 1,000 professional athlete applications for the event's nine performances. Team roping, a parade, a children's rodeo, a drill team competition and a businessman steer decorating event are just a few of the activities offered at the event sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Festivities begin with the exciting Xtreme Bulls tour.

Sporting Events
For those who prefer more active events, Reno has plenty to offer. At the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Relay Run Adventure teams of 12 runners trek a 178-mile course that runs from Tahoe to Reno and back again.

Kayakers and other outdoor adventurers enjoy the annual Reno River Adventure each June and includes live entertainment and competitions in slalom kayaking, freestyle and "boatercross."

Other active Reno events include the Reno 500 off-road race, Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, the U.S. Open of Watercross, Triple A All-Star Game, Reno Air Race and Tour de Nez-Vada.

Celebrating the Arts
Artown is Reno's preeminent art event lasting the entire month of July. At more than 100 venues around Reno, Sparks, Lake Tahoe and Virginia City, music, dance, visual arts and theatrical performances take center stage. In all, nearly 500 events are held during Artown, including workshops, performances and tours. It is considered one of the nation's most extensive art festivals.