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April 2015 Events and Activities in the Reno Region

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Big events during April, 2015 include...

All Fools' Day - Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Also known as April Fool's Day. Don't get caught being foolish.

Free April Events & Programs at the Washoe County Library - The Washoe County Library System features different programs and events every month. There are those for everyone in the family and some suited to certain age groups. Each library branch hosts certain events that are unique to that branch. All activities are free and open to the public.

2015 Spring Break - Spring Break at the Washoe County School District is March 30 through April 10. There are a bunch of things going on to keep kids and their adults entertained. Check out "Spring Break Camps and Activities in Reno and Sparks" for a big list of things to do.

Art Walk Reno - Thursday, April 2, 2015. Join the walk and see the works of local and regional artists on display in venues within Reno's Arts District, between Liberty Street and Second Street, and Virginia Street and Arlington Avenue. The walk officially begins at 5 p.m. at Liberty Fine Art Gallery, 100 West Liberty Street. Purchase a ticket for $10, which includes a glass, raffle ticket and program for the evening. Each month, someone walks away with a $200.00 voucher good towards any piece of art shown in the walk. There will be food and drink specials from participating businesses along the way. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to non-profit groups focused on art, education, and community.

Free Easter Egg Hunts - Saturday, April 4, 2015. Several area churches and organizations will be holding free Easter egg hunts on the day before Easter Sunday. Bring the kids out for some egg hunting fun.

Easter Day Dining & Brunch - Sunday, April 5, 2015. Enjoy Easter Sunday dining at any of several venues around the Truckee Meadows. Choices range from casual buffets to extravagant dinners.

The Passion according to St. Matthew by J. S. Bach - Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (TOCCATA) continues its Winter MusicFest with the 10th annual presentation of J. S. Bach's masterpiece, The Passion according to St. Matthew. The program will feature selections from part two of The Passion and will be performed in English. Tickets are available at the door or online. General admission is $25 adults, $20 seniors, $5 students aged 19 to 23 with valid ID. Preferred seating is $35 and $15 for youth/students. Youth under 19 years of age are admitted free, in non-reserved seating, to most regular season concerts in 2015. There will be two April performances.

  • Wednesday, April 1 - St. Theresa Catholic Church at 1041 Lyons Ave. in South Lake Tahoe. 7 p.m.
  • Friday, April 3 - St. Patrick's Episcopal Church at 341 Village Blvd. in Incline Village. 7 p.m.

April 2015 at the Pioneer Center - April shows at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts include those listed below. Click the links for more show and ticket information.

Residential Dump Days - Saturday and Sunday, April 4 - 5, 2015. Here's your opportunity to get rid of household and yard waste at reduced rates and many bulky items for free. The Lockwood Landfill east of Sparks is also having some free dumping days during April.

Grow Your Own, Nevada! - Starting Tuesday, April 7, 2015. This series of classes from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) will teach you about gardening in northern Nevada. The workshops are for homeowners and other small scale growers. They will be every Tuesday and Thursday in April at the UNCE Reno office at 4955 Energy Way. The fee is $15 per class or $60 for the whole series.

Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, April 11, 2015. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a day of fun family activities and free admission for all. The theme on this Second Saturday is "Lots of Landscapes."

Spring Clean-up Day at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum - Saturday, April 11, 2015. Join Rail City Garden Center, News Talk 780 KKOH and the May Arboretum Society for the "Keep it Clean and Green" annual volunteer spring cleanup day at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum. This is an all-ages event with hands-on work throughout the County's public garden. The time will be 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The Arboretum is in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra Street in Reno. To volunteer, call Bill Carlos at (775) 785-4153.

Reno Aces Baseball - Friday, April 17, 2015. The Reno Aces' first home game of the season at Aces Ballpark will be vs. the Albuquerque Isotopes. Four games against the Isotopes will be followed by four vs. the Las Vegas 51s, making an 8 game home stand to kick off the baseball season in Reno. If you just can't wait, the annual exhibition game against UNR will be at 6:05 p.m. on April 7.

Reno Wine Walk - Saturday, April 18, 2015. The Riverwalk Merchants present this fun event every third Saturday of the month. Visit any of the participating merchants with $20 and receive your wine glass and hand stamp (with photo ID), then make the rounds sampling wines at numerous businesses in the area. This is a 21+ event. Pets and strollers are not advised. For more information, call 775-825-WALK(9255).

Explore the Outdoors 5K Fun Run / Walk - Saturday, April 18, 2015. The Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation will be holding this annual benefit event at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno starting at 9 a.m. at the Chinese Pagoda. The race will consist of a 5K Run / Walk and a 1K free Kids Fun Run for ages 12 and under. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be games, crafts and activities at a free event sponsored by KNPB. In addition, there will be discounted museum tickets available, food trucks, and Buddy from the show, Dinosaur Train. To register for the 5K and 1K events, visit the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation or call 775-453-0713.

Steampunk Tavern Stroll - Saturday, April 18, 2015. This themed crawl is the official after party of the Reno Steampunk Expo. It's in downtown Reno from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., for those who last that long.

Reno Steampunk Expo: The Bizarre Bazaar - Saturday and Sunday, April 18 - 19, 2015. High Desert Steam's Fourth Annual Expo will be its biggest ever, with entertainment, dancing, gaming, art and more. Whether you are new to Steampunk or a seasoned veteran, this is an amazing event and one you just can't miss. You can get tickets online - one day for $10 and both for $15. Kids 12 and under are free.

Free Days at National Parks - Saturday And Sunday, April 18 - 19, 2015. Entrance to units of our National Parks will be free during the opening weekend of National Park Week. Check the websites of your favorite parks to see what else is going on during this special week.

Reno Craft Beer Week - Saturday to Saturday, April 18 - 25, 2015. This is a collection of individual beer events all over the Reno and Sparks area. Go to the website for a list of beer week events.

Heels & Hounds, a Benefit for Homeless Pets - Sunday, April 19, 2015. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the Atlantis Hotel Casino in Reno. Party for the pooches at Nevada Humane Society's inaugural Heels & Hounds, a fun-filled extravaganza to benefit homeless pets. It's everything women want - from boutique shopping to an exciting fashion show - plus you get to wear your best heels and enjoy complimentary champagne all morning long. Tickets are available online. Tables may be purchased for $650. Individual tickets are $75. All proceeds benefit homeless pets. For sponsorship, vendor, or more event information, call 775-856-2000 ext 331.

Earth Day - Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Reno Earth Day will be on Sunday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Idlewild Park.

Pruning Trees and Shrubs with the May Arboretum Society - Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 6:15 p.m. Join Holly Bromley, ISA Certified Arborist for an evening lecture that will cover the "why and how" of pruning. Cost for non-members is $15. You can get tickets online or at the door. The talk will be in the Ranch House at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 North Sierra Street in Reno.

Let the Cowboy Ride: Ranch Life in Northern Nevada - Wednesday, April 22, 2015. This free program is brought to you by the Historic Reno Preservation Society and is one of a series. All programs start at 7 p.m. and are held in the Laxalt Theater in UNR's Nelson Building, 401 W. Second Street in downtown Reno. These presentations are popular - arrive early if you want to get in. There is some parking available in front of the buildings.

Reno Wild Life at Chapel Tavern - Wednesday, April 22, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Reno Wild Life (RWL) celebrates the array of outdoor adventure found in the region. RWL is a benefit for non-profit organizations that support both the environment and those who revel in it. Outdoor films featuring sports from around the area will be shown on a big screen while Chapel serves up their signature libations, craft brews and biodynamic wines. Raffle prizes provided by RWL event partners Patagonia and local outfitters related to the sport being highlighted that night will be given away. A minimum $5 suggested donation to the nonprofit of the evening will receive a raffle ticket and $20 will get you five tickets. Chapel Tavern is in midtown at 1099 S. Virginia Street. The info phone is (775) 324-2244.

53rd Annual Reno Jazz Festival - Thursday to Sunday, April 23 - 26, 2015. The Reno Jazz Festival brings to Reno both talented students and renowned professional artists. There will also be many workshops with some of the finest clinicians and performers in the country. Concerts will be at venues on campus at the University of Nevada, Reno. The website has complete information about the concerts. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-325-7328. There is no convenience fee on tickets purchased in person at the Lawlor Events Center Box Office.

Tough Love - Gong Show Edition - Saturday, April 24, 2015. This event is a fundraiser for the Battle Born Derby Demons, Reno's own women's flat track roller derby team. Festivities include bidding for a date with one of the lovely Derby Demons, a variety show with prizes, and a raffle with prizes. Sign up for the variety show prior to the event by emailing The party starts at 8 p.m. at Jub Jub's Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Avenue in Reno. Cover is $5.

Monthly Reno Beer Crawl - Saturday, April 25, 2015. This event is in downtown Reno where all of the participating bars, pubs, and restaurants are within walking (or crawling) distance. It costs $5 to participate and you can just show up at one of the start bars - advance tickets not required. Crawling is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Reno Earth Day Celebration - Sunday, April 26, 2015. Come to Idlewild Park between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to enjoy Reno's big annual Earth Day celebration. There will be numerous events, exhibitors, food and drink, live entertainment, and activities for both kids and adults. This great Reno event just gets bigger and better every year.

5th Annual Dining Out For Life - Thursday, April 30, 2015. When you dine out at a participating restaurant on this day, you'll be helping to end HIV in Nevada. It's a fun and tasty way to support a great local clinic and contribute to the fight against HIV. Just go to one of the participating DOFL restaurants on for breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks and part of the proceeds will go to supporting Northern Nevada HOPES for HIV programs and services. There are more than 50 locations participating all over the Reno and Carson City area.

Grossology at the Wilbur D. May Museum - On exhibit through April 26, 2015. Yuck! That's the likely reaction kids (and adults) will have while visiting the "Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body" exhibit at Reno's Wilbur D. May Museum. Have fun while being grossed out.

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