Make a Splash at the Reno River Festival

Make a Splash at the Reno River Festival

On Mother’s Day weekend (May 13 – May 14), downtown Reno is going to be action-packed with a 2-day festival kicking-off the summer fun in Reno Tahoe. The annual Reno River Festival has events for just about anyone and fun for everyone. The Truckee River is full and rushing through Reno, so get ready to watch world-class kayakers navigate the rapids and paddleboarders show off their skills, all while enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

The Villages

IMG_8993 (1)The Reno Tahoe USA Adventure Park

The adventure park will offer a variety of obstacles, games and challenges such as the Truckee River Zipline, Mega Rock Walls, 30′ bungee jumping, Mechanical Bull Ride, The Giant Roaring River Slide, Human Hamster Balls and much more!

Craft Beer Village

There is nothing like sipping a good beer while enjoying the sunshine, music and views of the beautiful Truckee River. Select breweries will showcase an array of beers from their breweries. A $25 ticket gets you a commemorative cup, a generous sample of each beer and a full beer of your choice.

The Summer Wine Village

With your ticket to The Summer Wine Village, you can sample up to 16 of the many summer wines, champagnes, sangrias and mixed beverages on display, two full glasses of your choice of wine, a commemorative Reno River Festival Wine glass and a VIP view of the music lineup for only $30. Space is limited so hurry and get your tickets now.

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All the best parties are better when you add a little bit (or a lot) of mouthwatering food. Vendors from around Reno and Sparks will be serving up their best hot dogs, tacos, burgers, fried chicken, candy and many more easy-to-eat snacks and foods.

Smuggler’s Village

Looking for something special for mom this Mother’s Day? More than 100 different shops will offer something for everyone, from handmade crafts to popular retail items. Grab a drink and snack, and take a leisurely stroll through Smuggler’s Village to find the perfect gift.

Other Activities and Events

IMG_8453Reno River Roll

Tour the streets of downtown Reno on two wheels… but like you’ve never done before! This casual, 7-mile ride kicks off at the Virginia Street Bridge, tours the Truckee River and finishes at the heart of the Reno River Festival. This unique tour will be lead by a live mobile band, and other participating partners, to make your experience as fun and unique as possible. Don’t forget to dress in your best costume! This event is open to all ages so bring the whole family.

Combine your bike ride with a refreshing taste of summer! After you’re done riding and exploring alongside the Truckee River, park your ride at the bike valet and spend the rest of the day sampling your drink of choice in either the Craft Beer Village or the Summer Wine Village.


Yoga in the Park

Be one with nature and enjoy yoga in the park, presented by The Yoga Studio, both Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Private Cabanas

Gather 25 of your closest family, friends or clients in one of the Reno River Festival Coors Light Private Cabanas to get the best view of the main stage, kayak races and the Adventure Park. This VIP experience includes a catered lunch, snacks, drinks, games and your own server.

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Where to Stay

If you’re visiting from out of town, or prefer to be closer to the festivities on this fun-filled weekend, click here to find the best hotel rates at one of the many downtown properties located withing walking distance.

See the full Reno River Festival events schedule here and start planning your ultimate summer-kickoff weekend!

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