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 throughout the month of July.
Artown kicks off on Monday, July 1 with a free performance at Wingfield Park by Paul Thorn and New Breed Brass Band, whose sound is a lively mix of fun, rock, jazz and hip-hop. And if dinner and music is more your style, don’t miss Eric Anderson at Wild River Grille, part of the Summer Dinner Concert Series.
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 Dustbowl Revival, Reno Jazz Orchestra, Sammy Miller and the Congregation, and Opera Showcase with the Reno Phil.
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 basket making, learn traditional dances or create a stained glass masterpiece.
The Clay Canvas will host tile painting classes, held on various dates throughout July. Kids can take part in art camp at the Nevada Museum of Art and The Reno Improv Workshop Series 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 events than at a free concert featuring Squirrel Nut Zippers, with their quirky mix of jazz chords, folk music and punk rock leanings, at Wingfield Park at 7:30 p.m.