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Outdoor Activities When Winter Gets Warm…ish

The warm weather that we’ve been experiencing in Reno Tahoe has people taking advantage of our beautiful great outdoors! The active lifestyle of many locals and visitors this time of year proves that Reno Tahoe is an exciting place to be  regardless of the weather or season. If you’re looking to get moving outdoors and enjoy the warmth and sunshine, checkout our recommendations for what to do to make the most of this not-so-wintery weather.

Riverwalk Wine WalkDowntown Reno Wine walk happens year-round! Rain or shine, anyone can always wine. There will be plenty of sunshine during the January Wine Walk as temperatures are predicted to be in the 60s! The Wine Walk takes place on the third Saturday of every month, which means that it falls on the 17th of January.

Reno Beer Crawl is another great outdoor activity to take part in. January’s Beer Crawl will take place on the 24th from 2 pm-6 pm, so be sure to get your Beer Crawl glass and get out there!

Many near-by trails are clear of snow, which makes hiking a great option! Grab some friends or your canine buddy and head around the Lake Tahoe area on foot. Hiking up Mt. Rose is a local favorite, and the 10-mile trail leads to some gorgeous views. Another great option is to hike to Diamond Peak along the Northern Flume. This trail is fairly flat, making it an easier hike, and it also gives fantastic views of Lake Tahoe. For those who are looking for a short trip, head through the Tahoe Meadows on the Interpretive Loop that takes you on a nature-filled 1.3-mile hike that is accessible to anyone. Check out our hiking page for more information.

BaseCamp at the Whitney Peak Hotel in downtown Reno is a great place to spend a couple hours outdoors. BaseCamp has the world’s tallest climbing wall that towers 164 feet high. The outdoor wall features routes for all levels of experience, so its a great place even for those who are just beginning to climb. BaseCamp also has a 7,000-square-foot indoor bouldering park and a separate kids’ area.

Paddleboarding is a great way to get on the water any time of the year. Winter is an especially good time to get your paddle on as the water is typically extra calm.

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Wanderlust Yoga Studio at Squaw Valley offers a variety of yoga classes year-round. Classes vary in style and difficulty, so all levels of experience are welcome. This yoga studio is set in a gorgeous location, tucked away in the mountains at Squaw Valley, and offers participants the chance to relax and practice yoga while taking in the stunning views. Or particularly warm days classes may be held outside, which creates a unique experience.

If you find yourself at Northstar California searching for something fun to do, head to the ice skating rink in the Village at Northstar. The 9,000 square-foot rink is a great place to head after a long day of skiing or if you’re looking for an alternative to hitting the slopes. The rink is free for all, and it is surrounded by fire pits that practically beg you to grab a cocktail and warm up next to them.

The Reno Aces is hosting an ice rink in downtown Reno, as well, that will be open through the month of February. For more information on the Reno ice rink, click here.

Grab Yer Planner, Mateys! Pirates Take Over Reno & Your Kid Can Fish, Free!

The weather is finally heating up and as is customary for this time of year in our neck of the woods – there is never a dull moment in Reno Tahoe USA. We’re helping you plan your weekend with a long list of fabulously funky events in our region. If you’re bored this weekend, it’s your own fault! Get outside and smell the sunshine! (Free attractions are highlighted by an asterisk.)

THURSDAY

Farmers Market*Sparks Hometown Farmers Market

Thursday, June 10, officially kicks off the farmers market at Victorian Square in Sparks, Nevada. Buy fresh and local at the weekly summertime celebration of good grub and family fun that runs through August 19. The markets features more than 100 vendors offering fresh-picked pro­duce, breads, pastries and gourmet foods, plus cooking demon­strations, live entertainment and unique items for the home and garden. The Farmers Market is held on Thursday evenings from 4–9 p.m. at Victorian Square in Sparks. Call 775-353-2291 for details or visit the City of Sparks’ Web site.

Octanefest

Head to Fallon, Nevada this weekend for a four-day powerhouse jamboree otherwise known as Octanefest that kicks off Thursday, June 10. The weekend will be packed with Rock Crawling, Arena Rock Racing, Mud Drags, Truck & Tractor Pulls, Tuff-Cross (Arena Enduro Racing), Motocross, Tuff-Truck and topped off with Grand Marshal Jeff Ward, Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Johnson and other amazing drivers behind the wheels of SuperLite trucks that will catch huge air on the custom built track. The racing action is just a start to the weekend.  There will be music, a vendor show, a show and shine and a motorsports swap meet.  This is event is sure to be fun for the entire family.

*Budget Friendly Cool Down for the Kids

Thursday, June 10, the Melio Gaspari Water Play Park at 7100 Pyramid Lake Highway, in Spanish Spring’s Lazy 5 Regional Park opens. For only $3, the little ones can cool off in the water play park that’s open five days a week through Sunday, August 29. Features include a giant sunflower sprinkler, spilling buckets, “spitting” horses, a water tower, and other cool stuff out of the Old West. Covered pavilions may be reserved for birthdays and other special events. Daily admission is $3 or it’s FREE for children under 3. Call (775) 424-1804 for more information. For more family ideas, click here.

FRIDAY

Carson City Rendezvous

This Friday through Sunday experience a Civil War reenactments, cowboy stunt shows, camel rides, a blacksmithing competition and live music, arts and crafts at the Carson City Rendezvous.

Museum of Art*Nevada Museum of Art: Free Admission!

The second Saturday of each month enjoy FREE admission to the state’s only accredited art museum! Check out the spectacular exhibits on display right now, including Fernando Botero’s Baroque World or The Human Touch. Afterward, treat yourself to a delicious lunch at the museum’s Café Musée.

SATURDAY

*Free Fishing Day!

Nevada’s annual Free Fishing Day will be Saturday, June 12. Anglers may fish in any public fishing water in the state without needing a fishing license or trout stamp. All limits and other regulations apply.

Once again, the Sparks Rotary Club, Nevada Department of Wildlife and the City of Sparks Parks and Recreation Department have joined forces to offer a special community event for the area’s children. Kids will enjoy a fun-filled morning of fishing along the south shore of the Sparks Marina from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Commemorative t-shirts and fishing poles will be distributed at the registration area until supplies run out. There will be fun games and face painting for all ages, and a free barbecue lunch will begin at 9 a.m. with hot dogs, soda and ice cream for registered children.

2 weavers*Western Heritage Festival

Celebrate life in the West at the SparksMuseum’s 2nd Annual Western Heritage Festival on Saturday, June 12th.  This free to the public, outdoor event will be held from 2 pm to 7 pm on the grounds surrounding the museum, located on the on the corner of Pyramid Way & Victorian Avenue.

“Never to be forgotten” traditions and skills are highlighted throughout the day in this fun for the whole family event.   Cowboy poet Larry Maurice leads the show as master of ceremonies. Virginia City native Rich Elloyan’s western music depicts not only his love for Nevada and songs of the land, but as a he adds a unique perspective on the history of the developing west. Lenny Walker a real life train conductor takes us back to Sparks founding singing songs of Railroad lore.

Youngsters get into the spirit with Dummy Roping and leather stamping. Demonstrators will be teaching handmade saddle making, lariat basket art, quilting, spinning, weaving and more.  Jewelers and other artists and crafters display their wares while the wild burros and horse bring the county to town.

Go back in time with Azteca Aztlan dancing in colorful costumes, the Little Warriors drumming the Paiute beat and the Reno Promenaders square dancing to John Hall’s call.

As an added bonus, the Museum is currently featuring Ellis Island: The Lost Mural by Andrew Sabori.  This 19 panel, 84 foot long mural depicts the role of the immigrant in the development of America. (Regular admission fees apply – Children under 12 are free, Adults $5).

High Tech Treasure Hunt

Spent your Saturday afternoon (June 12) along the shores of Lake Tahoe hunting for more than 100 prizes in the sand. Join hundreds of others as you explore South Lake Tahoe on an exciting high-tech treasure hunt. GPS Receivers and a downloadable Passport Clue Book will guide you to your prizes. Grab a partner (or not – that way you don’t have to share) and your adventure on!

Beer CrawlPirate Pub Crawl

When you’ve finished searching for treasure along the shores of South Tahoe, grab yer matees for the 2010 Pirate Crawl in downtown Reno on June 12th from 5 – 10 p.m. Complete with a Rum Tasting Competition, challenge ye fellow scalliwags to a night of shenanigans dressed in yer finest sea-faring rags. Wooden peg or not, we’ll accept you. Just leave that yapping parrot at home. We’ll have enough yo-ho’ing that night to keep the city awake all night.

Mark Twain’s Wild West Weekend

Take the kiddos to Zephyr Cove to celebrate Mark Twain style, with cherry pie eating contests, chili cook offs and cowboy poetry and music. The event runs from June 12-13 starting at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

SUNDAY

Reno Film Festival

The 10th Annual Reno Film Festival is celebrating a decade of spectacular talent and renown directors from all over the world. Running from June 13-20, the annual event features a packed schedule of movie screenings, parties, discussion groups and Q&A sessions. This year, Pilar Alessandra is the keynote speaker. Alessandra is the director of the Los Angeles writing program and has worked as a senior story analyst for Dream Works and Radar Pictures. Don’t miss this opportunity to rub elbows with some truly talented folk.