On Mother’s Day weekend (May 12 – May 13), 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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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, Jimmie Allen, is one of the most talked about artists in country music right now. 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. The consensus by industry experts is that Allen is going to be big. Really big.
Sunday’s headliner, Brewer’s Grade has been delivering solid performances of 100% original Northwest Country music since 2013. Their debut album “Jumpin’ In,” which features polished and heartfelt vocals, a solid, driving rhythm section, and expertly crafted solos and fills, showcases the group’s diverse range of talent and influences, along with their ability to cross genre lines while still remaining true to their country roots.
See their full music lineup here!
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.
If you’re visiting from out of town, or prefer to be closer to the festivities on this fun-filled weekend, click here to find the best hotel rates at one of the many downtown properties located within walking distance.
See the full Reno River Festival events schedule here and start planning your ultimate summer-kickoff weekend!