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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.

7 Favorite Reno Tahoe Boutiques

Hit Reno Tahoe boutiques next time you’re in town for great finds that’ll please even the pickiest fashionistas. Here are a few favorites that range from consignment to upscale designer and retro to pin-up:

The Niche: At this boutique, you will find the latest in women’s clothing and unique home decor. The Niche offers both contemporary and vintage styled clothing at affordable prices. Their home decor collection varies from accent furniture, wall art, vases, mirrors, clocks, and more. You will be able to find The Niche has locations in Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Truckee and Colorado.

J Hill: This boutique offers contemporary women’s fashions that are comfortable, stylish, and sporty. J Hill is a locally owned boutique and can be found in the South Creek area of Reno.

finenfunky_renoFine N Funky: Here you can browse through upscale bohemian clothing and festival fashion from favorite luxury designers like Ella Moss, Wildfox, Joie, Dolce Vita, Elizabeth and James and many more. You will find everything you need to look like you just came from Coachella with their flower child meets urban prep style. Fine N Funky has locations in Reno and Tahoe City.

Savvy Boutique: At Savvy, you will find one-of-a-kind fashions from designers like J Brand, Michael Stars, TOMS, Splendid, and more. Savvy carries on-trend fashions from the latest big name designers from prices ranging from upscale to favorites under $25! They are located in Reno.

thenest_renoThe Nest: The Nest is a vintage urban boutique that carries furniture decor, clothing, jewelry, and retro collectibles. The owners express their love for everything vintage through their store’s inventory which they find as they scour through thrift and antique stores.  This boutique is truly different, as you never know what kind of treasures you will find here! The Nest is owned and located in Reno.

Dressed Like That: This truly unique shop offers vintage styles from the 40s and 50s with pin up and retro fashions. With retro favorites available for women of all shapes and sizes, Dressed Like That has every style you need to feel confident and stylish in their clothing. They offer pin up dresses, separates, swim suits, handbags and more. This boutique is located in Reno’s Midtown.

labels_renoLabels Consignment Boutique: This designer resale store offers everything from designer clothing to shoes to furs to jewelry. The owner and her experience fashion consultants are there to make the most of your shopping experience. Labels is located in Reno.

For more shopping, visit our website here.

Exhibitions to Visit This April

nevmuseumofartMake sure to check out the Nevada Museum of Art this month. There are a few long standing exhibitions that are coming to a close, and you don’t want to miss your opportunity to see these at the museum!

Closing April 5:

Daniel McCormick & Mary O’Brien’s Watershed Sculpture – Photographs of the commissioned watershed sculpture that is located along the Carson and Truckee rivers and other archives donated by the artists of their previous works.

Closing April 10:

Scholastic Art Awards 2015 – Winning artwork from Northern Nevada students grades 7 to 12. The artwork has been judged by a panel of local artists and professionals.

Closing May 3:

No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting – Paintings created by nine elderly men from the Western Australian desert who were leaders in their communities. These paintings explore the abstract and examine the possibilities of Aboriginal art.

Victoria Sambunaris’ Taxonomy of a Landscape – Photographs that document the status of the vast American landscape. Sambunaris crossed the US by car to capture the declining terrain in this series of photographs.

Consuelo Jimenez Underwood’s Mothers — The Art of Seeing – Working with materials such as plastic, barbed wire, and steel wire, Underwood has created a series of works that explore Mexican heritage and related issues.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame: The Aces Are Back!

Reno AcesWhat better way to kick off the start of spring than with America’s favorite pastime? Reno’s own baseball team, the Reno Aces, is back! The highly anticipated 2015 season starts April 9 with an away game against Albuquerque and the home opener game on April 17 at the Aces Ballpark, also against Albuquerque. The Aces season runs until the first week in September, with plenty of opportunities for you and your family to see the Reno stars do what they do best.

Catch the players before they head out of town for their first game, at the annual Aces and Nevada Wolf Pack exhibition game. This game is on April 7 at 6:05 pm at the Aces Ballpark. This tradition brings together the Aces professional players with the university’s all-star team and is a great chance to see Reno’s two favorite teams come together on one field. Tickets for this game are offered online at regular price or at the Reno Aces Ticket Office and the University of Nevada Ticket Office for a discounted rate. All proceeds will benefit the Nevada Dugout Club, which benefits the University of Nevada baseball team.

Upcoming themed nights at the Reno Aces include:

April 18: Fleece Blanket Giveaway- be one of the first 1,000 people through the Rotunda Entrance and get a free blanket

May 16: Star Wars Night- the Aces host Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion and Mandalorian Mercs

May 29: Pink in the Park- the Aces players and coaches wear pink in support of women affected by cancer and proceeds will benefit charity

June 5: Military Appreciation Night- A special night paying tribute to the US Military

June 29: Dog Days of Summer: Bring your dog to the stadium, special ticket required

For a detailed schedule and information on tickets, visit the Reno Aces website.

Top 4 Reasons To Visit the Animal Ark

After a long winter, the Animal Ark reopens its doors to visitors March 28 for the spring season! The Animal Ark is Reno’s non-profit wildlife sanctuary and educational center that provides a home for life for wildlife that have been injured, abandoned or are otherwise non-releasable. The sanctuary is truly unique to our area and a great place for animal lovers to check out when they visit Reno Tahoe.

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Here are 4 great reasons to visit the Animal Ark this season:

  1. The educational opportunities- The Animal Ark is a great place to see and learn about wildlife in a new setting. Employees have extensive animal experience and knowledge to share with those who visit the site and are ready to answer any question you may have. The Animal Ark educates tens of thousands of children and adults every year and visitors of all ages can learn something new. Visitors learn about the animals through the educational tours and special programming events.5371196042_7a7f4133c7_b
  2. The events- The Animal Ark hosts a variety of events for visitors to attend throughout the season. The events are a great way to see the animals up close and in action, and make great photo-ops. Upcoming events include Pinatas and Predators on May 2, see the predators break open boxes filled with treats, Cheetah 500 on May 24, see cheetahs run at top speeds around the run field completely off-leash, CSI: Animal Ark on July 11, be a Cat Science Investigator and receive hands-on training for identifying feline characteristics, and more. The full details of these events, and more can be seen on their website.homepage-slide1000-santos
  3. To make your own contribution- You can personally make a difference in the lives of the animals and with the Animal Ark sanctuary through a number of ways. If you would like to make an in-kind donation, the Animal Ark is always in need of things like food, such as raw meats (except pork), apples, raisins, raw nuts, rolled oats, brown rice, and more, Simple Green, peroxide, and chlorine-free bleach, glass cleaner, folding sandwich bags, heavy trash bags, postage stamps, copy paper, office supplies, AA batteries, and Dogloos or crates in good condition.  If you are more of a hands-on type of person, you can volunteer your time with the sanctuary. They are always looking for people to help as docents, wildlife educators, facility maintenance, animal keeper/educator, and on the ambassador team. If prefer to make a monetary donation, you can do so through their website.IMG_9778
  4. The animals- And of course, the animals are the best reason to visit the Animal Ark. There is a large number of rescued animals to check out at the sanctuary. These animals include black bears, an arctic fox, coyotes, gray wolves, a kit fox, and red foxes, bobcats, a mountain lion, a Bengal tiger, Canadian lynx, a jaguar, and cheetahs, a barn owl, an American kestrel, a red-tailed hawk, a great-horned owl, desert tortoises, an American badger, and a raccoon. Come see these animals in person on your next visit to the Animal Ark!IMG_9752

For information all about the Animal Ark, visit their website.

Spend Your Spring Break in Reno Tahoe

Goodbye winter, hello spring! Along with the arrival of spring, comes spring break, a perfect week to escape everyday life to ski, attend a concert, or enjoy a drink. Whether you want to spend your time with a beer in your hand, celebrating a much needed break from school with friends, or you want to take your family on vacation to have quality time together, Reno Tahoe has what you are looking for to make the most of your spring break. And with Condé Nast Traveler naming Reno, Nevada as one of the top drivable destinations with great value for spring, do you need any more reason to make Reno Tahoe your spot for spring break?

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For those looking to party with friends:

The Reno Leprechaun Crawl is March 14, starting at 8 pm. Grab your festive St. Patrick’s Day costume and an official crawl cup to see what the downtown Reno bar scene has to offer. There will be drink specials and costume contests throughout the night. Check out more St. Patrick’s Day fun in Reno Tahoe here and festive dining options here.

The next Downtown Reno Wine Walk is March 21, starting at 2 pm along the Truckee River in downtown Reno.  For only $20, you will get a wine glass, a wristband, map of participating vendors and wine tastings from 25+ vendors.8343237391_dcd9acf843_o

The WinterWonderGrass Festival is March 20-22 in Squaw Valley. This winter bluegrass music and craft beer festival will feature 15+ brands and 12 California breweries. Headliners include Trampled by Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Elephant Revival, and more.

College Week at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is March 23-27 and March 30-April 3. With valid college ID, students can hit the mountain by getting an all day lift pass for only $62. On March 24 and 31, enjoy live music and happy hour specials after a long day on the slopes at the resort’s Locals Après Hour at the Sierra Pub.

The next Reno Beer Crawl is March 28, starting at 2 pm in downtown Reno. $5 gets you a commemorative beer crawl glass, a wristband, map of participating vendors and $1 6 oz beer refills (6 oz is equal to half a beer!!)

Other places to check out during your visit:

LEX Nightclub- Reno’s newest nightclub at the Grand Sierra Resort  is open Thursday through Saturday from 8 pm to 4 am. LEX will be hosting djs DVBBS on March 13 and 3LAU on March 21. Tickets for these events, as well as guest list and table services are available online.

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The Brew Brothers- One of Reno’s most popular downtown bars is located inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino. Every day from 2 to 5 pm is Happy Hour. Every Thursday the bar has live djs and $7 wristbands for all you can drink Brew Brother’s beer from 10 pm to midnight for Student Body Thursdays.

For those looking for some family time:

The Monster Jam will be coming to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center March 13-15. Tickets for the world’s largest monster truck tour range from $27 for adults and $12 for kids ages 2-12.

The Gold Nugget Kids Race at Royal Gorge is open March 14-16. A free obstacle course will be open on the mountain starting at 10 am for kids and adults to try out on the Summit Station Start. There will be a prize for the skier/snowboarder with the fastest race times!7304105598_bb59e456b8_o

The 68th Annual Shrine Circus will be at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center March 20-22. Bring the whole family to see elephants, exotic animals, trapeze, motorcycles, clowns, face painting and more. Proceeds from the circus will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Tickets are $12 for kids under 12 and $14 for adults.

Other places to check out during your visit:

Nevada Museum of Art- The Reno located museum is currently featuring exhibitions such as Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Paintings, Victoria Sambunaris’ Taxonomy of a Landscape, Dave Eggers’ Insufferable Throne of God, and many more. The Hands On! Second Saturdays event offers free admission for everyone to the museum and free activities like art projects and storytelling. Upcoming dates include March 14 and April 11.

Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum- Also known as “The Discovery,” this Reno located museum offers hands-on art, history, nature and science exploration for kids. Current interactive exhibits include Truckee Connects, Nevada Stories, Da Vinci’s Corner, and more. Admission to the museum is $8 for adults and children, Wednesdays after 4 pm, admission is just $4!

Get Ready for Reno’s Steampunk Weekend!

EXPO 2015 handbill 800 pxIt’s time to dust off your top hats and goggles! The High Desert Steam’s 4th Annual Steampunk Expo is coming to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center Exhibition Hall, April 18-19! The expo is back and bigger than ever! It will offer a weekend full of entertainment, dancing, gaming, art, and more. At this years event, you will see the Aether Brigade onstage and offstage, teaching workshops from Barbara Smith who has 20+ years of Contra Calling experience, Six Mule Pile Up playing music for lessons and the dance, Saturday Night Contra Dance, the Infamous Steampunk Undress, Art Cars, Steampunk Laser Tag, an Art Gallery full of 2D and 3D art, Victorian Parlor Games, Steampunk Board Games, Tea Dueling, 30+ vendors selling handmade items, classes, workshops and panels, daily fashion shows, and music! This event is open to Steampunk lovers everywhere and newbies who want to come and see what this unique culture is all about. Costumes are highly encouraged, but not required. Tickets are $15 for 2 days and $10 for one day, Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available for purchase here.  Make sure to purchase tickets early to guarantee your attendance to the expo!

STEAM15-Poster-11x17After the first night of the expo, bring the party downtown for the official after party of the Steampunk Expo! The 2nd Annual Steampunk Tavern Stroll is April 18, starting at 8 pm at 1864 Tavern in Reno’s midtown. Pick up the official premium steel crawl cup during the pre-sale, starting in mid-March, or the night of, at the start location for only $10. In addition to enjoying premium mixed drinks at six fancy taverns, crawlers can get a reading at the Steampunk Tarot tablor  and get a photo taken at the Steampunk Photo Booth! Come dressed in your finest Steampunk fashion or show off your latest Burning Man getup to participate in the costume contest! The crawl is a great way to make the most of your Steampunk filled weekend in Reno Tahoe.

36 Hours in Lake Tahoe

With new direct daily flights between Reno Tahoe and New York City beginning in May, The New York Times has put together a getaway guide for New Yorkers to keep Reno Tahoe at the top of their list for weekend getaways.

“The lake’s vastness can be absorbed only by being there — or better yet, skiing the dozen resorts surrounding it, their trails like frozen white waterfalls cutting through the fir-lined mountains. Lake Tahoe has two distinctive areas: the north side, where cowboy-chic cabins and semi-isolated shops and cafes overlook a quiet shoreline; and South Tahoe, which glitters with casinos, clubs and a slew of new upscale boutique hotels hovering above the lake. Skiing both sides in one weekend is an ambitious undertaking, but the lake’s wilderness spirit and surprising contrasts are compelling enough to pull you into its adventurous orbit…” Continue reading the full, original story with the suggested itinerary on New York Times Travel.

Be sure to watch this short clip with tips from locals and experts!

LAKE TAHOE HONORED BY OUTSIDE TRAVEL AWARDS 2014

OUTSIDE, America’s leading active lifestyle brand, has selected Lake Tahoe as an honoree of their annual Travel Awards, which celebrate the top destinations, companies, products, and travel providers—in the U.S. and around the world—that inspire people to participate in an active lifestyle. Lake Tahoe, located in both California and Nevada, is honored as the Best Lake. The entire list of honorees appear in OUTSIDE’s April issue (on newsstands March 18), and online at www.outsideonline.com/travelawards.

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This year, OUTSIDE tapped its global network of correspondents, who traveled across America, to Belize, Switzerland, Italy, and beyond, identifying the best new adventures, stunning lakes, gorgeous new lodges and hotels, family vacations, secret getaways, high-tech airports, and foodie hotspots. The result is more than 50 spectacular trips, plus the best travel apps, tour guides, gear, tips for traveling green, and advice for traveling solo.

“We’re so proud to be honored with the ‘Best Lake’ title,” said Andy Chapman, chief marketing officer of the North Lake Tahoe Marketing Cooperative. “Not only is Lake Tahoe one of the most beautiful places on earth, it’s a mecca for human-powered sports on or off the lake year-round ranging from mountain biking to sailing. North Lake Tahoe is one of the only places you can ski and golf in the same day, and then cap it off with five-star cuisine and unbeatable hospitality. This recognition is a truly a tribute to all that we have to offer here in the Sierra.”

The 2014 award notes that Lake Tahoe “is freakishly perfect for just about every outdoor pursuit.” North Lake Tahoe is proud to offer 10 major downhill skiing resorts including the Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl Resort and Diamond Peak. North Tahoe is also home to the largest cross country resort in the nation, Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort. In summer North Lake Tahoe offers miles of biking and hiking trails, dozens of beaches to explore by stand up paddleboard or kayak, award winning festivals like Autumn Food & Wine, Ta-Hoe Nalu and more.

“Whether you’re looking to go big for an expedition, splurge on a luxurious paradise, or plan an epic family trip, OUTSIDE has unearthed fifty travel gems that will inspire you to renew that passport,” said OUTSIDE Editor Chris Keyes.

This award adds to Lake Tahoe’s numerous other awards including “America’s Best Lake” by the readers of USA Today, #1 “Ski Destination”  with Rand McNally and  Orbitz, #1 “Travel Destination” with TripAdvisor and a top finisher in USA Today’s reader’s poll for “Best Ski Destination”.

The complete list of Travel Awards winners will be featured in the April issue of OUTSIDE, available March 18, and online at www.outsideonline.com/travelawards.

For more information about North Lake Tahoe, visit www.gotahoenorth.com. And for the best bargains, including lodging, check out the “Cool Deals” tab, which is updated daily.

Reno Tahoe Travel Booms in 2013

Tourism officials announced that Reno Tahoe USA had more visitors in 2013 than any year since 2007!

In addition to strong sporting and convention business and new events – like the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, visitors are finding their passions in Reno Tahoe USA.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again… Passion naturally thrives in Reno Tahoe USA. Maybe you’ll find it on one of our magnificent mountains. Or at a special event that truly lives up to its name. Or at one of our world-class spas, showrooms, rivers, lakes, museums, or fairways. For some, the main reason for coming here is our famously epic skiing and snowboarding. For others, it may be the slightly eccentric camel ostrich and zebra races. But no matter what the reason – or the season – there are over a thousand ways to pursue your passions in northern Nevada’s high desert playground.

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