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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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The Ultimate Fourth of July in Reno Tahoe

Sport your Red, White and Tahoe Blue as sparks fly on the Fourth of July in Reno Tahoe USA! Reno, Sparks and North Lake Tahoe will light up the night with the largest firework shows in the region, good eats and treats for the kids.

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Go to North Lake for sun, sand and the largest fireworks display in Lake Tahoe for the 4th! The sixth annual celebration offers good old-fashioned fun for all ages, with a parade and festival, aerial and land military demonstrations, beer and wine tastings, and carnival. Voted by MSN.Travel.com and AOL.com as one of the “Top Ten 4th of July Festivals in America.”

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The region’s longest, most spectacular fireworks display is set off from the roof of JA Nugget while thousands of revelers celebrate July 4th on Victorian Square below. Live entertainment for the whole family, a kid’s area and an array of food choices complete the evening.

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Celebrate the Fourth with America’s pastime. Grab a hot dog, watch the Reno Aces baseball team take on Sacramento, sip on a cold local brew, and sit back for a major pyrotechnic presentation after the game at Aces Stadium! It doesn’t get much more American than that.

Downtown Reno will spice up the All-American weekend with the 13th annual Wing Fest! Sample sauces, get wigged out on wings and jam to (free!) live entertainment!IMG_1353

For all of the Fathers – Festivities in Reno Tahoe

In honor of the many words of wisdom and encouragement over the year’s from good ol’ Pops, it’s time to show him how much you listened. Tread Dad to a day catered to him, and show him how much his little reminders have stuck with us through the years.

1. Get some fresh air.

Shut down your computer, step away from the TV, set down your phone (unless your snapping a father-son/daughter photo), and refresh in the great outdoors.

Hike, kayak, bike, boat, paddle board, bum on the beach… just get outside!

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2. Give it your best shot.

Hit up Wildcreek Golf Course this Father’s Day from 11am-3pm for their TaylorMade Demo Day! Give new clubs a shot while scoring a hole-in-one with Dad. TaylorMade Golf will have a special tent set up right by the driving range. Their staff of professionals will be showing their complete line of clubs, and even custom-fitting clubs right there on-site! Dad can fantasize over the latest drivers, irons, wedges and putters on the driving range, followed by the entire family can playing a round on Wildcreek’s beautiful 18-hole championship course.

With over 50 courses within 90 minutes of Reno, there’s a course for every level of play!

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Another gift idea for the golfing dad: Buy-1-Get-1 Good-Any-Day tickets to the Reno-Tahoe Open with code DAD2014.

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3. Be flexible.

Dad taught us to never be afraid of trying something new or to make an adjustment when things don’t go exactly as planned. Give him something new to try this Father’s day – or help him relax.

For foodie father, check out Sparks’ newest summer event – The Sparks Food Truck Drive-In.

Literally, get Dad to be more flexible and treat him to a spa day, yoga day (paddle board yoga, anyone?) or stretch his limits with a day of rock climbing.  Spa Toscana has a Bourbon-inspired treatment this time of year or get dirty with a mud wrap at Atlantis.

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Speaking of dirt…..

4. A little bit of dirt never hurt anyone.

Show up at Country Crossroads with a little mud on your boots and you’ll fit right in! Eli Young Band, Terry Clark and Neal McCoy will be headlining the three-day celebration of great country music. In addition to the performances, enjoy the weekend-long western experience with the Redneck Rodeo Truck Show, the Cowboy (bar) Crawl, and the Country Crossroads party at Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que.

Octane Fest will have dirt and adrenaline flying. Spectators at this year’s Octane Fest will be treated to brand new events that will have race fans on the edge of their seats. The festival includes King of the West Sprint Cars at Rattlesnake Raceway, top fuel drag racing at Top Gun Raceway, and a jamboree featuring monster trucks, a truck and tractor pull, freestyle motocross, and a fireworks finale.

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5. Have fun.

Dad is always making sure his kids are enjoying life, even if it gets him in trouble with mom every once in awhile. Reno Tahoe USA is the perfect place to celebrate Father’s Day with the whole family.

For an official Father’s Day event, check out the Pops Party Concert. The beautiful back lawn of the Governor’s Mansion is the site of the Carson City Symphony’s 30th annual Pops Party Concert. The program features the Carson City Symphony, Carson City Symphony Chorus, Youth Strings and guest singer.

If you can’t make it to Reno Tahoe this weekend, Dad’s love Reno Tahoe year-round.

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Downtown Reno Welcomes Riders for Street Vibrations® Spring Rally

Those bone-chilling temperatures are finally gone and Street Vibrations® Spring Rally, the official kickoff to the riding season, will roar into downtown Reno, NV June 6-8 for; live entertainment, bike games, competition ride-in shows, a scavenger hunt, more than 80 vendors, VIP parties for registered participants and more.

“The annual spring event is a three day party with non-stop music from live bands, great food, motorcycle vendors and plenty of eye candy,” said Randy Burke, president of Roadshows®, Inc., producer of the event.

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Street Vibrations® Spring Rally is free to the public.  Motorcycle participants pay a $40 fee to; participate in a poker run, bike competitions and games, attend VIP parties, receive an official rally shirt and ride pin and enjoy premium, secured bike parking.

Crowd pleasing, live entertainment is scheduled simultaneously on stages throughout downtown Reno.  Live bands will perform on outdoor stages at the Silver Legacy, Harrah’s Plaza, the Eldorado and Circus Circus throughout the three day event.

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Enjoy a variety of bands performing a wide spectrum of music throughout the event.

You’ll find contemporary rock from Adrenalin, non-stop blues from The Jason King Band and Blues Monsters, pure, naked, bold, rock and roll from the Lucky Tongue Band, rhythm and blues from Boogie Daddies and “crunchy western” from Valentine Rodeo.


Ceremonial Flag Raising

“We’re having our traditional ceremonial flag raising performed by the Spanish Springs High School Junior ROTC on the Silver Legacy entertainment stage at 5:45 p.m. on Fri., June 6 and Sat., June 7,” Burke Said.

“We’re really pleased to again have Nevada showroom entertainer Tamara Evans, sing the National Anthem,” he added.  “We have a lot of veterans who participate in our events and our flag raising ceremony gives us an opportunity to thank them for their service to our country.”

Special Event Locations

Most Street Vibrations® Spring Rally event activity will start, end or take place entirely in downtown Reno but the rally has expanded to include some additional locations.

Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson is an official Street Vibrations® Spring Rally Venue and the Market Street dealership will be hopping throughout the weekend with live entertainment and great deals.

Virginia City and Carson City will welcome riders participating in the poker run on Sat., June 7.

Sponsors

Street Vibrations® Spring Rally is sponsored by: Circus Circus Reno, Eldorado Hotel Casino Resort, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Harrah’s Reno Casino and Hotel,  City of Reno,  Club Cal-Neva downtown Reno, Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson®, Reno Tahoe USA, Virginia City Tourism, Coors / Miller High Life, Coca-Cola, Tamarack Junction Casino, Biker Clothing, Reno-Sparks Cab Company,  Blue Agave Restaurant, Tahoe City and Rail City Casino.

Contact Information

To see a complete Street Vibrations® Spring Rally schedule and a detailed program visit www.roadshowsreno.com.  For more event information call 775-329-7469.

Hot August Nights and the Downtown Properties Present Spring Fever Revival

To keep the flames ablaze Hot August Nights and the Downtown Properties present Spring Fever Revival Friday, May 30 and Saturday May 31, from 10a.m. to 9p.m.

Registration for the event is open to all 1976 and older vehicles with free entry for Hot August Nights 2014 registered car participants. All contributors will receive a commemorative dash plaque, a two for one buffet at Silver Legacy and lunch provided by A&W. For non-registered participants there is a $25 entry fee.

“With over 600 classic cars that participate and free live entertainment provided by the Silver Legacy this is a great kickoff to  get the crowd excited for our main event, July 29 through August 3 ,” said Tony Marini, Executive Director of Hot August Nights. “This event grows each year with the commitment and collaboration of our downtown sponsors, Silver Legacy, Eldorado, Circus Circus and Harrah’s, we are grateful to have their participation.”

To add to the celebration there will also be a Celebrity Choice Show-n-Shine with ten winners on Saturday, Food & beverage booths, memorabilia and street faire vendors. Keeping with the tradition, as Virginia Street lines with cars from our past, DJ Smerk will spin us into the live performances by Travelin Band, Decades and Nathan Owens.

Entertainment Schedule Provided by the Silver Legacy:

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10:00 am – 4:00 pm         DJ Smerk

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm             Travelin Band

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm             Travelin Band

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm             Travelin Band

5/31/14 (Saturday)

10:00 am – 12:00 pm       DJ Smerk

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm          Decades

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm             Decades

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm             Decades

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm CHANGE OVER

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm             Nathan Owens

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm            Nathan Owens

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm            Nathan Owens

As Spring Fever Revival rumbles on for the last two days of May, it will also play a part in this year’s main event registration as the discounted price of $170 will increase on June 1st. The $170 package includes admission into the Spring Fever Revival show, the main event on July 29 – Aug. 3, dash plaque, hat, pin, t-shirt, an admission into the Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson, Swap Meet and more.

Take a step back in time, and join us for the kickoff to the premiere classic car event in the world. For more information please call the Hot August Nights Office with questions (775) 356-1956 or visit www.hotaugustnights.net.

Celebrate Hot Rods and Pin-Ups at the 4th Annual Reno Rockabilly Riot

Reno Rockabilly RiotJA Nugget will host Northern Nevada’s largest celebration of hot rods and pin-ups at the 4th annual Reno Rockabilly Riot from June 26 – 29, 2014. This is the first time Reno Rockabilly Riot will be held in Sparks, as the Nugget adds to the growing number of Sparks summer special events geared around motor vehicles.

“Reno Rockabilly Riot is all about the cars, the music, the pin-ups, the dancing, dressing up, fixing your hair and living the rockabilly lifestyle,” said Reno Rockabilly Riot Organizer Paul Samson. “We expect this event to draw rockabilly fans from all over the western region.”

The action packed four-day event will keep thousands of attendees busy and entertained with drag racing, burnout contests, model car contests, the fastest mechanic contest and more. The music lineup features a number of great rockabilly bands, including Blood Shots, Hot Rod Frankenstein, Dusty Miles & Crying Shame and Back Alley Barbers.

The ladies of Reno Rockabilly Riot will compete for top honors in the Pin-Up Girl Contest emceed by San Francisco stunner Miss Rockwell DeVil. Additionally, the Riot will host a burlesque show featuring tantalizing performers.

This year’s event will also feature a tattoo convention that is free to the public.

The event is now in its fourth year and has grown bigger each year.

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in historic Virginia City, Nevada with the annual Celebration of Heroes Parade Saturday, May 24 at noon. Taking place down C Street, the parade honors the memory of those who gave their lives for this country.

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The grand marshal for this year’s Celebration of Heroes Parade is Richard Beaudette of Carson City, who served in both World War II and the Korean War. Beaudette was drafted into the Army in 1942 and served in Germany. After the tour of duty, Beaudette entered the Army Reserve.  Four and a half years later he was called back to active duty in Korea where he soon achieved the rank of Captain.

Beaudette was discharged in 1962 after more than 15 years of service. He has been a resident in Carson City for the past 50 years. Other parade entries include veteran’s groups, classic car clubs, equestrian groups and marching units. To join the parade, please go online to download a parade form or call 775-345-5803.

Also opening Memorial Day Weekend is the Virginia & Truckee Railroad,  kicking off their season Saturday, May 24. For a list of the schedule and to purchase tickets visit V&T online.

Dance Inferno Now Open in the Eldorado Showroom

Eldorado Reno’s summer show is sizzling!

“Dance Inferno,” is an electrifying dance show that has turned the Eldorado Showroom stage into a glittering disco club. This non-stop party performed by a dynamic cast of 20 talented singers and dancers showcases glittering costumes and dazzling choreography. Perfectly capturing the era, they perform ABBA’s biggest hits as well as other disco classics from the Bee Gees, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Gloria Estefan, Village People and more.

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Feel the heat of “Dance Inferno” in the Eldorado Showroom. Tickets start at just $24.95 with dinner and show packages available from $38.95. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 7 p.m. with an additional 9:30 p.m. showing on Saturday nights. For more information on show times and tickets call 800-648-5966 or visit www.eldoradoreno.com.

Lucas Oil adds second race at Wild West Motorsports Park

The Wild West Motorsports Park will host two Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series events this summer, showcasing northern Nevada as a premier racing site and giving fans double the action!

LOORS_Driver Facebook Graphics_40428The Lucas Oil Series announced that Wild West Motorsports Park will host weekend races May 30-31 in addition to the race planned for Aug. 22-23. This is the third year in a row Wild West Motorsports Park has hosted a Lucas Oil Off Road Race and the first time there has been two races in one season.

Fans have come to enjoy watching Brian Deegan, Jeremy McGrath, Carl Renezeder, Rodrigo Ampudia and the top racers of the sport reach speeds of 90 MPH and jump 100-plus feet through the air in 900 horsepower trucks.

One of the newest plans for both races is the addition of lights and nighttime racing. It goes back back to old-school Friday and Saturday night racing that happened all across our country. It’s a whole new experience watching the action under the lights.

Wild West Motorsports Park is located only 10 minutes east from downtown Reno.

July 2014 Artown

The full interactive calendar of events is on Artown’s website: www.renoisartown.com.

Artown has grown into something so unbelievably vital, uplifting, admirable and much more. The event organizers explain…

149A – Accessibility. Artown is about the community – it is Reno’s Festival.  It gives locals (and visitors) a means to have access to national and international performances that are unsurpassed in terms of enriching our lives.   Everyone is invited to be a part of the 32 days in July; with 77% of the events and performances free, everyone has access to the multi-disciplinary experiences.

R – Reactionary.  Artown reacts to the ever-changing world in which we live using the arts as a mechanism to broaden the global scope of our lives.  We challenge audiences to expand their definition of culture by offering a festival that pushes boundaries and enriches lives.

T – Transformational. That is exactly what we have done over the 19 years with Artown.  We have transformed our community into a thriving arts and culture region.  From the transformation of Midtown, to The Holland Project, The Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum, new art galleries, and river walks, art walks and district walks – we are constantly transforming the soul of Reno.

O – Outstanding.  This truly describes the month of July in Reno.  Where else can children discover the arts, become a balloon character in the Wizard of Oz, or attend a family-friendly fire art experience with Compression.  Artown boasts local children performing in a production of Rapunzel on one end, to a closing night extravaganza in the park with hip hop rock sensation Ozomatli, and living legend Don McLean as he serenades us with American Pie.  The depth of the Festival is outstanding.

W – Whimsical. Quirky, unusual, imaginative, original, creative, amusing, playful.

Artown provides a platform for the entire community to create their personal Artown.  Because we have so many events from Music, Children’s Events, Dance, Theater and then…..Controlled Burn, Doors to Recovery, Artists Riverside  Lofts, Steinway Gallery, exhibits, tours, literary crawls, pipe organs, Shakespeare, storytelling, ensemble concerts, opera, cultural fairs, camps and more.  Create your own July and experience it all at www.renoisartown.com.

N – Never. We never want to go back to the way Reno was.  Remember 19 years ago when the vision was to transform Reno into a vital and economic cultural center.  There was no Kayak Park, no arts district, no reveling in Wingfield Park, just hot summers.  No way.   Reno is truly Artown!

Join us on opening night in downtown Reno’s Wingfield Park for artists  Mountain Heart with opening act, Sherrie Austin.  Come, experience rock, bluegrass and a little country.