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Summer Events & Attractions in Reno 2010


Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Relay Run Adventure, June 4-5, 2010
This relay run is a mighty challenge at 178 miles. Traveling through the Sierra Nevada, along the shores of Lake Tahoe and circling back through the Northern Nevada high desert, the relay is divided into 36 legs of varying lengths, difficulties and altitudes. Each runner completes three legs of the course over two days. Contact 775-825-3399 for details or visit

Street Vibrations Spring Rally, June 4-6, Sparks, Nevada
All the excitement of Street Vibrations condensed into one weekend in Victorian Square in Sparks. Concerts, VIP Parties, Ride-In-Show, Poker Run, Bike Games, Bike Competition, Cruises, Parade, Vendors and food & beverages will create a great mini Street Vibrations Rally. Participants will experience the thrill of touring Virginia City, Carson City and Lake Tahoe, in ad¬dition to the Reno and Sparks area. Call 775-329-SHOW (7469) or visit for more information.

America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride, June 6, Lake Tahoe Horizon Casino Resort
The 19th annual event has built a reputation for not only its spectacular scenery, but also its great food and support. Boat Cruise/35-Mile Fun Ride, 72-mile ride around the Lake, and full 100-mile century are offered. This ride promotes Lake Tahoe Bikeway, the plan to build and interconnect bike lanes/trails around Lake Tahoe, and is the culmination of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America's National Team in Training spring fund raising program. 3000 participants. Start and Finish at the Lake Tahoe Horizon Casino Resort.  Call 800-565-2704 or log on to for more details.

Octanefest, June 10-13, Fallon, Nevada
Octane Fest is a four-day PowerHouse Jamboree packed with Rock Crawling, Arena Rock Racing, Mud Drags, Truck & Tractor Pulls, Tuff-Cross (Arena Enduro Racing), Motocross, Tuff-Truck and topped off with Grand Marshal Jeff Ward, Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Johnson and other amazing drivers behind the wheels of SuperLite trucks that will catch huge air on the custom built track. In addition, at the nearby Top Gun Raceway you can watch the Lucas Oils NHRA Drag Racing, the Rattlesnake Raceway Dirt Track they will hold the IMCA Modified races and the Hurricams host one of the areas largest show and shines at Oats Park.

Geocaching High Tech Treasure Hunt, June 12-13, South Lake Tahoe
More 100 prizes will be hidden all over South Lake Tahoe. Join hundreds of others as you explore South Lake Tahoe on this exciting high-tech treasure hunt. GPS Receivers and a downloadable Passport Clue Book will guide you to your prizes. Photos:
Northstar-at-Tahoe Tour de Nez, June 17-19
The 18th annual Tour de Nez is part of USA Cycling’s national race series comprised of 33 events throughout the United States with participants earning points toward individual national ranking. The schedule includes a Masters and a Pro race along with an expo area and live music. It’s the ultimate celebration of all things cycling, and is fun for the entire family! As the 2007 Overall Champ said, "This race is awesome, the others are stupid."

Reno Rodeo, June 17-26, Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center
The Reno Rodeo is now a 10-day event in its 90th year and is a PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) sanctioned sporting event which brings top professional cowboys from around the world to compete in one of the richest rodeos on the PRCA.
Reno Rodeo is a non-profit organization made up over 350 volunteers. Over 120,000 fans will be in attendance for the 4th richest PRCA tour rodeo. According to the Reno Rodeo Association, the event impacts the Reno-Sparks area economy with $40 million going to hotels, casinos, restaurants and retail. The Reno Rodeo has been nationally televised on CBS Sports, Fox Sports Net, Versus, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Classic.

Lake Tahoe Wooden Boat Week and Concours d’Elegance, June 18-20
A weeklong celebration of classic wooden boats and a chance to be a part of Tahoe’s classic history, the 38th annual Concours d’Elegance is a two-day competitive and educational event offering various social events presenting participants an opportunity to show off and enjoy their wooden boats with the spectators, while the remainder of the week is filled with social gatherings and competitions.

Wrangler World’s Greatest Roper, June 20-21
The Wrangler World’s Greatest Roper is one of pro rodeo’s most unique events and is patterned after the highly successful Wrangler Timed Event Championship - the event is a true all-around test of roping skills. Each contestant is required to complete in all three roping disciplines: tie-down roping, team roping heading, and team roping heeling. All totaled, each of the 20 invited contestants will rope 12-head of stock over two days with the top five roping an additional 3-head to determine the event champion.

Artown, July 1-31
Artown brings the outer reaches of imagination to the center of attention in a calendar noted by the National Endowment for the Arts as one of the most comprehensive festival offerings in the country. Each July, Artown asks all who will to leave the beaten path for arts unknown, to join with distinguished artists from down the street, across the country, and around the world for a month-long celebration of cultural diversity and artistic innovation. To experience the best and the latest in visual, performing and humanities arts-more than 350 events, all counted-from those who want nothing more than to entertain, to inspire, and yes, to impress the 350,000 people that experience our festival annually.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, July 10-August 22
Live music set against the magnificent Lake Tahoe backdrop at Sand Harbor is a winning combination, so this year we welcoming back our Music Series. This series was created because we wanted to provide a completely different type of entertainment experience at our beautiful lakeside amphitheatre at Sand Harbor State Park. Get ready to dance in the aisles every Monday and FRIDAY night to everything from the Reno Philharmonic, blues, jazz, Latin rhythm, classic 70's rock, and Soulchestra, beginning on July 12.

The Air Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships, July 14-18, Sparks, Nevada
The Air Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships, presented by ROCKSTAR is a five-day-long pro-am wakeboard and wakeskate contest. The top wake athletes in United States will compete for national titles in 20 different divisions, separated by age and skill level. The results from the Nationals will also determine who will represent the United States at the 2010 WWA Wakeboard World Championships in August."

Hot August Nights, July 30-August 8, Reno
Recognized as the largest classic car and nostalgia festival in the United States, this event is back for another year of celebrating a simpler time that embraces America’s love affair with cars and rock n’ roll. Featuring thousands of classic cars, cruising, show-n-shines, free concerts featuring top entertainers and music of the 50’s & 60’s, The Silver Car Auctions, Prom, Sock Hop, the HAN Swap Meet, Sunday Parade and much more, this event promises to be the best of the best for car enthusiasts and fans of the past.

Lake Tahoe 24 Adventure Race, July 31
Defined by both the incredible beauty of the Sierra and Lake Tahoe, the towering peaks of the High Sierra, and the scenic valleys, this area is one of the world's most famous sporting playgrounds. The region has an almost endless variety of spectacular mountain biking trails, adventurous hikes and, of course, waterborne activities on the "Big Blue" - Lake Tahoe - one of the largest, deepest and purest alpine lakes on earth.

Reno Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering, August 20-21

Burning Man, August 30 - September 6, Black Rock Desert
Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada's Black Rock Desert (also known as "the playa") to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever.
Even considering going to Burning Man for the first time can be daunting. And while it's true that Burning Man is not for the faint of heart, with some research, preparation, and planning, an experience -- and opportunity -- beyond your wildest dreams awaits you. In Black Rock City, you're guaranteed not to be the weirdest kid in the classroom. And you'll become a part of the growing community of Burners who are active year-round, around the world ... ensuring that the fire of Burning Man culture never goes out.

Virginia City International Camel Races, September 10-12
In true Virginia City spirit, the Camel Races began as a hoax. Camels were introduced to the American frontier as pack animals, and were brought to the Comstock to carry salt and general supplies. As Virginia City grew and the V&T Railroad took over the drayage chores for the area, the sometimes disagreeable and smelly animals were turned loose in the hills, and eventually disappeared. Bob Richards, late editor of Lucius Beebe's "Territorial Enterprise," wrote a fictitious account of the city's "Camel Races" in 1959, and followed up the next year with an editorial announcement of the upcoming races. Local residents, wise to this form of humor which dates back to the tall tales of Mark Twain and Dan DeQuille, early "Enterprise" reporters, watched the first real race that year. The San Francisco "Chronicle" took up the challenge thrown down by Richards; and movie director John Huston charged to victory in that first race on a camel borrowed from the San Francisco Zoo. In 1962, Ostrich Races were added to the event, and in 1987 Virginia City took the competition to its sister city, Alice Springs, Australia, and added "International" to the title.

The Great Reno Balloon Race, September 11-13
Always held the weekend after Labor Day, this event features three days of a mass ascension of over 100 of the nation’s top hot air balloonists competing in multiple competitions for a prize purse. A trademark of the race is the Dawn Patrol that takes place before the sun rises and provides an amazing spectacle as balloons glow, twinkle, and fly against the dark sky. A comprehensive selection of food, crafts, art and souvenirs awaits spectators along with wonderfully uplifting music to complement this celebration of flight.

National Championship Air Races, September 15-19, Reno Stead Field
The world’s lon¬gest running air race is the only place where you can see five days of real air racing among six classes of aircraft that reach speeds of more than 500 miles per hour. The event also features military static and historic airplane displays along with jaw dropping aerobatic ex¬hibitions. While enjoying the races, spectators can visit the pits and watch race teams work on the airplanes, get autographs from their favorite race pilots and browse hundreds of vendor booths and take pleasure in a wide variety of food and beverages.

Genoa Candy Dance, September 25-26

Reno Pub Crawls
Sure, a friendly rendezvous at the local pub is a good time, but when you add outlandish costumes, a good time becomes an unforgettable one.
If you’re in Reno on the 4th Saturday of the month, you will inevitably, and luckily, enter the wacky world of the Reno Pub Crawl. A few times a year, Reno really spices things up with themed crawls that include thousands of people dressed in their best Santa-inspired suits, or Superheroes trying to save the world one drink at a time, in the dorkiest costume possible. From Super Mario Brothers to Captain Hook - anything goes. Or if you prefer the dark side, join the beer-thirsting vampires and zombies.


Truckee River Whitewater Park Expansion (Sparks)
The year-round downtown Reno Truckee River Whitewater Park at Wingfield offers adventure in the heart of the casino and arts and culture districts.  The $1.5 million park is more than 2,600 feet long and beckons kayakers, rafters, swimmers and water enthusiasts to test out the class 2-3 rapids and the 11 drop pools, providing easy access for kayaking maneuvers with a consistent supply of fresh water. The success of the first element of the Truckee River Whitewater Park is now followed by a second installment of whitewater adventure. The City of Sparks has constructed a whitewater park at Rock Park. Along with pools for kayaking, tubing and rafting for all skill levels, the improvements include riverbank landscaping, shade structures, play structures, parking and better access for people with disabilities. The river trail system will also be rerouted. The nearly $900,000 contract was awarded to Reno Tahoe Construction, Inc., and was opened to the public in summer 2009.
The new Triple A baseball stadium serves as the anchor of an $81 million ballpark district that includes the recently unveiled Freight House District that brings new retail, business and entertainment options to downtown Reno. The ballpark is home of the Reno Aces, a Pacific Coast League team.

The Nevada Museum of Art is the only accredited art museum in the state of Nevada, and it is in the heart of downtown Reno. With accreditation, the Museum joins the ranks of other significant institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Just 5 percent of all museums in the US earn AAM accreditation.

The National Automobile Museum in downtown Reno was ranked one of the best 16 car museums in the world Autoweek. Located along the banks of the Truckee River in downtown Reno’s Riverwalk District, the Museum’s 105,000-square-foot building is home to more than 200 antique, vintage, classic and special interest vehicles. It is a great location for special events and banquets in a most unique setting.

Of course, in a short 45-minute drive, visitors can head to beautiful Lake Tahoe to take in the breathtaking scenery, dine in any of the lakeside restaurants, hike, ski or sit along the lake’s crystal blue waters.

West Street Market (Reno)
Downtown Reno's new West Street Market is designed to serve as a gathering place that will provide a unique experience centered around food, friends, shopping, entertainment and demonstrations. The 8,494-square-foot indoor market is in the heart of the Riverwalk District. The outdoor plaza includes a circular fireplace and will serve as a gathering place for various vendors, artists and entertainment. Weather permitting, every Wednesday night the market features an "Eco Market" produced by Nevada EcoNet, every Friday night will feature an "Artist Market" and Saturday mornings will feature a Farmer’s & Chef’s Market.

The Legends at Sparks Marina (Sparks)
Legends at Sparks Marina is Northern Nevada’s premier Outlet Shopping Destination. Located along the shores of Spark Marina just off I-80 at Exit 20 (Sparks Blvd), the center is anchored by Scheels, the world’s largest all sports store (240,000sf) and features an indoor Ferris wheel, NASCAR simulator and fudge shop! The Legends at Sparks Marina features unique themed restaurants and top name brand outlet stores including Kenneth Cole, Michael Kors, Adidas, Gymboree, Nine West, Osh Kosh B’Gosh, Forever 21, BCBG Max Azria, Ann Taylor, Jones New York, Nike, Volcom and more. Legends features exquisite landscaping, fountains and fireplaces along with unique artistic sculptures representing famous Nevada Legends.
The Summit (Reno)
The Summit lifestyle center is located at the intersection of U.S. 395 and the Mt. Rose Highway. The Summit opened in March 2006 and features 70 stores and restaurants, many of which are exclusive shopping and dining options in the Reno Tahoe region. A 16-screen Century Theatres complex was added in May 2007. Centered around great shopping and food, the Summit features flowers, fountains, patios, and fire pits for a fun shopping experience for the whole family.

California Ave, in Reno, nicknamed "Cal Ave", has its own official district recognized by the City and its own merchant’s association. It is a mix of businesses and residences with a lot of history. It is home to an array of locally owned retail outfits and provides some of the most unique shopping in Reno.

Outdoor enthusiasts have a variety of stores to choose from, including REI, Sportsman’s Warehouse and Cabela’s, known as the World’s Foremost Outfitter ® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, found in a 150,000-square-foot facility.


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