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. This year, Artown’s headliner events will be taking place at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, with a variety of additional events happening at venues around Reno and Sparks. Here is just a sample of the many events happening throughout the month. We invite you to check out Artown’s complete calendar and experience all the event has to offer.
Artown kicks off on Thursday, July 1 with a performance by The Hot Sardines. This band is fueled by the belief that classical jazz feeds the heart and soul, and are on a mission to make the old sounds new again. They’ve sold out venues around the globe so you won’t want to miss the sound and energy they bring to the stage for Artown’s opening night.
Adding to the many offerings for Fourth of July festivities in Reno is the Reno Phil’s American Salute performance at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park on Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4. At 7:30 pm, the Reno Philharmonic will perform some patriotic tunes before fireworks light up the sky at dusk. This is a ticketed event so be sure to reserve your seat early!
There is no shortage of music to experience during Artown and a favorite event each year is the Monday Night Music Series. This year’s free Monday night series will include Davina & The Vagabonds, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., Time for Three and Paa Kow.
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 favorites such as Men In Black, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Princess Bride and The Devil Wears Prada. The final night will be Summer Shorts with a showing of award-winning short films. This is a free event with food and beverages available for purchase.
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 creating mosaics, painting or making a stained glass masterpiece.
Oscar-winner, humanitarian and musical icon Buffy Sainte-Marie will give this year’s Artown event a closing night you won’t soon forget. She’s written pop standards sung and recorded by Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, Donovan, Joe Crocker and Jennifer Warnes. The show begins at 7:30 at Rancho San Rafael Park.
To keep track of all the events that entice you, be sure to utilize the My Artown feature on the Artown website. No matter where your interests lie, Artown has something for everyone!
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