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Top 10 Reasons to Check Out the Reno River Festival

The 12th annual Reno River Festival will be in downtown Reno, May 9 and 10, at Wingfield Park. This weekend festival brings together water sports and other outdoor fun to downtown Reno. This year, the drought has lead to the cancellation of the kayak races, but the event is making up for it with more fun and more options than ever before. Kick off the beginning of summer and enjoy all of downtown’s possibilities at this free festival!

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1. Biggest Little 5k Birthday Run: Register today for the 5k run happening at 9 am on Saturday, May 9. Come to the race dressed in your birthday party finest to celebrate Reno’s birthday month, tutus and tiaras are highly encouraged! Race registration is available here.

2. Adventure Play Center: This center has all-day family fun which will include obstacles, slides, toys, mechanical bull, zip line, human hamster balls and more!

3. Yoga: Find some inner peace and enjoy some Yoga In The Park presented by The Studio on both Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 10 am.

renoriverfestival (2)4. Kayak Clinics: Family kayak clinics will be presented by California Canoe and Kayak from 9 to 10:30 am, 11 to 12:30 am, and 1 to 2:30 pm on both Saturday and Sunday of the festival.

5. Climbing Wall: Push your limits and see how high you can get at the climbing wall!

6. VIP Cabana Experience: Enjoy a relaxing time with up to 25 of your closest friends at the festival inside a cabana sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings and Coors Light. Cabanas feature couches and a coffee table and is fully stocked with lunch from Buffalo Wild Wings and plenty to drink! Cabana access is available for purchase here.

7. Paddleboarding: Come see paddleboarders navigate the river’s tricky waters and show off their skills!

8. The Craft Beer Village: More than 20 craft beers are available for tasting inside the village with purchase of a passport, available here. Then head to Reno’s River District to enjoy even more varieties of delicious beer. Pass is good for both days of the festival.

9. Swimming Holes: A silver lining to the drought is that the water has dipped low enough to go swimming! Bring your swim suit and sunscreen and splash around in the river and slide down the rocks! The white water rescue team will be on guard to ensure everyone’s safety.

10. Live Music: The live music line up is stellar this year with big names such as, Clare Dunn, Mark Sexton, Jackson Michelson, Island of Black and White, the Wiz Kid, and Street Urchinz.

If these aren’t enough reasons to head down to the Reno River Festival, check out their website here for the full schedule of events.

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Win a 2 person Entry to the Run Amuck

2010 Run Amuck LogoThe RSCVA and the Reno River Festival are giving away (4) – 2 person team entries to the Run Amuck this Saturday May 8.  To enter, simply go toe the Reno, Nevada Page on Facebook and submit your best picture from any of the previous Run Amucks. Enter as many pictures as you like, we will judge each one individually!

On Friday, we will choose the best 4 pictures that have been submitted and they will receive a free entry for a 2 person team to this Saturdays Run Amuck in Reno.

Winners will be announced on this post, as well as the Reno, Nevada Page on Facebook.

Photos: Reno River Festival 2009

Amateur and professional kayakers filed into Reno-Tahoe this week for the 2009 Reno River Festival. We caught up with them at the Truckee River Whitewater Park practicing and socializing in advance of the weekend activities. Check out these photos from Thursday:


40,000 expected for this weekend’s Reno River Festival

riverfestlogoIt’s a right of spring in the Sierra Nevada: The snow starts melting and the kayakers come out to play at the Truckee River Whitewater Park. The park, a manmade playground featuring rapids and pools, sits right at the entrance to downtown Reno, Nev., and it’s the host site of the annual Reno River Festival, taking place this weekend (May 8-10). One of the premier kayaking competitions in the country, the festival  offers a great time for visitors to Reno-Tahoe with live music, vendors and events all weekend long.

From humble beginnings

What began as a way to showcase and attract attention to the park for whitewater enthusiasts has grown with a multitude of events – some connected, some not so connected to kayaking. Last year 40,000 athletes and spectators made their way to the river’s edge for great weather and a great time under the spring sunshine.

The festival has followed the trajectory of the popularity of whitewater kayaking. In the U.S., there are few parks designed specifically for whitewater kayakers and only Reno’s is central to a metropolitan core.

Something old, something new

In addition to professional and amateur freestyle and boatercross kayaking events, the Reno River Festival features the Run Amuck fun run, where the goal may be the best costume, not necessarily the best finishing time. For a more spiritual experience, try yoga in the park or take in a fly-fishing casting demonstration. Each day’s party atmosphere is highlighted by live music in the park, craft beers and retail vendors. Dress code? Shorts and sandals.

More on the way

The wave of popularity in whitewater kayaking continues to grow and the Truckee River may become its epicenter in the West. Downriver, at Rock Park in Reno’s sister city of Sparks, a second iteration is under construction and ready to open this summer. The park’s kayaking features complement those of the Reno park, with improved riverbank landscaping, shade structures, and play structures, parking and better access for people with disabilities.

Reno River Festival

  • What: Kayaking, live music, food and drink
  • When: May 8-10
  • Where: Downtown Reno at the Truckee River
  • More: RenoRiverFestival.com


Reno River Festival continues to grow

The fifth-annual Reno River Festival was the best one yet, with record attendance estimated at nearly 40,000. Spectators spent the weekend at Reno’s Truckee River Whitewater Park, watching amateur and professional kayakers compete for prize money and bragging rights. Music, food, vendors and some new land-based events, combined with great weather to make this year’s festival a great kickoff to summer in Reno-Tahoe.