Typically during the month of July, Reno is Artown but this year’s event has a special twist as Artown becomes “Heartown.” Even though we can’t gather like we normally do, we can still celebrate the role art plays in our hearts, lives and communities. So this year, we invite you to take part in some of the many virtual and intimate in-person events taking place during the month.
The Opening Night Virtual Extravaganza on Wednesday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. kicks off this iconic summer event with a spectacle of sight, sound, song and dance. Enjoy personal messages and performances from artists such as Keb’ Mo’, March Fourth Marching Band, Shelea, Vertigo Dance Company, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., Ensemble Mik Nawooj and more. Tune into the 2-hour special on Nevada Sports Net or stream it live on the Nevada Sports Net website.
Children can take part in this virtual experience, featuring 23 artists and educators teaching art classes and doing performances. These programs will range from discovering augmented reality to ballet or the banjo.
Every night during the summer, Wild River Grille, located in the Reno Riverwalk District, offers live music on its riverside patio. Enjoy an evening of fresh air, good music and delectable food.
Every Friday during the month of July, you can enjoy an evening of free films under the stars at the West Wind El Rancho Drive-In. In the theme of the usual Movies in the Park series, the drive-in will be bringing well-known and well-loved classics to the big screen.
One of Reno’s favorite breweries, The Brewer’s Cabinet, has created a crisp, Vienna-style brew to celebrate Artown. This refreshing beer pairs perfectly with summer in Reno! The Artown Silver Lager label features artwork by Mexican artist Ivette Valenzuela, Artown 2020’s poster artist.
Other notable Artown events include Art Walk Reno on July 2, The Inaugural South Virginia Plaza in Midtown Celebration on July 18, Virtual Pride on July 25 and Midtown Burning Man Parade on July 30 – just to name a few. Visit Artown.org for a full list of virtual and in-person events happening throughout Reno and Sparks.
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