Reno is so many things – a snowy winter wonderland and a relaxing summer getaway. A host to the Reno Rodeo, Hot August Nights, Street Vibrations, and many other uniquely Reno events. In July, Reno transforms into a full-fledged celebration of arts and culture, because among many things, Reno is Artown. With more than 500 events taking place during the month of Artown, and most of them free, it can be hard to choose which events to attend. Here’s a sampling of events happening between June 30 and July 31.
Artown kicks off in dramatic fashion on Sunday, July 1 with performances by BANDALOOP, The Colin Ross Band and Los Lobos. BANDALOOP is a perspective-bending dance troupe who will turn the dance floor on its side as they weave physicality, choreography and the art of climbing at City Plaza. Following BANDALOOP’s performance, Los Lobos will bring their powerhouse mix of rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B blues and traditional Spanish and Mexican music to Wingfield Park for a free concert, open to all ages. The Colin Ross Band, featuring piano, electric, acoustic, 12-string and slide guitars, bass, drums and more at Village Green. The show is free and concert-goers can enjoy food and drinks available for purchase.
Adding to the many offerings for Fourth of July festivities in Reno is the Reno Phil’s American Salute performance at Wingfield Park. At 7:30 pm, the Reno Philharmonic will perform some patriotic tunes before fireworks light up the sky at dusk. The event is free to the public and food will be available for purchase.
From concerts parks to amphitheaters, and concert halls to bookstores (and beyond!), there is no shortage of music to experience during Artown. A favorite regular event each year is the Monday Night Music Series at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch. This year’s free Monday night series will include We Banjo 3, The Hot Club of San Francisco, Tumbledown House, Bria Skonberg and Marcia Ball.
Grab your beach chair and pack a picnic for Movies in the Park, each Friday night in July at Wingfield Park, starting at 9 p.m. This year’s series includes classic favorites such as Mean Girls, Footloose and The Sandlot. The final movie of the series, on July 27, is a secret screening but we know it will be something everyone will love.
For those looking for hands-on learning, the art-filled month has so much to offer. You can find workshops to try your hand at being a DJ, learn traditional dances or tie-dye a wearable masterpiece.
The Clay Canvas will host a tile painting and firing workshop called Fun Four Color Challenge, held on various dates throughout July. Kids can take part in acting and classes at Arts for All Nevada, and The Playground: Improv Workshop is a beginner-friendly introduction to the world of improv.
Check out the full calendar of all the workshops taking place this year!
There’s no better way to close out a month of free events than with a free concert featuring Raging Fyah, a new generation of roots, rock reggae music straight out of Kingston, Jamaica at Wingfield Park at 7:30 p.m.