Your Guide to Reno’s Artown 2017

Your Guide to Reno’s Artown 2017

Reno is home to over 300 days of sunshine, birthplace to Hot August night, and gateway to Burning Man. Reno is the place where you can ski, hike, skate and golf all in one day, and during the month of July, Reno is Artown. From free movies in the park to Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals, there is no shortage of entertainment in Reno during Artown.

Artown Wingfield ParkArtown kicks off the festivities with Opening Night Jubliee. On July 1st, the Arlington Street Bridge becomes the stage for over 40 local performers. Afterwards, the party continues in Wingfield Park. Throughout the month, Artown will host over 500 events in the area and 70% of them are free! With so many different events going on, it can be easy to lose track. To help organize your social calendar, be sure to utilize MyArtown and the Artown app. This feature will allow you to bookmark your favorite events.

Artown offers such a variety of performances and workshops that there is something for everyone. To keep the excitement flowing, here are a few highlights.

July Fourth with the Reno Phil

Celebrate America’s Birthday with a free concert on the river. This year the orchestra will be conducted by Associate Conductor Dr. Jason Altieri and feature patriotic music including the time-honored Stars and Stripes Forever and The Star Spangled Banner. Make sure you stay till the end for the fireworks display! Gather your friends and family, bring your blankets, chairs, and picnic baskets, and join Artown and the Reno Phil for a one of a kind 4th of July event. Music starts at 7:30 p.m.

Jan Sidi de Flamenco ArtownCultural Events

Celebrate diversity with the numerous cultural events happening during Artown. Events include the Native American Art Show and the 50th Reno Basque Festival. See the Northern Nevada Pride Parade, and listen to Burning Man advocates tell their story of public art and civic activity at Burning Man and beyond. Check the calendar for a full list of cultural events and mark your favorites with MyArtown.


Whether you are a seasoned artist, or just getting your feet wet, anyone looking for some hands on learning can take advantage of the various workshops taking place. Have you ever wanted to write your own book? On July 2, head down to the Rancho San Rafael May Museum for a chance to speak with published Nevada authors and illustrators. They will share their tips and tricks of the trade and answer whatever questions you may have burning. In addition, this year there will be five different Succulent workshops: create your own clay pot and plant your succulent, arrange your plants in the shape of a heart or Nevada, or create your own table display complete with a unique wooden box. The opportunities are endless, so check the calendar for a list of all the available workshops.

Artown Face PaintingFamily Friendly Events

Artown is fun for the whole family! Sundance Books and Music is hosting a Reno wide month long search for Waldo and his girlfriend Wenda. And don’t forget your hat and glasses for the Waldo themed costume contest! Aces in the Arts is another crowd favorite. Head to Aces Ballpark on July 29 for face painting, Artown created team jerseys, circus acts, and of course baseball! On July 20, stop by the Wilbur D May Museum and discover watercolor. Hosted by the Sierra Watercolor Society, kids will learn technique and have fun painting their next masterpiece. Reservations are required so call 775-322-1538 today!

Weekly Events

Lucky for us some events during Artown occur more than once. Experience movies under the stars with Friday Night Movies in Wingfield park. See fun favorites like Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and The Rocketeer during this weekly series.

On Sundays, enjoy chill vibes and good music at the Brassies St James with the Midtown Concert Series. Featured artists include the Raging Fyah, Dana Louise & The Glorious Birds, and The Ballroom Thieves.

Other ongoing events include Rollin’ on the River which is a free community music series featuring local musicians, the Wild Nevada Art Exhibit which showcases wildlife and landscape artists and photographers and celebrates the beauty that is Nevada, and Mountain Picassos. Mountain Picassos intersects art, culture, and nature by featuring 26 rubbings from Basque tree carvings. Check the event schedule to see the exact listings of when this unique opportunity will be taking place.

22nd Annual Closing Night Celebration

After a month long celebration filled with free dances, music and art exhibits, closing night will be headlined by A Tribe Called Red. On July 31 from 4-7 p.m., enjoy and celebrate Native American Art, food, and culture. A Tribe called Red is a fresh, modern take on Traditional Native American Pow Wow music and dancing. It’s hard to see a better way to close out Artown then with this free and vibrant event!

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