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Reno is Artown


One of the largest arts and cultural festivals in the country happens right in the heart of the “Biggest Little City.” Artown is a month-long summer arts festival spanning the entire month of July dedicated to inspiring our community through all that the arts have to offer. The festival features approximately 500 multidisciplinary events produced by more than 100 organizations, businesses and local art partners. 72% of the festival is offered free of charge, creating an unstoppable sprawl of authentic experiences that enrich our community. Visual art, music, dance, poetry, theater, gallery exhibits, historical walks and much more, the festival encompasses every arts discipline to make sure there is something for everyone. Artown brings people together and uses the arts as a platform to enhance our community and market Reno as a viable arts destination.

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Number of Events:

Artown hosts more than 500 events each July.

Free Events:

Designed to inspire audiences and showcase all that the arts have to offer, Artown presents a series of free, culturally enriching performances each year. Sixty-eight percent of Artown’s programming is free to the public and includes Festival favorites: Rollin’ on the River, Dancing in the Park, Discover the Arts, Movies in the Park and the American Songbook Series.

Ticketed Events:

In addition to its free series, Artown strives to produce top artistic events featuring phenomenal national and international talent. In 2007, featured headliners included American Ballet Theatre, Hell’s Kitchen Dance with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Herbie Hancock and Pink Martini. Tickets for the 2008 headline performances will be available online at in May 2008.

Family Events:

Monday brings the family spirit to life with fun-filled performances ranging from music to marionettes, all held in Wingfield Park.

Multicultural Events:

Each summer, Artown presents a virtual cornucopia of multicultural performances, events and celebrations including "A Celtic Summer’s Eve," the "Food for the Soul" World Music Series, the Basque Festival and GospelFest, to name a few.

Youth Outreach:

A total of 3,385 children in the Reno area participated in the Festival’s "Discover the Arts Series" in 2007. Additionally, more than 400 youth from disadvantaged and at-risk neighborhoods participated in workshops from Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT). Known around the world for its work with children, MCT is internationally renowned for utilizing an entertainment format to foster enrichment and education. Artown dance workshops also allowed young dance students the opportunity to learn from dancers in American Ballet Theatre and Diavolo.


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