Riverfest Reno

Make a Splash at the Reno River Festival

On Mother’s Day weekend (May 11 – May 12), downtown Reno is going to be action-packed with a 2-day festival kicking-off the summer fun in Reno Tahoe. The annual Reno River Festival has events for just about anyone and fun for everyone. The Truckee River is full and rushing through Reno, so get ready to watch world-class kayakers navigate the rapids and paddleboarders show off their skills, all while enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

The Villages

The Reno Tahoe Adventure Park

The adventure park will offer a variety of obstacles, games and challenges such as the Truckee River Zipline, Mega Rock Walls, 30′ bungee jumping, Mechanical Bull Ride, The Giant Roaring River Slide, Human Hamster Balls and much more!

Craft Beer Village

There is nothing like sipping a good beer while enjoying the sunshine, music and views of the beautiful Truckee River. Select breweries will showcase an array of beers from their breweries. A $25 ticket gets you a commemorative cup, a generous sample of each beer and a full beer of your choice.

The Summer Wine Village

There is nothing quite like the light, refreshing taste of summer packaged into a crisp glass of wine. Relax under the summer themed shaded wine village with a VIP view of the Reno River Festival’s music lineup.  Each flight option comes with a commemorative wine cup and approximately 1/2 glass (3oz) in each sample. Space and samples are limited. Get yours soon as this will sell out.

Pub n Grub Village 

All the best parties are better when you add a little bit (or a lot) of mouthwatering food. Vendors from around Reno and Sparks will be serving up their best hot dogs, tacos, burgers, fried chicken, candy and many more easy-to-eat snacks and foods.

Smuggler’s Village

Looking for something special for mom this Mother’s Day? More than 100 different shops will offer something for everyone, from handmade crafts to popular retail items. Grab a drink and snack, and take a leisurely stroll through Smuggler’s Village to find the perfect gift.

Other Activities and Events

Reno River Roll

Tour the streets of downtown Reno on two wheels… but like you’ve never done before! This casual, 7-mile ride kicks off at the Virginia Street Bridge, tours the Truckee River and finishes at the heart of the Reno River Festival. This unique tour will be lead by a live mobile band, and other participating partners, to make your experience as fun and unique as possible. Don’t forget to dress in your best costume! This event is open to all ages so bring the whole family.

Combine your bike ride with a refreshing taste of summer! After you’re done riding and exploring alongside the Truckee River, park your ride at the bike valet and spend the rest of the day sampling your drink of choice in either the Craft Beer Village or the Summer Wine Village.

Yoga in the Park 

Be one with nature and enjoy yoga in the park, presented by The Yoga Studio, both Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.


The ultimate summer kick-off party will showcase 14 awesome acts on two stages and will feature the ultimate free music experience. Presented by Custom Ink, this full-scale music festival within the Reno River Festival lets you get up-close to some of the hottest rising stars in country music.

Saturday’s headliner, FILMORE, is steadily gaining a following through engaging videos, relatable lyrics, and electric live performances. He has earned the praises of critics and music lovers alike, earning a spot on nearly every must-know list, and his songs are currently skyrocketing to the top of playlists across the nation. Filmore is the only independent artist to ever be the face of the Hot Country playlist on Spotify, one of the largest and most listened to playlists worldwide.

Sunday’s headliner, Cripple Creek Band, is a Country/Southern Rock band that has taken the West Coast by storm. They released their self titled debut album in 2015 and then released their second album, Bonafide, in 2017. The band blends top notch musicianship with high-energy performances leaving every venue wanting more!

See their full music lineup here!

Private Cabanas

Gather 25 of your closest family, friends or clients in one of the Reno River Festival Coors Light Private Cabanas to get the best view of the main stage, kayak races and the Adventure Park. This VIP experience includes a catered lunch, snacks, drinks, games and your own server.

Where to Stay

The Circus Circus and Silver Legacy are the official hotel sponsors of the Reno River Festival. Click here to view their rates.

See the full Reno River Festival events schedule here and start planning your ultimate summer-kickoff weekend!

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