What better way to kick off the start of spring than with America’s favorite pastime? Reno’s own baseball team, the Reno Aces, is back! The highly anticipated 2015 season starts April 9 with an away game against Albuquerque and the home opener game on April 17 at the Aces Ballpark, also against Albuquerque. The Aces season runs until the first week in September, with plenty of opportunities for you and your family to see the Reno stars do what they do best.
Catch the players before they head out of town for their first game, at the annual Aces and Nevada Wolf Pack exhibition game. This game is on April 7 at 6:05 pm at the Aces Ballpark. This tradition brings together the Aces professional players with the university’s all-star team and is a great chance to see Reno’s two favorite teams come together on one field. Tickets for this game are offered online at regular price or at the Reno Aces Ticket Office and the University of Nevada Ticket Office for a discounted rate. All proceeds will benefit the Nevada Dugout Club, which benefits the University of Nevada baseball team.
Upcoming themed nights at the Reno Aces include:
April 18: Fleece Blanket Giveaway- be one of the first 1,000 people through the Rotunda Entrance and get a free blanket
May 16: Star Wars Night- the Aces host Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion and Mandalorian Mercs
May 29: Pink in the Park- the Aces players and coaches wear pink in support of women affected by cancer and proceeds will benefit charity
June 5: Military Appreciation Night- A special night paying tribute to the US Military
June 29: Dog Days of Summer: Bring your dog to the stadium, special ticket required
For a detailed schedule and information on tickets, visit the Reno Aces website.
First day of spring is officially Friday. Thrillist just named the region as one of “The 13 Destinations You Absolutely Need to Visit This Spring” (picks span the entire world), but don’t just take their word for it, test it out yourself. Time to warm up to new activities in the area with the changing seasons…
‘SUP Lake Tahoe
Flirt with Lake Tahoe until it’s warm enough to jump in and paddleboard. The lake lays pretty flat before the waves of crowds hit in the summer. As your paddleboard navigates the harbor’s iconic rock formations, watch fish hunt for breakfast more than 50 feet below the surface.
Spring Skiing Capital
Salutable après ski outings and goggle tans will be of plenty. Spring skiing in Reno Tahoe is one big party (touted as the best in the world), and the pond skims aren’t to be missed. The mountains are calling for you to join the fun…
Dog Days of Spring at Sparks Marina
Sparks Marina’s impressive landscaped and roam-friendly dog park offers “man’s best friend” a real treat – at the doggie snack shack after working up an appetite swimming and rolling around in the grass.
Go wild on the golf course
Time for your back swing to warm up along with the weather. Try Wildcreek Golf Course – their hole 17 brings mesmerizing views mixed with challenging terrain.
Reno is Blossoming
Literally. Cherry blossoms in Washington DC, meet your match. Take a stroll along the Riverwalk and you’ll see what we’re talking about.
The “Reno Loop” was highlighted this week by Yahoo! Travel as one of their 7 Most Amazing Under-the-Radar Road Trips in the U.S., and a couple weeks ago, you might remember Condé Nast Traveler listing Reno Tahoe on their 5 Drivable Destinations Offering Great Value This Season. Road tripping to and around Reno Tahoe is wheeling across the nation, so here a few tips to get your car and ideas rolling this way…
From Yahoo! Traveler…
The Vibe: If you’ve conquered Route 66 or just want something a little different, try the Reno Loop, with tons of activities for sporty and adventurous types.
Along the way: Kick off the drive with rock climbing at Whitney Peak Hotel, a new property sporting the largest artificial rock-climbing wall in the world. You can’t miss it — the wall is on the side of the hotel. Next, take Nevada State Route 431 to Incline Village on the shore of Lake Tahoe. Stop and get in a hike (or go skiing in the winter), play some tennis, or go sailing. For those feeling more frisky, there’s an unofficial nude beach just south of the area. Jump back in the car and take Nevada State Route 28 to Stateline, where Heavenly Mountain Resort’s activity center at the top of the gondola includes a zipline and rope courses. From there, head to the town of Genoa from State Route 207 to Route 206. The tiny town is home to Genoa Bar, one of the oldest in the state, where an iron safe is filled with a collection of decades-old bras. Continuing to U.S. 395 through Carson City until U.S. 50, take State Route 341 (which turns into 342) to Virginia City. Mark Twain once lived here as a reporter for the Territorial Enterprise newspaper. The 19th-century mining town still retains wooden boardwalks and Victorian-era buildings — hop on a rail tour to get the full retro effect. Virginia City is also chockfull of ghosts, so check out haunted sites like The Washoe Club Haunted Museum, Piper’s Opera House, or the Silver Queen Hotel.
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.
Without 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.
After a long winter, the Animal Ark reopens its doors to visitors March 28 for the spring season! The Animal Ark is Reno’s non-profit wildlife sanctuary and educational center that provides a home for life for wildlife that have been injured, abandoned or are otherwise non-releasable. The sanctuary is truly unique to our area and a great place for animal lovers to check out when they visit Reno Tahoe.
Here are 4 great reasons to visit the Animal Ark this season:
- The educational opportunities- The Animal Ark is a great place to see and learn about wildlife in a new setting. Employees have extensive animal experience and knowledge to share with those who visit the site and are ready to answer any question you may have. The Animal Ark educates tens of thousands of children and adults every year and visitors of all ages can learn something new. Visitors learn about the animals through the educational tours and special programming events.
- The events- The Animal Ark hosts a variety of events for visitors to attend throughout the season. The events are a great way to see the animals up close and in action, and make great photo-ops. Upcoming events include Pinatas and Predators on May 2, see the predators break open boxes filled with treats, Cheetah 500 on May 24, see cheetahs run at top speeds around the run field completely off-leash, CSI: Animal Ark on July 11, be a Cat Science Investigator and receive hands-on training for identifying feline characteristics, and more. The full details of these events, and more can be seen on their website.
- To make your own contribution- You can personally make a difference in the lives of the animals and with the Animal Ark sanctuary through a number of ways. If you would like to make an in-kind donation, the Animal Ark is always in need of things like food, such as raw meats (except pork), apples, raisins, raw nuts, rolled oats, brown rice, and more, Simple Green, peroxide, and chlorine-free bleach, glass cleaner, folding sandwich bags, heavy trash bags, postage stamps, copy paper, office supplies, AA batteries, and Dogloos or crates in good condition. If you are more of a hands-on type of person, you can volunteer your time with the sanctuary. They are always looking for people to help as docents, wildlife educators, facility maintenance, animal keeper/educator, and on the ambassador team. If prefer to make a monetary donation, you can do so through their website.
- The animals- And of course, the animals are the best reason to visit the Animal Ark. There is a large number of rescued animals to check out at the sanctuary. These animals include black bears, an arctic fox, coyotes, gray wolves, a kit fox, and red foxes, bobcats, a mountain lion, a Bengal tiger, Canadian lynx, a jaguar, and cheetahs, a barn owl, an American kestrel, a red-tailed hawk, a great-horned owl, desert tortoises, an American badger, and a raccoon. Come see these animals in person on your next visit to the Animal Ark!
For information all about the Animal Ark, visit their website.
Goodbye winter, hello spring! 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 reason to make Reno Tahoe your spot for spring break?
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.
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.
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!
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!
It’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!
After 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.
It’s almost time to paint the town green! Between the “Testicle Festival,” leprechaun runs and crawls, and traditional Irish pubs, there is a pot full of golden reasons to celebrate the Luck of the Irish in Reno Tahoe this St. Patrick’s Day. Locals and visitors alike will find what they are looking for to make the most of the holiday. Follow the rainbow to one of these events to find your own pot of gold here in Reno Tahoe!
The Reno Leprechaun Crawl is on March 14th beginning at 8 pm. With over 25 bars in downtown Reno participating this year, the crawl is sure to be bigger and better than ever. Make sure to pick up a crawl cup and dress in your craziest costume because there will be tons of drink specials and costume contests.
The Sparks Shamrock Shuffle is a 5k fun run on March 14th at 10 am in Sparks. The event is open to runners at all levels and those running are encouraged to dress up in their St. Patrick’s Day finest. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Athlete in You Foundation. Participants who register by March 7th and are 21 years and older will receive a free Leprechaun Crawl cup to use later that night!
The 24th Annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry is on March 14th at 10 am in downtown Virginia City. Over 20 cooks will be coming together to face off in the oyster fry competition; come and taste all the varieties they have to offer! Starting at 5 pm, there will be the Ball Breaker Saloon Crawl at the unique Virginia City bars. Tickets for the oyster fry and cups for the crawl are available online.
The 3rd Annual Leprechaun Race is a 5k fun run/walk on March 15th at 8:30 am through Reno. A leprechaun will also be running the race, if a runner beats him across the finish line, they will win a prize! Proceeds from the race will benefit the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum and every entry will receive free admission into the museum on that day. Online registration closes March 11th, so make sure to sign up soon!
Scheels is hosting Kids Klub: Leprechaun Luck on March 16th at 6 pm at their location in Sparks. Kids will craft festive St. Patrick’s Day crafts and follow the rainbow to a pot of gold. All kids who attend will receive a free ride on the Scheels Ferris wheel. This free event is open to the first 100 kids, so make sure to be on time!
If you’re looking to feed your inner leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day, a number of Reno Tahoe casinos, restaurants and pubs are offering a variety of Irish specialties March 17. Check out all the festive dining options in Reno Tahoe here.
With new direct daily flights between Reno Tahoe and New York City beginning in May, The New York Times has put together a getaway guide for New Yorkers to keep Reno Tahoe at the top of their list for weekend getaways.
“The lake’s vastness can be absorbed only by being there — or better yet, skiing the dozen resorts surrounding it, their trails like frozen white waterfalls cutting through the fir-lined mountains. Lake Tahoe has two distinctive areas: the north side, where cowboy-chic cabins and semi-isolated shops and cafes overlook a quiet shoreline; and South Tahoe, which glitters with casinos, clubs and a slew of new upscale boutique hotels hovering above the lake. Skiing both sides in one weekend is an ambitious undertaking, but the lake’s wilderness spirit and surprising contrasts are compelling enough to pull you into its adventurous orbit…” Continue reading the full, original story with the suggested itinerary on New York Times Travel.
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