With Love From Reno, Mural, Dickerson Road

LGBTQ+ Travel Guide

Reno Tahoe always strives to be a safe and friendly destination for everyone. Here we celebrate love and the desire to pursue your most ambitious vacation goals. For us, that doesn’t just mean providing a great night out or hosting a family fun day, it starts at the foundation of our culture. The 2018 Municipal Equality Index gave Reno a score of 100/100 for its policies and inclusion of the LGBTQ community. Check it out below to see what that means for residents and visitors alike.

MEI 2018 Report

Where to Stay

In addition to the area’s TAG approved hotels, Peppermill Resort Spa Casino and Whitney Peak Hotel, our lodging properties offer a unique experience for all guests, no matter your pleasure. The downtown Reno properties include THE ROW and Renaissance Reno. Head further south and you’ll find Atlantis Casino Resort Spa on your way out to Virginia City or Mount Rose. Grand Sierra Resort is located in the heart of the city with an abundance of on-property adventure. Nugget Casino Resort is surrounded by a neighborhood of new food, drink and entertainment options. For Tahoe seekers, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe is a stone’s throw away from the lake’s famous blue water. You can check out all of the lodging properties here.

Things to Do

Events and The Arts

As you can imagine, our events are going to look a little different this year, and they are constantly changing. Please continue to check our events calendar and each event’s website for the most up to date information.

Northern Nevada Pride will take place virtually this year on July 25, 2020. It will be a two-hour online fun and engaging community event with proceeds benefiting Our Center – the local LGBTQ+ community center. Shop bigtruck online and order your Reno Tahoe Pride hat.

Artown has postponed all ticketed events, but will still host small in-person performances along with virtual events on various social platforms. This year Artown becomes “Heartown.” Visit Artown’s website to learn more about the event and Heartown.

Burning Man sadly won’t be happening in the Black Rock Desert this year, but the Burning Man spirit and artwork live year-round in Reno Tahoe.  Art pieces from Burning Man are sprinkled around Reno including the newly developed Neon Line District just west of downtown Reno or inside City Plaza located in the heart of Reno along the beautiful Truckee River.

The Great Reno Balloon Race sends upwards of 80+ beautiful hot-air balloons into the Reno skies each September. It has been one of Reno’s most colorful and spectacular events for over three decades and is a world-renowned and locally beloved community tradition.

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts hosts several Broadway productions each season during “Broadway Comes to Reno.” It is also the home of the A.V.A Ballet Theatre and showcases the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra throughout the year. Please visit the Pioneer Center’s website for the most up to date list of scheduled events.

View our full events calendar here.


Whether you’re looking for a spot to kick off the night, or seeking the perfect nightcap, Reno’s LGBTQ bars have something for everyone.

5 Star Saloon is located downtown and is Reno’s longest-running gay bar. They have a large dance floor with a stage and dance poles.

Carl’s Saloon will make you feel like you’re right at home. There are an awesome backyard patio and pool tables. They are located near the Peppermill Resort on South Virginia St.

Breweries, distilleries and wineries are popping up all around the area. From award-winning pilsners to jaw-dropping tasting rooms, there’s plenty of local taste to go around.

Check out even more of Reno’s nightlife scene.

Outdoor Activities

There is no shortage of outdoor activities in Reno Tahoe. We offer a wide range of hiking and biking trails, beautiful paved biking paths and a variety of water actives from beaching it to tubing down the Truckee River. Please keep social distancing in mind when getting outdoors and review the New Rules of the Trail.

Hiking Trails – For picturesque views of both Lake Tahoe and Washoe Valley, hike to the summit of Mt Rose, or for a more urban hike check out Hunter’s Creek or the miles of hiking trails located above Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.

Biking Trails – You can ride the Flume Trail, nicknamed America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride, or for a more leisure bike ride check out the new Eastshore Bike Path or the Tahoe Pyramid Bike Path from Mayberry Park to downtown Reno.

Water Activities – In Reno Tahoe, you can kick it pool side at your favorite resort complete with an endless supply of refreshing cocktails, or cruise the Truckee River on your favorite flotation device. With Lake Tahoe less than an hour away, you can spend your day beach side in Lake Tahoe or paddleboarding its clear waters.

additional resources

Our Center provides Northern Nevada’s LGBTQ community with access to advocacy, support, educational programs, services and resources. Their volunteers are the backbone of Northern Nevada Pride and they host smaller events throughout the year for anyone to join.

Weddings in Reno Tahoe can be as unique as your relationship. Elope or plan a destination wedding on the beautiful beaches of Lake Tahoe or find that perfect venue nestled in an eclectic neighborhood like Dickerson Road. Don’t forget the endless options for bachelor and bachelorette parties too!

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