The locals here have a saying and it is, "Reno is Artown"! Award two Access to Artistic Excellence grants by the National Endowment for the Arts and recipient of numerous “Best Of” awards by the Reno News & Review, Reno's annual Artown festival entertains crowds each year during the entire month of July with over 400 performing and visual arts events at more than locations and continues the cultural vibrancy with an Encore series October through April featuring nationally recognized headline artists.
Burning Man is much more than just a temporary community. It's a city in the desert, dedicated to radical self-reliance and radical self-expression. Make Reno your Pre- and post base camp and experience the art of Burning Man flowering from the playa with striking sculpture, installations, performance, theme camps, art cars and costuming.
Great Basin Chautauqua
Each July, The Nevada Humanities Committee presents Great Basin Chautauqua. Chautauqua is entertainment for the entire family; a marvelously entertaining history lesson and certainly one of the highlights of the summer arts & culture scene. Chautauqua, a program where humanities scholars portray historical figures, is a combination of entertainment with education in an out-of-doors, community setting. The format involves the characters introducing themselves to the audience, sharing their life stories with anecdotes and quotations from their writing, and then answering audience questions. Answers come from the character and are based on the scholar's perspective and study.
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
For 35 years, people have spread out their blankets on our pristine beach with wine and cheese, and enjoyed the Bard at his best. The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, at Lake Tahoe's Sand Harbor State Park, is an exciting way to enrich your summer vacation or the perfect evening escape from ordinary city life. If you've never visited the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival before, or if you're a seasoned veteran of our performances, 2007 is set to be a wonderful year as we're proud to announce Romeo & Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew and Greater Tuna; our first contemporary, non-Shakespearean play in our summer line-up.
Lake Tahoe Chautauqua
If you haven't yet experienced Chautauqua, Lake Tahoe Chautauqua is certain to make you a life-long fan. Chautauqua, a program where humanities scholars portray historical figures, is a combination of entertainment with education in an out-of-doors, community setting. The format involves the characters introducing themselves to the audience, sharing their life stories with anecdotes and quotations from their writing, and then answering audience questions. Answers come from the character and are based on the scholar's perspective and study.
Lake Tahoe Music Festival
Audiences of all ages will be delighted by the summer-long Lake Tahoe Music Festival Each Summer the festival offers a wide variety of programs, including classical, pops, Broadway, bluegrass, swing, blues, and jazz played in gorgeous, mostly outdoor locations around Lake Tahoe.
Reno Jazz Festival
The University of Nevada, Reno is proud to sponsor the Reno Jazz Festival, known as one of the finest jazz festivals in the world, bringing together some of the best and brightest young talent in the country. Each year the festival hosts jazz students and scores of jazz educators, mentors and superstars who conduct clinics and competitions during the three-day event.
Reno Celtic Celebration
To most people, Scots compete by throwing big rocks and telephone poles around. They can’t figure out why grown men in plaid skirts would act this way, but there is more to these antics than meets the eye. These are serious athletes. Visitors to the Celtic Celebrations get to see this firsthand as the athletes competed in events like; Putting The Stone (Regular Style & Standing Style), Scottish Hammer (12 lbs for women, and 16 or 22 lbs for men), Weight For Distance (14, 28, 42 & 56 lbs), Weight For Height (28, 42 & 56 lbs), and the Caber (length and weight varies depending on class).
Oktoberfest is a celebration of Bavarian culture with a focus on German food, beer, arts/crafts, and music. The event will feature a 5,000 square foot indoor/outdoor Biergarten with an array of Bratwurst, weinerschnitzel, lederhosen, and plenty of German beer on tap, a Kindergarten area for children of all ages to enjoy a hay maze and pumpkin patch, and a Craftgarten will run up and down Victorian Avenue featuring 80 arts and crafters from the western region of the United States.