Just east of Reno, Sparks offers a variety of epic events and attractions, top shopping and delicious dining options, and larger-than-life public art pieces entwined with a unique history. Discover all the things happening and plan your perfect day in Sparks.
Located in the heart of downtown Sparks, Victorian Square has transformed into a top location for entertainment, dining, arts and iconic events. Take a walk on the art side in Victorian Square in downtown Sparks to explore the Sparks Art Walk, a curated collection that regularly rotates and features large-scale art installations by local and regional artists. Stroll through a self-guided tour or join a guided tour every third Thursday of each month. Soak in Sparks’ rich history by visiting the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center. Their changing gallery features unique displays of the arts, sciences, history and diversity of the region and its people. Stop for a local brew and a bite to eat at Great Basin Brewing Company, the oldest operating brewery in Nevada. Opt for their popular brew option, the Ichthyosaur IPA (“Icky”), along with beer-infused items from their menu.
Reno-Sparks’ water park, Wild Island Family Adventure Park, boasts a multitude of year-round family fun. Make a splash at the water slides and wave pool or enjoy smooth sailing on the lazy river. Embrace your inner child with go-karts, arcade games, and miniature golf, or strike out in bowling. At Wild Island, there is something fun for everyone.
Located at the Legends at Sparks Marina, The Outlets at Legends is a mecca of shopping, dining and entertainment surrounded by a fresh, upscale outdoor setting. Explore the outlet shopping experience with a collection of retailers, or shop the world’s largest all-sports store, Scheels, when you can find essentials for all things adventure. Show off your best ninja jump with the entire family at DEFY Sparks, an indoor trampoline park experience or catch a movie while enjoying luxurious amenities at the Galaxy IMAX theatre.
Enjoy leisurely outings, outdoor activities and views of the Sierra Nevada mountains at the Sparks Marina. Fuel up for a day on the water by kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding, rest and relax with a locally-brewed coffee from Lighthouse Coffee, or enjoy casual fine dining with a waterfront setting at Sparks Water Bar.
In representation of Sparks’ established and growing dining scene, get a taste of the top 50 places for dining, according to Yelp Reno’s curated collection guide. Listed as a Yelp Top 100 restaurant for two years in a row, Carlillos Cocina offers authentic Mexican dishes for breakfast and lunch. Enjoy an upscale dining experience at Anthony’s Chophouse inside the Nugget Casino Resort. Great Full Gardens features a menu filled with healthy options, featuring items from local vendors and farmers. Savor classic barbecue meals, Southern sides, plus homestyle breakfast options at BJ’s Nevada Barbecue.
Sparks takes special events to a whole new level every August and September. Victorian Square shifts into high gear for Hot August Nights as car and music enthusiasts alike pay tribute to restored hot rods and exquisite classic cars. Enjoy the country’s best grilling competition during Labor Day Weekend as the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook Off transforms the Nugget Casino Resort and Victorian Square into a must-attend, end-of-summer event.
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