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Artown’s July Concert Series Announced

Artown’s Summer Soiree Under The Stars series has announced an impressive lineup to look forward to this July. Watching the sun set from the amphitheater at Bartley Ranch really adds to the ambiance while listening to top performers. Tickets for this series go on sale Wednesday, April 1.

michael-sunsetWithout further adieu… here is the schedule:

Evening With Betty Buckley – July 9th: $60.00 reserved seats; $45.00 general admission lawn seating: In an award-winning career that has encompassed TV, film, stage and concert work around the globe, Betty Buckley is probably best known as the quintessential musical theatre actress.  Dubbed “The Voice of Broadway,” the multitalented artist is one of a precious few who helped change the face of musical theatre acting with her realistic, naturalistic approach to roles that run the gamut from the wife of an early U.S. President (1776), which marked Buckley’s Broadway debut, through a critically acclaimed, Olivier Award-nominated performance as deluded, silent-screen star Norma Desmond (Sunset Boulevard), a part she re-created on Broadway to equal success.  Visit www.bettybuckley.com for more information on this performer.

Vocal Band Sensation:  Home Free.  July 16:  $35.00 reserved seats; $25.00 general admission lawn seating: When country vocal band Home Free was crowned Season 4 Champions of NBC’s The Sing-Off, their victory was by no means the beginning of a career for the five country stars from Minnesota… rather it was a satisfying culmination of nearly a decade of hard work and commitment to a vocal craft growing in popularity.

Founded by brothers Chris and Adam Rupp during their college years in the early 2000s, Home Free had been perfecting their live show for years prior to The Sing-Off–performing together for crowds in countless State and County Fairs, on college campuses, in Fortune 500 companies, and in theaters all across the country. It was their experience on the road that carried them to a Sing-Off victory, swelling their fan base and bringing their homegrown country style into a national spotlight.  For more information on the artist, visit www.homefreemusic.com.

An Evening With Clint Black July 23:  $70.00 reserved seats; $50.00 general admission lawn seating: Experience the music of one of country music’s brightest stars, singer-songwriter Clint Black.  His many talents have taken him even further, as Black has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists in all the music industry. To date, Black has written, recorded and released more than 100 songs including hit such as Killin’ Time, When I Said I Do, A Better Man, Nobody’s Home and Loving Blind. For more information on Clint Black, visit www.clintblack.com

Singer-Songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter July 30:  $50.00 reserved seats; $40.00 general admission lawn seating: Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Carpenter began playing guitar and writing songs early in life, and was playing her songs in D.C. clubs before she was out of her teens. Word of Carpenter’s talents eventually reached Nashville, winning her a deal with Columbia Records, which released her 1987 debut album, Hometown Girl.

Her debut disc set the stage for the success of 1989’s State of the Heart and 1990’s Shooting Straight in the Dark, each of which produced four Top 20 hits, including the Grammy-winning smash “Down at the Twist and Shout.” Those releases were followed by the massive commercial breakthrough of 1992’s Come On Come On, which was certified quadruple platinum and yielded no less than seven charting singles.  For more information on this artist, visit www.marychapincarpenter.com.

Spend Your Spring Break in Reno Tahoe

Spring is a great way to say goodbye to the long winter and hello to sunnier days. Along with the arrival of spring, comes spring break, a perfect week to escape everyday life to ski, attend a concert, or enjoy a drink. Whether you want to spend your time with a beer in your hand, celebrating a much needed break from school with friends, or you want to take your family on vacation to have quality time together, Reno Tahoe has what you are looking for to make the most of your spring break. And with Condé Nast Traveler naming Reno, Nevada as one of the top drivable destinations with great value for spring, do you need any more reasons to make Reno Tahoe your spot for spring break?

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For those looking to party with friends:

The Reno Leprechaun Crawl is March 14, starting at 8 pm. Grab your festive St. Patrick’s Day costume and an official crawl cup to see what the downtown Reno bar scene has to offer. There will be drink specials and costume contests throughout the night. Check out more St. Patrick’s Day fun in Reno Tahoe here and festive dining options here.

The next Downtown Reno Wine Walk is March 21, starting at 2 pm along the Truckee River in downtown Reno.  For only $20, you will get a wine glass, a wristband, map of participating vendors and wine tastings from 25+ vendors.8343237391_dcd9acf843_o

The WinterWonderGrass Festival is March 20-22 in Squaw Valley. This winter bluegrass music and craft beer festival will feature 15+ brands and 12 California breweries. Headliners include Trampled by Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Elephant Revival, and more.

College Week at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is March 23-27 and March 30-April 3. With valid college ID, students can hit the mountain by getting an all day lift pass for only $62. On March 24 and 31, enjoy live music and happy hour specials after a long day on the slopes at the resort’s Locals Après Hour at the Sierra Pub.

The next Reno Beer Crawl is March 28, starting at 2 pm in downtown Reno. $5 gets you a commemorative beer crawl glass, a wristband, map of participating vendors and $1 6 oz beer refills (6 oz is equal to half a beer!!)

Other places to check out during your visit:

LEX Nightclub- Reno’s newest nightclub at the Grand Sierra Resort  is open Thursday through Saturday from 8 pm to 4 am. LEX will be hosting djs DVBBS on March 13 and 3LAU on March 21. Tickets for these events, as well as guest list and table services are available online.

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The Brew Brothers- One of Reno’s most popular downtown bars is located inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino. Every day from 2 to 5 pm is Happy Hour. Every Thursday the bar has live djs and $7 wristbands for all you can drink Brew Brother’s beer from 10 pm to midnight for Student Body Thursdays.

For those looking for some family time:

The Monster Jam will be coming to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center March 13-15. Tickets for the world’s largest monster truck tour range from $27 for adults and $12 for kids ages 2-12.

The Gold Nugget Kids Race at Royal Gorge is open March 14-16. A free obstacle course will be open on the mountain starting at 10 am for kids and adults to try out on the Summit Station Start. There will be a prize for the skier/snowboarder with the fastest race times!7304105598_bb59e456b8_o

The 68th Annual Shrine Circus will be at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center March 20-22. Bring the whole family to see elephants, exotic animals, trapeze, motorcycles, clowns, face painting and more. Proceeds from the circus will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Tickets are $12 for kids under 12 and $14 for adults.

Other places to check out during your visit:

Nevada Museum of Art- The Reno located museum is currently featuring exhibitions such as Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Paintings, Victoria Sambunaris’ Taxonomy of a Landscape, Dave Eggers’ Insufferable Throne of God, and many more. The Hands On! Second Saturdays event offers free admission for everyone to the museum and free activities like art projects and storytelling. Upcoming dates include March 14 and April 11.

Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum- Also known as “The Discovery,” this Reno located museum offers hands-on art, history, nature and science exploration for kids. Current interactive exhibits include Truckee Connects, Nevada Stories, Da Vinci’s Corner, and more. Admission to the museum is $8 for adults and children, Wednesdays after 4 pm, admission is just $4!

Get Ready for Reno’s Steampunk Weekend!

EXPO 2015 handbill 800 pxIt’s time to dust off your top hats and goggles! The High Desert Steam’s 4th Annual Steampunk Expo is coming to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center Exhibition Hall, April 18-19! The expo is back and bigger than ever! It will offer a weekend full of entertainment, dancing, gaming, art, and more. At this years event, you will see the Aether Brigade onstage and offstage, teaching workshops from Barbara Smith who has 20+ years of Contra Calling experience, Six Mule Pile Up playing music for lessons and the dance, Saturday Night Contra Dance, the Infamous Steampunk Undress, Art Cars, Steampunk Laser Tag, an Art Gallery full of 2D and 3D art, Victorian Parlor Games, Steampunk Board Games, Tea Dueling, 30+ vendors selling handmade items, classes, workshops and panels, daily fashion shows, and music! This event is open to Steampunk lovers everywhere and newbies who want to come and see what this unique culture is all about. Costumes are highly encouraged, but not required. Tickets are $15 for 2 days and $10 for one day, Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available for purchase here.  Make sure to purchase tickets early to guarantee your attendance to the expo!

STEAM15-Poster-11x17After the first night of the expo, bring the party downtown for the official after party of the Steampunk Expo! The 2nd Annual Steampunk Tavern Stroll is April 18, starting at 8 pm at 1864 Tavern in Reno’s midtown. Pick up the official premium steel crawl cup during the pre-sale, starting in mid-March, or the night of, at the start location for only $10. In addition to enjoying premium mixed drinks at six fancy taverns, crawlers can get a reading at the Steampunk Tarot tablor  and get a photo taken at the Steampunk Photo Booth! Come dressed in your finest Steampunk fashion or show off your latest Burning Man getup to participate in the costume contest! The crawl is a great way to make the most of your Steampunk filled weekend in Reno Tahoe.

Get Ready for the Year of the Goat!

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While the Gregorian New Year has already come and gone, the Chinese New Year won’t take place until February 19. 2015 is the Year of the Goat, which is predicted to be a year of well-being and prosperity. Several Reno resorts are hosting special events and dining options to celebrate the Year of the Goat.

The Eldorado Resort Casino is excited to celebrate Chinese New Year with you! The Buffet will have traditional Chinese plates on the 19th through the 24, including ginger sauce crab, five-spice shrimp, and roast duck, as well as Chinese roast pig every night. As part of the celebration the White Crane Lion Dancers will be giving multiple performances on February 14-16 and February 21-22. The Chinese Lion Dance is an important part of Chinese culture and is a tradition that has been around for more than a thousand years. The White Crane Lion Dance will make its way through the entire casino so that everyone has a chance to see. On Sunday, February 15 William So and Edmond Leung will be performing a concert a the Downtown Reno Ballroom.

Silver Legacy Resort Casino is another place to go for Chinese New Year festivities. The celebration begins a the Silver Legacy on February 15 when the entire resort gets decorated in colorful, elaborate decor, and ends on March 7. Leung’s White Crane Dance Association will be performing the Chinese Lion Dance through the Silver Legacy resort as well on February 14, 15, 16, 21, and 22. Many of their eateries will feature special Chinese menus, and Flavors! the Buffet will prepare a buffet featuring Chinese specialties every weekend during the celebration. There will also be a Karaoke show during the celebration, and Silver Legacy is also encouraging guests to attend the performance by William So and Edmund Leung in the Reno Ballroom on February 15.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa will celebrate the Chinese New Year  on February 28, with an all-you-care-to-eat buffet featuring traditional Chinese dishes and an incredible comedy and magic show starring Mike Toy. His energetic and interactive performance will keep you laughing all night long! Check out their Chinese New Year Menu here.chinese-new-year-celebration-2015

For more information on these events, please visit each resort’s website. Happy Chinese New Year!

Exhibits to Visit: January and February

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The Nevada Museum of Art has a number of unique exhibits rolling in for January and February, and they’re ones you won’t want to miss! Here is a run-down of all the exciting installations the museum has in store. Visit the Nevada Museum of art website for more information on these exhibits and their artists.

One exhibit that has been in house since September, Late Harvest, is coming to a close on January 18. This exhibit is meant to spark discussion and influence viewers’ ideas of the place of animals in culture by juxtaposing taxidermy and wildlife paintings. With almost 40 featured artists, Late Harvest will demonstrate the significance of animals, both wild and domestic, and our relationships with them throughout history.

Starting on January 17 Dave Eggers: Insufferable Throne of God features drawings and paintings accompanied by short phrases, many from the Bible, that explore the nature of wild animals. Eggers explains his thought process behind this exhibit and the subject matter by saying, “I think of what that animal might be thinking – if that animal had an antagonistic relationship with humans and was vying with those humans for the favor of a Catholic God.” In his first museum exhibition, Eggers explores the world of nature and religion in a unique way.

On January 31 Bestabee Romero: En Transito will be on display. Romero is known for her work with indigenous and folkloric designs in combination with non-traditional materials, and her installations for this exhibit will focus on transportation – both in a literal and metaphorical sense. Romero will also create an installation inspired by Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

February 7 brings us Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape. American born Sambunaris has taken a road trip across the United States every year for the past ten years to capture the ever-changing landscape. This exhibit will feature approximately forty photographs from the artist’s trips that celebrate the relationship between geology, natural history, and the growth of human civilization. Alongside Sambunaris’ photographs will be a collection of maps, journals, and records of her travels.

Next the Nevada Museum of Art will bring us No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting (starting February 14). The exhibit features paintings made by nine elderly Australian men who depicted traditions of their people by way of abstract painting.

In late February the museum will open Consuelo Jimenez Underwood: Mothers- The Art of Seeing on the 21st. This collection is inspired by land, politics, and the spirit. Underwood is known for her experimentation with the technical aspects of her art by using uncommon materials such as plastic, steel wire, and more. This unique approach is what Underwood used to create three separate series for this exhibition. One series, which was inspired by the geologic formations of Black Rock Desert, features a painting that alludes to the Mexico-United States Barrier. The artist includes nails, fiber, and paw prints to represent the migration of animals in the area. This subject of borders and barriers is a common theme throughout Underwood’s work.

Later in 2015 the Nevada Museum of Art will be producing Tahoe: Art of the Lake Tahoe Region, the first major survey exhibition of art and artifacts dedicated to Lake Tahoe, Donner Lake, and the Sierra Nevada region. The exhibition will feature more than 200 artworks from six different categories: native basketry, historical mapping and sketches, historical painting, photography, architecture of the Lake, contemporary art representing the future of Lake Tahoe, and publication.

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions!

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Happy 2015 Reno Tahoe! Every 365 days we take a few hours to celebrate the start of a new year, which brings promises of change and the chance to rebuild and reinvent ourselves. Many people embrace this opportunity by making New Year’s Resolutions, but the majority of resolutions are broken or forgotten soon after the celebration has died down. We searched for a few common resolutions and are here to help you stick to them!

  1. Exercise more. Fortunately, we are situated in the perfect area to keep up with this popular resolution. With such a beautiful environment right outside our homes, getting your heartrate up outdoors is easy! Hiking is a great way to get some exercise and take in the wonderful Nevada scenery. The trek up Mt. Rose is a popular one, and the 6 mile trail is tough but the view from the peak is worth it. For an easier hike, the Glacier Meadow Loop is a .5 mile trail through the Tahoe National Forest dotted with informational signs that explain the role of glaciers in shaping the landscape. Opt to hit the slopes for an exercise that makes you forget that you’re actually exercising. Skiing or snowboarding is the perfect way to get exercise in the colder months, and it’s so much fun that you won’t mind that its hard work. Head up with friends or family to make it even more enjoyable. Biking is another exercise option that allows you to take in the nature of our area. Cruise around the Riverwalk District and along the Truckee River for an easy and relaxing ride, or visit Northstar California for mountain biking trails, races, and clinics and camps for bikers of all levels.
  2. Eating healthy. With the recent shift in Reno’s focus from casino boom to small and local comes more healthy food options. In the past few years we’ve seen many local shops and restaurants that focus on locally sourced, organic, natural, and/or seasonal ingredients that make eating healthier deliciously simple. Great Full Gardens is an eatery that caters to those with specialized dietary needs (such as vegan or Paleo), and their menu features items from local vendors, farmers, and their own greenhouse. Their menus, which cover breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between, are made up of fresh, healthy food options that everyone will enjoy. Laughing Planet Café is a quick-service restaurant that offers nutritious food to “heal your body, mind, and spirit.” Their core principles focus on being environmentally conscious, eco-friendly, and obtaining organic products whenever possible. At The Studio yoga, massage, and wellness center you will find The Seed, which is a raw café that serves a purely organic and gluten free menu. They use local ingredients whenever possible to provide customers with organic juices, smoothies, salads and more.
  3. Learn/ try something new. Every year Reno Tahoe has an incredible lineup of events that will educate participants and inspire you to step outside of your comfort zone. If you’re looking to expand your knowledge on a specific subject or just to attempt something you have always wanted to do, there is always a way to discover something new in our area. The Nevada Museum of Art has guided tours throughout the year for groups and individuals led by trained docents who will educate visitors on permanent and temporary exhibits throughout the museum. The NMA also offers a number of talks given by scholars, writers, and artists on a variety of subjects, as well as workshops for seniors, and hands-on activities to encourage visitors to make art themselves. The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum is not just for kids! They have seminars on various grown-up topics throughout the year like the science and technology that goes into creating our favorite movies (January 31, 2015). For those who are interested in something a little more out of this world, visit the Fleischmann Planetarium & Science Center for exhibits on various topics such as meteorites and NASA projects. They also show educational films such as Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions, Seasons of Light and Seasonal Stargazing, and Pink Floyd’s The Wall music and lights show.

For any ambitious resolution go-getters who are looking to make your resolution solution work double-duty (like getting more exercise AND learning something new at the same time), many of our local ski resorts are recognizing January as Learn to Ski & Snowboard month! To celebrate this movement resorts are offering great deals on first-timer ski and snowboard lessons all throughout the month of January, so its the perfect excuse to get out there and meet with an experienced trainer. With many different learning environments such as one-on-one or group lessons at a number of our unique resorts, Learn to Ski & Snowboard month will have something for everybody! For more information on resort offerings and what you can do to boost your snow skills, please head to our Ski & Board blog post!

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The Eleventh Nevada Chamber Music Festival Begins!

We’re just hours away from the first concert in the 11th annual Nevada Chamber Music Festival!

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Tickets are still available for all the Festival concerts. Purchase them online, or by calling the RCO office at (775) 348-9413. You can also buy tickets at the door starting 45 minutes before each performance.

The best in music get underway tonight at 7:00 at Nightingale Concert Hall, in the Church Fine Arts Building at the University of Nevada, Reno (1335 N. Virginia Street – click here for directions). Husband-and-wife pianists Robert Levin and Ya-Fei Chuang will present an exciting Festival-opening duo recital with music by Schubert and Rachmaninoff.

Tomorrow – Saturday, December 27 at 7:00 p.m. – go to Nightingale Concert Hall for “The Concertmasters of Berlin and Los Angeles,” featuring Noah Bendix-Balgley of the Berlin Philharmonic and Martin Chalifour of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This will be a unique opportunity to hear the concertmasters of two of the world’s greatest orchestras!

Come a little early Saturday evening and enjoy a free pre-concert talk/festival preview featuring Theodore Kuchar, Festival Artistic Director and violist, in conversation with Chris Morrison. It gets underway at 6:15 p.m. inside Nightingale Concert Hall.

Of course there are many outstanding performances to follow on the 28th through the 31st. Read all about them at our website, where you’ll also find program notes, performer bios, and morNCMF 2012 Lenz Atapine Weiss smalle.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Grand Sierra Resort

Top off your New Year’s Eve with the RCO by joining the Festival musicians and fellow music lovers at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino for our Post-Concert Dinner-Celebration, which gets underway right after the Masterworks Concert No. 4 the evening of Wednesday, December 31. Cost is $110 per person. A package featuring tickets to both the Masterworks Concert No. 4 and the Post-Concert Dinner is also available for $135 per person. Deadline for Dinner signups is Monday, December 29 at 9:00 a.m. To find out more about the Dinner or to purchase tickets, call the RCO office at (775) 348-9413.

Christmas Wonderland Dazzles this Holiday Season

The Eldorado Resort Casino is ringing in the holiday season with one of London’s biggest Christmas shows. From the producers of “Spirit of the Dance,” the Eldorado Showroom presents “Christmas Wonderland” – a holiday extravaganza of pure Christmas magic through Dec. 27.

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Guests will be taken on an unforgettable Christmas journey in this glittering, dancing and singing seasonal spectacular. “Christmas Wonderland” is an enchanting holiday show with a dazzling costumes, breathtaking scenery and the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole.

The audience is invited to sing along to Christmas classics including White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Santa Clause is Coming to Town and many more.

Get into the holiday spirit with “Christmas Wonderland” in the Eldorado Showroom through Dec. 27. Tickets start at just $25.95, children 12 and under from $19.95 with dinner and show packages available from $35.95. For more information on show times and tickets call 800-648-5966 or visit www.eldoradoreno.com.

Are You Ready To Party Like It’s 1864?

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The Nevada Museum of Art is hosting a steampunk-themed celebration this Saturday, November 1, in honor of Nevada’s 150th anniversary. The celebration starts at 3:00pm with Honest Abe’s Imagination Celebration street festival. Enjoy live music by The Novelists, Tyler Stafford, and Six Mule Pile Up to get you in the steampunk spirit! The festival will take place on Hill Street (outside the museum) between Liberty and California, and will be filled with retail stands and food vendors along with the live music. Cheers to Nevada’s 150th birthday and sip on Nevada-themed drinks at 1864 Tavern. The street festival will close at 8pm and admission is free for all guests. 1864 Tavern will also be hosting Abe’s post-party at the end of the night.

After you enjoy the sips, sights, and sounds at the street festival, be sure to head inside the Nevada Museum of Art for the big event: Honest Abe’s Imagination Celebration. The party, which is part steampunk ball and part carnival, will celebrate our state’s “visionary spirit” and “grand re-imagining of the future through the wondrous lens of the past.” Guests can view the original Emancipation Proclamation, which has been lent to the Nevada Art Museum from the National Archives for just this weekend, in honor of this event. All guests are encouraged to dress in costume (The Nevada Art Museum says “think Civil War meets Jules Verne meets the wild subconscious of a boyhood Lincoln.”). Need a costume? Several local businesses can help you find appropriate attire, such as PolyEsther’s, Junkee Clothing Exchange, Melting Pot World Emporium, and Neon Dragonfly. Tickets are on sale now and include complimentary treats and desserts. This Imagination Celebration begins at 7:30pm and goes until 11:pm.

Visit the museum’s website for more information on this once-in-a-lifetime event!

E ‘tempo di festa! It’s time to party!

Ciao Reno!

The Eldorado Great Italian Festival is right around the corner! For 33 years the Eldorado has hosted an authentic celebration of Italian culture, and this year is going to be nothing short of fantastic. The festival typically takes place over Columbus Day weekend, but the Eldorado is getting a head start with a new wine and food event and Italian dinners in the buffet starting October 6. This new addition to the schedule of events allows guests to celebrate all week long.

On October 9 the Eldorado will debut a new Italian wine and food pairing event, Vintage Eldorado. This new event will feature Italian food stations, Italian wines, and Italian beer and spirits to sample and enjoy. The event will also include a silent auction to benefit the Boys & Girls club of Truckee Meadows. Ticket prices include a Riedel stemless “Swirl” wine glass souvenir to use throughout the event. October 11 and 12 are the days when downtown Reno will be transformed into Little Italy. Here guests can take on a grape stomp, taste sauces in the sauce cookers competition, stroll on a wine walk, shop at an Italian farmer’s market, cheer on a kids’ gelato eating contest, get their fix at the Italian buffet, and enjoy life free entertainment the entire weekend.

The fan-favorite sauce cook-off will take place throughout the holiday weekend each afternoon starting at 2p.m. Guests can enjoy different sauces brought from West Coast Italian families, which can be found at the pasta booth on the corner of 4th and Virginia streets. If you can’t wait for the weekend, The Buffet will feature an extended Italian menu starting Monday the 6th until Thursday the 9th and an Italian Seafood Feast on Friday, October 10. Here guests can enjoy traditional Italian meals, snacks, and desserts throughout the week to get in the Italian state of mind.

For a full schedule of events and prices go to http://www.eldoradoreno.com/reno-events/Eldorado-Great-Italian-Festival/.

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