Reno theaters and performing arts centers add life to our community through storytelling and artistic performance. Comedy, music and plays are all accessible through the city’s many theaters and concert venues. In Reno Tahoe, you can spend the whole day at the lake and make it back in time to watch an off-Broadway play, visit a comedy club or listen to an orchestra.
The Pioneer Center for Performing Arts is one of Reno’s central venues for theater and orchestral performances. Built in 1967, the structure is most recognizable by its gold, dome roof. The center offers musical performances, plays and a variety of other shows throughout the year.
Since 1992, Brüka Theater has been entertaining its audiences with classic, contemporary, musical and original stage performances. This theater is located in downtown Reno on the corner of First Street and Virginia Street.
With its first performance dating back to 1935, Reno Little Theater is Reno’s oldest community theater. It offers several genres of plays, including comedy, mystery, drama and more. Reno Little Theater is located at 147 E Pueblo Street.
The University of Nevada, Reno brings an eclectic mix of performing arts to the city during the school year. Nightingale Music Hall, located inside the Church Fine Arts building, is home to annual festivals as well as special performances. A yearly favorite is the Reno Jazz Festival which brings talented students and renowned professional artists to perform their best classic and contemporary jazz compositions.
The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra is Northern Nevada’s largest performing arts organization, with performances for all tastes from classical to pop. Made up of more than 60 musicians, the orchestra performs more than 30 concerts each year throughout Reno, Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley. Some of their most popular annual events include Spirit of the Season, Pops on the River, Broadway on the Beach and Pops at the Ranch.
The A.V.A. Ballet Theatre is the resident ballet company of the Pioneer Center for Performing Arts, and highlights principal dancers from around the United States, as well as local and regional dancers and performers. Enjoy classics such as Swan Lake and the Nutcracker, and an array of contemporary productions.
The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts hosts several Broadway productions each season. The 2019-20 season includes shows such as A Christmas Story, Jersey Boys, An American in Paris, Waitress and more. As you can see, there’s something for every type of audience!
In addition to the Reno Chamber Orchestra’s regular-season performances, it also presents the annual Nevada Chamber Music Festival, featuring some of the finest musicians in the world. During the regular season, audiences can enjoy internationally-acclaimed musicians led by renowned conductor, Maestro Kuchar.
Each year the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival offers two productions; a traditional Shakespearean play and a modern musical selection. So, whether you choose to incorporate some of The Bard into your lake day or you want to jam along with an award-winning theatrical performance, the outdoor stage backdropped by a beautiful view of Lake Tahoe will be sure to take your breath away. The festival takes place at Sand Harbor July through August. Food and wine are both available onsite.