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Summer And Beyond: The Dynamic Dozen

The summer festival season is quickly approaching! Here are 12 of our favorite upcoming events, or what we at Reno Tahoe like to call it, the Dynamic Dozen. These events are all unique from one another and offer something for everyone. Attend these great events and experience a Reno Tahoe summer unlike any other!

June 18-27, Reno Rodeo: Dubbed the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West,” the Reno Rodeo brings together 700+ contestants to compete for over $2.5 million during this week-long event. Here you will see pro bull riding, cattle driving, bareback, women’s professional barrel racing, team roping, and much more. In addition to the rodeo events, there’s a full carnival, Double RR marketplace, and food court. Cowboys and cowgirls alike will want to come down to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center this summer to see the impressive rodeo. Tickets are available online here.

Artown_VisitRenoTahoeJuly 1-August 1, Artown: For an entire month, Artown offers over 500 events including live music, dance, theater, performances, visual arts, workshops, multicultural events, fashion shows, tours, and much, much more. Artown takes place in various Reno and Sparks locations and brings together distinguished artists from around the world, from across the country, and from our local community. Over 60% of the Artown events are free, but a majority of the Thursday night concerts require tickets which can be purchased here.

July 10-August 23, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: Taking place at the Theater at Sand Harbor State Park, this year’s festival will showcase two Shakespeare favorites, Romeo and Juliet and The Fantasticks. Showings for these plays are every Tuesday to Sunday night and tickets are available here. A different performance will be featured every Monday during the Monday Night Showcase. Enjoy gourmet food options and wine tastings at Shakespeare’s Kitchen, or bring your own picnic dinner to the show! The full list with ticket information is available here.

August 3-9, Barracuda Championship, PGA Tour Golf Tournament: See golf pros play at one of 47 stops on the PGA tour at the Montrêux Golf & Country Club located in Northern Nevada. These 132 PGA Tour professionals will play the beautiful, yet challenging course as they compete for a $3 million purse and 300 FedExCup points. Watch up close and personal as the pros play some incredible golf! Tickets for the event are available here.

HotAugustNights_VisitRenoTahoeAugust 4-9, Hot August Nights: See restored hot rods and muscle cars during the largest classic car and nostalgic event in the country, Hot August Nights. Taking place across Reno and Sparks, this event brings together, not only 5,000+ classic cars, but an entertainment line-up from some of the greatest decades in music. Show-n-Shines, drag races, controlled cruises, concerts, a swap meet, sock hop, prom, and classic car auction are just some of the great events at this popular festival. More information is available through their website here.

August 6-8, Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson: Barrett-Jackson brings the World’s Greatest Car Collector Auctions to Reno during Hot August Nights. The auction will take place at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center from Thursday to Saturday during the car festival. Attendees will be able to bid on and purchase cars from Barrett-Jackson’s selection of car AND take the car directly from the auction block to the streets to participate in a cruise or show-n-shine! More information about the auction is available here.

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August 31-September 7, Burning Man: Head to the heart of the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada to meet up with over 65,000 other Burners for this week-long festival. Here you will participate in the temporary metropolis that is dedicated to preserving community, art, self-expression, self-reliance, and more. The meaning of this festival varies from each attendee, but one thing is for sure, you have to experience it for yourself! Spend a week getting away from it all by reconnecting with your self and others in this popular desert festival. Ticket information is available here.

September 2-7, Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-off: BBQ lovers won’t want to miss out on America’s best rib cook off hosted by JA Nugget in Sparks. This favorite food festival brings over 24 cookers together to show off their BBQ expertise. In addition to delicious, fall-off-the-bone ribs, the cook-off will have other BBQ favorites, sweet treats, live entertainment, special brews and drinks, shopping vendors, and so on. More information about the BBQ’ers and the 2015 event is available through their website here.

TheGreatRenoBalloonRace_VisitRenoTahoeSeptember 11-13, The Great Reno Balloon Race: At the crack of dawn, at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, you will be able to see nearly 100 hot air balloons start to rise into the air for the Great Reno Balloon Race. This colorful event is in its 34th year and a Reno favorite. This is truly one sight worth waking up for! More information is available through their website here.

September 16-20, National Championship Air Races: At the 52nd annual event, spectators can see six different race plane classes battle just 60 feet from the ground and have close-up access to racing aircraft, pilots, and pit crews. Located at the Reno Stead Airport, you will be able to view a world class air show, military display and demonstrations, aircraft display and awesome concessions. You won’t want to miss this world renown event! Ticket information is available here.

September 23-27, Street Vibrations Fall Rally: Immerse your self in compete motorcycle culture during the Fall Rally in downtown Reno. Featuring the celebration of metal, music, and motorcycles, Street Vibrations is something bike lovers and metal music fans won’t want to miss. This event brings over 50,000 motorcycles enthusiasts together for tours, live entertainment, ride-in shows, stunt shows, and more.  More information can be found here.

Blue Jeans JamOctober 2-4, Blue Jeans Jam: Come experience the world of denim at Reno Tahoe’s newest festival, Blue Jeans Jam. Inspired by Reno tailor, Jacob Davis, and his work with Levi Strauss, this festival is centered around all aspects of blue jeans and the good old USA. At the festival, you can attend rock and country concerts, presentations from leaders in the denim world, a jean marketplace with vendors from all over the country, a mini film festival dedicated to history of blue jeans, discounts at local spas, specialty foods and drinks, and much more. This unique event is something fashion lovers and country music fans won’t want miss out on! For more information, check out the website here.

For more information on the Dynamic Dozen and more events in Reno Tahoe, check out the full brochure here.

Historic 50th National Championship Air Races takes to the skies this week

Fifty years after racing planes first took to northern Nevada’s skies in 1964, the National Championship Air Races begins this week with a one-of-a-kind celebration of flight. Boasting a full slate of top-notch entertainment and aerobatics and promising one of its most competitive and high-profile racing fields in recent memory, ‘the world’s fastest motorsport’ has an array of events and activities planned to commemorate its landmark year including a rare United States performance by the Breitling ‘Jetman.’ And, it’s not without compelling storylines, as defending four-time Unlimited and Warbird Racing Class Breitling Gold champion, Steve Hinton, takes the helm of the fan favorite P-51 mustang ‘Voodoo,’ racing against the plane he’s flown to victory four times previously, the legendary ‘Strega’ now flown by longtime racer, Matt Jackson. While some qualifying takes place early in the week, the event officially gets underway on Wednesday, Sept. 11 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 15. Tickets are on sale now at www.airrace.org.

Air Races 2012

In addition to six racing classes of intense, head-to-head competition that culminates in a race for the coveted Breitling Gold Unlimited and Warbird Championship trophy and a share of $1 million in prize money, this year’s 50th Reno Air Races features one of the top private demonstration teams in the world, the L-39 Patriot Jet Team, comprised of former pilots from the United States Navy Blue Angels and the United States Air Force Thunderbirds who will  provide four days of awe-inspiring performances. Joining the Patriot Jet Team and Breitling ‘Jet Man’ making only his second North American appearance, are some of the top civilian air show performers in the world, including Kent Pietsch, Clay Lacy and Jim Pietz, performing incredible aerobatics throughout the week.

When racing gets underway, Air Race fans and aviation enthusiasts will recognize some of the most famous aircraft and pilots flying today, including restored World War II planes ‘Rare Bear,’ ‘Precious Metal,’ ‘Dreadnought,’ ‘Czech Mate,’ ‘Miss America,’ ‘Ole Yeller,’ ‘Argonaut’ and ‘Sawbones.’

Racing pilots joining Hinton and Jackson include Stu Dawson, Thom Richard, Brent Hisey, brothers Dennis and Brian Sanders, Rod Lewis, Sherman Smoot, space shuttle astronauts ‘Hoot’ Gibson and Curt Brown, Will Whiteside, Tom Aberle and northern Nevadan Dennis Buehn. In all, RARA expects more than 100 competitors and performers to participate in the historic celebration this week, in addition to the popular military static display and the National Aviation Heritage Invitational.

Event organizers also announced last month the addition of a very special fundraising dinner and celebration on Saturday, Sept. 14, which will mark the 50th anniversary by paying tribute to a collection of military, aviation and air race legends. Some of the pilots and figures scheduled to be in attendance at the National Championship Air Races Evening with Mavericks and Legends Fundraising Dinner include famed pilot Bob Hoover, considered to be one of the top pilots in history; retired United States Air Force General Ron Fogleman, former Chief of Staff for the United States Air Force; and Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher. The dinner will also feature a handful of pilots who competed at the first Air Races in 1964, including World War II veteran Clay Lacy and Air Race legend Daryl Greenameyer (Hoover also performed at the inaugural Air Races). Sponsorships and seating for the National Championship Air Races Evening with Mavericks and Legends Fundraising Dinner is open to the public. Table sponsorships include access to a private VIP reception with honorees and Gold Champion Sponsorships include the opportunity to have an honoree sit at your table during the event program. Space is limited. To reserve your space now or for more information, please visit www.airrace.org or call (775) 972-6663.

The 50th annual National Championship Air Races is the world’s premier air racing event. The races take place this year from Sept. 11 through Sept. 15. Tickets are on sale now by phone at (775) 972-6663 or online at www.airrace.org.

Jetman to Perform at the 50th Annual Reno Air Races this Summer

It’s a bird… it’s a plane… no, it’s not superman… it’s JETMAN!

marie-dominique-schenk_img_0226Jetman is headed to the National Championship Reno Air Races, September 11-15, to WOW the audience at the air race’s 50th anniversary.

Almost everyone has dreamed they could fly at least once in their life. Jetman made this dream a reality.

In 2006, the Swiss pilot Yves Rossy became the first and only man in the history of aviation to fly with a jet-propelled wing, and still is to this day.

From soaring over the Alps, to weaving through the Grand Canyon, to crossing the English Channel, his “jetwing” powered performance is a sight to see. Jetman can reach speeds of 150pmh, and plans to hit top speeds at the Reno Air Races this September.

The 50th anniversary of the Reno Air Races will be more impressive than ever – save the dates now!

National Championship Air Races video

One of Reno-Tahoe’s premier events, the National Championship Air Races, is under way at Stead Field near Reno. This weekend promises some white-knuckle excitement as some of the world’s best pilots race for bragging rights – And the can’t-miss event also showcases stunt-flying and static displays. Check out this video, courtesy of Reno.com, from 2007:

Balloon, air races return to Reno-Tahoe

BalloonsHigh-flying fun returns to Reno-Tahoe with the Great Reno Balloon Race this weekend, Sept. 5-7, followed by the National Championship Air Races next weekend, Sept. 10-14.

From a humble beginning in 1982 with only 20 balloonists participating, the Great Reno Balloon Race has blossomed into one of the country’s premier events for balloon enthusiasts – Reno’s festival is the largest free hot air balloon gathering in the country.

The event now boasts more 140,000 spectators viewing more than 100 balloons soar above the Sierra sky. Less a competition than an opportunity for camaraderie, the festival offers no shortage of parties and events, along with the occasional free ride.

Over three days, spectators make their way to Reno’s Rancho San Rafael Park (map) to be part of the “Dawn Patrol” festivities. Also new for this year is the World’s Largest Pajama Party, where participants are encouraged to arrive in their best (or worst) PJs on Saturday, and compete for bragging rights in contests for “best bed-head,” while enjoying movies, hot chocolate and games during the race’s famous dawn patrol.

The Right Stuff
For Reno-Tahoe visitors seeking an adrenaline fix, the National Championship Air Races showcases some of the world’s best pilots taking on a grueling course at daredevil speeds.

Over five days, six classes of aircraft race up close and personal at speeds up to 500 mph.  When the racers aren’t in the sky, spectators will be wowed by flying demonstrations, and displays, including a world-class air show featuring the USAF “Thunderbirds”, top aerobatic performers, military and civil flight demonstrations, and a large display of static aircraft.

The Air Races have been run since 1964 near Reno, and are currently held at Reno Stead Field, about eight miles North of Reno.

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