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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 experience 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 and the full list with ticket information is available here. Enjoy gourmet food options and wine tastings at Shakespeare’s Kitchen, or bring your own picnic dinner to the show!

August 3-9, Barracuda Championship, PGA Tour Golf Tournament: See golf pros play at one out of 47 stops on the PGA tour at the Montrêux Golf & Country Club located in Northern Nevada. These 132 PGA Tour professionals will experience 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 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 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: Rib and 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. Fun activities at the race include a Glow Show and Dawn Patrol. This is 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 will 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.

Cowboy up for the Reno Rodeo

Headed to the Reno Rodeo and don’t have anything to wear? (You don’t want to look like a city slicker, even if you are one!) Or just looking for western apparel providers in Reno, Nevada? Well, you’re in luck because this western city has you covered head to toe.  In addition to on-site vendors at the rodeo grounds, there are a slew of western supply stores here in the Reno Tahoe area which are ready to get you clothed up like a cowboy or garbed up like a cowgirl.

2633261180_55578596d3_oProper attire for the rodeo is crucial to the event! Selfie taking opportunities will not present themselves if you get here to find out you’ve left your snazzy cattle boots, rugged jeans and rustic plaid shirts at home. So if you fall into that category, or just want to pick up some cowboy/girl appropriate attire, these stores will be able to help out.

If you are searching the horizon for a more urban cowboy look, and quite possibly this is your first time visiting the Reno Rodeo, stroll on over to Cabelas located at 8650 Boomtown Road in Verdi (just outside Reno) Nevada.  Pick up some delicious caramel popcorn while you traverse the open fields of apparel and hunting supplies as you play animal bingo with the various taxidermy exhibits.  You are sure to find your rodeo gear, and another reason to come back to Reno. For more information visit Cabelas.com or call (775) 829-4100.

If you’re the seasoned Rodeo visitor and are looking for something more custom fitted, you should journey on over to D Bar M Western Store located at 1020 E 4th Street.  D Bar M titles itself as “A real western store for real cowboys” but if you are a first time cowboy the staff will be able to help you navigate through the overwhelming array of American made boots and country appeal.  For more information about D Bar M Visit dbarm.com or call (775) 329-9107.

3216926752_fb44e8f3da_oIf you are on a budget and want the modern cowboy look, trail on down to Boot Barn Located at 3345 Kietzke ln.  Boot Barn would definitely have the necessary clothing lines to deck out you or your whole family with their wide selection of dressy casual and modern rugged rancher looks.  For more information visit bootbarn.com or call (775) 825-0666.

If you are in a hurry, or find yourself wrongly dressed, ride on down to Rogers’s Cowboy Supplies. From June 19th to 28th Rogers will be at the southeast corner of the Reno Livestock Events Center (on site for the Rodeo), or normally find them at 2252 Oddie Blvd in Sparks.  Rogers offers a wide array of anything western! And if that isn’t a reason enough to check it out, family patriarch Garry Roger and his brothers have been Indian World Champion Team Ropers.  For more information visit rogerscowboysypply.com or call (775) 358-2100

There’s no incentive to prepare your outfit at home for the Reno Rodeo with this array of country supply stores.

To find more information and ticket prices for the Reno Rodeo visit the Reno Rodeo.com.

60 Buckaroos drive 300 head of cattle on authentic 5 day cattle drive

The numbers behind the Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive

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The Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive is a five-day event that kicks of this Sunday. New route, new scenery, new challenges and three new camps. Over 300 rodeo steers are driven from north of Reno, from Doyle, California to the rodeo grounds in downtown Reno. During the five days, they will travel 100 miles through Northern Nevada terrain and will traverse 2,300 acres. There are eight, 1800’s style wagons traveling alongside the herd to carry the guests’ luggage and supplies. During the Drive, the chuckwagon crew will serve over 750 pounds of meat, 100 gallons of strong, cowboy coffee and 50 dozen eggs. This year, 60 guests will join the crew of 35 volunteers for the Drive. Guests pay over $1800 plus travel costs and reserve their place on the drive up to 2 years in advance. Over the past 15 years, guests have joined us from Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, and New York!

On Thursday, June 20, the team will arrive at the corner of Oddie and Sutro between 11:30 and high noon. It is a sight to see.

Reno Rodeo June 20-29 tickets are available at www.renorodeo.com or call Tickets.com (800) 325-7328 or visit Lawlor Events Center Ticket Office, UNR Campus, Reno, NV. Tickets range in price from $12 – $25 based on seating and performance date.

2013 Reno Rodeo Theme Nights

Toss aside your city-slicker suit, put on your boots and cowboy up. From the rock ’em toss ’em chaos in the arena to the hoedown at the Jack Daniel’s tent, you’ll need to tighten your spurs to survive this event. Ride in with style and participate in the theme nights!

Reno Rodeo Theme Nights:

Thursday, June 20th – Wrangler Retro Night for Xtreme Bulls
Friday, June 21 Patriot Night – Wear your Red, White & Blue
Saturday, June 22 – Dodge Ram Night
Sunday, June 23 – UNR Wolfpack Night
Monday, June 24 – Jack Daniels Night
Thursday, June 27 – Coors Night
Friday, June 28 – Tough Enough To Wear Pink
Saturday, June 29 – Wrangler Gold Tour

The Reno Rodeo, better known as the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West,” is a 10-day event with over 680 professional athletes competing for $550,000. The PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association)sanctioned sporting event includes: Bareback, Team Roping, Saddle Bronc, Tie-down roping, Steer Wrestling, Women’s Barrel Racing and Bull Riding.

Win Tickets to Xtreme Bulls at the Reno Rodeo

Win tickets to Xtreme Bulls – the opening night of the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West!”

TO ENTER:

Tweet to us @renotahoe why you want to win the tickets and hashtag #RenoRodeo to enter to win!

One tweet = one entry. Max. one entry per day, per person.

Prize:

Each winner will receive two (2) reserved grandstand seating tickets for Xtreme Bulls (June 20, 7:00pm)

About the event:

Xtreme Bulls opens the Reno Rodeo and features 40 of the world’s best professional bull riders and 40 of the best bulls in the country.  It’s a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association sanctioned event. Money won on the Xtreme Bulls Tour counts toward the PRCA World Standings, which determine the qualifiers for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.   The Tour has a combined purse of $465,000 and the Reno event features a $40,000 purse.  Fans will be on their feet the entire night.

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Contest Ends:

June 13

Winners Selected:

June 14

Good Luck, Cowboy! (And Cowgirls!)

Cattle Drive Arrives at High Noon

See the herd hit town, Thursday, June 14th, High Noon…ish, Corner of Oddie and Sutro! Best viewing place, anywhere along Wedekind between McCarran and Sutro.
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Another place to view the cattle drive is at the intersection of Clear Acre and N. McCarran between 11:00 a.m. and 12 Noon

Cattle Drive chuck wagons come down Clear Acre. Then on Scottsdale to the hill where they meet up with the horses on El Rancho and McCarran.They cross over McCarrran down El Rancho to Wedekind on to Sutro and in to the Livestock Events Center.

Cattle Drive
The Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive is a five-day event. Over 300 rodeo steers are driven from north of Reno, near the California state line, to the rodeo grounds in downtown Reno. During the five days, a record 65 guests will travel 100 miles through Northern Nevada terrain and will traverse 2,300 acres. There are eight, 1800’s style wagons traveling alongside the herd to carry the guests’ luggage and supplies. During the Drive, the chuckwagon crew will serve over 750 pounds of meat, 100 gallons of strong, cowboy coffee and 50 dozen eggs. This year, 45 guests will join the crew of 35 volunteers for the Drive. Guests pay over $1600 plus travel costs and reserve their place on the drive up to 2 years in advance. Over the past 15 years, guests have joined us from Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, and oh yes, New York!

Reno Rodeo (June 14 – 23)
Tickets are available at www.renorodeo.com or call Tickets West 1-800-325-7328. Tickets range in price from $12 – $25 based on seating and performance date.

“THE WILDEST RICHEST RODEO IN THE WEST” – IT’S NO LONGER A PHRASE, IT’S AN ATTITUDE

4712225674_787391a6ab_zWhy is this ultimate American pride event famously known as “The Wildest Richest Rodeo in the West?” We will break it down for you.

Wild.

“There ain’t a bull that can’t be rode and ain’t a rider that can’t be throwed.” Toss aside your city-slicker suit, put on your boots and cowboy up. From the rock ’em toss ’em chaos in the arena to the hoedown at the Jack Daniel’s tent, you’ll need to tighten your spurs to survive this event.

Rich.

Bulls in the chute, cowgirls in miniskirts and beer in hand, does more need to be said? I guess we can mention the contestants are competing for over $500,000 in prize money. This year’s Rodeo will definitely be rich with cash and culture.

Rodeo.

Here, you either “do it right or get off the horse,” literally. Willingly riding a bucking bull or bronco is not easy and those eight seconds could be the longest of your life. Luckily, fans get to soak up the summer evening and relax instead of being tossed around. The only thing we need to worry about is kicking a cow patty after a hot day.

West.

There’s a reason the famous phrase is the “Wild Wild West.” Out West we do things bigger, better and a little different. The Reno Rodeo never disappoints. It’s truly the best in the West.

We will see you there for a bucking good time! For more information visit www.renorodeo.com.

Photos: Reno Rodeo cattle drive

It’s an old tradition with the Reno Rodeo — the annual cattle drive through the streets of the Biggest Little City. Our intrepid photographer Rick Saake was there to catch the sights and sounds (and smells). Check out these photos:

The rodeo continues through June 28. Be sure to catch one of the region’s best events. On the Web

Reno Rodeo enters 89th year

The “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West,” the Reno Rodeo, kicked of its 89th showing Thursday with a cattle drive and the promise of more great events over 10 days in Reno.

No other event has a longer tenure in Reno – the rodeo dates all the way back to the days when Reno was little more than a western outpost sprung from the riches of the silver mining boom. Over the decades, it has evolved into one of the most prestigious of rodeo tour stops, with events as diverse as “Dodge Xtreme Bulls” and the “Wrangler World’s Greatest Roper.”

In addition to the normal slate of competitive events, the rodeo puts a premium on family fun with a parade, entertainment and a carnival-like atmosphere. Check out this great event, and bring the family. You won’t be disappointed.

For more information on the Reno Rodeo, and a full schedule of events, click here.