Your Guide to May’s Arts & Culture Events in Reno

Your Guide to May’s Arts & Culture Events in Reno

In Reno you will find art venues, where you can enjoy prestigious art pieces, to public art punctuating Reno’s outdoors… and everything in between. Let May be the month you explore your creative side in the Biggest Little City and try something new! Check out some of these upcoming events introducing the warmer months with an arts and culture scene you wont see anywhere else.


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Reno Sculpture Fest –  Temporary, larger-than-life murals, sculptures and art installations will be showcased in downtown Reno along with live music performances, food trucks and interactive events at surrounding venues. The event takes place on May 12 – 14.

Arts for All Nevada – Explore your artistic side with an introduction to watercolor, acrylic and oil paints. $100 will get you six, 2-hour sessions – supplies included. Classes will be held from May 3 – June 7.

“Grit N Grace” Exhibition & Art Sales – Susie Deese showcases her work, which draws inspiration from old, damaged, forgotten and discarded items. The exhibit runs from May 5 – 24 at the Reid House Gallery, Studio and Gift Shop. The art collection is free to view and a portion of the sales will go to DJD Foundation for Freedom of Expression.



Coppelia – Doctor Coppelius has created Coppélia to be his companion. See how his attempt to bring her to life transpires with mesmerizing dance and music performance from The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra. The play runs May 6 – 7 at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.

Murder in Green Meadows – Two married couples meet in the small suburban town of Green Meadows, Illinois but as unexpected confessions come out, one of them is left dead. The performance runs May 12 – 28, with evening and matinee showtimes, at the Reno Little Theater.

Tutus Andronicus – Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy, Titus Andronicus, is coming to life in the Biggest Little City. Set in a Roman Empire, this play will tell a story of a general in the Roman army, who is tied up in a cycle of revenge. See how it spins out of control at Good Luck Macbeth, starting May 5.

History & Outdoors

Reno’s 149th Birthday – Celebrate The Biggest Little City’s 149th birthday at “Reno’s First Address” the Lake Mansion. The event takes place May 9 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Reno River Festival – Experience the beautiful outdoors on May 13 – 14 as professional kayakers take on this year’s rapid Truckee River’s water flow. Bring your bike and join The Reno River Roll, a 5-mile ride through the streets of Reno, or entertain the kids in the Kids Play Area. There will be something for everyone at this event!

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