Reno Tahoe Blog

What's Happening Now

Posts Tagged ‘festival’

Summer 2014 Bucket List

Ever feel like summer flies by so fast that you aren’t able to get to half the activities you wanted to? With so much going on in the Reno Tahoe area, we can hardly blame you. Make sure summer doesn’t slip away from you this year by creating a bucket list with exciting events and new activities to make the most out of your summer! Here are some must-do’s to add to your list:

1. Explore Tahoe

Not only does North Lake Tahoe offer relaxing beaches with incredible mountain views, it also has some of the clearest blue water that you truly have to see to believe. Go explore more than the beach by trying out a fun water activity like paddle boarding. Or, take on new heights by parasailing over the lake, an unforgettable experience that offers a panoramic view of the lake.

Kayak, boat, Jet Ski, sail, row… so much to do, so little time!

8344382302_b7e2ce1f5b_o

2. Attend a summer Festival

Who doesn’t love live music, cool brews and good eats? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy all of that and more! There is no shortage of exciting festivals in Reno Tahoe during the summertime. Kick off summer by spending the first day of summer at Eldorado’s BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival. And, don’t miss out on The North Tahoe Beer and Bluegrass Festival. Check out all of the exciting festivals!

blues festival

3. Tell your friend to “Take a hike…”

… with you on one of the wonderful trails Reno Tahoe has to offer! Whether it’s the mountains of Tahoe or the hills of Reno, soak up the rays while staying active and exploring new areas. If you’re more experienced, pack a lunch and give Mt. Rose a go, traversing 10 miles while enjoying breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe. More of a beginner? Not a problem. Start with the Cross Peak trail- an hour long hike that reveals expansive views of Reno and Sparks. Don’t forget to sign the guest book at the top of the summit to prove you made it!

No matter what trail you decide to take, remember to enjoy the journey- don’t forget to stop and smell the pine trees every once and awhile!

hike

4. Laugh all the way to the River Bank

Located at the heart of Reno’s downtown, surrounded by local eateries and shops, enjoy the Truckee River and all it has to offer is a must-add to your bucket list. Escape the heat and take a dip in the river at Wingfield Park- a free water park. Feeling more adventurous? Reserve a professional guide and whitewater raft down the river, a fun and exciting journey beginning in Truckee and ending in downtown Reno.

RIVER!

Reno Redefines Jazz

http://www.unr.edu/rjf/images/Logo_RenoJazz2.jpg

The 52nd Reno Jazz Festival begins this Thursday, April 10 until Saturday, April 12. Throughout the day, schools from all over the nation will perform in front of judges at various locations around the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

On Thursday night, trumpeter Avishai Cohen will play at Nightingale Concert Hall at 7:30 PM. Straight out of Tel Aviv, Israel, Cohen has made a name for himself in the world of 21st century jazz. The New York Times has declared, “Cohen is a multicultural jazz musician, among whose ancestors is Miles Davis. Like Davis, he can make the trumpet a vehicle for uttering the most poignant human cries.” check out his website, www.avishaicohenmusic.com to hear his stuff!

Friday night, at 7:30PM at Lawlor Events Center, UNR invites Kneebody: a genre defying super band complete with drum, guitar, bass, sax, and trumpet. They have been described as electric jazz, but they don’t subscribe to any one genre. To learn more about Kneebody, check out this interactive YouTube video.

Click here for information on how to get tickets to the Reno Jazz Festival!

The festivities at the Reno Jazz Festival will spill onto Circus Circus Reno in the best way with a jam session. Check out Dos Geckos Cantina, Friday, April 11th at 9 p.m. for a free jam session. With amazing food and amazing drinks, make a night of it. This event is perfect for jazz lovers, music lovers and people who just love good food and drinks.

Blues more your thing? Don’t miss the Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival, June 20-21!

Your Guide to Easter in Reno Tahoe

http://pressroom.sugarbowl.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_2402.jpg

Everyone’s clothes are a little bit brighter, the flowers are blooming, and that giant bunny we all love is coming out of hibernation! Easter is on April 20, and there are plenty of egg hunts, festivals, and meet and greets with Mr. Bunny himself here in Reno, as well as other traditional events with a little Easter twist. Here are a few events that will be held at Reno Tahoe:

Community Easter Egg Dash at Idlewild Park – On Saturday April 19, the Easter Bunny will making an appearance at Idlewild Park! The festivities begin at 11 A.M. and end at 12:30. It is completely FREE, but food donations will be accepted for the Bridge Food Pantry to help people in need in the Reno community. Call (775) 323-7141 for more information.

Easter Bunny Festival -If you find yourself in Sparks on April 19, the Sparks Crossing Shopping Center is having a Easter festival! There will be goodie bags, games, prizes, a petting zoo, face painting, and a bounce house! The party stars at 11:00AM and ends at 3PM.

Reno Wine Walk- Just like every month, the Reno Wine Walk will be on the third Saturday of April, which means it is right in the middle of Good Friday and Easter Sunday! Relax by the river with friends and sip some delicious wine from 25 different bars! The theme this month is wear your bunny ears! For more info, click here!

Virginia City Easter Bonnet & Pet Parade- Taking a road trip to Virginia City for this annual family-friendly event will definitely be worth it. This parade will be on Saturday, April 19 and will start at 12:00PM. Bring your dog, cat, lizard, or your family and participate in a wholesome parade! There will be delicious food, great people. and of course great atmosphere (it’s Virginia City, what do you expect!?)

North Lake Tahoe Easter Festivities

The Underwater Egg Hunt at Incline Village Recreation Center kicks off Easter celebrations on April 12, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The pool at the Recreation Center will be filled with weighted and floating eggs. The Big Bunny will make an early appearance for pictures and encouragement. For more information, call (775) 832-1310. Price: Recreation Center members $2; non-members $4.

Get a head start on the festivities during Easter Weekend at Tahoe City’s Spring Eggstravaganza & Egg Hunt. Events include an egg hunt for the kids, a golden egg hunt for parents, face painting, games and more.  Activities start at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19th at Commons Beach in Tahoe City. Price: Free.

The community Egg Hunt at Incline Beach also begins on Saturday, April 19 with the Spring Eggstravaganza Community Egg Hunt. Grab your basket and join in the fun, starting at 11 a.m. The hunt is open to children up to 11 years old. Come early to take a picture with the Easter Bunny and check out the new North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Engine.

Northstar California will celebrate with daylong festivities for all ages. Starting with an egg hunt across the Village at 10:30 a.m., followed by a PEEPS® Diorama Contest. Take a ride around the ice-skating rink and a picture with Easter Bunny. Don’t miss the chance to catch the Easter Bunny skiing on the mountain during the day.

Squaw Valley’s annual on-mountain Easter egg hunt begins the moment the lifts open Easter Sunday. Remember to bring your Easter basket and hunt for the candy filled colored eggs hidden across the mountain from Gold Coast to High Camp, along Shirley Lake and all the way down Mountain Run.

Sugar Bowl- Join the kids for an Easter egg hunt on the morning of April 20th in America’s only snowbound Village, located at Sugar Bowl Resort. Then head out on the mountain to find the Golden Egg, which contains a free 2014/15 Midweek season pass.

Nevada Craft Brewers Festival

Get a taste of Nevada Brewing!

Top brewers from across the Silver State will be with their best brews on tap at Wingfield Park, October 5, from 3-7pm for the Nevada Craft Brewers Festival. Beer in hand, hanging out outside under the fall colors along the Truckee River… what more could you ask for on a sunny Saturday?

Well, there is more…

1174676_10151847387191620_1580636130_nEvent Highlights:

-          15 craft breweries

-          100% Nevada brewed

-          Local Food Trucks will feed the thirsty crowd

-          Live music by Lonesome Locomotive

-          $25 in advance, $30 day of; includes, one tasting glass and bottomless beer

-          $5 for designated drivers

-          FREE non-alcoholic beverages

-          21+

Tickets are on sale:

Great Basin Reno and Sparks, Silver Peak, Silver Peak on the River, Brewers’ Cabinet, Sierra Tap House, Stoneyhead Brewery, Reno Home Brewer, Brasserie St James, High Sierra Brewery, and Minden Meat and Deli.

Eldorado Great Italian Festival Highlights

Sights, Sounds and Flavors of Italy Come to Downtown Reno during the Eldorado Great Italian Festival, October 12 and 13.

For 32 years, the Eldorado has brought the sights, sounds and flavors of Italy to downtown Reno during the Eldorado Great Italian Festival. The festival, held each year over Columbus Day weekend, is a celebration of Italian culture and traditions.

1265017_10151900723901461_935297455_oSet for October 12 and 13, the festival transforms downtown Reno into Little Italy with a grape stomp, sauce cookers competition, an Italian farmer’s market, bocce ball, kids’ gelato eating contest, Ferrari car display, Italian Buffet and incredible, free, live entertainment all weekend long.

The music line-up includes festival favorites such as, Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms, Moreno Fruzzetti, Tre Bella, Bella Ciao, Capuano n’ T Rock and Primo Basso. Joining the festival this year are the Nevada Opera, Martin Bonventre, and Italian pop singer and world-class whistler, Michael Barimo.

A crowd favorite year after year continues to be the Great Italian Festival Sauce Cook-off.  Italian families from across the West Coast bring their recipes to life right on the street for guests to taste. Pasta tasting bowls will be sold for $3 at the pasta booth on the corner of 4th and Virginia streets starting at 2 p.m. daily.

No Italian Festival would be complete without plenty of homemade Italian food! The Eldorado’s Famous Italian Dinner Buffet will be served in the Eldorado Convention Center on Saturday and in The Buffet on Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. Guests can enjoy an array of Italian specialties including handmade pasta dishes, osso bucco, eggplant parmesan, clamari with lemon butter, capers and basil, and many others as well as an assortment of homemade Italian salads and desserts, including the Eldorado’s famous gelato and tiramisu!

There are plenty of offerings street side as well— traditional Italian fare including house-made pastas, deep fried raviolis, meatball and sausage sandwiches, garlic bread, grilled flatbread, the Eldorado’s famous mushroom ravioli and more.

Festival Highlights:

-        Wilson_H F2011 RSCVA Italian Festival_0001Pasta bowls for sauce tasting will be sold for $3 at the pasta booth on the corner of 4th and Virginia streets starting at 2 p.m. daily.  Don’t wait, they go fast!

-        Grape stomping is fun, free and open to the public Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Members of the media, politicians and local celebrities stomp Sunday starting at 11 a.m. The grape stomping stage is located on the train trench plaza on the south side of the Eldorado.

-        The Ferrari Club of America will have more than 30 specialty cars in a special Ferrari display on 4th Street all weekend.

-        A bocce ball tournament for competitive players begins Saturday at 8 a.m. on the train trench plaza on the south side of the Eldorado. There is a $10 sign-up fee.  Stop by Sunday for free beginner and family play starting at 10 a.m.

-        An Italian Farmers Market with fresh fruits and vegetables will run all day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

-        An Italian Mercado, located on Virginia St between 3rd Street and Commercial Row, will feature cannolis, garlic bread sticks, sourdough flutes, gelato and coffee from the Eldorado Coffee Company. The Mercado will also have items such as olive oils, vinegars, aprons, fresh cut flowers, Italian cookbooks, dried pastas, Italian meats and more.

-        The Eldorado’s Famous Italian Dinner Buffet will be served in the Eldorado Convention Center at 4 p.m. on Saturday and in The Buffet at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for $26.99 for adults, $13.99 for kids 10 and under and $21.99 for Eldorado Gold Card members and above.

-        A Kids’ gelato eating contest will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the grape stomp stage.

Italian Festival Entertainment Schedule:

Saturday, October 12

ROME STAGE – 4th and Virginia Streets

9:30-10:15       Nevada Opera

10:30-12:00     Michael Barimo

12:30-2:00       Tre Bella

2:00-2:15         Grease

2:30-4:00         Moreno Fruzzetti

4:30-6:00         Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms

VENICE STAGE – 3rd and Virginia Streets

10:30-11:30     Martin Bonaventre

12:00-1:30       Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms

2:00-3:30         Bella Ciao

4:00-5:30         Capuano n’T Rock

Direct from Italy


Sunday, October13

ROME STAGE – 4th and Virginia Streets

9:30-11:00       Bella Ciao

11:30-1:00       Michael Barimo

1:15-1:30         Grease

1:45-3:15         Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms

3:45-5:15         Moreno Fruzzetti

VENICE STAGE – 3rd and Virginia Streets
10:00-11:30     Primo Basso Band
12:00- 1:30      Tre Bella
2:00 – 3:00      Martin Bonaventre
4:00 – 5:30      Capuano n’ T Rock
Direct from Italy

Reno’s All American BBQ Festival

WHAT: Downtown Reno presents the All American BBQ Festival July 6-8, sponsored by Circus Circus Hotel Casino Reno, the Eldorado Hotel Casino, Harrah’s Reno and Silver Legacy Resort Casino and fueled by Monster Energy. This post Fourth of July street festival will include great all-American barbequed food booths, more than 60 street vendors and two stages featuring rocking tribute bands plus special appearances by the Monster Girls and Monster DJs and presentations by Monster Energy’s freestyle motocross stunt teams.

WHO: Circus Circus Hotel Casino Reno, the Eldorado Hotel Casino, Harrah’s Reno and Silver Legacy Resort Casino

WHEN: Friday, July 6 from noon – 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 7 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 8 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Road Closures in effect from 8 a.m. Thursday through 9 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Downtown Reno/ Virginia Street between 2nd and 6th Streets

Commercial Row, 3rd, Plaza, 4th and 5th streets from Sierra to Center streets.

Entertainment Schedule:

Plaza Stage Harrah’s Stage

Friday, July 6 Friday, July 6

12 to 1:30 p.m. – Petty Theft                           2:30 to 4:00 p.m. – Straight Country

A Salute to Tom Petty                                     A Salute to George Straight

2 to 3:30 p.m. – Gwen in Doubt                      4:30 to 6 p.m. – Crossfire

A Salute to No Doubt                                      A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn

4 to 5:30 p.m. – Roses & Guns                       6:30 to 8 p.m. – Summer of ‘69

A Salute to Guns & Roses                               A Tribute to Bryan Adams

6 to 7:30 – Blaze of Glory

A Salute to Bon Jovi

Saturday, July 7 Saturday, July 7

12 to 1:30 p.m. – Petty Theft                           12:30 to 2 p.m. – Roses & Guns

A Salute to Tom Petty                                      A Salute to Guns & Roses

2 to 3:30 p.m. – Blaze of Glory                         2:30 to 4:00 p.m. – Crossfire

A Salute to Bon Jovi A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn

4 to 5:30 p.m. – Journey Unauthorized            4:30 to 6 p.m. – The Jacks

A Salute to Journey                                          A Tribute to AC/DC

6 to 7:30 – Skynnyn Lynnyrd                            6:30 to 8 p.m. – Hot for Teacher

A Salute to Lynyrd Skynyrd                             A Salute to Van Halen

Sunday, July 8 Sunday, July 8

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Awards Ceremony     10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Summer of ‘69

Eldorado Fireworks 500 Awards                      A Tribute to Bryan Adams

1 to 2:30 p.m. – Heartbreaker                          12:30 to 2 p.m. – I Like It, I Love It

A Tribute to Led Zeppelin                                 A Tribute to Tim Mcgraw

3 to 4:30 p.m. – Chicago Tribute Authority       2:30 to 4 p.m. – Gwen in Doubt

A Tribute to Chicago                                         A Salute to No Doubt

THE FORCE WILL BE STRONG AT THE 2011 RENO BALLOON RACES

darth_vader5Prepare yourself for something far from expected at this year’s Great Reno Balloon Race. While walking on Rancho San Rafael’s scenic fairgrounds between the nylon walls of traditional, vibrantly colored hot air balloons, take a moment to stand back and gaze at the sprouting horizon as you might spot a balloon that stands out amongst its cheery peers.

Fans will come face to face with their favorite Sith Lord. The highly anticipated 86-foot tall Darth Vader balloon will be traveling all the way from Belgium for the 30th Anniversary of the Great Reno Balloon Race. Pilots Benoit and Michel Lambert have traveled all over the world with the balloon, making appearances in countries such as France, Thailand and Canada.

As this is Darth Vader’s first journey to the Biggest Little City, we encourage you to welcome the Dark Side of the Force by sporting your best Star Wars gear to the Balloon Races.

Other unique shapes to be seen at this year’s race include: The Bonanza Casino sponsored soccer ball, The Wilbur May Foundation’s Hopper T. Frog, and Betty Jean, a new butterfly balloon. For more information on this year’s participating balloons and sponsorship options, visit www.renoballoon.com or call (775) 826-1181.

May the force be with you.

For more information go the Event Calendar at VisitRenoTahoe.com.

DRAG RACING EVENT FUEL INJECTS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY HOT AUGUST NIGHTS CELEBRATION

40278_417588031460_36087236460_5210075_2478651_nA fan favorite gone for many years makes a repeat appearance for the Hot August Nights 25th Anniversary. The Official Hot August Nights Classic Car Drag Racing event will take place from August 10th through August 13th in the west parking lot of John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

The smell of burning rubber and gasoline paired with classic eye candy and high adrenaline creates a habitual dynamic draw to the Hot August Nights Drag Races. Ten years ago, 2001 marked the last year the Drags were conducted at the Reno-Stead Airport. The popular event had to be cancelled indefinitely, until now.

Full Throttle Performance and John Ascuaga’s Nugget decided to bring back a beloved element of Hot August Nights to contribute to a successful 25th year celebration.

The drag race event consists of approximately an eighth of a mile track and will take place in the west parking lot of John Ascuaga’s Nugget from 12pm to 10pm August 10-13. Hot August Nights volunteers and car participants will gain free entry into the event. The gate fee for the general public is $10 daily. To enter your car in a race, vehicles must be 1972 or older, with an American or European make. The cost to race is $25 per vehicle, per day for registered car participants and $45 per vehicle, per day for non-registered car participants. Tires must be D.O.T. approved (no slicks), no nitro/nitrous and no racing fuels allowed. Daily prize for the fastest overall time will be awarded.

Check out our photos from last year on Flickr and Facebook.37805_417588261460_36087236460_5210081_8371833_n 37805_417588271460_36087236460_5210083_5953529_n

More information can be found at http://www.hotaugustnights.net.

Country Crossroads Festival Comes to John Ascuaga’s Nugget this Memorial Day

121-leann-rimesJohn Ascuaga’s Nugget is gearing up for a three-day country music festival! Country Cossroads features performances by LeAnn Rimes, Ricky Skaggs and Neal McCoy, along with country karaoke contests, songwriting seminars and free live entertainment! This Memorial Day weekend will be a celebration of one of the nation’s greatest contributions: Country Music!

LeAnn Rimes performs in the Rose Ballroom at 9:00pm on Sunday, May 29th; tickets from $65.

Neal McCoy performs in the Celebrity Showroom at 9:00pm on Saturday, May 28th; tickets are $35.

Ricky Skaggs performs in the Celebrity Showroom at 9:00pm on Friday, May 27th; tickets are $45.

The Nugget is offering room, dinner and show packages, as well as a great deal on tickets for all three of the festival’s headlining concerts. Get more information at www.janugget.com or call (800) 356-3300. It’s gonna be a hoot!

Benvenuto to the 29th Annual Eldorado Great Italian Festival!

ItalianfestAs the air gets a little more crisp across Reno it can only mean one thing—the Eldorado Great Italian Festival is almost here!  The 29th Annual event celebrates the food, culture, music and traditions of Italy on Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10. 

Start the weekend on Friday, October 8 with the Eldorado’s Fall Crush party featuring the wines of Ferrari-Carano Vineyards.  Celebrate the vineyard’s harvesting season with all different varieties of Ferrari-Carano wines paired with the Eldorado’s spectacular hors d’oeuvres in the Eldorado Convention Center.  Tickets are available for just $40 per person—call 775-786-5700 or visit the Eldorado Information Desk to reserve.

The party hits the streets on Saturday as the 29thAnnual Great Italian Festival kicks off! One of the most anticipated events of the year, the main feature of the Festival is the authentic homemade Italian cuisine. This year’s menu consists of both traditional Italian dishes and Italian favorites with contemporary flair.  Six different booths will feature everything from ravioli, lasagna, risotto, Italian pizzas and polenta.  For those looking for a new Italian dish, try the New York Steak Flatbread or the Garlic Parmesano fries.  No meal would be complete without dessert!  Stop by the homemade Gelato booth or grab a piece of melt-in-your-mouth tiramisu.

This is also the chance for Italian families across the West Coast to compete in the highly anticipated Great Italian Festival Sauce Cookoff!  Hailing from Lombardia, Puglia, Sicily and so many more, each family has a “secret recipe” for sauce that guests can sample for themselves!  Pasta bowls are available at 2 p.m. each day, but careful, they go fast!

Italian Fest 2Free live entertainment adds to the fresh air and Italian faire, with Festival favorites like Ray Massa and the EuroRythms, Moreno Fruzzetti, Pasquale Esposito and Dick Contino, the legendary virtuoso of the accordion.  The ladies of Tre Bella will also be heating up the stage with everything from their new hit dance track to pop, R&B and the Italian classics.  A new, young face with a booming, Sinatra-esque voice will also wow the crowds.  Mitch Franco may only be 16 but boy this kid can sing!

Kick off those shoes and take part in traditional Italian activities like the Grape Stomp, where guests actually get into a barrel of grapes and compete against others to find the master of grape-mashing!  Play Bocce Ball on the lawn or browse through the Italian-inspired arts and crafts booths to find a souvenir.  Children’s games and face painting are also available.

The fun continues inside the Eldorado with the Famous Italian Buffet, served nightly at The Buffet on the mezzanine level beginning at 4 p.m.  Guests can also enter to win a Mediterranean Cruise by stopping by our Promotion Center for details.

Join in the fun at the 29thAnnual Eldorado Great Italian Festival on Saturday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on the Italian Festival visit www.eldoradoreno.com or call 775-786-5700.

-Diana Rogers